Current Couples Therapy Scam: Watch for these folks preying on therapists.

If you’ve hung out in therapy Facebook or LinkedIn groups for awhile, you’ve surely seen therapists discuss various scams that are going around.

Psychologist Steven Lazarus forwarded this one to me today. He responded to the email, and saw the telltale signs.

I think it’s good for all of us to be aware that ANYTIME someone wants to send you a bunch of money ahead of services being delivered, there is a catch. Don’t go there.

Here is what happens.

Step 1: The scammer reaches out to enquire about your services:

Step 2: You reply

Step 3: They send something like this:

  • Greetings! Thanks for your quick response to my message. I would have love to call you to brief you but, i’m not comfortable with that because it’s a sensitive matter, but I’ll try to be detailed enough in this message. My name is , I’m 54 years old and my wife’s name is , she is 48 years old, we are Canadian. We always celebrate our wedding anniversary on vacation every year, in different cities here in Canada or in other countries, for the past 24 years of our marriage, We chose Colorado for this 25th anniversary vacation because my wife grandparents are from Colorado, she always want to visit Colorado. The reason we need your service is because our marriage has become boring since about 6 years ago, we believed things will get better over the years, but instead for our relationship to get better it has become worsen and we are presently consederring divorce, divorce will break our children hearts, destroy us and everything we built together. I seek for my father inlaw’s advice, he advised us to seek for a professional help, from a couple/marriage counselor, he said counselling is the best way to repair a broken relationship. We decided to seek for couple counseling when we’re on vacation in your city in Colorado, We prefer to have our counselling while on vacation, because there is absolutely no time to spare here in Canada because of our work schedule, but our 6 weeks vacation will give us a great opportunity, I have 100% believe that this is the best solution, because we can’t continue living together like strangers in the house, that’s why we need your help. We are going to be in your city in Colorado for 6 weeks from 27th of July to 10th of September 2016, we want 10 counseling sessions within 6 weeks of our stay in Colorado, We can have the sessions twice a week if it is convenient for you, for the period of 6 weeks and any time of the day or night is perfectly okay with us, as our schedule will be flexible once we arrive on the 27th of July. Please calculate the cost and let me know the total amount, also I want you to please setup the schedule that works best for you. We would suggest the following: Week-1: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like) Week-2: 1 sessions (Please select the day and time you like) Week-3: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like) Week-4: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like) Week-5: 1 sessions (Please select the day and time you like) Week-6: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like) Again, I want you to understand that our time/programs will be flexible during our stay over there, so you can fit the sessions into schedules that will be convenient for you, either Morning, Afternoon or Evening sessions will be fine for us. Our hotel will be close to your location, so coming for our sessions on time won’t be a problem. Please respond to this message with the total cost of 10 counselling sessions. Thank you so much.

Step 4: You reply regarding scheduling.

Step 5: They send another email about giving you a large amount of money.

  • Hello, Perfect. As i said before, any two days of the week and any time of the day you choose will be perfect for us, so I’m very happy and full of joy now that we have you as our counsellor. For sure, this is going to be a perfect vacation. We are ready to make a deposit payment in other to secure our counselling sessions with you. I need your name and address for me to mail the 50% deposit payment as soon as possible, inform of a certified cheque, money order or bank draft. It’s important to mail payment to you now because we will not be able to take much cash with us and the cash with us will be use for food, movements etc, so it’s important to settle your own payment now, so that can be off our budget to worry about. A certified cheque, bank draft or money order will be the best method of payment and it will be mailed to you by express as soon as possible, you will receive it within 2 to 3 working days. I’ll be waiting for your name and address in order to mail payment soon. Thank you.

I know that in addition to this couples therapy scam, there was another one going around recently where a man was looking for intensive therapy for his daughter.

Sometimes these folks are so compelling, that it’s easy to get pulled in emotionally, so be very careful.

This topic is a big bummer so if you want to find some levity in it, watch this YouTube video:

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41 Comments

  1. Marla January 13, 2017

    I recently was contacted with this exact scam. Word for word. The whole thing just seemed off so I got on line to see if others had experienced something similar. Thanks for posting this information.

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  2. Julia Clowney January 13, 2017

    Hi guys,
    I got this email too. After the second one asking for so many sessions I figured it was a scam. What I don’t understand is – what’s the scam? Other than being annoying by taking up time and energy – what do they get from the therapists they’re trying to scam?

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    • Beth Harp April 19, 2017

      If you play along they eventually send you a fraudulent cashier’s check for at least 4x the amount agreed upon for sessions and ask you to send the balance via western union to them in Mexico where they have “jumpstarted” their vacation. If you deposit it in your bank it will bounce AFTER you have already sent them the money. I called the bank the check was issued on and was told it was a fraudulent check so never had any loss from it.

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  3. Mark Liston January 17, 2017

    Are you saying this scam was only to get the mailing address? It just worked on me. I’m a therapist in Joplin MO. He gave me an address in Canada that was a condo for sale. I googled ‘psychology scams’ and found your article on the second page. Thanks!

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    • Julie L March 18, 2017

      Mark, The trick is that they will send you a check to deposit but it will be for the wrong amount. They will tell you to “keep a little extra for your trouble”, but please return the excess amount. By the time you return their money, and think all is well, you will find that the original check was a fake check and your bank will charge you the amount plus fees for the bad check.
      I just received the above email this week, as well as two texts from an individual seeking several sessions and wanting to pay in advance. As soon as I say I don’t accept payment in the advance, they leave me alone. I did once try to mess with someone when they tried this scam to buy something I was selling on Craigslist, but I don’t want to do that from my professional email.

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  4. Violet Maddox February 28, 2017

    This happened to a colleague of mine. For those who are asking, the scam is that they send you the money, but “accidentally” send you too much. You deposit the money, and then they catch the “mistake” and ask you for a refund. You refund the difference, which is a large amount. Then after your bank gets done talking to their bank, you find out that the check bounced, and suddenly you have no money from them, and you’ve lost the money you sent them.

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  5. Daryl March 8, 2017

    What a bummer! (thanks for posting this – got the exact e-mail)
    I also don’t really get the scam here, aside from wasting my time.

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  6. Sharon Meadows March 9, 2017

    The scam is that they ask the therapist to cash the cheque that is too much money and send a couple of thousand dollars to a transfer address in Mexico the same day before the cheque comes back NSF.. I did not sCash the cheque. I immediately returned it to the address in Ottawa and canceled all contact but my bank manager explained this is what they are doing,

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  7. Roger Shaw March 13, 2017

    Yep, same scam came to my email through Psychology Today. Their pitch was word for word the same as the above. We got so far as to their sending a cashier’s check for more than agreed upon amount and then wanting me to send the difference Western Union while they were on vacation. My bank said the check looked fake, nevertheless would take seven days to clear for me to have access to the funds. I sent an email to the couple stating there was no way I could send funds until the check cleared. I then came home and looked up Canadian Couple Counseling Scam. Found this website and it confirmed my fears.

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  8. Cathy Harris March 14, 2017

    I have been contacted in similar ways, 3 times in the last 2 months. I state very clearly that I must speak with the potential client, in person, before setting an appointment. I have gotten back a reply with an apology that (for some reason or another) that is not possible, but ‘you can trust me’… I have written back and stated that I do not do business this way and that we therapists are aware of false requests for services, thanks anyway.

    I think it’s important that we pay attention to how we respond to these as far as not letting our compassion or our need for income over-ride our rational thinking processes.

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  9. Renee March 15, 2017

    What is the scam? I received this email exactly and did respond as I had done marriage intensives before. The check was huge and it made no sense…unfortunately that’s when I started getting suspicious, not before.

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  10. Carolyn Becker March 16, 2017

    I also received this scam email here in Texas. I responded with my Intake forms to be filled out before scheduling any appointments. I figured this is a scam so after googling…. I found this site. They may want to wire money to us or send a large amount and then ask for some of it to be returned (laundering cash). This is the only thing I can imagine they would get out of this effort. Anyway, I’m curious to see if they return the documents filled out. lol

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  11. Cherie March 23, 2017

    The scam is that they may ask you to mail a certain portion of the money back to them either by cashier’s check bank check Western Union or money order. If you were naive enough to deposit the money into your account and your bank was naïve enough to treat it as a real check, and you have some large amount of money in your account. You pull out some half as large amount and send it wherever they want it to be sent. In the meantime you are Bank, upon trying to receive the funds from their Bank, discovers that their bank is a fake bank and reverses the deposit. But you’re out the money, because you have already sent the Western Union or cashier’s check or whatever that you have sent that cannot be revoked.

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  12. Tanja April 1, 2017

    i just got this too word for word except for vacation destination. Reported names Tise and Medes Boogey with the following Canadian address: 296 Cambridge Street North Ottawa Ontario K1ROB4 and currently is staying in Mexico (as of at least 3/23/16 to right now and supposedly will be in San Antonio April 5 – May 13). This scumbag reported a Mexican address of: Avenida Los Reyes #32 Guanajuato Guanajuato Mexico. This criminal had me sold for a bit – i had received a cashier’s check for way my service fees for the 10 sessions – to this he replied that his associate made a mistake and was supposed to send him some money for flight tickets. I agreed to western union transfer but then when he kept asking for more is when the red flag finally came up for me and googled counseling scams and saw this – thank you. I screenshot this article and sent the buttface miscreant one last email. I can’t believe it’s gotten around to so many of us. Karma will find him one day. Until then we counselors gotta watch out for each other.

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  13. Tanja April 1, 2017

    Come to think of it there was a lady reporting to be from England seeking services while on vacation as well. She did not use this template though. But once I gave her the price for my services she stopped replying. If I remember her name I’ll come back on here with an update. Stay vigilant my colleagues.

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  14. J. Scott Craig April 6, 2017

    I just received this scam email also, and while I have not seen myself what happens next, the usual approach is the scammer sends a bad check for a lot more money than you need and then asks you to send them back a (good) check for the difference (to answer Julia).

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  15. Richard St. Pierre April 11, 2017

    I was contacted last week with the exact scam. I noticed the broken English is some of the sentence structure , bur being of French-Canadian heritage myself, and having many relatives who speak broken English, I didn’t think anything of it. today I mentioned this to a co-worker who had also been contacted. I sent Mr “Myer” a link to this page. thank you for alerting us to this. who can we report this to???

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  16. Jenny Harmon April 12, 2017

    Same here! Just today.

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  17. Karen April 12, 2017

    I received the exact same letter, sensed something was off and began to research the scam. It is much more than your address which is readily available online.

    Eventually the potential “client” prepays for the intended sessions by way of a fake cashiers check in an amount much greater than the amount due. Then they “discover” their mistake and request that you deposit the large incorrect check in your bank account and send them back a check for the difference (minus a small fee for your inconvenience). Their check to you eventually bounces and your check to them doesn’t. You are out the difference.

    Thanks for posting this as it was my first confirmation that this was a scam.

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  18. Cecilie Ott April 14, 2017

    I too received this email a week ago… word for word what you posted. Thank you so much for posting this information. Whenever I get this garbage from someone on Craigslist I call them out as a scammer and delete it. Someone/thing attempting to deceive me as a professional was a first and although I didn’t lock in with anything, I am only slightly irritated that I even wasted an hour searching the web for answers to pick a part an odd email. Again, thank you –

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  19. Janelle April 14, 2017

    Thank you so much for posting this. Our office just got this email a couple days ago and it sounded sketchy so I wanted to look it up and found your article. Our office is confused as to how these scams work? How do they benefit from them? Thank you!

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  20. Beth Barrington April 26, 2017

    Thank you so much for this information. Just received this scam today in my email.

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  21. Joseph April 26, 2017

    I got this today. I have heard about this before. I thing they get your info and your bank info if people do that. I heard people cash the money order and is on the hook somehow.

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  22. Barb keyworth April 26, 2017

    1st tipoff- your mailing address and location is already known, the “client” found you online where your name and address and probably a picture of your office is very available. He got your email from your website do he already knows where you are

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  23. Ben April 27, 2017

    Thank you for this post! I also was just contacted by this scammer with the same story.

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  24. Paulette Sears May 3, 2017

    Here is the latest scam I received. Fortunately, I didn’t fall for it!:
    Client Name: dillwesly@icloud.com
    Email: dillwesly@icloud.com
    Phone Number:
    Subject: hI

    Message Sent:
    Hi,
    I got your website while searching for a couple/family therapist/counselor directories in (Wisconsin) through google. I and my wife need your service, please can you confirm how much you charge per session/appointment?
    I will be waiting for your response soon.
    Thanks

    Greetings!

    Thanks for your response. I would have love to call you but our work schedule won’t permit me and i’m not comfortable with that because it’s a sensitive matter, but I’ll try to be detailed enough in this message. My name is Dill Wesly, I’m 52 years old and my wife’s name is Kaye Wesly, she is 48 years old, we are Canadian. We always celebrate our wedding anniversary on vacation every year, in different places in Canada, US and other Countries for the past 24 years of our marriage. We chose your city for this 25th anniversary vacation.

    The reason we need your service is because our marriage has become boring since about 6 years ago, we believed things will get better over the years, but instead for our relationship to get better it has become worsen and we are presently considering divorce, divorce will break our children, destroy us and everything we’ve built together. I seek for my father in-law’s advice, he advised us to seek for a professional help, from a couple/marriage counselor. he said counseling is the best way to repair a broken relationship between husband and wife. We decided to seek for couple counseling when we’re on vacation in your city, We prefer to have our counseling while on vacation, because there is absolutely no time to spare here in Canada because of our work schedule, so it is absolute impossible to have our counseling in Canada, but our 6 weeks vacation will give us a great opportunity. I have 100% believe that this is the best solution, because we can’t continue living together like strangers in the house, that’s why we need your help.

    We’ll be in your city for 6 weeks from 15th of May to 30th of June 2017, we want 10 counseling sessions within 6 weeks of our stay. We can have our sessions once or twice a week if it is convenient for you, for the period of 6 weeks and any time of the day or night is perfect for us, as our schedule will be flexible once we arrive on the 15th of May. Please calculate the cost and let me know the total amount for 10 sessions.

    We would suggest the following:

    Week-1: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like),
    Week-2: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like),
    Week-3: 1 sessions (Please select the day and time you like),
    Week-4: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like),
    Week-5: 2 sessions (Please select the day and time you like),
    Week-6: 1 sessions (Please select the day and time you like).

    Again, I want you to understand that our time/programs will be flexible during our stay over there, so you can fit the sessions into schedules that will be convenient for you, either Morning, Afternoon or Evening sessions will be fine for us. Our hotel will be close to your location, so coming for our sessions on time won’t be a problem. Please respond to this message with the total cost of 10 counseling sessions? We will NOT be using Insurance for our payment.

    Thank you so much.

    Hello,

    Perfect. As i said before, any one or two days of the week and any time of the day you choose will be perfect for us. I’m very happy and full of joy now that we have you as our counselor. For sure, this is going to be a perfect vacation, because of it’s good and important purpose.

    We are ready to make a deposit payment in order to secure our counseling sessions with you. I need your name and mailing address for 50% deposit payment to be mailed to you as soon as possible, inform of a cheque, money order in USD.

    It’s important to mail payment to you now because we will not be able to take much cash with us and the cash with us will be used for food, movements etc, so it’s important to settle your payment now, so that will be off our budget to worry about. A certified cheque or money order will be the best method of payment and it will be mailed to you by express as soon as possible, you will receive it within 2 to 3 working days.

    I’ll be waiting for your name and mailing address in order to mail payment to you soon.

    Our Details;
    My age is: 52 year old
    My wife’s age is 48 year old
    Our Address:
    763 BAY Street
    Toronto, ON, M5G2R2
    Canada

    Thank you.

    Happy New Week,

    This is to inform you that the deposit payment was mailed by my associate, you will receive it within 1 to 3 working days.

    My wife and I are presently in Mexico to kick start our vacation and we are having a lovely time and new experience here, the weather is perfect. We really want to enjoy the weather a little bit before heading to the US.

    Please let me know as soon as you receive this message and also let me know the moment you receive the payment.

    Thank you.

    Hi,

    I just contacted my associate, he said that he misunderstood the instruction I gave to him as regards the amount he was supposed to send to you for the payment. I am very sorry for his mistake, he said he sent $2,945.00 US dollars to you.

    Actually he was supposed to send you your payment and send the rest of the money to me for I and my wife’s flight ticket from Mexico to the US.

    It would have been the best to send the cheque back to my associate, so he can send the correct amount to you, but he’s presently in Australia on vacation with his family. There’s no time on our side, because we need to buy our tickets now before it becomes more expensive.

    I want you to please go ahead and deposit the cheque and let me know how much is my remaining money after you deduct your payment, so I can give you my information to return the balance back to me soon.

    Thanks.

    Hi,

    Perfect. You will need send the remaining balance through Western Union International money transfer to my name, Sending money through Western Union is faster, secure and easier. go to Western Union with your debit card or cash to any of Western Union agents locations that i searched for you below in your area:

    WALGREENS #3104
    2702 Calumet Ave
    Manitowoc, WI 54220

    WALGREENS #9166
    2206 Washington St
    Two Rivers, WI 54241

    I can’t receive more than 1,000 at a time, so only transfer $1,000 and keep the remaining balance for us till we meet. Below is my information you will transfer the money to;

    NAME; First Name: DILL, Last Name: WESLY,
    ADDRESS; Avenida Los Reyes, No 32, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

    It’s important to tell the Western Union that you are transferring to a family member cousin that is on vacation in Mexico, Just in case you’re asked by Western Union agent, the reason is because i will be charged over here, if it is business related transaction, for receiving the money, that’s what i was told by the bank when i went to make enquiry about receiving money through Western Union here in Mexico.

    There will be transfer charges for sending money through Western Union international money transfer, so just instruct the Western Union agent to deduct the transfer charges out of the money you are sending. Please it will be so helpful if you can try and send the money as soon as possible today, so we can buy our tickets today as well.

    Take $50 for your time and transport to Western Union office.

    Thanks.

    Alright, i will be waiting for the transfer number soon.

    Thanks

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  25. Paulette Sears May 3, 2017

    I hope this will help others are to avoid this particular scam as well.

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  26. Jen May 16, 2017

    I just got an email similar to this requesting sessions 2x/week for 4 weeks for several family members and wanted to know the total amount it would cost this person up front. Also, this person is unwilling/unable to speak to me over the phone and is skirting around my offer to speak with the family members directly to see if therapy would be a good fit for them. I’ve seen a similar e-mail like this when I first started my practice. Same pattern, won’t answer questions, won’t consider paying for each session at each session…only wants to pay a large some ahead of time. Thanks for posting this. It is my understanding that the scam is for them to send a cashier’s check or similar with too much money and will ask you to wire them the difference. Either way, you would be handling a fraudulent check and will be flagged by authorities. That and they may somehow get a hold of your personal banking info.

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  27. Britt R Young May 17, 2017

    OMG–I received the same thing word for word. But, mine got even more involved. Someone actually did send me the payment for $2,000 more than the actual amount, and they kept asking me to wire the funds back to them. I didn’t end up losing a dime, but I had to send the money via Western Union, so it was a giant hassle. Can’t figure this out–they didn’t get any money from me, but how weird!

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  28. Diane June 2, 2017

    We were approached with the same scam. We agreed to see the people, and they asked if they could send a deposit for the services. They were to send 350 USD. They sent 3759 USD and then asked us to cash the check and send them back the difference. That is the scam. If we had cashed the check, we would have been part of the crime. Needless to say, we turned it into the police.

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  29. Carissa June 14, 2017

    Well, I had a feeling when I first got the email, but I went ahead and replied with the information about fees and scheduling. Somebody asked how do they benefit from the scam, I think this is how… here’s the email I got after giving an estimate of the fees:

    “That’s fine, So i want you to know that I’m okay with the total cost of the estimate of the individual sessions and am also okay with your availability to coach my ladies cos you sounds to be a good person. Also i will be needing a little favor from you which i will be very grateful if you can do that for me okay regarding the private limo driver that will be bringing over the ladies for the coaching sessions.

    I want you to also understand that due to my current unfortunate condition currently undergo a surgery in 3 days ago and am still at the hospital, I would like you to help me coordinate my payment on my behalf by charging the private limo driver payment together with your funds of the coaching sessions fee okay.”

    So, I told him no, I couldn’t oblige his request. Hopefully, this will help another counselor. These scammers are tricky!

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  30. Justin June 15, 2017

    I received a recent one which was very similar to one I got about a year ago. Probably from the same person because they both end up with needing to pay a limo driver:

    Hello, i’m Cliff, i would like to know if you are a life coach / psychotherapy….And if you do accept credit card as payment?

    (I reply and he responds):

    the coaching is for 4 ladies in my family, pls get back to me with the total estimate for 2 times in a week 4 (Females) for 4 weeks and i want the session to be 1 hour, and i will like to know the total cost for the service

    would prefer you coach them on how to establish their professional goals , creating and executing plans, and overcoming obstacles that may come in their way..also identify, redirect and manage goals to make them more realistic..

    Building powerful relationships
    Finding the ideal partner/love/relationship
    Getting organized
    Making an important life transition

    Recover from past traumas
    Explore why past relationships have been destructive
    Work through depression or anxiety that affect ability to function at home or work
    Survive a divorce or loss of a loved one
    Behavior impacting school and home Issues

    (I’m suspicious but reply anyway. He responds):

    I want you to know that I am diagnosed of lung cancer and i’m currently in the hospital right now due to my health issue and i want to secure this appointment for my family as a surprise to console them and keep them busy while am undergoing my surgery so i hope you can handle them very well?

    (So I keep it going just out of curiosity):

    am okay with the price ,i will be making the payment now to secure the appointment and please i will like you to help me with little favor ?
    here is the favor i need from you…
    I want you to charge my credit card for the sum of $5000,once the money clear you are to keep $1800 as part payment for the services

    and help me send $3000 to my private Limo driver ,via cash deposit and the money is for refreshment,transportation and accommodation fees

    he will also be their guardian for the entire weeks of the coaching and am making this as a huge surprise to console them for my upcoming surgery operation, and i will like you to hold the remaining $200 as a tips for handling this for me,Thanks

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  31. Lk August 17, 2017

    Several days ago, I received an email similar to the one above. However, she said she had lung cancer and wanted to pay for 10 sessions in advance for three of her family members (all in their 20.s).
    She would never give me her phone number although I asked several times for it. We had a total of 11 emails back and forth. She did ask what credit card processor I used and when I told her, she emailed back and said she couldn’t use that particular one or PayPal because of previous issues. She then asked if I could go to my bank and set up cc processing with them or she had one that she could recommend. She said it would only take about 30m. I did email her that I would not be able to do that and cash at each session would be necessary.
    I googled the email address and this came up. Just thought I would share. I did report it as a scam to Google.

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  32. Jenise M Harmon August 19, 2017

    I just received an email similar to these that I believe is a scam. Here it is:

    “I am looking for private practice therapist in your area for my daughter. She is 18 years old. Kindly email me if you are available to take my daughter for counseling. Thanks.”

    The followup email was this: “Thank you for the email. I am seeking one-to-one individual counseling services for my daughter. I am from Turkey and my daughter is in Turkey but she would fly down to you when everything is set between us. She has been suffering from anxiety and depression. My daughter is coming to your area, she will stay for long time. My daughter will accept who ever I choose to counsel her because she knows that I always give her the best as a father. I’ll like to know if you can help in counseling her one-on-one sessions. Her name is Kartika and she is 18 years old. I have someone that will always picks her up from home stay and drops her off for her counseling and take her back to home. So kindly let me know your charges cost per hour in order for me to arrange for her payment before she travels down to your area. I did not have insurance that cover the cost so I will pay from my pocket. She will be available at any times/days schedules for the counseling starting from the 28th of this month. You can take her on any day for 100 minutes counseling a day, 2 time per week for 11 weeks. You can just take her at your convenient schedule.

    Please answer the following questions…
    Your available date?
    Years experience?
    Cell phone number?
    What is always the best time to call you on phone?
    Can we text sometimes because of the work schedule?
    The total cost for the 11 weeks counseling?

    I have sent my daughter and my picture as an attachment with this email. I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time.”

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  33. Cynthia October 7, 2017

    These guys are quick! I’ve had my private practice open less than a month and they emailed me. Luckily I caught on after the second email and googled scams against therapists. Thanks for posting this! Something just seemed way off considering I work in a tiny country town that most people don’t ‘travel’ to.

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    • Becky DeGrossa October 12, 2017

      Hi Cynthia,

      Whew! Glad you caught that too. Do you show your e-address on your website? If you do, you may want to consider using a contact form instead. That will link to your e-address without compromising it.

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  34. Sue H October 20, 2017

    I was a recent victim of the same scam and the cashiers check was from Deep Water Industries Federal Credit Union for $2,998.00 (which I looked up and was a legitimate credit union). After I told him I would hold his incorrect check until he attended his first session he stopped all contact.

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  35. Rachel October 26, 2017

    Thanks so much for posting this. I was contacted this way a couple weeks ago (almost exactly the same content) & it felt more & more off as a few emails were exchanged. I was relieved to see this was in fact a scam & that others know about it.

    My emails were regarding premarital counseling & the couple was from Canada. The guys name was Joe Brad just incase anyone else gets contacted by him.

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  36. David November 30, 2017

    I was approached by “Juke Dayson” for 8 premarital sessions to take place before the wedding with his fiancee in December.
    The wording of the emails was much the same as some in this thread.
    I got a cashier’s check for $2998. Then I decided to do a google search and found this page. The cashier’s check is a good forgery but the routing number is incorrect, according to the credit union it was issued with.
    I have submitted a report online with the FBI IC3 section and provided a link to this page. I hope that doesn’t inconvenience anyone just in case the FBI follows up with youse guys.

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  37. Laurie January 29, 2018

    Hi. The same thing just happened to me but he claimed he was in the hospital. He claimed he was deaf. He says he is undergoing surgery. He said it was for 4 ladies. He said it was a surprise for them to console them while he was in the hospital.
    Said he needed to use a credit card and wanted me to go through clover as my merchant services. This was the first red flag.
    He said his name was Steve. He said he wanted eight therapy sessions at two times a week.
    I called clover. They said they are familiar with the scam. Clover said that a person obtains a stolen credit card. Then they have me key in the credit card. When I key and the credit card there is no protection offered by Clover merchant services since it was keyed in and card was not present.
    Then people do show up for counseling. But the person who’s credit card got stolen reports me and I have to repay all of the money. And then the people actually got a few therapy sessions for free.
    I asked “Steve“ to provide me with the contact information for ithe 4 ladies.
    He said it was a surprise and assured me that they were all Cooperative regarding counseling and that they would show up so he would not provide me with their contact information.

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  38. Susan Leventhal September 17, 2018

    Here is the email content received by two individual scammers in May and September 2018.

    I am seeking for individual therapy services for my daughter. I got your name while searching through your location for a private therapist, my daughter is coming to your area, she will stay for 4 weeks and i will like to know if you can help her in one-on-one practice sessions. Her name is Evelyn, she is 19 years old, i have someone that will always picks her up from home stay and drops her off for her practice and take her back to the home stay. So kindly let me know your charges cost per hour in order for me to arrange for her payment before she travels down to your area soon, not on insurance, self-pay only. She will be staying for 4 weeks, she will be available at any times/days schedules for the practice starting from Sept 25th 2018. You can take her on any day convenient for you for 60 minutes practice a day, 2 time per week for 4 weeks. You can just take her at your convenient schedule. I hope to read back from you soon.
    Thank you,

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