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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Scam Email: Denzel Mathew

Here is a great example scam email to demonstrate that scammers not only target pretending to buy artworks but also classes. They'll go after anything they can to trick people into depositing fake checks (or accepting stolen credit card numbers which will not show up yet as stolen because they are not yet reported - try matching the billing address to their shipping address and you will see none of it matches even close) and then forwarding their own good money to some non-existent shipper via Western Union (which is then just the scammer at the other end, ready to pick up the cash). The formatting and grammar is of the usual atrocious nature.
Subject: Art & Craft Class:::::::::::::::::::::::

How are you doing today ?  My name is Mr.DENZEL MATHEW I want to book for Art & Craft Workshops Classes with you while on a 2weeks holidays in your country.We are a group of 10 people seeking for Art & Craft Workshops training while on holidays and as part of our plans we need Art & Craft Workshops classes/private lessons.

We shall be needing a Art & Craft Workshops classes for the whole 2weeks in your area.
I would like to book for 2weeks classes for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) for a group of 10. We are asking for 3 hours per day for 2weeks - Monday - Saturday. A total of 36 hrs
Do you have a training facility where you conduct classes? We can arrange for this,if not available.  Do you have rooms or is there any hotel close to your facility?
DATE: 7TH JULY 2011 TO 21 JULY 2011
I would love to know the possibility of working with you during this period.Kindly get back to me with your proposals so that we can make booking asap.
The group would be performing for a group of family members over there. I would love to get the total cost or a quote/estimate. What are your payment options?  Do you accept credit cards? I would be grateful if you will be willing to do the work to teach quality classes and make us happy


  1. I got 2 of these emails myself. It certainly looks suspicious, but I wondered how you confirmed it was a scam.

  2. Jasmine,

    Read the information on this page ( to get a sense of how these scams work. The content varies (and not really all that much) but the basic structure is the same - they are trying to overpay on something with fake money to get you to forward your good money back to them via Western Union. Any "backstory" they can use to accomplish this, they will try to use.