In one case, the scam artist commissioned an artist to paint a series of presidential portraits. The scam artist sent a check for the full amount VIA western Union. After the first picture was sent to him for approval, the scam artist sent him an e-mail saying the project had to be cut short and asked him to send back over $1300!
It's a good thing that a red flag went up in the artist's head because the Western Union check turned out to be a fake and he would have lost a good amount of money.
The complete story about the artist's run in with him: http://anthonyfoti.deviantart.com/journal/33998880
The entire story: http://www.voiceoverxtra.com/article.htm?id=pkzpzwqv