So on a light/funny note, I had a potential prospect writing me in need of some coaching. As you might imagine, I’m intrigued; I have a passion for people, and this is right up my alley. After an email or two the conversation starts to descend into some strangeness. A couple notable moments that tipped me off to the scam was the coaching was not for this guy, but actually for three women. Secondly, his great English earlier on in the email conversation (not included below) degraded into horrible EnGRISH. Now my spider sense is tingling, “Scam, Scam, Scam!”. Outlined below is my conversation with our foreign friend.
Scammer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TROY MONSON AKA SCAMMER REPLY Thank you for mail, sorry for my late response. The coaching is for 3 ladies in my family and I will want the session to be 2 hours session, twice a week for 5 weeks. So i want you to get back to me with the total cost for the whole session.
MY REPLY No problem. I charge $100 per session, so we’re at $1000. Let me know if you have any other questions. Where are you located?
TROY MONSON AKA SCAMMER REPLY
Thank you for your email. I will want you to know that i want the ladies to start their coaching asap and the private limo driver will be bringing them to you throughout their session with you so he will bring them to you but i will make part payment before then for you to know that am really serious securing this session for them. Is the 1000$ the total cost for the whole session.
I will like to know the name of the machine or merchant service you are going to use to run my credit card and its percentage processing fee.
MY REPLY Thanks. Sounds great. We use McDonald’s credit card processing. Not only do they make a delicious hamburger at a reasonable price, but they can run a credit card like nobody’s business. Billions served. Literally! The processing fees are very steep as it’s not core to their business - 25%. However, they give a free coupon for those golden taters fried to perfection for every scanned credit card. I would recommend that the limo pull up to the back of Village Inn as not to draw attention from the rest of the people. You know what I’m saying? You can just pay the deposit directly to McDonald’s routing number 5674336 account number: 98745323. If you do a direct payment. I lose the coupon option, but it cuts the fees back by 10%. Does this sound reasonable? The health of these ladies can’t wait.
Be careful out there and don’t forget to have a little fun while you’re at it. My hope is that Troy writes back, and I can continue the conversation. If so, I will post the results for sure. Stay tuned and have a great weekend from your friends at Great Family Management Consulting.