Fitness Training Fraud: How It Works
If you are a fitness trainer and have your services advertised online on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or LinkedIn– watch out for a scam perpetrating these days in your industry. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see the Personal Training Scam exposed:
It goes like this: One day you get a message from a beautiful girl located in a different city, saying she is coming to town for a fashion show. Alternatively, it could be any other real event that takes place in your city, which in some way requires physical training, such as a pageant contest, athletics trials, etc.).
The girl says she needs to stay in shape for the competition and she gets specific, to be even more convincing. “I need to look firmer and tighter, with a significant focus on my thighs, shoulders, bottom, biceps and abs”. You check out the event online, instantly get excited about the possible training of one of the competitors, and look forward to the collaboration.
After she has given you all the believable details and you have agreed on a price for the private training, she sends you a money order or cheque just a couple of days before she is supposed to arrive.
Then, on the day you are expecting her, she tells you she was injured or sick and is not coming. She will “allow” you to deposit the check, since it is late notice, asking you to keep a portion of the money for your trouble, but requires you to wire her the balance after your portion back.
Similar to the Music Instructor or Vacation Rental scams, this one comes as a bounced check a few days after depositing it in your bank account, by which time you have already wired her the refund.
How to avoid the Personal Trainer scam:
Never agree to pay anyone a refund until you are sure that their cheque has been cleared.
How to report the Personal Trainer scam:
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