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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Scam Email: Don Fisher

On Jul 19, 2013, at 5:30 PM, Don Fisher wrote:
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Hello,

These  particular artwork of yours that you have for sale, is it still available and detailed price.
Don.

 
From: Don Fisher [bestofdonfisher@gmail.com]
Date: July 20, 2013 2:45:51 AM PDT
Subject: Re: Payment...................

Hello,

Thanks for your prompt reply.

Unfortunately, Im on my way to Mexico 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 $2,000, 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.
Thanks,

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.

Don.

33 comments:

  1. Does Don Fisher send fake checks/money orders to pay for artwork, ? How do they scam ? Thanks

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  2. Yes, this is a scammer using a fake name and sending fake counterfeit checks for more than amount and asking the victim to wire the difference on to a non-existent shipper, who is just the scammer at the other end of that wire transfer collecting up the cash and disappearing.

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  3. Thanks for this confirmation. I suppose more people would fall for it if he had a reasonable amount in addition to the cost of the painting. In my case I was selling a painting for $1000 and he sent a check for $3200.
    $1200 and I might have gone through with it. Still, asking someone to wire money is peculiar.
    Thanks

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  4. Thank you for the posts. I just got an e-mail from "Don Fisher" The grammar was terrible, which was a tip off, but sites like this are a huge help.

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  5. Can any of you that got the email post the email header information? This would additionally help in blocking these types of spam emails.

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  6. On Aug 17, 2013, at 12:14 PM, Don Fisher wrote:

    subject: Re: I'm interested in buying your painting BROOD | Oil and collage on paper | 2004 | 45in x 34in


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    Hello,

    These particular artwork of yours that you have for sale, is it still available and detailed price.
    Don.

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  7. Hello,

    Thanks for your prompt reply.

    Unfortunately, Im on my way to Mexico 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, 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.
    Thanks,

    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.

    Don.

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  8. I got one too.
    I'm interested in buying your painting island1-100x100

    Exact wordage. seemed fishy. thanks for this site.
    Jules

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  9. I have just got a scam from him too. This has happened with two other scammer. Same deal interested, got to move soon etc. Its awful there are so many scammers out there but good we have sites like this to protect ourselves!

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  10. Received same email.

    I'm interested in buying your painting untitled (face lift), huile sur mylar / oil on mylar, 28 x 24 cm / 11 x 9.5”

    Hello,

    These particular artwork of yours that you have for sale, is it still available and detailed price.
    Don.

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  11. I got the email too! Using Don Fisher (major collector)seemed a bit too good to me. Thanks for this site.

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  12. Just got this exact same email from "Don Fisher"... thanks for posting!!! Now I don't have to waste any more time on this ugly transaction!

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  13. I got the same Don Fischer email. I asked for his identity which he did not give exactly. So, I emailed back to say that without knowing and verifying his identity I can not go ahead with the transaction. I told him that my paintings sell for five figures. After that I have not heard from him.

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  14. I got one today - this time the name is Sara Cammarata relocating to South Africa.

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  15. Add my name to the list. In my case it was an art quilt, which he named in particular and included the dimensions (creepy). The bad grammar was my first tip, too. Boo hiss.

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  16. I just got a Sarah Cammarata email too- who appears to be a real person whose identity has been scammed - says she lives in Lima OH and there are facebook/myspace referring to Sarah Cammarata on the internet.

    But bad grammar, blanket statement:buying a piece of my work when I have no reference to the size or the price of the specific piece on my website- 'moving right away' all sounds like the same person with a new false identity. Thank you ARTSCAM!!!

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  17. Just got one from Sarah Cammarata, N Lima OH too. Didn't trust it either. Thanks for the confirmation, ARTSCAM and anonymous! I rather be safe than sorry.

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  18. Thank you for this blog. I got an e mail from Sarah Cammarata yesterday. What at first seemed like a slightly odd request became weird to me today when they replied to my reply saying that they would have their shipper pick up the ($55 vase) at my place (in VT) So glad to come across this blog to confirm my suspicion.
    Thanks again!
    Jean

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  19. I just received one from Sarah Cammarata as well. It seems ligit at first because the mail describes an actual painting.Thanks for the heads up. These people should get a life. If they actually spent the time it takes doing something ligit, they might make something out of their lives. What a tragic waste of life.

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  20. I just got an email from Sarah Cammarata, you would think she would use a different name...

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I found the piece on your website which was given to me by a family friend while discussing about getting some piece for my new home.
    Unfortunately, I'm on my way to France on an official trip(I'm a marketing Executive) and wont be back for another two weeks.

    If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to South Africa soon and I'm trying to gather some good stuff for my new abode.

    However, I'll have to notify my shipper who's helping me move my stuff to get set for the pick up 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 contact address and phone# so I can get a check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

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  21. We received this same scam contact (Vermont):

    Dear XXXl,

    I'm just reading your email now as I have been busy preparing for the conference in the office,it starts this weekend. Thanks for the details which I have noted down and have also forwarded to my shipper.

    He should be in town sometime next week and will definitely be getting in touch with you for the pick up and also to inspect it for me.

    Truth is, I would have handled this much differently if I would be at home but I'm a bit pressed for time myself. I'm moving to South Africa this month as I'm 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, I'm 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 I'm free.
    Many thanks and talk to you soon,

    Sarah.

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  22. another scam from Sarah: (must be based upon prior reports here):
    I'm Sarah Cammarata from North Lima, Ohio. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it's final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you.

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  23. I just received an email from Sarah Cammarata from North Lima, Ohio for one of my paintings I had had on ebay. Thanks to this site I now know it was a scam. I thought it might be anyway because the english grammar sounded foreign.

    But thank you all for your input on Sarah Cammarata!

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  24. BEWARE of a SARA CAMMARATA e-mail!

    I think the scammers look at this site and then 'refine' how they word their e-mails!! I just received an e-mail from a "Sara Cammarata" and decided to google to see if this was a scammer. I'm glad I did!!!! Thank you for having this site!!!

    Her grammar was a little "off', but not as badly written as the other e-mails and she didn't say she was moving overseas--could be lead to believe a local move. She also had the name of my painting in the subject line--which at first made it look legit.

    This is the e-mail I received:

    Sarah Cammarata
    Hi,

    I'm Sarah Cammarata from North Lima, Ohio. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it's final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you.
    Regards,

    Sarah.


    Again-Thank you for this site!! You saved me some headaches :)

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  25. I got one from Sarah Cammarata too. The name happens to be that of a popular model... but it fits the description of a scam. I have a gallery owner in on it... I bet "Sarah" doesn't take it any farther....

    Hi,

    I'm Sarah Cammarata from North Lima, Ohio. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it's final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you.
    Regards,

    Sarah.

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  26. I just got the same email. The grammar is a bit off, but not so bad as it alerted me immediately. She had a specific piece in the email header, which is a photo I have on my website for sale. However, Google is our friend.


    Hi,


    I'm Sarah Cammarata from North Lima, Ohio. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it's final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you.
    Regards,


    Sarah.

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  27. Thanks for the work you're doing here to help stop scammers. I'm glad I found this page! Same email sent to me, from Sarah Cammarata. This time she, the busy marketing exec with a taste for (if we do say so ourselves!) wonderful art, is rushing to have her shipper get her stuff and my art to South Africa!

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  28. My bank looked up art scams and found you. Thank you. I played along long enough to get some hard copy evidence and reported it to the cyber police at www.ci3.gov with this info…
    September 21, 2013 - An e-mail was sent to me by Sarah Cammarata to purchase a painting for $450.00
    October 8, 2013 - I received a Fed EX Express with a check for $1800.00 from Heather Juzwa, SHIMADZU, 321 Winners Circle, Canonsburg, PA 15317,and I was asked to send the extra money to Richard Frauenthal,5629 Aenon Church Trail, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. My bank said it was a scam when they looked up STOP ART SCAM.
    October 10,2013 - I received 2 money grams,$920 each and I was asked to send the extra money to Tsundzukani Khosa,98, sunset hill,langeveldt street, Vorna valley, Midrand, Johanneburg,South Africa. The Walmart money grams were 'on hold'. The postmark was South Africa.
    October 21,2013 - I received a threatening e-mail from 'Sarah' to report me to the authorities.Here is an excerpt:
    If I don't still hear from you within the next 24hours I think I might be forced to involve my attorney and the local authority in this transaction and forward all your contact information I'm having with me and also forward a copy to my attorney so they can get in touch with you in case they have questions for you because this seem to me like you are trying to run away with my money and pull some scam. Sincerely, Sarah.

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    1. Threatening email means you got the cash from the check? What happened after threatening email? Thank you.

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  29. I recieve many emails and texts on my phone from Italian sites like ebay, but never got an email from ebay tho. I got them from: subito.it, secondamano.it, aaanunci.it, pitturiamo.it, artlynow.com. For example this is a number where I got a text in english: +16466634139. If artists do agree I would want to make a group of many artists to contact all together police or intelligence agency to stop once forever these scammers. I am ready to fight and kick their asses.

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  30. Here is what I received:

    Hello,

    To properly introduce myself, I am Mr RODRIGO LULI a private lender i
    give out loan at 3% interest rate. This is a financial opportunity at
    your door step, apply today and get your fast loan. There are many out
    there looking for financial opportunity or assistance all over
    the places and still yet they are unable to get one. But this is a
    financial opportunity at your door step and as such you can't afford
    to miss this opportunity. This service is render to both
    individuals,companies,business men and women. The loan amount
    available ranges from any amount of your choice For more information
    contact us via email: rodrigoluliloanfirm@yahoo.com

    LOAN APPLICATION FORM FILL AND RETURN.

    Full Name:

    Personal Phone Number:

    Country:

    Address:

    State:

    Age:

    Have you applied before?:

    Marital Status:

    Loan amount needed as loan:

    Loan Duration:

    Occupation:

    Monthly Income:


    In acknowledgment of these details, We shall send you our terms along with repayment schedule and If you agree to the terms and conditions ,you stand to get your loan within 24hours. This depends on your seriousness and urgency in obtaining the loan.
    I gladly await your swift response,

    Yours Sincerely,

    Mr Rodrigo Luli.

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  31. He's back at it this time as Dale Godfery!
    See the original email below and then a few more once I received a bogus check
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    Good day to you,
    I'm Dale Godfrey from Duluth, Minnesota. I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece available and also let me know it's final price and more information about it. I will be waiting to read from you.
    Regards, Dale.
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    A Later email.... The same story as mentioned in comments above "marketing executive moving to South Africa"
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    Dear ________

    Thanks for your prompt reply.

    Unfortunately, I'm on my way to France on an official trip(I'm a marketing Executive) and wont be back for another two weeks.If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to South Africa soon and I'm trying to gather some good stuff for my new abode. However, I'll have to notify my shipper who's helping me move my stuff to get set for the pick up 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 contact address so I can get a check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.
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    THE FINAL RED FLAG HERE… Requesting me to Western Union the remainder of additional funds with check for shipping to the tune of 3000 dollars.
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    You can go ahead and have the check deposited at your bank and once it's deposited, kindly help me send the $3,000.00 ( balance on the check ) to my shipper via Western Union.

    Kindly help me send the remaining money to the shipper via Western Union. You can walk into any of their agent locations around you and have the money sent to him. Also you can use the below address as billing address for your records and use use it to prepare an invoice and email it to me.

    Below is the shipper's information in sending the remaining money to him via Western Union;

    Name : TSUNDZUKANI KHOSA
    Address : Unit 618 Sunset Hill
    Maxwell dr. Mirand, 1685
    Johannesburg,
    South Africa.

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  32. I was contacted with this scam 2 years ago. I exchanged several emails with a man claiming to want to buy a painting of mine. He said he would send me a cheque for $300.00 more than the painting price so I could use the extra money to pay for shipping. All I had to do was cash the cheque then send the shipper my own cheque. I was suspicious because he said he was from Winnipeg but his grammer was all wrong. In one email he used the phrase "...kill two birds with a stone." Not with one stone as any Canadian would say. A potter friend of mine got the same email and almost went through with it. I stopped him in time.

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