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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Scam Email: David Morton

An email I received from a reader:

I wanted to share an art scammers name, email, telephone number and information with you.  I am an artist and I was contacted by a "Mr. David Morton".  The initial email read as follows:

"I am so excited that I came across your work on Internet search, I am interested in purchasing some creative artworks from you let me know their various prices. And how much discounts are you going to give? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks and best regards!

Mr. David"


I thought it was suspicious, but I had never heard of an art scam so I emailed him back.  We exchanged a few emails and he had me send a list of all the available work that I had.  He picked out one piece that he said would be an anniversary gift for his "wife".  He asked if he could pay me
an extra amount to cover private shipping because he was moving to Canada and he wanted to keep the painting as a surprise for his "wife".  This is when red flags started showing up for me.  I wanted to catch this lowlife so I entertained his emails and he sent me a check via priority mail.  The check was from a company called Ausenco Engineering USA South IN. located at 1320 Willow Pass Road in Concord, CA, 94520.

In a few days, the check came and I immediately got an email instructing me to deposit the check.  I took it to my bank where they immediately flagged it as fraudulent.  "Mr. David" continued to insist that he was interested in purchasing the piece.  He continued to text me until I had enough of this loser conman.

As an artist, I love painting and I love having my pieces in people's homes.  This is why this is such a sick and twisted scam.  These scammers will never understand true beauty and art and I hope everyone becomes aware of these scams.

Thank you for your blog and for fighting these scammers!  I'll include a summary list of this conman's information.


Here is a summary of this scammers info:


Fake name: Mr. David Morton
Fake Profession: Ocean Engineer at Ausenco Engineering
email: samdavid.morton01@gmail.com
phone numbers: (720)-538-4635 (David's phone),
(409)-600-9495 ("Shipper's Number")
Shippers name and address: Carol Brashear, City: Ravensdale Wa., Zip code: 98051

16 comments:

  1. Here is an email I just got. I assume it's a scam, as it includes the surprise present angle and doesn't bother mentioning any of my paintings by name.

    "Hello,
    My name is Steven Green from Virginia.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact and works while searching and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your inventory that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards.."

    This came from the email stevengreen616@gmail.com

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  2. My husband just received this exact same email from cruz octie. Exact same punctuation, but price range 1,000 -15,000.

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  3. Name: Cruz octie

    Email Address: cruzoctie312@gmail.com

    Subject: Artwork is needed

    Message: Greetings,
    My name is Cruz Octie from New-York.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price-list of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..
    Thanks and best regards..

    Cruz

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  4. I just recieved an email like this. I don't really get the scam though. What are they trying to get?? Free art? Our address full name and number for further scam? What would be there end game if obviously the check they send I'd bogus

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  5. This scam the scammer will attempt to overpay, with some fake story about a non-existent shipping company and will then try and get the victim to wire the money (again they will have some story around this) to the shipper - which is really just them. Once its wired, its like cash and gone for good. They try to make all this happen before the victim figures out the original payment was either a counterfeit check or a stolen credit card.

    The way to avoid this scam is never accept an overpayment for any reason and NEVER wire money to someone if you are the seller.

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  6. Yes i have today received an email from this person pretending to be interested in buying my art for his wife. He gave an address in Aberdeen. The email he is using is dlynette89@yahoo.com

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  7. Thank you for this advice. I was so happy as have just launched my website then to learn it was a massive scam is just horrible. I will write to yahoo and tell them this is a fraudulent account. Kind regards. Judi

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  8. I have received the same email today:

    Name of sender: Michael
    Email of sender: michaelhighth@gmail.com
    Subscribe to mailing list:
    ------------------------- COMMENTS -------------------------

    Hello,

    I am inquiring about your artwork sale in your gallery, if you can ship internationally to Europe and accept Electronically Visa and Master Card Number/Expiry date/Cvv as payment. Let me know so that i can communicate with you on the artworks that interest me so that we can proceed and let me have your updated web link to your gallery.

    I will be looking forward to hear from you.
    Sincerely,
    Michael.

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    Thanks for sharing this. A quick tip to check, if it feels fishy - just copy the text of the email and plug it into Google. As long as artists keep sharing the scam emails, you'll quickly see if it is a scam.

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  9. I got the same mail from Cruz Octie here the text: Greetings,
    My name is Cruz Octie from New-York.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price-list of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

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  10. I got the same email today, too. I reported him to Google: https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse

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  11. As did I just now.

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  12. Just received the obviously suspicious Cruz Octie scam letter [exactly as quoted above] in response to the contact link on my website. So scammer Cruz Octie is still operating out there! -- I reported him to google via their abuse link cited above.. Thanks for helping artists spot scammers!

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  13. He struck again...

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  14. He just struck again... Just received the same email via a form-fill on my SquareSpace page:
    Name: Cruz Octie

    Email Address: cruzoctie311@gmail.com

    Message: Greetings,
    My name is Cruz Octie from New-York.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price-list of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards
    Cruz.

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  15. Mr. Morton has not quit, same email address but says he is from Brownsville TX. I just received an e-mail from him, same story about wife's wedding anniversary and if i accept check as means of payment. I guess some scam artists just can't give it up.

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  16. I got a scam email from David Martinez from Denver Colorado that is an Ocean Engineer that wants to suprise his wife for their anniversary....

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