There are many email scams that target massage therapists. Unfortunately, some of these use the name AMTA to appear more legitimate and others actually use AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist® national locator service to email individual members.
Always be suspicious of emails sent from outside the U.S. and from someone who wants to set up multiple pre-paid massage sessions while they, or someone they represent, is visiting.
What the Scam Looks Like
Here is the most common scam format involving an email from someone in another country:
- They claim to be planning a visit to the U.S. and want to schedule a series of massage sessions.
- After you set a price, the person will send a cashier’s check for far more than the cost of the sessions and ask you to return the difference. Unfortunately, the check is a fake.
- This is similar to those who want to purchase an advertised product and send a check for more than the agreed-upon purchase price.
- Some of the latest twists on this scam are from someone who wants to book multiple massages for several people and attempts to use a credit card for advance payment.
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And remember, if someone outside the country sends you a check in advance of the massage session, it is probably not a good check. Be careful opening emails from people you don’t know.
AMTA is constantly upgrading its online security to protect your information and transactions made through AMTA's website. However, scammers are always looking for ways to get around our security measures and attempting to get your attention.
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