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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Scam Email: Michael Gray Designs


Here is my correspondence with someone not on your list.  But clearly a scam as I got further into it.  He wanted to send me more than three times the price of the work.  He even has a website.  Yuck.

Thanks for helping us stay on top of this.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Gray []
Date: Fri, May 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Subject: Artwork Purchase

Hi, I saw a few of your art pieces and I'm interested in purchasing one or two of your pieces . Could you please let me know your available pieces,a price list and payment options .  I'm an art lover/collector and I'm collecting for my personal collections.****

 *Michael Gray


  1. Got the same email. Seemed fishy....I concur - yuck!! Who do we report this to?

  2. This guy has been trying to scam me, too!

    He even called!!!!!!! Gross! His phone is BLOCKED! (a clue). He tried to buy 3 of my paintings! He sent me a bogus check and asked me if I would please take the amount of the money owed me for the paintings and send the remaining amount to his "shipper" in California! He was pressuring me to do this! I took the check he sent me from Santa Barbara and took it to my bank. The teller told me to call Wells Fargo Bank where the check was supposed to be issued from. They said the account number was phony. I would have been out a great deal of money! How many other innocent artists (people) could have been fooled?

  3. I received that scam from: (

    Hello Dear
    the hotel management have gone through your qualification
    documents CV and it shows that you have great working experience
    to handle this job , the hotel management is assured that with the
    experiences you have in the job , you will make the hotel
    restaurant to progress well in the country . Your position in the
    hotel restaurant is ''' receptionist segretario ''''.

    DUTIES. The employee shall be working from Monday – Friday ,
    diligently and to the best of his or her ability to perform the duties
    and abide by the guidelines set forth on the Contract Appendix
    attached here to (the “Duties and Guidelines”), provided, however,
    where any term(s) of such Contract Appendix conflict with this
    Agreement, the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall take

    COMPENSATION. During the Term, the hotel restaurant shall pay the
    employee a salary of 3500 € per month based upon a work week of 100
    hours (the “Salary”). The Salary shall be paid on the 15th and 30th
    day of each month. The hotel may withhold from the Salary such
    federal, state or local taxes as shall be required to be withheld
    pursuant to any applicable law or regulation. Except as otherwise
    required by applicable federal or state law, the worker shall be
    entitled to other benefits from the hotel that is 100€ per week.

    INTERVIEW . You shall go through an interview before you start working
    here and if you fail the interview we shall get you on our study
    classes for one month before you can be able to resume on your duty
    post immediately.

    Scan copy of ID-card.
    ID-card number.
    2 size passport photo graph.

    All this documents will be scan and send via email so that the
    hotel management can receive faster and submit immediately to the
    manager to begin with the processing of the following documents ..

    Invitation Letter .
    Working Permit .
    Original copy of Contract.
    Higher Authorization.
    Air ticket.

    PROCESSING WORKING DOCUMENTS .the employment manager is base
    supervising work in the new branch of the hotel in Cameroon . The
    address of the new branch in Cameroon is {12 AVE BONAMOUSSADI STRADA
    94, DOUALA, LITTORAL REGION CAMEROON } the employment manager will
    be responsible for all the processing of working documents to
    applicants , applicants working documents will be process in
    Cameroon by the manager and when he is through with the processing ,
    he will send them to you via courier service and you will only pay
    the courier service to deliver your documents to you .After you
    most have received your documents from the courier service, you will
    get posted and then i will inform the employment manager to book
    your flight .

    We will be expecting your quick corporation, because your services are
    highly needed... thank you for understanding...''Hyatt Regency London
    - The Churchill Hotel '' and it's one of the biggest hotel in UK ,
    mean while the hotel is:-

    Hotel name:::::::::::Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Hotel
    City:::::::::::::::::::::: London
    located at ::::::::::::30 Portman Square London W1H 7BH, Royaume-Uni
    Tell::::::::::::::::::::::+44 7031975697
    General Manager ::::::::::::::::::Mr Michael Gray

    Best regards