I am multiple time visitor to Aruba, poster here, and a recognized around the globe for my photographs. I made some photographs last visit and the Aruban Government wants to use it for their "Economic vision for 2011-2013."
Email back and forth have gone smooth, but I've been catching loop holes and grown suspicious that this is some sort of scam. They've lied about deadline multiple times. The government claims not to use check or credit card, so said the advertising agency would pay. The advertising agency claims they cannot use Paypal because of the amount of money it is for. And now they're going to have a random third party from the U.S. pay, but his English is bad via email and telling me I am "making things difficult" when they try and contact me in the middle of the night.
So I am wondering if any locals know of these people or businesses or addesses:
1) Gary Lesker - www.garylesker.com
2) Johan Stoppels
L.G. Smith Blvd. 22 Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: +297 588 5565
Fax: +297 588 5554
Cell: +297 730 6006
3) Michelle J. Hooyboer-Winklaar
Minister di Asuntonan Economico, Social y Cultura
De Minister van Economische Zaken, Sociale Zaken en Cultuur
Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture
L.G. Smith Blvd 76
Tel: (297) 582-4900
Any help would be appreciated.