I'm sure everybody has received one of those foreign scammer e-mails at least once... Hi, I'm a Nigerian prince, I want to buy something that costs $250, I'll send you a check for $2500 and you send me the change! and so on. Apparently, there is now one of these e-mails targeting the birth community. Below is the text of an e-mail that has apparently been received by birth professionals in several states:
Greetings from France!
My name is Craig Dennis a Graduate of the prestigious Atlanta School of Massage in the United States, I worked with many celebrities and developed an international reputation for fantastic massage with an impeccable sense of service, I now live and work as a massage therapist here in France, I have over 19 years experience and have given more than 20,000 massages as a professional bodyworker. 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 Childbirth Educator 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 private childbirth Classes, My client's name is Aly Corte, A model here in France who is 4 month pregnant and will be needing some Childbirth Classes when she arrives the States,as this is her first time being pregnant. 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 2 hour class per day, 2 classes per week for 6 weeks. Ms Corte, 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,and also because i do not know much about childbirth Classes, so i promised to help her get a good Doula in your Area since i use to live in the states before i relocated here.
Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Doula? Would you be able to provide her with the Private Classes from the 4th of FEB to the 13th of MARCH, 2 Classes per week for 6 weeks. I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per class 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 Corte Pictures from the link below:
Till I read from you remain blessed.
544 4816 from France
1544 4816 outside France
Hopefully it is obvious to anyone that this e-mail is full of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, and is more than likely a scam, but as we all know, we are a very compassionate, helpful community of professionals who accord a great deal of benefit of doubt. Please be on the lookout for this or similar e-mails.