Public Safety released an alert today concerning a tutoring scam, by which tutors offering their services on Craigslist might be fleeced.  Full email below.  Attached is the Crime Prevention News Letter mentioned.

Dear Public Safety Friends,

Public Safety has received information from one of the local banks of a
“Tutoring Scam” targeting several students who answered or placed an ad
on Craig’s List. It is similar to the room / apartment rental scam
involving an overpayment of money for services or rent. Please see
attached Crime Prevention News Letter (sent out in January 2010) Page 2,
on how this scam works.

Thank you for your continued help.

Ricardo Morales

Columbia University
Department of Public Safety
Manager Crime Prevention Programs
Crime Prevention Specialist