Reminder to Watch for Email Scams
There are many email scams that target massage therapists. Unfortunately, some of these use the name of AMTA to make it appear that they are legitimate and others actually use AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist® national locator service to email individual members. AMTA wants to remind members to always be suspicious of emails from someone outside the U.S. who says they want to set up multiple massage sessions while they or someone they represent is visiting the country.
The most common scam involves an e-mail from someone in another country, who claims to be planning a visit to the U.S. and wants to schedule a series of massage sessions. After you set a price, this person sends a cashier’s check for far more than the cost of the sessions and asks you to return the difference. Unfortunately, the check is a fake. This is similar to those who want to purchase a product advertised and send a check for more than the agreed-upon purchase price. One of the latest twists on this scam is from someone who claims he is representing models (sometimes gay models) returning from a photo shoot somewhere and wants to book multiple massages.
You can learn more about email scams at http://onguardonline.gov. And remember, if someone outside the country sends you a check in advance of the massage session, it probably is not a good check. AMTA urges you to be careful opening e-mails from people you don’t know.
The association is constantly upgrading its online security to protect your information and transactions through the AMTA website. However, scammers are always looking for ways to get around our security measures and attempt to get your attention.