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I have received these scam letters numerous times. They're always a little vague on detail (like, where exactly did they find my information? what is meant by my "area"?), and I'm really curious about how the scam works. My guess is that the money involved turns out to be pretty substantial -- after all, you get to name your own price! -- but I suppose there are numerous problems that then arise along the way -- like some official needs to be bribed, or some official document needs expedited service -- and the scam victim is supposed to come up with this money up front. And the victim's hope is that the later windfall he expects (by being a tutor to a mere beginner in his own native language) will more than make up for the difference.

Anyway, here is an example of what I'm talking about:


I'm Sheena Acklin, During my search for a lesson teacher that would help in taking my son (Kenneth). During is stay in USA. I found your advert and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area I'm seeking for him. My son would be coming to your city before the end of this month for a period of time with his friend,
I'll like to know if you can help in taking him for the lesson? just to keep him busy. Kenneth is 14 years old, So kindly let me know your charges cost per hour/lesson in order for me to arrange for his payment before he travels down to your side.

He will be staying there for one months.

Please Reply back on:

(1). Your charges per 1 hour (3 times a week for 1 Months):starting from 9th October until 9th November 2012

(2) Total Cost For 12 class/12 hours lessons in 1 month

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

Well am very happy that i see you as my Son tutor,about your years of Experience there is no problem about the lessons,my caregiver lives very close to the Area.
So there is no problem for the lesson OK my caregiver will be bringing him to your location for the lessons and you can teach my him Anywhere around you if that is OK by you so i will like you to teach my Son the best of you when he get to the USA for the lessons.
I will like you to email me with your schedule for the lessons, I will like you to email me with the name on the check and Full mailing address where the check will be mailed to and including your Home and Cell phone number because my attorney that want to issue out the check is leaving the State by this week okay and also Kenneth is a beginner lessons learning, Await your response asap.
Also the lessons will commence by 9th October until 9th November 2012 is this okay by you?
I will be awaiting to read from you.

Best Wishes.

The use of ungrammatical language like "one months" seems to be standard in these letters, and the overall letter manages to give the impression that the writer is both rich and not hard to take advantage of. I'm supposing that it's some kind of advance fee scam. But I don't know the details.

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