But lately I'm loving this idea of getting the scammers to actually FedEx or overnight that check - so they spend a little money at that end. If enough receivers of their email do this - I'm guessing they'd have to switch strategies fast - because it would start to actually cost them money! I wonder what would happen if we said, "Oh dear, I seem to have misplaced the check, can you overnight another one?" Make them pay double.
And even if they start calling you to get that "difference" sent back to them, just tell them the phone call is being recorded for the authorities and act like you actually *want* to keep them on the phone. They'll hang up quick.
Hmmm... maybe this is the small satisfaction we can get from the frustration we feel over these constant and persistent and SO annoying emails.
Anyway, here is an email from an artist I received today.
I found your site today, after nearly falling victim to the art scam. It was the bed-rest woman, with the husband, moving to Johannesburg. Of course, I only spoke to the man by phone, so who knows if there WAS a woman. She mentioned pieces off my web site by name.
I was stupid enough to fall for the "the check, made out by a third party, accidently included shipping charges", that I would need to refund. Fortunately, my bank flagged it as fraud the day after I deposited it, but in the back of my mind, I was going to speak to them anyway, as it did ring a "scam bell" in my head. And of course, I haven't sent out artwork, so I'm good there. I thought it was odd that the woman emailed me every day, and the guy called me again today (he WAS very nice the first time, and DID sound African, and far away). when I called him out on the scam, he hung up.
They made it seem more legitimate by sending the check UPS Overnight, and I did save the label, which also was suspicious. The return address was:
Montana State Library
1515 E. 6th Ave
Helena MT 59601
I may call ups to let them know scams are being sent through their service.
The other info
Susan Watson [email@example.com]
and let's not forget:
HARVESTFIELD FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS SERVICES Ltd. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
I feel as though I've dodged a bullet, and at least I cost THEM overnight service charges. Thanks for the great info.