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I don't know if any of you have encountered this email, but apparently it is being sent out to artists:

I am Page Jocelyn, i came across  your items on the advert website and became interested in  ordering from you.
i will like to inquire on the items you have for sale  because i will be buying it for my new apartment.
I will like to see different pictures of the types of Items  available and my method of payment is by Bank Cheque.
Hope to hear back from you soon.
Page Jocelyn"

After several emails back & forth my husband made it clear to her that we have a website that she can look at and choose the art that she would like to purchase.  She decided on a painting and agreed to the price.  We gave her the address that she should mail the payment to, and she said that she would.  Then today we received an email from her saying that her financial administrator had sent us a  check that was meant for someone else, by mistake, but that we shouldn't destroy it or send it back but deposit it.  This put up a red flag for us, so we "googled" her name and a dialog came up indicating that there are several other aliases used for the same scheme.  If you deposit the check, they would have your bank information.  Of course we will not deposit it (if and when we receive it), but just wanted to know if anyone else has had this experience.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on March 18, 2015 at 6:58pm

Great alert, Ellen! This is a new one for me, but we have a thread somewhere about this type of fraud. Thanks for this info.

Comment by Mel Hamrick on March 18, 2015 at 9:04pm
I actually got this exact same email!!!
I googled the advert website & discovered something not right.
It tells you the name at the beginning but then has the name reversed at the end....
I just disregarded it as weird.
If this person truly did stumble upon my work it would have been through my website where they could have looked at everything I have to offer........ Why do I need to send photos?
I have never heard of Bank Cheque (spelled oddly).
I deleted the email.....,,
I never would have imgagined it would be going out to a bunch of artists.

Comment by Pam sharp on March 19, 2015 at 8:50am

receive the same email and directed her to the web where she could pay via pay response.  I knew it was a scam....but I like to mess with them a bit.

Comment by Ruth Jellema on March 19, 2015 at 11:46am

Don't even open an e-mail like this!  It's obvious by the language that it's a scam.  I get them constantly - that's what the delete key is for.

Comment by Alison Thomas on March 19, 2015 at 2:16pm

I get them quite often.  Red flags - seems to have never visited your website, weird words or broken english, wants you to use their shipper, over payment of the amount due.

Comment by Larry Berman on March 20, 2015 at 9:09am

Never open emails like that. Never, never, never reply as it validates your e-mail address and you end up getting even more spam.

Larry Berman

Comment by Lora Wahl Kudisch on March 20, 2015 at 10:41am
I had the exact same emails. After the one about the check for the wrong amount, I wrote back to tell her that I was very sorry but her scam would not work on me. Never received the check and never heard from her again.
Comment by Greg Little on March 20, 2015 at 11:38am

These types of emails get sent straight to my junk email spam list without opening. They could easily contain viruses of all sorts

Comment by Barry Bernstein on March 20, 2015 at 11:56am

Anybody who even thinks about answering this deserves to lose their money. Come on!! This is so obvious. "advert", "bank cheque". Why even analyze it. These people deserve prison sentences, not communications.

Comment by C.C. Barton on March 20, 2015 at 11:59am

It might be good to report this to the Secretary of State in the state where you live...perhaps forward the email to them.  They sometimes like to at least be aware of the scams going on in their state.


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