I received an email about a week ago requesting my services. Here is the email:
Sounds pretty legitimate right? As I began to reply, I noticed that she revealed many details that were almost too personal, but were appropriate for a fluency diagnosis. This included the death of a parent (an even so traumatizing, it might contribute to stuttering onset) as well as the public shame and shyness. I thought, why is this woman trying to prepay? That is not a normal thing. “To the Google!” I shouted, and sure enough came up with a practically identical email with only names changed. The email was published with a warning about scamming SLP’s.
So what’s the scam? Apparently, these people are targeting private practice Speech Language Pathologists, and our human qualities. These people want you to agree to provide the services in advance (seems okay), and then they send you a check for WAYYYYY over the amount for the specified number of services, and then request a reimbursement for the difference. Meanwhile, they demand the difference quickly so you send them a check before their check has a chance to clear. (Which it obviously doesn’t, and then you just paid someone a bunch of money for nothing.)
So friends, do not fall victim to this scam. Spread this blog around so that other, less tech savvy SLP’s are aware. This is a scam, don’t get duped.
Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist in Fort Worth, Texas. She rehabilitates voice and swallowing at her private practice, a tempo Voice Center, and lectures on vocal health to area choirs and students. She also owns and runs a mobile videostroboscopy and FEES company, Voice Diagnostix. She is an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Pan-American Vocology Association. Knickerbocker blogs on her website at www.atempovoicecenter.com. She has developed a line of kid and adult-friendly therapy materials specifically for voice on TPT or her website. Follow her on Pinterest, on Twitter and Instagram or like her on Facebook.