Andy Surface: Alvin Man Sends Fake E-Mail Invoice to Fancy New York Magazine Publisher, Gets $8 Million

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Andy Surface: Alvin man dupes New York sophisticates.
While we never endorse fraud, we have to give up some grudging applause for one Andy Surface, of Alvin.

According to federal prosecutors, Surface set up a company with a name that sounded a bit like that of the company that does the publishing for Condé Nast, the media giant that produces Vogue and the New Yorker.

He then sent out e-mail invoices saying, essentially, "Yo, you owe me $8 million dollars."

So they gave him the money.

(Freelance writers accustomed to begging Condé Nast publications to pay up might be excused if they are choking right now.)

The story first broke in Forbes, which found the obscure court filing containing the details of the case.

Surface himself hasn't been charged with anything (yet, we're thinking), but federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed a complaint naming the two monetary sums involved in the transactions as defendants, just to get a claim on the money.

The court documents say Surface created a company called Quad Graph, which looks a lot like Condé Nast's actual publisher, Quad/Graphics.

As to how two e-mails seeking $8 million to be sent to a bank branch in Alvin get approved, well, that seems to be one of the many mysteries of New York publishing.

Besides U.S. Attorneys, the Secret Service is also involved, so like we said, it's likely charges are brewing at some point.

Update: Check out the latest, where Surface renounces his claim to the cash and we speak with a relative.

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fake trees
fake trees

You are confusing the printing and publication. Quad / Graphics is the printer not Conde Nast, the publisher.

AllPointsBulletin
AllPointsBulletin

I remember this name. About a dozen years ago when I was a freshman or thereabouts at ACC, this guy put in an ad with the ACC employment office that was nothing more than an ad for some online trading junk...basically, he wasn't looking for employees for an investment firm, just trying to run what seemed to me as a scam operation.

I never bit and tore his "ad" out of that notebook and pitched it.

Pretty gutsy move, but not shocked that this is how he turned up.

I wonder if the bozo who wired the money got a promotion?

David Hall
David Hall

You're confusing printing and publishing. Quad/Graphics is Conde Nast's printer, not its publisher.

Flash
Flash

Try that with the company I work for and you won't get cought. In fact they'll probably pay it twice.

HungHoo
HungHoo

Wow, Cant believe the dude wasnt smart enough to abscond to some non extraditable country and live happily ever after.

www.anon-tools.no.tc

OldBluesDude
OldBluesDude

Rodney Crowell tells the story of a crook buring his riches along Highway 17 on The Houston Kid. It doesn't end well.

Kyle
Kyle

Impressive. The crucial final step of a big swindle is to flee the country.

Tim
Tim

True, but how would he pull it off? You can't just stuff 8 million into your underwear. And, if you pack it in suitcases, the baggage fees alone would probably wipe you out. You can't win!

Kyle
Kyle

I'm thinking deposit it to a bank, wire it overseas, fly overseas, and withdraw it. You can go to a non-extradition country if you want to be extra safe. All of this has to take place before Conde Nast discovers that they've been had.

As a backup plan, bury at least a million or two in East Texas deep in the woods next to an old tree stump that you can come back to later, even if they do track you down and make you do the time.

Heather Mellá
Heather Mellá

Yeah dude this guy apparently never seen TruTV they lay it all out in chronological order.

N. Ryan
N. Ryan

What was the mugshot from?

Hair Balls
Hair Balls

Previous arrest, domestic disturbance.

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