The El Paso County District Attorney's Office is warning residents of an internet scam.
Officials say the Craig’s list ad lists a tutoring job for a German boy at $60 an hour. Authorities are saying it targets people looking for a little extra holiday cash to help tutor English over the Holiday season.
The scammer asks the recipient to send the extra money on to someone else; in this case, a nanny. The checks are forgeries- but if they are from a foreign country, it could take a bank a few weeks to verify as such.
When the bank realizes the check has been forged, they may deduct it from the victim’s bank account.
The following is a copy of the e-mail people received:
Good day and thanks for replying back to my online job posting , I would like to make a tutoring arrangement between you and my son for the month of December/January . A boy of 14yrs(Dave), I have made contacts with my son concerning the arrangement of the tutoring which he told me is okay with him and I want you to know that i am going to pay for 1 month,I am willing to pay $60/hr.
I would like you to tutor him within a period of 1month, on a schedule basis of 1hr Daily, 3 times weekly, totaling 12 times in a month. ,so get back to me with the total fee for the subject you will be taking him, when you will be available to teach him during the week. Also i will like you to know that he is not a special need kid and fluent in speaking .
Also to inform you that we don't live in the states, We live in Germany so my Son will be arriving the states soon and I want him to study more about what he needs to know while he is in the states. I want you to teach him well enough during his 1month stay in the US, if there is need to extend your services, an amendments would be made to your salary.
I will also like to inform you that, my client in state will be sending you the payment in-form of Us money orders or Certified check
(drawn from a Bank in the US) for the lesson fee, and Also to inform you that the payment would be made out for the cost of the tutorial services you are rendering, and also for the living expenses & nanny fees of my son.
I hope i can trust you with these payments, as the payment would be made out in excess , so as soon as you get the payment all you have to do is get it cash at your bank then deduct cost of tutoring of the lesson and send the remaining balance to my nanny that will be taking care of my son which the information will be given to you later Also the Nanny would be contacting you with further arrangements and instructions regarding pickup/drop off of my son to the library where you would always teach him when she receives payment.
Kindly send your full information to receive the payment so it can be made out to you on-time. I hope i can trust you,and will be a very good teacher for my Son good academics and some moral, respects so that it can benefit him later in the future, i hope i can count on you for the tutorial and the money to be sent to the Guardian.Please reply with full names, full residential address, phone numbers, and email address, so that one of my client can issue the payment to you as soon
Officials warn all internet users to be wary of offers on the internet.