From time to time fraudsters use tutoring websites as a way of contacting tutors. We always publish these, as the magic of Google sees to it that if these people try and contact tutors again, their messages will be shown in search results – along with the fact that they are spammers.
We have received the following spam today:
“Hello dear, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share ideas and interest and For more details about me because I do not come here Often Ok?”
When receiving messages like this, our advice to tutors is as follows:
- Use website messaging services – do not respond via your personal email
- Under no circumstances share personal information with them, such as email address, telephone number, address or bank details
- If you have responded before realising your mistake – do not engage them in a conversation, just mark any email from them as spam and ignore it
If you think that you have compromised yourself, contact the Police via Action Fraud.
Hope this advice helps. Forewarned is forearmed.