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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scam Email : Tricia Allen

Here is a scam email from a "Tricia Allen" using the email address "". She found the artist who forwarded this to me via his website and used his contact form page to write to him. Here is the actual content:

Subject: Visitor Feedback from Your Website

First Name: Tricia Last Name: Allen E-mail Address: Comments: Good day to you. I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you..................... Santa Agatha II Wayne County Sanilac County, August Michigan Lake, June Detroit Summer Solstice, egg tempera Let me know their various prices.and how much discounts are you going to give?I will be happy to have these selected artworks hanged in our new home in South Africa.As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives. We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as possible.On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks. I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day. Take care, Tricia Allen

It has all the features of a classic scam email. Poor formatting (even for a contact "form"), mention of actual artwork (usually following a bunch of periods where they are triggered to place the names in a templated email they use), mention of moving to or from a foreign country to some other place, mention of using a shipping company (for which they will eventually send you a check for more than the amount and ask for the difference back - the check will be fake and you are out your artwork as well as the cash difference).

Apologies to all the real Tricia Allens out there who have nothing to do with this. Obviously as these scammers make up names, they'll end up using names that actual real people use.

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