Victim Location 90010
Type of a scam Online Purchase
e-mail sent to me through my website:
Name: Maxwell Ore
Email Address: [email protected]
Subject: ARTWORK NEEDED
Message: My name is Maxwell Ore from MA. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
Thanks and best regards,
we went back and forth a few times and finally got to payment//shipping information and he sent this:
(*** indicate edited personal information)
Dear *** ?,
Thanks for the message … Good I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one..I’m okay with the price,? ?(both "*** and ***" at $1400)?,? I think ?they worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.
As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping? ?agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.
I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage? ?to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable
to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for FEDEX OR UPS not P.O box) where a
check can be mailed to, and your PRICE so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed
out to you right away.
the red flags went up with moving, surprising his wife, and no shipping address. I then googled his email and found a report against him using the exact same initial message. I also reverse image searched his photo he uses for his google+ id and the photo hit for a reliable source of a different man under a different name.