Attempted Art Scams
I was contacted by "Thomas Ross" from "Albuquerque, NM" who practically lifted a popular scam, word for word, from the Internet.
The scam: Say they want to buy your work, there is a hurry to get this done: Thomas saw his wife looking at my work on his laptop, wanted to buy it as a surprise for their 25th Anniversary. Doesn't want to be contacted as this is a surprise. He will be moving soon (another reason to hurry) and will have his shipping agent get the artwork, no need to ship. Then he says the check was written in error for the artwork plus the cost of the shipping agent (they are moving out of the country... in my case, Thomas was moving to Dublin, Ireland), and want you to cash the check and deposit the excess amount into a bank account. The check may appear to be real, but even a cashier's check can be fraudulent now and you will be out the money even after it appears to have cleared your bank! It can take three weeks before you are notified it was bogus and you now owe the bank that money plus their fees for a returned check. Thomas, who said 1st Anniversary after originally saying 25th Anniversary, also wanted me to take a screen shot of the deposit slip. That would have given him my bank account information as well as provide an image for another bogus bank check. So, beware!
"Thomas Cruz Ross" claiming he is from Albuquerque, NM
email: email@example.com IP address: 126.96.36.199
Text from: 505-600-0318
Express Mail envelope had shipping label from HARDY CONCRETE SERVICES in Dunwoody, GA
"Check" from TCF National Bank in Plymouth, MN
Wanted $2,000 overpayment deposited to
Bank of America
Account holder: Richard Dorn
Routing #: 323070380
Acct #: 485013883949
All documentation of this attempted mail fraud (federal crime) was given to the USPS who expressed great pleasure in getting the information so that they can go after these cons.