Earlier an email included this: “An American family has contacted us and asked if there is someone who can tutor a high school student in Chinese. If you are interested you can contact Rick and ask for more information.”
A few people responded to the request… and very quickly something did not sound right about this. This is a scam. The “family” sends a fake check, asks you to cash it, and send some of it to a “caregiver” and “child”. The result is that they steal money from you. I am thankful to the Chinese friend who realized something was wrong and told me about it.
Please accept my sincere apologies. I am deeply embarrassed by this. I received this request from an LSU professor that I know and trust. I assumed the family lives in Baton Rouge and that he knows them. Apparently I was wrong.
*If you are/were in contact with this “family” please do the following* You can report this to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They have a webpage where you can give information about the situation: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.