E-mail Scams Continue to Target Massage Therapists

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Internet Scams Target Massage Therapists
Please note! ABMP has received several reports reporting this scam. Be aware!

Massage therapists are now on the receiving end of a variation of an online con. Here’s how it works: An out-of-town “client” contacts a practitioner via e-mail wanting to schedule appointments for a time in the future when he/she will be visiting the area. The appointments and times are scheduled. Shortly thereafter, the practitioner receives a cashier’s check for these services, but it’s generally for much more than the originally agreed upon price. The alleged client or a secretary of the client contacts the therapist, explains the mistake, and asks the therapist to deposit the check and simply refund the balance. The check appears to clear and the practitioner sends the overage back to the client only to learn two weeks later that the check was a fraud. Now the practitioner is out whatever the overage was.

If this has happened to you, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm, and click “File a Complaint” to fill out the form. You can also forward the offending e-mails to spam@uce.gov. In addition you can file a complaint at the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s website, http://www.ic3.gov/.

Using caution and common sense will help you avoid the pitfalls of Internet scams. For more information on Internet scams, visit www.ftc.gov/spam/ or www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/cashier.asp.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on January 6, 2014

From: Brad Foster [mailto:bradfost2@live.com]
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 11:30 PM
To:XXXXXX
Subject: MASSAGE INQUIRY

Hello,
My Name is Brad Foster,from Belfast,Northern Ireland.I want to book an hour massage therapy appoint for 6 sprinters that will be coming to your country for a one month training tour in your area. We will require massage therapy appointments to help reduce strain,improve physical fitness and enhance body movement for the sprinters.

I will like to know if you can organize an hour massage therapy appointments for us in your clinic ?.

Here is a brief outline of the reservation:
# Booking Dates:from 3rd to 30th of April 2014 # Number of appointments:3 times per week for each sprinter # Number of guest: 6 adults within the age of 18-33yrs

Appointments can be scheduled from 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payments so we can secure the Booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.

Regards,
Brad Foster
bradfost2@live.com

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on November 2, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXX
Date: 11-2-13

Received this email today.  Doesn’t seem legit.  I googled it and found nothing. –

Hi,

Am Spencer Drew,a Journalist from Alexandria,Egypt. My wife is 7months pregnant and i wanted to know if you offer pregnancy Massage?if yes kindly get back to me with the details below:

1-Charges per session
2-Years of Experience
3-Your Website

Looking forward to read back from you.

Spencer Drew
+201129186121
Alexandria,Egypt

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on September 16, 2013

From: XXXX
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 8:00 PM
Description: Hello,

My Name is John Bellamy,from Montreal, Canada.I want to make inquiry on your massage therapy appointments for 6 of my colleagues that will be coming to your country for a three weeks vacation in your locality. as part of our plans for the trip, we will be playing golf during those dates.we will like to know if you can organize a 60 minutes massage therapy appointments for us in your clinic.

Here is a brief outline of the reservation:

# Booking Dates:from 4th to 26th of November 2013 # Number of appointments: 3 times per week for each # Number of guest: 6 adults within the age of 33-48yrs. participant (54 appointments )

Appointments can be scheduled from 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payments so we can secure the Booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.

Regards,
John Bellamy
jhbellamy@msn.com

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on August 2, 2013

From: XXXX
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 8:40 AM
To: Membership
Subject: fraud

As associations representing the massage therapy community nationwide,  I thought you might be interested in publicizing the following and/or doing a story on scams targeting massage therapists.
I am a massage therapist in Baltimore, Maryland with over five years in practice. I received an unsolicited email July 9, 2013, requesting massage therapy services for someone coming into my area from out of state/country. This person insisted on setting up a payment in advance for four sessions (extremely unusual to do) and said I would receive a check from an intermediary. I replied that I asked for cash from new clients and preferred it at each session rather than all at once in case plans changed. Then, oops, the check was made out for a larger amount and I would need to deduct my fee plus $100 and then be told later what to do with the remainder. A check did show up at the Wellness Center July 30, 2013 for $2500.00 when my actual charges would have been only $300.00. the check was drawn on JP Morgan Chase Bank from the account for the Gym Store, a legitimate Brooklyn, NY business selling new and used fitness equipment.
The correspondence from this potential client was suspect in that the story kept changing slightly, that she ignored the health screen I sent her, that she insisted on this convoluted payment scheme, etc. Obviously, the intent was to get me to cash the check and then write one to her for the “overage” when in reality, the check would not have been good and/or was fraudulently used on a business account that had nothing to do with me.
I reported this to the consumer protection division of the state’s attorney office, which suggested that, in addition to alerting everyone, I file a complaint at Ic3.gov. This is a program partly under the aegis of the FBI which deals with cybercrime. I also reported it to the New York attorney general’s cybercrime office since the business the check came from is in their state.
I subsequently discovered that one of the other massage therapists in the wellness center where we have shared offices was also targeted with a similar scheme. Several years back, there was another flurry of similar attempts to defraud therapists with promises of lare sums of money which would need to be partially refunded.
Bottom line, if it sounds too good to be true (multiple sessions paid in advance from someone out of the area) or unusual and the person will not conform to your usual business practices, beware. And report it. It is difficult to trace online crime, but if you save any email correspondence with headers, that can help law enforcement.
Thanks!

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on July 22, 2013

First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Date: July 20, 2013

I received several emails from a potential client starting back in June from someone who claimed to be travelling from New York to my city (Ontario, Canada) and wanted to book 18 appointments over a period of time while he & his friends were to be in the city. He wanted to send the money through first, but I wrote back and explained that it is not my policy to accept funds prior to treatments. I was suspicious from the beginning, but was just confirmed that it was a scam when I googled the names and found this on your website.

Example, Reported by two ABMP Members May 29, 2013

First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Date: 05/25/13
Description: Email exchanges from Leo Zack

Hello XXXX,

We will be staying at: Comfort Suites South (1701 E. St. Elmo Rd Austin, TX, U.S., 78744). Yes 3 back to back. We are going to book hotel not far from your location, so you can come for the appointment or we can also come for the appointment at your location, which ever you like. Our schedule is very flexible so any days in the week is perfectly okay with us, so schedule the appointment into your convenience schedule, that will be okay with us during our stay between June 14th to July 13th and any time of the day is okay for our appointment session, just let us know the best time that works best for you.

Please send the schedule that work best with you in your next message.

Thanks

On May 25, 2013, at 07:49 AM, ABMP member wrote:

Specifically where in Austin will you be staying?  Specific times and days?

You mentioned 6 massages each…Would that be 3 back to back once a week during your stay?

I charge $90 per hour if its back to back otherwise it will be $100 per hour.  If your north Austin it will be a $40 travel charge.  I live 30 min south of Austin so my drive time will be at least an hour round trip if your in south Austin.

I have off Tuesdays thru Thursdays to work my outcall clients.  So those would be the days I’m available.  I’d prefer back to back one of those days if possible.  I work Fri-Mon at my full time massage job so I would be unavailable those days.

Let me know your preferred schedule and we can see if we can work something out.  Also, do you have a phone # I can reach you?

PS..I am a therapeutic massage therapist only. :)

On May 25, 2013, at 8:34 AM, “Leo Zack” <leozack1@icloud.com> wrote:

Very happy to hear from you. I am so sorry for my late response, i have been very busy lately with Conference. We are coming to: Austin let me know if you are available to accommodation our request.

Thanks

On May 16, 2013, at 03:21 PM, ABMP member wrote:

Where will you be staying?

On May 15, 2013, at 11:44 PM, “Leo Zack” <leozack1@icloud.com> wrote:

Hi

Hope you are good today? I got your information through my professional massage therapist directory search on google. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday vacation in your city, along with two of my best friends, we’ll be spending almost 1 month there, between June 14th to July 12th 2013. We’ll like to have our massage with you, back to back or you can have your partner available, if you have.

My own name is: Leo Zack and the of my other two friends are:

Enrique Jose and Bright Cobes.

We’ll like to have Relaxation / Stress relief massage, 6 appointment for each one of us during our stay, making 18 appointment session for all of us, so schedule the appointment into your own availability during our stay which is between June 14th to July 13th 2013. The appointment can be out-call or in-call, depends on how you want it.

Please send the schedule as soon as you can and your charges per appointment.

Sincerely

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member May 16, 2013

I received a TEXT request, as follows, with spelling as texted:

Hello My name is Nicte Alanis i got your business information from nationally certified practitioner website, i need a massage therapy of relaxation for 25,26,27 and 28 of this month, i stay in georgia but i will be in Iowa for vacation for four weeks and that is why i am contacting you.thanks

Example, Reported by two ABMP Members May 14, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID:XXXXX
Date: 5/12/13
Description: Leo Zack <leozack2@icloud.com>
8:59 AM (10 hours ago) to undisclosed recipients

Hi,

Hope you are good today? I got your information through my search for professional massage therapists directory. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday vacation in your city, along with two of my best friends, we’ll be spending almost 1 month there, between June 14th to July 12th 2013. We’ll like to have our massage with you, back to back or you can have your partner available, if you have.

My own name is: Leo Zack and the of my other two friends are: Enrique Jose and Bright Cobes.

We’ll like to have Relaxation / Stress relief massage, 6 appointment for each one of us during our stay, making 18 appointment session for all of us, so schedule the appointment into your own availability during our stay which is between June 14th to July 13th 2013. The appointment can be out-call or in-call, depends on how you want it.

Please send the schedule as soon as you can and your charges per appointment.

Sincerely

Example, Reported by an ABMP Members May 7, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID:
Date: 5/6/2013
Description: Leo Zack <leozackleo@icloud.com>

Hi,
Hope you are good today? I got your information through my professional massage therapist directory search on google. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday vacation in your city, along with two of my best friends, we’ll be spending almost 1 month there, between June 14th to July 12th 2013. We’ll like to have our massage with you, back to back or you can have your partner available, if you have.

My own name is: Leo Zack and the of my other two friends are: Enrique Jose and Bright Cobes.

We’ll like to have Relaxation / Stress relief massage, 6 appointment for each one of us during our stay, making 18 appointment session for all of us, so schedule the appointment into your own availability during our stay which is between June 14th to July 13th 2013. The appointment can be out-call or in-call, depends on how you want it.

Please send the schedule as soon as you can and your charges per appointment.

Sincerely

Example, Reported by two ABMP Members April 11, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXX
Date: 04/08/2013

Description: Hello Bearer,

Good day, I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Mr. Michelle .M. Lewis, of Bravura Inc. I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for June 11th, 12th, 13th 2013. Some of my casual workers need your service in sessions. Kindly send me your SERVICE MENU or your catalog for them to choose which of your services they preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via my Master card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Michelle M Lewis
Supervisor & Staff Welfare
Bravura Inc
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1.
Canada.
Tel: (616)419-8088.
E: Michelle.lewis.M@msn.com

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member March 31, 2013
Example, Reported by another ABMP Member August 8, 2013 – same starting email but the person’s name was Jenifer Gayler.

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXX
Date: March 31, 2013

Description: I received this email about a lady wanting to get massage services. I was about to make a huge mistake. It’s a good thing I just read an article about email scams before did.

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: Jennifer Lewis <jennyqueen27@yahoo.com>
To: _____________
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: Massage Treatment Needed.

Hi,
How are you doing today? Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. I have been a bit busy lately. I got your email and I’m very much satisfied with your service charges per hour. Right now, I would be making arrangement for my traveling plan to Georgia and would be arriving on the 18th of April 2013. In the meantime, I have already budgeted my expenses as i would only be staying for just one month before returning back to France.

I would like to be booked for 60 minutes session. Please kindly calculate how much it will cost me for 2 days treatment Tuesdays 10:30am- Thursdays 12: pm for 3 weeks Which makes a total of 6 treatment.

At the moment, I will get in touch with a friend of mine in the US to issue out a state check payment drawn in US Dollars from a local bank and send to you to cover for my treatment as i would not be traveling with enough cash nor my credit card on me due to my financial budget and my account been closed at the moment. I will need your payment information as follows:

Your Name:
Address:
Phone #:

Once these information’s are provided, i will make necessary arrangement for the check to be mailed out to you immediately before my arrival date for the treatment and i will email you as soon as that is done.

I look forward to hear from you.

Jenny

From: _____________
Subject: Re: Massage Treatment Needed.
To: “jennyqueen27@yahoo.com” <jennyqueen27@yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, March 22, 2013, 2:50 PM

We’re open from 9a-7p Mon-Sat and 1p-6p on Sundays. we charge the following rates

25 min massage $40
50 min massage $75
80 min massage $110
75 min hot stone massage $ 95

From: Jennifer Lewis <jare.hayor1@gmail.com>
To: _____________
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:19 PM
Subject: Massage Treatment Needed.

Hi,
My name is Jennifer Lewis. I would be visiting Georgia for a short vacation. I am looking for a competent massage therapist for Deep tissue, Therapeutic and Swedish massage therapy to help relieve of stress and pains.  I would be glad to know the following information regarding your service.

Charges per hour:
Hours of Operation:
I look forward to hear from you ASAP.

Thanks,
Jenny

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member January 12, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXX
Date: January 12, 2013
Description: here is the latest of many e-mails

Hello,
My name is Susan Blow; I will be going on my annual leave on the 8th of February and my husband & I will be coming to California, USA on holiday for 1month. We would be staying from Sunday 10th of February 2013 to Wednesday 13th of March 2013. I require the services of a Personal massage therapist, though this could be done rather flexibly for the entire period of our stay. I will require your services for 2 days each week and for 1 session of 1hour or 1hour/30mins each depending on your availability.

Basically I require full body massage in other to relax as I regularly have stiffness in my shoulder and lower back. Over the past 1 month I have hired the services of a personal massage therapist and I find each session very relaxing and refreshing. Since I am going on a 1 month holiday I would like to continue with my work-out program during my stay in California. I am interested in either full body massage or a combination of massage and manual therapy. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts, recommendation and the total costs for your services (4weeks – number of sessions 8).

I’m 45 years old and a senior accountant, working with Palomar Foods Limited here in the United Kingdom. I will be happy to pay in advance of our visit to guarantee your services during our stay. We can have the therapy sessions at your Clinic/Studio. I look forward to hearing from you, many thanks.

Best regards,

Susan Blow
72 Crownstone Rd,
London SW2 1LY
United Kingdom

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member November 26, 2012

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXX
Date: 11/25/2012
Description: From: adson23101@gmail.com [mailto:adson23101@gmail.com] On Behalf Of F B
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:36 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Booking Date (January 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2013)

Good Morning,
I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Brooke of Bravura Inc.

I will like to make inquiries and availability for January 22nd, 23rdand 24th 2013. Some guest would need your service. Kindly advise your service menu or your catalog for them to choose which of your services they preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely

Brooke Fredrick
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc
Canada Region
Phone: (517) 798-6771

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member September 12, 2012

Description: Good to read from you,
Thank you for the response, regarding your reply, here are lists of adult coming to have your service on the date previously stated, as you will know how best to space them to complete the services from 9:30 am within the 3 days (NO GENDER PREFERENCE). Listed below are the names of guests who would have the following services

Spa Service Needed:
Full Massage: October 17th (Minutes as stated per person)
Sports Massage: October 18th (Minutes as stated per person)
Half Foot Massage: October 19th (Minutes as stated per person)

Names of Guests:
Mr. Garry Barrett
Mrs. Esther Harker
Mr. Howard Clayton
Miss Lisa Suzman
Mr. Oliver Plevin Srn
Mr. & Mrs. Anderson                                  Couples
Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Eastwood                      Couples

I will like to know the total cost for the listed above service. And also, I plan making an advanced Deposit of $1400 which is my budget to cover for you service, as they might require more services. While I wait for your response, I make further arrangements to meet up standard bookings; I will be waiting to read from you with the total cost. Thank you.

Brooke F
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc.
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1. Canada.
Tel: (517) 798-6771
Email: lordfredb1111@cafuc.net

——————————————————————————–

Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:52:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Service Inquiry and Date Availabilities
From: XXXXXX
To: lordfredb1111@cafuc.net

Your message seems like a spam message. If you are genuine and serious, the information can be found at XXXXXX.

New Page 1 Hello,

Good day, I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Fredrick Brooke, the Welfare Manager, Bravura Inc. I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for October 17th,18th, 19th 2012. Some of my delegates need your service in sessions.

Kindly send me your SERVICE MENU or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred. Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely

Brooke Fredrick
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1. Canada.
Tel: (517) 798-6771 (SMS & Calls)
Email: lordfredb1111@cafuc.net

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
September 6, 2012

Description: I received this today.  Not sure if it is a scam, but it looks very similar to the others posted.  I’m going to ignore this and not respond.

From:    Collins W wcollins28@careceo.com
Subject: Your Service Is Needed

Hello,

Good day, I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Collins Williams, the Welfare Manager, Bravura Inc.  I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for October 17th, 18th, 19th 2012. Some of my delegates need your service in sessions. Kindly send me your SERVICE MENU or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely

Williams Collins
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1. Canada.
Tel: (517) 798-6771 (SMS & Calls)

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
July 20, 2012

Description: I seem to be getting these almost daily  Below are copies of two I’ve gotten today. I recognize all as scams but have gotten so many that I finall googled it and found this–thank you.

Hello,
Am Dr Russell,i will be in your city on the 29th of August and i need more details about your service and sessions,i will be staying 2 months or more.Kindly let me know your charges and details if you offer any of Deep Tissue,Energetic and sport Massage so that i will book ahead before coming.

Await your reply

I will be arriving on the 29th of August, and i will start on the 3rd of September,Kindly calculate the total amount for 10 sessions and can i see you twice or thrice a week and Tuesday,Thursday and Friday between 9am -10.30am or evening 7pm – 8.30pm or you can let me know your own arrangement.

Kindly get back to me with the following details so i can make half or full advance payment IMMEDIATELY.

1: Your Full Name to be on the payment

2: Your Address and zip code

3: Your cell phone number

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
July 20, 2012

From: XXXX
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 5:59 AM
To: expectmore@abmp.com
Subject: Possible scam email

Hello,
I wanted to report a possible scam email aimed at MTs.  I just received it and I am not going to respond as I do not accept unsolicited new clients in this fashion.  The subject line said YOUR SERVICE !!!.

This is not the first email like this that I’ve received. It immediately struck me as not right. But other MTs might answer it and get scammed.  As our professional organization, can you please look into this?

——– Original message ——–
Subject:YOUR SERVICE !!!
From:Dr Russell Park <drrussell111@gmail.com>
To:
Cc:

Hello,

Am Dr Russell,i will be in your city on the 14th of August and i need more details about your service and sessions,i will be staying 2 months or more.Kindly let me know your charges and details if you offer any of Deep Tissue,Energetic and sport Massage so that i will book ahead before coming.

Await your reply
Dr Russell

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
July 18, 2012

From ABMP Member XXXXXX

Description: Greetings from Sydney!!

My name is Mr.Robert Kavalio I live and work as a massage therapist here in Sydney, I am 49yrs old, Am originally from milan italy. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in Sydney.

I have been looking for a Massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able give my client some massage sessions..My client’s name is Ms Stacy Rebecca , A model here in Sydney, who will be needing some Massage sessions when she arrives the States..She will be coming to the U.S in 3 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

She will be needing 1hr Massage session per day, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. Ms Rebecca, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in a week time, so i promised to help her get a good Massage therapist in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the sessions from the 22th of July to the 30th of August, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

You can view some of Ms Rebecca Pictures from the link below:

Pls i would need you to send your reply to my personal email ( robertkavalio@yahoo.it ) as i do not check this always

Till I read from you remain blessed.

Robert Kavalio
tworth Avenue
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 13, 2012

From ABMP Member XXXXXX
Description: I received this email on March 30 and never responded to it since I found it sounded phoney. I live in Puerto Rico.

Greetings,

I am Mr Alex Perso,I have some people who are inuring for your therapy session during their stay in your city,They are on vacation and would like to have a therapy session during their stay in your city.Please let me know how possible it is for you to hold the session for the guests on their stay date,Also let me know the whole cost for the session if you can handle it and i will get back to you with the whole other information.

Please find the dates of arrival:
Date of Arrival:10th June 2012
starting date:12th June 2012
End of treatment:20th June 2012

Please send me the cost for the Therapy session appointment with you for the mentioned date and for the number of person so i can communicate it with the sponsors and guests.

Thanks.
Alex Perso

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6 , 2012

From: Mr Joseph Lee <lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 11/26/11

Dear sir/Madam,

I wish to know if you can provide massage services for my clients on business trip.They are
three males and will need at least 1 hour massage services and relaxation each for three weeks from 16 January – 06 February 2012.They will be needing 1 hour massage sessions each,at 3 days in a week for three weeks.

They will be visiting your clinic for the massage services in the evening from 03:00 pm.I hope that you will be able to accommodate my request at this time.My clients do not have any medical issues and have received massage in the past.

Give  me your quote and the total cost for your services.Get back to me at lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk

SUMMARY OF MY REQUEST-

Number of customers:3 males

Number of daily massage hours:1 hour massage/person/day

Total number of days:9 days

Massage days:3 days a week for 3 weeks

Type of massage: Full body massage

Payment: Credit card

Customers Language:Chinese and English

Regards

Mr Joseph Lee
Tree Craft Ltd
Hillside Farm,Rushmore Hill
Knolckholt,Kent.TN14 7NL
PH:+447024063564

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6 , 2012

From: camachoa@cv3.compuvisionenlinea.com; on behalf of; Daniel Nowozeniuk <Danielnowozeniuk@rediffmail.com>
Date: 12/2/2011

Hello, I would like to book massage sessions for 4 persons arriving from the United Kingdom on vacation. They will arrive your region on the 27th February and depart 19th March, 2012. Send me in a reply the total cost for the entire sessions. Can you have each person scheduled for appointments twice a week for 3weeks, in between the period of their stay? Kindly, advise on price and availability. Thanks. Daniel Nowozeniuk. Kinesiotherapist, 52 Abbey Gardens, NW8 9AT +447024017561

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6 , 2012

Dear,
I would like to book massage therapy appointments for 4-clients arriving from the United-Kingdom on vacation. They will arrive to your region on the 24th May and depart 22nd June, 2012.
Send me in a reply the total cost for the entire appointments.

Can you schedule each person for appointments twice a week for 4-weeks, in between the period of their stay?

Your advice on price and availability will be highly regarded.

Kind Regards,

Tom Hoy.
Kinesiotherapist,
52 Abbey Gardens,
NW8 9AT,
+447011140414 

 

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6, 2012

From: XXXX
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:39 PM
To: expectmore@abmp.com
Subject: Another scam email

This is a follow up email to one I answered from Jeremy Bernard.  Exactly as you described they send a larger amount and have you wire the difference.

Greetings!!

How are you doing today? Hope all is well with you? Am very sorry for the late reply, I was away to Verona for my daughters wedding and just returned, Am very pleased to read from you, Hope you having a nice time over there, I am doing great here,  You sound like a very nice person am sure Ms Martinez will love your work.

I sent a copy of the message you sent me to Ms Martinez  and she is very happy you will be able to give her  the Massage sessions, I also want to let you know she speaks good English so you do not need to worry about communication, She is in Italy at the moment for a runway show, She said she would not finish her show until the 14thof this Month so you should pencil her her from the 16th, She said you should make a Schedule from 16th to the 29th of  May, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks and she would like all the sessions to be before1pm or after 5pm because she will be going out for her photo shoot between the hr of 1pm – 5pm and you should not Include Sundays because of Church.

She would be making reservations in the hotel below next week and will give you all the details you will need as soon as the reservation is done, Let me know if the hotel is close to you, she would be having transportation when she arrives so distance should not be a problem.

Best Western Denham Springs Inn
146 Rushing Road East,
Denham Springs, LA 70726

About Payments, Ms Martinez  said she is doing a Billboard job for best buy, so the payments would come from best buy Company in Chicago, She said she would tell the Company manager to make out the cashier check for her job in your name, The cashiers check is for ( $4,850 ) so that when you receive the Certified Check on her behalf, you deduct the money for the Sessions, and have her scheduled and you help her wire the rest of her Money to her Via Western union when she arrives Asia to pick up the Photo Equipments she is Renting for her job so she can use the rest of the money to pay for her photo shoot Equipments before her arrival.

Pls let me know if you can assist her with that? All you need do, is email me when you received her check and i will give you all the instructions on how to get the rest of her money to her when she arrives Asia to pick up her Equipments before her flight to america. she said if you will need a tip for that, it should not be a problem.

She would need the details below below so she can pass it to the Company manager to make her cashier check in your name and overnight it to you via Fedex so you can have her booked. Pls send the details below to her email   : {  therapiamartinez@yahoo.fr }

1) Name on check:…………………..

2) Address check will be sent to:…………………….

3) Phone Number to call on delivery: …………………..

4)Total amount for your job ……………

You can reach Ms Martinez on her Cell incase you have any questions: +447924838121

Have a beautiful day!

Jeremy bernard
112 Rue des Beaux-Art,
75006 Paris, France

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 2, 2012

From: JEREMY BERNARD atlantic-soudures@orange.fr
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 19:15:11 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Massage therapist needed asap..
To: XXXX

Greetings from Paris, &nbsp;

My name is Mr Jeremy bernard I live and work as a massage therapist here in France, I am 49yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1991.

I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain.
I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done.
I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in France.

I have been looking for a for Massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able give my client some Massage sessions.. My client’s name is Ms Anais Martinez, A model here in France who will be needing some massage session when she arrives America…She will be coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

She will be needing 1hr Massage session per day, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. Ms Martinez, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in a week time so i promised to help her get a good Massage &nbsp;therapist in your Area..

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Massage therapist? and would you be able to provide her with the Massage sessions from the 16th of April to the 29th of May, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks.

I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

Pls do send your reply to my personal email address &nbsp;( therapiajeremyb@yahoo.fr &nbsp;) &nbsp;as i do not check this email always.

You can view some of Ms Martinez Pictures from the link below:

 

 

Jeremy Bernard112 Rue des Beaux-Art,&nbsp;75006 Paris, France

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
March 9, 2012

First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Member ID: XXXX
Date: March 8, 2012
Description: Letter recd. 3/7/2012

Hello,
I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Fredrick Brooke, the director of Staff welfare, Ancient Greek Theatre.  I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for April 25th, 26th, 27th 2012. Some of my delegates would be coming for treatments on sessions.

Kindly send me your treatment menu or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive treatment per day and also to confirm your best time. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover their treatment.

I will appreciate it if you can get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the spa menu along with mode of payments.. Kindly confirm as per above

Fredrick Brooke
Director of Staff welfare
Ancient Greek Theatre
40 Wyndham Crescent
Canton, Cardiff
CF11 9EH
Email: lordfredb2@cafuc.net

Scam is making its rounds, again – refer to scam reports here
http://firstofnine.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/the-anatomy-of-a-massage-scam/

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
February 1, 2012

First Name: XXX
Last Name: XXX
Member ID:XXX
Date: 1/26/12

Hi,
I’m an ABMP member and I just received this email. I’ve gotten others like it before and forwarded them to you. They are always someone coming from another country and sent to undisclosed recipients, wanting info on services and sessions. Anyway, here’s another one. Just want to let you know in case this is some kind of scam so you can let the membership know.
Thanks much,

XXXXXXX

[Initial Email Inquiry]
From:
andrearossi820 <andrearossi820@gmail.com>
Date: January 26, 2012 8:09:33 AM PST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
BCC: XXXX
Subject: Re—-Enquiry About Your Service !!!

Hello,

My name is Andrea from Ireland,i will be coming on an official assignment to your city on Feb 8th and i like more info about your service and sessions,i will be staying 3 months or more.Kindly let me know your charges and details if you offer any of Deep Tissue,Energetic and sport Massage so that i will book ahead before coming.

Await your reply.
Andrea

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
January 11, 2012

First Name: XXX
Last Name: XXX
Member ID:XXX
Date: 12/15/11
Description: Good Day,

My Name is Wayne Packer from Scotland. I want to make inquiry on your Pilate sections for 8 athletes that will be coming to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area. We are interested in an hour pilate sections after each day activities. do you offer private/simi private pilate sections?

Bellow are details of the reservation:

Arrival Date: 23rd of January to  12th of February 2012

Time: evening sessions, Mondays through Saturdays (18 section) Number of athletes: 8 adults.3 females & 5 Male Sprinters within the age of

19-27 years.

Kindly advise details on availability and the TOTAL COST for the booking of the sections, so we can make payment to secure the booking.Hope you accept credit card payments? I await your prompt response.

Regards,

Wayne Packer
waynepk74@yahoo.com

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
January 2, 2012

[Initial Email Inquiry]
From: Mr Joseph Lee lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk
To: #####
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 3:55 PM
Subject: MASSAGE SERVICES

Dear sir/Madam,

I wish to know if you can provide massage services for my clients on business trip.They are three males and will need at least 1 hour massage services and relaxation each for three weeks from 16 January – 06 February 2012.They will be needing 1 hour massage sessions each,at 3 days in a week for three weeks.

They will be visiting your clinic for the massage services in the evening from 03:00 pm.I hope that you will be able to accommodate my request at this time.My clients do not have any medical issues and have received massage in the past.

Give  me your quote and the total cost for your services.Get back to me at lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk

SUMMARY OF MY REQUEST-
Number of customers:3 males
Number of daily massage hours:1 hour massage/person/day
Total number of days:9 days
Massage days:3 days a week for 3 weeks
Type of massage: Full body massage
Payment: Credit card
Customers Language:Chinese and English

Regards

Mr Joseph Lee
Tree Craft Ltd
Hillside Farm,Rushmore Hill
Knolckholt,Kent.TN14 7NL
PH:+447024063564

[Reply from ABMP Member]

From: ####
Subject: Re: MASSAGE SERVICES
To: “lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk” lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 15:38

Dear Mr. Lee,

First my apologies for the delay back to you. My name is #### and as of now will be able to accommodate your clients for the time frame you have requested. For a traditional 1 hour massage $79.00 per person, traditional massage with reflexology 70 minutes $84.00 per person. I also offer 90 minute massages as well. These services will need to be booked and redeemed  at ##### to provide the best service.  If you wish to book these services, please request it to be with me specifically, I will take 20% off their first massage, also you will get more for your money if you purchase a gift certificate before 12/31/11.

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have.

Happy and Healthy Holidays,

####

[Last Response, Requesting Overpayment to be Sent to a Third Party—the Tell-tale Sign of a Scam]

Date: 1/2/12

Description: I confirm that my clients will receive massage services and relaxation each for three weeks in your clinic from 16 January – 06 February 2012 as i told you in my previous mail. According to your quote,the total amount for your services is $2133.I wish to proceed with the payment. I will make the payment with a credit card.I will send the credit card details to you on Monday so that you can process the entire amount with your POS machine.

We also made arrangement with a travel/logistics agent to take care of their travel arrangements from China and also make hotel and car hire reservations for them before they arrive. You are to process the credit card to the tune of $9000 + (credit card charges, vat and tax) to cover the entire cost for your services and the booking for other services. When you receive the money $9000 in your account, you deduct the cost of your services $2133 and send the balance $6867 to the travel/logistics agent to enable him make the other bookings for them.

Confirm this message and get back to me with the below detail -

YOUR FULL NAME-
CONTACT ADDRESS-
PHONE NUMBER-
THE TYPE OF CREDIT you ACCEPT-
THE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION YOU NEED-

I await your reply so that we can proceed.

Regards
Mr Joseph Lee
Tree Craft Ltd
Hillside Farm,Rushmore Hill

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
December 20, 2011

We received an email with stilted English that they wanted three days of 90 minute massages for himself “Ben Raes” and his wife “Janet.”

I had no idea it was not legit so I booked them and asked him to send $550.

I received three money orders totaling $2975(from New York, even though the letter was postmarked in London, UK.)

We are notifying our local police on how to proceed.

My assistant became suspicious and said that this was a scam. They get you to deposit the checks, then cancel and ask for their money back before the deposit cleared.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
November 4, 2011

It was worded exactly same as what you have shown in the scam warning except set up for Texas.
Same dates, times etc.
sentfrom the email addresses:
whqt1941@gmail.com and whqt1941@yahoo.com

Greetings,

I found your contact after a brief search for a Massage Theraphists on the internet and I therefore use this channel to request if you will be available to offer 3days of 90Mins Massage Service to me and my wife.  My name is Ben and my wife’s name is Janet, we live and work as textiles suppliers in United Kingdom and we will be visiting the State of Texas in United States on the 10th of February, 2012.

February 10th, February 17th and February 24th,2012 are our preferred massage dates and morning session between 9am & 12pm will be fine for us,but if this time is not available, then period from 5pm upward will make a good alternative.

Moreover if there is any of the quoted dates/times that is not available,please let me know and possibly furnish me with alternative dates/times.We can on each day do the sessions  back to back(i.e one after the other) OR at the same time if you have another therapist working with you. Alternatively I can have my own massage in the morning and the one for my wife comes later in the day.  We do not have any medical issues whatsoever and we have received massage services several times in the past .

Kindly answer the following questions if you are available for the service required.

What is your address location in Texas so as to estimate our proximity to you ?

How many years of experience do you have in this career?

I look forward to your prompt response.

Regards,
Ben Raes

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
October 31, 2011

Greetings,

I found your contact after a brief search for a Massage Theraphists on the internet and I therefore use this channel to request if you will be available to offer 3days of 90Mins Massage Service to me and my wife.  My name is Ben and my wife’s name is Janet, we live and work as textiles suppliers in United Kingdom and we will be visiting the State of Massachusetts in United States on the 10th of February, 2012.

February 10th, February 17th and February 24th,2012 are our preferred massage dates and morning session between 9am & 12pm will be fine for us,but if this time is not available, then period from 5pm upward will make a good alternative.

Moreover if there is any of the quoted dates/times that is not available,please let me know and possibly furnish me with alternative dates/times.We can on each day do the sessions  back to back(i.e one after the other) OR at the same time if you have another therapist working with you. Alternatively I can have my own massage in the morning and the one for my wife comes later in the day.  We do not have any medical issues whatsoever and we have received massage services several times in the past .

Kindly answer the following questions if you are available for the service required.

What is your address location in Massachusetts so as to estimate our proximity to you ?

How many years of experience do you have in this career?

I look forward to your prompt response.

Regards,
Ben Raes

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
January 24, 2011

From: panilawren0101@fusemail.com
Date: January 17, 2011

Description from the ABMP Member:
I got an email that claimed “Massage Therapist needed.” I found the wording to be of broken english and they also wanted to send a cashiers check in advance to sessions. When I went to respond with some key questions–I already had red flags going off–I was asked to download Japanese. This email came on January 17th and I have not gotten any response yet to my questions. It is requesting massages for a wife and husbank supposedly in the UK and coming to my area on the 28th of this month. They wanted a local “associate” to get me the money in advance. I have reported it to local news, BBB, and FBI. I really hate to see the scam cause anyother professional and problems. This is coming from panilawren0101@fusemail.com and going to mellow060@yahoo.com Please be cautious.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
November 10, 2010

From: doyen00066@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM
Subject: In need of massage therapist

Hello my name is Patricia, I’m in the United Kingdom for a year contract and I got here last August this year. My husband and I have agreed to spend our holiday in the United States starting from the 22nd of November. We intend to have some deep tissue massage to relieve some of the usual work related pains that we do have. I will like to know how much you charge for each sessions and we will like to have about three sessions each. Once am sure of the price, I will have my associate in the United States send you a cashiers check payment as I will like to make payment and bookings in advance.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
10/05/2010
Description: Greetings from Milan ,

My name is Mr Roberto Branco, I live and work as a massage therapist here in Italy . I am 46 yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do a deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in italy.

I have been looking for a massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, her name is Serah. She used to live in America before she relocated here with her family, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able to give my client some massage sessions when she arrives the US.

My clients name is Ms Monica Picchi, Shes is a model here in Italy . She will be coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in Illinois temporarily until the neccesary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves. She will be needing 1hr massage session per day, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks when she arrives.

Ms Monica asked me to come with her to the US but i told her i would not be able to go with her to the US as i have a course i will be going for in a week time, so i promised to help her find a good massage therapist in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the massage sessions from the 25th of this month to the 6th of December, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks?

Pls i need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

Do send your reply to my personal email address { brancoroberto70@yahoo.it } for a quick response as i do not check this email always.

Till I read from you remain blessed.

Roberto Branco
712 Via Mercato,
1,26129
Milano Italy


Advertising Company Takes Money, Doesn’t Deliver
9/21/2009
Alert Regarding Nationwide Advertising (aka Coast to Coast Advertising)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) members have reported entering into a contract with the company calling itself Nationwide Advertising (aka Coast to Coast Advertising). This company purportedly disappears at times and reappears under a different company name. This company has taken our members’ money but has not provided the advertising that was contracted for. The company sells printed ads on restaurant placemats and phone book covers and appears to have a policy that it will charge yearly for the ads even if a yearly renewal was not agreed upon. In some cases the ads are never printed.

We advise ABMP members to check out any complaints that may be on file regarding a company that you are considering for advertising contracts or for other business relationships. Watch your credit card accounts for any unauthorized charges, and take steps to report these unauthorized charges to your credit card company as soon as possible. Go online and Google the company’s name, or contact your local chamber of commerce to research for any reported complaints.