How To Recognize An Art Scam

Art scams are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day and it is very important for you, as an artist, to protect your art as well as your hard earned money.

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Have you recently received an email from someone who says that their wife saw your artwork online and fell in love with it instantly? Or someone who would like to purchase your artwork immediately? Or maybe an artist’s agent wants to show your work at a prestigious art fair? Feels great, right? Of course, but how do you tell if it’s real or an art scam?

The trouble with art scams that begin like this is that they are based on something you would like to believe. By the time you’ve exchanged a few emails, you feel as if you know the ‘person’ you’re communicating with – they will often include personal details about themselves or their families – and naturally, you are inclined to respond positively to someone who is praising your work.

The advice that is often given is simply to remember that ‘if it looks too good to be true, it usually is.’ But while that is a good rule of thumb, it’s not enough to protect you if you’re an artist – because, after all, there are times when something that seems too good to be true really does happen to an artist, and you may well have experienced this yourself. Perhaps a collector you have never had contact with before happened to attend the opening reception of an exhibition of your art, and instantly decided that he had found what he was looking for and bought four pieces. Or you were giving a demonstration of live painting at an art auction and one of the people you got chatting to during the process turned into a collector of your work and an advocate for your creations. These things do happen – and you certainly don’t want to repulse a genuine expression of interest. So, what can you do?

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Why Do Scammers Target Artists at All?

Well, why not? Artists are good targets – they are familiar with the need to ship their work, sometimes to collectors who might be anywhere in the world. They’re invested in their creations, so they’re susceptible to the charm of the idea that a stranger fell in love with their work on sight. And scammers may believe that artists are less likely to be aware of the dangers presented by the sorts of art scams they depend on. You want to make sure that you don’t fall into that category. Be aware of the possibility, be skeptical – be careful.

Types of Art Scams

Although the most common intention behind an art scam is money, there are other components, like your personal information and artwork images, that a scammer can take advantage of. Here is a list of the types of scams that have come to our attention.

Pay Shipping Payment Upfront

Sometimes, art scammers that show a keen interest in your works may ask you to transfer them the shipping cost first before they can transact the full amount to you. They may even ask you to ship the artwork before making any payment. Never give in to such requests. If the person is genuinely interested in purchasing your work, he or she will most likely know how to go about it and will never make such an unreasonable request.

If you still think that the person might be genuine, consider asking for a partial payment at least before shipping your artwork. However, if the person asks you to pay the shipping cost upfront, do not that it could not be anything other than a scam to extort money from you.

Overpayment by the Scammer

A very common example is when the ‘customer’ overpays and asks you to send the extra amount to their shipping company, using the details they have sent you. You send the money on – from your own bank account – and only discover a week or two later that the cashier’s check you had received from the ‘customer’ is not genuine.

How can this happen? Won’t the bank protect you from this art scam? Probably not. Most banks are willing to proceed with checks provided that the customer has a balance in their account that is able to cover the check. If the check bounces, they just reverse the transaction – leaving the customer responsible for any negative balance. It can take up to three weeks to clear a cashier’s check, which the scammer is betting will be long enough for them to persuade you to send them the ‘shipping’ money they ‘overpaid’.

Be aware to never accept overpayments. Request the person to carry out the transaction themselves or wait for the payment to be cleared.

Phishing Scams / Art Fair Participation and Promotion Scam

As an artist, you are always looking for a new, sometimes original place to show your work. This is why you should always search for options and keep an eye on opportunities. When an invitation to participate in an art fair or in a group exhibition knocks on your door, you should always make sure it is legit and makes sense. Participation in any of the major art fairs usually costs thousands of dollars and requires an application process. If you are approached by someone who is offering this to you for very low fees and immediately tells you that you have been accepted, it should raise a red flag!

Before accepting an offer, make sure to do a thorough research about the organization. Your checklist should at least include the following basic information:

  • Disregard any email that comes from private email accounts such as Yahoo or Gmail. Professional companies must have their own domain names.
  • Check the domain registration by doing a WHOIS Search – if the owner of the domain is hidden and there is no clear contact information that is a clear sign of warning
  • Research the web and social media for reviews from other users
  • Make sure the company has a physical address and a contact person
  • Search for the contact person’s name and see what you can find about that person

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How to Recognize An Art Scam?

Scamming emails in the past would often be vague or get important details wrong, thereby making them easily recognizable. The idea was to be able to send the same email to thousands of artists – so a photographer might be approached about a painting or a sculptor baffled by references to their canvases. But the emails have become more sophisticated over time, and now it is common for the scammer to quickly fill in the ‘gaps’ in his email with accurate information about your website or your artworks. However, don’t let these details fool you – it takes very little time to fill out these details, and it does not mean the email or the person is genuine. If your instincts are screaming, pay attention to them, even if the email did get your medium and the title of your artworks right. Of course, if they’re wrong – be very suspicious indeed!

Here are a few important clues that can indicate that an email you’ve received is an art scam –

The subject of the email will be something that screams for attention. Remember, the scammer can only be successful if the email reaches you, which is why most of them would include words like ‘Important’ or ‘ATTN’ to catch your attention. A genuine person, however, would not have that goal in mind while sending you an inquiry.

The email is in your spam folder. This is perhaps the most obvious red flag. If the email ended up in your spam folder, there is definitely a reason for it.

The person will have a fictitious name or the email address and name will not be consistent. From the examples shared with us below in the comments, this seems to be a common element in scamming emails. Art scammers sometimes use made up names like John Cena or Terry Flowers and it can be a very easy clue to resolve any suspicions you might have. In addition to that, sometimes, there are discrepancies in the writer’s name and email address. Always, check the writer’s name and email address first!

The person will often sound like they are in a hurry or insist on an immediate purchase. This is partly to fluster you and give you less time to think, but mainly because if they know the check they’re sending you is going to bounce, or the credit card is stolen, they need the transaction completed before the bank catches on and you find out.

There will often be some complex story involving the individual or their family moving to another country right at the time they want to purchase the artwork, necessitating the sum you’re going to be sending to cover the shipping. Yes, this does happen sometimes to honest people in real life, but it’s not that common.

There are too many grammatical errors. If the person mentions being from the United States but their English is extremely poor, it is definitely a red flag. However, do note here to not dismiss everything because it has a few grammatical errors. The person might actually be genuine, and English might not be their native tongue.

They want to arrange the shipping themselves. Most genuine clients are only too grateful to have you take the burden of shipping from them if shipping is necessary. And if they do want to take care of it themselves, real collectors will most likely use a major company they’ve had positive experiences within the past – a company whose name you will know.

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Of course, none of these things are sure-fire ways to tell that you’re being approached by someone who is trying to steal your money or art. But if you see them in an email, you should start to become suspicious, and more wary of the communication. If the conversation develops in a way that matches the sort of pattern we’ve been talking about, then you can feel confident that there’s something wrong.

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How To Avoid Art Scams?

Well, you can look out for the clues mentioned above, which will alert you to the possibility that something might be wrong and be careful rather than gullible in your approach. Be conscious that scamming is a possibility, and aware that it might attack you. If you start to worry about a particular case, don’t let your prejudice in favor of people who claim to admire your work get in the way of your caution.

You can also be firm about following your usual method of payment; explain politely that you’re not willing to take payment through cashier’s checks or postal money orders, which are more open to this sort of art scam. Often the nature of the art scam will center on the method of payment suggested by the scammer – if you stick to your normal method, something you know to be safe, they may be forced to give up. Also, make sure to never accept overpayments. This is not a common way of doing business, and you probably haven’t come across it before in genuine transactions. You’re selling, they’re buying – no money should be leaving your account. Make it your policy not to work this way.

If you’re suspicious for any reason, try googling the email address of the contact you’re corresponding with. Because scammers send so many art scam emails, their address gets to be known as one associated with the art scam they’re running. It might well be that the person contacting you is already on a ‘blacklist’ which you can find online. In situations like this, being represented by a gallery can also prove to be beneficial. For one thing, you can rely on the gallery staff, who will probably have had more experience with art scam attempts than you have had, to make sure that everything is as it should be and protect you as necessary.

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Another important thing to make note of is to never ship your work before the payment has been cleared. This seems so simple that you read it and wonder how anyone ever gets caught acting differently – but when you’re in the middle of a series of emails going back and forth, and you’ve built up a picture of your correspondent’s life in your head, and you’re pleased that they appreciate your art. It can be hard to remember. Make it a rule of how you do business, and if you’re ever asked to make an exception, think very seriously about whether it seems like a good risk to be taking (if you know the buyer personally, for instance, it might be a reasonable decision).

 

Art scams are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day and it is very important for you as an artist to protect your art as well as your hard-earned money. Following the advice in this article will help you to avoid art scams when selling your art. But what you really need to do is take the messages here to heart. Remember when you are selling your art on the internet, you need to know and trust your potential clients.

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  • I think it’s hilarious how scammers think that if they say “you were doing a very good job” that you will be flattered and have to take their offer seriously! I got this one recently and I’m always amazed that the spelling and diction are so poor. I have never had a real inquiry where this is the case!

    Hello There,
    My name is Whiteney Jackson from Washington DC. I actually observed my Husband has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess he likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your Paintings “Winter Brings Its Own Delight – 60″ x 96″, Diptych, Acrylic on Canvas”, as a surprise to my Husband on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept CHECK as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards
    Whiteney.

  • I got the same pitch from “Warner Poppy”. A convoluted story of a surprise birthday present for a spouse combined with moving out of the country and the inability to pay by credit card because the spouse who was to be surprised handled all the money. An insane, twisted story filled with a poor -grammar – cut & paste stew of bizarre circumstances. Oh yeah and he said he’d handle the shipping. I told him to venmo me the money and I’ll handle shipping, and included a link to this page. Also it’s like the second or third time this scam has been attempted on me.

  • This same thing happened to me last month. I was so happy to have sold 3 of my pieces from the internet, and the woman said that her husband would only pay with a cashiers cheque….I went back and forth with her for a few weeks and I guess she simply gave up. I wasn’t going to send anything without receiving the c cheque first. They did get my address though, which is a little concerning, Her address is the one in Georgia…the same as a couple of you, 4900 Prominade Dr. Sw Atlanta, GA…..scary

  • I wish I had found this information before I answered and responded to inquires from a Chloe Parker. Hi Kathy,
    Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, It’s nice to hear back from you. Regarding our interest in your piece, My husband and i decided we’ll like to proceed with the purchase of the 4pieces ( attached below ), How about you telling me what your inspiration behind this piece. I think it is lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I’m am presently away on vacation but I should be back in few days. Pls confirm it’s listed price

    4900 Promenade Dr SW,
    Atlanta,GA 30331

    Meanwhile, can you please confirm your mailing address and phone number so I may inform my husband on where to forward the payment. I can have him send the payment asap. About shipping, you can handle it from your side to my mailing address above, either by USPS, or FedEx, UPS postal service

    I will look forward to hearing from you so I can know how best to proceed.
    Cheers.
    Chloe

    I forwarded an invoice for $845 and today a check for $3490.10 arrived. Return address is from James Parker at 8630 Henry Court, Las Vegas. The address is bogus. The address in Atlanta, came up good, but for a house recently purchased on Zellow.

    I assume this is mail fraud, etc. Should I be contacting the USPS?

  • Thanks for sharing amazing information. I appreciate it, keep it up.

  • I’ve just had an email from Ervin Jurick via Gmail

  • My Ralph [Rayner] was was a marine chemist, and his wife loved my work…

    “Thanks for the message. However, I would greatly appreciate if you
    > could possibly recommend a few completed original piece ready for
    > immediate sale within my budget ( $450- $4,500 ). Just need something
    > within that price range. I can tell she likes your work and a painting
    > from you would be the best Wedding Anniversary gift. I would
    > appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that
    > purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that
    > range. Thanks you. Ralph

    • I just got this same email! Glad I started doing some research on the “guy” before things went too far. Thanks for posting your comment above. It helped to confirm my situation.

  • I got an email this past weekend from a repeat offender:

    From pasmith080@gmail.com

    Greetings,
    My name is Paul Smith from Dallas Texas.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and pricelist of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000)..

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Paul.

  • Thanks for the article and to all the commenters as well! I received a phishing email this past weekend and I see the same email address was previously reported here a couple years ago. I had a feeling it was not legit, so I am grateful it popped here.

    From pasmith080@gmail.com:
    Greetings,
    My name is Paul Smith from Dallas Texas.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and pricelist of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000)..

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Paul.

  • Thanks very much for this thread. I too got a scam email from “Ashley Kent”:

    “My name is Ashley Kent from Conway, Arkansas . I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife’s anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $1500 to $5000.

    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.”

  • I received this email :
    Good Morning James,
    Am really amazed visiting your website seeing your beautiful paintings.
    Am inquiring about the below paintings if it’s still available for purchase…
    Lorry Shrine Noto Sicily & Cefalù Beach Sicily & Chania – Backgammon &
    Chania – The French Consul’s House & Chania – Ioannis, Fruit Seller &
    Chania – Fishernen Preparing..
    Have a wonderful day and i will be expecting your email with more
    details and prices
    Abbot Croft
    abbotcroft@gmail.com

    So I wrote back and asked him about how he found out about me. He replied.

    Hi James,
    Haven’t meant with you before, I came across your website during my
    searching on Google that direct me to your website.
    I am written you from New Jersey, hope this has answer your questions?
    Hope to read from you with the prices and more details.
    Abbot Croft

    I thought he might be genuine but then I got this. I sent him an email saying some had been sold and so there were only three available. He wanted to buy all three! So many warning flags!

    Hi James,
    Thanks for your reply about the prices which i have seen through your reply.
    Yes I am truly interested in purchasing, I want you to know that I am purchasing the paintings for a Wedding Anniversary and it really need to be at my destination as quick as possible because, the date of the anniversary is around the corner.
    I am purchasing this for my family purpose, I know my wife will definitely like it because she love everything about Art & Sculpture and this is the time to fulfill my promise to her.
    Below are the ones I choose..
    Cefalù Beach Sicily
    Lorry Shrine Noto Sicily
    Chania – Fishermen Preparing
    Concerning the payment, the payment I am 100% sure about is to pay direct into your bank account for the total amount, base on the advise given from the bank because it’s safe and secure.
    It will be better to discuss the payment and the shipping on Skype either verbally or typing due to the urgent of the anniversary, if possible it will be better to view the artworks on Skype Video for assurance purpose.
    My location and address of delivering are below.
    23 Nedsland Ave
    Titusville, NJ 08560
    USA
    My Skype name is abbotcroft@gmail.com I am available throughout today on
    Skype to discuss and conclude. If you don’t have a Skype name kindly go to http://www.skype.com and register with Skype then download it and fix a time to Skype today.
    Cheers
    Abbot Croft
    646-564-8473

  • Got this this morning from ‘Ralph’……
    Hello Joe,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1000- $2500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing

    Ralph

  • First Name: Ralph
    Last Name: Morris
    Email: Ralphmorris11011@gmail.com
    Phone: 4632042009
    Message: Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

    • I just received this exact email! Same phone number and content word for word, but with the name Poppy Warner. Good thing my spidey senses were tingling. I have sold quite a lot of art pieces online but I do my homework. I googled the name in this email and got nothing, but the phone number brought me here. |Darn scammers.

  • Hello!
    I’m just one more artist receiving exactly the same email –
    Albert Johnson from Brownsville, Texas:
    “I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife’s anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes(bearing it in mind that my budget is within $500-$5000)which are ready for immediate sale.
    I look forward to reading from you.
    Best regards,
    Mr. Johnson”
    It’s astounding that they use the same name, story, amounts, complements, etc.
    Ah, well.
    What a waste of our time.

  • I received an email from Ralph Morris claimed as an ocean engineer. He said his wife liked my art so much that he’d like to purchase my paintings in a range $1000-$2500.

  • Christa Anderson claimed to live in a nearby state. My response invited her to call me and she (he?) said she could only text or use email because she was in training and didn’t have available time to talk. In subsequent email she claimed she is moving to Canada and has a shipper who would pick up the art. After several confusing email exchanges I did my research and discovered it’s a scam. Fortunately, I lost nothing but time.

    christa anderson
    Wed 5/22/2019 10:16 AM


    My name is christa anderson from P.A. I actually observed my husband has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess he likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase attached piece as a surprise for my husband on our anniversary.what is your mode of payment ? Thanks and best regards

  • Got an email from Frank Burroughs that is exactly as mentioned in so many comments before. When i asked for more detail about his business and links to online sources, he evade the questions entirely and just referenced a shipping company Fast Line Freight. He claims to be in Switzerland in a rural area, but the address given was a sizable city in the country. I did further digging and found two separate email addresses in the original coding of the emails and one of them actually was listed in the above comments which is how i found this in the first place. Please be on the look out for emails from r.stankovinc@gmail.com or fr.burroughsllc@gmail.com. Total scam. Also the freight company doesn’t exist neither does the address he wanted it shipped to. Total Fraud!

  • Artists,

    So my name is Ralph Morris and I am from South Carolina but I’m not trying to buy yalls art (nothing personal). Since February I’ve been receiving messages on Facebook and LinkedIn from artists asking if I’m the one trying to buy art for my wife. This has happened over 10 times now but judging by this comment thread there seems to be a whole lot more people that have been contacted by this scammer. I’ve had to change my FB account to expressly say “No I’m not trying to buy art for my wife” I’m not even married.

    I’ve notified the FDIC about this but haven’t gotten any response. I just contacted Google thinking maybe they can help because this guy seems to always use gmail accounts. Beyond this I’m not sure what else I can do.

    If anybody has any advice on what I can do to get this guy to stop using my name I’d appreciate it. This has become a real inconvenience for me and it infuriates me that this guy is robbing you nice people, I like to support my local artists.

    I’m sorry for any troubles this has caused anyone out there and again please reply if you know of anything I do or try
    Thanks

    • Hello,
      my name is Martin, I am a german artist. I ´ve got an E-Mail from a Person called Ralph Morris. He wants to buy my art works for his wife, he wrote. May be there is something wrong.

      Please reply
      Thanks
      Martin

  • Just received this email today. I thought it could be a scam. I see others have gotten similar emails.

    Top of the morning to you,i actually observed my wife has been viewing
    your work on my laptop and i guess she likes your mixed media artwork
    piece,i must also confess you got an amazing and unique piece!My wife
    is a lover of art in all it divines,i am very much interested in
    purchase a beautiful piece to surprise my wife as our wedding
    anniversary is coming up. Thanks
    ralphrayner5050@gmail.com

    Ralph

    • I received the exact same message, punctuation and all, this morning!

    • I received the exact same message this morning, punctuation and all.

  • I just also received the same email from Ralph… Was getting ready to ship my three paintings to Germany.. but something about his way of writing seemed weird so I googled his name.. and discovered it’s a popular scam! What a waste of time and energy. Angry and disappointed but learned a lot!

  • Had the sam experience with Ralph, he wanted me to send my artwork to germany..

    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

  • Just received:
    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

    Ralph Morris

  • I believe Potter Taylor is now using my information from his typical art scam to now book flights in my name.

  • I also got this Ralph in my email

    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

  • Just received email from ChrisLuke9090@gmail.com. Typical scam statements. I answered but will not respond again. Thank you for this website. I did not find Chris Luke from Snyder Texas in any other art scams on line. Scammer may have changed name.

    Greetings… I am Chris from Snyder Texas, I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife’s anniversary which is just around the corner. I came across some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $1500 to $3000.

    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.

    Regards.

  • Here is one we received today.

    +++

    Hello There,
    My name is Whiteney Jackson from Washington DC. I actually observed my Husband has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess he likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase Two of your Artworks “removed for privacy” And “removed for privacy”, as a surprise to my Husband on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept CHECK as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards
    Whiteney.

  • OMG, same story with Ralph Morris!
    I am an artist in South East of Asia
    I almost send my artworks in Germany
    but Something was wrong and I check in the net
    thanks god I found this article and you who reported this your stories!

    Look out
    and be save

  • Same email from

    Greetings, ralphmorris1022@gmail.com
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

  • Ralph Morris is now Ralph Rayner! BEWARE!

  • Hello there,
    My name is Gary from Miami FL and was looking for some arts online and i found your contact while searching.
    I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.
    Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000
    I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Gary Henderson

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  • Same emails:
    From: Ralphmorris11011@gmail.com
    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

    And last email:

    Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, , i
    will contact you when the wire transfer into your account is made
    and do let me know when you receive it, Below is the shipment address
    okay.

    Name-Ralph Rayner
    Address-Ste #27578 Hauptstrasse 20
    City- Neugersdorf – (Sachsen)
    Country -Germany
    Zip Code -02727
    Phone number.. (704) 533-7134
    Regards, Ralph .

  • Same story:

    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

  • i got the same email same text…

    Hello: shari ,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
    to know, I’m relocating to London soon but am a bit pressed for time
    and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to
    gather some good
    stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying both “A Path to
    Blissful Freedom” Artist- $5000.US and “A Village in
    The Countryside” Oil on Canvas Measurements– •
    40” x 28” $5000.USD $10,000.USD as a gifts to her.I’m okay with
    the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll make payment to you
    via wire transfer

    As regarding shipping, i will include the shipping cost of item to you .
    As soon as you receive the payment in your account, i will provide the
    address where you will be shipping the artwork.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
    on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
    with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
    for another couple of weeks.

    Regards,

    Ralph .

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with shipment fee to London and your
    bank name
    account holder name
    account number
    iban and swift code.

    so I can wire the funds to your account right away.

  • oh boy….. here we go again;(((((
    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    RalphHello ,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1000- $2500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing
    hanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
    to know, I’m relocating to London soon but am a bit pressed for time
    and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to
    gather some good
    stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying love affair size
    60 x 60cm $ ……and die mess wandler size 50 x 40cm | $ …..of
    $….. as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth
    it anyway, so I’ll make payment to you via wire transfer

    As regarding shipping, i will include the shipping cost of item to you .
    As soon as you receive the payment in your account, i will provide the
    address where you will be shipping the artwork.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
    on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
    with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
    for another couple of weeks.

    Regards,

    Ralph .

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with shipment fee to London and your
    bank name
    account holder name
    account number
    iban and swift code.

    so I can wire the funds to your account right away.Dear Katja ,
    Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, , i
    will contact you when the wire transfer into your account is made
    and do let me know when you receive it, Below is the shipment address
    okay.

    Name; Akin Pokun
    address- 6a Broadway Parade Station Road West Drayton
    country – London
    postal code – UB7 7DE
    Phone number.. (704) 533-7134

    Regards, Ralph .

  • New email scam: James Ashley jashleymes@gmail.com

    Hi,
    Good to hear back from you, below is my address so you can get the shipping cost and sum it up so that you can let me know what is the total to pay and acquire the pieces
    Although i do not know the courier or shipping method you are planning to use but i must be honest with you it is a different ball game with delivery here which i think could be the same in most places due to the deteriorating economy all over the world.
    We pay additional fee at the delivery point here in Azerbaijan because the couriers will never bring the package to ones house. Couriers like Fedex, UPS, DHL are not worth it here especially USPS and TNT all of them are not rendering good service here probably because they have already made names and well known.
    Please you can contact this courier http://www.cranexpressdelivery.com
    (cranexpressdelivery@gmail.com) with the weight/cost of the artwork and request the shipping and insurance cost to my address because they ship and deliver safely without having any issues with customs or loss of package. Furthermore unlike other couriers they will deliver to someones door step without requesting any further payment at the point of delivery.
    With other couriers the package will not be delivered to your address rather you will have to go to their office to pick it up and when you get there you will be asked to pay additional money before collecting it.
    I hope you get the shipping cost as soon as you can and total it up with the cost of the artwork so that i can give you the payment before the shipment is sent out.

    I will be looking forward to hearing from you asap.
    Thanks
    15, Aziz Aliyev str,
    Sebail District,
    Baku 1000, Azerbaijan

    ======================================================================
    —–Original Message—-
    From: James Ashley [mailto:jashleymes@gmail.com]
    Sent: April 10, 2019 4:21 AM
    To: J
    Subject: Re: Art Order Inquiry
    Hello J,
    Thank you for the response these are the artworks i have chosen from your site so i want you to get back to me with the availability and cost price confirmation of each so i can let you have the credit card number to run for the payment
    “painting name”
    Acrylic, 30×30 inches, 2018
    $xxxx
    I want you to get back to me with the cost confirmation of the above so that you can have the payment. I will be looking forward to hear from you.
    Best
    James

    ======================================================================
    From: James Ashley [mailto:landb@eircom.net]
    Sent: March 27, 2019 1:58 AM
    Subject: Art Order Inquiry
    Hello,
    >> I am emailing to inquire about availability of artwork for sale in your gallery, if you can ship international and also if you are able to process Electronically Visa and Master Card Number/Expiry date/Cvv as payment. Let me know so that i can communicate with you on the artworks that interest me, you can also indicate to me which of the arts are sold and which are available on your website. I will be looking forward to reading from you.
    Sincerely
    James Ashley

  • From: Rosemary Shay
    Date: Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 7:59 AM
    Subject: Re: artwork

    Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, Glad to hear back from you. I will like to proceed with the purchase of the pieces (Attached below), would mind telling me what your inspiration behind this piece. I think it is a lovely work and I hope to give it a good home as we currently looking pieces to decor our new home. I am presently away on vacation but I should be back in few days. Pls confirm it’s prices for the 3 pieces

    4900 Promenade Dr SW,
    Atlanta, GA 30331
    —————

    also received similar email from

    Candace Hill

    • I got this exact email, from the same person. Sent me 3x the amount agreed in a cashiers check. I fell for it hard. As well as sending the art to that address and will never see it again. I did insure the work shipped so I hope UPS will pay me. I got the local and ATLANTA police involved as well as my bank and the credit union in Atlanta’s Fraud dept. it just happened today, seeing the check reversed as debit in my account. I can’t begin to tell you how angry I am! You’re the second person to post the same email I got. The phone number they gave me is scam too. I’ll never see my works again. I feel like a fool.

    • I got this exact email, from the same person. Rosemary Shay. Sent me 3x the amount agreed in a cashiers check. I fell for it hard. As well as sending the art to that address and will never see it again. I did insure the work shipped so I hope UPS will pay me. I got the local and ATLANTA police involved as well as my bank and the credit union in Atlanta’s Fraud depts. it just happened today, seeing the check reversed as debit in my account. I can’t begin to tell you how angry I am! You’re the second person to post the same email I got. The phone number they gave me is scam too. I’ll never see my works again. I feel like a fool.

      • So glad I decided to google Rosemary Shay, who has sent me identical emails as seen above. I almost got sucked in.

    • I got this too, but this time with the name Choe Parker. The initial contact was through the contactform of my site. Seeing and reading it, alarms bells were already ringing but thought I reply back with very general information and see what happend. And behold, I got exactly the same as you are showing. Did some research online, because it had all the tell tails of a scam. And I winded up here.

      • I got the exact same email from someone claiming to be Chloe Parker. Felt fishy from the start, but replied to the initial email just in case. Here is there reply they sent me:

        *********************************
        Hi Scott,
        Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, It’s nice to hear back from you. Regarding our interest in your piece, My husband and i decided we’ll like to proceed with the purchase of the 4pieces ( Attached Below ), How about you telling me what your inspiration behind this piece. I think it is lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I’m am presently away on vacation but I should be back in few days. Pls confirm it’s listed price

        4900 Promenade Dr SW,
        Atlanta,GA 30331

        Meanwhile, can you please confirm your mailing address and phone number so I may inform my husband on where to forward the payment. I can have him send the payment asap. About shipping, you can handle it from your side to my mailing address above, either by USPS, or FedEx, UPS postal service

        I will look forward to hearing from you so I can know how best to proceed.
        Cheers.
        Chloe
        *************************

        As they mention, there were four images of my artwork included as email attachments. Thanks to everyone here for sharing their experiences. I’m sure I would have avoided getting cheated out of money as I was already on alert, but I’m grateful to have been able to verify things here.

        • I received messages from “Chloe Parker” as well, directly from the contact form on my website. Same exact messages, and with photos of my images attached.

          As soon as they mentioned cashier check, I knew it was too good to be true.

          Thank you for sharing your experiences here, saved me from wasting my time with this scammer!

  • New email scam: ralphmorris11011@gmail.com
    same old story, the wife, the laptop etc.. Below an example of his mails..

    “I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
    to know, I’m relocating to London soon but am a bit pressed for time
    and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to
    gather some good.(…)As regarding shipping, i will include the shipping cost of item to you .
    As soon as you receive the payment in your account, i will provide the
    address where you will be shipping the artwork.
    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
    on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
    with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
    for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,
    Ralph .
    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with shipment fee to London and your
    bank name
    account holder name
    account number
    iban and swift code.
    so I can wire the funds to your account right away”

    Right! 😀

  • Same scam from another email, watch out
    Name: potter dennis
    Email: potterdennis1011@gmail.com
    Subject: artwork inquiry
    Message: Greetings, My name is potter dennis from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks , Potter

    • we got the same thing from our painting blog, potter dennis. we strung him along until he sent us a check for $3950 for an $1100 painting. nothing about his email, ip address, shipping details from the envelope (name address and phone number of a third party) match or are from the same city in usa. we didn’t cash the check because we called the bank and it had the wrong signature on it. we haven’t heard from him since he informed us the check was arriving and telling us what to do next. he wants a deposit receipt, so we can’t string him along any further. we’ve forwarded all the information to the fbi’s ic3.gov complaint site.

  • Ashley Kent – obviously a scammer who used many of the ploys you have described. Says he/she is from Arkansas, moving to the Phillipines and will have a shipping agent get in touch with me (almost verbatim to Wanda Gillespie’s letter from Albert Johnson). Thanks for helping us poor artists!

    • I also just received a very similar email from a Ralph Lauren who says he is an engineer and wanted to buy a piece of my art for his wife to celebrate their anniversary. So glad I read this posting before I lost everything!
      When will human beings be more human?

  • hillcandace64@gmail.com
    Hi there,
    I like your inspiration as an artist when i saw your page. I and my husband will love to own one or two of your piece? Do you perhaps have any recent works on sale for me,
    Cheers.

  • I get scammers frequently, and they follow the same script that other victims have noticed: “I actually saw my wife looking at your art….I want to buy something quickly…” The most recent bogus letter came from someone calling himself “Ralph Lauren”. You’d think the scammers would be embarrassed to find their phony letters duplicated online by potential victims who recognize the fraud and block or report them!

  • Audrey Kamson from Australia – received email yesterday – no formal greetings etc – just like this:
    “Do you still have The Two Riverine Heads And Hedgehog In The Fog (triptych) – Li available for sale as i am highly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon”

    My reply:
    “Dear Audrey,
    Thank you for contacting me. Two Riverine Heads and Hedgehog In The Fog (triptych) are available to purchase, PayPal option is acceptable, the artwork can be collected in Dublin, or I can send them by post anywhere in the world.
    If you are interested I can send you all details and price.
    Thank you!
    Best regards … ”

    Audrey Kamson from Australia:

    “I really appreciate it. I Am Audrey Kamson from Australia. I am a marine biologist and am currently at sea at the moment, i am buying the item as a gift for my Dad, i want to make it a surprise for him,he wont know anything about the item until they get delivered to him, i can only pay through Paypal as i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my Paypal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through Paypal,So please kindly get back to me with your Paypal details and your best price for the item so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done, i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up so don’t add shipping fees and will be done after i have made the payments for the item ”

    Scam?

  • Thanks for sharing everyone. Here is my latest..

    Hello There,

    How are you doing? My name is Albert Johnson from Brownsville TX. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife’s anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes(bearing it in mind that my budget is within $500-$5000)which are ready for immediate sale.

    I look forward to reading from you.

    Best regards,

    Mr. Johnson

    • The same creep contacted me last evening, only then he called himself “Ralph Lauren”! The scammers are so stupid that they use the same words and bogus situations (anniversary, wife’s birthday, etc.). They might be embarrassed to realize how pathetic their pitches are!

  • I got Ralph also 🙁

    Name:
    Ralph morris
    Phone:
    463-204-2009
    Email:
    Ralphmorris1011@gmail.com
    Message:
    Greetings, My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks , Ralph.

    • Yes, I am in the UK and received this exact same email from a ‘Ralph’ this morning. I googled it and see he contacted another artist publicly online back in 2015 with the same email: https://www.lexiaolong.com/2015/11/12/2005-a-women-s-year/

      Dear Agora Gallery, maybe with your following/reach, you could do a post on Instagram/FB or similar to make more artists aware of the nature of these scams, maybe including a link to this forum. If you have already done so, please ignore me. I have not seen any companies doing this on social media to date so just a suggestion (but equally I haven’t been on sm long).

    • seems Ralph is busy – sent the same to me 2 days later, but there was no art title in the subject field above.

      Email: Ralphmorris1011@gmail.com

      Comment: Greetings,
      My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
      Thanks ,
      Ralph.

      • The same exact email from the same exact guy. Here is the address he wanted me to ship my art work before his bank could release the money! Of-coarse bank denied any transaction of money ever happening. I did not ship my art, but I am hopping some of you could find him before he moves:

        here is his address:
        Name; Akin Pokun
        address- 6a Broadway Parade Station Road West Drayton
        country – London
        postal code – UB7 7DE
        Phone number.. (704) 533-7134

        • i just got this too. Glad I googled it. It just felt suspicious.

          I have actual people contact me like that but I could tell this one wasn’t right.

  • I got Ralph also 🙁

    Name:
    Ralph morris
    Phone:
    463-204-2009
    Email:
    Ralphmorris1011@gmail.com
    Message:
    Greetings, My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks , Ralph.

  • Ralf is still hungry!!!! watch out….

    Ralph Morris
    Thu, Feb 21, 3:45 AM (2 days ago)
    to Bernathart

    Hello Istvan ,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1000- $2500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing
    Ralph.

  • Many thanks, I also received the Ralph Morris email, and googled him to eventually find this link – I have now blocked his emails. He sounded quite authentic but his blurb was identical to Marvin’s. hmmmm he ignored my questions about where he was located and eventually said I would be posting artworks to Nigeria – then the alarm bells rung……

  • Ralph Morris is still hungry! Thanks to you guys I didn’t fall for this. Got the following today tho:

    “Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.”

    Me:
    Hi Ralph,

    Nice to meet you and thank you very much for your message and interest, it makes me very happy!

    I would love to tell you more about the artwork you have in mind, only thing is that I can’t see the which one you’re talking about. The subject field says ‘Artwork Inquiry’ but not which one.

    If you could send the title or a screenshot then I can tell you more about that piece.

    Thanks again Ralph and please let me know.

    Warm regards,
    Marvin.

    “Hello Marvin,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $500- $1500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing
    Ralph.”

    Be on the lookout still!

  • Hello guys!
    Thanks to this article I was able to avoid and art scam that as on going with me. The guys is:

    Ralphmorris1011@gmail.com

    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
    for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
    she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
    seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
    like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
    (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.
    ——

    So be aware my friends!!!

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  • Ralph Morris AGAIN!

    Greetings,
    My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks ,
    Ralph.

  • Hi everyone,

    Please note the below inquiry from Tisar N – tsarexcellence@gmail.com, pretending to represent Agora Gallery is a scam

    Hello.. ,

    I’m glad to read back from your email. I’m an expert and traders of artwork and home interior decoration under Agora Art Gallery’ located in New York, but am setting up new office nearby your location and that’s why am looking for personal assistant to deliver simple task in my behalf.

    Working paper or interview are not necessary before starting the task, it’s your loyalty and sincerity that most important. I currently out of town on a business trip, and we going to meet in person when am back in town.

    TASKS TO BE DONE ARE LISTED BELOW:..
    – Pick up canvas artwork package nearby post office.
    – Deliver wall canvas artwork package to nearby client.
    – Receive home decor material / art equipment from supplier.

    NOTE: It’s all about 3 hours job in a week at convenient time, depend on your time schedule and it can be long term deal’ only if your first task perfectly done. And all your transport expensive will be return, even you have no personal car.
    PAYMENT:. $400 Dollars WEEKLY.

    To send you upfront task payment and artwork packages, how should your name appear on the Slip and where to mail it? Kindly provide the following details below about yourself:.

    * Your Name:
    * Contact Address:
    [ Not P.O Box ]
    * City:
    * State:
    * Zip Code:
    * Cell Phone:
    * Age:
    * Sex:
    * Profession:
    * Email Address:

    Regards,
    Tisar N.

  • Hello
    Good luck and hopefully these people stop doing bad to other artists.
    ARTSCAM?

    I really appreciate it, I found the work on your page online. I Am Audrey Kamson from USA. I am a marine biologist and am currently at sea at the moment, i am buying the item as a gift for my Dad, i want to make it a surprise for him,he wont know anything about the item until they get delivered to him, i can only pay through Paypal as i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my Paypal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through Paypal,So please kindly get back to me with your Paypal details and your best price for the item so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done, i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up so don’t add shipping fees and will be done after i have made the payments for the item

    On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 8:57 PM Carolina Nuñez Bussolini wrote:
    Hi Audrey, thanks for your interest in my artwork. Yes, I still have both. I accept PayPal. About pick up. I’m based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can I ask you where you are based? So we can find the best way to deliver them
    And just by curiosity, where did you find my artwork?
    Again thanks for your interest in my work.

    Audrey. Due I found your email was sent repeatedly to several artist in different periods of time I see myself in the obligation of canceling the operation due it seems a classic case of scam. If you are a legitime buyer then you can buy it from my other platforms

    • I have received pretty much this exact email 2 days ago from Audrey Kamson, so beware everyone – he/she/they are still trying !! the gmail address is Audrey Kamson [audkam01@gmail.com]

  • from: Ralph Morris [ralphmorris1022@gmail.com]

    Greetings,
    I am Ralph morris from Richmond SC. thoughts of the best
    anniversary gift of the century to my wife has been roaming my mind
    for a while now. i figured out later that my wife spends noticeable
    time on viewing artworks from your page on my laptop and i can easily
    guess she likes your work, which i found quite impressive and
    intriguing too. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You
    are undoubtedly good at what you do.
    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your
    works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding
    anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of
    your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are
    ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this
    is within the price range of $1000 to $2500.
    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more
    about your pieces of inventory.

    Regards,Ralph

  • i received a acam for Ralph Morris [ralphmorris1022@gmail.com]
    the email wrote:
    Greetings,
    I am Ralph morris from Richmond SC. thoughts of the best
    anniversary gift of the century to my wife has been roaming my mind
    for a while now. i figured out later that my wife spends noticeable
    time on viewing artworks from your page on my laptop and i can easily
    guess she likes your work, which i found quite impressive and
    intriguing too. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You
    are undoubtedly good at what you do.
    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your
    works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding
    anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of
    your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are
    ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this
    is within the price range of $1000 to $2500.
    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more
    about your pieces of inventory.

    Regards,Ralph

  • Just received this fro a Ralph Morris.
    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
    to know, I’m relocating to Hong Kong soon but am a bit pressed for time
    and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to
    gather some good
    stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying both TRUNK OF
    LOVE AND GUARDIAN OF THE WILD 1800 USD each of 3600usd as a gifts
    to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll
    make payment to you via wire transfer

    As regarding shipping, i will include the shipping cost of item to you .
    As soon as you receive the payment in your account, i will provide the
    address where you will be shipping the artwork.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
    on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
    with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
    for another couple of weeks.

    Regards,
    Ralph .
    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with shipment fee to Hong
    kong and your
    bank name
    account holder name
    account number
    iban and swift code.
    so I can wire the funds to your account right away.Regards,Ralph.

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  • Glad I found this thread on a search – here’s another scam letter from joshua hughes

    From joshuahughes660@gmail.com on 1/29/19

    Dear,

    Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you a total of $12,500 in other words $9,500 for you and $3,000 for the shippers, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…Trying to kill two birds with a stone, kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance the shipping agent. They are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

    I am really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,

  • A week ago I received a request from “Huchez Xavier”:

    Am 21.01.2019 um 21:50 schrieb Huchez Xavier :

    Hello ,

    Can I buy an art piece from you directly ?

    waiting to hear from you ,soon.

    Regards,

    Huchez,

  • BEWARE! I just received via fed ex a check for 12, 450 from Potter Deniss which I AM NOT cashing. I reported to Fed-ex and the sender compromised a customer’s account when sending the package. He’s wanting me to send him 4,950 of that portion to cover his shipping.

    Email from PotterDennis1011@gmail.com: Payment scheduled for delivery today

    Just a quick update. The check for $12,450 will be delivered to you
    today. Here is the Fedex tracking numbers: 774288717981
    Anyway, I’d like you to have it deposited through your Bank right
    away, so that you can have a copy of the deposit receipt. Please
    note: It will clear within 24 hours, but in some exceptional cases the
    funds are available immediately.

    You would please recall that I explained in my email earlier that
    the shipper fee is included So, the balance on the check is cover the
    shipping fees.

    Kindly email ASAP, so I can give you the shipper’s information and
    instructions on how to forward the overage funds, of $4,950 into
    there account , so they can contact you to make arrangement for an
    appropriate time with you to commence their own part of this
    transaction asap.

    Thanks and I await to read from you,

    Potter

  • I have been targeted by Potter Dennis who contacted me through my website. He wanted to buy 2 paintings as a suprise present for his wife. He claimed their anniversay was imminent. The destination was for the Czech Republic, but he was at present on a ship in the North Atlantic ocean, training new recruites. I suspected from the start it was a scam, but gave him a quotation with payment terms of money securely in my bank before releasing goods. This he appeared to accept, but tried several means to get me to give him shipping information which I refused to do until the money was safe, Needless to say, no mony has been received. This and several stories, albeit in different forms, have already been described on this site.
    The Email given was potterdennis1011@gmail..com

  • Got one this morning from Andrew Baines:

    Hello there,
    My name is Andrew Baines from Miami FL and was looking for some artworks online and i found your contact while searching.
    I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.
    Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000
    I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Andrew

  • what happens if you give the scammer your paypal email address?

  • Has anyone gotten this?

    “Am 20.01.2019 um 12:37 schrieb Huchez Xavier :

    Hello ,

    Can I buy an art piece from you directly ?

    waiting to hear from you ,soon.

    Regards,

    Huchez,”

  • my fiance and i decided to own a home before tying the knot of marriage.we decided to commingle our credit for mortgage loan.unknowingly to me,he got involved in credit card scam,trading[binary] scam and it wrecked his credit ,leaving it with several inquiries,credit card debts.we involved the police on this issue but the fraud was untraceable.As for me,i have always oblige with the rules of keeping an excellent score by paying on time every bills and that has got me sitting on 812.The reality of this post is ,for ´H A C K M A N I A´ to be referred to me by a lender is a process one should trust,and money refund policy is guaranteed to his clients.He raised his credit score,deleted the inquiries and clear all debts as paid.We communicate so well via his mail H a c k m a n i a_9 at O u t l o o k Com. luciky for us we just got approved lately

  • OH my, I’ve been SCAMMED by “Taylor Potter”!

    If you get an email from

    Potter Taylor

    Someone is trying to scam you!

    Here is his letter to me!
    Dear:nlilly

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying Japanese Teapot and Flowers, Framed of $1200

    as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal
    effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.

    Regards,

    Potter

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for Usps ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    Live and Learn, that is all I can say. A friend of mine told me to check him out on the internet first. Thank you for this wonderful site and article, I was saved.

    Nancy Lilly

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  • I recently received a mail coming from a client of mine. I never knew it was a cloned email and as an accountant which makes me very vulnerable to things like this. I went ahead to transfer a huge sum of money to the scammer thinking i was sending the money to my Client. I got into a huge mess. I went to report this to my bank but there’s nothing they could do about it, The only best advice i received from the fraud department was to hire wavefinancialservices at protonmail dot com, They helped with my recovery and i can’t thank them enough.

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  • As of January 10th 2019:

    “Greetings!

    My name is Joshua Hughes from Cleveland Ohio I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too.You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of your pieces to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability of beautiful pieces for immediate sales.” From this email: joshuahughes660@gmail.commikesimpson41@yahoo.com

    • I received exact email on 12/20/18
      From: potter dennis
      Phone: 463-204-2009
      Subject: artwork inquiry

      Message Body:
      Greetings,
      My name is Potter Dennis from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Potter .

      then another 1/20/19:
      Dear…
      Hope you are good. My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to
      leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which
      will include my shipping agent fees to you, But courtesy demand i must
      first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after
      deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the
      check clears.

      I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home
      but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching
      and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…. trying to kill
      two birds with a stone. kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the
      overage before giving the
      balance the shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you
      responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them. I am
      really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to me
      asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

      Many thanks and talk to you soon,
      Potter.

      • I got almost the exact same email from a “Whiteney Jackson.” This one was tricky because he/she included the names of some pieces on my website, and responded to my email pretty specifically, but I had a feeling and sure enough, the next email got weirder and more suspicious:

        Email 1: “Hello There,
        My name is Whiteney Jackson from Washington DC. I actually observed my Husband has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess he likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase Two of your Artworks “Joy of All Who Sorrow” And “Balboa Theater”, as a surprise to my Husband on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept CHECK as mode of Payment.

        Thanks and best regards
        Whiteney.”

        Email 2:
        “Hello Robin,
        Thanks for the message, My Husband is also an Artist. I must tell you I intend to give my Husband a surprise with the immediate purchase of the two piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our Wedding Anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying both piece as part of gifts to him (quickly before someone else grabs it). I will Purchase the Original Piece and am okay with both Price Total ($600), i think it worth it anyways. I would authorize a Check to you for the payment. As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my Husband for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my Truck and my Properties) will contact you to arrange for the pick-up. I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean, (I’m a Civil Marine Engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.

        Regards,

        Whiteney Jackson.

        PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full Name as you want it to appear on the check, Address where you want the check delivered by courier service including your zip code and phone number, so the check can be sent right away.”

        Unfortunately I sent my address before reading this more closely and DUH, I feel like a chump. :-p It’s such a violation. Super creepy.

        • I received the same exact messages from Whiteney Jackson. Please explain the scam, if you understand it. Did she send you a check? What happened next? ,I too, thought it looked suspicious, But what are they doing?

        • Thanks for the warning! Just got an email from Whiteney Jackson too, nearly word for word as above.
          Glad I checked! Seemed sort of genuine but it had a whiff of ‘scam’ about it.

    • J Joy I recieved the exact same message from Potter Dennis. I’m glad I looked into this before contacting this guy. The funny thing I just noticed was the dates you mentioned. They are on the 20th of the month. I got the same message on the 20th of November.

    • I got a similar email from Ralph Morris ralphmorris1011@gmail.com .

      Greetings,
      My name is Ralph Morris from SC. my wife have been on the lookout
      for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess
      she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have
      seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would
      like to receive further information about your piece of work and what
      inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece
      (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the
      availability for immediate sales.
      Thanks ,
      Ralph.
      ———–
      In the later emails he gave me inconsistent shipping information, and one of the contact names is Potter Dennis, which has been mentioned more than once here.

    • I received the EXACT same email from joshuahughes660@gmail.com on 1/23/19. Thanks for posting.

    • I also just received this exact inquiry from Joshua Hughes – word-for-word. He chose the most expensive piece we offered him 9,500 and just asked to send 12,500 so we could pay his shipper. That’s how I came to search his email and found this thread!
      His reply – copy/paste:

      Dear,

      Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you a total of $12,500 in other words $9,500 for you and $3,000 for the shippers, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

      I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…Trying to kill two birds with a stone, kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance the shipping agent. They are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

      I am really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

      Many thanks and talk to you soon,

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  • Just went an amusing round or two with a “Mark Thompson” who thought my paintings were “vivacious”. Is there no regulatory or policing body that we can report this sh*t to?

  • Somebody named “Mark Thompson” is pulling the “my wife needs one of your paintings” scam. Is there some regulatory or policing body that over-sees this shit? I feel like sitting duck. Smarter sitting duck obviously.

  • Anyone ever come across a scam by a person going by the name Audrey Kamson? My e-mail thread is below.

    On 8 Jan 2019, at 03:21PM, Audrey Kamson wrote:

    I really appreciate it. I Am Audrey Kamson from USA. I am a marine biologist and am currently at sea at the moment, i am buying the item as a gift for my Dad, i want to make it a surprise for him,he wont know anything about the item until they get delivered to him, i can only pay through Paypal as i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my Paypal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through Paypal,So please kindly get back to me with your Paypal details and your best price for the item so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done, i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up so don’t add shipping fees and will be done after i have made the payments for the item

    On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 12:11 AM James Tebbutt wrote:
    Hi Audrey

    Yes, that painting is available, I can accept PayPal and pick up is acceptable.

    Hope that help.

    Kind regards

    On 8 Jan 2019, at 02:44, Audrey Kamson wrote:

    Do you still have The Where We Come From available for sale as i am highly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon

    • HELLO,
      I wanted to ask if the email you received from audrey is scam because I have also received an order with the same story.
      You can comment something else since I already send my paypal data

  • I have also had emails from Potter Dennis, and it says exactly the same as the one below, he wants to surprise his wife and is relocating to the Philippines!! I will copy and paste the email. I can’t believe it.
    Hi ban, Origin Bank can only transfer 5000 pounds which is 1500 pounds too much and he wants me to transfer 1500 pounds back to hin in bitcoin!! before the bank releases the payment for the paintings. My two pieces are on their way, since his bank needed the tracking number for the payment to be released. I will have them stopped. I have been an artist for 19 years and never been fooled by this kind of horrible stuff before.

    • I hope you get your paintings back! I received exact email on 12/20/18
      From: potter dennis
      Phone: 463-204-2009
      Subject: artwork inquiry

      Message Body:
      Greetings,
      My name is Potter Dennis from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
      Thanks and best regards,
      Potter .

      then another 1/20/19:
      Dear…
      Hope you are good. My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to
      leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which
      will include my shipping agent fees to you, But courtesy demand i must
      first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after
      deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the
      check clears.

      I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home
      but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching
      and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…. trying to kill
      two birds with a stone. kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the
      overage before giving the
      balance the shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you
      responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them. I am
      really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to me
      asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

      Many thanks and talk to you soon,
      Potter.

  • Pls add me to your newsletter list. I have been approached over the years to buy art and it use to be selfevident that it was a scam from many of the above mentioned remarks. The scammers are becoming more sophisticated, on the other hand, it is sometimes fun to string them along!

  • The scam is usually from a web mail address (Yahoo etc) from someone overseas who asks to buy your art work. They want to send you a cheque, bankers draft or credit card number to pay for the art. The payment they give you is for the cost of the art work  and the cost of shipping overseas. They will quickly  ask you to send the overpayment to them or their shipping agent . So they essentially get you to send them money before you discover the payment is fraudulent.
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  • Late December 2018 and Potter Taylor emailed me – pottertaylor5050@gmail.com

    It seemed a bit fishy, but since I’d recently been promoting to art collectors on social media, it wasn’t completely unexpected to get someone ask about getting an original piece.

    I thought I’d give this guy the benefit of the doubt and sent the standard response to say thank you and here are my rates and prices, and then got a reply back mentioning a decent budget specifically the piece he wanted, which sparked my interest and proved it wasn’t simply bot spam, and never imagined someone would try an art scam on me. I assumed it could be legit..
    Then the reply came saying he’d send a cheque, which was odd since I’ve not dealt with a cheque purchase for several years. Everything is done digitally these days. He also mentioned some smelly BS about moving to the Philippines and working as an Ocean Engineer, so decided to research the name and came across this site. So thanks for the heads up guys!

    It never got so far as me sending him my address, accepting his fake cheque payment and certainly not me then making any kind of payment to him, but I actually got somewhat suckered into a 2 email exchange with this arsehole!..

    To give him credit, I would never have dreamed of trying to con starving artists, so top marks for thinking outside the box, but sloppy execution and just hope no one falls victim to this kinda shit because I doubt there’s anything the police can do about it. Let’s just hope this douche bag dies a tragic death some time sooner rather than later.

    • I just received an e-mail from the exact same “Potter Taylor” and even the e-mail adress matches ! Something about the inquiry didn’t seem right , so before responding, I googled it and found this . Thank you so much !

  • Thank you. I copy-pasted “I want to inquire which of your works is available for sale? Is there a Catalog or Gallery or Link i can check?” into Google and found your comment on this article. Thank you for sharing it and helping me avoid a headache. And thank you very much, Agora!

  • The scam is usually from a web mail address (Yahoo etc) from someone overseas who asks to buy your art work. They want to send you a cheque, bankers draft or credit card number to pay for the art. The payment they give you is for the cost of the art work  and the cost of shipping overseas. They will quickly  ask you to send the overpayment to them or their shipping agent . So they essentially get you to send them money before you discover the payment is fraudulent.
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  • Yup just been going through the same thing with “Potter Dennis”. I thought it was odd until I got this email -then I became truly suspicious and googled – thanks so much for being a resource. What an arse!.

    “Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, My
    wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to
    leave any clue to her for the
    surprise, I’ve contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which
    will include my shipping agent fees to you, But courtesy demand i must
    first appeal to your self
    interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after
    deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the
    check clears.

    Brogan , I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at
    home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast
    approaching and do not have access to a
    lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…. trying to kill
    two birds with a stone. kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the
    overage before giving the
    balance the shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you
    responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them. I am
    really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to me
    asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,
    Potter.

  • Potter Strikes Again!! But thanks to you all, I didn’t fall victim!!

    Me: Stop being an asshole!! This cruel to hard working artists!!! Click Below
    https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2017/05/25/how-to-recognize-art-scam/

    Him: Hello Jessica ,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1000- $2500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing
    Potter

    Me: Hello Potter,

    Thank you for your interest in my work! Many pieces of artwork on my site
    are still for sale. I’m sorry, I didn’t see mentioned which particular piece
    you are interested in. Could you please describe the piece or list the
    title?

    Thank you,
    JR

    Him: Name: potter dennis

    Email Address: PotterDennis101@gmail.com

    Subject: artwork inquiry

    Message: Greetings,
    My name is Potter Dennis from SC. my wife have been on the lookout for
    some artworks lately viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your
    various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive
    further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am
    very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above)
    to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Potter .

    (Sent via j.rené art)

  • Rec’d this and checked online to wind up here.
    purchase inquiry

    x
    Potter Taylor
    HELLO

    Good Day,I Am Potter Taylor from North Carolina,I am writing to
    inquire about your photo work which i actually observed my wife
    viewing on my computer.i must confess you got a unique and amazing
    piece i love it all. my wife is an artwork lover in all it divine and
    i can see she has interest in your work,i wanna surprise her by
    purchasing a beautiful photo artwork as a gift from your collections
    as her birthday and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching please
    you can get to me on available work on my email as soon as possible
    Thanks (pottertaylor5050@gmail.com) Cheers

    • Hi – I got this one today too. So glad I checked online!

  • Richard Stankov strikes again!
    We were totally falling for this crap and sadly put a lot of effort into finishing his order before figuring out it was a scam. Red flags were mismatching names and then the obvious one being when his requested shipping company came up with almost no company info and then their shipping quote said customers would need to WIRE the shipment money. We were sure at that point it was all a scam, but it was all too easy to believe at first, so we did further research and found this website. Wanted to share our story to help save the next victim just as you all helped save us. We are so grateful to have found this article. Thank you to all contributors.

    Here’s how the conversation went:

    From: Richard Stankov
    Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:24:46 AM
    Subject: Shipping Request

    Am interested in your pieces , do you ship to Switzerland and accept US issued credit card as payment?, you will contact my shipper who handles all of my shipment, they pick up the items at your location and deliver directly to my store doorstep without hassle. Let me know if i can e-mail you what am interested in ordering.

    Richard Stankov
    _____________________________________________
    Hi Richard,

    Yes, we do accept credit card payments, and can ship to Switzerland via USPS, or we can use your preferred shipper – just send us that information along with what you are interested in ordering, and we can calculate a final cost.

    Thanks,
    Phil and Steph
    The Best Little Horror House

    http://www.thebestlittlehorrorhouse.com

    _________________________________________
    Phil & Steph,

    Thank for the e-mail, here is the items am interested in ordering.

    The Barbys – 3 In Qtys
    Skully Hand Puppet
    Ratchetty Ann – 3 In Qtys
    SATAN – 2 In Qtys
    Kaptain Krunk – 2 In Qtys
    Grim Reaper Micro Mask – 3 In Qtys
    Frankenstein Micro Mask – 3 In Qtys

    Richard Stankov Inc
    643 Via Frasca
    6900 Lugano Switzerland
    Telephone +41 22 712 78 71

    Concerning the shipping , the likes of UPS, DHL and others always don’t take care of the charges down here. Charges like handling,customs and duties etc. We have experienced such situation before and i don’t want to experience such thing again,you do not need to worry about the stress involve and all documentations because i have a shipping company that have delivered to me in the past,i really like their services so i will like you to contact them about the shipping.

    I will be glad if you contact this shipper Pacific International Freight Ltd for the shipping quote. Here is there email address (pacificintfrtltd@pacific-ocean.com / pacificintfrtltd@yahoo.com) They will take care of everything including handling, customs and duties,Tax, insurance etc,also you will be responsible for payment to Prolific Freight Ltd then all costs as far as shipping, taxes, duties, and insurance in addition to the costs of the product should be sent to me in a proforma invoice to be paid in advance of shipment. Always send me the copy of email you send to them ,pls email them with pick up address,shipping address and the weight of the order.Pls get back to me with the following once you hear back from them..

    cost of items……….
    shipping cost via Pacificintfrt Ltd ……..
    all additional cost(transfer fee to Pacificintfrt Ltd)…………………
    total cost (cost of items+shipping cost via Pacificintfrt Ltd + transfer fee to Pacificintfrt Ltd)……..

    so i can send you my credit card details for you to charge the total cost from it and get the shipping fees settled,then my order can be shipped out asap.

    Awaiting your response and i will send you my cc details to process asap.

    Richard
    ________________________________________________
    Red Flag #1 – Pacific Freight OR Prolific Freight and why is he REALLY SO insistent that we use them???
    ________________________________________________
    Richard,

    Thank you. We are currently producing the Ratchety Ann masks, but they should be ready within 10 days. The shipping costs will be better if we wait until those masks are ready, and ship the full order at once. Let us know if you prefer the rest of the order to be shipped ahead of the Ratchety Ann masks.

    Sincerely,
    Phil and Steph

    The Best Little Horror House
    _____________________________________________________

    Phil and Steph,

    Thank you for your response, i will wait till you have the Ratchety Ann Masks ready for shipment. Kindly keep me updated.

    Richard
    Hi Richard,

    Great news! All requested items are ready and boxed. You should have received a copy of our shipping quote request to Pacific International Freight Ltd, and we will send an invoice once we hear back from them. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Phil and Steph
    The Best Little Horror House
    ____________________________________________________

    Phil & Steph,

    Thank you for the update, good to hear that my order are ready for shipment. Let me know once you have the shipping quote and get back to me with the total invoice of my order including the shipping so we can proceed with the payment of my order.

    Stephan
    ________________________________________________
    Red Flag #2 – Yes, that’s right, suddenly we were talking to STEPHAN. hmm….
    ________________________________________________
    Here are the emails from the shipping company so we can add that name to the list of scammers….
    ________________________________________________

    Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 12:03 AM
    From: Horror House
    To: “pacificintfrtltd@pacific-ocean.com” , “pacificintfrtltd@yahoo.com”
    Subject: Shipping Quote Request – U.S. to Switzerland
    Hello,

    We are looking to get a shipping quote for our customer in Switzerland who has recommended your services. Shipment info is as follows:

    From:
    The Best Little Horror House

    To:
    Richard Stankov Inc
    643 Via Frasca
    6900 Lugano Switzerland
    Telephone +41 22 712 78 71

    Dimensions:
    22″ X 22″ X 21.5″
    18 lbs.

    Please feel free to email, call, or text me with a quote and/or any questions. Looking forward to working with you.

    Thank you,
    The Best Little Horror House
    ___________________________________________________

    Dear Stephanie,

    Many thanks for contacting Pacific International Freight Ltd for your quotation,we would come for the pick up at your location or warehouse. Due to recent new custom regulator on some goods in Switzerland the freight charges has increase which we believe your customer should be aware of, please see rate including the wire transfer charges as requested.

    WEIGHT OF THE CONSIGNMENT & DIMENSION:
    Weight: 18 lbs.
    Dimension: 22″ X 22″ X 21.5″

    Your quote request # 0004302993
    Door to door (2 to 3 days) US$1084.58
    The freight costs includes:
    Customs clearance
    Duties & taxes
    Insurance
    Inland Transit
    Transfer fee

    PICK-UP ADDRESS:
    The Best Little Horror House
    ***

    SHIP-TO ADDRESS:
    Richard Stankov Inc
    643 Via Frasca
    6900 Lugano Switzerland
    Telephone +41 22 712 78 71

    Pick up will be made by our agent after payment is confirmed. We will schedule a date and time for the pick up. Also we will like to inform you that we only accept Wire Transfer directly from your company for now prior to pick up and collection of package which will be paid in full before we come for pick-up, we do not have the facilities to accept credit card, so you would have to send us the full amount via Wire Transfer so that we can do the pick up, then we will get back to you with the necessary details.

    Do not hesitate to contact us for any further question.

    Thank You And We Hope To Server You.
    We make it a simple task,
    Whatever the journey,
    Wherever in the world.

    Thank you.

    Customer Service Dept.
    Troy Garity
    Prolific International Freight Ltd
    E: pacificintfrtltd@yahoo.com

    Confidentiality Notice: This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any dissemination, unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution of this email and any materials contained in any attachments is prohibited. If you receive this message in error, or are not the intended recipient(s), please immediately notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message, including attachments
    _________________________________________________
    Red Flag #3 – “we do not have the facilities to accept credit card, so you would have to send us the full amount via Wire Transfer so that we can do the pick up”

    Gotta love the Confidentiality Notice for the “shipping company” – what scum.
    Anyway, Thanks Again!!! Stay Safe Artists!

  • I just got this email and it seems fishy…

    “My name is Scott from Nevada was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $200- $1000 I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Scott!! ”

    (scottdenilson91@gmail.com)

  • I received this email from potterdennis101@gmail.com and at the beginning I got excited. The conversation is EXACTLY as everybody says it is! they don’t change a “coma”. So, I thought it was weird, too good to be true. I googled his email with the word SCAM and tadaaaaa! I got your site and all this valuable information about the scam.
    Thank you so much for this help. I will post your link and image in my Facebook page as artist HigoArt. IT is so good we all, artists, know about these people and stop communicating with them. It seems that is the right thing to do, right?
    Thank you SO much for the info.

  • tractian85@gmail.com

    I’ve been corresponding with Tracey Christian and feel it is a scam. Are you familiar with this email…..
    The letters have a few errors in punctuation…..
    Thanks, Evalynn J. Alu

    • tractian85@gmail is a scam. I received a check from Tracy Christian husband David Christain, (note the 2 spellings) South Carolina Federal check. Las Vegas NV 890 was on the Envelope.

      My bank rejected the check as a good fake. Went to the police station to lodge a complaint and they cannot do anything as no artwork was sent so fo freud to place.

      Sample of one of Tracy’s emails
      “Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, It’s nice to hear back from you. Regarding our interest in your piece, My husband and i decided we’ll like to proceed with the purchase of the 3pieces ( Attached Below ), How about you telling me what your inspiration behind this piece. I think it is lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I’m am presently away on vacation but I should be back in few days. Pls confirm it’s listed price

      19 Jackson Dr
      Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

      Meanwhile, can you please confirm your mailing address and phone number so I may inform my husband on where to forward the payment. I can have him send the payment asap. About shipping, you can handle it from your side to my mailing address above, either by USPS, or FedEx, UPS postal service

      I will look forward to hearing from you so I can know how best to proceed. ”

      DON’T DO IT GUYS SHE IS A FREUD

  • I too just got the Potter Taylor email. I’m so glad I did an internet search. Thanks to all who posted comments. Ugh. How terrible! He used pottertaylor5050@gmail.com.

  • In my case this “Potter Dennis” used this email address: PotterDennis101@gmail.com
    I felt suspicious right away. Google helped me to make sure I was right. Thank you for explaining it to more people, more artists.

  • i wonder :what if i receive an order from a customer ,only to find that upon receiving the parcel containing the painting ,the so called customer will pretend that inside the shipping box was no painting!?! How can i defend myself against such a scam? What proof can i gather to protect myself against such alegations?

  • Amazing. I felt from the start it was a scram but played along for a few emails. This Potter Dennyis even using the same format just different country he’s being shipped to. What is genuine about these frauds is that they’re genuine Creeps and theives with no conscience. Glad I read this site to confirm my doubts.

  • Great article.
    I’ve received the same email from Potter Taylor pottertaylor5050@gmail.com earlier this week and had replied truing to tease out some location and personal information and they just kept making requests without giving any information back. I had suspicions from the outset hence my questioning them, then I decided to do some research and hence your article.
    have just sent another email as follows:

    Hi Potter
    I’ve got something for you to look at and hope you like it. Please let me know what you think.
    Image link
    Steven

    I was a bit naughty – I imbedded the URL to this discussion into the Image Link so it will be interesting what their reply will be.

    Thanks for posting this.

  • Thank you for this post! Below is a recent communication with one Potter Taylor, Ocean Engineer.

    Dear: Guido G*******
    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    >> surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
    >> to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding
    >> anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good
    >> stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying
    >> The taller dark tree branch is 42″ x 18″ of $1,200.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth
    >> it
    >> anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.
    >>
    >> As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not
    >> to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive
    >> and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal
    >> effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.
    >>
    >> I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
    >> on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
    >> with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
    >> for another couple of weeks.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >>
    >> Potter
    >>
    >> PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you
    >> want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address
    >> (preferably for Usps ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed
    >> to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you
    >> right away.

    followed by:

    Dear Guido
    Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, My
    wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to
    leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of
    mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to
    you, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest
    and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your
    fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

    Guido, I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at
    home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast
    approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to
    expedite this transaction…. trying to kill two birds with a stone.
    kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the
    balance the shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you
    responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

    I am really sorry for the mix-up and will appreciate if you get back to
    me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,

    Potter

    • Thanks for posting this. I got this a few days ago from Potter Taylor and was suspicious because of the language

      HELLO

      Good Day,I Am Potter Taylor from NC,I am writing to inquire about your
      artwork which i actually observed my wife viewing on my computer.i
      must confess you got a unique and amazing piece i love it all. my wife
      is an artwork lover in all it divine and i can see she has interest in
      your work,i wanna surprise her by purchasing a beautiful painting
      artwork as a gift from your collections as her birthday and our
      wedding anniversary is fast approaching please you can get to me on
      available work on my email (pottertaylor5050@gmail.com) Cheers

      Potter

  • Richard Stankov strikes again. Pretty obvious but not to everyone. The syntax read like a scam and so looked him up and here we are.

  • Thanks for sharing ! I also got the his email. Even suspicious, I sent him an invoice of artwork and he sent me a cashier check. then he starts phone calling and emailing to check if I make the deposit.

  • Potter Dennis is still hunting artists! Thanks for your information about this man!
    (I got this email 8 november 2018)

    “Greetings!
    My name is Potter Dennis from SC. I actually observed my
    wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen
    your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to
    receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in
    subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability
    for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Potter .”

    • Yes, I got the same one today too – pottertaylor5050@gmail.com
      “HELLO
      Good Day,I Am Potter Taylor from NC,I am writing to inquire about your
      photo artwork which i actually observed my wife viewing on my
      computer.i must confess you got a unique and amazing piece i love it
      all. my wife is an artwork lover in all it divine and i can see she
      has interest in your work,i wanna surprise her by purchasing a
      beautiful photo artwork as a gift from your collections as her
      birthday and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching please you
      can get to me on available work on my email
      (pottertaylor5050@gmail.com) Cheers
      Potter”

      It read almost identically to one I received via my site month ago, so I knew it’s a bad one, then googling, I found this site.

  • I just received this same scam. It seemed fishy because of the language, and that he wouldn’t pay by credit card or even direct bank deposit through my invoicing software, which is basically the same thing as a check. I googled his name, which is too common for much info, and his mailing address, which is a low-cost apartment complex – hardly the place where an art collector lives. Them googling both his name and address, I found this site. I’m going to copy all that info here for the next person to find! Oh- and check out his final response to our emails, below!!!!

    David Martinez
    dmarinetech002@gmail.com
    5801 Cougar Dr , Austin Texas 78745

    HIM:
    Hello I’m David from Austin Texas, I actually observed my wife has been viewing your web page on my laptop and I guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece ” Original Sosaku-Hanga Japanese Momigami ” as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as method of payment. Thanks, David Martinez.

    ME (giving him the benefit of the doubt even though I was suspicious):
    Thank you for your inquiry. I’m sorry, we don’t accept out-of state checks. We can accept credit cards or a direct bank transfer through our secure invoicing software (Quickbooks.) This is a beautiful piece, but it is also quite large. If you’d like me to get a shipping quote for you, please send your address.

    HIM:
    Thanks for getting back to me, I really appreciate it, sorry for the late response I am an ocean engineer and have been working offshore for the past couple days with limited internet connection, am still interested in getting the piece and I want you to know that I understand the problems with check, but have been working as an ocean engineer for years and my wife manages our finances including the credit cards and checking account. I can hardly surprise with a gift once its placed on our credit card or bank account.
    I am sending a Bank certified check to ensure the surprise stays a surprise, I also know that the check needs to clear before the piece is mailed out no problems with that. I would appreciate your help with this little surprise. We have different types of art collection and it would be nice to add this to it, so kindly send the quote for the piece here is my mailing address : 5801 Cougar Dr , Austin Texas 78745. Kindly send me your mailing address and phone number so I can have the payment processed out to you ASAP.

    ME:
    Your name is mentioned in this article: https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2017/05/25/how-to-recognize-art-scam/
    The address you gave is a low cost apartment complex.
    SHAME ON YOU for scamming hard-working families!!!!!

    HIM:
    FOGUCKURSELF
    gofuckyourself

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  • 1340Art Magazine is a scam.

    Today, I experienced something no designer/artist should have to experience. A company that dwells on scamming up and coming artists, making them PAY just to publish their OWN work (making you pay $30 upfront for submissions), but nothing happens, months of waiting to find out that they were just scammed.

    Watch out for these goons they go by @1340art on Instagram. Freaking scammers.

    • Pat, thanks for telling us about 1340 Art Magazine being a scam. I received an email from them today about doing what you said. I will just ignore them. Appreciate the “Heads Up!!”

      • This is what I was searching for, thank you for the information, I also have just received an email. They commented on one of my pieces on Instagram asking me to submit my work so they could choose one from many artists to put I. Their page, I though it seemed okay, nothing came of it, a few days have passed and I have received an email claiming it’s a. I petition to. E printed in their magazine which is mainly advertising, but requesting payment to do so which instantly rang alarm bells. The comment on my Instagram post had been removed. When I looked for it yesterday. I hope folk have as much sense or more than I have and ensure they check these idiots before sending anything

  • Ugh. So glad I googled “Potter Dennis” after he send an outrageous email involving a move to the Philippines and being on a “training voyage in the North Atlantic.” It’s too bad that more can’t be done to stop scammers from taking advantage of others.

  • Thanks so much for posting this Agora, I also received an email from Potter Dennis today, I daresay he was directed to my work having browsed Instagram. Googling him and finding reference to his escapades here saved me precious energy! Bizarre this scammer doesn’t broaden their repertoire of names!

  • Thank you so much for this article. One of my clients received the same time of email from a Potter Dennis. When I googled his name your article came up and we were able to avoid the scam.

    Again thank you so much. And thank you for your commitment to supporting artists!

  • I received the same email today:

    Name: potter taylor
    Email: pottertaylor5050@gmail.com
    Let’s Connect About…: HELLO
    Good Day,I Am Potter Taylor from NC,I am writing to inquire about your work which i actually observed my wife viewing on my computer.i must confess you got a unique and amazing piece i love it all. my wife is an artwork lover in all it divine and i can see she has interest in your work,i wanna surprise her by purchasing a beautiful painting artwork as a gift for her from your collections as her birthday and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching please you can get to me on available work on my email (pottertaylor5050@gmail.com) Cheers
    Potter

  • I’m glad I found this site before responding – I believe this to be the same SCAM and I got it just yesterday, seems like it got routed from my squarespace site. I googled him immediately, the first name of Potter, the poor/odd grammar and the lack of detail all seemed suspect. Just wanted to share, so others are in the know as well!

    Name: potter dennis
    Email Address: PotterDennis101@gmail.com
    Subject: artwork inquiry
    Message: Greetings!
    My name is Potter Dennis from SC. I actually observed my
    wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen
    your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to
    receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in
    subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability
    for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Potter .

    • I got the almost exact same email wording from Potter Taylor – but he was from NC. !! Came through my contact form from my website, then another one (same email – different email address) directly to my gmail. So, look out for “Potter” everyone!!

  • We were contacted by Zev Rubin, Washington DC, and now got the exact same email, verbatim, from a Smith Avan, also claiming to be in DC. Just letting y’all know there’s a new name in the scam.

  • I got an email from Dennis Potter from South Carolina and was suspicious because he did not include the name of the art that His wife was in love with!
    I see others have also heard from him! Glad I checked!

  • I’m not even selling art and I received an email from “Potter Dennis” today. Thank you to all who posted here; I googled his name and your posts helped me immediately identify this scam. Anyone know how we can report this fraud? I want to see this stopped. Thank you. ~Lisa

  • I have been approached by Jackson howard. Ignoring him now. Cheque is apparently on its way. Bad english and fake address.

    • Yes I have had the same, and it felt suspicious, he’s just ‘ordered’ three of my paintings… thank you for sharing.

  • Thanks for this helpful article as I just received an inquiry from Potter Dennis myself….what a shame we have to deal with this distraction.
    I appreciate the information and tips to protect our work.

  • Thank you to all our readers for sharing these scam attempts with us here! Your help has prevented other fellow artists from being tricked.

    It was brought to our attention that an art commissioning contract is being sent to artists. Please see an example here https://prnt.sc/lelcda and note that this is NOT an authentic contract from Agora Gallery. Should you receive anything similar, kindly contact us as soon as possible.

    The name of the scammer was Teddy Lim who messaged artists in Coffee Meets Bagel app and then in Wechat. His wechat ID is T38696724.
    The scammer pretended to be a Korean artist based in the UK, who just moved to Singapore, and recently went to New York to participate in an art contest organized by Agora Gallery.
    Subsequently, he claimed that he won the first prize in the art contest and was awarded the contract by Agora Gallery worth $810k. In order to start the contract, a deposit of $25k has to be paid up front.

    Thank you!

    Andra Bilici
    Social Media Coordinator, Agora Gallery

  • I, too, just received an email from pottertaylor5050.com. I assumed it was a scam but decided to search the name to see what comes up. Your article appeared at the top of my search. Thank you for a great informative article.

  • Stay strong, Simon! Potter Dennis seems to have several aliases. As far as I can tell, he is in Nigeria and is perhaps Nigerian. Certainly, his grasp of the English language is poor.

  • Thank you very much for this helpful information! I have another example to add to the list of scammers:-
    ‘Wilfred Martins’ claims to be a marine biologist from Ireland who is currently at sea…
    QUOTES FROM SCAM EMAILS:-
    Wilfred Martins wrote:
    Do you still have [name of artworks] available for sale as i am highly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon. …. …
    I was just about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up of the item , I am currently on sea and i am buying the item for my Dad as i explained earlier on and i tried to book pick up with my pick up agent, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept Money gram Transfer for payments and they don’t accept Paypal or bank transfer and I tried to send the money online but i couldn’t and I am on sea and there is no way i can find a Money gram agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it was ok for me to include my pick up agent’s fees in the payments I am about to send through Paypal, my pick up agent charged $450 plus insurance and all of that, please can i include their money in the payments I want to send then after i have made the payments you will help me forward the $450 to my pick up agent through Money gram Transfer,this I would have done myself and not bother you but the for the fact that I am currently on sea, so after I have made the payments you will help me send $450 to my pick up agent through Money gram Transfer,I just want to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments,I will more than appreciate if you mail me back, and I will be making the payments shortly.

    PS:the shipping company’s Head quarters and any pick up fees to be paid is sent to their head quarters by the payee, so the money for pick up will be sent to their head quarters through Money gram Transfer(this can be done from any post office) at Money gram office

    I

  • We just had the “overpayment experience”. New name to add: Potter Taylor who reached us via email from Pottertaylor550@gmail.com. Same story as the below. Wife loved my husband’s art and he wanted to gift her a piece for their anniversary. Sounded fishy but still gave him the benefit of the doubt. We received cashier’s checks for much higher amounts and were supposed to give his agent the overpayment to cover shipping. When we received the checks we called the bank they were issued at to make sure and they confirmed our suspicions that they were fraudulent. Fortunately we did this before any final transaction so we did not lose the piece nor any money.

  • Hi all, I have a new name to add to the list. It is John James, and he has a wife who likes my work, etc., etc. I was afraid that this was a scam, and after reading all the comments, I am sure of it. Watch out for this one, too. Sigh. I always hope.
    Beverly Adams

  • I just discovered that I was about to be the victim of Potter Dennis, who has been sweet-talking me with much the same story as other artists on your site. He “chose two paintings to give to his wife for their silver wedding”, saying that he was in charge of recruits on a boat and that his wife kept their check books, and so he was asking a colleague to send me a check. The check duly arrived, but for a much bigger sum than the price of the paintings. Potter then asked me to pass the difference along to his agent:
    Vickie Jean Maestas
    7908 Silverberry Rd SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87121
    At his suggestion, I sent $1,000 via Moneygram to this woman via CVS, but later I called Moneygram, and they said that this was a scam, and they gave me a reference number so that I could be reimbursed by CVS. I am so grateful to that young woman. Yesterday I got the $1,000 back, and I went to my bank and alerted them to the fact that the check Potter had sent me would probably bounce. The guy at the bank suggested I call him this morning, since the check should be cleared (or not) by then.
    Thank you for enabling me to share this with other artists.

    • The check from Rural California Broadcasting (don’t know what his connection is to this organization) did indeed bounce and I’m glad to say that my paintings are still in my possession, but this been a very stressful few days.

  • I just received the typical Jackson Banks scam. I played along telling him I would be responsible for crating & shipping. He wanted his own shipper anyway at his cost, which he would include in my check. Then I would pay his shipper. He is now on my spam alert email list.

  • Zev Rubin or Rubin Zev is still at it. None of the correspondence ever added up. I had not heard from him for two weeks and didn’t push the sale bc it seem rather shady. Then yesterday, he caught me off guard when he sent me a cashiers check for $1900 over the amount of the asking price. The check looks completely fake and it was then I realized it was a scam and felt like an idiot for not seeing it before when I reviewed the correspondence. He’s been emailing saying the check had cleared and to get in touch with him ASAP. He’s just texted me and I’m ignoring as I want to pass on to the FBI. Anyone else have luck with law enforcement?

    From: Zev Rubin
    Sent: 16 October 2018 05:23
    Subject: Price inquiry

    My name is Zev Rubin from Washington, DC. I was looking for a gift item online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your product within the price range of $500 – $5,000, I could be flexible with price.

    Thank you and regards,

    Rubin.

  • So happy to have found this article! You’ve helped me safe time and prevented possible headaches!
    My Email that was received earlier today.

    Name: richard stankov
    Email Address: r.stankovinc@gmail.com
    Subject: inquiry
    Message: Am interested in your pieces , do you ship to Switzerland and accept US issued credit card as payment?, you will contact my shipper who handles all of my shipment, they pick up the items at your location and deliver directly to my store doorstep without hassle. Let me know if i can e-mail you what am interested in ordering.

    • I received the same email as yours earlier this week – visitors of my Website can only contact me via a “form” so I was wondering if this email was legitimate or not.

    • I just received the identical email! Thank heavens for Google.

  • I want to report pottertaylor5050@gmail.com as a SCAM.
    He has contacted me over the last 2 days to buy art for his wife. I sent images and prices and also my address and cell # for his check to be sent. I got an odd feeling after the emails seemed to repeat themselves and emailed him saying I could not do business with him. I’m worried about him having my personal contact info now. Any suggestions welcome.

  • I have been getting emails from a Potter Taylor just as you have described. I am so pleased I read your web site before being too gullible.

    • So have I … Im pleased I checked it out. It didnt feel right when I received the first email ….. see below:

      HELLO
      >
      > Good Day,I Am Potter Taylor from NC,I am writing to inquire about your
      > work which i actually observed my wife viewing on my computer.i must
      > confess you got a unique and amazing piece i love it all. my wife is
      > an artwork lover in all it divine and i can see she has interest in
      > your work. i wanna surprise her by purchasing a beautiful glass
      > artwork to gift my wife from your collections as her birthday and our
      > wedding anniversary is fast approaching please you can get to me on
      > available work on my email (pottertaylor5050@gmail.com) Cheers
      >
      > Potter

  • I’ve just had Jon Jurick try his luck on me but his appalling English gave him away pretty quick !
    Avoid that idiot !!! Thank you for your advise and alerting post as I googled him to see what I could find and found your website 👍🏻💪🏻🙏🏻

  • Misha, I think we had the same guy he goes now under the name Andrew Jeffrey, almost exact same message. I had a strange odd feeling about his first email. Still replied to check and after that a very odd email back, my intuition was correct, it is a scam. Thank you for the article, it helped to uncover the guy. And hopefully, it can help other artists out there to.

    This is the email I got:
    Greetings,

    My name is Andrew Jeffrey from Cincinnati OH.. I actually observe, my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, 🙂 You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..

    Thanks and best regards..

    • Dear Esther,

      Your observation was a great help, just so you know! I had an inquiry this eve. by one “Jackson Banks” (you’d think he’d be smart enough to change that name) in place of the name in the note you received… but written same, verbatim.
      Anyway, thank you for noting that – helping another painter avoid the trouble!

      Charles Swisher

    • We got the same exact email. Thank you for posting this.

  • Name: potter carlos

    Email: pottercarlos501@gmail.com

    Comment: Hello,
    How are you doing? Guess you business is going smoothly? Well, my name is Potter. Me and my wife were going through some artwork pictures and somehow reached your page, after seeing your various works, i give you accolades!!! Quite an insane level of creativity you got. I am interested in purchasing a piece as SURPRISE GIFT for her, I would really love to receive further information if you would be kind enough to confirm the availability of the art pieces ready for immediate sales. Thank you and my best regards. Potter Carlos

  • here’s a new one
    Good morning Eileen,

    Am really amazed visiting your website seeing your beautiful paintings.

    Am inquiring about the below paintings if it’s still available for purchase…

    Fulton House 1770 & Emerald Greens & Fair Skies & Downstream Flow.

    Have a wonderful day and i will be expecting your email with more details and prices.

    Jon Jurick
    jonjurick@aol.com

    Hi Eileen,

    Thanks for your reply, regarding the prices I have seen it with your reply. Yes I am truly interested in purchasing.

    I want you to know that I am purchasing the paintings for a Wedding Anniversary and it really need to get to my destination because the date of the Anniversary is around the corner.

    I am purchasing this for myself and my family purpose, I know my wife will definitely like it because she love everything about Art & Sculpture and this is the time to fulfill my promises to her.

    Below are the paintings I choose…
    DownhIll Flow

    Fair Skies

    Emerald Greens

    Taylor House

    Concerning the payment, the payment I am 100% sure about is to send you a Cashiers check/Personal check or transfer the money into your bank account for the total amount, base on the advise given via my bank.

    it will be better to discuss the payment and the shipping on Skype either verbally or typing due to the urgent of the anniversary, if possible it will be better to view the artworks on Skype Video.

    My location and address of delivering are below..

    475 River Road
    Titusville, NJ 08560
    USA

    My Skype name is jonjurick I am available throughout today on Skype to discuss and conclude.

    If you don’t have a Skype name kindly go to http://www.skype.com and register with Skype then download it and fix a time to Skype today.

    Cheers,
    Jon Jurick
    551-333-6731
    jonjurick@aol.com

    Eileen,

    Sorry I have stop using PayPal. The payment I listed are the only way to pay you.

    Jon Jurick

  • We received the same email from Mark Bruce, mbruce7881@gmail.com with the wife and 20th anniversary line. Something seemed fishy so we googled his email and found this article. He is still scamming so be careful out there!

  • This info was very helpful; thank you!
    Adding another to the list:
    Richard Stankov from Switzerland who wanted to arrange with his own shipping company and do this asap
    “Concerning the shipping , the likes of UPS, DHL and others always don’t take care of the charges down here. Charges like handling,customs and duties etc. We have experienced such situation before and i don’t want to experience such thing again,you do not need to worry about the stress involve and all documentations because i have a shipping company that have delivered to me in the past,i really like their services so i will like you to contact them about the shipping.”

  • What is the safest way to get payment for a work of art from someone you don’t know and found it on your website
    Thanks

  • First…Thank you so much Agora Gallery for the article and the comments below… you rock!!!!! By using goggle to find a “Potter Dennis living in SC”, I found you and this wonderful crazy discussion board!!! It seems Potter likes glass, sculpture and art…an equal opportunity scammer!!!!

    Here is my email from the rotten chump…
    Greetings!
    My name is Potter Dennis from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Potter

    and yes I answered him…and this is rotten chump’s reply…

    Hello Misha,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $500- $1500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing
    Potter

    Glad I didn’t waste anymore of my art time!!! Thanks again Agora Gallery, I truly appreciate you!!!!!!!

    • Thanks, I should have looked at your site before diddling around with this scammer.
      I kept pushing him for more info and did not reveal mine. Finally told him…not interested and
      haven’t heard from him.

  • I was contacted by a scammer two months ago “benson cameron” and just received this two days ago- seems sketchy..

    Hello I was checking on goggle post and I came across your contact, I need some art work,paints,prints,drawings, sculptures for my new home. I am an oceanographer and I work mostly on sea kindly get back to me with your or an art portfolio station which i can view your works and i might have interest . lemme know if u are willing to work .. thanks

    Email: kelvinmorgan727@gmail.com

  • Thank you, this article and all the comments have been very useful! I just Googled ‘Jackson W Howard’ after receiving a suspicious sounding email from him, and found this page and it looks like someone else got the same email (and the wording of the message is similar to other emails with a different name also), so obviously a complete scam – I will ignore!

    Here is a copy of what I received:

    Greetings! My name is Jackson Howard from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £500 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. And also,Payment method is through Bank Cheque.
    Thanks and best regards.
    JH.

    • I got exactly the same message! Thank you very much for sharing

    • I got this exact same email too. Glad I googled him first.

    • I got this too.
      Greetings! My name is Jackson Howard from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £500 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. And also,Payment method is through Bank Cheque.
      Thanks and best regards.
      JH.
      I replied and got an order for £800 of art. Going to do further checks.

    • Yes I got the same, thank you for sharing. No art has been sent, nor will it be.

  • Hi All
    Thank you Agora Gallery for hosting,
    I have also had emails from “Peter Weston” in the midst of a big arts festival in our town so I was replying to lots of legitimate enquiries & sales so I did not realize at first it was a scam until I had sent my customary invoice out & then got the sob story/ overpayment story. Does anyone know what the correct form is now? I have alerted my bank etc but should I reply to the email saying that I know it is a scam or just stop contact? Is there any other authority that we should all be alerting?
    Thanks so much for your assistance
    M-L

  • I received this email from David Martinez of Austin Texas.
    Claimed his wife had favorited a painting on his laptop and he wants to buy it as a surprise for their Anniversary.

    te it, sorry for the late response I am an ocean engineer and have been working offshore for the past couple days with no internet connection, am still interested in getting the piece and I want you to know that I understand the problems with check, but have been working as an ocean engineer offshore for years and my wife manages the finances including the credit cards and checking account. I can hardly surprise with a gift once its placed on our credit card or bank account.

    I am sending a cashiers check to ensure the surprise stays a surprise, I am okay with the price for the piece and shipping. I also know that the check needs to clear before the piece is mailed out no problems with that. I would appreciate your help with this little surprise. We have different types of art collection and it would be nice to add this to it, so kindly send the quote for the piece and shipping. I received your mailing address and contact number and will have the payment processed out to you,the check would be a cashiers check so it okay you will have nothing to worry about or certified bank check,

    Do have a great day
    David Martinez.

  • Im grateful for the article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  • Where do I send the email of the scammer?

    • Hi Marisa,

      Feel welcome to post the email message here in the comments so other people will find it!

      Thank you!

  • I received this from a supposed Martin Lucas this week, so you can already see some similarities in the name of the sender, here is the message. “I’m interested in one of your piece within the price range of $500 to $2000 I’m buying it as surprise gift for my wife marking our 20th upcoming wedding anniversary. Also do you accept payment via cashier’s check? I’ll look forward to hearing from you.”
    What I did was respond back by asking him which piece spurred his interest and where he had seen my work, “which gallery, show or website.” I got an email response that was identical to the initial inquiry and responded in a similar fashion as I has initially. I heard nothing more.

  • I recieved this today, via my website. I am not answering it: I googled the name and came up short.

    Name:
    potter taylor
    Email:
    pottertaylor5050@gmail.com
    Subject:
    purchase enquiry
    Message:
    Hello Good Day,I Am Potter Taylor from north carolina,I am writing to enquire about your work which i actually observed my wife viewing on my computer. i must confess you got absolutely unique sculptures and i love it all. my wife is an artwork lover in all it divine and i can see she has interest in your work. i wanna surprise her by purchasing a beautiful sculpture artwork from your collections as her birthday and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching please you can get to me on available work on my email (pottertaylor5050@gmaill.com) Cheers Potter

    This message was submitted from your website contact form:
    http://www.fionalegg.com/contact-us.html

    Use your free GoDaddy Email Marketing Starter account to follow up with contacts who agreed to receive email campaigns! Click here to get started.

    • Apparently Potter Taylor and his wife are also fans of my glass…lol… Exactly the same email (with glass instead of sculpture) and email address.

      • Me too, about my glasswork- today! At least it got me motivated to update my works for sale page lol!

    • I read your article and I was very glad to see the same email I got. I replied and got this answer:

      Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
      could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
      budget $450- $4,500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
      within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
      your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
      that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
      available works in that range.
      Thanks and blessing

      Potter

      • I’ve been hearing from this Potter Taylor character, too, this week… same message as above. Other artists have told me the same thing. Going to block him.

        • What comes around, goes around I guess.
          I got the same scamming email from “potter taylor 5050” too.

          Thanks for posting, everybody.

      • I have also received the same mail from a Potter Tailor yesterday! Thank you all for sharing this information. He writes that he is a ocean engineer will soon move to Philippines! He wants to surprise his wife who loves my glass sculptures!!! Unfortunately I had already sent him a couple of photos but no more…

    • Potter Taylor likes and his wife are fans of my wood sculpture….same email and email address. Did you know they’re moving to the Philippines soon?

    • Yep! Just got the same email. We are a glassblowing studio in Atlanta…

  • Thank you for posting this blog, I was uneasy with the email but confirmed scammer from your article and comments

    peter_weston@outlook.com

    Hello Tracy
    First of all i would like to say a very big thank you to you for your reply and response as regards my inquiry for your work,i
    am so sorry as i should have responded earlier but i have a sick father i have been taking care of,please note that this is what i would be interested in below so please let me know if it’s in stock and if i made a good choice

    (2x links to art on my website)

    Secondly i would like to know If its possible for me to arrange shipping/pick up through a private shipment broker i trust and have worked with or you would prefer shipping yourself and also is payment through a cheque or bank draft okay and fine by you,so that as soon as it has cleared and funds have been made available to you,you can then proceed with releasing the items for shipping or pick up depending on what you want and also if the payment proposal is okay and fine by you,please provide me with the following details

    1)Names to be wriiten on the payment

    2)Address for the payment to be sent to

    3)Phone numbers inclusive of mobile and landline just in case for shipping

    Finally please do let me know if i am eligible for any discounts but if not,then no problem,i hope to hear from you soonest so that we can make the necessary
    arrangements and proceed from there,thank you very much for your time and i really look forward to hearing from you soonest.
    Regards
    Peter

    Peter Weston
    250 Ormsby Road East NW,
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Canada

    • I received exactly the same email from ‘Peter Weston’ this week!
      I also felt uneasy about it and was very glad to find this article. Thank you

  • I received an email from “Mark Thompson” yesterday. Since I have been scammed a few times, I’ve learned to do a Search BEFORE Replying to emails requesting for Artworks to be purchased. Today’s Search has led me here. Continue to be careful. I’ve received fake Checks, Money Orders, addresses, etc. It’s ridiculous how some people only think of themselves. Don’t get discouraged. I know we all want our dreams to come true, but any signs of desperation become a weakness.

    • I just received an email from Mark Thompson on Dec 7, 2018. Something seemed a bit off about “unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address”. My website is the domain name in the email so that didn’t make any sense. I have not confirmed it is a scam but if I do I will update here with the full email.

  • Same email from Potter Dennis. Was able to find this post after searching the name so many thanks! Checked the website stats and located him in Nigeria not US as his email suggested. I was suspicious as there was no subject line on the contact form but he referred to it in email. Thanks again for this post.

    Your Name: potter dennis

    Your Email: mailto:PotterDennis101@gmail.com

    Comment: Greetings!
    My name is Potter Dennis from SC. I actually observed my
    wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen
    your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to
    receive further information about your piece of work and what
    inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in
    subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability
    for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Potter .

    • I got this same exact email. It was worded just oddly enough that I decided to google his email address and it came up with about a dozen website listing him as a scammer. Glad I checked. Art sales are always nice…. but always nice to check into things first.

    • Got the same one from Potter Dennis too! Here’s his reply to my initial message:
      Hello Peter,
      Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
      could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
      budget $500- $1500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
      within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
      your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
      that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
      available works in that range.
      Thanks and blessing

  • Thank you for this information. I have been targeted for the fourth time by scammers.

    This time the name is Mark Thompson —email: tmark7881@gmail.com

  • Received this email today from an unverified visitor to my website:
    Email: pasmith080@gmail.com

    Website:

    Comment: Greetings,
    My name is Paul Smith from Dallas Texas.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and pricelist of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000)..

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Paul.

    • Hi Lynda,

      I also received the same email from this same address a few days ago, and then received a follow up today confirming the sale, with a long story. Thanks for posting this, as it makes me aware it’s likely a scam.

      Lynda

    • Thanks for the heads up. This one is still live nearly two years later…same name and exact text.

  • Hi everyone,

    Our online art gallery got an email from Karen Kuhr at karen.kuhr2@gmail.com, asking if the artwork is for sale and if we accept credit cards via PayPal and Square… I replied saying yes we do to which she replied that her bank/credit card doesn’t work with PayPal and Square. SHe requested we set up “merchants and i can provide you with names for you to set up so we can make use of. I will take care of the charges.”

    I knew it was a scam because I asked her what particular artwork she is interested in and she avoided to answer then finally replied “Kindly send me artwork of $3,000 or less” we sell contemporary artwork from established artists, if someone is more interested in your payment processing procedure than an actual artwork its fishy! Beware of Karen Kuhr at karen.kuhr2@gmail.com

  • Hello all! There is a scam email going around from Anthony Bruce claiming to be one Agora’s representatives offering jobs! It was clearly a scam and that person is not even an employee of the gallery. Watch out and never share your personal info with strangers!

    • Hi and thank you for letting us know about this!

      We confirm that Agora Gallery does not have an employee named Anthony Bruce nor that it has sent any inquiries like the one mentioned here! In the future, if you want to check the authenticity of any request, please contact us at info@agora-gallery.com

    • If you happen to receive an email like the one below, from seitelbaum@gmail.com claiming to be Antony Bruce and depsycry07@gmail.com claiming to be Anderson B., please be sure it’s a scam! We are working now on reporting it to the government authorities.

      “HELLO…
      Working 3 Hours In A Week At Your Convenient Time And Earning $450 Weekly Allowance. For More Details, Reply If You’re Interested. Thanks

      Antony Bruce.”

      “ASAP WANTED!!
      3 Hours Working At Convenient Time And You Earning $450 Allowance Weekly. Reply For More Details, If You’re Interested.
      Thanks
      Anderson B.”

      “I’m an agent to Agora Art Gallery located at New York and am very glad to read back from you, but we setting up a new office nearby your location soon. That’s why am looking for a P/assistant to render simple task to my client at your location in my behalf.

      I currently out of town on a business trip, so paper work and interview won’t be necessary before starts the task but your loyalty, sincerity is what necessary to me, and we going to meet in person when i returned soon.

      TASK TO BE RENDER ARE LISTED BELOW:..
      1. Pick Up Mini Artwork Package Nearby Post Office.
      2. Deliver The Mini Artwork Package To Campus Client.
      3. Receive Artwork Materials And Tools From The Supplier.
      NOTE: PAYMENT’ $450 Weekly Allowance.

      Working for 3 hours in a week at convenient time, depends on your time schedule. This can be long term deal if your first task perfectly done, and your transport expensive will be return if you don’t have personal car.

      And if it’s to send you upfront task allowance and packages, how your name should appear on the Slip, and where to mail it? Kindly Provide The Following Details About Yourself Below:.

      Your Name:
      Contact Address:
      NOT P.O BOX
      City:
      State:
      Zip Code:
      Cell Phone:
      Age:
      Sex:
      Profession:
      Email Address:

      Regards,
      Fernando Gibson”

  • Thanks for posting this. Sure enough, this person just tried the same shipping overpayment scam with our gallery. However, this time they are actually trying to get me to charge a credit card for a large shipping charge, which they expect me to then pay out to their shippers.

    Name Given: Karen Kuhr
    Email used: juliet johnson – johnsonjuliet0098@gmail.com
    Name on Credit Card: Michael Fort

    They even provided a “signed letter from Michael” authorizing the charge.

  • What do you think …scam y/n??

    (from Franc Gregori)

    Hello Andre,

    we just came across an image of one of your paintings online and my wife really liked what she saw.

    I am not sure if the contact details we saw online are accurate, in particular if you are based in xxxxxx.

    Amazingly my wife worked as teacher there so it would be quite easy for us to call round and see some of your work when she is next down your way.

    Are you happy for people to do that?

    If so is there are time of the year when you will be away?

    With best wishes

    Franc

  • Thank you for this post. I have just received the second email that just didn’t “seem quite right”. This one is from Phil Kenny,Washington, DC & I found your information confirming my suspicions. Since sizes & prices are on my website & that is the information they requested, I find it highly unlikely that they have ever looked at my art!

  • Hi – we just got this email today, purporting to be from a Jackson W Howard (phoenixttm@outlook.com) – practically identical to a number of the recent scam emails others have sent:
    “Greetings! My name is Jackson Howard from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of €500 to €5.000 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. And also,Payment method is through Bank Check.
    Thanks and best regards.
    JH.”
    Needless to say, we cannot locate anyone by this name. So this scammer and his email address have been added to the junk mail black list!

    • Oh no! My email sounds very similar to this. Knew it was too good to be true 🙁 What do you guys think? Same person?

      “My name is Jackson Banks from California. I actually
      observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop
      and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also
      impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,
      You are doing a great job. I would
      like to purchase one of LORE Series “Bridge Over
      Trolled Water”, as a surprise to my wife on our
      anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept CHECK as mode
      of Payment.”

  • Same experience for anyone viewing:

    Add:
    Annabelbrooks24@gmail.com to the list. Below is the received.

    Hello,
    My name is Annabel Brooks from Los Angeles, California. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to my wife and I anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $800 to $3000.
    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.
    Thanks and Best Regards.
    Brooks

  • My husband received an email from Potter Dennis the other day, which is similar in content to the ones that others have posted below. My husband and Potter exchanged several emails, but fortunately, my husband is out of town and said that he couldn’t send this guy any photos or info until he returned. Since we have been the targets of scams before, I always look up whatever info is provided to us on the internet to see what scams are currently active. However, this time I decided to search for this guy on Facebook and found a posting about an Art Scam with Potter Dennis. Then I found this website, and sure enough, Potter Dennis has a long history of trying to scam artists. Below is how you can recognize this guy:

    On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 6:37 AM wrote:
    >
    >> Greetings!
    >> My name is Potter Dennis from SC. I actually observed my
    >> wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    >> likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen
    >> your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to
    >> receive further information about your piece of work and what
    >> inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in
    >> subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability
    >> for immediate sales.
    >> Thanks and best regards,
    >> Potter .
    >> Sent by, potter dennis

    Hello Potter,
    >
    > Thank you for reaching out. Which piece are you interested in purchasing?
    >
    > Sincerely,
    Hello ,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1500- $4000 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing
    Potter.

  • Add a ” Karen Kuhr ” at karen.kuhr2@gmail.com to the list.

    She has been contacting several of the artists we represent with: “i want to inquire which of your works is available for sale? Is there a Catalog or Gallery or Link i can check?” followed up with “I just informed my personal assistant to arrange the payment for the Check. i will be sending a check for the price of the Artwork + Additional money for my movers that will be picking up the Artwork at your end. So when the check clears, you will remove your money for the Artworks and you will help me to send the additional funds to my movers that will be picking it up at your end. ”

    I am hoping with the exact words and name out there that someone searching will find this helpful article.

    • Thank you this is very helpful the same person contacted our gallery and was trying to scam us too! I have a feeling it was not right and looked her name up! Thanks for posting I am sure she is doing this to other galleries as well

    • Thank you. I copy-pasted “I want to inquire which of your works is available for sale? Is there a Catalog or Gallery or Link i can check?” into Google and found your comment on this article. Thank you for sharing it and helping me avoid a headache. And thank you very much, Agora!

  • Hello,

    I’m in Scotland and got the same scam, ( wife’s anniversary etc). The email is manojs2615@yahoo.com. Got as far as him sending me a large cheque. Have notified the police.

    Lesson learned.

    Alan

  • I just got the same like information from a guy name Tanksley Anglin. says he is an Ocean engineer and that he wants to buy two of my paintings for a surprise wedding anniversary for his wife. He said his brother was sending a check to arrive this past monday. It didnt. Then he said Wed. and it didnt. As soon as his check comes if it does I am sending it back. Did not like the sound of this and so thankful I found your web site on scams for artists.

    • I just received the same email 😔 he almost had me

  • Hi
    I got this email from Lisa.
    According to one of the previos postings this is not a scam… but it is expensive to submit a photo (USD$20) or four photos (USD$30)

    Hi Leonardo,
    I was just reviewing the Instagram submission you did recently. Based on the quality of your artwork I would like to invite you to enter our magazine competition!
    This means you will be entered into the next and final selection-round of our competition to be featured in the printed version of the October 2018 edition of the magazine. You can view our last 4 editions by clicking here.
    Please send me more samples of your work as soon as possible using the form in the link below.
    https://1340art.formstack.com/forms/competitionq4b2
    Lisa Harris
    Curator 1340ART Magazine

    • Oh yes, I’ve had loads of them. Considering they want you to pay £30 for each image submitted to just be CONSIDERED for the magazine, that should set alarm bells off that it is a scam. Also no one outside of New York would be able to varify the magazine actually gets printed. They don’t even have an online version. I hate that people prey on artists’ insecurities and the hope that someone will love their art, especially as a rich artist is so incredibly rare they are probably on an endangered list. I’m glad us artists all support each other.

  • Adding another art scammer to the list: Dennis Potter from SC
    The e-mail: potterdennis101@gmail.com

    And his approach is exactly the same as so many below (contacted my company through website on July 2018):

    Greetings! My name is Potter Dennis from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks and best regards, Potter .

    Be aware of this imaginary ‘buyer’.

  • Hi,
    Mark Thompson tried to take me for a few thousand dollars as well! Watch out with this guy! If you get an email from him, avoid it like the plague!
    Here are the original emails:

    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $1000- $10,000, I could be flexible with price.

    –Mark Thompson (tmark7881@gmail.com)

    Hello Al,
    How are you doing today, My shipping agent is due in the U.S sometime this week. So i have contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you right away. This is done to avoid delay or any inconvenience that may arise from his part and to allow check to clear before pick up. However, courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…Kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance to the shipping agent. As i do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this transaction, that is why all funds are made available to you. As an aside, they are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

    I am really sorry for the mix up and will appreciate if you get back to me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction. I will be waiting to read from you soon.

    Best Regards,
    Mark.

    Mark Thompson (tmark7881@gmail.com)

    • I
      I just heard from this guy. I was suspicious immediately because a similar person tried this a few years ago. I googled his name and an article came up immediately posted by another artist. he didn’t get too far with me fortunately . i hate to be taken for a fool!

  • Name: Joe Henson

    Email Address: joehen052@gmail.com

    Subject: ARTWORK INQUIRY

    Message: Hello,
    My name is Joe Henson from Virginia.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact and works while searching and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your inventory that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $10,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards..*

  • Adding another to the list: Andrew Baines

    Hello there,
    My name is Andrew from Miami FL and was looking for some artworks online and i found your contact while searching.
    I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.
    Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000
    I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Andrew

    ———–
    Hello Caro,
    How are you doing today and i appreciate your response.
    I may not be specific as to what kind of painting but i saw that my wife was checking your work on my PC and
    i can tell you must be of Interest to her and that is why i decided to message.

    However,it could be any color but medium size or large is preferred .. I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed piece within my budget ready for immediate sale…
    Just need something within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes your work).
    I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.

    Thanks and blessings.

    ————–
    Hello Caroline,
    Thanks for the message, and I hope my message find you well..I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece
    (Golden accent, Anna & Dove of peace)
    If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching.
    So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise. As regarding payment,
    I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and PayPal transaction.
    So i would authorize a check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box).
    Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up
    of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would ruin the surprise for this event)..
    You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most. I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but i am actually going offshore and
    won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…
    trying to kill two birds with a stone. 🙂

    Warm regards,
    Andrew

    —————
    Hello Caro, I am willing to proceed with the purchase but my major concern is having to send the check to UK. I have been told by my account officer that it may take up to 3weeks for the check to clear. Unlike having to send it to within the US. I’d like to know if you have a colleague or an affiliate in the US who can receive the check on your behalf and by so doing, I have been told it won’t take less than 3business days for it to clear and we can proceed to pick up immediately.
    Please try to make contact and see if you have someone in the US who can receive the check on your behalf.

    Thanks and blessings

  • Adding another to this list

    Hello

    Good Day,I Am Thomas wayne from north carolina,i actually observed my wife viewing your work on my computer i must confess your work is absolutely beautiful and i love it all my wife is an artwork lover in all it divine colorful,life and beauty of nature and it seems she has interest in your work. i will like to surprise her by purchase a beautiful artwork from your collections as our wedding anniversary is coming up please you can get back to me on available work on my email (thomaswayne5000050000@gmail.com) I would
    greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed
    original piece within my budget $450- $4,500 ready for immediate
    sale… Just need something within that price range for a surprise
    to my wife (can tell she likes your work). I would appreciate if you
    can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose.
    Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that
    range.
    Cheers

    Thomas

  • To add another to the list.

    I recently received an email from Kevin Spiker matching the text in several of the comments listed below:
    Dear Duffy,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Dublin, Ireland soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching by August. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying Chilled Rose Acrylic 30 x 24 $1,585 as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,

    Kevin.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your Information:

    Full name (you want the check payable to):
    Contact address (preferably for fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to:
    Cell phone number:
    So I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

  • Greetings Agora Gallery Team!

    I read your article thoroughly and absolutely loved it. It is very sad too see that even Art is not free of scams and the fraudulent have put their dirty hands in here as well.

    It is very good for me to know this, as I also own a blog where I talk solely on scams, as I really want to help people to avoid them in their life. Thank you for this amazing article, and I will surely come back again here.

    -Heku
    workhomenoscams.com

  • I am an artist in South Korea.
    Yesterday, I received an email(disposable email address, ***********.guerrillamail@com)

    I am K.Westwood and I am in charge of planning and managing the Asia Exhibition at the Hammer Museum attached to CLA. Mr.noh, we are very inspired by your paintings. It is planning an exhibition for a young and brilliant artist. Also, we would like to buy your picture. Our support for new artists like you is generous. Is it possible to visit us?

    I sent an email to the Hammer Museum, but they have not given me an answer yet.
    Do you think this is a new type of an art scam?

  • I’m an artist in South Korea.
    Yesterday, I received an email(the email address is disposable, ********.guerrillamail@com)

    I am K.Westwood and I am in charge of planning and managing the Asia Exhibition at the Hammer Museum attached to CLA. Mr.noh, we are very inspired by your paintings. It is planning an exhibition for a young and brilliant artist. Also, we would like to buy your picture. Our support for new artists like you is generous. Is it possible to visit us?

    Do you think this is a new type of an art scam?
    I sent this context to the Hammer Museum, but they have not given me an answer, yet.

  • I am an artist in South Korea.
    Yesterday, I received an email(disposable email address, ds3hu…..@guerrillamail.com)

    I am K.Westwood and I am in charge of planning and managing the Asia Exhibition at the Hammer Museum attached to CLA. Mr. noh, we are very inspired by your paintings. It is planning an exhibition for a young and brilliant artist. Also, we would like to buy your picture. Our support for new artists like you is generous. Is it possible to visit us?

    Is this a new type of an art scam?

  • I am an artist in South Korea.
    Yesterday, I received an e-mail(disposable e-mail address, ds3hu********sf4v6g@guerrillamail.com)

    I am K.Westwood and I am in charge of planning and managing the Asia Exhibition at the Hammer Museum attached to CLA. Mr. noh, we are very inspired by your paintings. It is planning an exhibition for a young and brilliant artist. Also, we would like to buy your picture. Our support for new artists like you is generous. Is it possible to visit us?

    Is this a new type of an art scam?

  • Hi and thank you for this article. I am currently being approached by someone who is ‘looking to purchase art quickly for his wife’s anniversary’ and who happens to be from Texas but is in the process of moving to Canada….so it hits the examples you give on the nose.

    His email contact is bobryan202020@gmail.com. The name corresponds to what he uses, but everything else looks fishy. He also makes alot of spelling mistakes….. If you have heard of him, pls let me know!

    Thank you very much!!

  • “Greetings,
    My name is Nick Doug from Ohio.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..
    Thanks and best regards..”

    Came through a contact form. Awkward English, plus IP address mapping to Atlanta, Georgia (says “Nick” from Ohio) caused me to Google it. Yup, nickdoug7@gmail.com is a known scammer. Thank you!

  • A new scam for me— “Dave” texted me from ‭ (267) 775-1392‬ saying he wants art mural done for his wife in my city. I call him and it’s a google voice call ?? And it says the caller is not available but to leave meaaage. He continued to text me and even sent an address in my city. When I looked it up it showed for sale. He said he’s moving but recovering from an accident in Pontiac, Michigan. Getting suspicious now! Wants to pay ASAP for a service not even rendered. Blocked him !

    • I just received a text from Dave for event planning services same number

      • Tomas – so did I…”Dave” is having a family reunion and he is stressed about it. So he wants me to handle everything.
        He has a budget of 30,000 dollars to spend. His colors for the event are white and navy blue. AND there will be 150 to 200 “guests” at his family reunion. Also, he wants to assure me all the payment will be paid. LOL. I could tell it was a scam by the text and items he stated he wanted at the event. So bizarre!!!

  • Recently, I got an email that raised a few red flags. A Renata Wilson contacted me from “rd232621@gmail.com” (which is weird, bc the contact name in the “to:” is Robert Dennis). Her language was a little off and the way she responded to me was as if she didn’t read what I wrote and instead copy/pasted pre-written sentences (the formatting of the email also looked like a copy and paste). I played along and she requested that I use a courier of her choice to ship to Hungary.

    from: Renata

    Thank you for the message yes i want black sheep but how much is the
    total of the arts and i do not know the courier or shipping method you
    are planning to use but i must be honest with you it is a different
    ball game with delivery here which i think could be the
    same in most places due to the deteriorating economy all over the world.

    We pay additional fee at the delivery point here in Hungary because
    the couriers will never bring the package to ones house. Couriers
    like FedEx, UPS, DHL are not worth it here especially USPS and TNT all
    of them are not rendering good service here probably because they have
    already made names and well known.

    Please you can contact this courier http://www.costaexpressdelivery.com
    (costaexpresdelivery@gmail.com or contact@costaexpressdelivery.com )
    with the weight/cost of the artwork and request the shipping and
    insurance cost to my address because they ship and deliver safely
    without having any issues with customs or loss of package.

    Furthermore unlike other couriers they will deliver to someones door
    step without requesting any further payment at the point of delivery.

    With other couriers the package will not be delivered to your address
    rather you will have to go to their office to pick it up and when you
    get there you will be asked to pay additional money before collecting
    it.

    I hope you get the shipping cost as soon as you can and total it up
    with the cost of the artwork so that you can send me PayPal invoice
    to do the PayPal payment before the shipment is sent out.

    I will be looking forward to hearing from you asap.

    Thanks.

    Renata Wilson
    Miskolc,Szentpáli u 2-6,
    3525 Hungary
    00364656111.

    Regard.

    If you go to the courier website she listed, it is a working site. However, I did a google search of the shipping company’s phone number and THIS THREAD POPPED UP! It’s the same number used for “Pavet Express” shipping which a few others below mentioned (and also “GrannExpress Delivery Service).

    • I recently got an email from Cynthia via the adres: rd232621@gmail.com
      “Name: Cynthia

      Email: rd232621@gmail.com

      Comment: Good Day,
      How is everything with you? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?.

      I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation.

      Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either PayPal or Visa Card or Master Card for payment?

      Furthermore you can email me your recently updated website or art price list in your response.
      Best Regards.
      Cynthia.”

      I thought the adres was to weird to be from a legitimate person. After checking my web-analytics I found out that this person was probably emailing me from Nigeria. And a google search brought me here. Thought it would be relevant to share that these people are still active.

  • Thank you for this article! I received a similar inquiry and thought it was suspicious…it sounds all too familiar to the others:
    Greetings!
    My name is Thomas Jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field
    above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Thomas

    • I just got one too. Thanks for the head’s up, I appreciate your post.

      Name: thomas jeff
      Email Address: thomasjeff10000001000000@gmail.com
      Subject: artwork inquiry
      Message: Greetings!
      My name is Thomas Jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has
      been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your
      piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various
      works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive
      further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I
      am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field
      above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for
      immediate sales.
      Thanks and best r

  • Thanks for your article, it helped as I’ve had 2 scammers recently. The same person with the story about the wife liking the art and another wanting my art and said they would pay immediately and they didn’t pay at all.

  • THANK GOODNESS FOR AGORA!!!!! AT THE MOST STRATEGIC PLACE I GOOGLED MARK THOMPSON, FOUND A LEGITIMATE OCEAN ENGINEER AND THEN FOUND AGORA’S BLOG ABOUT SCAM. NEXT TO IT!!!!

    #1 from Mark Thompson 2/2 2:18 p.m. EDT

    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

    My reply 2/2 3:12 p.m. EDT:

    Thank you for your kind letter.

    The website is http://www.dobreeadams.com for tapestries with photographs.
    The website of photographs is http://www.dobreeadams.com/dobreegallery/.

    If you are serious about a potential purchase, please choose one piece and I will give you availability, dimensions, and price.

    Please understand that you will have to prove that your interest is legitimate. My antennae are out for spam requests.

    If you are not genuinely interested, please reframe from answering this reply and make no further inquiries.

    Sincerely,

    Dobree Adams

    #2 7/3 4:32 a.m. EDT

    Dear Dobree,
    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Ireland soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying The BLOODROOT art piece as a gift to her. Let me know the last firm price you are selling this to me, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,
    Mark.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for FedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    My reply without the images of the two handwoven tapestries 7/3 2:28 p.m. EDT:

    Mark,

    All of a sudden I am confused….

    I had done of series of three tapestries called BLOOD & ROOTS. They are all gone but this made me think you were interested in a tapestry.

    These are two I had in mind immediately.

    They are the same width, but SADO is 11 inches longer.

    Both are from work inspired by Japanese aesthetics and culture.

    SADO means following the way of tea. This one is very effective from a distance.

    ISHI (stone) comes from a series of five inspired by the materials the Japanese use in building. I had in mind the stone pathway leading to a tea house.

    Let me know how you feel about these.

    I know it needs to feel RIGHT.

    SADO 72 x 24 $1,950.

    ISHI 61 x 24 $1,575.

    THEN I was double-checking which image you were referring to and realized it might have been a PHOTOGRAPH instead of a tapestry! There is one named BLOODROOT.

    Dobree

    #3 7/3 9:05 p.m. EDT

    Hello Dobree,
    Thanks for keeping in touch, Our anniversary is fast approaching and I am not able to do a commissioned piece due to the little time frame. Our anniversary is coming up July 30th. I checked on your website and i must say i love your work. I never knew the painting was SOLD, since it was not indicated if it’s available or not. I will secure the SADO 72 x 24 $1,950.00 art piece.

    In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for FedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    Best,
    Mark.

    My reply 7/3 10:10 p.m. EDT

    Mark,

    Sadly you are very present on the Internet as an art scam artist with exactly the same story that you emailed me.

    I am disappointed that you did not understand that I smelled a rat in the first place.

    I Googled Mark Thompson ocean engineer and found your exact story many times.

    This is the end.

    Artists have enough trouble surviving without being taken to the cleaners by scam artists.

    Dobree Adams

  • THANK GOODNESS FOR ARGOSY!!!!! AT THE MOST STRATEGIC PLACE I GOOGLED MARK THOMPSON, FOUND A LEGITIMATE OCEAN ENGINEER AND THEN FOUND ARGOSY’S BLOG ABOUT SCAM. NEXT TO IT!!!!

    #1 from Mark Thompson 2/2 2:18 p.m. EDT

    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

    My reply 2/2 3:12 p.m. EDT:

    Thank you for your kind letter.

    The website is http://www.dobreeadams.com for tapestries with photographs.
    The website of photographs is http://www.dobreeadams.com/dobreegallery/.

    If you are serious about a potential purchase, please choose one piece and I will give you availability, dimensions, and price.

    Please understand that you will have to prove that your interest is legitimate. My antennae are out for spam requests.

    If you are not genuinely interested, please reframe from answering this reply and make no further inquiries.

    Sincerely,

    Dobree Adams

    #2 7/3 4:32 a.m. EDT

    Dear Dobree,
    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Ireland soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying The BLOODROOT art piece as a gift to her. Let me know the last firm price you are selling this to me, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,
    Mark.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for FedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    My reply without the images of the two handwoven tapestries 7/3 2:28 p.m. EDT:

    Mark,

    All of a sudden I am confused….

    I had done of series of three tapestries called BLOOD & ROOTS. They are all gone but this made me think you were interested in a tapestry.

    These are two I had in mind immediately.

    They are the same width, but SADO is 11 inches longer.

    Both are from work inspired by Japanese aesthetics and culture.

    SADO means following the way of tea. This one is very effective from a distance.

    ISHI (stone) comes from a series of five inspired by the materials the Japanese use in building. I had in mind the stone pathway leading to a tea house.

    Let me know how you feel about these.

    I know it needs to feel RIGHT.

    SADO 72 x 24 $1,950.

    ISHI 61 x 24 $1,575.

    THEN I was double-checking which image you were referring to and realized it might have been a PHOTOGRAPH instead of a tapestry! There is one named BLOODROOT.

    Dobree

    #3 7/3 9:05 p.m. EDT

    Hello Dobree,
    Thanks for keeping in touch, Our anniversary is fast approaching and I am not able to do a commissioned piece due to the little time frame. Our anniversary is coming up July 30th. I checked on your website and i must say i love your work. I never knew the painting was SOLD, since it was not indicated if it’s available or not. I will secure the SADO 72 x 24 $1,950.00 art piece.

    In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for FedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    Best,
    Mark.

    My reply 7/3 10:10 p.m. EDT

    Mark,

    Sadly you are very present on the Internet as an art scam artist with exactly the same story that you emailed me.

    I am disappointed that you did not understand that I smelled a rat in the first place.

    I Googled Mark Thompson ocean engineer and found your exact story many times.

    This is the end.

    Artists have enough trouble surviving without being taken to the cleaners by scam artists.

    Dobree Adams

    • I just got a request today, 8-1-2018, from Mark in Jacksonville for an immediate purchase of a painting for his wife for their 20th anniversary too. (She must surly love art for him to be contacting so many artists to purchase their work!) I sent him the spammer info graphic from this page since my email is on my public site anyway, although I’m sure he doesn’t care and just moves on to the next artist. You’d think it would be easy to stop folks like this that are so open, using the same email address over and over! I hope the authorities track him down.

  • My goodness!!!! Thank God I suspected the purchase e mail of one of my works did not seem legit. So I googled the name of the buyer
    KEVIN SPIKER and bingo!!!!!!
    SCAM!!!!!!!!!!
    What should I do now???
    Stop answering his E mails?
    Report as a Scam

  • I think your “friend” Thomas, Bill or whatever has a new name:

    My name is Zev Rubin from Washington, DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500 – $5000, I could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thank you and regards,

    Rubin

    • I have received the exactly same email from Kevin Spiker. Thank for your comments and advice I will not be scammed.
      What annoying is this!!

    • I received this email today and he’d actually sent using the same name a month earlier. And sending to undisclosed recipients. What a lazy bastard! I replied to the first with a list of conditions for the sale, and he ignored and sent a request to purchase a significant piece that’s actually going to be in a museum show in the spring. What’re the odds is would be available for an institutional loan? So, is still makes me wonder, what the f%#k do they do with the art, assuming someone actually poses as a shipping agent she picks up? Certainly someone has made it that far, right?

  • This guy is on a tear. I got the same cut and paste B.S. –

    Hello,

    I’m David from Fort worth, Texas. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your web page on my laptop and I guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece “(name of actual artwork)” as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as method of payment.

    Thanks
    David Martinez

    After a handful of email exchanges, I was FedExed a fradulent check for double the value of the piece from RJK Hotel Management LLC 4558 Sherman Oaks Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 That LLC and address are registered as a corporation in Henderson, Nevada by Jeff Katofsky. Jeff Katofsky is a licensed attorney in California bar # 138773. His office address matches that of the RJK Hotel Management LLC. Whether Jeff Katofsky is the victim or the perpetrator of this particular scam is beyond my ability to deduce.

  • Thank you for the information. I too was contacted on instagram by 1340 Art Magazine. They haven’t asked for money yet but I’m sure it wouldn’t be long. After reading the comments about 1340, I have blocked 1340 and will be extra careful in the future.

  • Nice article….I have learned a lot from this article.I have also gone through The situation,I got a mail HE says he is so excited as he came across my work through internet search and was interested to buy my art work.After bit conversation he told that HE is trying to make transaction through paypal but having some issue making payment….I doubted to be scam and told him that I would soon contact him after I receive payment…The same day he mailed me thrice asking for my artwork but when it came to payment he has excuse.I realized that he is scam.I asked him for his number to talk on phone but he refuse to give me number saying due to network problem the call doesn’t connect….I was sure about being scammed so blocked him.

  • Well Ladies and gentlemen… I guess I am the guinea pig for this 1340 Art Magazine Scam-Opportunity. I went ahead and Paid $30 for 4 images of my work. Results of the competition will be at the end of June 2018. Stay tuned to see if I even get any exposure for this shady thing. F – my life…. wish I would have read this article before being impulsive and letting the amygdala of my brain decide rather than my pre-frontal cortex… Anyhow, for now I will continue to be stupid and think I will get something out it : )

    • I got one of those too, from Lisa Harris. I haven’t paid her yet. My art is terrible so It must be a scam. Maybe not though, good luck!

  • I was VERY close to being a victim of such fraudulent transactions and am glad I listened to my gut in the end. After a few different email exchanges regarding the price of the art and where the parcel would be shipped to (the Faroe Islands), I had created a Paypal invoice for payment submission. It was strange because it seemed like they didn’t care what the cost of the shipping was or how much the art ended up costing them. This kept me on the edge of uncertainty but I kept moving forward with it. This was the first time I’d been approached this way and the thought of selling overseas was appealing to me. I did a Google quest to see where the shipping address landed me and it was outside of a market. I’m not familiar with the terrain or housing so assumed the building was an apartment dwelling of sorts.

    The individual kept insisting that they couldn’t get the payment to work through Paypal–I assumed it was due to a currency issue and so I updated it with DKK (the assumed currency since the Faroe Islands are Danish). That person stated that they contacted their credit card company to see why the payment wouldn’t process and they were explained that I needed to add the Paypal Terminal to process payments. Here’s where I really began to feel extremely suspicious because who’s cc company would relay that kind of information?

    I still held ground with the thought that *maybe* this could still be a legitimate transaction and so I explained that I had the Terminal already installed. Then she sent me an email with the credit card information accompanied by the cc address. The address was a USA address and so I looked up the given address which lead to a Forest Ranger park somewhere in Oregon.

    The cc# provided began with a number “4” and so I knew it was a Visa. I called Visa and asked if they would do a name to address verification because I am a merchant and need to know if what I’m about to process is a legitimate scenario. Well, it was not surprising at that moment that the Visa rep told me that the name and address did not match and so I didn’t process the card. I, instead, reported the fraud going on and hoped that they’d contact the card holder. I also provided the contact information to the credit card company.

    All the while I was doing a verification on this credit card, I received a few different email from the “buyer” asking if I had run the card yet . I simply emailed back stating that I would not process this transaction.

    I’m happy I didn’t follow through and have since been the recipient of a few more emails from random people asking to buy my work. I’m glad I found this thread and hope that artists become more and more aware of these attempts. It’s hard enough to try to earn a living creating art but now we have to really be keen about these scams. It’s exhausting.

    Thanks for reading this.
    http://www.debbeelotito.com

  • I’m so thankful I found this site. I’ve been interacting with someone called Isaac Joel, signing emails as J. Isaac, for about 3 weeks now. He was initially going to send me a check but after finding out that I am in Canada requested my bank information for a wire transfer. After giving it to him, he asked me if I had online access to the bank information I’d provided which seemed really strange to me. I had tried searching his name from the start but didn’t find this page until I searched the shipping address he had provided. Called my bank today and closed that account just to be safe. From what I’ve read I think I may be at least one of the first where they possibly planned on scamming me through my account rather than this check scenario so many others have experienced. The email he has been using with me is isaacjljoel@gmail.com and possibly the most recent used. Hope this helps someone else!

  • I’m so glad this article exists! It is incredibly helpful.

    I have gotten a couple different art related emails lately that seemed very suspicious… The exchanges went like this:

    [first exchange]:

    ARTWORK
    Thomas
    Feb 20
    to me

    Hello

    How are you doing today? I actually observed my wife has been viewing your works through MNArtists.org on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as method of payment.

    Thomas.

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    ***
    Nikki Remington
    Feb 21
    to Thomas

    Hi Thomas,

    Thank you for the compliments! As far as purchasing artwork goes, which piece did you have in mind? Unfortunately, I do not accept check as payment.

    ***
    Mail Delivery Subsystem
    Feb 21
    to me

    Address not found
    Your message wasn’t delivered to tomcruzross@gmail.com because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.
    LEARN MORE
    The response was:
    The email account that you tried to reach is disabled.

    [second exchange, very similar start]:

    Artwork Inquiry
    Andrew Jeffrey
    May 18 (11 days ago)
    to me

    Greetings,

    My name is Andrew Jeffrey from Cincinnati OH.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, 🙂 You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..

    Thanks and best regards..
    Jospeh Collins

    ***
    Nikki Remington
    May 18 (11 days ago)
    to Andrew
    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the kind words! What are some things you’d like to know?

    -nikki firestarter

    ***
    Andrew Jeffrey
    May 18 (11 days ago)
    to me

    It could be Seascape, Landscape or Abstract on canvas using acrylic paint

    ***
    Nikki Remington
    May 21 (8 days ago)
    to Andrew

    So that’s a pretty wide range of subject matter. Do you have something more specific? Also, if you’re looking to commission something, how soon are you looking to have it done? I have a pretty heavy work load at the moment.

    ***
    Andrew Jeffrey
    May 21 (8 days ago)
    to me

    Kindly send 3 images of your works

    ***
    Nikki Remington
    7:48 PM (17 minutes ago)
    to Andrew

    May I ask why you introduce yourself as Andrew Jeffrey and then sign as Jospeh Collins in your original email?

    -nikki firestarter

  • I just got the “I’m interested in purchasing for my wife 20 yr anniversary flexible price $500-$5000 from Mark Thompson in Jacksonville Florida” same word for word as another poster uploaded below. My first reaction was scam. Then I contemplated a response then searched the name and found this site. Thank you.

  • I’ve posted 3 e-mails supposedly from a Dr John Crankfield. . I explained no painting would be shipped till payment FULLY CLEARED the bank. He wrote back after that so I continued the conversation, though feeling wary, as he said he saw the pieces on the website, but asked the price, which was clearly marked on the site. I looked up the medical directory for both provinces he mentioned. There was a John Cranfield, so first red flag, a suspicious name. I asked for a phone number so we could talk in real time, and got the “can’t be reached at this time by phone”. Then I knew for certain it was a scam

  • Artwork
    John Crankfield
    Fri 2016-09-23, 7:52 AM
    You
    Greetings from New Brunswick,

    My name is Dr. John Crankfield. I am a medical practitioner from New Brunswick. I am interested in collecting some beautiful art works from your studio/gallery for my newly acquired house in Sydney. Could you direct me to your website where I can easily view most of your most recent or old available works.

    I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Thank you,
    Dr. John Crankfield.

    • John Crankfield
      Wed 2016-09-28, 8:25 AM
      You
      Dear Janet,

      Thank you very much for your email.

      It is good to know you do commissions. It would be nice to look into that with you in the nearest future because I like your style of work in terms of color combination and creativity. I like the pieces titled “Isle of the Cormorants and The Imprisonment of Fame-The Tea Party” Can I know their pricing and availability? Additional information about them would be appreciated.

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

      Regards,

      Dr. John Crankfield.

      • Re: Artwork
        John Crankfield
        Wed 2016-10-05, 9:58 AM
        You
        Hello Janet,

        Thanks for the information.

        I’m happy to collect these pieces from you. Kindly provide me with your full name, mailing information and cell phone number so that I can instruct my accountant to mail a cheque to you. When my cheque clears, I’ll connect you with my mover for pick up arrangement. He will visit you for the pick up of these pieces and they would be moved along with my other stuffs to my new house in Sydney.
        Unfortunately, I can only be reached via email at this time. When I am back fully in Sydney, I’ll furnish you my cell phone number then we can chat more.

        Best regards,

        Dr. John Crankfield.

  • Glad I read this. Just got this a couple days ago…

    Hello

    I’m David from Denver, Colorado. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your webpage on my laptop and I guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece “1000 Years | Original New Orleans Painting” as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as method of payment.

    Thanks
    David Martinez
    Hello Kerin,

    Thanks for getting back to me, I really appreciate it, sorry for the late response I am an ocean engineer and have been working offshore for the past couple days with no internet connection, am still interested in getting the piece and I want you to know that I understand the problems with check, but have been working as an ocean engineer offshore for years and my wife manages the finances including the credit cards and checking account. I can hardly surprise with a gift once its placed on our credit card or bank account.

    I am sending a cashiers check to ensure the surprise stays a surprise, I am okay with the price for the piece and shipping. I also know that the check needs to clear before the piece is mailed out no problems with that. I would appreciate your help with this little surprise. We have dfferent types of art collection and it would be nice to add this to it, so kindly send the quote for the piece and shipping along with your mailing address and name to address the check too and lastly mobile number so I can have the payment processed out to you ASAP. Have a great day.

    Thank you.
    David Martinez

    Then when I told him I only accept PayPal, he responded with…

    Hello

    I’m David from Denver, Colorado. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your webpage on my laptop and I guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece “1000 Years | Original New Orleans Painting” as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as method of payment.

    Thanks
    David Martinez
    Hello Kerin,

    Thanks for getting back to me, I really appreciate it, sorry for the late response I am an ocean engineer and have been working offshore for the past couple days with no internet connection, am still interested in getting the piece and I want you to know that I understand the problems with check, but have been working as an ocean engineer offshore for years and my wife manages the finances including the credit cards and checking account. I can hardly surprise with a gift once its placed on our credit card or bank account.

    I am sending a cashiers check to ensure the surprise stays a surprise, I am okay with the price for the piece and shipping. I also know that the check needs to clear before the piece is mailed out no problems with that. I would appreciate your help with this little surprise. We have dfferent types of art collection and it would be nice to add this to it, so kindly send the quote for the piece and shipping along with your mailing address and name to address the check too and lastly mobile number so I can have the payment processed out to you ASAP. Have a great day.

    Thank you.
    David Martinez

  • Same email!

    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

    Carylon Killebrew
    carylonkillebrew@gmail.com

  • Hello,

    Im now part of the Thomas Fred club! Here is their email and follow up email.

    First message:

    Good Day Im Thomas Fred From NC. I observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of art work, I’m also impressed to have seen your different piece of works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job.I would like to receive more information about your piece of artwork and what inspires you. I am very much interested in buying a piece of art ,to surprise my wife. Kindly reply for the immediate art work for purchase ?? (Thomasfred50005000@gmail.com) Best Regards Thomas

    Second reply:

    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    > could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    > budget $450- $4,500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something
    > within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes
    > your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work
    > that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any
    > available works in that range.
    > Thanks and blessing

    Good lesson in scams! Thanks for writing this article and adding a discussion!
    Randy

    • The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake, NY just got the same message from Thomas Fred. He addressed it to “Dear Adirondack” – that should have been the first clue. I did respond and say all the prices were on our website and work can be purchased directly using PayPal. Then he replied with the 2nd message asking me to select pieces in his $450-$4500 price range. I was pretty sure it was a scam but it was good to have that reinforced by the description of your experiences.

  • Hi and thanks to Agora Gallery plus everyone who is updating with your experiences here! As artists we need to support each other and this thread is one great way to do it. I was just approached on Instagram by 1340 and right away I was suspicious yet willing to give the benefit of the doubt -so I searched and found this thread. Now I don’t need to waste time on a fraudulent scam! Thanks again!

  • Hi! I just received an email from Kevin Spiker as well. Thank you for posting about this and for all those who also shared their stories. Glad I checked here! Second time this year that this has happened so far..

  • I thought this email sounded very scammy: sure enough somebody else here has heard from this Thomas Jeff guy. He couldn’t even be bothered to fill in the name of one of my works or my name. Clearly not a very proficient scammer.

    How are you doing?
    My name is thomas jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has
    been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your
    piece of artwork, I’m also really impressed and to have seen your various
    works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job. I would like to receive
    further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I
    am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field
    above) to surprise my wife. kindly get back to me for the availability for
    immediate sales.
    Cordially,
    thomas

    • I’ve had exactly the same email as this from Thomas Jeff! I replied to say I wanted a bank transfer & he just went on about sending a cheque. I’ve not replied again. Do you think the aim is to get all bank / personal details or to try the ‘ pay for
      ahipping ipdront before
      the check has been cashed?

    • Got this exact email as well!

    • Thomas Jeff is at it again. Glad that there is this stream to understand the scam. Very much the story like yours. Is there no recourse?
      Camilla from Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.

  • I was also asked to email images with prices. Since I do not share my images due to the fact that I don’t want anyone else to have my files because I alone have the copyright, I put up the additional images on fineartamerica and sent links there. If they were serious, they would not have issues. I don’t even want someone to have my example images since people also try and sell other people’s art images. So, looks like I won’t be responding to this guy any further. Same scenerio, looking to purchase for his wife. Slight grammar issues. If someone can afford that much in art, they would be educated enough to word an email correctly as well.

  • The same thing just happened to me! I went along with it too until I saw the entry fee and then my gut kicked in. After snooping after artists on the Instagram page and doing some online research i realised a lot of the artist didn’t exist! Scam for sure. Be careful out there fellow artists! Always check a website thoroughly before handing over you details!

  • Received this morning from John Peters (petersjohn017@gmail.com)
    Hello there,
    My name is peters john from Houston, Texas and was looking for some sculptures online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your works which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $4500 I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale. Thanks and best regards, peters

  • i did enter the art raffle thing but idk this seems kinda suspicious to me
    here’s the email:
    I was just reviewing the Instagram submission you did recently. Based on the quality of your artwork I would like to invite you to enter our magazine competition!

    This means you will be entered into the next and final selection-round of our competition to be featured in the printed version of the July 2018 edition of the magazine. You can view our last 4 editions by clicking here.

    Please send me more samples of your work as soon as possible using the form in the link below.

    https://1340art.formstack.com/forms/competitionq3b1

    Regards,

    Lisa Harris
    Curator 1340ART Magazine

    Like us on Facebook

    This message and any files transmitted with it (“email”) is intended only for the use of the person(s) to whom it is addressed (“Intended Recipient”). The email may contain information which is privileged, confidential or protected by other intellectual property rights. If you are not the Intended Recipient you should notify the sender immediately and delete the email from your system. Any views or opinions presented in the email are solely those of the individual sender and do not necessarily represent those of 1340Media. No contracts can be concluded via email. Emails cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. 1340Media therefore does not accept liability for any errors, omissions or viruses in the email and the recipient is responsible for checking each email for viruses.

    • I got exactly the same email, but i didn’t enter it, now i got another one. it’s definitely looks like scam to me.

    • I got exactly the same email as well. I got invited via instagram so i checked it out and submit one of my artwork. Then i received this letter i was a bit excited but then i saw the entry fee, now i’m thinking it might be a scam.

    • Same over here!

    • Same here:

      Hi Michal,

      Some time ago we contacted you regarding your preselection (an invitation based on your Instagram submission).

      If you already submitted your entry, please ignore this mail.

      You still have time (deadline: June 25th) to enter the next and final selection-round of our competition, to be featured in the printed version of our quarterly edition of 1340ART MAGAZINE (Q3 – July 2018).

      Can you send me more samples of your work using the form in the link
      below as soon as possible?

      https://1340art.formstack.com/forms/competitionq3b3

    • I got the exact same email minutes ago lol. Looked up the name of the author Lisa Harris and it led me here. I won’t be responding anymore!

      • I received the same email from Lisa and got the follow up to enter and was suspicious and was led here. Although I didn’t submit any other artwork I did email one photo and wonder if I’m at risk of my art being exposed, does anyone know if this is possible??

  • Suspecting money laundering
    I (German) was contacted by email by a British (?) man, looking for a wedding gift for his friends, see below. He wanted to know the prices of my sculptures, costs for shipping etc. In a second email he made a selection of five sculptures for which I told him prices and costs. He answered he would buy all five (?!) sculptures, would sent a check (much more money than the total price). I should take mine part of the money and send the rest to an address he would tell me. I told him, that I would not accept check payment and not do such a money transfer he had proposed. He did not answer…
    Two days later I was contacted again, similar text, same post address, another email-address… see below, too
    ___________________
    The 1st email, 1st sender “ARTWORK”:
    Dear,
    I’m writing to humbly inform you that I’m interested in purchasing a work of art from your art gallery as a gift for family friends celebrating 25 Years Wedding Anniversary coming up on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 (02/06/2018). Please send your catalog and quotes of available art designs/paintings in your gallery at this moment, let me know:
    (1) Your FOB prices and FOB port.
    (2) Your estimated shipping and special packaging costs and time while I wait for your answer as soon as possible.
    Best regards,

    Smith Mark
    23 Willoughby Street,
    Slough SL3 8YH,
    United Kingdom
    +44 7741 335006 (WhatsAPP)
    smith_mark206@yahoo.com
    ____________________
    2nd email, 1st sender “ATTEN: PAYMENT DETAILS”:
    Dear …,
    I write with great pleasure to thank you for your kind reply, and also to inform you, that after considering other prices i got from different facilities, the prices you have offered has been accepted, so i have decided to purchase your artworks.
    However, to make sure that everything is arranged as regards to the wedding, i wish to make advance payment to confirm the purchase and the shipping cost.
    I want to tell you that i have made an arrangement with an event planner/logistic agency who will book our Flights tickets and provide us with other needs (accommodation, car rental services and wedding venue) required for the wedding.
    Already i have issued out a certified European Bank cheque of £11.500 to cover all the expenses which includes car rental services, flight tickets, accommodation and other logistics required for the wedding. Since you are the first person i have confirmed, i wish to issue this cheque payment to you.
    Therefore when you receive the cheque, cash it and deduct money for the cost of your artworks which is €4.910 excluding the shipping and packaging costs and forward the balance to the logistics company. I will provide you with their contact details as soon as we conclude with them. Hope this is understood ?
    Upon your confirmation of the payment, the logistic agency will forward you their detail for payment. Kindly provide the following information for the cheque payment to be issued to you.
    (1). Your full name OR company’s name as to be written on the cheque;
    (2). Your address for the delivery of the cheque payment;
    (3). Your valid telephone number for further correspondence;
    (4). Your fax number if you have any;
    Kindly be notified that all the tax and bank charges will be deducted from the cheque while I hope to receive the prompt service delivery from your company. Your prompt response is highly needed.
    Yours Faithfully,
    Smith Mark
    23 Willoughby Road,
    Slough SL3 8JH,
    United Kingdom.
    +44 7459 304050.
    smith_mark206@yahoo.com
    ___________________________
    another email, another sender (?) “PURCHASING OF ART WORK AVAILABLE”
    Dear,
    I am writing to humbly inform you that I am interested in purchasing a work of art from your art gallery as a wedding present for a family friend whose wedding celebration will be celebrated on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 (02/06/2018). Please send your catalog and quotes of available art designs and paintings in your gallery at this moment, please let me know:
    Your FOB prices and FOB port.
    Your estimated shipping costs and time while I wait for your answer as soon as possible.
    However, I am pleased if you offer discounts on your prizes without any hidden fees or fees while waiting for your quick response.
    Greetings,
    Chris James
    23 Willoughby Street,
    Slough SL3 8YH,
    Great Britain.
    +44 7931380445 (WhatsAPP)
    franklin_charles008@yahoo.com
    ___________________

  • I was contacted by email by “a woman” in Greece that wanted to buy 2 of my paintings that she found on my website. Weird, but I went with it. She had many excuses about how to pay for the art, but I set up a Quicken account and she paid me both the price of my paintings and the shipping cost, by a company that she arranged named Interlink Logistics. This money was deposited in my banking account. Per the shipping company, I removed the cash and deposited it in the account they emailed to me at another bank. They were to pick up the paintings, but then it got even messier. Always an excuse about the buyer not getting the right paperwork filled out. Then without having the paintings picked up, the woman in Greece wants to buy three more of my paintings. We go through the same thing and the money is deposited in my banking account, the take out the shipping costs and this time I am told to deposit the money in the different account at a different bank. I do this. But the now 5 paintings have still not been picked up by the shipping company. Now it really starts to look like a scam. The woman in Greece now says she couldn’t get the paperwork done (her husband is vomiting blood) and she will get right to it, BUT would I do her a favor. She wants another painting from a woman in Colorado and that artist has no way to accept payment and could she send me the money through my Quicken account and I pay the artist in Colorado, plus for all my trouble I will get $250. I emailed her that I would not be doing this. It has been two days and I have not heard from her…I have the money in my checking account. I still have the paintings. Where is the scam?

  • Thank you I was approach by 1340 Magazine on Instagram and was wandering if it was a scam 😐

    • Was it?

    • It’s not a scam, it seems more like people who take advantage of artists. I suppose that if my work would be so great to be featured in any magazine they probably would not ask me to pay for it 😉 1340 is more like buying an advert without a guarantee it’s going to be published.

  • Yes! the infamous Thomas Fred showed up again having seen my website for my drawings. Although suspicious from the start, I did send a price list with photos – this last email with request for phone and address was too worrisome so i googled and found this site and see it’s a common fraud : here is Thomas Fred’s second email to me ….

    “Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying the art work of $275 as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check. As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up. I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards, Thomas

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for Usps ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

    • I got the exact same word-for-word email!
      But this time instead of Thomas Fred he said his name was Thomas Jeff.
      Beware this guy changes last names, but the scam is still the same!
      I was firm on insisting the only method of payment I accept is paypal invoices. He kept trying to give me a check though, because his wife “controls” their credit card/ bank statements and he didn’t want her to find out about the “surprise”.
      I’ve had other clients email me about artwork and 99% of the time they agree to whatever method of payment I tell them. If they offer any other payment options, this should be an immediate red flag!

      • I just received this exact same email but it was from “mark Thompson”!

  • Beginning on February 10, 2018, I became the object of an attempted scam by the following person:
    Joel Isaac
    He gave his address as: 12 Arthur Kaine Drive, 2548 Merimbula, Australia

    After a lengthy email string, he tried to get me to return an over-payment that he’d “accidentally” included in his cashiers check. While my bank initially credited my account for it, they also said it would take several days to confirm with the bank of origin. So I refused to return the purported over-payment and soon the check was found to be bogus. I reported this to the FBI Online Fraud website at IG3.gov

    As I found out from your wonderful article and website, he tried the same approach with Lesley Pickford as she wrote on 2/14/18. Our paintings “caught his heart.” Fortunately we both caught onto his scam before losing anything except time.

    Thank you for your efforts in curbing online fraud.

    • Hello Dennis,

      Thank you for your message, we have had a great response to the article, hopefully as many people as possible see your comment and others like it, comments like yours are raising great awareness of some of these scam artists.

  • Hi, yes I am James from Athens block LLC. I was just recently contacted by a supposedly James R Levine from Brownsville Texas supposedly. His scam fit your description most accurately.

  • Hi everone,

    I recently received this email which also seems fishy:

    Hello There,

    My Name is Frank James from Washington DC. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife’s anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.

    With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $5000.

    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.

    Regards,
    Frank

    • Hey so I got one just like this! It seemed ok at first and I sent him pics and details about the work but I realized his English is poor and his info was vague, then he said he wanted to mail the money to me…So yeah it seems like a scam to me. This is the full email that I got.

      Hello there, 

      My name is peters john from Houston, Texas and was looking for some sculptures online and i found your contact while searching. 

      I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your works which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $4500 

      I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

      Thanks and best regards,John

      • I’ve received 2 different emails exactly like this with different names from Houston and Brownsville Texas in the past week. I knew it was a scam immediately, but I played along with the first one long enough to see what the scam was. I got a text today with a tracking number for a check that he said was delivered to my mailbox. It wasn’t, but I had no intention of cashing it if it did show up. He was very offended that I called him names and swore up and down that this was not a scam, until I copied the second email and texted it to him, Then he said “Okay”.

    • Stephen I just got almost same email! From the same sender. Did you reply to him at all?

  • Hi,
    Regarding selling work, I have used http://www.escrow.com in the past with great success. For a nominal fee, they will broker the transaction to insure the funds are present and then hold the funds, prior to you shipping the art.

    I find that if you even mention the fact that you’ll use escrow.com to broker the deal, the scammers will immediately opt out. They know they can’t scam that system.

    You can simply tell the potential purchaser the following and if they are serious, they will not balk – this protects both parties.

    1) Buyer and Seller agree to terms – Either the Buyer or Seller begins a transaction. After registering at Escrow.com, all parties agree to the terms of the transaction.
    2) Buyer pays Escrow.com – The Buyer submits a payment by approved payment method to our secure Escrow Account, Escrow.com verifies the payment, the Seller is notified that funds have been secured ‘In Escrow’.
    3) Seller ships merchandise to Buyer – Upon payment verification, the Seller is authorised to send the merchandise and submit tracking information. Escrow.com verifies that the Buyer receives the merchandise.
    4) Buyer accepts merchandise – The Buyer has a set number of days to inspect the merchandise and the option to accept or reject it. The Buyer accepts the merchandise
    5) Escrow.com pays the Seller – Escrow.com releases funds to the Seller from the Escrow Account.

  • Phew, so glad I came across your article before I got myself involved with this Thomas Fred scammer too. I saw an email in my personal inbox instead of the one linked to my shop site and was a bit surprised, but didn’t think too much of it at first. However, my husband warned me to check the email address and I immediately saw your article come up first! Horrible how some nasty people take advantage of others in this way, but at least someone has found my online shop… 😀

  • I was approached through Instagram by an online gallery 1340 ART magazine. Carolyn Tait curator. telling me I had been pre-selected to take part in a DRAW to be included in their prnted version of the mag. Turns out I would need to PAY them to include me in the draw, with no refund if I didn’t win and with no guarantee that there WAS actually a draw! I was asked to re-submit my original image and pay $20 dollars for one and and $30 dollars for 4 images.
    No-reply email so you cannot directly speak to these bloody scammers.
    I would welcome the chance to tell them exactly what I think of them!

    • Yes even I received the same email. But I can’t say whether 1340art is really a scam? Because I was contacted again by a lady who is curator over there! I don’t know what is the truth but I would appreciate if they consider new artists without any fee( for the first time) and then based on the result of the competition, 1340art can approach them further and discuss the future plans.

  • Carolyn Tait
    Curator 1340ART Magazine
    Has a Instagram page. Will have you enter your art and send you a email to submit more work. I see a ton of stuff now that they are a scam

    • They did the same thing to me yesterday on my instagram. So annoying to want to get my art out there and have so many untrustworthy people out there. Disheartening

  • Hello and beware! I received this mail a month ago:

    Hello,
    I am inquiring about your artwork sale in your gallery, if you can
    ship internationally to Europe and accept Electronically Visa and
    Master Card Number/Expiry date/Cvv as payment. Let me know so that i
    can communicate with you on the artworks that interest me so that we
    can proceed and let me have your updated web link to your gallery.
    I will be looking forward to hear from you.
    Sincerely
    STEVEN Godin

    We exchanged several emails where I sent pictures of my artwork with corresponding prices. He then sent me a link of a fake looking shipping company “https://www.mevexpress.com” with email etc that he wanted me to use for shipping and also some fake paypal/credit card payment solutions which the paypal service centre denied to have ever heard of. When I offered to bring the stuff myself he did not respond. All that lead me to make a deeper investigation for I did not find his name on google or the Luxembourg telefone book or anything. Then I found you…
    Thx!

    • Hello, I received an email from STEVEN Godin and exactly the same inquiry.
      Could you tell me how did you finish your conversation? Was everything safe with your account?
      Thank you for sharing me to your experience.

    • I received a very similar email with conversation going back and forth from the persona who named himself Gary Geeky. Last I received was him telling me he wants me to use https://www.costaexpressdelivery.com/ and I will need to get a quote then he will pay me via credit card… I haven’t replied yet.

      • I got someone wanting to ship through that same Costa website, I feel like it’s a scam but not entirely sure.

  • here is my latest email.
    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
    to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding
    anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good
    stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying
    the art work Space Giclée Art Print Regular of $1,350.00

    as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth
    it
    anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not
    to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive
    and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal
    effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
    on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
    with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
    for another couple of weeks.

    Regards,

    Thomas

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you
    want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address
    (preferably for Usps ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed
    to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you

    • He’s contacted me too …

    • I got the same mail from Thomas Fred, ocean engineer.
      I sent him my cellular and address but asked him that I prefer to get the payment using Paypal. something felt wrong and I’m glad I googled him and came across this article.
      Thanks for the warning!

  • I wonder so too. I got approached on instagram from Carolyn Tait from 1340 Art Magazine and I submitted one of my artworks to them. They did not publish it on their instagram account, but they sent me the following E-Mail:

    Hi [Name],

    I was just reviewing the Instagram submission you did recently. Based on the quality of your artwork I would like to invite you to
    enter our magazine competition!

    This means you will be entered into the next and final selection-round of our competition to be featured in the printed version of April 2018 edition of the magazine.

    Please send me more samples of your work as soon as possible using the form in the link below.

    https://1340art.formstack.com/forms/competitionq2b3

    Regards,

    Carolyn Tait
    Curator 1340ART Magazine

    I googled them of course and it seems like they may be a serious company actually, but what feels odd is that you have to pay a fee and don’t even know if you are published, that the link just works for everybody so anyone could enter the competition actually (don’t know if this actually is a normal thing? I mean it’s just a link, so it may be working for everybody anyway.) and that they commented on a quite unfinished piece that didn’t look too well, but beauty and art are in the eye of the beholder anyway I guess, so I didn’t think too much of this. And they indeed feature very small IG accounts on their site and tag them, so there might be some exposure, but this may just also be a good way to shade being a scam account I guess. I know it is quite usual to pay an entry fee for exposure on big sites or like art gallerys and stuff, and if this Magazine is published in all the big cities they praise it with AND has a readerbase this might be a good opportunity actually, but for the fact that I have no idea if they would actually publish my stuff anywhere, I think I’m not going to do this. But I think it’s up to yourself if it’s worth the money.

    • got the same thing just now…would love if someone could confirm whether or not 1340 art was a scam before I give them $30…

      • Same. It also warns people not to trust anyone who gets in touch via any social media platform other than IG. I was approached by someone on IG and felt it was legit. Searched everywhere and it seems Legit…other than all the threads on the internet that claim its a scam.
        This is a tough one because there is a strong argument FOR & AGAINST it being legit.
        For now, unless I am guarenteed exposure, I ain’t paying s**t.

        • Have any of you heard anything back yet from other users about 1340? I was approached the same exact way as the original commentor, submitted my painting they commented on and recieved and email today saying the same thing. I’m curious if this is legit or not.

    • 1340art is at best a bait and switch operation. I too received an invite via Instagram and was initially intrigued. I too thought it rather odd that anyone could access their online submission despite the wordage of ‘invitation’. I submitted an image, (the same one they ‘liked’), and a day later received the email with an urgent plea to submit further images for their magazine. Again they implied I was preselected but again the submission page is accessible by anyone. I stopped immediately when I saw the jury fee, (HA!). That was the red flag to call out their true intentions. No one at 1340art really cares about my art or actually ‘liked’ what they saw. They only know I’m an artist and are banking on my presumed desperation as an artist in need of exposure to suck a jury fee out of me. Even >if< 1340art include me in an actual publication, that accolade would be a false one that simply amounts to paid advertisement, something I could do elsewhere if I so desired.

      Had they at least been honest up front, I might consider them legitimate. But the bait and switch suggests scam. I would be surprised if an actual hard copy magazine exists.

      • I was recently contacted by 1340Gallery on instagram about my art work, asking me to pay 30US$ to join an art competition.

        I checked their website online to see if it is a fraud. And they listed 20 initiatives they allegedly support (with the money from the competition).

        I made the effort to contact all 20 initiatives directly asking if they received any money from 1340Gallery and if they heard from them.
        Here are a few responses:

        “We’ve never heard of the 1340 gallery and they don’t support us at all.
        Our advise don’t pay at 1340 gallery.”

        “Someone else contacted us a few weeks ago – I would avoid paying any money to them.
        We have had no contact with them and currently have never received any support from them. We have recently contacted them ask why they have listed us.”

        “I am honestly not sure what to tell you!
        They did reach out to us, and they did make a small contribution to our organization.
        It appears they have just found us online and are reaching out to the artists in our database.”

        “We are not affiliated with 1340 gallery, they copy-pasted our info onto their website. Please use your own discretion in dealing with them. We are concerned that they are taking money from artists.”

        “1340gallery is not a member and we have no association with them.”

        “We do NOT receive money from this initiative.”

        “We have not accepted any donation or support from the organization and also have no relation or partnership with them. ”

        1340Gallery, please contact me to return my money as this is obviously a big fraud on the internet and the money from the “contest” does not support the organsations you listed on your website.

        UPDATE: 1340Gallery returned my money quickly.
        Here is my reply to their answer:

        Thanks for returning the money so quickly.

        You were also quick in editing your list of supported organisations from 20 down to 3.

        I am still confused:
        Why would you list organisations on your website as “supported” by your foundation when they have never heard of 1340Gallery before?
        Wouldn’t it make much more sense to do so AFTER you donated to their organisation and also got their permission to name them on your website?
        To which organisations did you donate the money (can you name them)?

        I would suggest that instead of taking money from artists for so called contest entries,
        you start the good (art) work by being sincere and start donating the money to the organisations you talked about.
        Until then I still believe this is a fraud company.

        • This is my review from trustpilot- reposting it here to raise awareness

        • Hello,

          1340 art Magazine commented on one of my Insta posts and said they loved my artwork and would like me to enter my artwork to feature in their magazine for free. I sent them an artwork. I got a mail two days later saying this. I checked the links and was a little suspicious on finding out that I would need to pay 20 dollars for a single submission and 40 for 3. That’s when I started checking for authenticity and stumbled upon this forum. Thank goodness for it! I’ve pasted the mail below.

          Hi,

          I was just reviewing the Instagram submission you did recently. Based on the quality of your artwork I would like to invite you to enter our magazine competition!

          This means you will be entered into the next and final selection-round of our competition to be featured in the printed version of the July 2018 edition of the magazine. You can view our last 4 editions by clicking here.

          Please send me more samples of your work as soon as possible using the form in the link below.

          https://1340art.formstack.com/forms/competitionq3b1

          Regards,

          Lisa Harris
          Curator 1340ART Magazine

      • I had the same exact experience today and that is why I am here. Thank you for sharing your experience and I think it’s a shame such scamming is happening after all these comments. I just hope that the one image I initially sent is still protected as Who knows what they do with those images and us as the artist are we even protected??

    • I received this same email yesterday, just wondering if you ever did submit work and what happened ?

    • can I say ME TOO !? exactly the same bogus stuff. I’m not paying anyone anything online to publish my artwork. You have no idea who will see it and they can just put the image up on a website so that only you can see it and think its legit.
      It is not.
      A no-reply email is a good clue also.

    • I wanted to contribute my own experience about 1340 Art Magazine.

      What happened: Curator Silke commented on one of my images on Instagram, asking if I had made the picture and invited me to send one of my works to them via a form for FREE exposure on their Instagram page. I got more than a bit suspicious right away (later you’ll see why), so I sent an email to their info email address to ask if Silke was legit AND also provided my Instagram account name with concerns of my work not fitting with their array of art. On the same day they replied by claiming that they are always on the lookout for new talent and the invitation is indeed legitimate. With that I decided to send one of my Instagram images to them by using their form. Then, after a couple of days I got the email that some commenters here have quoted, claiming that based on the quality of the image I had sent I’m now invited to take part in a competition. For a fee. I stopped communicating with them then and there.

      What felt fishy: Firstly, the image curator Silke commented on was one of my numerous quick pencil doodles that had a text slapped on it. In fact, most of my Instagram account is filled with these silly doodles I make for fun. I think none of my work even compares to the art 1340 Art Magazine showcases.
      Secondly, the image I sent to them for Instagram exposure was one of the “better” black and white comic pictures – size 800 x 800 pixels. I would think an art curator would be sharp-eyed enough to see how small the image was, or atleast not choose quality as the reason to invite me.

      My thoughts: I’m certain that no one in 1340 Art Magazine never looked at my pictures. I’ve even come to suspect that they might have heavily automated their communication methods. Why Silke reached out to me through a certain Instagram image might be a result of an automation sniffing out certain keywords and/or hashtags from the image’s description: “selling”, “buy”, “high quality art” etc.
      As for their response to my concerns about legitimacy? It’s basically a copy-pasted generic response. There was nothing unique written to indicate that a person went to my account and verified that indeed, this art would be fitting for their magazine’s Instagram page. Same goes with the invitation to the competition: nothing unique to say why I was invited.

      Conclusion: I don’t want to make any claims whether 1340 Art Magazine is a scam or not. Still, I can definitely say that if they communicate to other artists the way they communicated with me – without evidence of them seeing the art they received and resorting to pure copy-paste responses – it’s at the very least a questionable practice. I would think that if a curator from an art magazine sends me an invitation to a competition with a fee, it should be an indication that I might have chances of winning. But if they don’t bother to look at the art..?!

      Anyway, that’s what I had to say, so please make your own conclusions of this and other’s experiences. Stay cautious here on the Internet, everyone.

    • I got the same thing. Nothing more irritating than when someone offers something for FREE (and THEY say free in all caps) and then you find out it’s a lie.

  • Here is the latest version of this scam:
    Good Day,
    I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes some of your art piece, I must also say you are doing a great job. I would like to know what inspired that work. I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate art work for sales.(Thomasfred500500@gmail.com)

    • Yep, that is exactly the same email as I received the other day. I decided not to respond to it at all after I found this article and all the comments about the scams that are going on. I was surprised that the email came in my private email account and not the one linked to my shop and it was put directly in the spam folder, but there is always that hope that it might not be a scam mail, right?

    • I have received this email or something very much like it at least a half dozen times. The guy always says his wife or girl friend likes my artwork and is interested in buying several pieces. They then ask for the prices…which can be sen very clearly on my website. I used to like to play around with the sender by writing back and asking which SPECIFIC pieces they liked. They, of course, never reply. Now I just ignore them. It would be nice if there was a single website that we could forward these to so that these scams could be tracked, documented and publicized to protect artists.

  • Is “1340 Art Magazine ” a scam?

  • Got the same email as Elizabeth and red flags went up immediately – another marine biologist but this time from Ireland. Glad I googled it!

  • I had a very unpleasant incident with a French citizen named Philippe Ballesio, the subject in question made me a proposal to close the deal for a work that I owned, he paid me with a check, we called the bank’s office to confirm if said check I had funds and the account was in order, we closed the deal and when I went to the bank to make the deposit, and the account had been liquidated and I did not know anything about that Philippe Ballesio.

  • Here’s my email string from tonight. You must admit, this guy is persistent. I don’t think I’ll waste time on another reply.

    13/03/2018, at 19:06, Nelson Derrick wrote:
    Thanks for the mail i just wanna let you know i have picking up agent services that normally pick the items I’m buying and get it delivered….if you are to transact with me you can mail me your PayPal payment invoice so i can proceed with the payment…..thanks

    On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, I wrote:
    Dear Nelson

    How odd – I’ve had identical emails from at least three marine biologists buying presents for their Dad. It’s lovely to know so many of you are so thoughtful – oh – I think there was a US Marine stationed somewhere in Asia, too. Anyway, all of you are at sea. Do you know each other?

    I have a regular account with a local shipping company, and they would be terribly hurt if I freighted my artwork through anybody else, so if you just pop $AUD8,000.00 into my Paypal account and send me your father’s address, I can have the painting packed and away in plenty of time for his birthday. Would you like me to include a card as well?

    (Btw – how come none of you intelligent scientific guys can write fluent English?)

    On 13/03/2018, at 18:21, Nelson Derrick wrote:

    I really appreciate it. Am Nelson Derrick from USA. I am a marine
    biologist and am currently at sea at the moment, i am buying the item
    as a gift for my Dad, i want to make it a surprise for him,he wont
    know anything about the item until they get delivered to him, i can
    only pay through Paypal as i don’t have access to my bank account
    online as i don’t have internet banking,but i have my bank account
    attached to my Paypal account and this is why i insisted on paying you
    through Paypal,So please kindly get back to me with your Paypal
    details and your best price for the item so i can proceed with the
    payment and after the payment has been done, i have a pick up agent
    that will come around to pick the item up so don’t add shipping fees
    and will be done after i have made the payments for the
    item……Thanks Nelson

    On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, I wrote:
    Hello Nelson

    Yes, it is still for sale, and I accept Paypal, however, I will have to add a price loading to cover their commission, and will not despatch the painting until I have received payment in full, including costs of packing and shipping.

    Thank you for enquiring,

    On 13/03/2018, at 11:27, Nelson Derrick wrote:

    > Do you still have The CRIES OF DROWNED SAILORS for sale as i amhighly
    > interested init and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also
    > if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you
    > soon..

  • Manoj s manoj,who first introduced himself as Manoj Jonstew ,has been very persistent,named works he would like and today moved to stage 2, wants my full name, address, phone number. Gives his as; 192 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City (?!), AB107LY, UK.
    I’ll now contact the British police. No idea if they can do much.
    All the best

  • Yep….just got an email from Thomas Wayne…Ocean Engineer! Same story…..wife loves work, moving, need immediate transaction…. Luckily I googled his name and this article came up. Thank you! I’ve shared the article for my artist friends to read.

  • Lol, my response to tmark7881:

    “Sure thing. You can see all of my artwork and prices at https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2017/05/25/how-to-recognize-art-scam/

    Thanks for the legitimate, honest inquiry”

  • Glad I googled this. Thanks for the link and discussion. It appears Kevin rears his head again. I received this a few day ago-

    My name is Kevin Spiker from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.

    • I got the same message from “Kevin Spiker” …it sounded off so I checked on here… glad I did!

      • I just got this email too, from a Kevin Spiker – scam all the way. Thanks for the article! This helped me avoid much wasted time and energy!

  • Email from Rob Carter from Virginia, an “ocean engineer. ” His email address is robcarter052@gmail.com.

    Hello,
    My name is Rob Carter from Virginia.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact and works while searching and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your inventory that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards..

    Watch out for this email address…it is definitely a scam.

  • An email I sent to Saatchi website’s ‘help’ email address, which they never responded to.

    13/04/2011
    to help (Saatchi)
    Hi
    I was contacted via saatchi saleroom, just before you revamped the site.
    It was supposedly an interested buyer/collector/collector’s agent from Japan.
    The details were not entirely clear, but I put that down to a language barrier.

    We haggled over the price of a painting he was interested in. I had put it up a couple of years prior and the price had gone up, but I decided to honour the price and proceeded to reprice the other works in the sale room, then BAM, saleroom no longer existed and the new site format was launched, killing all the changes I made to my profile and cutting off my contact with the “buyer” via the website.

    I had his email address so I continued to contact him via email.

    I got frustrated with the endless toing and froing and decided life was too short to deal with this guy and the negotiations and contact fizzled out.

    Time passed and I was disappointed by the sale-fail!

    Then after the earthquake in Japan, I got in touch to say that I hoped he and his loved ones were unaffected.

    He replied saying, great to hear from you, have you any new work for sale?
    I sent him links and details of a show including the painting for which he originally expressed interest.

    He said (all this by email, mind you) that he wanted to purchase that painting and 2 others.
    Great, so we spent another long few weeks going back and forth to discuss how payment would be made, in which currency, etc.
    I stipulated that it needed to be a bankers draft or international money order and that the funds needed to be either in Pounds Sterling or if in another currency, told them the additional banking fees.
    He agreed.

    But…
    He said there would be an overpayment for me to pay his handler who would be picking up the work.
    I asked several times for an exact amount of this overpayment for my tax purposes, expecting it to be in the region of £250, but when I was told that it would be £3600, £2500 I was to pay the handler and the remainder I was to keep, as more of my work would be purchased in near future… I thought, dodgy.

    I could understand wanting to buy credit and also needing to overpay by a reasonable amount, but £2500 is ridiculous.

    Then there was the pressure to deal only with me. When I suggested that he and the handler contact the gallery showing the work, he was very reluctant to send any payment to the gallery, and said it was only me they wanted to deal with. Then agreed to send a cheque to the gallery as I refused to give my personal address out, and to pick up the work from the gallery after the exhibition (in a month’s time) and only if the funds have cleared. (this was negotiated before the £3600 overpayment amount was sprung on me!)

    He said his client was happier to pay the money into my account by direct transfer, but I was not happy to give out my account details. And since one of the paintings was in one exhibition finishing mid-May, and2 paintings are to be in another exhibition finishing mid-September, there is no rush, so a cheque is fine for me.

    But when he started saying that his client can only pay in TRAVELERS CHEQUES I thought SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!

    I spoke to business friends and they had mixed reactions– both would take the money– one would give out their bank details believing that money could only go in and not be taken out. The other said that foreigners often do have to use travellers’ cheques to pay and normally it is genuine. But that if he were me, he would set up a new account, no overdraft facility, different bank than the one I bank with and tell them to pay the funds straight into that.

    I spoke to my bank and they suggested I use one of my near obsolete accounts that serves the same purpose. I also used one that is not with the branch I normally bank with.

    I gave the bank details to the “buyer” and said that it will remain open for 48 hours. If I don’t hear from them within 24 hours I will assume it is not a genuine sale and close the account. If money is not transferred into the account, I will close the account and as soon as the money is transferred in I will close the account. I also said that if I suspected anything amiss, I would report it to the police immediately.

    I also said that I was very uncomfortable with the large overpayment and would prefer to only be paid the exact amount to cover the sale.

    He got back to me saying he is a very busy man, works on an oil rig ???!!! and needs his trusted handler to pick up his valuables from warehouses all around Europe and this is the easiest way to facilitate that.

    Now I do know people who work on oil rigs, but I’m not in contact with them to ask if this is plausible.

    I genuinely thought I had sold my work.
    And now I find that it is probably all a scam to process stolen or counterfeit travellers’ cheques through my bank, in my name, so I will be stung with the repayments, but these guys will walk away with all that cash.

    I rang ‘Fraud Alert’, and they confirmed that this had the signs of possible fraud, but the police are not interested in being involved unless the fraud has already occurred.

    I wanted to warn other artists that we are being targeted in this way and to be smart and very cautious. And I wanted to warn you (Saatchi website) that your site was being used to fish/phish for gullible artist folks to scam.

    I have not lost money and I have tried to be careful about protecting sensitive information that could be utilized to steal my identity, let alone my money.

    I would hate for anyone to be scammed.

    We all know about the Nigerian email scams, and this could be its more (or less) sophisticated offspring.

    Thanks for your time and attention in this matter.

    13/04/2011
    to help (Saatchi)
    PS, his name is supposedly Hisashi Takahashi

  • Another scam email – I can’t find the original correspondence but…

    Hisashi Takahashi
    02/04/2011
    to me

    Thank you for getting back ,But we’ve been through with this Earlier before now that i have a trusted handler that will come over for the pickup .More so ,that there would be an overpayment in the cheque you are going to receive which include fund you are to send to the shipping company immediately the cheque clears for the pickup of the piece along with my other goods.

    I will provide you with my shipper’s schedule once you confirm payment ,for you to be able to give your convenience time for the pickup,so here are the questions i will like to asked you below .

    1.Will you be able to wire transfer the excess as soon as the cheque clears ?
    2.Will you be available when the shipping company will be coming over .
    3.Can i confide in you?

    Please kindly respond and let’s conclude this transaction once .

    Kind Regards.

  • Scam message I received today:

    john james
    13:30 (5 hours ago)
    to me

    Hello,

    My name is John James from Brooklyn, New York. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. Will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $1,500, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    John James.

  • another one…
    from: tmark7881@gmail.com
    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

  • Hello,
    I just received the following email:]
    ——————–
    Greetings!

    My name is Quinn
    Mark from Canada. I actually observed my wife has been
    viewing your on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece
    of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your
    various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to
    purchase some of your artwork available at range of $100 to
    $2,000 can you list some of the items available now? and
    ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary.
    Also, my method of payment is by Credit Card as mode of
    Payment.

    Thanks
    and best regards
    ———–
    Glad I found this scam notice!

    • Thanks Agora for hosting this string – it has been very helpful. Rather appalling and annoying that this goes on. So sorry that so many people have been through this. Social media is a two edged sword in this case.

      This week I received a s scammy email from Australia (Feb 2018) – and on the second contact became convinced it is indeed a scam. The email string wording is a bit different from those I read below – but it fits the checklist of scam possibilities. It hasn’t ended yet I expect, but thanks to this string I am educated that my next step should be the FBI Fraud Division. Will also post an alert on some on-line art sites.
      Read on!
      Lesley

      From Joel Isaac
      isaacjjlonline@gmail.com

      Second Email, 14 Feb 2018 (Note the second item at the bottom of the email was a signature line – which was on each email: “I’d like to purchase … etc” – this is very scammy!!)

      ” Still await your response.

      I’d like to purchase an artwork from you, kindly provide/send me a website or catalog showing your recent and available work for sale.”

      First email: 10 Feb 2018
      “Hello Lesley,

      Thanks for the response, see below for the pieces that did caught my heart from your facebook page.

      (I removed accurate artwork links sent by correspondent)
      As ‘m interested in purchasing the paintings for the beautification of my newly acquired house here in Merimbula, Australia and as well add more value to my humble self. Kindly let me know the value of the pieces can you ship them all to Australia?.
      I hope to hear back from you.
      Regards,
      J. Isaac”

  • I got 2 emails within the last 3 weeks about buying artwork.Good Day,
    How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card / Master Card or PayPal for payment
    Best Regards
    Mercy

    Good morning Nancy ,

    Hope you have a good night rest last night? I would like to confirm if payment has been received by you and deposited with your bank, kindly let me know so that i can proceed with pickup arrangement with a shipping company as soon as possible. Also i will need your assistance in forwarding $1,200 for handling and shipping of the painting and other antiques purchased to the shipping company (BC Movers LLC) after payment clears your bank this morning so they can come for pick as soon as you are ready for them. kindly forward the payment of $1,200 through MoneyGram or Wal-mart Payment Service at Walmart Store, Send Payment to;

    Name: Bridgett Chester
    Address: 3 Park Street,
    City: Atlanta
    State: GA
    Zip Code: 30296
    Amount: $1,200

    Kindly acknowledge if clear and email me back with an image of the payment slip to forward to the shipping company once payment is sent today. You may use your smart phone to snap a clear picture of the payment receipt and send back to me.

    Let me know what day and time will be best for pickup, including pickup address. We shall be needing some more paintings soon after but i’ll let you know more on that later.

    Thank you ,

    John Young.

    • Hello Nancy,

      Thank you for your message. We advise artists to be on their guard when asked to transfer money via Western Union or MoneyGram.

  • I unfortunately responded to the first email from Steven Green, but found this article and another site by googling this person along with”ocean engineer”. Since he says he will send a check and wait until it clears, I don’t get how he will profit from this scam? But not responding again

    “Thanks for the message and I apologize for the delayed response I have been out of town.. I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the pieces. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a memorable one.. I’m okay with the paintings and price I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a Check..

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise, as soon as you receive the check and it clears with you, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up..

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks..

    Regards!

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and mailing address (preferably for USPS or FED-EX not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you asap..”

    • Got the EXACT SAME email recently from a ThomasFred@gmail.com

      • I got this one too, from Tankley Anglin (funny, when you google that name you find mugshots and arrest records for a juvenile in Georgia, didn’t find this until I added ‘ocean engineer’.

        • I got this one too, from Tanksley Anglin (funny, when you google that name you find mugshots and arrest records for a juvenile in Georgia, didn’t find this until I added ‘ocean engineer’.

          • I also received the exact same email last week, but from “Thomas Wayne”. At first I hadn’t caught on that it was a scam, but I started to get suspicious when “Thomas” kept expressing the urgency in completing the same, yet hadn’t replied to my specific questions on what his wife liked (I’m a fine art wildlife photographer who custom prints my images). It was when I received the following email that my radar really went up and prompted me to do a search for “Thomas Wayne ocean engineer” and found this article and discussion –
            “Dear Jeff
            Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, My
            wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to
            leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of
            mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to
            you, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest
            and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your
            fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.
            Jeff, I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home
            but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching
            and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this
            transaction…. trying to kill two birds with a stone. kindly deduct
            any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance the
            shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you responsible
            for the payment of my shipping contract with them.
            I am really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to
            me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.
            Many thanks and talk to you soon,
            Thomas”

    • Received the exact same words from Thomas Jeff.
      Thanks for the article.

  • And another: I began by using whois to look up the ip address in the e-mail’s “raw” header. Los Angeles is a far cry from Canada. Then just googled the text of the e-mail, and here we are.
    Thank you for posting this!

    quinn_mark28@yahoo.com
    My name is Quinn Mark from Canada. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your artwork available at range of $100 to $2,000 can you list some of the items available now? and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Credit Card as mode of Payment.

    • I just received the identical email from “Quinn Mark”. Googled the entire text and here we are. 🙂

    • persistent repeated requests from Manoj s Manoj. despite him saying he and wife love my work and he’ll buy one for her anniversary,he keeps asking for names of work,prices,again. I finally contacted another e.mail addressee,whose name also headed one e.mail,she thought it was a scam. I was being patient with him,I deal with ‘funny’ people in my other work,so just guessed he just had a little difficulty. I gave no personal details, no bank etc,simply repeated my prices,until I got fed up,tested it by quoting huge prices,to which he still responded. That then made it clear.Thanks for your advice. So disappointing though, yes,I was happy because I work hard and would love to sell well. That’s why I responded to 4 e.mails. That’s life!
      Note: It is identical to the ones sent Mark Quinn and James Levine,the words “actually observed my wife..etc” at the beginning is odd and a common thread .

  • I just received a very vague email with the subject line of ‘Artwork purchase’ from ‘Richard Anderson’
    richardceo45@gmail.com

    No specific piece was mentioned, nor where my art was seen. Some minor things about the email address also seem odd to me. I copied the email address and did a search – and all that came up were two articles about online art purchase scams.
    I’m guessing that this email address is somewhere in the comments, as this was one of the posts that came up!

  • I just received an inquiry about my paintings and a price list from a “Richard Anderson” richardceo45@gmail.com. The text of the mail followed a scam pattern, so I googled his email address and came up with this site. Excellent information and advice.
    thanks
    The Text
    “I am interested in buying some pieces to decorate my living room in my new house. Can you send me your inventory list and their prices so I can be guided in my purchasing decision.” followed by a link to the landscape page on my website

  • Another one for the collection – James R Levine(his email address) is a prominent Brownsville Lawyer who apparently doesn’t know the difference between will and would … lol

    My name is James Levine from Brownsville TX. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000 I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Mr. Levine

    • Got the same from the same person’s name (jamesrlevine99@gmail.com).
      I was talking to him initially not knowing the art scam but him keep calling himself as Mr. Levine and the very bad grammar really got me thinking and found this post.
      Seems like these guys have the same tactics.

      1st email—–

      Hello good Morning! My name is James Levine from Brownsville TX, I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000.i hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

      Thanks and best regards.

      Mr. Levine

      2nd email—-
      Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise.
      As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and Paypal transaction. So i would authorize a check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most.

      I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but i am actually going offshore and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction… trying to kill two birds with a stone. 🙂

      • I also received the exact same second email as you did, Ariel, but my interaction was with a “Thomas Wayne”.

        • We also received an e-mail from Thomas Wayne, an ocean engineer, who wanted to purchase one painting for his wife as a surprise on their anniversary. For a couple of days the e-mails went back and forth, as he wanted to pay with a physical check that is not possible in the country we are located at. He didn’t agree to any other method (Paypal, International bank transfer etc) that we proposed as well as did not answer more specific questions to us. In the end I got suspicious and I’m glad I discovered this thread here to understand its a scam. Such a shame that things like that go around.

  • My client just got this today:

    From: Kevin Spiker

    Message:
    My name is Kevin Spiker from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So I will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.

    The small i’s were the first giveaway! Be careful people

    • Hmm, I just got that one today from Kevin Spiker also…

  • I received the Mark Thompson email within the last week. Must say I was excited at first but as is usual, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, and it was.

    I only replied to him once then got suspicious based on the eagerness to buy my art as well as sending a moving agent several states away to arrange pick up and shipping of the piece. So I did some research and glad I found this thread.

    With that said, did others just cease communication with this character?…or did they respond and call them out and tell them not to contact them in the future? My first instinct is just to remove all their info from my email but not sure it that is enough. I have not given out any information either. Just curious how others handled.

    Best of luck to everyone else in making some legit contacts and sales!!!!

    • Yes, thank you for posting these ! I received the Mark Thomson one! Ha, it’s hilarious !

    • I just received this today. I’m happy I googled him before replying:

      Message: My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $600- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

  • We got this from Mark Thompson:
    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $600- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

  • christopher benson
    To:

    Jan 9 at 2:08 PM

    Hello, my name is Christopher Benson from Atlanta, I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase one of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. I’ll need pictures and prices of some of your art work which are ready for immediate sale within price range of $1,500- $2,500. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and happy new year!.

  • Hello,

    I just saw that I had an email from a Bill Hunt and was doing the same thing of saying his wife liked my artwork and wanted pieces for their anniversary. Yeah, he decided to try to scam the wrong person. I was a legal assistant for some time. He won’t be bothering me again. So Bill Hunt emails are still going around. Thanks for the article and all the comments.

  • Hi all, just got a mail from Mark Thompson too! (tmark7881@gmail.com)

    I looked him up and ended up in this page. Also he doesn’t seem to change his letters… A bit of a downer really, but thanks to your posts I avoided further connection with this guy. I don’t really understand how the scam works, if he doesn’t send any payment via Paypal, no paintings are sent. So how does this work??

    • My intuition was telling me Mark Thompson was a scammer! I just got the same email from tmark7881@gmail.com:

      “My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $600- $6,000, I could be flexible with price. ”

      Glad my friend googled his name and found this article!

  • Below all the emails sent from a scammer.
    I have removed my answers out of shame of playing along for 3 emails.

    Thank you to your website and to the comments where I found the exact same email which exposed this scamming.
    Really hope artists won’t fall for this

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: Re: ARTWORK NEEDED
    From: larry stephenson
    Date: Sun, January 07, 2018 11:58 am
    To: info

    Dear Alexis,
    Thanks for the details, We will get an expert to install it for us and also follow your instructions, Here is my info Larry Stephenson Colwell, 22428 FM 2093 Harper, TX 78631. My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, And in order not to leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a brother of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you a total of $20,000 in other words $13,000 for you and $7,000 for the shippers, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the pieces) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…. trying to kill two birds with a stone. Kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before sending the balance to the shipping agent. They are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

    I am really sorry for the mix up and will appreciate if you get back to me ASAP to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,

    On Jan 7, 2018, at 1:03 PM, larry stephenson wrote:

    Dear Alexis,
    Thanks for the message … Good I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one.. A total amount of $13,00! I think they are worth it anyway, So I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. As soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, Am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address where a check can be mailed to, So I can get the check prepared and have it Mailed out to you

    Larry

    On Jan 7, 2018, at 12:42 PM, larry stephenson wrote:

    Hello,
    Thanks for the message, Actually I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed piece within my budget $5000- $10,000 ready for immediate sale, about 3-5 image is enough…it could be any color, but medium size or large.. However, Just need something within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing

    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid

    > On Jan 6, 2018, at 9:26 PM, larry stephenson wrote:
    >
    > Greetings!
    > My name is Larry Stephenson from Texas I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too.You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of your pieces to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability of beautiful pieces for immediate sales.
    > Thanks and best regards

  • I received the same email from Mark Thompson. Looks like all of our art is “fascinating and vivacious” and that his wife is going to get a lot of art for their anniversary!!!

    Thanks to everyone for posting and alerting one another about this. Making a living as artist is tough enough already, we don’t need this stuff thrown into the mix.

  • I received this email this morning, and I am quite suspicious. What bothers me the most is the way it is written and the bad grammar. There is no Hello or introduction of name, and no thank you or finishing words to the email. To me it is written by an uneducated person and definitely not an art collector. I then went and googled the name and found straightaway that this person is a scammer. Please check out this website: https://www.artmajeur.com/en/forum/t/wilfred-martins/10594

    The email address is wilfredmartins087@gmail.com. Here is the email:

    Do you still have The Sound of Quiet and Connected available for sale as i am highly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon

    If you receive anything like this, please ignore.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  • from: Quin Fli
    I saw your information on the internet,I wish to donate the sum of $4.7 million dollars.I am Quin Fli of Japan.

    I am currently in the hospital,I am a cancer patient and my doctor have told me that i do have limited days to live on.

    I have made this wish to donate my funds to charity,Less privalage children..

    Get back to me if you are willing to receive this donation.

    Quin

  • Persistent Manoj S. Manoj !!

    Hello,
    I sent you a mail and concerning my finance manager erroneously sent the wrong amount to your name and address that you will surely received the payment in your mailbox or letterbox and you refused to reply back,because i have already contacted my bank manager concerning the payment and it take 1-2 days to cleared in your bank account and i will be glad if you can get back to me now,so that i can know the status of the payment,because it already sent out and you will surely received by this week Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Thanks for your understanding and co-operation,so Kindly look into your letter box or mail box starting from this week and get back to me immediately you received it and deposit the Cheque in your bank account, also get back to me when you received the Cheque and deposit the Bank Cheque.

    Please; Kindly reply me immediately if you receive this message now.
    Regards.
    Manoj

  • I received this from email p.m121222@gmail.com:

    Good Day,
    How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided
    to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and
    shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and
    payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order
    with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready
    to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either PayPal
    or Visa Card/ Master Card for payment
    Best Regards
    Mercy Palmer

    • I got the same message from : m.p1212@outlook.com
      Be careful.

      How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card or Master Card for payment
      Best Regards
      Mercy Palmer

      • Got this same email from the same address today. Language was a big red flag.

    • I got the same one!12/18/2017 Thank you friends for this article!
      Name Mercy Palmer
      Email m.p1212@outlook.com
      Subject Art Purchase
      Message Good Day, How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card or Master Card for payment Best Regards Mercy Palmer

  • Hello, my name is Christopher Benson from Washington Dc, I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase one of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. I’ll need pictures and prices of some of your art work which are ready for immediate sale within price range of $1,500- $2,500. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards.

  • kikiart got this:
    From:
    Mark Thompson
    tmark7881@gmail.com

    Subject:
    Artwork Paintings

    Message:
    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $700- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

    • I also recieved this today via the same email:

      My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
      Best Regards,

  • I just got this:

    Name: Kevin Waters
    subject: Artwork Paintings

    My name is Kevin Waters from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

    • I just got an email from this scammer too, just worded a little different:

      My name is Kevin Spiker from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale. Thanks and best regards, Kevin.

  • Gezzzz, guy still at work scamming. I received several emails with accolades and similar BS.

    MESSAGE:
    How are you doing?
    My name is Thomas Jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has
    been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes
    your piece of work, I’m also impressed to have seen your
    different piece of works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job.
    I would like to receive more information about your piece of
    artwork and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the
    purchase of the piece of art (in subject field above) to
    surprise my wife. Kindly reply for the availability for
    immediate sales.
    Thanks and blessing,
    Thomas
    And yes he is an oceanographer. Now that my suspicions have been confirmed I will see who I can alert in Canada. Thank you

  • Just got this one:

    Name: Mark Thompson

    Email Address: tmark7881@gmail.com

    Subject: Artwork Paintings

    Message: My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $700- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

  • I’ve been contacted by Mark Thompson, the ocean engineer. I decided to look him up when he started producing complications. Thanks so much for making your site available. Saved a lot of quandary.
    margot Dec.2017

    • I just received this scam from k.spiker122@gmail.com

      My name is Kevin Spiker from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

      Thanks and best regards,

      Kevin.

  • Dear Pamela,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise. Kindly email me the asking price asap.

    As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and Paypal transaction. So i would authorize a Check to you for the payment. Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my Truck and personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping and pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean, (I’m a Civil Marine Engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction.. So trying to kill two birds with a stone.

    Regards,

    George Barbara.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full Name as you want it to appear on the check, house address where you want the piece delivered by courier service including your zip code and phone number, so the check can be sent right away.

    Hello There,
    My name is
    George Barbara from New Jersey. I actually observed my wife
    has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to
    have seen your various works too, You are doing a
    great job. I would like to purchase one of your Large Works
    “Shovel Head “, as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary.
    Also, let me know if you accept Check as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards
    George.

  • Name: Mark Thompson

    Email Address: tmark7881@gmail.com

    Subject: Artwork Inquiry

    Message: My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $700- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

    • “Mark” sent me the same basic scam email on Nov 24th.–>

      “My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
      Best Regards,”

    • I just got the SAME EXACT EMAIL

      Name: Mark Thompson

      Email Address: tmark7881@gmail.com

      Subject: Artwork Paintings

  • I have received the same email with the name Quinn Sunny!!!!!!!

  • from: catalina jennings
    sent: śr, gru 6, 2017, 17:03
    Subject: Art collection or pieces

    Good morning,

    My name is Catalina Jennings. I was introduce to you by. Ms. Grace. Do you have some art you are interested in sailing. Please email me collection or sample and your estimate prices you are looking for. Then we can go from there. I do have 2 private galleries looking to buy within the next couple of days. If they are interested in your art, then we need to get you set up right away with registration.

    Kindly,

  • You are life savers…. Thomas Yang from Singapore almost got me 😛

  • I was approached by the same Scott Billy as other users have mentioned. I had several back and forths before googling his emails which have lead me here. I hope this guy is stopped. Horrible scam.

    Here are a couple of messages I received in the hopes that others will find the red flags.

    – – – –

    Greetings..
    My name is Scott Warren from Bogota, New Jersey. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary. Please kindly send pictures and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Scott

    – – – –

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece attached. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise.

    As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and Paypal transaction. So i would authorize a check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but i am actually going offshore and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction… trying to kill two birds with a stone. 🙂

    Have a good night.

    Scott

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your cell phone no. so i can try and call you later as the phones may be working better when this storm passes through.

  • Hi,
    Got an email as follows, from Christian Page at crmpage9@gmail.com:
    “Hi Nancy, I’m interested in your piece “Jennersville”, oil painting on canvas, 11″ x 12,” framed, $600.00. email me if you still have it available for purchase.”
    As you can see, the English and punctuation are almost perfect – it seems like this was written by an American, Canadian, Englishman, etc. I’ve gotten many scam art emails over the years, but they were always clearly from another country, and had the same text as the many emails mentioned in this blog comments section. I always just ignored them. With this one, I thought that it might be legit, so I answered it, saying that the painting was currently in a show that was ending in a couple of days, when I would pick it up, if it hadn’t sold. I wrote that I would email them one way or the other. I did go online to check the name and email address in the art scam database, and the email address did come up as one associated with scams, however the name “Christian Page” was not in the database. Just wanted to post this, as it seems that either they are getting better at writing emails, or they have hired English-speaking people to compose the emails – a scary development, as it did seem legit to me at first. I am not going to email them further; if I hear from them I will ignore it, and hopefully they will go away. If they pester me – I will tell them that the painting has already been sold.

  • SOOOO happy I listened to my intuition and googled ‘art scams’ and found this thread! So I’m adding another scam address here that will hopefully help another artist! I’ve noticed a pattern in the email addresses that they are all a name followed by numbers then the tail end gmail or whatever. Also the one I noticed a similarity with was the ‘I’m working offshore’ ….so thank you all for standing together and helping a fellow artist today! Here are my emails:

    frankchao096@gmail.com writes: Hope you don’t mind my email, as only recently came across your profile and saw images of your work online. It would be great and my pleasure purchasing paintings from you, kindly state the price range, sizes, e.t.c of paintings in your portfolio that are currently available for sale? Anticipate a favorable email response from you, so i know how to proceed.

    I REPLIED TO LET HIM KNOW THEY WERE DRAWINGS NOT PAINTINGS AND IF HE WAS STILL INTERESTED TO REPLY. HERE IS HIS REPLY:

    Hello Barb,

    Wonderful reading from you, also sure everything is fine with you, your family over there, also thanks for your response shedding more light about your art and also regarding selection of your artwork then how i am to proceed, hope i would be dealing directly with you than going through an agent or third party gallery as I am new to this and would like us both being involved in every process and progress made as also i intend tapping into this new opportunity of the art business down here really looking forward to building on a wonderful business relationship with you and purchasing your art. Below are the ones i have selected and willing to purchase from you, kindly get back to me with their total cost plus discount if there would be any for multiple purchase;

    ​THE POLLINATOR

    ON PATH

    THE FLOW

    Regarding shipping of the arts it would be down to Singapore because times it may seem difficult shipping into Singapore, so i would also be seeking and making inquiries from my colleagues who have shipped international in the past on the best shipping option plus how best to deal with customs clearance and taxes and once i have something positive i would let you know about it right away, as i want to be assured the artworks would be delivered to me safely after purchase.

    Lastly, bringing to your notice that because of the nature of my job currently working offshore on the rig what i use for all my payments/international transaction is by using my credit card hope that is fine and acceptable by you so i am also assured of a smooth and successful business between us.

    Await your next email then i know how to proceed.

    Regards.

    PS: Here is my full shipping address plus zip code: 20 Upper Circular Road #18-04 Singapore 058416. Also are the drawings framed?

  • Hi.
    Same email from Quinn Sunny to a French artist (textile designer), dated Nov 17. Second email Nov. 27. Then I found your website right in time. Thank you!

  • I also received an email and was immediately suspicious:

    My name is Kevin Waters from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

    • I received the exact same email form “Kevin Waters” this morning.

      It sounded “too good to be true”. I am glad I had the intuition to google the name.

      Thankfully I came across this page.

      ——
      My name is Kevin Waters from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
      Best Regards,

  • Wow! Look at how many people have been affected by these scammers!

    There was a disturbance in The Force around this “Karl Nelson” art buyer from the beginning for me, but I grew up in Chicago and can smell a rat a mile away.

    Same “ocean engineer” story. Same, “I’ll have my shipping agent pick the pieces up”. Same, “This is a surprise for my wife on our anniversary”.

    The bogus cashiers check issued from Sun Trust Bank was sent from Amazon’s Wainwright corporate building in Seattle Washington, under the name, Rita Lopez, with a phone number that is already blacklisted as being associated with scammers.

    I’m thinking the FBI needs to get a phone call from us to alert them about these scumbags. If the Feds actually care about stopping this gang of criminals, they could do it easily. God knows how many artists HAVE lost their work AND their money.

    It might just be that the internet and technology isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  • Here is another one to add to the list of emails to avoid. Thankfully I didnt think it added up and then checked your site.

    Steven Green
    Nov 20 (2 days ago)

    Hello,
    My name is Steven Green from Virginia.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact and works while searching and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your inventory that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards..

    • Got the same exact email but from Karl Nelson of Charlotte NC. Even the 2 periods after the state :/
      Avoid.

      • I got Karl, too.

        He’s moving to the Philippines, and my paintings are a gift for his wife on their anniversary. He’s having his shipping agents pick the paintings up.

        I’m gonna tell him his check cleared and have the cops here waiting to arrest whoever ole Karl sends to get my paintings.

        I hope they find these losers and fit them all with orange jumpsuits and matching 4′ x 6′ cells.

    • Hi, Elaine and all. I got the Steven Green thing a few days back, exchanged several emails, identical to ones posted here, the first:
      Hello,
      My name is Steven Green from Virginia.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact and works while searching and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your inventory that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

      Thanks and best regard

  • Thank you for the article which is very helpful. I received the following email today which is definitely a scam.

    Email from: manojs2615@yahoo.com
    Message: = Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of �100 to �1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards.

    • Thanks so much for sharing this email. I received the exact same email from “Will Palmer” and I’m choosing to ignore it after one exchange.

    • I received an exact email yesterday. I guess it was a scam, so I did not reply.
      I am glad I find all your emails, thank you for sharing.
      All the best.

    • I received this one this morning, too. Manjo Jonstew’s wife will be diappointed.

  • A couple of days I received a mail from someone by the name of Mark Thomson in Jacksonville Florida – there actually is such a person in Jacksonville Florida, a MD.

    He said that he wanted to buy one of my works for his wife for a surprise wedding anniversary gift, that he was relocating to Ireland, that he was an engineer away in the North Atlantic on training and that his shippers would take care of all shipping, once his check had cleared with my bank, and there was an urgency about the transaction. It all sounded very suspicious, apart from that about a year ago I received a very similar mail from someone by the name of Chris Lucas so I was of course alerted. Also there were a couple of grammatical errors in the mail. Here is the email address tmark7881@gmail.com
    By the way, your article was a great help in solving this mystery. Thanks

    • Hi,

      That’s the same scammer as the one I got who calls himself Steven Green, Same wife & anniversary tale, also ocean engineer details. Said he’s moving to the Philippines and needs the art immediately. YIKES!

    • “Mark Thompson ocean engineer’s” exact letter to me today (11/29.) Just cutting and pasting.. I just wrote to the real Mark Thompson, whom I assume has better grammar, having ostensibly graduated from the University of Charleston.
      Thank you so much for the alerts.

  • Received today: November 20, 2017:
    I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your works. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise.

    As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and PayPal transaction. So i would authorize a check to you for the payment. Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my Truck and personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most. So you don’t bother on shipping, I am okay with the price($595), i think its worth it anyways.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean, (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction.. So trying to kill two birds with a stone.

    • I just received an e-mail with basically the same language:
      Hello
      I’m Thomas from North Carolina. I recently observed my wife has been
      surfing ya page on my laptop, she is an art lover and i see she is
      interested in your art pieces. Well, I was also amazed after seeing
      your various works, like whow!!! quite an insane level of creativity
      ya got. I would really love to receive further information because i
      am interested in purchasing a piece as a surprise for her. Would you
      be kind enough to confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thank
      you and my best regards. Thomas Kennedy

      I like the way they think people in the South say ‘ya’ LOL!!!

    • Same guy sent same story to me, North Atlantic details, same payment story, etc.; even said same wording almost verbatim but without the southernisms.

  • From: Nabil Abdulla
    Date: 2017-11-19 8:33 GMT+01:00
    Subject: Interesting business

    I must thank you for given me the audience to explain this important
    issue to you. I have been in search of someone from your country with
    the same surname as yours, who is capable of handling this transaction,
    so when I came across your profile online and saw your surname, I was
    pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other, as I
    believe you are the right choice for this transaction.
    I await for your immediate response.

  • Thank you for covering the topic.

    Just revived:
    from: thomas jeff

    Sent: pt, lis 17, 2017, 15:23
    Subject: ART PIECE INQUIRY

    How are you doing?
    My name is Thomas Jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has
    been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes
    your piece of work, I’m also impressed to have seen your
    different piece of works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job.
    I would like to receive more information about your piece of
    artwork and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the
    purchase of the piece of art (in subject field above) to
    surprise my wife. Kindly reply for the availability for
    immediate sales.
    Thanks and blessing,
    Thomas.

    This one I revived in June
    From: Ruth Bradley
    To:
    Sent: pt, cze 30, 2017, 08:13
    Subjecy: Interested in buying your work

    Hi, am interested in buying one of the artworks you have available for sale. I will like you to kindly send me the list of the works you have available for sale and their various price, I will also like to know if you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon.

  • quinnsunny@yahoo.com is still operating ! I guess

    Message : Greetings!
    My name is Quinn Sunny from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £5000 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our wedding anniversary.

    Thanks and best regards..
    Quinn Sunny

    • This Quinn Sunny is still operating !, I got exactly the same text, it`s a shame such people

  • Dear Agora Experts,

    Thank you so much for your article, and for all of the comments that followed it. I was able to find my scammer “Grace Vine” among the posted comments, with the same exact message she sent to me:

    Message: Hello,
    I came across your web page , I like your inspiration as an artist. How about you email me your recent work on sale for me to look through?
    Cheers,
    Grace

    And when I responded, I got the following message.

    Hi Terry,

    It’s nice to hear back from you. I will like to proceed with the purchase of the 2 pieces (X & X), would mind telling me what your inspiration behind this piece. I think it is a lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I am presently away on vacation but I should be back in few days. Pls confirm it listed price

    420 Wisteria Cir,
    Roswell, GA 30076

    Meanwhile, can you please confirm your mailing address and phone number so I may inform my husband on where to forward the payment. I can have him send the payment asap. About shipping, you can handle it from your side to my mailing address above, either by USPS, or FedEx, UPS postal service

    I will look forward to hearing from you so I can know how best to proceed.
    Cheers.
    Grace

    Fortunately, when I told a friend about my good fortune, he told me to check online for the possibility of a scam first. Of course, I was disappointed not to have made the sale, but SO glad I checked, and so glad you had done this!!

    You are doing a really important service for artists. Thank you very much!

    Terry

    • I got this one too! Good thing I investigated more. Also I would never send a painting unless paid in full on PayPal.

    • Your Grace Vines is my Anna Grace with email address of annikkixsecrinxd@rediffmail.com. Just got the same email this morning. Fortunately, I get these enough that I immediately check the sender’s email address and have yet to be caught in a scam.

  • I received this email from Kevin Spiker.

    Dear Elise,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Dublin, Ireland soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching by December. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying vessels from 2016-2017 range in price from $1500 as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    Kevin Spiker spikerk48@gmail.com

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,

    Kevin.

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your Information:

    Full name (you want the check payable to):
    Contact address (preferably for fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to:
    Cell phone number:
    So I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

  • Here we go, came in today…..luckily I googled his name and this site popped up – thank you Agora – another one – I am not responding and forwarding it to the actionfraud.police.uk
    from Manoj. s Manoj [mailto:manojs2615@yahoo.com]
    Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards.

  • On Aug 28, 2016, at 9:33 AM, Frank Wood wrote:

    Hello,
    I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website (piece in subject field above) on my laptop and i guess she likes that piece, I must also say you are doing a great job. I would like to know what inspired that work.
    I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Peace and blessings
    Frank

  • My name is Kevin Spiker from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.

    • Scott Billy

      1:16 PM (9 minutes ago)

      to me
      Thanks for the message, it could be any color, but medium size or large.. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed piece within my budget $300- $1500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.

      Thanks and blessings.

      Scott

      Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 11:42 AM Atto Kim wrote:

      Hello Scott,
      Thank you for your interest in my artwork. Happy anniversary. I would like to know what kind of painting and what size canvas you are looking for. It would help me better assess what you are looking for. Thank you.
      Atto

      On Nov 8, 2017 8:39 PM, “Scott Billy” wrote:

      Greetings…
      My name is Scott Warren from Bogota, New Jersey. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary. Please kindly send pictures and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

      Thanks and best regards,

  • Another one from Kevin!!!! And HERE is the kicker…I got a call from a Washington, DC number and ignored it right before I got the email. Creeeeepy….

    “My name is Kevin Spiker from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.”

  • One More Scammer to add to the list…

    On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 5:59 AM, Andrews williams wrote:
    Hello,my name is Andrew Williams from Washington Dc, I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range of $500- $1,500. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Andrew

    • This appears to be ALL the same guy using different names! Always the wife, the anniversary, etc. I am wondering if he’s succeeded in fooling artists and what happened when he did. CREEP! Is this criminal? Can he be charged?

  • Thank you all!! If I hadn’t googled Bill Hunt Ocean Engineer, I think I’d still be trying to figure this out. The same day I posted five pieces on the mnartists.org website I received an email from Bill Hunt. After reading through the vast majority of comments here, I realized his emails were a hodgepodge of most of the emails cited. If it were not for you all posting those emails I think it would have been much harder to figure this out. I feel really bad cuz there is a guy out there with that name that does work in that field, but he ain’t from Ohio. I’m so very disheartened by this, yet being very new to all of this, I am grateful I’m learning about it now. I just don’t know what to do next. Where can I report this so at least it’s in some database somewhere?

  • Thank God for this article….received two such inquiries in the last month. BILL HUNT is the latest. (billhunt2230@gmail.com). Last month it was FRANCES JEFFRIES ( frances.jeffries678@gmail.com)

    WATCH OUT FOR THESE JOKERS FRIENDS!!

    My name is Bill Hunt from Ohio. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards.

    Bill.

    My name is Frances Jeffries from San Jose, California. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.

    Best Regards
    Frances

  • Nelson Derrick nelsonderrick231@gmail.com – has been a busy boy!

    Lame email with no sign off:

    Do you still have The Robert Juniper : Through the Looking Glass for sale as i amhighly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon..

  • I am so glad I found this article. I received an email from an interested buyer by the name of Grace Vines. She actually mailed me a cashier’s check in the amount of $4900. My asking price, however, was only $1040. I emailed her back asking her to explain. Her response was that her husband was confused about the transaction amount. She gave me the following instructions:

    “I am so excited and can’t wait to have the piece in our home. I hope to give it a very good home and enjoy the piece for many years.
    Regarding the check, Just find out my husband made a terrible mistake and overpaid you because he didn’t have full details of the transaction, been busy when he sent it. I am very sorry for the confusion but I will like you to go ahead and deposit the check, deduct the cost of the piece inclusive the shipping . I spoke with my husband and he will like you to send the difference back to his chief accountant. Pls get Four (4) Money gram or post office (USPS) money orders of (3) $1000 USD each & (1) $700 totaling $3700, you might be required to pay extra fee for the purchase of the money orders and money orders should be left blank, include purchase receipt and use FedEx Overnight. The money orders should be sent to the address below.
    Attn: Mr. Johnson
    10903 142ND ST
    JAMAICA NY 11435-5505
    FedEx or UPS First Overnight delivery cost about $45. Overnight shipping FedEx charges can be deducted from the money remaining. I’ll appreciate if you take care of this as soon as possible and advise with the tracking number.
    Please acknowledge this email. Thank you.
    Cheers,
    Grace”

    I know now it’s a scam for sure. But what should I do with the cashier’s check? Should I send it back? If so, should I send it by registered mail? Or can I just tear it up and not respond to further correspondences from the lady? Please advise. I don’t want this person to have any legal claims against me.

    • Hi my name is Clara, I posted my paintings around two weeks ago and somebody called Jodi Ross contacted me and sold my paintings. I asked for 150 dollars, now she sent me a paycheck for 1500 dollars I did not receive it yet….I was checking in internet about these cases and is the same procedure, now she texted to me very angry because I did not response her e-mails and she put in the message that she will advice to FBI about me. Because I lied to her. I responded her very kindly that I would like she advice to FBI because I want to show them all this notes in many blogs about about scams and are exactly the same procedure that she pretend to do with my paintings.
      Regards

  • I just got the John Glenn in SC email. I forearded it to my gallery who told me its a scammer. Just googled John Glenn in SC scammer and got this site. Shocked at how many of you were sent an email with almost the exact wording.
    It’d be a great service to artists if someone would come up with a computer program we that would block known scammers emails.

  • Hello,

    I thank you for your response to my mail on your property listed on the site which i am interested in i must really say that i like the property and i am ready to pay for the cost. I am contacting you in confidence hoping that you are a trustworthy person and would also be helpful to me.
    My name is William Coman. I am a USA military force Organization in Syria. I am presently serving in the Organization as a casualty doctor of the 1st Infantry Division Military, I am responsible for casualty internship in the camp i will soon retire from force.

    During my 6 years stay here in Syria i was able to make the sum of 7.2million USD. This money came from Oil business which i got involved in here. I contacted you because of the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, which prevent us from securing our financial transaction here. The ongoing civil unrest in Afghanistan have reshaped my future and if we come to a concrete agreement i will send the money to you for the property and safe keeping till i come over very soon i will need the house to live in and that is why i contacted you please help me.
    Where i am now we can only communicate through the Red Cross communication facilities which only permits me to send E mails and we can’t make phone calls now because no network at Ja’Din District area since it was blocked by the government.

    Please if you are interested in this transaction i will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I have a good means of sending the money out of Syria to Europe with help of a red cross jet that brings relief materials from Europe.
    I wait for your fast response so i can give you further details upon hearing from you. Please keep the property for me and consider my proposal for our mutual benefit.

    Regards,
    William Coman.

  • Mark Thompson is a SCAMMER . Others have reported the same here.
    He sent me this email from the email address tmark7881@gmail.com

    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,
    Mark

    and this one:
    How are you doing today, My shipping agent is due in the U.S sometime this week. So i have contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you right away. This is done to avoid delay or any inconvenience that may arise from his part and to allow check to clear before pick up. However, courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…Kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance the shipping agent. As i do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this transaction, that is why all fund is made available to you. As an aside, they are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

    I am really sorry for the mix up and will appreciate if you get back to me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

    Best Regards,
    Mark.

    • Thanks for posting, I got the exact same email today. Luckily I googled the email address and ended up here.

  • CAREFULL those two are scam emails too –
    t.hughes119@outlook.com and Tania Hughes

    They proposed an art shipper called Base Freight Services. They had a normal website, quote process, address (London) – and now the website is gone and I lost the artshipper money into the scam. Thanks god not the art pieces.

  • Wow! I also googled Mark Thompson, Jacksonville, FL-ocean engineer & your website came up. Thank you for putting this alert out. His email was similar to many others I just read.
    “My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, FL. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where I first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I would like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th wedding anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within the price range $500-$5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because I need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price. Best Regards, Mark Thompson”

    I am a well known artist and if he had my name, he could have easily googled it and found my website! Also, grammar was off and overall very suspicious. When I received a 2nd email saying he was an ocean engineer, relocating to Ireland and had a shipping agent, I knew I had to research this and would like to report it if possible. Any suggestions?

    • I have just received such an e-mail from Mark Thompson (tmark7881@gmail.com), absolutely the same. I e-mailed him my price-lists and he chosen one artwork. Then he wrote me about his 20 years anniversary wedding in Ireland and intenion to send a check. I asked him to send money to my bank account or via Pay-pall.
      Hope he can’t do anything bad with my bank details. I don’t think it is possible to do something horrible with anybody’s sort code, account number and name… Mmmm… good that you posted this. Thank you! No more details for this person.
      Yes, I am not native speaker so I can’t really understand if it is not perfect English, but… there is Google for information

  • Hello how are you doing today? We receive your mail, i want you to know that we are very ready to offer you this loan, the only problem is that, without this loan approval fee there’s no way you can get this loan and that’s the only payment you need to make, and the fee can’t be deduct away from your loan amount so all you need to do right now for you to get this loan is for you to try your best to come up with this only fee so that you be able to get your loan.

    So i will be kindly waiting to hear from you as soon as you are in agreement with the approval terms.

    God bless you as i wait your urgent mail.
    Regard.
    Mrs Monica Fred.,,,,,,,,,

  • Hello! I received this email today and knew immediately it was a scam, because it was very similar to another email last year which had me caught emailing back and forth, until someone at our local post office alerted me to the fact that it was a scam. It’s very similar to what has already been shared in this discussion!

    Name john glenn
    Email johnglenn10001@gmail.com
    Message HI! My name is john glenn from Sc. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our anniversary i guess she likes your piece of work,I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your original art which are ready for immediate sale within my price range $500- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more about your piece of work and what inspires your idea of creativity. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks and best regards, john.

    • I received the exact same email from John Glenn on 10/04! We frequently work with clients in Asia and get a lot of broken English emails, so I wasn’t suspicious until I saw the reply. I knew I had to google him…

      FIRST EMAIL:
      Name: john glenn
      Email: johnglenn10001@gmail.com
      Phone: 9294217226
      HI! My name is john glenn from Sc. I was looking for some artwork
      online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to
      purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for
      our anniversary i guess she likes your piece of work,I’m also
      impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : )
      You are doing a great job. Please kindly send pics and prices
      of some of your original art which are ready for immediate sale
      within my price range $500- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more
      about your piece of work and what inspires your idea of
      creativity. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate
      sales.
      Thanks and best regards,
      john.

      REPLY:
      Hello: Emily

      Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
      surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
      to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding
      anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good
      stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying the art work
      of $2,650,

      as a gifts to her.I’m okay with
      the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

      As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not
      to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive
      and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal
      effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

      I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am
      on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer)
      with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back
      for another couple of weeks.

      Regards,

      John

      PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you
      want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address
      (preferably for Ups ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed
      to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you
      right away.

      • The creep is still sending out the same letters almost verbatim at the end of November. I’m stunned and wonder both when he started and when he’ll stop!

  • i’m so glad that we have each other’s back! thank you to all!
    i googled this email address and it led me to here.
    kathwards654@gmail.com

    the email:
    Name Kathryn Edwards
    Email kathwards654@gmail.com
    Subject artworks inquiry
    Message Good day to you. I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you………………… WITHIN FORWARD IT BEGINS IN THE FLOW Let me know their various price and how much discounts are you going to give? I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our new home in Miami. As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives. We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as possible. On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks. I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day. Take care, Kathryn Edwards

  • Scammer Kathryn Edwards, kathwards654@gmail.com is still at work!
    I am glad I finally googled her name and email and recognized the scam. Thank you for doing what you do!

    This is the first email I received on Sep 26, 2017:

    Good day to you.
    I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I
    am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from
    you…………………
    Let me know their various price and how much discounts are you going
    to give? I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our
    new home in Miami. As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I
    have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other
    house decoratives.

    We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as
    possible. On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a
    Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed
    at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the
    payment of the creative artworks.
    I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.
    Take care,
    Kathryn Edwards

    This is the second email I received on Sep 29, 2017 after I responded:

    Thanks for your response to my inquiry regarding your creative works
    of art, I`ll love to proceed with the purchase of the artworks, and I
    really can`t wait to have those selected works in our new home.

    And as I stated earlier from my first email to you, I`ll be handling
    shipping and handling myself.

    Therefore, I`ll want you to get back to me with your physical mailing
    address so that my hubby who has been shuttling between Miami and our
    Seattle Home since he resumed as the Head IT section for the
    organization he works in Florida will make out the payment to you as
    soon as possible.

    Regarding shipping ,I`ll forward your contact information to the
    shipping company contracted to handle all our house decorative and
    other house wares to get in touch with you and make shipping plans
    with you. They can arrange for FedEx pick-up right from your
    studio/residence. They are also been charged to handle insurance and
    other logistics involved with the shipments.

    I`ll look forward to hearing back from so I`ll know how best we can
    proceed. Until we correspond again, best wishes.

    Kathryn Edwards


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  • Manoj, s Manoj is alive and well. I received this in my website account messaging.

    “Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards”

    Sounds convincing. But something not quite right. My day job is in IT, so I did a few checks first. Googling Manoj, s Manoj did through up much on the first page. However, googling Manjo Jonstew hit the jackpot. My this man’s wife sure is gagging for a lot of art.

    Outlook did correctly identify this as junk mail. The only minor problem is that is can sometimes do so incorrectly.

    Angus

    • Thanks for this Angus,
      mailto:manojs2615@yahoo.com
      Will be running out of wall space to hang his desired collection if it wasn’t for posts like this getting to the top of internet searches
      R

    • Thanks, Angus, we’ve had this one too – an exact copy of the text above on 28th August. Using the “we’ll believe it when it happens” approach, we politely replied stating that cheques are acceptable but we only release the work after full clearance.
      As expected there was no reply, then on 5th October a further email:
      Subject: : Re: ARTGALLERY/sorry for the late response/get back to me now………
      Hello,thanks for your mail and
      i would be glad if you can list some of the items you have for sales now,so that i can choose my order now .
      Waiting for your reply now for the list of the items you have for sale with the prices.
      Thanks
      NOTE: the request is for a list (would you purchase without pictures?)
      Still very cautiously, we politely stated that the available work is on our website together with prices and other details. We also provided a couple of page hyperlinks.
      Surprisingly, there was a further reply on 8th October, nominating a piece for purchase at the specific price.
      The details requested for the “Bank Cheque” are:
      FULL NAME :
      FULL ADDRESS:
      MOBILE NUMBER:
      TELEPHONE:
      – Does anyone need a mobile number and telephone number to write a “Bank Cheque”? Besides, the telephone number is on our website.
      Interestingly, this time there is an Aberdeen address provided. A Google search shows it does exist, but who lives there is anyone’s guess!
      Needless to say, we will not be proceeding with this “sale”.

  • Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards

    • This was one I received recently. I followed up the ISP address my website providers gave me with the forwarded email and it appears to be a dynamic type IP address favoured by fraudsters as it doesn’t link to a static address. I used this site to check if on a Blacklist: http://whatismyipaddress.com/blacklist-check

  • So glad I was led to this website. I was suspicious of an email I got (and the extra apparent funds in the form of a money gram). It seems Malcom Symons has been a busy guy. I did notify the bank that I was concerned that the international check was a fraud. They were great about it.
    This guy asked for my phone number and began texting me. It felt legit. Feel like a fool for falling for it and allowing it to go as far as it did. However he didn’t get anything from me. Thank goodness.

  • Thanks for your article. I have just received an email today with the email content appeared in your comments section TWICE. Here is the email
    From: “Grace”
    Message: Hello,
    I came across your web page , I like your inspiration as an artist. How about you email me your recent work on sale for me to look through?
    Cheers,
    Grace

  • Brett Nicolaides
    “My name is Brett Nicolaides from Palo Alto, California. I was looking for some artwork, the images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $7,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.

    Thanks”
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    I responded by telling him the url of my website and asked when his anniversary was. After this I tried googling him and wasn’t having much luck.
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    Thanks for your response, Can you tell me what size and the price for this painting “Hidden Inside” and if its not available, I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing

    Mark
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    I responded by telling him how much the piece was and how big it was. (in the email he did not answer the anniversary question) Did you notice how he signed his name in this one? I didn’t.
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    “Dear Kaitlin,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

    As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

    I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Regards,

    Mark

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.”.
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    FINALLY NOTICED THE NAME CHANGE. HE TOLD ME HIS NAME WAS BRETT NOT MARK. WHEN I GOOGLED MARK NICOLAIDES A BUNCH OF RED FLAGS WENT UP AND BROUGHT ME HERE.

  • Thank you so much for posting this! I received an email this morning that was a little odd, so I googled the email address and your post came up. Sharing my email as well so that hopefully no one falls for this!

    From: “Grace”
    Message: Hello,
    I came across your web page , I like your inspiration as an artist. How about you email me your r