Victor Dean

From: victor dean <victordean820@gmail.com>

Am Victor from Oklahoma. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to Me and my wife’s anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite a wonderful job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

With that being said, I would like to purchase one of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $5000.

I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment. I wish you a Happy new year.

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Dear Victor,

First of all, congrats on your encroaching wedding anniversary! My fingers are raining down onto my keyboard to type this celebratory salutation. And speaking of rat infestations, I must apologize for the delay in getting back to you because my home has indeed been overrun with pesky rodents. But don’t worry – I have set out a number of homemade traps throughout the house and I’m sure the issue will be resolved in short order.

Now, on to business! I know you said that your wedding anniversary was just around the corner, after all. Below is a list of available works for purchase, with their respective prices. The images are all on my web site, which I’m sure you’ve already seen:

“Beef Slacks”
2019
oil on canvas
30 x 34 inches
$2,600

“Surprise, It’s Brains”
2019
oil on canvas
32 x 38 inches
$3,000

“Automatic Colostomy”
2019
oil on canvas
30 x 34 inches
$2,600

Please let me know which one you are interested in and I can prepare
it for shipping. And, yes, I’d be happy to accept a check!

Warmly,
Jim

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Dear Jim,

Thanks for the response. Having carefully looked through the pictures of your works. I have chosen the piece (“Beef Slacks” 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 34 inches
$2,600). Am presently working on my relocation to Philippines soon, thus, am doing all i could to make this event quite a memorable one.

In regards to payment, my reason for choosing check as a means of payment is owing to the fact that my wife handles the family bank cards and paypal transactions. So am choosing check to keep this a complete surprise as intended. Consequently, I would authorize a check to you for the payment of the chosen piece of work as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). As soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, I will have my personal shipping agent (who is also moving my other properties) contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you. This is to avoid my wife receiving it if been directly shipped to my address which would ruin the surprise for the wedding anniversary.

I will be looking forward to receiving your phone number, full name and physical address the check should be issued to, in your email.

regards,
Victor.

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Hello Jim, Are you still available or not ?

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Hello Mr Jim, whats happening everywhere seem quite from your side, hope everything is alright have not been hearing from you..

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Hello Victor,

I am so sorry for the delay. I dropped an anvil on my toe while setting up one of those rat traps! I have been laid up for the past week taking Advil and watching Lifetime movies all day. Fortunately, things seem to be back to normal with my toe. The rats have eaten most of my provisions by now, however, so that’s not good.

I’m pleased you have chosen “Beef Slacks” 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 34 inches to give to your wife for your anniversary. It’s actually based on a true story. I can tell you about it if you’re interested.

Just one question – do you need my home address or my studio address?

Best,
Jim

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Yes home address is fine with your full name and phone number. Thanks and thank God no more rats lol

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Hi Victor,

The rats are still here! I haven’t been able to set anymore anvil traps after my injury and now they’ve simply run amok. Amok, I tell you! They turned my home into a party house for rats – it’s like an actual ZOO over here.

I think I’m going to have to stay with my friend Willard for a few days until the exterminators come. Would you mind sending the check to his house, instead?

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Sure, no problem.

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In regards to payment, my reason for choosing check as a means of payment is owing to the fact that my wife handles the family bank cards and pay pal transactions. So am choosing check to keep this a complete surprise as intended. Consequently, I would authorize a check to you for the payment of the chosen piece of work as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). As soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, I will have my personal shipping agent (who is also moving my other properties) contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you. This is to avoid my wife receiving it if been directly shipped to my address which would ruin the surprise for the wedding anniversary.

I will be looking forward to receiving your phone number, full name and physical address the check should be issued to, in your email.

regards,
Jim. (He actually signed my name to this message)

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Thanks for your understanding, Victor. My friend Willard’s address is 122 Washington Avenue.

But would you like to hear the story behind “Beef Slacks” 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 34 inches before sending your payment? I want to make sure you will be happy with your purchase and don’t have any regrets when you learn more about the piece.

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Of course no problem Jim, you can brief me with the history of the paint. And also Jim is that a full address? Kindly confirm well about the address in order for the check not to be delayed or have any issues been delivered. Also make your cell phone number available please.

So the details needed from you will be your full name that will be on the check, your cell phone number and your friend’s home address.

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I’m glad you asked, Victor. I would be more than happy to tell you the story behind the painting. It all happened such a long time ago, when my family still lived on the prairie. Pa moved us there to get away from what he called “the wicked ways of menfolk” so we went off the grid. It was me, my two sisters (Myrna and Eugenides), Ma and Pa. We lived in a cupcake-shaped house made of sod with a thatch roof and a little barn just behind it. Inside the barn were our livestock: two chickens named Mike and Carol, a sheep we called Mr. Belvedere, two cows named Miguel and Madame Goo-Goo and a hog that didn’t have a name for reasons that we found out later. Our days started at 5:00am when Ma would wake us up by coming into our rooms and ringing a cowbell. Then we’d do our chores, which mostly entailed cleaning up the hog pen, miking the cows and the like, before getting our lessons from Ma (we were home-schooled). As you can imagine, things got pretty boring out there with no other kids to play with, but that all changed one day when we made a miraculous discovery.

That’s Part 1 of the story, Victor. I’ll have to finish it later because all this writing has made me sleepy and I need a nap. Hope you’re having a great day!

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Yes Jim am sure having a great day.  You have not sent your details and your friend’s home address still expecting that.

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It was actually Euginedes who made the discovery. She was milking Madame Goo-Goo one Sunday morning before “church” when suddenly, instead of her usual moo, she let out a beautiful tremolo. Then she did it again, but it was several consecutive notes this time, and she seemed to actually be singing. The rest of us heard it from the hog trough we were scrubbing and came running in. Myrna proclaimed, “That cow sounds just like Dorothy Wiggins, the famous Broadway star!” It was just at that exact moment that we all knew what we had to do: harness our livestock’s musical talent for monetary gain. Ma got to work right away sewing fanciful costumes for Madame Goo-Goo and Miguel, while my sisters and I borrowed Pa’s tools to build a theatrical set. In just a few days we were just about ready to stage our vaudeville style review of “Gertrude and the Scoundrel” by Timothy Tidewater. Miguel, our beef cow, played the part of the Scoundrel and Ma, realizing at the last minute that it would be imprudent to allow his cow junk to hang out on full display, fashioned him a pair of slacks. She called them Miguel’s “Beef Slacks” and, although my sisters pointed out the irony of her making them out of leather, they seemed to do the job! My friend Willard’s full address is: Willard McGilicuddy, XXX Washington Ave, XXXXX, XX XXXXX.

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I received your email but you did not include your number and the name that will be on the check. Thanks for the details provided. I am currently offshore and won’t be back couple of weeks, so in other to have this transaction expedited, I will be contacting a client of mine to have the check issued for your payment. The check will include the shipping agent fees and some extra fund to handle both the shipment of my artwork with you as well as the shipment of my other properties he is currently handling for me. This is to avoid delay and any inconveniences that may arise from his part.The excess cash on the check should be remitted to my shipping agent who would be in contact with you  as soon as check clears your bank. Then you both could  arrange for a pick up time of the purchased piece.

Thanks for your understanding.

Regards
Victor.

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Just to make sure I understand, you want to send me a check that will include the price of the painting, “Beef Slacks” 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 34 inches ($2,600 USD), plus the cost of shipping the piece, plus the cost to ship some other totally unrelated things? Why don’t you simply send one check to me for the painting and another to your shipper? Or you could just tell me your FedEx account number, or reimburse me directly for the shipping through either FedEx or UPS or DHL or USPS and I will handle the shipping on my end? Our transaction doesn’t have anything to do with shipping your personal property to the Philippines. Please advise.

Warmly,
Jim

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Hello Jim

According to my previous mail, if you read well and understand clearly you will see  that I told you am currently offshore and I don’t have access to cash or any banking means at all that’s why I had to issue a check to you and my shipper moving my other properties to my new house because his just a common apprentice he doesn’t even have a bank account for me to be able to issue a check to him, so I had to think of other option to include their funds in the check for you so after taking the funds for the painting you can help me send the extra funds
to my shipper via USPS or FedEx in order for him to be able to help me move my properties. It’s just a favour I seek from you if you cannot do it them I guess it’s bye bye but trust me I will really like painting and I will also like this transaction to be carried out without no delay.

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Hi Victor,

No need for bye bye just yet. I’ve consulted with my studio assistant, Pepper, and she pointed out that your client probably isn’t able to send out multiple checks because they’re running low and need to reorder more. (She’s much more than a common apprentice!) And she reminded me of the time that I ran out of checks and tried to pay the studio rent with a “Daily Foot Rub for a Month” coupon to my landlord. I actually meant it as a joke, but he took it seriously. My hands got so tired (and smelly)! So you can count of me to handle this little favor for you this time. You can make the check out to “Jim Johnson Studio” at the address I provided you.

By the way, I’m just curious what you’re doing offshore? Are you on a luxury cruise? Or are you whale watching? I love the sea, but never got to see it while my family lived on the prairie.

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Thank you very much Jim, I really appreciate you so much for this favour. God bless. I will let you know as soon as the check as been issued to you as well as the tracking number. And remember Jim that you gave me your friend Willard’s address so that’s where the check will be delivered to. But name on the check will be Jim Johnson.

Oh Jim am going to need your cell Phone number as well just in case.

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You’re welcome, Victor. But you didn’t answer my question. Are you offshore on a water-skiing safari? Or a rowboat marathon? Or a jellyfish tracking expedition? I’m sorry to sound so nosy! I’m just a naturally curious person.

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None of the above Jim, am offshore looking after the drill and other tools used to explore and extract gas and oil from a well. And kindly drop your cell phone number. Thanks

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Oh, I see. Well that sounds much more pertinent than what I suggested.

My number is (469) XXX-XXXX. Be sure to write “Jim Johnson care of Willard McGillicuddy” on your package so that he knows it’s for me. Will be expecting it ASAP.

And keep a close eye on that drill!

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Will do, thanks!

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Hi Victor,

Just letting you know we still have not received the check you sent. Please advise.

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You should receive it tomorrow.

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Oh, you mean Thursday? Hmm, I don’t think that’s going to work. I may need you to call FedEx and have the check rerouted to a different address. Would you mind doing that? Thanks.

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Am not sure that’s possible. What happen to your friends address.

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Willard is going out of town unexpectedly tomorrow to take care of his brother, who just had emergency triple-hernia surgery. Really not sure when he’ll be back. I’m also rather nonplussed because he says he’s not comfortable letting me stay at his place when he’s not home, and the exterminator still hasn’t come by my place to take care of the rat situation. They came once, but it didn’t work so they’re having to come back with stronger poison.

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Kindly give me your new address Jim.

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You can just send it to my home address, thanks a lot. 

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Write me your home address please!!

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Whoops! Sorry, here you go:
XXX Washington Ave. 
XXXXXX, XX XXXXX

Thanks a bunch, Victor!

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That was the same address you gave me before I hope you are not mixing anything up.

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Dang it! You’re totally right, Victor. I’m so sorry I got mixed up. It’s just been so stressful with moving my family back and forth this week and coming back to a rat-infested house. But selling this painting is really the silver lining to the whole ordeal, especially since my daughter needs braces for her buck teeth and we honestly weren’t going to be able to afford them otherwise. So I especially wanted to thank you for that, Victor! You will help change a little girl’s life.

It’s probably too late to redirect the check to my home address, but maybe Willard hasn’t left for his flight yet. Can you please send me the tracking number? That way, I can coordinate with him and hopefully intercept the package before he leaves. Thanks!

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You should get the tracking number before tonight.

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But Willard’s flight is in 2 hours! His brother lives all the way in Chattahoochee, Georgia and I don’t even know when he’ll be back. What should I do?

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Ask Willard where he use to receive his mail box so he can show you I think you don’t need to enter his house before you get to his mailbox or probably the check might be dropped at his door step.

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I think he has a mail slot in his door, so once the envelope goes through the slot, it’s there inside the house.

I’m sorry, Victor, but there is a lot going on here today and I just got a phone call from the principal at my daughter’s school. Apparently Addison is in trouble for biting one of her classmates, which honestly doesn’t surprise me. Now I have to drive over there and deal with her.

I’m copying my studio assistant, Pepper, on this email so that she can take over from here and deal with your check situation since you sent it to the wrong address. She will be in touch with you shortly. Thanks for your patience.

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Hello Victor,

This is Pepper. I am Jim’s studio assistant and he has updated me on the issue regarding your check. Please call FedEx today and ask them if they can redirect the package to different address. Let me know what they say and then I can give you the new details. Thank you.

Best,
Pepper Mhavrych
Studio Assistant
Jim Johnson Studio

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Ok I will get back to you.

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Thanks. Can you also send me the tracking number please? And where are you located?

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Still waiting on that tracking number, Mr. Dean.

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Okay. Hold on please.

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I get off work in 15 minutes so I won’t be around. Are you in the United States or what?

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Here is the USPS tracking number (  9405536895232310626160 ) for the check. Kindly keep in touch when you get it. Thanks.

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Victor, I thought you said you sent it through FedEx?

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(From Jim Johnson)
Yeah, I thought you said you were sending it through FedEx. I’m so discombobulated.

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Jim, I tried reaching you via text your number is saying invalid. I need your number for quick communication.

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Sorry, Victor. We are in meetings all day and I can’t talk. I have 2 curators from The Museum of Hair Art in Mud Butte, South Dakota arriving in 5 minutes. They’ve come all this way I can’t just blab on the telephone right in front of them.

So are you saying you sent it through the United States Postal Service and not FedEx? Pepper, what are your thoughts?

Jim

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From Pepper:
Jim, I don’t even think we can call the United States Postal Service on the phone. Also known as the Post Office, U.S. Mail, or Postal Service, it is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States, including its insular areas and associated states. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The Post Office Department was created in 1792 with the passage of the Postal Service Act. It was elevated to a cabinet-level department in 1872, and was transformed by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 into the United States Postal Service as an independent agency.

OK, I will see you in one minute for our meeting with the hair curators.

Pepper

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I believe you have the tracking number with you, confirm it and see if you can redirect the address.

Victor

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Hi Victor, I have some exciting news! The studio visit went very well yesterday and the curators have invited me to participate in their next exhibition, called “Hair and Now: Contemporary Hair Art.” I’m working on a new series especially for the show, made entirely from human hair. But I have a favor to ask: Pepper and I have already used up all of our own hair, so I am wondering if you would be willing to send me some of yours? It doesn’t have to be from your head if you have more somewhere else that you can spare, but we would need about 2 ounces of it. Would you be willing to help me out since I’m doing you a favor with your moving situation?I feel like that’s fair. And can you ask your wife, too? Thank you, Victor!

Jim

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Sorry, I can’t help. I’m bald.

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No problem – let me know if anything changes with that. Also, I tracked your package and it looks like it was delivered. Will see if there’s a way we can get inside Willard’s house to get it.

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Who is Willard and what does he have to do with this ??

The check was issued to you and your address ,.

What’s going on ?
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Victor, have you forgotten all of our previous correspondences? I told you I had to stay at my friend Willard’s place while my house was being fumigated for my rat problem. And then he had to go out of town for a family emergency. Are you ok?

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When do I get an update about the check ??

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I will ask Pepper if there’s anything she can do today to get the check. She is very clever. Can you ask your wife about my hair donation request? I know you are both loyal patrons of the arts, right?

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No, I can’t.

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I understand. I hope I wasn’t being fresh by asking.

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Mr Pepper.. what’s going on?

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Good morning, Mr. Dean. First of all, I’m a woman, so you can address me as Ms. I am currently on my way to work, so I will give you an update later today regarding when I can attempt to retrieve your check. Thank you.

Pepper

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Will you be able to make deposit today?

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I will try, Victor, but I have to break into Willard’s house and get the check before anything else happens. And honestly Jim is keeping me pretty busy today, and now I have to go to all the neighborhood barbershops to collect hair for his new series of hair paintings. He said he asked you for help but you refused.

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From Jim:
Victor, something terrible has happened!! Willard called to tell me he was back from his brother’s, so I went over to get your check, but when I got there Willard was dead! I’ve been with the police all morning.

Have you heard from Pepper? She won’t answer her phone and a neighbor told me he saw her motorcycle parked outside earlier.

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She have the check with her. Kindly get in touch with her and get the check deposited.

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Are you serious? Your reaction to my telling you that my friend is dead is “kindly get the check deposited”? Are you even a real person???

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Sorry about your friend Jim, I was actually attending to something and that skipped my mind. May his soul rest in peace.

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Thank you, Victor. It’s terrible someone would want to hurt such a nice person. And I would hate to think my studio assistant Pepper had anything to do with it, but the fact is she was seen leaving the scene of the crime. When was the last time you heard from her?

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Have you been able to reach her ?

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No, when I call her cell it goes straight to voicemail!

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From Pepper:
Good morning, Victor. I went to Willard’s yesterday to retrieve your

check.

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Good morning Pepper, Do you have the check with you? If yes kindly get it deposited and let me know when done. And thanks for the update.

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Kindly confirm if this is your check? I am a bit confused because your name is not on it. It looks like it’s from Joy Behar or somebody. Please advise.

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Yes, it is correct it’s from me. His a client of mine. Kindly deposit the check and we wait for it to clear… thanks

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OMG you know Joy Behar? I love her. Do you think they will take the check with all that blood on it? Don’t worry, it’s not mine. Take another look.

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Seen. Please kindly do the needful.

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Don’t you want to know whose blood it is, Victor?

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Be professional with what you do please. Get the check deposited and let me know when you have done that.

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Victor,

Joy Behar wrote your check for $4,810.00 USD, but the painting only costs $2,600.00. What do you want me to do with the extra money? Because I have some ideas. And how do you want me to ship the artwork to you?

Pepper

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Good morning Pepper, Kindly let me know when you have confirmed the funds in your account, also the excess funds will be remitted via zelle, My shipper has provided me with their details, I hope you’re familiar with the app ?

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Oh, they’re in there. Confirmed!

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Kindly make a screenshot confirmation please.

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Screen shot of what?

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Screenshot of funds availability.

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What are you talking about? I told you it was deposited into Jim’s account. Are you questioning me? You’re buying a painting from us, right? Or is there something else going on here?

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Yes that’s correct. You told me earlier that they are in there and confirmed. And I ask you for a screenshot to confirm if the funds are there or not. Is there anything there you do not understand?

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I don’t understand why you are asking for proof that I deposited it since I told you I did. I do not feel comfortable sending a stranger a screen shot of my bank account so if you want the painting you will need to take my word for it. And if not, I guess it’s bye bye.

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Let me know as soon as the funds are available. So we can make arrangements on how my shipper will get in contact with you.

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They are available!

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Can you remit the excess funds via cashapp?

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Why, certainly. I can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t do that. Also, where do you want the painting shipped to?

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My shipper will contact you for pick up once they confirm the funds. I will give you the cashapp info to remit the funds with.

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I anxiously await.

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Here is the cashapp info:  $kkfola

Kindly send in two installments $1100 and then $1110

My shipper will contact you  once they confirm this. And kindly send me an image of the confirmation page once you get this done.

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Yeah I’m definitely going to do that.

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Let me have your cell phone number please.

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Waiting!!!

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Calm down. I just sent your money using the Cash App, the fastest way to send money for free. Have a great day.

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Kindly send an image of the confirmation page.

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Here you go! You can also use me telling you that I sent it as your confirmation, unless you think I’m a liar.

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Kindly send the image again. Can’t view it .

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Sorry about that! Here it is again.

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Stop been stupid.

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What do you mean?

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What does been stupid mean to you. Why are you joking with everything. I ask for a payment confirmation you sent me something else is that not stupidity

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Said the pot to the kettle.

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I think I need to call my brother in the FBI to come get you. Because we actually make an agreement before the check is been issued to you guys but it seems like you and your boss Jim are full of shit and am calling FBI. It’s a good thing I have your address.

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Call them on yourself, while you’re at it.

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From Jim:
Victor, why haven’t I heard from you? Have you been in touch with Pepper? The police and I need your help finding her!

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Are you out of your mind ? You want to tell me you don’t know pepper have been mailing me since morning, I gave her a cashapp info to remit the extra funds and she refuse. I think you both are playing me and am gonna call my bro from FBI over to your home.

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What? I haven’t seen Pepper in 3 days. I’m sure she’s responsible for what happened to my friend, Willard! I will forward your info to the police so they can contact you about what she said.

Also, I called the bank and reported the stolen check you sent as fraud. Reporting you to the FTC now.

Thanks for playing.

Dishonorable Mentions

Below is a list of aliases and email addresses for additional scammers who have contacted me or friends of mine. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis to help potential victims identify email fraud and avoid these scams.

Craig Koch – craigkoch5050@gmail.com
Kathryn Edwards – kathwards654@gmail.com
Michael Waltz  – waltzmichael26@gmail.com
Andrew Pauling andrewpauling222@gmail.com
Sophia Hayne sophia.hayne68@gmail.com
Lesly Kornezyeslykor11@gmail.com
Margaret Heywood margaret.heywood1961@gmail.com
Thomas Chris thomaschris534@gmail.com
Steve Bland – lhdue32@gmail.com
Susan Boyer – susan.boyer69@gmail.com
Ann Greg
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