Robert Hallins [firstname.lastname@example.org]
which, from the email address, might be the same scammer who loves to send out millions of scam emails under the name of Sgt Mike Walters.
These scammers pretend that they are not accessible or in a place where they can be contacted because they are in the military and out of the country. Just despicable to use the military as their cover story to trick people.
I've been getting a bunch of emails, from artists, so my guess is this scammer has found some site that has a bunch of artists that can be contacted. In any case, if you see an email from this name, or any name where they are trying to pay with a certified check, claiming to use their own shipping company, and (here's the for-sure red flag) they overpay and ask you to wire the difference to the shipping company (or back to them) - DON'T DO IT! Just delete everything, ignore all future emails, come share the emails with us and post them online, but then go back to making great art.
Thanks for your post.
I received emails from a Robert Hallins (email@example.com), as well as from a Tom Woodruff.
Foolishly, I made the mistake of responding to the Hallins email. He immediately wrote back. But, I was suspicious, so I did some Googling and found your post.
The reply email states that he's out of the country on business, but will send a bank certified check and would like me to work with his shipper. I have a background in corporate law, and it is my understanding that there's no such thing as a bank certified check. There are checks certified by banks, which are called certified checks, and there are checks drawn on a bank's own account (as opposed to a client's account), which are called bank checks. Banks don't certify their own checks.
I will now just ignore his emails, and if I get any calls I'll record them and refer them to the authorities.
Too bad there are people like this out there. The Internet can be a dangerous place.
Thanks again for confirming my suspicions.