Thursday, September 17, 2009
I Couldn't Resist!
I got a scam email last week:
"Good day to you.
I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you.....................
Recycled Fence Series #19,#33,Orange Construction Fence Series #63 and Orange Construction Fence Series #65
Let me know their various prices.and how much discounts are you going to give?I will be happy to have these selected artworks hanged in our new home in South Africa. As well, I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives.
We are traveling from our Dallas home to our new apartment as soon as possible.On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks.
I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.
Take care, Joan Morgan"
Knowing the red flags, but wanting to have a little fun with it, I responded like this:
Thank you for your inquiry. The total for these pieces of art are $12,325.00. Please send me your address and I'll hand deliver them to you in Dallas. I've always wanted to visit Dallas and this would be a perfect opportunity. I look forward to meeting you.
You have a wonderful day too.
I couldn't resist responding and trying to engage her in a conversation, mainly because a while back my son showed me how a similar scam backfired on the scammer when they were trying to buy a used Mac laptop. I wish I could remember the link with the series of emails back and forth, because it was hysterical.
I was hoping for a little entertainment in discussing this inquiry with her, but unfortunately "Joan" never responded to my note back. Oh well.