Often seen at the beginning and end of academic terms, the "tutor scam" is an example of targeted social engineering that tries to establish a relationship to gain your trust, and could lead to an advance payment/fake check con. The following was reported at Brown. Here are a couple of other examples elsewhere in the Phish Bowl to check out. The Berkeley Parents Network also provides this excellent summary of how the scam works.
From: Trenton Warner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7:59 PM
Subject: Tutor needed
How are you doing today? This is Trenton Warner. I saw your contact at the Brown University, Department of Economics under Directory's portal. I seek for a private high school economics tutor for my Daughter. I would like to know if you have a STUDENT/TUTOR available for the job.
The lessons could hold at the campus/library or tutor home, if he/she stays close to campus.
If you would not be able to teach her owing to your BUSY SCHEDULE/STATUS, you can RECOMMEND one of your STUDENT(s) who is capable of teaching.
Looking forward reading from you.
How are you doing today? My name is Trevor. I came across your e-mail at the Brown University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I seek for a private tutor for my Daughter, I will like to know if you would be available for the job and I would provide you with more details of my daughter.
I would also like the lessons to be at your location. Kindly let me know your policy with regards to the fees,cancellations, location and make-up lessons. Also,get back to me with your key area of specialization and any necessary information you think that might help.
The lessons can as soon as possible.
Looking forward to reading from you.
My best regards,