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Spam: Where it Came From, and How to Escape It

Who Cooked This!? (How did it all start?) The modern meaning of the word “spam” has nothing to do with spiced ham. In the early 1990’s, a skit by British comedy group Monty Python led to the word’s common usage. “The SPAM Skit” follows a couple struggling to order dinner from a menu consisting entirely […]

Email Security For Online Dating – Prevent To Be Scammed

A simple way for hackers or fraudsters to gather information about is through your email address. Many email services today offer profile sharing and create profiles on their sites directly from the information you provide when creating an email address. An example of this is windows live, or an MSN profile, Yahoo profile, even Google. […]

Scam Email: Cindy Dickson

It’s when scammers make lame mistakes that most people get suspicious that the purchase is not actually for real. This scammer using this fake name made several mistakes, but the obvious one that tipped the scales for the artist was saying they do not use PayPal. Then the artist got suspicious. But some scammer say […]

Scam Email: Curtis Butler

My mom was the recipient of an attempted scam – luckily she asked for my help in processing a credit card and so I was able to stop it before she actually lost any real money! Curtis Butler was the name used in these scam – 2 different email addresses (see below) Here is the […]

Scam Email: Max Gardner

Dear Kathleen, This is the first email from a series from this person. It is definitely a scam. Please post his name on your site. Any further advice for how I can report this, etc… would be appreciated. Thanks, Steve Begin forwarded message: > From: Max Gardner [maxgardner402@yahoo.com] > Subject: artwork > Date: September 3, […]

Scam Email: Don Fisher

On Jul 19, 2013, at 5:30 PM, Don Fisher wrote: — Hello, These  particular artwork of yours that you have for sale, is it still available and detailed price. Don. From: Don Fisher [bestofdonfisher@gmail.com] Date: July 20, 2013 2:45:51 AM PDT Subject: Re: Payment………………. Hello, Thanks for your prompt reply. Unfortunately, Im on my way […]

Scam Email: Cindy Dickson

It’s when scammers make lame mistakes that most people get suspicious that the purchase is not actually for real. This scammer using this fake name made several mistakes, but the obvious one that tipped the scales for the artist was saying they do not use PayPal. Then the artist got suspicious. But some scammer say […]

Scam Email: Steve Wood

type=”html”>Yup, Tom – it’s a scam. Delete it and do not respond. Hi Kathleen, Its been 2 years since my last email about the scam I was in the middle of – and got out of with your help. I received another email yesterday from ‘Steve Wood’. The punctuation in his message is strange, and […]

Scam Email: Greg Hembree

type=”html”> This was an obvious miss on the scammer’s part but they could care less – they play a numbers game. They send out thousands of these emails seeking that small percentage that reply so that they can funnel those people closer to the heart of the scam – stealing their money by pretending to […]

Scam Email: James Chavez

type=”html”>Yes, even someone who hosts a blog and Facebook page about scammers, warning people how not to fall victim, receives these stupid emails as well. To entertain myself, I removed the name of my art piece from the subject line and replied and asked which piece they were interested in. Now they won’t be able […]

Scam Email: Paul Newman

type=”html”>The use of a famous name like Paul Newman doesn’t make this any less of a scam. Kathleen, Thank you for your post about scammers trying to buy artwork. I have received an email before from someone saying that they were in the process of moving from California to Africa and listed several piece of […]

Scam Email: Frank Bernard

type=”html”>Here is the text of yet another scammer with another fake name and disposable email account: Hi Cheryl, Good to hear back from you.I will like to proceed with the purchase of the piece. I think it is a lovely work  and i hope to give it a good home. I will be leaving soon […]

Scam Email: Carolyn Jovanni

To Kathleen or whom it may concern: I was almost caught up in this scam, until a red flag went up. The series of emails as follows: Received an email yesterday reading: Congratulations! Someone expressed interest in buying your work, name of piece, at the url: website url The intested party listed their name and […]

Scam Email: Steve Borgatti

How many years have I been doing this blog. How many personal emails have I sent for years before I started the blog. Really, this scam has changed VERY LITTLE since it began. Why? Because it is still working for the scammers. Because they are still making money. If it wasn’t, it would have changed […]

Scam Email: Luiza Kwiatkowska

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 […]

Scam Email: Thanh Nguyen

hello i wish i had come across your site earlier! ive been working on an art sale with  a “thanh nguyen” with the email “mrknumb@gmail.com” . i researched him, his company, the bank the check was sent from, etc. i didnt know to look up art specific check fraud, so i wasnt aware this was […]

Scam Email: Adrian Hermes

Here is a scam that is so telling – sent to an “undisclosed list of recipients” (aka huge spam list) and apologizing upfront for not remember your website (they have no way to track the websites of hundreds of thousands of people they spam every day, and really they are not visiting the websites in […]