On the below email, the scammer was stupid, once again, and switched names and email addresses midstream, not remembering which fake identity they had used, and got called on it, but just kept going with the scam, never addressing why the change when asked.
You can tell the person their name is being used in scam emails but there is actually not much they can do to stop it so I'm not sure if its helpful to do or not. But we know, in this case, Judy Delmonico-Roll is NOT the actual scammer but the name this scammer stole to use.
I came to your blog tonight after finding too many 'red flags' in a recent email exchange with an interested buyer. It seems I'm being baited, too! I'll forward the exchange below. What was additionally puzzling about this one is that the author of the email was the name of an Arizona artist with a very unique name, Judy Delmonico-Roll. As I always do, I googled-searched the name when I got the first email and was thinking a fellow artist was just buying a piece she liked. But then the emails got extremely strange and red flags went off. But I wonder if Ms. Delmonico-Roll knows her name is being used? I wonder if my name will be used next? But my biggest question is, how do these scammers get our names?
I should also add that I likely received another email scam attempt like this just two or three weeks ago. I didn't answer that one until much later and was surprised to find the email address had been deactivated. Once again, a google-search on the name of the sender turned up the identity of another fellow artist.
Judy-Roll Delmonico email@example.com
Aug 29 (3 days ago)
These particular artwork of yours that you have for sale, is it still available,if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about
Judy Delmonico-Roll firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 30 (2 days ago)
Thanks for your prompt reply.
Unfortunately, Im on my way to France on an official trip(I'm a marketing Executive) and wont be back for another two weeks, I would have come to inspect the piece personally. Im taking your word for true on It though.
I'm okay with the price $500, I think it worth it anyway. If you'd like to know, Im relocating to the South Africa soon and I'm trying to gather some good stuff for my new abode. Im buying yours amongst others,quickly! before someone else grabs it.So, I'll arrange to send you payment ASAP.
However, I'll have to notify my shipper who's helping me move my stuff to get set for the pickup of the piece from your place as I MIGHT be delayed depending on how things goes.
PS: In the mean time, kindly get back to me with your Full Name,contact address and also your phone# so I can get a check prepared and have it sent out to you ASAP.
7:20 PM (4 hours ago)
Hi Judy (or is it Webb? I see you signed this last email with that),
I'll add my contact info below. I'm also curious to know, how did you come to find my work?
Let's be in touch about the matter of shipping. I will be out of town briefly next week but will be reachable by phone.
Judy Delmonico-Roll email@example.com
10:46 PM (1 hour ago)
I'm just reading your email now as I have been so busy all day preparing for the conference in the office,it starts this week. Thanks for the details which Ive noted down and have also forwarded to my shipper.
My shipper should be in town sometime next week and will definitely be getting in touch with you for the pickup and also to inspect it for me.
Truth is, I would have handled this much differently if i would be at home but Im a bit pressed for time myself. Im moving to South Africa this month as Im being transferred and Promoted.
As it is, I'm sending you check which will include my shippers fees as well.He has asked for an upfront before coming and since I have no access to a lot of cash, Im trying to kill two birds with a stone.
So, once you have received and cashed the check, deduct your funds and PLEASE help me send the remaining funds to him(shipper). I will forward his contact details to you once you have received the payment.
Now I'm concluding you are a responsible person and I can therefore entrust you with this arrangement.I'll let you know Immediately the check is sent out to you so you should be looking out for it.
I'll surely give you a call later when Im free.
Many thanks and talk to you soon,