Fake art project

A U. of I. student reported that she was the victim of an internet-based scam. The student was contacted via social media by someone purporting to represent an artist and offering money to use one of the student’s photos in a project. The scammer told the student that the client would send a $2,000 digital deposit to the student, and the student was to return a portion of that money to a third party to pay for materials. The student paid $1,500 to the scammers before realizing that the original deposit had not cleared.