Yet again, I received a scam email. You have been warned.


I’m Mrs Sandra Cowell from Paris,France.during my search for a oboe lesson teacher that would always take my son ( Chris is very good speak English ) and I found you..Your advert looks great and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area i am seeking for him… My Son would be coming to US (your city) by next week for a period of time and with his friend for 2 Months.he is just a beginner and he is 16 years old, i want you to help me teach lesson during his stay. So, kindly let me know your charges cost per week’s ,in order for me to arrange for his payment before he travels down to your side. I have also made preparation for his personal equipment he will be using privately at home after the lesson during his stay.

Please Advise back on;

(1). your charges per 1 hour twice a week for 2 Months?

(2).The Day and time you will be available to teach him During the week?

(3).Tuition address?

I will be looking forward to read from you soonest.

Best Regards,

Mrs Sandra Cowell


  1. I got the same email today! (with a different name attached)

  2. Amazing how that goes, eh, Andy?

  3. I just got a similar message today, but for “qigong/taichin private lessons.” As a hypnotist, I give no such lessons, so I knew this was a scam of some sort, but I’m glad I found your information in a Google search because it confirms my suspicions and I can now delete the message without fear that it was a misunderstanding or misdirected email.

  4. OMG I can’t believe I’ve been SO stupid!! I thought since he knew my specialty that it wasn’t a scam!!

    Who did you turn this into!!

  5. If you see some vague things, like (your city), it’s a warning sign, Robin! They are getting more clever, though. I nearly always don’t reply, because then I’ve let them know my address is real. Sometimes, though, if I’m really unsure, I’ll write asking specific questions. Age of student, brand of oboe, books the student is currently using, and what part of “my city” they will be in: things that make them have to really come up with some answers. I’ve never heard back.