Potential ‘tutoring’ scam targeting Hispanic community in South Lake Tahoe
Police and school district officials are warning of a likely scam targeting members of the Hispanic community in South Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe Unified School District (LTUSD) sent out a message Thursday warning of a person offering tutoring services and claiming to be from the school district.
“Be advised that the tutoring services described here are not sanctioned or sponsored by Lake Tahoe Unified School District or any of the district’s schools,” the email warns. “Furthermore, the district does not share any student information with third parties unless required by law.”
The families who have notified the school district have all been Hispanic, Andy Eissinger, LTUSD school resource officer, told the Tribune Thursday. At that time, it was not 100 percent confirmed to be a scam but the facts in the cases pointed toward fraudulent behavior. It was unclear if the person had a license for going door to door, which is required in South Lake Tahoe, according to Eissinger.
In the cases, a Hispanic woman knocked on the door and said she was with Tutorious Educativos Multimedia Incorporated out of El Monte, California. She presented a business card with the name Marycarmen Estrada and paperwork that appeared real, Eissinger said. None of the phone numbers on the business card actually work.
One person who contacted the district signed the form and shared his credit card number for payment. He then had second thoughts and canceled his credit card. He contacted the school district and filed a report with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
While police were still investigating the matter Thursday, Eissinger suggested exercising caution.
If anyone is contacted by a person going door to door offering tutoring services and claiming any affiliation with the district, Eissinger recommends telling the person to leave and gathering any relevant information, such as a description or license plate number, and contacting police.