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Scam Alert!

I just got this e-mail today. It has the horrid stench of a definate scam to me. I got a similar scam e-mail a few months back, and I think it's the same person. If it is, then it was most likely sent in bulk to other artists.

Hello Artist,
How are you doing today..am a at lover and i wish to get a very good work for my new apartment...I read your Ad and i am interested in buying your (Art work,) you still have for sale.Send me recent works you have and their price list and let me know your last asking price on each and if you will accept CHECK as means of payment.Get back to me with the request information asap if there is any question to ask and have a wonderful day.
Regards,
john


Just a heads up to anyone else that gets this same e-mail. It's most likely a scam.

EDIT: The e-mail I got was from one "David Smith" at davidsmith001@live.com

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oceandezignz
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Might help to include the scammer's email as well, just as a note.
ulariogryphon
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Done and done!
oceandezignz
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Thank you for just amusing me for the rest of the week.

Regards,
John.

But its from DAVID SMITH. I wonder if the address was hacked, or this scammer just was not paying attention.
ulariogryphon
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got a giggle out of that too. XD
kyetsu
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
It's possible that it's a hacked account. My mother's work email was hacked a few months ago, and the hacker sent spam email to thousands of people, including her contact list, through her address. She had to get a new one, since that address is now blocked on the email lists of most companies she does business with.
hellebore
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Is he a Nigerian prince with family who died in a horrific hyena mauling?

IAH, I'd hope that most are familiar with vaguely sent emails being scams. It's like getting notes on FA or DA that are obviously cut and paste requests, hoping to hook someone in. But it's nice to have a reminder that this crap still exists.

"..am at a lover?"
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ulariogryphon
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Not only that but he refered to me as "artist" rather then my name, which was one of my first red flags.
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oceandezignz
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Really? I have NEVER come across this particular email before.

But then again, I don't get art-scam-spam. I get 'make-your-boobs-grow-spam'...

And I don't need bigger than these Es! D:
kyetsu
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Lucky. I keep getting viagra and penis enlargement spam. I've always been tempted to reply with "Do I LOOK like I have a penis?"
oceandezignz
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I use to get those all the time on my old dead yahoo account. One of these days, someone has to try that though. Haha.
korsetkoat
Oct. 28th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Man, I feel like the only person on Earth who never gets junk/spam mail of any kind...
lurkerwisp
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I wish I had your luck. :C
forsaken_malice
Oct. 28th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Man I always want to try it cause it usually says it's "guaranteed" and then sue because I'm female and didn't grow a huge peen!
temrin
Oct. 27th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I've gotten multiple emails like this in my inbox. Mostly from John Smith. Makes me laugh. ^^;
shockwave77598
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like the usual "refund" scam to me. He'll mail you a check. Then a day later he'll say he has to cancel the sale on some flimsy excuse and that you can have half the money for your trouble - just mail him a check back for half what the check is to you for.

The check you get is bogus and worthless. The check you send him won't be, and will have the banking numbers on it so he can drain your bank account in 2 minutes.
ulariogryphon
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
I was thinking this was more of the "I'll send you a bogus check and you get left with nothing while I have a bunch of free art to resell!" type of scam.
spiffystuff
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Actually usually it's even better - they "accidentally overpay" and ask you to refund the difference... except then their check bounces after yours clears DX
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puppetmaker40
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
"I'll deposit this, once it clears I'll send you your check".

That works 90% of the time but there is a scam going around that the check does clear so you send off the check in return and once the funds are gone from your account, then they dispute the check or something and all of the sudden the bank removes the money from your account due to a charge back so you are out both the check and the amount that you returned.

Happened to a buddy who is a glass artisan. It looked like they paid double postage (about $60.00) so he sent back a check for 60.00 and found himself out the price of the piece (about 900 and the 120 for postage). He reported it to the bank and they couldn't do anythin except report it. He also reported the theft of the item but the police couldn't do much about it. So now he does the "rip up the check" options and waits for the correct amount.
kalika_tybera
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
I've gotten that email twice before now, it's definitely a scam.
shinigamigirl
Oct. 28th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I got this one too a few months ago. Def. scammage.
lope
Oct. 28th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm getting these regularly, makes me wish I could get my paws on this P.O.S. for insulting my intelligence.
wolf_goat
Oct. 28th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Got one this morning from John Smith. But really, it's so obvious it's a scam that it barely deserves mentioning.
werewolfofwater
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, people do fall for this, I know it's hard to believe but if people didn't fall for it they wouldn't keep doing it.
mandyseley
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, someone I knew fell for that kind of thing in college.

What he told ME when he asked what to do about a 'weird bank balance' was that he'd been helping out a 'friend.' What I found out LATER was that this 'friend' was someone he'd never met but that emailed him for 'help.' Cleaned him out of about $3000...

I like that I work for a department with mandatory re-training sessions if they catch any of their users falling for phishing or scam emails with their work email addresses. Can't get your email account back until you attend the training session. Haha...
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vaekke
Oct. 29th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
i am at lover
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