Scams personal trainers need to beware of! How many of you trainers are now receiving fake emails about people wanting personal training? If it looks strange, there’s a reason for that! DO NOT correspond, other than telling the person to stop emailing you. This is a scam 100% fake!
For a few years, I have been receiving strange emails looking like this, this is actually the latest one that came last week.
Fake email example
I would like to make an appointment for Personal fitness training and exercise for my kids for 8 weeks training for 2 (Female) age (20 and 22) and 1 (Male) aged (21) For eight weeks 1hr daily 3 times in a week.
The kids need to Gain power, agility, stability, strength, and flexibility training Also I want you to know that the kids will be coming with a private bus driver and I will be expecting your reply with the total cost and your address, cell phone number and direction for the private transport to locate your place when they are coming for the training.
Also what text books do they need to buy for the training sessions? I will send extra money to cover cost of these and where you will send payment to nanny via western union.
Please send me your address so I can send you check to cover training sessions and cost of private bus driver that you will forward payment to via western union.
Things to take note of…
First of all, its very unlikely, actually impossible to think why the kids would be coming to the gym separately without the parents, and in a private bus, really? I don’t think so! Scam alert!
Why would the trainer be responsible for paying the bus driver to bring the kids to the gym? That obviously is the parent’s job even if this was true, which it isn’t! Scam alert!
Textbooks for personal training sessions! And send payment to their nanny. Seriously? You see how this has nothing to do with what they claim to be buying? Scam alert!
You see all these different people needing money sent by the trainer? and how they want the payment redirecting to other places via western union? No trace that’s why! Scam alert!
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My experience with this issue
Around 10 years ago I had my first email scam concerning personal training sessions. It wasn’t as obvious as the one mentioned earlier in this blog, and as I hadn’t received one before, I was fooled, to start with anyway.
They claimed they wanted to buy 20 training sessions for $800 which was my price back then for some promotion I was advertising, so nothing strange about that.
They claimed they wanted to pay in advance and wanted to send a check as they didn’t have PayPal, I thought it was a little strange but no alarm bells ringing yet.
Now when I got the check in the mail, it wasn’t for $800, but rather $3000! Now the alarm bells were ringing big time! Even more so when I read the letter with the check that had instructions to send a large portion of the extra money to different places via western union!
The check was from a company in another state! Obviously, this was stolen money and money laundering. When I questioned why they sent such a large check they responded by telling me I’d be doing them a favor and in return I could keep an extra $500 for the troubles.
They kept saying the were good God fearing Christian people, like that’s a validation of being genuine, funny how People use God in that way.
Now, you don’t need to be too smart to realize people don’t do things for free, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I blocked them and destroyed the check, so thankfully never hear from them ever again.
I`ve had many similar emails over the years, but all so fake it`s not even funny! At least that first one wasn’t so obvious, until I got the check of course.
Don’t deposit that check!
The bottom line is if you receive a check from one of these scams and deposit into your bank account, that’s where it stops when it gets investigated, your account!
Then you’ll have some explaining to do as why you accepted it in the first place, and they’ll probably be thinking you’re somehow connected to the criminal ring that stole the check in the first place.
Just delete the email if it looks anything like the one shown in this blog, there’s no point in even replying to it! It`s just not worth it.
Stay safe and keep an eye open for the scammers!