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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scam Email : Phillip Rice

Here is an email I received today from another artist:

Kathleen,
   I want to start by saying thank you.  Your page about art scams saved me from falling victim to one of these fraudulent deals.  It all seemed too good to be true.  I hardly ever sell my paintings, so when I was contacted by the scammer for the sale of 2 paintings, I immediately was excited.  They sent the certified check to me, and explained how urgent it was to mail the overage amount to his shipper/courier.  My bank thankfully holds all out of state checks for a minimal of 2 days before clearing any money.  This apparently upset the scammer because he called me.  He was demanding that I send the money immediately to his courier.  This set of red flags to me.  That was when I googled, "art scams" and read your web site.  Everything that you posted fit this scam exactly as you said it.   The scammers name is Phillip Rice  and his e-mail is, philliprice003@gmail.com
   Thank You again.
  -Nathan
We saved Nathan in just a nick of time!!

12 comments:

  1. I have just received an email from phillip_rice@mybestmail.com which immediately aroused my suspicions as the English had errors. I've had this type of scam before (again, observation of it raised my guard). Thank you for all your correspondence about this. I am in the UK and I will remain anonymous as other scammers could be looking at your site and picking up names for the future.

    Kind regards

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  2. Thanks for writing in! Yes, he has moved from using gmail to mybestmail.com which seems to be a place scammers can land to send out lots of spam. In this case, the full headers showed this: X-PHP-Script: mybestmail.com/home/sendmail.php for 41.155.50.92, which shows he is using a php mail script. The IP number shows to be a server from starcomms.net in Lagos, Nigeria (no surprise there!).

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  3. Phillip Rice emailed me today, too, from the same email address as posted by the anonymous poster above. Unfortunately I did not come across this site before replying politely that the works Mr Rice was interested in were not for sale. I did think something wasn't quite right, and I would not have been so polite if I had been fully aware of what is going on. Thankfully, now I am. Annoying people. Thanks for posting all this material, I am sure it acts as a great source of information for many of us.
    Kind regards

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  4. A brief addition to my earlier comment about this particular scam: I just checked the stats on my webpage and found a Nigerian IP had accessed it early today, so that is no doubt where our Phillip Rice got his info from in my case.
    Kind regards

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  5. This seems like a hot and heavy one today. I'm glad your works were not for sale and so they had no chance of getting money out of you, anyway.

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  6. I'm an art dealer in New York and have just wasted about a week of negotiations on a supposed sale, that has turned out to be a scam I'm sure.

    I did a google map search on the 'client's' address - turns out to be an airport. I did a google map search on the courier, turns out to be a residential address in the UK.

    I also did an IP search on the emails, both of which were located in isolated places, nowhere near where the 'client' or 'courier' are located.

    Only after these red flags did I do a google for art scams. Thanks for the additional information and confirming my worse fears - fortunately before I acted on any payments etc.

    Perpetrators name: Richard Marrino: richardmarrino@rocketmail.com

    The courier name: Techie Courier

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  7. Sucks for me as an artist he has my name!

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  8. There is now a Thomas Rice thomasrice1@outlook.com perpetuating this scam.

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  9. I have been dealing with a Thomas Rice (mmmoreef@gmail.com) who wanted to buy three of my paintings. He was being sent to Turkey...out of Ontario. Read a bit on scams and he certainly fit the profile. He was sending me more than requested and asked if I was trustworthy. Trustworthy, yes. Stupid, no. Thanks for all the information you supply. I hope more people read up on art scams.



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  10. We have also been dealing with Thomas Rice( mmmoreef@gmail.com) and were very close to being scammed. He also said he was moving to Turkey from Ontario and wanted to buy anything we currently had on hand in full. We got a suspicious, non-descript cheque in the mail which the bank ACCEPTED and we almost transferred the shipping amounts back to him until the bank caught it. BEWARE

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  11. Yes, it is important to understand that just because a bank accepts a check, it does NOT mean you are in the clear. Banks can remove those funds from your account at any time once it is determined the check is fraudulent. That is exactly why scammers love this scam so much - they are relying on the delay of time to determine the check is fake and try to disappear with the CASH they have wired to them by the victim, for "over paying".

    My advice is always do not wire anyone any money for any reason when transacting selling things online. Scammers are not interested in your items, but it is also a good practice not to ship anything out until the check has CLEARED, not from when the bank has accepted it for deposit. The process of clearing that check as valid has only just begun at that point.

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  12. I was also contacted by a Thomas Rice at mmmoreef@gmail.com and he almost scammed me. He wanted to buy 2 pieces of art. But his last email in particular seemed fishy to me. I went to check him out online and found this blog. Thanks, good to know my feeling that there was something off was right. He didn't get me, thanks to your information! Eva

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