How to ensure you don't fall victim to fraud
All tutors who advertise their services online, are being urged to be aware of scam emails.
In the run up to christmas, private tutors find themselves particularly busy dealing with enquiries from students and parents. However, at this time of year, tutors often find themselves receiving scam or 'phishing' emails. Such emails usually take the form of the sender claiming to be a parent and asking for your personal details.
In these instances, upon replying to such emails, the scammer normally says that they will transfer money to your bank account. The sum promised is usually thousands of pounds. The scammer then asks you to deduct your fee from the amount and forward the rest on to them. In reality, this amount never reaches your bank account and very often, the victim ends up sending a large amount of money to the scammer.
Scam emails may feature some of the following warning signs:
- You don’t know the sender.
- The email contains misspellings
- The email makes an offer that seems too good to be true.
- The subject line and the main body do not relate.
- The email contains an urgent offer.
We would like to remind all tutors that on The Tutor Website, none of their personal details are displayed on our website and we don't give your details to anyone. We've taken every possible precaution to ensure that the directory is safe to use. We advise tutors not to give out any personal details until you have spoken to tutees in person. We would also like to advise tutors never to give out their bank details over email to someone they don't know.
We would urge any tutors who receive suspicious emails to report them to Action Fraud - the UK's national fraud reporting centre.