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Pauline Lerner

Another Scam?

November 5, 2007 at 4:31 AM

I had an interesting experience recently, and it might be a variation on the scam which cost Jennifer a lot of money.

I got an unusual email in response to one of my ads on the Internet. The return email address was from a government agency near my home. The writer said that she wanted to take lessons from me and that she’d come to my house right away to pay me for four lessons in advance. I responded to her with my usual email in which I explain my teaching, my charge, etc. The next day, she wrote to me and asked what time I’d be home so that she could come to my house and give me the check. I wrote back to her and told her to call me first. I have not heard from her since.

It’s possible that she would give me a check, American or other, for more than the money for four lessons. Then she’d ask me to give her a check for the difference. Her check would be bogus, and I’d be cheated out of some money.

There are other possibilities. Maybe she wanted to come inside my home, but I can’t imagine why. Other than my instruments, I have nothing expensive to steal. She could not be coming to serve me a subpoena. I’ve done nothing illegal lately, and I’m pretty much paid up on my bills.

Has anyone else had an experience like this? Can anyone think of another explanation for her strange behavior?

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