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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Scam Email: Dennis Voutila

Notice how the TO field is just a huge undisclosed list and his sob story about losing the web link. This is a new technique for scammers so they can somehow track the personalization of the scam and reference it in future correspondence with the intended victim.

First Email:
From: Dennis Voutila
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Inquiry about your website

The images in your website is so fascinating and so vivacious looking at each piece of work make me know you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life  but unfortunately i lost the weblink but i was able to save your email address am writing you because i need your help to get back to your website so that i can be able to see more of  your work and purchase some for my apartment. I  reside in Victoria Australia hope to read from you soon.
Regards
Dennis
Second Email (now he's getting all warm and fuzzy to reel the victim in):
From: Dennis Voutila [dennisvoutila@yahoo.com.au]
To:
Subject: ....: Inquiry about your website

 Dear Liz
    I keep wondering how much time and effort you devoted into your work to make the following piece a one of a kind and as i can see from the images you sent to me your work as a pleasant and a suiting feeling and am so sure it will bring comfort and happiness into my home and to those that view it. I will be purchasing the following piece listed below

[names of pieces inserted here]

Payment for those piece will be made through UK bank cheque and the  money can be withdraw from my account i will be sending £5000 to cover the cost of the piece and shipping of the artwork i also have some Antique to be shipped from the Cardiff Wales i think it will be better if the shippers picking up the Antique can come pick up the
artwork from you so as to save time and money.
So i would let the shippers know that they will be coming over to your area to pick-up the artwork and have them delivered to me.I will be needing your contact address and phone number to write and send the cheque to you,hope to read from you soon. kindly include the name you want written on cheque
Regards
Dennis

Below is my shipping Address
Dennis Voutila
8/818 Bourke Street, Docklands,
VICTORIA, 3008
AUSTRALIA
Email: dennisvoutila@yahoo.com.au
Phone: +61 3 6401 1000
Fax: +61 3 6801 32 22

Fortunately, it was at this point that the artist googled the name and this blog came up and they knew it was a scam. So no money or art lost this time!

44 comments:

  1. Thanks for warning,I recieved the exact same emails and had my ego massaged and in fact a cheque has been sent to me and payed in.I never do anything until any cheque clears,but have now reported to my bank that it will be a 'moody'.If I am asked for any payment my answer will be 'no chance'.

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  2. Thanks for the warning I've not had one of these yet but if I ever do I will make sure I wait until the cheque clears before sending anything.

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  3. This is almost the exact wording of my emails. The scammer 'Bernard Merrac' also added an address in Poland (where he said he lived) which when I googled it it went to this really lovely restaurant site where it was full of beautiful paintings. Unfortunately when I googled his name it didn't come up so I kept replying to him.

    The fraud cheque was sent from within the UK.

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  4. Thanks for this!!

    From Peter Hhowe of Italy:

    I keep wondering how much time and effort you devoted into your work to make the following piece a one of a kind and as i can see from the images you sent to me your work as a pleasant and a suiting feeling and am so sure it will bring comfort and happiness into my home and to those that view it. I will be purchasing the following piece listed below

    ..............

    Payment for those piece will be made through UK Bank cheque and the money can be withdraw from my account, i will be sending £3500 to cover the cost of the piece and shipping of the artwork i also have some Office Cabinet to be shipped from Lancaster my shippers picking up the cabinet can come pick up the artwork from you so as to save time and money.
    I would inform the shippers and let them know that they will be coming over to your area to pick-up the artwork and have them delivered to me before i can write out the cheque in your name i will be needing your contact address and phone number to write and send the cheque to you,hope to read from you soon.
    Regards
    Peter Hhowe
    Via dei Due Macelli, 32/Iº piano
    00187 Rome
    Italy

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  5. Good Evening
    The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address.I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest men or send me images of some of your new works.
    Thanks
    Larry

    Second email:


    Dear Georgie
    I keep wondering how much time and effort you devoted into your work to make the
    following piece a one of a kind and as i can see from the images you sent to me your work as a pleasant and a suiting feeling and am so sure it will bring comfort and happiness into my home and to those that view it. I will be purchasing the following piece listed below
    (Paintings and prices)
    Payment for those piece will be made by UK bank cheque and the money can be withdraw
    from my account i will be sending £4700 to cover the cost of the piece and shipping of the
    piece.
    I have some antique to be picked up by a shipping firm in Canada you will deduct the payment of your work from the money and pay the shippers the rest of it, because it will be better if the shippers picking up the antique can come pick up the piece from you so as to save time and money.
    I would inform the shippers about it after have heard from you.They will just come over to
    your area to pick-up the artwork and then have them delivered to me before i can write out
    the cheque i will be needing your contact details and phone number to write and send the
    cheque to you.The address written below can be use to prepare the receipt of invoice for the artwork.
    Thanks
    Larry


    My address
    Larry Douez
    235 Portage Ave. City,
    Winnipeg.
    Canada.
    Zip Code, MB R3B 2G1

    I asked too many questions and got no more replies :)

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  6. Hi Kathleen,

    I received this one today. You can add it to the list.

    Thanks for your time.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    From : Lynette dixon [dlynette89@yahoo.com]

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    Greetings.

    Am Dennis Lynette

    Am interested in buying artworks from your esteemed organization for my new apartment and you Still Have for sale and i will be glad if you can Send me recent art work You have for sale with the asking prices,i will like to know if You Will accept BANK DRAFT (CHECK) as means clustering of payment Kindly arrange to send me ([mailto:dlynette89@yahoo.com] dlynette89@yahoo.com), by e-mail more information on all artworks You have in stock Looking forward to an early response.

    Regards,

    Dennis Lynette
    266 Chiswick High Rd,
    London W4 1SY, UK.

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  7. Hi Kathleen

    Just recieved the following E-mail:

    Subject: ART AND GALLERY
    From: Dennis Lynette [dlynette89@yahoo.com]
    Message: Greetings.
    Am Dennis Lynette
    Am interested in buying artworks from your esteemed organization for my new apartment and you Still Have for sale and i will be glad if you can Send me recent art work You have for sale with the asking prices,i will like to know if You Will accept BANK DRAFT (CHECK) as means clustering of payment Kindly arrange to send me (dlynette89@yahoo.com), by e-mail more information on all artworks You have in stock Looking forward to an early response.
    Regards,
    Dennis Lynette
    266 Chiswick High Rd,
    London W4 1SY, UK.


    The language made me wary, so a quick Google search pulled up you blog which confirmed my suspisions, thank you .

    Regards

    Eddie

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  8. I received the above email also today. I always google to see if it is a scam and I was right. Be careful out there!

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  9. I also received this email. The language and communication felt strange and, just like you, I googled the e-mail address.

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  10. Greetings .
    Am Dixon Lynette,
    Am interested in buying artworks from your esteemed organization for my new apartment and you still have for sale and i will be glad if you can Send me recent art work you have for sale with the asking prices,also i will like to know if you will accept BANK DRAFT(CHECK) as means of payment Kindly arrange to send me(dlynette89@yahoo.com), by e-mail more information on all artworks you have in stock Looking forward to an early response
    Regards,
    Dixon Lynette
    66 Chiswick High Rd,
    London W4 1SY, UK.
    dlynette89@yahoo.com

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  11. Hello Kathleen.

    I too have received a false email from "Lynette Dixon, London" about buying my art - but I am always very sceptical about emails with a "funny" formulation and bad English (from a person who is supposed to be English), so I googled the name and found your blog with warnings.

    Thanks for your work and giving attention to the problem!!!! J

    Sincerely and many greetings from Denmark

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  12. Great warning system - thanks for the info, and I received the same info as above... By this Google warning I saved myself from a lot of heartache and trouble.
    Thank you Guys - yours sincerly (Denmark

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  13. I have also recieved a mail from a "SALLY MICHAELS" riding_sally@yahoo.com, same address as "Dixon Lynette", in a very bad english and with simular interest of by ARTWORK. I know another artist from Denmark as me, who has recieved the same mail. We have both written to her, that we want money in the bank before we do anything, and we have not heard anythink from her since.

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  14. Thank you for your work!! I have received a mail from Dixon Lynette, exactly the same as one of them mentioned above. After some googling I found this site and got the confirmation of my suspiscions. Thank you!

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  15. Thanks for your good work I have received mail from Sally Michael 266 Chiswick Rd. 1SY London UK about buying art work from my gallery so thank´s for the warning

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  16. I'm also an artist from Denmark and had the same bad experience with "Riding Sally". Fortunately I found out about "her" (she is probably male:-) way of doing business in time - thanks also to the comments here.

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  17. ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 8:00 AM
    Subject: ART AND GALLERY


    Greetings .
    Am Dixon Lynette,
    Am interested in buying artworks from your esteemed organization for my new apartment and you still have for sale and i will be glad if you can Send me recent art work you have for sale with the asking prices,also i will like to know if you will accept BANK DRAFT(CHECK) as means of payment Kindly arrange to send me(dlynette89@yahoo.com), by e-mail more information on all artworks you have in stock Looking forward to an early response
    Regards,
    Dixon Lynette
    66 Chiswick High Rd,
    London W4 1SY, UK.

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    1. :-) Oh hello "Sally" :-)))

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    2. dlynette89@yahoo.com
      ART AND GALLERY
      24. Februar 2014 11:46:26 GMT+01:00


      Hello,

      I am Dixon Lynette from the UK, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you.

      i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment.

      I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by bank draft check.



      Hope to hear back from you soon.


      Regards

      Dixon Lynette

      "The newest version of Dixon Lynettes scams"

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  18. on the 12th of april I got an e-mail from Dixon Lynette. to order Art Works

    80, MORRISON DRIVE,
    ABERDEEN,
    ABERDEENSHIRE,
    AB40 9HE
    UNITED
    Pay attention folks!!!!


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  19. I got this today and it made me suspicious so I googled the name Dixon Lynette. In Sweden where I live it is very hard to cash checks, banks don´t do that anymore so anyway it would not have worked!


    Hello,

    I am Dixon Lynette from the UK, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you.

    i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment.

    I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by check.



    Hope to hear back from you soon.


    Regards

    Dixon Lynette

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    1. got the same e-mail on 6/29!! from Italy

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  20. I had the same letter,just some days ago from dixon lynette and also live in Sweden.!

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  21. Same letter on the 21th of mai from SALLY RIDING.

    Adress:
    80, MORRISON DRIVE,
    ABERDEEN,
    ABERDEENSHIRE,
    AB40 9HE
    UNITED

    Thanks, from Finland.
    Lets make the World a better Place!

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  22. i received the same mail from Sally Riding:
    I am Sally Riding from the UK,
    i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in
    ordering from you. i will like to inquire on the items
    you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment.

    I will like to see different pictures of the types of
    Items
    available and my method of payment is by BANK CHECK.
    Hope to
    hear back from you soon.
    Regards
    Sally Riding


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    1. I got this same one!

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    2. Here is my Sally Riding message
      Hello, I am Sally Riding, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you. i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment. I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by Check. Hope to hear back from you soon. Regards Sally Riding
      ===============================================
      Message sent from email: riding_sally@yahoo.com

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  23. received one from the usual "SALLY MICHAELS" riding_sally@yahoo.com, even received the cheque. Did not process the cheque or answer the last email. User is still active, people beware!

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    1. Why do you say don't answer at the last mail? What happens if you answer? I have recived the same mail....

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    2. Scammers don't deserve a reply. And when you do tell them you know they are a scammer, they are fine and just move on to the next potential victim. So any time they spend with you not knowing you are on to them, they are not going after another person. Just delete the emails as they come in.

      Of course you can do what you feel is best, but I don't reply to scammers, and leave them guessing whenever I can. They deserve it.

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  24. I have receive the same email. riding_sally@yahoo.com is the address.

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  25. I have received the same letter from Lynette Dixon from Uk! I live in Italy.

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  26. have received the same letter from Lynette Dixon from Uk! I live in Paris, France.

    "Hello,

    I am Dixon Lynette from the UK, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you.

    i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment.

    I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by check.



    Hope to hear back from you soon.


    Regards
    "

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  27. I received this one today from dlynette.dixon@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much for what you're doing.

    "Hello,

    I am Dixon Lynette from the UK, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you.

    i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment.

    I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by check.



    Hope to hear back from you soon.


    Regards"

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  28. Here's another one:
    Rudy Mathew or Dorothy Rudy
    80, HEAVEN DRIVE,
    ABERDEEN,
    ABERDEENSHIRE,
    AB40 9HE
    UNITED KINGDOM

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  29. Hello!

    I received this inquiry through my website today from "Sally". I Googled her e-mail and got your blog site. Thank-you so much for the 'heads-up'!!

    Visitor Message:
    =======================================================
    Hello, I am Sally Riding, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you. i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment. I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by Check. Hope to hear back from you soon. Regards Sally Riding
    =======================================================

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  30. Anonymous july 29

    I received this from dlynette.dixon@yahoo.com

    I live in Sweden.

    "Hello,

    I am Dixon Lynette from the UK, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you.

    i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment.

    I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by check.

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  31. Un nouveau mail reçu en France, avec un autre nom :
    Jocelyn Page :

    Hello,



    I am Page Jocelyn from the UK, i came across your items
    on the advert website and became interested in ordering from
    you.



    i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale
    because i will be buying it for my new apartment.



    I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items
    available and my method of payment is by check.







    Hope to hear back from you soon.





    Regards

    Merci pour ce blog

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  32. Apparently Lynette is now Jocelyn Page and attacks in France! We received 2 days ago an identical e-mail. With this address:
    jocelyn.page33@yahoo.com
    80, HEAVEN drive,
    ABERDEEN,
    ABERDEENSHIRE,
    AB40 9HE
    UNITED KINGDOM

    Thank you for your contributions which avoid us unpleasant surprises (even if we did not understand excatly how walking this "arnaque", but we don't need to know all the details!!)

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  33. J'ai reçu le même de Jocelyn Page, qui me propose de payer par cheque pour acheter deux tableaux....aujourd'hui!

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  34. And this is Lynette's mail my brother received few minutes ago. She must have the biggest apartment of the world!

    Francesco from Italy

    ****

    artgallery

    Hello, I am Dixon Lynette from the UK, i came across your items on the advert website and became interested in ordering from you. i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale because i will be buying it for my new apartment. I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items available and my method of payment is by bank check. Hope to hear back from you soon. Regards Dixon Lynette

    dlynette89@yahoo.com

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  35. Yes Lynette is all over in France now.
    Thank you for some simples above,

    friend from Paris

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  36. Hi, ...... Lynette is still going strong ......... I live in Italy and have just received her standard email. Thankyou for this web site!!!!!!!

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  37. ships... i googled the name and bumped into this site too... got the same mail :-)

    THANX for the warning.

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