A few months ago, NSCA informed instructors and clubs of fraudulent activities targeting NSCA Certified Instructors around the country. This week, we have learned of other instructors and clubs who have been targeted with similar schemes.
The instructors and clubs tell us they are being contacted through email by someone who is supposedly setting up a shooting event for a corporate group. Some of the reports say the person claims to be from England.
The person inquires about booking instruction for the group, including guns, ammunition, and other equipment, adding up to thousands of dollars. Some of the emails ask for the instructor’s bank account information so he can wire the payment to the bank, while others ask the instructor to handle some US payments on behalf of the group, with a promise to send a money order.
In most respects, the emails sound legitimate, so there may well be others of you who have been contacted without realizing this is apparently a scam.
Please be very cautious with contacts that sound similar to this, as well as any others that fall outside your normal client base or way of doing business.
While we are making every effort to notify instructors and clubs, we would appreciate your help in getting the word out to club management and instructors with whom you come into contact.
We have removed instructors’ email addresses from our website for the time being, and we have also reported these incidents to law enforcement.
If you believe you have been targeted by this apparent scam or if you have more information that we should pass along to others, please contact Robert Crow, NSCA Director, email@example.com or 210-688-3371 ext. 124.