Personal trainers beware!!

If you’re a trainer, or sports coach you should be aware of a scam that is spreading internationally.
Whilst I was on vacation, I was contacted by someone who pretended to be a potential client.

This is the way they scam you (full scripts coming up….this is funny!):
1. They contact you with an enquiry
2. You confirm a price etc.
3. They ask you to charge their credit card as usual, plus also add an amount which they need you to forward to their “logistics agent” who happen to NOT have a POS.
4. You then forward the extra amount to the agent, who would then do a runner with your money.

The scam is quite obvious, but I had some fun with them all the same- making them think I was actually game!

Here are the e-mails we sent back and forths….

On Sun 10/10/10 12:00 PM , Philip Howard sent:

     I’ll be in the country with my friends for a one month vacation. During our stay, we would like to book for 3 weeks classes for 1Hr each day, Monday to Saturday (morning or Evening hours) for 6 persons.
    As part of our plans to keep fit during the vac, we need Private group training. Do you have a training studio/facility where you conduct the classes? What Forms of Fitness Program do you teach best?


On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 7:00 AM, CHRISTIAN VILA <> wrote:

Hi Philip!

Thanks for you enquiry. I do have a facility to train you guys in Hove.

First of all, can I ask where you got my details from?
What kind of training are you looking for? (I do pretty much everything!)

Christian Vila

    It is okay, We are not looking for any specific kind of training but just to keep fit.I have made inquiries with my colleagues and none is with any previous or present severe/non sevrere injury record, age is between mid 30s and early 40s. We are currently not in the country but we will be arriving 2 days at your city of location before the commencement of the classes?, my method of payment will be credit Card, because we are offshore at work right now in an oil rig. What are your payment options for registration? We’ll be grateful if you’ll be willing to do the work to teach quality classes to us and make our visit a memorable and fun-filled one. Send a confirmation to this email(AS PLAIN TEXT AND NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT) so that we can know what to do. please kindly total the cost and get back to me asap.I hope you do have a POS machine for charging the credit cards. Provide me with the total cost asap. ps: our accomodation and other logistics arrangements will be made by an agent that we’ve contracted, so i need to your response to this mail.

On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM, CHRISTIAN VILA <> wrote:


This sounds great! I have a POS machine and the charge will be £150 per hour…and I’ll even throw in a bit of spanking at the end of the sessions.

If this is something that interests you I also throw in a lot of other “personal” services, for example those involving leather.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!


On Sun 10/10/10 4:21 PM , Philip Howard sent:


   Thanks for the mail,we’re all happy that we’ll be doing the fitness sessions with you,do reserve our classes for us as agreed. Everything as specified is ok. Moreover,we’ve also concluded arrangements with the Translator agent like i told you who will take care of our logistics as well( Flight tickets & travel insurance,International Airport transfer, Transportation logistics & Accommodation). 
   However, I also want to let you know that I have an agent who will handle our logistics details like i said in my previous mail, but he runs a private business and does not have the facilities to charge a credit card, so i will need you to help in facilitating my payment to him, because it’s very crucial to our making this booking. 
At this point I would authorize you to charge my credit card to the amount you quoted for the cost of your services, with an additional $8,500 for the agent, deduct your fee and transfer the balance to my agent so he can start processing our travel arrangements prior to our coming. I will be waiting for your response, so that i can send the credit card details for the payment.i will also need a direct phone number so i can give you a call before sending my credit card details. 


 On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM, CHRISTIAN VILA <> wrote:


There seems to be an issue with your logistics….I am a logistics expert too, and would like to look after your logistics, so can you please tell me your arrival date for logistic purposes.

My logistic fees will be an additional $85, i hope this is logistically ok.

Please send your credit card details so I can charge your card today.



 Is it possible you charge the extra 8,500 and transfer it to the agent once the funds clears into your account via money transfer as we are already committed to him.

Can you believe anybody would actually fall for this? Well apparently some have- I scanned the web and found sports coached who actually charged the card and transferred the amounts to the second account.

The mind boggles!


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