Scammers are not above grabbing the names of real people online and using them for their own criminal purposes. Also notice how, in the below scam, the scammer begins by asking about PayPal (thus trying to establish some credibility with their victim) but then switches, using some trumped up story, to what they actually need for their scam to succeed: a wire transfer via some service like Western Union or MoneyGram.
Well, it’s the first time it’s happening to me. I’m glad I found your site, thank you for doing this. The name was not on your list, it’s luiza kwiatkowska, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. When I look for the name on the internet it seems to be a renowned graphic designer and illustrator in Poland but I’m pretty sure it’s not her…
She contacted me via a website where I sell some artwork. In her profile at that site, she mentions she
is from Miami.
Here’s the conversation (and LOTS of warning signs). I replied to her first e-mail only, to see if she was serious. And then her second e-mail just raised some major suspicions and was just plainly ridiculous. I didn’t reply to her and I’m going to delete the e-mail :
offers 600 CAD on your artwork Modèle au corbeau
I have read very about your item.
Am okay with the condition of the item. But before i proceed with the payment i will to ask about the item..
I have a private shipping company that will come for the pick up of the item in your location
Do you accept PAYPAL as you mode of payment?
What is the final price of the item without shipping cost?
Get back to me in my private mail at : email@example.com
My reply :
> I have a private shipping company that will come for the pick up the item in your location
We are in Montreal, Canada. I can have the painting available at my usual gallery here at a time of your choice.
> Do you accept PAYPAL as you mode of payment?
Yes, you may address the payment to [paypal e-mail]
> What is the final price of the item without shipping cost?
600$ is fine.
Thank you for your interest.
I’m about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up agent of the Item,I think you remember what i said in my previous mail that I’m working presently on the sea,so i tried to secure booking with my pick up agent,but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept Western Union Money Transfer for payments and they don’t accept PayPal or bank transfer, So i tried to send the money online but it’s not going through and i am on the sea, there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it will be OK for me to include my pick up agent’s fees together with your payments through PayPal,So you will help me wire the pick up fee to them via western Union Money Transfer immediately i pay you,i don’t mean to bother you I’m sure you understand that I’m presently on the sea and there is nothing i can do to that,The bottom line is after I have made the payments via PayPal,you will help me wire my pick up agent fee to them through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments,I will be very happy if my offer is given a favorable consideration,Respond as soon as possible so that i can send out your Payment.