Monday, February 16, 2009


I just came across another scam that thankfully I was able to catch onto before it went any farther.....

I’m a music teacher and was hoping to expand my in-home business with a few more students, so I posted an add on Craig’s List. I’ve done this a few time before and God has blessed me with some wonderful families. Only, this time, I did one thing different.

Yes, I was foolish... I supplied my real email instead of allowing them to use an anonymous one that would serve as my own. So, I do take full responsibility for what happened.

But anyway... Shortly after, I was contacted by a Dr. Matthew Medley in reference to his son Erin, 14 years old, for him to take lessons. This man claimed that he was working with the United Nations in Dublin, Ireland and his son would be visiting the States for a month. He wanted his son to be doing something constructive. I thought, “cool!” But at the same time was a bit skeptical (though, I always am).

The man asked what my charges would be for 3 hour lessons per week for an entire month, and I gave him a figure. 'Figured' it was harmless enough. Lol no pun intended. X)

Well, some of the main things I started to notice was that this person, this Dr. Medley, had poor English, typing skills, and would often even spell his own name wrong. That was what started me really questioning.

As we conversed back and forth a bit more, he never once asked about who I was.. If my son were going to be spending time with a teacher 3 hours a week away from his parents, I would certainly want to know who that person is! Right? But nope. Nothing. That was another key element to my scam radar. I proceeded to the United Nations website and found a page that mentioned how some people are claiming to be in association with them when in actuality they are not. DING DING DING!

So, once he found out what the total would be, he said to supply him with an address so he could have his associate, not even himself, mail me a money order. AND the only thing I would need to do was forward part of the money order to his “nanny” that would be driving his son around.

That was the last bit for me! I wrote him back and.. well.. probably didn’t act as Christian-like as I should have. I pointed out what I was reading, especially the lack of interest in who his “son” would be spending all this time with. Then I concluded by telling him to grow up and get a life, and while he was at it to learn how to speak English and type. *cringe* Yeah, I’m not too proud of it.. But, I guess it could have been worse.

Not long ago, I caught an episode of Oprah that was on this very topic of scams. Some of them I had come across before, so when this Dr. Medley came around I was a little more prepared. But there are people out there that have fallen for stuff like this and it wound up costing them, often times money. It’s sad.

But, what concerns me most is that people actually fall for this stuff. I mean, lets admit something... These scammers don’t suck us in. We are not hypnotized or controlled like puppets. All they do is lay a pleasing choice before us, feeding off our own greed/need for money. We are the ones that lack in the sufficient wisdom to see it for what it is. A trap. And these scammers know it too, otherwise they wouldn’t try. Says a lot about us, doesn’t it?

Seems to me that there is a great parallel with this. Satan is the same way. He is a scammer. Truth be told, he is the best scam artist out there -making things like drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex pleasing when in reality they are just plain stupid. Yet, almost every day I see someone else willingly stepping into his trap of ignorance.

That’s right, I said it... Ignorance. To do these things, it is nothing short of throwing logic and reason out the window. Yet, nothing good can or will ever come out of these things. Say for, oh, a “good time.” But at what cost? Your health? Your heart? Your soul? Your life? Nope, sorry.. Not worth it. There is way more to life than a meager "good time."

Call me skeptical or untrusting or even a fun sucker.. But, for one, I think being skeptical has helped me many a time and protected me from dangers that would otherwise prove to harm me. Two, I trust people when they show me they can be trustworthy -when the evidence is clearly before me. And three, fun is not what I would call willingly being blind and dumb to the obvious. Sorry, I prefer to be wise rather than stupid. I figure I’ll live a lot longer that way.

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil,” 1 Timothy 6:10. One of those evils is most definitely ignorance. And, luckily for us, that makes scammers fallible and easier to distinguish. Just look for the signs. Be skeptical.

God NEVER expects us to be blind or stupid. That is one of the biggest myths out there about the Bible and Christians. In fact, with what I’m growing to understand, God and the Bible are the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. But, that is a topic for another time.

Be happy, live smart, and know that scam artists are forever in our midst. Lets show them we make for bad prey, shall we?

~L. Pierce


  1. Thank you - I did the same thing, but posted an ad to tutor Spanish on Craig's List. I received the same e-mail with the same info., and noticed all of the things you did and was instantly suspicious. It saddened, me, though. Thank you for the head's up to send this person/people packin'!

  2. Sometimes it's not even ignorance. Many have been told about risks and consequences and decide they want to find out for themselves? Is it just me or could some people gain more wisdom by listening than by experience?

  3. LL....the EXACT, yet different thing happened to me.

    I was wanted to watch just one child in my home so that my other child could have a playmate. The man spoke barely any English; it was choppy and at first I bought into things. Later, he asked my fees, and that he would send me a check for more than the amount I charged. He just asked I take it to my bank, cash it and then wire it to a foreign address he suppied. Of course things sounded odd so I asked around a bit only to discover it was fraud. He wanted me to cash the check, get he actual money to wire so he could have, and then his cashier check would 'bounce' off of my bank putting me in the 'hole' over $3,000. There were a lot of things that didn't 'fit' and I contacted the IRS and Federal Reserve who gave me an address to send all the emails and the fraud check to them to handle it. I still have the address if you need it.

  4. Yes, I would very much appreciate those addresses Sarah! Thanks so much! :)

    Glad you were able to avoid that hole! My goodness.. 3K. Oye!


    Rick, you're right, there is always the possibility that people decide to do something just to find out for themselves first hand.. However, does that make it any less ignorant? Especially considering the facts before them? I mean, if you know something is going to harm you, why would you go near it? Or even test it?

    For example, in this case, had I chosen to go along with it, I would have needed to ignore everything I was seeing and reading. That is deliberate ignorance at it's worst, correct? Hm, perhaps ignorance isn't the right word. lol I know what you're saying.


    Thanks for stopping by Annie! I'm so glad this was able to help. Yeah, I was disappointed too (hence why I let my composure slip in replying to the guy lol). It would have been good money and, in these times, everything helps. But, God's my banker and supplier. All will be well. For you, too. :)

  5. Thanks for letting us know...just got a few emails of Doctor Matthew too via craigslist.
    Not only people that are stupid would fall for this, but also people who need money (urgently)...
    Thanks again,


  6. Thank you all. I also posted an add on craigslist for personal trainer, I was skeptical when so called Dr. Matthew said that I work with "The United Nations" red flag. Then he was to have his 14yr old son travel to the United States to live with his "nanny". Coooome on maaan! Who does that???? Oh may I have the IRS and Federal Reserve address to report his A$$.

  7. I posted an ad for giving saxophone lessons and soon after, I just started getting emails from Dr. Medley. Sounded like a scam from the get-go so I googled the name and found your article. Thanks for confirming that it is indeed a scam.

  8. Thanks! I also got an email from Dr. Medley about his son visiting the states. Luckily, I'm not stupid enough to give anyone my address over the internet. A$$.