Fine Art & Illustration
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!Watch for:"Thomas Cruz Ross" claiming he is from Albuquerque, NMemail: [email protected] IP address: 188.8.131.52
Text from: 505-600-0318Express Mail envelope had shipping label from HARDY CONCRETE SERVICES in Dunwoody, GA"Check" from TCF National Bank in Plymouth, MNWanted $2,000 overpayment deposited to Bank of AmericaAccount holder: Richard DornRouting #: 323070380Acct #: 485013883949All 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.9/23/2019I received the following from "Adrian Ford." I did not respond, but this is not the way a legitimate buyer contacts an artist. I recommend caution be used if you are contacted in this manner.
Hello, I will like to know if you have 10 suitable arts for sales that would not be more than $6000 Awaiting to read back from you soon Adrian