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Monday, January 7, 2013

Scam Email: Lisa James

Thanks for your Blog!

I just received this!

I was about to pull art for this person!!

I posted a thanks on your face book too... You are awesome!

-----Original Message-----

From: Lisa James. [mailto:trazzywittss@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2013 4:03 PM
Subject: Artworks Inquiry...

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Hi,

Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creative works on your website
and i will like you to get back with more details if they are still
available for purchase.

Purple Ocean , Reflection and  Embrace

I will appreciate an urgent reply.

Best Regards,

Lisa James.

19 comments:

  1. Just received the same scam, different email address. Thanks for posting this!

    Lisa James
    10:21 AM (2 hours ago)

    to me
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    Hi,

    Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creative works on your
    website and i will like you to get back with more details if they are
    still available for purchase.

    Buring Bush and Fire Scape

    I will appreciate an urgent reply.

    Best Regards,
    Lisa James.

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  2. I got one from the same person.

    "Hi,

    Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creative works on your
    website and i will like you to get back with more details if they are
    still available for purchase.

    Deborah's Story and The mask you only take off once

    I will appreciate an urgent reply.

    Best Regards,
    Lisa James."

    It smelled funny, so I googled her and found this site. YUCK!

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  3. I got the same one as well. And I checked out the IP address but did not find anything off. Even though it did not sound right I replied anyway (with prices, and that I only took Paypal, and did not ship internationally)- and after a week she finally replied tonight (which is when I googled "Lisa James scam" which is what I should have done in the first place.) Anyway, I posted her response below:

    ---------------------------

    "Hi XXXX ,

    Hope this message finds you well. I am having a little problem with my
    email account. I am out of town until next week Wednesday , I'm
    taking my i pad (which for some reason can't fix the problem ), so it
    might be best to contact me at this email account:
    lizzzywitt0@gmail.com .

    I am not sure if my husband has been able to forward the payment to
    your mailing address but i will check with him and get back tomorrow.
    I also sent your contact info to the Cartage company handling the
    shipment of all our house decors and they promise to get in touch with
    you. Try and make shipping arrangement with them and keep me updated.
    Kindly get back as soon as you receive this email so i can be sure we
    are on the same page.

    Thanks for your patient.

    Best Regards,
    Lisa James.

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  4. Hi, Kathleen - I was suspicious when the first email arrived, but I replied
    anyway - his 2nd email really got my alarm bells ringing and I copied part
    of his text and did an internet search. I've submitted an on-line
    complaint to MO Attorney General Chris Koster (not that I expect he'll be
    able to do anything) - Eventually I found your site - here's the scammer
    email and the scam for your blog.

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: james chavaz [jameschavaz@yahoo.com]
    Date: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM
    Subject: Re: [name of piece]


    Dear Mike,
    Thanks for the message, i intend to give my wife a surprise with the
    immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you'd like to know, I'm relocating
    to Philippine soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I'm
    trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am
    buying yours as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs
    it). I'm okay with the price, I think it's worth it anyway, so I'll be
    sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don't have to worry about that in order not to
    leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash
    the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will
    contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on
    training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I'm an ocean engineer) with
    new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won't be back for another
    couple of weeks.
    Thanks
    James.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want
    the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for
    fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check
    prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.




    On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM, james chavaz [jameschavaz@gmail.com] wrote:


    Greetings!
    My name is James chavaz from south carolina. I actually observed my wife
    has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.

    I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field
    above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate
    sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    James.

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  5. Hmmm ... seems I've had the same … I thought it looked and sounded a bit odd so did a Google search and this (blog) has come up. Nice and close to the top of the search. Well done!!!

    From: james chavaz
    Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:40:27 +0000
    To: XXXX
    Subject: FILE: XXXX.jpg


    Greetings!
    My name is James chavaz from south carolina. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : )  You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.

    I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. 
    Thanks and best regards,  
    James.

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  6. Hi,

    Just received identical message from Mr. Chavaz.

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  7. I also received this identical email. Sounded suspicious like a generic fill in the blanks scam. Can anything be done to report James Chavaz?

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  8. I also had some correspondence with James Chavaz. EXACTLY like the emails above. Thank god for this website!!!!

    Dear,

    Thanks for the message,i hope you can help me through with the transaction ,i must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to Philippine soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I'm trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying these as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs it). I'm okay with the price, so I'll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don't have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I'm an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won't be back for another couple of weeks. I wish you a splendid vacation.
    Thanks
    James.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    From: >
    To: jameschavaz@gmail.com
    Cc:
    Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 3:50 PM
    Subject: Paintings

    Dear James,

    Bradley forwarded me your email enquiring about the Penelope piece. He thought I might be able to answer any questions you have about it.

    The piece is 66 x 58in, oil on canvas and $8,200.

    This piece is actually being picked up from Bradley's studio tomorrow afternoon to be brought to our stand at the Affordable Art Fair in Manhattan on Wednesday. If you would like to purchase this piece we can hold it back from the shipment. I can also get you shipping quotes to have the piece sent down to South Carolina.

    From: james chavaz
    Subject: Penelope 2014 66"x58" oil and acrylic on canvas
    Date: September 20, 2014 at 3:57:04 PM EDT
    To:


    Greetings!
    My name is James chavaz from south carolina. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.

    I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    James.

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  9. Yikes, i received this too, today:




    Greetings!
    My name is James chavaz from south carolina. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.

    I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    James.


    --

    thanks very much for this resource . .

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  10. Just got the exact same thing, same wording, but from Richard Brown <123richbrown@gmail.com>, including "am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I'm an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won't be back for another couple of weeks."

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this and saving me time and hassle. I just received the same email from James Chavez details. I will spread the word to other artist colleagues.

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  12. Same thing here. Changed his/her name to Richard Brown and gave me the same story about a supposed anniversary and move to the Philippines.

    Can't imagine what s/he is going to do with my email address and phone number, though? It's not that big of a deal these days to find that information.

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  13. Just got the same email - thanks for the post! Same wording & everything!

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  14. I too just received an email form James chavaz. I answered the email, but decided to google him and found your blog. Thank you!

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  15. I received an exact copy of the email from James Chavaz saying he was from South Carolina. An alarm went off since my email address is not public. How did he get it? What can we do about this? If it hadn't been for this site I would not have known (for sure) that it was a scam.

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  16. Thanks for putting up this alert!

    Ditto for me. Has anyone lost art to him or is he/she just hoping to cost us time? It's sad that he/she doesn't have the poetic language and charming affect of a Nigerian prince. I would guess a sociopath but they are characterized by easy charm.

    Also I vaguely recall reading an article about a guy who conned many major artists into giving him their work. Ring any bells?

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  17. I have also received emails from James Chavaz - I have no idea what their angle is, but hopefully by adding my comment here, others will find it easier to weed his time-wasting out of their lives.

    Luckily, I have lots of spare time having had my bank account stuffed with millions of dollars by a kindly Nigerian prince who also helped me enlarge my manhood and fixed me up with several hot Russian and Brazilian brides. The internet is wonderful.

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  18. So i got the same message with a different name...when I said no title was in the subject line he said that he wasnt lookong for any one piece in particular. So, another full of crap jerkface...aweaome...

    "My name is Henry Cameron from Ohio. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks and best regards"

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  19. Info for person who tried to scam me recently: Anthony Petrello, positivepackaginginc@gmail.com, also known as Benson Washington.

    tried to send me a check from:
    Crane Contracting Group, LTD.
    5719 Kenwick
    San Antonio, Texas 78238

    from this bank:
    Broadway Bank
    PO Box 17001
    San Antonio, TX 78209

    Am Anthony Petrello from California. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your sculpture, as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

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