The scammer is using a gmail account but I did notice in the full headers the email was routed through wanadoo.fr, which is another service out of France that scammers and spammers in general use. Everything about this email has all the classic signs of a scam - poor formatting, the moving from one country to another, setting up the "story" of why they are using their third-party shipper, asking for the prices when my website already lists the prices, etc.
They say their cashier's check "can be easily cashed" at your local bank but we all know that isn't true.
I'll underscore again. ANY email (and I do mean ANY) that email insist on the use of their 3rd party shipper and where the check they send is for more than what is owed, asking you to forward the difference to the shipper - it is a scam and DO NOT send anything. Don't deposit the check (you can always ask the bank to check out the check without depositing and opening yourself to bounced check fees) and stop all conversation. Let them spend the cost to send you the check and you haven't lost anything - money or artwork.
Even though I do this blog and run a facebook page with the same purpose of exposing them and reducing the number of victims, the scammers still send me scams as much as anyone else. It's a numbers game to them. They don't care. So all we can do is keep posting their emails, fake names and email addresses and keep alerting as many people as possible to this BEFORE they lose anything.
Subject: artworks purchase
From: Anita James Primoff [email@example.com]
Good day to you.
I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you.....................
[name of art pieces inserted here]
Let me know their various prices.and how much discounts are you going to give?I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our new home in South Africa.As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives.
We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as possible.On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks.
I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.