With all the hacking and phishing and downright evil scams on the net, I'm going to start posting them when I find out about them. Maybe save someone from being victimized.
Here's a particularly devious theft scheme. This happened to a friend of mine but she didn't, in the end fall for it. Thank heaven for that.
You're contacted about art lessons for some very wealthy person's child (usually foreign). They've seen your work and you are the only artist (in the whole world) for their precious Nigel. They want you so badly, they will send you a cashier's check or money order to cover your services in advance. They send you the bogus whatever it is and tell you please, deposit it - they trust you - this is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
It takes the bank time to figure this is a bad check so they almost immediately contact you and tell you Nigel broke all his fingers playing cricket and so, they are so very sorry, in addition to his broken fingers, now it's breaking his little heart, but he cannot possibly attend your classes so would you mind returning their funds? The bank hasn't told you the check is bad yet and you think you should return this nice man's money, so you write him a check and send it back. Only, his check was never good and you just gave him your good money.
People prey on many things, appreciation of our talents. Trust - they trust you so why not trust them? Relationships, by now you feel like you know the broken Nigel and his dad. The only things you can really trust are your family and friends. If you get this one, give it a pass, fast!