Musicians Beware of the Venezuelan Musicologist SCAM!!!

Posted by Jan Ryan on Wed, 01/14/04 - 05:28:15.
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Hi there,
It seems that lots of us musicians may have already or will eventually receive an email from a person calling themselves "Reinaldo Javier Sanchez".

This person claims to be a female musicologist and researcher, Ph.D., M.Sc. They go on to say that they're a professor of rock and pop music history at a university in Venezuela and that they'd like you to help them out by sending them a bunch of your cd's to be used for research purposes for their students of rock music.... YEAH SURE!!!

Beware!! This is a scam designed to make a quick buck...in fact lots of bucks!!

These people are possibly making somewhere in the region of $US 10,000 a year from this little scam...simply by selling the artist's cd on the black market and various music stalls etc as soon as it arrives in their mailbox....and it's costing them absolutely nothing to do this!! As it's trusting and gullible musicians like us who are graciously and through the kindness of our own hearts sending it to them (all postage paid!!) in the honest belief that they're actually interested in the music and using it for research purposes...for university students no less!

I have now received this email around 5 times...a couple of times with a different (scanned photo) of the supposed female musicologist and researcher, Ph.D., M.Sc... blah blah blah ...Once with the same photo.. but a different person!!

I haven't actually fallen for this one myself.... but it makes me mad as hell and I thought it's about time something should be done about it, as the life of a muso can already be hard enough, just having to deal with all the liars, ripoffs, conmen and shit talkers out there who have always freely operated within and will forever continue to clutter up our industry!! Some of us seem to attract these creeps like moths to a light bulb!!

Jan

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Opera singer Dan Paul Dumitrescu

Hi you all there, I got the same SCAM from the same person as being this time a musicologist, willing to teach his "thursty" students for classicla music and opera ome of my roster artists voice tecnique. Thanks to you I am protected now to not send to this person our CD.
I hope that others are smart enough to search in the net for this name
Thank you all again
Sarah

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Its not just music people

Its not just music people being scammed - i am a film maker and i have had MSc. Reinaldo J. Sanchez. - write to me 3 times and ask for some DVDS. Of course, I would not have sent them anyway - (it would cost me too much) but a google search of their name bought me here - so thanks for confirming it IS a scam. I hope others also check it out before sending off their cds, or DVDs. All the best

scam

I also received this request to send my dvd's for his film class at God knows what college or University. If someone was that interested in my work I'd be amazed.
SCAM don't buy into it.

still active...

today I received this email, "ordering" 3 of my CDs... Interesting business model.
Thanks for warning me!

still active...

today I received this email, "ordering" 3 of my CDs... Interesting business model.
Thanks for warning me!

Not just music and film

Musicologist and professor of "Keyboard Instruments" (his/her italics) Reinaldo J. Sanchez also sent me a request asking for a recently released cd of 19th century Polish piano music. Not something that would be very popular in Barinas, I would have thought. 'Prof. Sanchez' does seem to have eclectic tastes, though, a google search shows that he asks for books as well..
Thank you for the posting about this scam

Reinaldo J. Sanchez

It seems Reinaldo J. Sanchez is also interested in contemporary orchestral music by New Zealand composers. He (she?) contacted the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra yesterday asking for a donation of several CDs. Prof. Sanchez has been sending begging emails of this kind since at least 2001, sometimes claiming to be a Professor of History (asking for postage stamps, coins or books), sometimes a Professor of Education, on one occasion a Professor of History of Opera. I'm not sure whether he/she is trying to make money or is just an opportunist collector with wide-ranging interests. Same PO Box number for the past 13 years.

Reynaldo J. Sanchez

Hello everyone,

I work at a film production company and I received an email via our website from this same 'person' (this time claiming "I am professor of "Films & Filmmaking" at local university´s school of cinema." - and gave no credentials or university name, and he even used quotation marks on Films and Filmmaking!) He asked for us to send him a DVD of one of our films for his students as they are studying the director (he is not a well known director and this was his first film!). What a chancer. No doubt planning to rip the DVD and make money off our film. This website is the first entry that came up when I searched his name. Thanks for putting this page up here so others don't fall prey to this pathetic scam.

the same for me!!!

hello everyone!
Thanks a lot to comment this scam! I received the same message just now but this time Reynaldo is interested in Baroque Music to do a project about my work with his students! How can we block this felon people?
Here you see his email address and message:
prof.reysanchez@gmail.com

Dear ......

I am Musicologist and professor of "Vocal Music"
at local School of Music.
I would like to know if you can send as donation
(by Postal Service) the following Recordings:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
These Recordings will be used in a project with
my students based on the study of Vocal Music
performed by ..(my name).

If you wish to help, the postal address is:

Professor. Reynaldo J. Sánchez.
Municipio Barinas. C.P. 5201.
(Apartado Postal 90). Estado Barinas.
República Bolivariana de Venezuela.
(South America)

Best Regards,
Zerlina

The same scammer now wants a free psychic reading

Hello guys & gals
I did receive an email from this scammer requesting a free tarot reading; I am a sorcerer and medium of High Spirits and Entities, and I've got a website and promote myself in Spain and Mexico and I do offer free readings (30 mins) and this guy sent me the following email on 5th February 2015:

Hola, le escribo para que me guíe y me dé claridad
acerca de una mujer de la cual tengo dudas e incertidumbres.

Yo soy profesor universitario y ella es mi alumna.
Ella y yo nos conocemos desde octubre del año 2014.

Pero, desde enero de este año 2015, ella me ha denotado
una conducta como si estuviera enamorada de mí,
pero no sé si es algo real o es sólo mi imaginación.

Su nombre es: Karla Andreina Briceño Ramírez .
Ella nació el 8 de marzo de 1988.
Ella vive en la ciudad de Barinas, Venezuela.

Mi nombre es: Reinaldo Javier Sánchez.
Yo nací el 26 de septiembre de 1971.
Yo vivo en la ciudad de Barinas, Venezuela.

And I responded on the 6th:
Hola Reinado, donde viste mi anunció?
Necesito foto tuya reciente y foto de ella también reciente, que no estén usando gafas ni lentes oscuros es decir que yo les pueda ver los ojos y que tengas una cuenta en skype para que yo te pueda atender de viva voz porque yo no hago consultas por correo y que nos pongamos de acuerdo porque ahora estoy en Madrid por la diferencia de horarios ok

For the ones who don't know Spanish, in his email, the scammer is saying something like:

Hello I'm writing to you seeking for your guidance and wisdom about a woman and the recent doubts and uncertainties I hace been feeling.

I am a professor in a university and she's muy student, we know each other since October 2014, but since January 2015, I have a feeling that she may have fallen in love with me, but I'm not sure if it is my imagination or something else.

Her name is......
Her dob is...
She lives in....

My name is...
I was born on....
I live in..,

Translation of my response:
Hello Reynaldo! Where did you see my ad? I need a recent photograph or both or you, preferably with no sunglasses so that I can see your eyes, and I need you to have a skype account because I don't consult anyone thru email and since I'm located in Madrid, Spain we have to find the best time to talk since we are in different time zones.

While I was writing back to him I smelled something fishy, gosh I'm a psychic and then perform a google search and voila

The same scammer now lectures on Classical Literature

Hii everybody,
I have received a similar email from this would-be lecturer of Literature with the request to be send one book I wrote on Horace and his work.
Thank you all for the warning against these new kind of crooks.

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