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Friday, May 11, 2018

Scam Email: Kevin Waters

They didn't lose the website address. They send out hundreds of thousands of email and are hoping their potential victims will respond and tell them the website. Then the scammer can continue on to the next step of the scam, which is to pretend to want to buy individual pieces and then overpay with a counterfeit check and ask to have the difference wired either back to them or on to some fake shipping company.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Kevin Waters [kwaters671@gmail.com]
Date: Wed, May 9, 2018 at 10:13 PM
Subject: Artwork Inquiry


My name is Kevin Waters from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your
website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work
i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come
out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work
but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of
your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please
kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for
immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with
price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your
website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest
me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
Best Regards,
--

7 comments:

  1. rdorn962@gmail.com "Richard Dorn from Texas" Scammer.

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  2. I received the following variant messages, one just now and another 6 months ago. Subtle strange wording definitely implies that they were written by someone that doesn't speak English as their first language:


    Artwork Inquiry

    Joe Henson

    5:59 PM (26 minutes ago)

    to me

    Hello,
    My name is Joe Henson 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 ($1,000- $10,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards..


    Joe.




    Interested in your Artworks...

    james frank

    12/22/17

    to me

    Hello There,

    My name is Frank James from Washington Dc I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your works 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 piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. kindly send pics and prices of some of your furnitures which are ready for immediate sale within price range $1000- $5000.i hope to hear a lot more about any available works in your inventory ready for immediate sale. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards.

    Frank

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  3. I got the same email yesterday from a Michael Moore....

    On Jul 16, 2018, at 10:37 AM, Michael Moore wrote:
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    My name is MICHAEL MOORE from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price."

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  4. Hello,
    My name is Jose Culley 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 ($1,000- $10,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards..

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  5. this same person also tried this with me and i made it clear we only accept credit cards or paypla and he dropped off

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  6. Holy cow i received almost this exact same message from jeffduncann@gmail.com. Artists beware!! So frustrating! It wasn't until he told he he could only pay by cashiers check or else the anniversary surprise would be ruined. He said he was in the middle of the ocean and I'd have to send money to a third party shipper, only then Did I figure things out...

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  7. I also just received an email from jeffduncann@gmail.com.
    At first I replied saying I only accept payments by credit card or paypal. He then replied with persistence and used a different name!

    "Hello,
    I'm Jeff Duncan,from San Francisco,CA 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 piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as method of payment.

    Regards,
    Jeff."


    2nd email
    "Hello ,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece using any other method of payment will give her a clue. Also If you'd like to know, I'm relocating 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'll be sending a cashier's check.Kindly send your mailing address,amount of the piece,cell phone number and a name to make out check. As regarding shipping, shipping instructions will come after payment is finalized and check clears your bank .My shipping agent (who is also moving my Truck and my Properties) will contact you as regard the shipping instructions as you will have to ship to my shipping agent, at the moment I am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I'm an ocean engineer) with new inters who are fresh from graduate school and won't be back for another couple of weeks.

    Regards,
    Jonathan."

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