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!
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
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