If it looks like a scam, quacks like a scam...
Thread poster: José Henrique Lamensdorf

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:25
English to Portuguese
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Apr 10

... it must be a scam!

I got this e-mail today, BCC to me, hence sent to an undetermined quantity of recipients.
I have a faint recollection of having received something similar or identical in the past.

From: martins James - martinsjames80@gmail.com


I and my colleagues will like to register for 4 weeks Language
lessons with you, during our stay in your country. We are 4 adults (2 men and 2
women) and we are all absolute beginners.

Date: 28th May - 22nd June 2018

Please check the availability and get back to me with the total cost.

We are all Australian Nationals and between the ages of 28-43yrs.

As soon as we confirm the availability and charge rate,we will issue an
advance payment before our arrival.

We do not necessarily need a certificate at the end of the lessons,all we want is to know the basics of the Language,I mean the day to day of the language.

If not available at the requested dates could you please suggest available dates as out dates and times are flexible..

Waiting to hear from you.

Martins James
128 Pound Hill,Crawley
Rh10 7yu

Typical... no country mentioned, no language implied.

They'll probably send a (bogus) check for a much higher amount, and ask for immediate refund of the balance, so they can buy their air tickets. Of course, it will take much longer to determine that the check is forged, than for you to send them actual cash.


Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:25
Member (2009)
English to German
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Sounds familiar Apr 11

I think I've received something similar a few weeks ago, so it's been around for a while.

Looks like they want to learn many languages in multiple countries during the same time period. Additionally, they must be really rich being able to travel from Australia to any given country on the planet at the tutor's proposed time. Rich scammers. That's a new one.icon_biggrin.gif


Teresa Borges
Local time: 17:25
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Sounds very familiar... Apr 11

They seem very interested on learning several languages

a) German…

b) Spanish, French, Italian

They must be polyglots by now…


Paweł Hamerski
Local time: 18:25
English to Polish
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Two parallel topics are a bit too much Apr 11

please combine them (see two topics below )


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