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Friday, December 11, 2015

Scam Email: Holmes Raines

Hi Kathleen,

I'm an artist.
I received this email. I did not find anything about the person online, but it smells suspicious.
Thank you Kathleen,
Best regards,


Good day to you over there, My name is Holmes Raines I'm from Leipzig and i
hope this message finds you well.I was going through your works and my eyes
caught The thinker 60x80cm Oil on canvas, i will like to have it for my new
apartment this Month. please let me know if the piece is available, if yes
let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be
waiting to read from you asap.

Holmes Raines.


  1. Hi, I received the same email today... was suspicious too... now I am sure it is a scam. thanks for posting this.

  2. I just got this just now,

    Hi, Am Dixon Lynette, i will like to place an order from your store for my daughter wedding gift,but i will be glad if you can list some of the artwork you have for sale with the prices,also my only method of payment is by Cashier Check. So, i will be glad if you can email me on my private email ( for more details like the names and the prices you have for sale,once again my only payment method is by Cashier Check for serious seller. Waiting for your reply. Thank D.Lynette

    add her name to the list!

  3. why do these people do this?

  4. They try to trick unsuspecting victims into wiring them cold hard cash - and apparently it's very lucrative because it has been going on for decades.

    They have some story as to why they are overpaying. And in that story is why you need to wire the overage. They will say to a shipping company or something else but you are really just wiring cash to them. And they try to get their victims to do this before they figure out the original payment is fraudulent. A fake check. A stolen credit card. A fake email saying they sent money to your PayPal account when they didn't.

    Never accept overpayments for any reason and if you are the seller, never ever wire money to anyone for any reason. Ever. A bank will deposit a fraudulent checks and it takes time for the system to catch it, particularly fake international checks. And that is exactly what the scammers are counting on.

  5. They are fake hiring actual accountants and folks who work from home... None of these guys will get paid. The accountant who writes and ships the fake cheques is a victim too. I know because I too was pissed at an attempt to scam me and went into full research mode. Found the accountant... Found the student fake hired to work online... I'm hoping someone gets caught but I highly doubt it.

    1. Id really like to hear more about what you discovered