Receipt Sent to Scam Artist
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Thank you for following up. I certainly did charge your card. I sent the funds over to the Refugee Relief Fund for those suffering and dying who really need the money.
You are by far the worst scam artist, to think I would so carelessly charge an excess of $2900 and deposit the cash into some “event planners” account. The event planner you named is actually a local friend of mine who does accept credit cards.
Shame on you!
You may not think you are affected by your scams. Your conscious may not be very loud at this time in your life. But I promise you, in the quiet of the night, in the darkest moments when you are alone with your thoughts, your actions will come back to haunt you.
Thank you for doing business with Pretty Please Photography
The Full Story
I had a recent inquiry by a person named Harry Owens inquiring about my photography services for his son’s wedding. These are a series of emails. The emails were difficult to understand and I chalked that up as a language barrier. He had mentioned needing a photographer within the borders of the state, and for an event and wedding, which sounded strange to me right from the get go. Most potential clients from the U.S. or not, come straight out with where they are getting married and give me as many details as possible.
Mr. Owens then went on to insist that I be able to accept credit cards, which is no problem. He evaded giving me any details about his wedding or event and continued to push me to give him a total so I could charge his card. I had attached my contract in a message and let him know I would need a contract filled out prior to running his transaction explaining that all details were necessary so I could determine the total. Mr. Owens then replied telling me he was in the hospital and would be unable to complete my contract until he was out of the hospital. This is when he mentioned that the event planner for his wedding did not have the ability to take credit cards and he would need me to do him a favor and run their charge and my charge for him. Here was the “ah ha” moment for me. I recalled a very similar situation happening to a local business and friend of mine several months ago. I called her and she said to play along until I get his credit card information and then give it to the police and file a report. She said the scam is to have a business owner run the transaction, pull the extra charged amount in cash and deposit it to the client. Only to have the card then fail to clear and you the business owner are out a few thousand dollars.
I did just that. Though it was hard to play so dumb, I pretended to be interested in photographing his wedding. I asked him where the wedding would be located and he pasted the details to a local event planning company, which by the way I know the owner. Hello, the event planning company is not a location. Worst scam artist ever.
Ultimately he provided his credit card information. I offered to pay the event planner on the day of the wedding in person (even though I knew there was no wedding). I just enjoyed watching this person scramble for an answer. Mr. Owens informed me that I would need to deposit the cash directly into his event planners account and he would provide the information after I ran his card? Mr. Owens sent me his card information and might I add that the entire time he was very pushy. “Are you ready to charge my card now?” He never even gave me the time for his wedding. Did I mention he was a terrible scam artist.
Once I received the credit card information I contacted the local police. I was so excited to give his credit card information to the police and had a flicker of hope that we may work together to run the scammers card and catch him! Sadly the police have seen one too many of these cases and suggested to cease contact with Mr. Owens.
That night I tossed and turned. This situation affected me on a personal level. Not only am I a mother of two young children, but I work hard to provide for my family. Not to say that I am unique from any of the individuals who have been victimized by this crime. But seriously, how can someone go after a small time business owner. I know he saw my picture and possibly read my bio on my website since he had to navigate my site to get to my contact information.
I thought of all the fun ways I could spend the money if I were to run his card, but then it would all come back on me and I would be the scam artist. I also thought of going on and purchasing some heinous personal items only to mess with this person, but then the other company would be out of the money.
The next morning I received one last email from Mr. Owens. asking, “Did you run my card?” As I thought about the real victims of this world my mind went to the refugees desperate to save their lives and the lives of their children and often dying horrible deaths while trying. I have seen so many pictures and read so many articles that have made me feel truly helpless: That have haunted me while I lay awake at night snuggling my babies. I then created a receipt for Harry Owens, or whoever the F$!K this person is. It’s the least I could do. And some of you may think a total waste of time because this person probably doesn’t care. But I hope for a flicker of a moment he actually stresses out and goes to check to see if the charge is real.
And no I didn’t really run the card and send funds to the Refugee Relief Fund as it wouldn’t really ever go through. Though I wish with all of my heart I could. To you Mr. Owens, I hope you one day learn your lesson the hard way.