Banjo lessons scam (check overpayment)
This scam targets banjo teachers for thousands of dollars. It works along the lines of a very similar scam targeting violin teachers.
The criminals try to trick them into cashing a fake cashier's check for them and wiring them the cash. This is a variation on a scam targeting professional photographers as well as sellers on classified ad sites for cars, motorbikes, horses, etc.
In the "banjo lessons scam" and "violin teacher scam" the criminal poses as someone who is looking for a teacher to provide several months of intensive tuition for a friend or family member. He will offer to pay with a large cashier's check. If you receive such checks, do not try to cash them. Any money your account may initially be credited with will be debited again when the check bounces, which will cost you a bad check fee and can hurt your credit rating, not to mention the possibility of a criminal investigation.
Please send us any such emails you may have received and we will publish them (withholding your name and email address, of course) to warn other music teachers and to assist law enforcement investigating such cases.
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The following email is very similar to an equivalent violin lesson scam and was probably sent by the same criminals:
Date: 11/22/05 9:28:25 AM Central Standard Time