I just recently discovered that I am involved in someone trying to scam me.
Some red flags have been going up, so I googled the phone number of the person who has been emailing me:
No results came up so I instead Googled “Ben Raes”.
That led me to this post:
Below is the text of my conversation (so far) with Ben Raes.
At this point, my goal is to learn as much as possible about whoever this is and post it here on MusicOfMassage, so that we can out this guy/group.
If you have any experience with this, please post in the comments below.
Chances are good that if you accept money from whoever this is, it is a scam.
from: Ben Raes firstname.lastname@example.org
date: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM
The price quote is suitable. In order to hold our reservation,I will authorize payment to be mailed to you in US Money Order by my associate over there in the US after I am in receipt of your full names to whom the payment will be made out and your address/phone number where you can receive the mail.
Looking forward to your prompt response
On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM, Jonathan Kraft wrote:
Thank-you for emailing me back. I hope you enjoyed your time in China. Where were you in China? I was there in 2003, and in Hong Kong this year. Pretty amazing part of the world. Was almost in Guangzhou this year as well, but ended up not going.
As far as your massage times/appointments, this will be great and I am sure you will enjoy your time in Boulder. It is a beautiful city (my wife got her master’s degree from the university there).
6 * 90 minute sessions = 9 hours.
9 hours * $95/hour = $855 (USD).
I have reserved these dates for you in February from 5-7 PM. (This is me testing to see if he would notice that I was off by an hour. He didn’t make any issue of it.)
Again, thank-you for giving me the opportunity to be of service, and I look forward to meeting you on February 10th.
Jonathan Kraft, CMT
On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM, Ben Raes wrote:
I am sorry for the late response I was out of town to China and just came back. Your location is suitable for us.On arrival we will be staying at
Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites,2020 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302.You can go ahead and schedule our appointment for 3days/90mins sessions for each person and email me the total amount of all the sessions 6/90sessions
I will be looking forward your response
On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM, Jonathan Kraft wrote:
Thank-you for your email, and please accept my apologies for my delayed reply.
I currently only do on-site massage (I bring my massage table to your location) at the rate of USD $95/hour.
I have been certified and working as a massage therapist in the state of Colorado since March 2001.
Your dates and times will work well for me. Please let me know what part of Colorado you will be in on these dates/times.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a spa or massage therapist you can visit (instead of having someone come to you), please let me know and I will offer some suggestions.
Thank-you again for your email.
I look forward to having the opportunity to be of service to you.
Jonathan Kraft, CMT
On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 9:52 PM, Ben Raes wrote:
I found your contact after a brief search for a Massage Theraphists on the internet and I therefore use this channel to request if you will be available to offer 3days of 90Mins Massage Service to me and my wife. My name is Ben and my wife’s name is Janet, we live and work as textiles suppliers in United Kingdom and we will be visiting the State of Colorado in United States on the 10th of February, 2012.
February 10th, February 17th and February 24th,2012 are our preferred massage dates and morning session between 9am & 12pm will be fine for us,but if this time is not available, then period from 5pm upward will make a good alternative.
Moreover if there is any of the quoted dates/times that is not available,please let me know and possibly furnish me with alternative dates/times.We can on each day do the sessions back to back(i.e one after the other) OR at the same time if you have another therapist working with you. Alternatively I can have my own massage in the morning and the one for my wife comes later in the day. We do not have any medical issues whatsoever and we have received massage services several times in the past .
Kindly answer the following questions if you are available for the service required.
What is your address location in Colorado so as to estimate our proximity to you ?
How many years of experience do you have in this career?
I look forward to your prompt response.