More Strange E-mail Fraud

Subject: payment
From: Gary Shelton <test>
To: <gary_shelton_arrttist1>

My name is Gary Shelton and I am an artist.I live in Netherland,with my two kids, four cats, one dog and the love of my life. It is definitely a full house. I have been doing artwork since I was a small child. That gives me about 23 years of experience. I majored in art in high school and took a few college art courses. Most of my work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with color pencils. I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the computer.I have been selling my art for the last 3 years and have had my work featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines.I have sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world.I am always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to Americans,they are always offering to pay with a US POSTAL MONEY ORDER,which is difficult for me to cash here in Netherland.

I am looking for a representative in the states who will be working for me as a partime worker and i will be willing to pay %10 for every transaction,which wouldnt affect ur present state of work,someone who would help me recieve payments from my customers in the states.i mean someone that is responsible and reliable,cause the cost of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive,i am working on setting up a branch in the state,so for now i need a representative in the united state who will be handling the payment aspect.

These payments are in money order and they would come to you in your name, so all you need do is cash the money order deduct your percentage and wire the rest back.

It wouldnt cost u any amount,u are to receive payments which will be sent to u by fedex or usps from my business patners, which would come in form of a U.S. postal money order then u are to cash it,deduct your 10% and send the balance to me via western union money transfer all western union charges will be deducted from my balance.

If you are interested,please get back to me as soon as possible.

God Bless

Gary Shelton

I get it…I think. His “representative” deposits the money order, immediately wires him his money, and then finds out the money order is fake, invalid, or reported stolen and voided. This does seem a bit more plausible than your run-of-the-mill advance fee fraud scam, but who is really going to fall for this? Are U.S. postal money orders really that hard to cash in other countries?