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? 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 always 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.

Phishing Scams

There has been a recent influx of phishing scams in the art industry. These usually entail fraudulent companies taking advantage of the anonymity of the internet and trying to trick you into fraudulent contracts or scamming you into paying exorbitant amounts of money for services you will never receive. Unfortunately, this type of fraud has become a common occurrence and hundreds of people fall prey to sham agencies every day.

Keep in mind, that sharing your artworks and other details with just anyone is never a good idea. It can be tempting, because having a strong presence on the internet can be extremely advantageous, especially in today’s time. However, you need to be extremely careful. If any company or organization approaches you to sign up for representation on their website, always check their credentials before you send in your information. Your original artwork images can be used and reproduced by such fraud companies without you receiving any credit or information about it.

Useful Article: How To Identify And Avoid Art Frauds

Scams That Require You To Pay Shipping Payment Upfront

Sometimes, art scammers that show 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

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.

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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 with in 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.

Useful Article: 8 Benefits Of Gallery Representation

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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439 comments

  • 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 recent work on sale for me to look through?
    Cheers,
    Grace

  • Nelson Derrick
    nelsonderrick231@gmail.com

    I really appreciate it. Am nelson 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 and i saw it on saatchirt, 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 frank

  • I too have received this generic email. It’s funny how you know immediately that it has to be fake, but that little hopeful artist voice in the back of your head makes you respond at least once. It’s all too obvious if you really pay attention, but these crooks are getting better at this stuff, so we really should always question the validity of an email sale! So here it is! 🙂

    Email #1
    My name is Tanksley Anglin from North Dakota 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

    Email #2
    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 blessings

  • Another attempt by Kevin Waters
    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,

  • From “Louis Joshua”

    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.

    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($1500.00), 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.

    Regards,


    Louis

    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, so the check can be sent right away.

  • Fellows, there another mail wich is scammed envolved, Paypal told me that is phishing!

    “PAYMENT COMPLETED!

    DC
    Dave Crown

    Responder
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    Hoje, 04:02
    Você

    Hi… I just got alert from PayPal about my Account been Deducted! However, PayPal took measure on the Transaction by Putting HOLD to the TRANSFER as I made total Payment of  1,050 Euro  including MoneyGram Charges which shouldn’t be less than 40-60 Euro but to be sure I added up 100 Euro to Cover up the MoneyGram Charges to be able to get the Additional  450 Euro  send to the Shipping Company via MoneyGram Service….

    However, Below is the Transport Company representative where the Extra  450 Euro added to your Account should be sent via MoneyGram Transfer Service…

    Full Name   :Christiana Ogunyemi

    City              :Drogheda
    Post Code   :ROL
    Country       :Ireland
    Amount to be paid :450 Euro

    Note; The total 1,050 Euro is not yet credited to your Account until you get back to PayPal with the 450 Euro MoneyGram receipt payment which you will send first from your own Pocket Money in order for PayPal to be able to credit and complete the Transaction…

    Moreover, I hope you Got PayPal message with full Instructions on what to do in order to get the Transaction completed as I would advise you to check up your JUNK/SPAM Message cos I’m sure PayPal should have gotten back to you with Full Details And Instructions! Also, You can add me up on facebook to chat and explain more better to you regarding the Process on how you will get the Transaction completed and how to make Payment to the Shipping Company in order to avoid any Mistake…

    Hoping to hear Back from you…

    Mr. Dave!”
    It even associates a facebook page:
    “My FaceBook Page Link…  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016300148332

    Miguel Bingre de Almeida
     

  • I was unaware of these scams and replied in great depth with MANY pictures to ‘David LaDue’ who responded to my options with this::

    Dear Leanna,
    Thanks for the message and sorry for the delayed response, 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 painting (Sunshine Beach $7,800).. 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 contact address (preferably for USPS 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 as soon as possible.

    Thank you!
    _______
    I sent him an invoice that included my company name and address where to make it payable to. I never received a response. Did he get what he wanted in terms in information he wanted or was he turned off by the professionalism of my request and figured I’d be too tough to crack? I insisted on payment upfront, including tax and shipping and would have everything ready to ship once the check cleared. Concerned, and would appreciate feedback, thank you!

  • From: David Ladue

    Message:
    Hello,
    I am David Ladue from Maine.. 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 price list of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

    Thanks and best regards..

  • My partner went through the same sort of email scam from “Nathan Nguyen”, and ended up receiving a fake cashier’s check with the names of two unknown people. The address listed on the check is a house that came up on a realtors site as recently sold.
    We’re concerned that these people might be getting scammed as well, maybe their bank account was hacked somehow?
    Any advice on what to do?

  • Seems like this is going around! I got a similar email from Rod Harris with the email address rodharris678@gmail.com. Below is the email so people can be aware:

    My name is Rod Harris 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
    Rod

    • This is the third email we’ve had each using different names but the text is the same. Todays email came from manojs2615@yahoo.com although he says he’s from the UK!

      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.

      I have to say, I replied to the first email…he/she was very insistant on me sending ‘prices immediate’ and got quite nasty when I said, well if your wife was on my website, the prices are all on there! Ho hum!

  • I must tell you I intend to give my beautiful 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. I will prefer it framed, what’s the total amount?

    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 about the shipping.

    Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down and have also forwarded to my shipper, I hope to visit your studio with my wife in the nearest future after our anniversary. In order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise, I’ve contacted my Boss to issue out the check and have it sent to you.

    Regards,

    Dennis

  • What a low life to target artists! Glad I searched his email! Thank you for having this thread!
    (I saw the same exact email above!)
    Heres what I got:
    Name: john glenn

    Email Address: johnglenn1001@gmail.com

    Subject: artwork is needed

    Message: Greetings!
    My name is john glenn 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,
    john.

    • Hi, I’ve received almost the exact same note from a ‘John Owen’, who in his second note called himself John Glenn, but email address was same…(johnowen10001000@gmail.com)
      It started to feel spammy with details like ‘I’m relocating to Phillipines, but am working on a training overseas (I’m an ocean engineer), arrange shipping with my guy/ need address for pickup/ want it to be a surprise for my wife’….’ what a bunch of b.s. !!!
      I’m glad I decided to research. I won’t bother writing

  • Malcolm Symons appears to be a busy guy. I too got the same style of request, having visited my web site. My gut reaction told me to be careful. Yes he sent a Moneygram in excess of what I has asked for. I visited the bank today having made the deposit a few days ago, asking if the Moneygram had cleared. No it was rejected. I now await his e mail on what his next step might be. I haven’t alerted him yet about the rejection at the bank. My gut antenna served me well.
    Be cautious fellow artists.
    William

    • Hi – Malcom Symons from Paris wants some of my art!
      English pretty bad. Address does match block of flats in Paris- but he didn’t give a flat number ( which set alarm bells).
      Wishes to make an overpayment… have replied as I would do with a (normal) customer politely saying online payment / PayPal only accepted, and that I would arrange shipping. Don’t think I’ll hear back! But if I do, is there nothing legally I can do to try and stop this type of fraud?

  • Hey guys,
    Thanks for this info! Just got an email from John Glenn “ocean engineer”, exactly the same as above.

    • Hi, I am a Berlin-based artist. I got e-mails from John Glenn “ocean engineer” asking for my contact details and wanting to take care of the whole shipping. I got suspicious as he said he would pick up the artwork himself, if he were not that busy. Well, I live and work in Berlin, just a few miles from South Carolina. I checked the name and found this page and the comment section. Thanks to you all. At the same time I find it so sad that fraud invades the for me holy world of art and artists, but that’s the world we live in.

      • Me toooo! Ugh! I’m so angry

        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 1st image of $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.

  • Received today, 8-16-17, via my website at Zenfolio.com:

    From: “Megan”

    Message: Hello,
    I came across your page. I like your inspiration as an artist. How about you email me your recent work on sale for me to look through?
    Cheers,
    Megan

    • I got the same email today sent through Zenfolio. I’m glad I searched for this email. Something seemed off about it

      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

  • About 5 years ago I got a similar message and decided to play along and see what happened. The “customer” who was supposedly in England sent a “cashier’s check” from a bank in New Jersey for an extra $1,000 which I was supposed to give to his shipping representative when they showed up to pack and ship a $200 5×7 painting. I took the check to my bank, and they reported it to the banking industry fraud site. Did not hear any more from the customer.
    After that experience, I’ve taken a different approach when I periodically get these scam emails. Most of the scams are obvious, so I just delete them. But some seem more normal, so if it seems like a legitimate inquiry from my website I respond politely with: 1. Please tell me specifically which painting on my website you are interested in, 2. I will be happy to ship my artwork to you, but my policy is to only use UPS or USPS for shipping, As soon as I know which items you would like to purchase and where you want them shipped to, I can let you know what the charge is for the shipping. 3. I do not accept personal checks or cashier’s checks. My policy is to only use PayPal for payments.
    Since the scammers have no idea which website or the name of the painting, and do not want to use PayPal or UPS, I usually don’t hear from them again.
    If I did get a response asking for an exception to my payment and shipping policies, I would simply say “I’m sorry, but my business manager will not allow me to make exceptions to these policies.”

  • Thank you Agora. I received the same email from Fred Adams.
    Name: Fred Adams

    Email Address: fadams915@gmail.com

    Subject: Artwork is needed

    Message: Greetings!!
    My name is Fred Adams from Florida, 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 to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards..
    Fred.

  • Here’s the scam email I received 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,”
    The first thing I did was Google the email address and it brought me to this thread. Many thanks to Agora Gallery for this quick reference thread. Obviously I’m not the first artist you saved from wasting time, energy and money.

    • I received the exact same email, same day as well.

    • I receive the same email today but he had changed his name to Kevin Waters. What low life!!

      • Ahhhh I just got this too. I’m a mother of twins expecting another in dec. I really could use the extra money right now. What a dirt bag.
        Thanks to this site for saving me!
        Love, alana fitzgerald

  • From my website comments page I got:

    Name: Kevin Waters
    Email: kwaters671@gmail.com

    What type of request are you submitting?: Comment

    Message: 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, 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.

    — Tracking Data —
    Sent on: 2017-08-04 02:33:28
    Sent from IP address: 154.118.61.129
    Using browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_12_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like
    Gecko)

    Checking the IP address (154.118.61.129) in the tracking data and I get:
    address: PLOT NO-36B MOBOLAJI JOHNSON AVENUE OREGUN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ALAUSA-IKEJA,
    address: IKEJA
    address: Nigeria
    phone: +234-15012345
    nic-hdl: TCS1-AFRINIC

    So it’s another Nigerian prince going the art route this time.

  • Well…I’m so glad I read this article and continued through to the comments section. Since it was such a help to me, I’m going to pass this along.

    I received this email as a follow-up to my email that included a price list of my artwork (waste of my time). The email address was different but the email content is identical to an answer I found in your comment section.

    this bogus email came from: christopherwu64@gmail.com

    Dear Sarah,

    Wonderful reading from you, also sure everything is fine with you, your family over there, also thanks for your response and detailed reply to my email regarding selection of your artwork and how i am to proceed came across your paintings online via your website: http://www.artchickee.com after my search for wonderful artist i could purchase paintings from abroad, 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 these multiple purchase;

    —————–
    ———
    ———
    ———
    ———

    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

  • I recently received an email from a Malcom Symons, inquiring about my work and expressing an interest in how to go about purchasing it from my website. I responded, answering the question and now I’m nervous as my name, #, email and website are always tagged onto the end of my emails. Malcolm responded back with a tonne of information about how he’d like to purchase a specific item and added a link to what I am assuming is an image from my website, but I did not select the link. It was the link that initially concerned me.

    Following the interest in the link was a great deal of information on how they’d like to send their shipping professionals to my home to collect and ship the art themselves etc etc. I do not place the price of my work on my website and there were no questions about cost. Their email ended with a full address in the UK.

    I’m not sure how concerned I should be that they have my name, email, # and website. Any advice on how to keep an eye on this?

    • Dear Daniella,

      We don’t think they can do anything with your email address and general information, except email you multiple times. We would just like to advise you to be careful from now on. Good luck!

    • I have also received the same email from a Malcom Symons. I googled the address he gave, and it is a house that is currently for sale in the UK, so they must also be trolling home real estate sites to source credible addresses. What tipped me off initially was the odd spelling of the name (Malcom, not Malcolm), then the poor grammar in the message itself was what raised the alarm bells. Am just about to revamp my website, so will be prudent in how much information I will be sharing.

      Good to read through this advice, glad to have found it. Thank you!

      • my name is Luke im an artist and nearly fell for a scam by this so called MALCOM SYMONS . Thanks to this site i saw he had tried it with other artists. His email address is malcom_symons2@outlook.com. He wanted some of my art said he will collect it via a shipping company .Once i realised it was a scam i stopped. but he had my address and sent a cheque today £3500 lol. the company on the cheque was forensic control limited… i explained to him i only use paypal but the donkey still sent a cheque…..i wont be cashing it in

    • I got an art phishing email from:
      malcom_symons3@outlook.com
      Malcom symons,
      30 Willes Road, (googles as a genuine address, but probably from a real estate listing)
      Leamington Spa,
      CV31 1BN, UK
      Hello Lynette
      How are you doing today?,i hope you are doing good?,i traveled out of Ontario and currently out of town at the moment,also i am so glad and delighted to receive your response as regards my inquiry for your works,please find listed below what i am interested in,also i would so much appreciate further information’s as regards my request and please do let me know if i made a correct choice and if its available for sale for my personal use and how much it costs and also let me know if there are any other additional information’s you could let me know of as regards the items i selected
      Tree of Life
      Sabrina Fair
      Secondly as regards shipping of the items,i would take care of that by myself as i have a private shipment broker that could come over to your place and pick up the items from your as soon as you have been paid fully for your works and funds have been made available as he also has some huge chunk of furniture’s and fittings to pick up for me in Canada,so i would be needing your full mailing address and phone numbers inclusive of mobile to pass to the shipment broker for logistics,also i need to know from you if
      1)Would you prefer to ship the works yourself?
      2)Would you be okay and fine with me arranging the shipping/pick up through a private shipment broker i have worked with in the past?
      And Finally as regards payment,it would be made available to you on my behalf by my business associate that owes me,also please note that as soon as you have received the payment and funds have been made available to you by your bank you would deduct the funds for your items and then hand over the items for shipment to the shipment broker that would come and pick up the items from your place if you prefer pick up,Also note that the payment that would be made available to you would be inclusive of funds for shipping of your items/the shipment broker.
      So in order for the funds to be made available to you via a bank draft or cheque the following information’s would be needed from you
      Names to be written on the payment
      Full mailing address
      Phone numbers inclusive of mobile
      So thanks so much and patiently look forward to hearing from you soonest.
      Regards
      Malcom

      • I Just received the exact email from Malcom Symons. He used an Address in Paris which turns out to be a Police Station.

        • I got an email from Malcom, almost exactly the same. This time his address was in Kansas.

  • Beware Friends!!
    Just a week ago I got a Email from ”johnowen10001000@gmail.com” from U.S. sent via my website contact page asking for immediate painting sale.
    After getting few emails I felt a strong doubt in his fraud conversation, and today I googled by the mail address.
    I have found this is a scam mail which is sent to many renounced galleries and artists.

    Please be aware from these type of traps. They mainly target the artists.
    Here is the scam email I got. Also I have found the same email content by different id-names on Google search.

    The scam email below :
    ”Hello, Hope you are fine? Pardon my manners, i’m John Owen from NC. You are doing a really great job in your artworks. I observed my wife has been viewing your site on my laptop, shes an art lover and i can see she has interest in your art piece. well I was also amazed after seeing your various works too. I would love to receive further information about your piece of work and what actually inspires your imagination so vividly. Very much interested in purchasing a piece to surprise my wife. So kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks and my best regards. John”

    #artscamalert

  • Hi, Like many others, I am so glad I discovered you website about Quinn Sunny and his scam message which is so similar:
    “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 £1,500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our wedding anniversary and my method of payment is by Bank Cheque.
    Waiting for your reply.”

    Thanks for heads up!

    John

    • I’ve just received the same scam email! Not going to respond to him or her … Quinn Sunny … so this criminal won’t be getting anything from me. Glad this site confirmed my suspicions.

      • I’ve just received this email today too! Didn’t seem legit, thanks for confirming!

      • Same here – alarm bells did actually go off initially but nothing came up on Google a couple of weeks ago. I did send a brief email back just in case, asking which pieces in particular he would be interested in.

        The next email requested my full name, full address and telephone numbers… **Bring Bring** went the alarm bells! Googled the name again and arrived at this site.

        • I have had several from Quinn Sunny and have played along a bit to see where this is going. Have been asked for full address etc so I’ve sent an email asking for his phone number, not had a reply yet…..

    • Hi. Seems ‘Quinn Sunny’ has been very active. I had the same email and have emailed back, got a reply, emailed back again with more questions and got a further reply. I then sent an invoice and not heard back yet. And now, after bumping into this thread, I guess I never will. All interesting (if really annoying) stuff. such a shame that there are people out there doing this but I am certainly more aware of it now.
      Good luck everyone.
      Andrew Wildman x
      andrewwildmanart.com

  • Received one today from an “Alex Phell” via alexandra.phell@gmail.com :

    Hey,
    I am interested in purchasing the Painting (title here) for my darling wife as a surprise gift for our 21st anniversary. I hope to hear more from you to finalize the sales, Kindly let me know your best price so I can authorize a certified check ASAP.
    Thanks,
    Alex

  • John Owen Contacted me with the same story reflected here. I googled him and saw he was an ocean engineer on LinkedIn so thought he was legit. Obviously not since my emails are verbatim. Thanks so much for this info. I wouldn’t have fallen for the overpayment trick but still have wasted time on him.

  • “John Glenn” at johnglenn1006@gmail.com has tried it on with me in the UK too, text:

    Greetings!
    My name is john glenn 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,
    john.

    • I’ve been emailing with “John Glenn” after receiving almost the exact same comment on my website. I knew it was fishy, so I searched “John Glenn marine biologist” (what he told me he did) and a ton of art scam articles came up! Thanks everyone for sharing the details! Phew!

  • Dear Agora Gallery,

    I’d like to thank you so much for this information as I was almost a victim of an art scam. Your gallery in well known and established in NYC. Your info was the first to pop up when I researched art buying scams. Over payment was your second paragraph. I initially hesitated to put the checkin when I received it and tried to reach the client unsuccessfully who was supposed to be on vacation. I waited 7 days. Obviously they had a time line. They wanted me to send the money back via blank postal checks? I knew something was up and googled it. Thanks again! Janet R.

    • I guess I should give everyone the name of my scammer, as it has come up in many of these replies as the same people.
      “Her” (whatever) name is Megan Avery daveryrediffmail.com

    • Dear Janet,

      We are so glad we could help you out! Good luck with your future endeavours, and be careful.

  • My name is Christopher Lowe from Tampa FL. 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 10th
    Anniversary. Please kindly send pic and prices of some of your art which
    are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.
    Thanks and best regards…Lowe

  • kathwards654@gmail.com = scammer
    alias Kathryn Edwards

    • She emailed me last week and we’ve been corresponding since. It sounded fishy from the beginning, but not overly scammy. I’m glad I googled her email!
      If I may ask, what did she do that made you realize she was a scammer?

  • Thank you for this site. It is very informative. I have received the following email from johnowen10001000 through my art website. The message was almost exactly the same as some of the emails reported on this site.
    “Greetings! My name is john Owen from NC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, shes really an artwork lover.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. (johnowen10001000@gmail.com)Thanks and best regards, john”

    (By the way there is no subject line on my website.) Definitely a scam!

  • I have just received an email from Quinn Sunny which starts:

    “Greetings!
        My name is Quinn Sunny from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website…”
    Etc etc.
    I am always sceptical of any email that doesn’t address me by name and is either vague on details or uses very broad terms as these points indicate that the email could be sent to any artist.
    Quinn goes on to say:
    “I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1,500”
    See what I mean by broad?

    • Yup, just got the exact same email above. Seeing as what my priciest painting is £400 I guessed it was nonsense, but what a great article and forum for discussion so we can share our experiences of these scammers and help keep ourselves and other artists safe. ThankyoU!

  • Greetings Kristina,

    Please I am interested in purchasing the piece ( Dream Garden) for my darling wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. I hope to hear more from you to finalize the sales, Kindly let me know your best price so i can authorize a certified check ASAP.

    Thanks,
    Alex.

  • I manage a gallery in West London and the same individual Quinn Sunny got in touch with us. Immediately we thought it was a scam, but one of consultants engaged in a conversation with him. Definitely a scam, and quite the rude replying man – or robot – kept addressing her as “Sales”.

  • I make my living as an artist and have for decades, but this is my first go with a scammer and it’s been fun, I won’t lie. Briefly, there is an art scam out there where someone wants to buy a piece of art and they need it quickly for a birthday, anniversary..etc…
    Now, once they choose the art they send a check for more than the painting costs.
    You are supposed to deposit the check and wire the “overage” via Western Union to someone that is going to be sending the piece overseas and picking it up. In this case the overage is $1900.
    Now, I’ve been leading this guy on for a week and a half now, he contacted me on the premise of buying an anniversary present for his wife.
    I chose some total shit pieces of art off the internet and gave the pieces names like “Scammer” and “Guy I Met in Ghana” and he chose one I titled, “Nigerian Coffee Shop Owner.” I also included a million dollar Basquiat in his choices which he turned down.
    Now he wanted an address of where to send the payment, I gave him the FBI’s office downtown here in Toledo, and today he sent the payment and it arrived at the FBI!!!
    I never thought he would actually send anything.

    I said I didn’t get the first check so he FedEx’d another one this time I had him send it to Agent Kelly at the address (FBI field office here in Toledo).
    http://www.clipular.com/c/5847106616295424.png?k=izSAyuEG0ypuAzfftwVlHKx1kds

    • Dear Jo,

      It’s great that you decided to take action against this art scam! Do keep us updated about the following events.

      Thank you for sharing the information.

    • wow..smart girl…wish I had done that!

  • I am a company director to Cambridge Open Studios here in the UK. I found your website when I googled the name Quinn Sunny who is the most recent ‘person’ to target my members. We have recognised this as a scam. The latest of many. Could I please use some of your text or even include a link to the text in a warning email to my members? The article is very well written and covers all the vital points.

    • Dear Marion,

      We will send you an email regarding this shortly.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Add the name Alexandra Phell to the list of scam artists. I received this email after several exchanges about buying a painting for her darling wife.
    Hope you are good. Thanks for the details. As it is now, My shipping agent will be in the US sometime next week to pick up the piece from you. So I will authorize a check right away to you which will include my shipping agent fees. This is done to avoid delay or any inconvenience that may arise from his part and to allow the check to clear before pick up. As an aside, the shipping agent is always on the road, making deliveries in different locations. 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.

    Brooke, 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 income/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.

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,
    Alex.

    • Just received the initial email from Alexandra.phelps@gmail.com
      I was so excited, but wanted to do a little research on this buyer.

      Btw this email was forwarded to me thru fine art America.

      Guess I won’t be selling that painting today!

  • Is the FBI fraud website the best place to report this sort of thing?

  • Glad I came across your website when I googled an email address after receiving a message almost word for word the same as those stated above (about the wife and anniversary present).
    Email was from Quinn Sunny through my gmail account – odd name which is a red flag to start with. Same blurb as previous comments and pressure to hurry etc. Anyone know who I can report this to in the UK?
    Be warned: quinnsunny@yahoo.com = scammer

    • Thanks for sharing this! I just had an email from the same guy!

      “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 £1,500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our wedding anniversary.

      Thanks and best regards..
      Quinn Sunny”

      What got me suspicious (besides from the strange wording) was the very specific and wide price range, £100-£1500 pounds, that is a pretty strange budget..?

  • Hi there! I am an artist from the Netherlands and I received a somewhat weird email from someone called ‘John Glenn’. It contained many grammatical errors, so I thought he had used Google Translate at first. But now, in the proces before payment, he said the artwork will be picked up by his ‘moving contractor’. I know from PAYPAL that I need a receipt from a genuine shipping agency to be protected if a check bounces, so that is why I googled his email address and your website turned up. Thank you for all this information!! It ticked all the boxes!

    Herewith all information of this scammer (most probably fictive), so other artists are warned:

    Name used: John Glenn
    Email used: johnglenn1001@gmail.com
    First Email: Greetings!
    My name is john glenn 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,
    john.

    Next email:
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $450- $2000 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
    john Glenn

    Last 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 name of my artwork he wants’)

    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.

    • I am an artist based in Sydney, Australia and have received the exact same emails from ‘John’. Unfortunately the scammer wasted a lot of my time – as I had a number of emails back and forth to provide information about the original works I currently have available, and then to make it worst, I involved a friend in the US to help accept the cheque for me. Fortunately, she noticed that his cheque hadn’t cleared before the ‘shipping payment’ was banked at his end. It’s just awful that scammers would target such a vulnerable demographic of emerging artists.

    • I just got an identical scam from John Glenn. Thanks for posting this, it would have broken me.

      • I have just received that exact scam from John Glenn. I became highly suspicious on the third email re shipping and moving to phillipins. Glad I have found this!

  • I’ve received 2 such requests in the last week, both very similar to each other, and exactly as you specified. The first time I thought it was legit until we got into a conversation over email and things didn’t start to add up. Beware! I ended up taking a copy of the email chain to the police, because I had given my address out for them to mail a check to. The messages came from Barbara Flower and Thomas Lawrence. The first was a gmail account and the second one actually came thru a college student acct at William Paterson University–don’t know if that’s a front, or if someone is actually using their acct there to run the scam. Messages below:

    “Hello There,
    My name is Barbara Flower from California. 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 Landscapes “Waves II” – pastel, 9 x 12″, 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
    Barbara.”

    “Hello,

    My name is Thomas Lawrence 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- $3,500, 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,
    Thomas Lawrence .”

    • I just received one from Barbara Flower (supposedly of California). The wording was almost identical except for asking if I accept PayPal. Interestingly the request re PayPal made me think it was possibly legitimate, but something about it just seemed too good to be true.
      Thanks to everyone and Agora Gallery for having this forum; so helpful. Plus I had a laugh about the check being sent to the FBI 😀

  • I received an email from ‘Kevin Waters’ and I answered him by giving him details and prices of my artwork. He responded back to me with all the bells and whistles of a scam. I reported the scam to several places including the FBI. Then I answered back and said…

    Wonderful!
    Please send the check to:

    Kevin Waters
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    601 4th St., NW
    Washington, DC 20535
    202-278-2000

    Hurry! They are waiting for your information!

    Thank you so much for this article! Let’s share this information so no one else will become victim to this unfortunate scam!

    • I just received similar scam inquiry from “Kevin Waters”. So glad people are sharing this information. Thank you!

  • ART SCAM TIM BAYNES IN LONDON

    Scammer: johnglenn1001@gmail.com
    “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.
    “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.

    ALL THE CLASSIC HALLMARKS 🙁
    Is there a Federal organisation to whom I should report this

  • “Philip Laos” , phloas0000@gmail.com contacted me in january. Had a long story with “him” since then with two fake cheques. Through the comments of this very helpful article I could find out that the address he gave me
    Unit 7 / 24 Beattie Road, Coomera QLD Australia
    does match with the pseudonyms “Pratt Cardenas” , “Beson Duong” , “Stefan Rubic” .
    So same person(s) behind these names. Probably even more… Thank god no bigger harm was done. Beware!

  • Thanks so much for this article. I received this scam e-mail through my website:

    Submitted Information:

    Name
    Zane Young

    Email
    zyoung331@gmail.com

    Comment
    Greetings!!
    My name is Zane Young 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 the piece to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards..
    Zane

  • Anthony Petrello positivepackaginginc@gmail.com

    “Hello Wren,

    Am Anthony Petrello 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 Collections Nude 3,as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

    Thanks.

  • Scammer “John Glenn” used the guest book on my website to contact me. I checked first and found this page. Thank you for posting this discussion.

  • Hi All,
    I received an email re buying some of my work.
    I smell a scam, does anyone recognise the email below.

    (Hi Stuart,
    I feel it is proper i introduce myself.
    My name is Lumi Johnson, based in Qld, Australia.
    My wife Casey, actually did the search that found your works on the internet.
    We need this works for two reason, one to beautify the new home and secondly, to gift out to our new inlaws as our daughter will be getting married soon.
    Lumi.)

    This is part of a chain and has now got to a point where Lumi has asked me to send an invoice and he will make a bank transfer. See below email.
    Please can anyone verify if they know this to be a scam.

    (Hi Stuart,
    Hope you had a nice trip.
    All the figures seem fair enough.
    Which shipper would you be using?
    My address is 1/393 Annerley Road, Annerley Qld 4103.
    I will be paying via bank transfer.
    Please make out an invoice detailing all the information in your earlier email.
    Lumi)

    Thanks Stuart

    • Yes Lumi Johnson has asked me if I have art for sale here , I am no longer
      Responding to his emails, on advise from a friend.

    • FRAUD ……A TOTAL SCAM!
      Lumi Johnson sent me the identical email to yours, word for word. Plus the request for invoice. He chose 4 paintings of mine, I gave him my bank details but he kept saying that he could not do the transfer as there was a problem. Then he sent me a cheque which looked fine. He then said that he only wanted 2 of my paintings & gave a good excuse why, so needed the refund for the 2 as quickly as possible. Again good reasons why but I said that I couldn’t refund until the cheque cleared my account. Then my bank rang me to say that it was a FRAUDULENT cheque. Beware this LUMI JOHNSON & others like him.
      Thank you for this site.

  • Thank you for this site and all the responses. I got an email from Kevin Waters from Florida. too.
    The ocean engineer. Same as above.
    He was giving his wife a surprise gift for their anniversary, moving soon, had a shipping agent to pick
    it up. etc. chose the most expensive painting, was oversharing to beat the band. Then wanted my personal information to send his check. big red flags were waving. I googled art scam and your site confirmed. It is the exact same scam. Thanks for the confirmation this was a scam.

    • Yep, I knew it!! I’m currently dealing with this Kevin Waters guy. I told him I’d rather he paid my fee via PayPal or Venmo and deal with the shipping side of things himself as I wasn’t comfortable to be entrusted with such a large sum of money. I told him that I would no longer be expecting a check in the mail. His most recent reply to that was fairly aggressive. Any suggestions on how I deal with this? I definitely will not do anything with a check if one turns up in the mail. Is this something I should go to the police about, since he unfortunately now has my name, address and phone number. I know, won’t make that mistake again 🙁

    • Omg I just got an e mail from Kevin Waters from Florida – thank you for posting this name and documenting the scam. I really appreciate it!

  • Good evening ! I received this email this evening and immediately knew something wasn’t right – for starters, I don’t have a web page. A quick search before I responded found this page and comment section. It seems I’m not the first to receive an email from Sally Forbes. I recently was a featured artist of the month locally and I would expect she picked that up based on views from my FB page.

    Sally Forbes
    7:20 PM (2 hours ago)

    to bcc: me
    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, Sally

  • i just got an email from Kevin Waters, Jacksonville, FL, wedding anniversary, moving to ireland.

  • we got one as a person who said his name is john glenn. Johnglenn1001@gmail.com

  • Me too! Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, tmark7881@gmail.com Same email as above–wife, twenty year anniversary, moving to Ireland etc.

    I once accepted a cheque from someone who I was already sure was a scammer–out of curiosity. I took it to my bank, which by coincidence was also the bank the cheque was drawn on. I showed it to the manager & he confirmed that it wasn’t legitimate. He told me there was a branch of the FBI that was dedicated to Online scammers. I, still curious, went to the FBI website & followed the instructions for reporting such things. When I finished a window popped up saying (I paraphrase from memory) “Please hold on to all your evidence, we may contact you requesting it. At present our waiting time is about 2 years” !!!

    I was glad to find Mark Thompson here, & be able to confirm my suspicion as result of a Google search, but other than warning other possible victims, the only thing we can achieve is letting ‘Mark’ know it’s time to change alias…

  • This is the 2cnd such email I have received over the last few months. FYI, our website address is in our email address

    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,

  • WARNING to other artists! This scam involves someone ( in this case “Sally Forbes”) contacting you, wanting to buy a painting. After a series of email exchanges, they give you an address and say they are sending you a check. You are so excited to be selling an artwork!
    You receive a cashiers check, such as the one you see pictured. Only the amount is “way more” than the price of the painting, plus tax and S&H! They email you that they, by mistake, sent you too much money and would you reimburse the extra.
    Being a kind, honest person, you send them your art AND the extra $2,000-$3,000, only to find out from your bank after a week or so, that the cashiers check, or whatever they paid you with, bounced; it was no good and you now owe the bank all this money.
    This happened to me once before (though I found out it was a scam before it was too late). Now I always insist on being paid with a cash, a personal check, or on PayPal.
    Actually I sold a painting this week and the person paid me through PayPal, so they are legitimate and I’ll mail them their art. But Sally Forbes?–NO!

    • I received an email from Sally Forbes last night. It was addressed to undisclosed recipients. I was blind copied. Because I was not the principal recipient it immediately raised red flags. After doing some research on the web this morning I found this site and was able to confirm my suspicions.

  • May 2017 overpaying with a check scam from Anthony Petrello, positivepackaginginc@gmail.com, AKA Benson Washington, AKA Alfred Ayaan.
    “Am Anthony Petrello 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 your sculpture, as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.”

    tried to send me a check from:
    Crane Contracting Group, LTD.
    5719 Kenwick
    San Antonio, Texas 78238
    (hope this helps others)

  • josephswan01@gmail.com

    Dear Samantha,
    Thanks for the message and sorry for my late response, 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 surprise one..I’m okay with the painting (Spoon 2 $6,000).. 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,

    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 OR UPS 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 as soon as possible.

    Thank you!

  • (My reply. This is my reply to his second email – Will post again if he responds… I knew it was too good to be true)
    ———–

    Mr. Swanson,

    I am sorry, I do not accept checks.
    Please review my terms and conditions on my website.
    Direct sales are available through the website with checking or savings account, debit or PayPal. This will help us both with quicker, safer transaction. A pick up can be arranged. I would be happy to deliver the painting for such an unbelievable purchase. I am only a couple hours away. You’re urgency is understood.

    If you have any concerns moving forward, pleas advice. Thank you.

    Best of luck on your voyage,
    Samantha

    On May 4, 2017, at 6:19 AM, Joseph Swanson wrote:

    Dear Samantha,
    Thanks for the message and sorry for my late response, 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 surprise one..I’m okay with the painting (Spoon 2 $6,000).. 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,

    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 OR UPS 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 as soon as possible.

    Thank you!

    On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:09 PM, Samantha C(via Google Docs) wrote:

    Photo of artwork
    Sender’s profile photo
    Here you will find more photos of the paintings from your catalog.

    Best,
    Samantha

    • Replied…
      ——

      Check works best for me at this time Samantha due to my present location.. Let me know thoughts on how you want to proceed..

      Thanks

  • Hey All,

    I was contacted by BENSON DUONG via email, who claimed to be interested in my photography and wanted to purchase a substantial amount of my work for his new home. He then sent a cheque by post, which I took to my local bank, it was a foreign cheque.
    Anyway, the cheque was false so I have been left in a situation of losing my bank account and my personal funds being frozen by my bank. I reported this to the Action Fraud police department.

    Please, be aware of this person. This event is damaging my life at the minute.

  • Got this today as a message from FAA…a quick search lead me here,..his busted English was a dead give away for this country boy :)))) crooked @##!!#**!!

    From:

    Henry

    revd.henry@gmail.com

    Subject:

    Artwork Needed

    Message:

    My name is Henry Cameron 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. 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

    Henry Cameron

  • Hi, great clues for detecting scam, I’m going to have my 88 90 year old email-active parents read for the general idea.

    I had a weird feeling receiving a “we are hiring Admjn position msg from something called “https://www.inspiredartworks.net” signed by Eddie Watson. Poor sentence structure and grammar, odd writing.

    I looked up the site, and while they took some time to mock up a site (complete with mission statement!) there is no physical addrsss ever of the gallery and the whole thing reeks of spam.

    I googled “eddie Watson” and your blog came up- but I couldn’t find his name in the miles of posts, tho I am on a tiny screen so am just adding as well.

    Is there a way your specific reported emails could be put just in list form /spreadsheet so it would be easier for people to scan? Just a thought, thanks so much for the blog. All the best to the real artists out there.

  • Another from

    John Cena

    Apr 23 (1 day ago)

    to me
    Dear Tom McGee Art

    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.

    Tom McGee Art . 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,

    John Cena

    • Just received the exact same transcript from John Cena. It sounded plausible at first but now I know it’s a Scam.

  • I received a message which was obviously a scam from a John Glenn from NC, I looked up his name and came across this page.

    This lady “Lisa” had purchased a Turquoise necklace from me in February, she paid by bank check and had Innerlink Courier pick up and deliver the package to her, her address on your post was the-same. The check had cleared seven weeks ago and i never had problem receiving my money, but i am worried after reading this post.

    She never asked me for money, she paid the exact amount i quoted and also paid the shipping cost herself. How could this be a scam and how does it work ?

    It’s been seven weeks her payment cleared, Does this mean the check would bounce or what ?

    • Sounds similar to scams, although I REALLY don’t know for sure!
      She could be totally legitimate! But she’s never really sent me any proof and after I sent her info on wiring the funds, I never received anything. Before we ship anything we need to know the $ clears. Now she sent a threatening email for defamation of character because I posted the letter here asking for help in how to avoid a scam. Seems pretty convoluted and unusual, especially since after the shipping costs were so high I suggested she find local art instead!
      If I knew how to take down the complaint I would, but don’t see that option here.
      Like I say, I have no proof one way or another but the transaction has NOT gone through and because the gallery was scammed once before, we have to check on things.

  • I received an email from someone named Sally Forbes. Claimed she saw my work on a website where some of my work is featured. Said she was on vacation and wanted to know where her husband could send the check right away. She suggested methods for shipping to her and gave an address in Miami, FL. When I told her my agent wanted to talk on the phone to discuss details, the emails stopped.

  • Hi,

    I got an email from this guy Joe Poole, telling me that he wants to buy my paintings for his wedding anniversary. He said he googled me and went to my website. From the beginning I felt something was weird, but I kept exchanging emails because I just wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. He insisted to talk via Skype regarding the shipping arrangement. As a low tech person myself I emailed him my cell number. When he called me, it was so strange because he didn’t say anything and I had to do most of the talking. I only understood 5 % of what he was saying, which was to get on Skype. So we switched to Skype (typing conversation, not real face to face talking) but I got the feeling that he’s not interested in my art but something else. If anybody in the right mind who is buying artwork shouldn’t act like he did. During the Skype typing, he asked me to tell him more about myself, and that’s really weird because it’s in my website, which he said the very reason that he found me in the first place. Then I knew it was a scam. He said he’s adding the estimated shipping cost to the total amount but didn’t tell me how much, and the shipping company is Logistics. Now he emailed me and said he sent a check to me, and asking me to contact Logistics to arrange shipping the same day I receive the check. I’m going to tell me I’m a typical starving artist and I don’t have any money and I have to wait until the check clears and until then I can’t ship it, pretending that I still don’t suspect him.

  • Received another one the other day in response to my email from
    p.chao47@gmail.com

    Dear Sara,

    Wonderful reading from you, also sure everything is fine with you,
    your family over there, also thanks for your response and detailed
    reply to my email regarding selection of your artwork and how i am to
    proceed, really looking forward to building on a wonderful business
    relationship with you and purchasing your art. Below are the ones i
    have selected to purchase from you, kindly get back to me with their
    total cost plus discount if there would be any for multiple purchase?

    ——–

    ————–

    ———-

    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 18-04, Riverwalk
    Apartments, Katong, 437875 Singapore.

    • I just received an identical email message, but with a different email address and shipping address. I posted a comment already, but wanted to reply to you, because by finding your comment, you just saved me a lot more headaches!

      Thanks so much!

  • Hi,

    sometimes Internet it’s helpful!

    I get one Art Scam e-mail from johndavidson600600@gmail.com and other one from johndavidson5050@gmail.com.

    The message says this:
    “Greetings My name is John Davidson from NC. 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, John Davidson”

    Is there anything we can do to combat these bad practices?

    Thank you.

  • I got an almost identical proposal to the one Ichijo received. Mine was from Darren Hunt (email DarranHunter22@gmail.com). He also recommended Pavet Express, even though their quote was four times the USPS Priority Mail International rate.

    • Thank you Stephen. Just received the same thing.

      • I just received the same thing from darranhunter22@gmail.com.

        I grew suspicious when I noted that he signs his name with a different spelling than his e-mail.

        And then I googled it.

        And saw this.

  • I actually just looked closer, and realized that the address is the same and the letter is the same Word for Word, but the signed name at the bottom is different… So definitely a scam!

    • WHOA! Really? word for word? Well, because I asked about it here, she threatens to sue for libel. Between a rock and a hard place doing biz these days!

  • Did you finish this transaction? I have been working with the same woman and wondering if it’s a scam…

  • I received this email from “Mark Bruce” today. Follows the same template as many others above. Watch out for mbruce7881@gmail.com

    Original Message:
    My name is Mark Bruce 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,

    • Hi,

      I received the exact same email today from a Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida.

    • I also received the same email from mbruce7881@gmail.com Mark Bruce, Jacksonville on 5/12/17.

    • My Mark Bruce is moving to Ireland and will be away at sea, but is willing to have his personal agent arrange things with me. mbruce7881@gmail.com

    • My son got the exact same email from Mark Bruce with the mbruce7882@gmail.com email address on July 1, 2017. What an awful scam. But the good news is it led us to this website that is so full of information. I’m going to read every article. And to all of your beautiful artist don’t be discouraged keep creating and presenting your gifts of art to the world! The world needs it!

  • Hi, here is another scam:
    Pavet Express Delivery Service uses gmail and address is strange.
    ——————————————–
    [ Name ]
    Will

    [ Mail ]
    wbullasinc@gmail.com

    [ Title ]
    Inquiry

    [ Text ]
    Hello,

    I am inquiring about your artwork sale in your gallery, if you can ship internationally 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 read from you.

    Sincerely,
    Will.

    ————————————
    Hi Ichijo,

    Thank you so much for the mail and for the information,bellow are the artworks that interest me

    How nice! Like!
    =====================
    xxxxxxxx
    =====================

    I want you to get back to me with the cost and availability of the above so that you can have the payment .

    I will be looking forward to hear from you asap.
    Thanks

    Shipping Address
    Will Bullas
    Kemenes u. 6, Budapest”, 1114 Hungary

    Best Regards.

    ————————————-

    Glad to read from you.

    I am satisfied with the cost of all artwork and i want you to get them ready for shipping soon after all payment is made.

    Here is the shipping process.

    Contact the freight forwarder below and get the shipping quote.

    You can contact this courier:

    Pavet Express Delivery Service

    Web site: http://www.pavetexpress.com/

    E-MAIL: info@pavetexpress.com

    pavetexpress@gmail.com

    They are newly developed conventional freight forwarder and very efficient here with pickups and deliveries worldwide.

    You can as well contact them with the weight and cost of the artwork for the shipping and insurance to my address because they ship and deliver safely without one paying any other money before collecting the goods unlike some other courier .

    Once you get the shipping quote ,added to the cost of artworks and we know the total cost to be paid for to you by giving you the credit card details to process.

    I will be looking forward to hear from you asap

    • I have been contacted by Will Bullas and the email was worded exactly the same. I have been suspicious but am trying to figure out what the scam is.

  • Thanks for this blog. Also avoid emails from ‘Anthony Handy’. Email below:

    Pleasant Morning to you!
    My name is Anthony Handy. 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.

    Your blog helped me avoid any further contact.

    Thank you!

    • I received the same email from Anthony Handy!

    • Hi, just got the same email, but the name is John Sloup.

      • I just got that exact one too, from ‘John Sloup’!

        • John Sloup is a busy guy… just received an email from him. He wants a painting of mine for his wife and I don’t even paint, I feature artists on my blog, ha ha… ugh!

  • 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…………………

    LIGHTENING UP and Blue Shadows

    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

    • A new guy is called Olay Johnson.
      His email is: johnson.olay@gmail.com

      Hi Patric,
      ,
      I am Olay Johnson, reside in Queensland, Australia.

      My wife Casey, actually did the search that found your works via the internet.

      We are in need of the artworks for 2 reasons – to beautify the new home and to gift out to my in-laws to be, as my daughter will soon be getting married.

      Regards
      Olay

    • I just got this same exact email! Thank you for posting.

    • I got the exact same email from Kathryn Edwards last week. I was very suspicious and I’m glad to find this post, which confirmed my suspicions!

      • And I just got this Kathryn Edwards email today and was suspicious. Very happy and grateful to see this post before I got sucked in.

    • Hi. I received a nearly identical email from Kathryn Edwards as well. Interesting that unlike some of the others here, Kathryn took the time to select 4 paintings from my website by name. Thank you for your recommendations here concerning art sales, and for hosting this site exposing such scammers!

  • Thanks for this, I got the Kathryn Edwards email yesterday.
    You are providing a wonderful service here.

  • From: David Murray.
    Subject: Artwork Interest

    Message Body:
    Hi there,

    I found you online through the web search,I would like to know if i could make a purchase for your works from you. I think i should contact you for availability and price.

    (redacted)
    (redacted)

    Advice more details if not SOLD, so i can know how best to proceed.

    Cheers,
    David Murray.
    dm0081410@gmail.com

    • Thanks Michael for reporting this 🙂 We received a similar enquiry from the same email address: dm0081410@gmail.com and with the same name David Murray.
      This address was also used: Ronu iela 14, Liepaja, LV-3401, Latvia
      After some correspondence it appears this is a shipping scam. This person claims to own a company: KLF FREIGHT SERVICE http://www.kflfreight.com
      We are a small business and would of been over £3000 out of pocket! I have reported the email but was not sure how to report the website.

  • I also got an email from Kevin Spiker!

    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.

    Stupid me checked his name and gmail address AFTER I sent him an email with my pricing for artwork and I even took photos of the artwork I had laying around the house. I sized it in 100DPI fuck I hope no one rips off my work? We’ll see. Anyway I feel like a total fool and who the hell does this to people? Especially struggling artists.

    • and a new name to add to the list john davidson

      • Got the same exact message from “James Fisher” today lol.

        • Just received an email from James Fisher requesting that I send him photos of my artwork with pricing. I replied with a question asking him how he got my contact info. He in turn said he got it through Google and his wife is having a birthday and she liked my work. I am so glad I found this website after googling his name and email address. Thank you!!

          Here is what he emailed me…

          Hello,

          My name is James Fisher 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,
          James Fisher.

        • We got the same James Fisher on May 13th.

  • I am so glad I googled the Namve Kevin Spiker and came across this website as I recieved the following email today!

    From: spikerk48@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.”

    Eeeeekkkkkk!

  • Looks like there’s a new name to add to the list: Robert Craft.
    Received this email yesterday:

    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 Nash Edgecombe Economic Development, Rocky Mount, NC 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,

    Robert

    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 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.

  • So glad I found this site!!! Yes, I received a request for one of my paintings that was EXACTLY the same as some of the other artists received. ARTISTS TAKE NOTE!! It was verbatim! Here it is below.

    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. 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,
    Kevin.

    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.

  • I’m sure I’ve heard from this scammer* before: This arrived in my email today:
    Subject: Artwork Painting
    Email: 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, (*SCAMMER!)

  • Another company is Bishop and Miller Auctioneers in UK
    Here are the facts:
    2 Picasso’s Drawings were brought for sale to Christie’s London in
    Feb, 2016, one of them was assigned a lot #292, and supposed to be sold on Feb 3, 2016 in London.
    Both owners claimed that their drawing was featured in a book by H.Asmodi, Pablo Picasso, Ballettzeichnungen,
    Feldafing 1956. The sale was cancelled because obviously one of them is a forgery.
    The Picasso Foundation was called-in to examine both of them.
    The first drawing had no gallery receipts (lot#292) and was smaller in size.
    The second drawing had a receipt from a gallery in Zurich. The first
    drawing was declared unauthentic, a fake Picasso by Picasso Foundation.
    The drawing with the gallery receipts was declared authentic and
    placed for sale as ot #176, June 23 2016, London:
    http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/drawings-watercolors/pablo-picasso-deux-danseuses-6008966-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=6008966&sid=0dda5ceb-a5e4-4328-8128-70273ff6b91f

    The first, the fake Picasso was then placed to a different auction
    house called Bishop and Miller Auctioneers. They were contacted by
    Christie’s London who told them that they are about to sale a known
    forgery of Picasso, but Bishop and Miller ignored their outrage.
    They place it for sale withholding the whole truth about it. Bishop and Miller sold it
    as lot#600 on their September, 2016 sale.
    To this day they have not refunded the buyer and claim that they did nothing wrong

    I made a shot video to make it easier to understand.

    I have all the materials to support my claims, if you need more document I will be happy to send it to you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAgR4mIJ0Uc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtHjd-wsjFk

  • Hi folks
    I’m a french artist and I’ve been contacted by Pratt Cardenas from Marayong Australia NSW2148, already listed somewhere by you as an art scammer with this e mail address : antwal0000@gmail.com
    Thanks to you I stopped the deal in time.
    I’m selling photographs and he always answered me about my “paintings” and wanted me to send him pdf files (small size of course) instead selecting works by looking at my very detailed web site …
    He choosed 9 photos for an amount of 7000$au…
    Now I ask him to send the money in a paypal account before I send anything…
    FD

    • To end this scam I suggested this Pratt Cardenas to give the money to a good friend in Sydney (not far from his home “Marayong”) and when my friend would have had cash I would send him the pictures; no answer…

      The first and second mail from this Pratt Cardenas was :
      Hello,
      My name is Pratt,I am. writing to know if any paintings works are available for sale?please get back to me.
      Regards
      Pratt.
      Hi Francois,

      Thanks for getting back to me swiftly.My self and my wife discussed about purchasing some paintings for our new home ,and before I returned from work she told me she did some findings on the net and wanted me to check with you in case you have some works to sell. I am looking for a suitable art piece. A beautiful painting for our new home,I couldn’t make a selection from your website as I didn’t understand them at all, they are all tied together and I could not separate .
      Thank you very much ,
      Pratt.

  • :
    Hi,

    I am writing to know if any works are available for sale directly from your studio?please get back to me.

    Regards

    Benson”

    I almost got scammed. I smelled the bs from the start but also thought: what could happen anyway? so i asked for his postal address to send him the invoice for the 4400€ worth of prints he asked to buy. He gave this address: Unit 7/ 24 Beattie Road
    Coomera , 4209 QLD Australia
    He said he tried to pay me by wire transfer but it wouldn’t work. He said he therefore would pay me by check. I just received it today and it was strange as hell, so i decided to google his postal address again and found this great article thanks to one of the comments!

    • His email is bensonduong1@gmail.com btw….Be careful!

      • Hi,
        I also got contacted by Beson Duong, but wasn’t sure how to respond. So this is a scam for sure, right?

      • by the way. i asked him-bensonduong1@gmail.com– for his address and he wrote:
        21 Osborne road, Marayong, NSW 2148, Australia
        lets put his name on different lists to avoid others getting trapped.

        • Yeah let’s report him everywhere because when you google Benson Duong, you still can’t find that it’s a scam, you have to research so much …

        • Incredible , this guy has different identities: the Pratt Cardenas that almost scammed me also lives in Marayong , Osborne road but n°17 instead of 21… family business …

      • Same guy here – he gave me the same identical address and wrote me the same email. Thank you for sharing.

      • hey Bob,
        I went one step farther and actually tried to cash the check (same guy, should’ve realized how suspicious it was when the check came from Spain!)
        Now have to deal with this shit.
        Anyway, to anyone else out there, BENSON DUONG is a cover for an art scam, don’t fall for it.

        W

        • As I stopped replying him after I received his fake check ( that by the way had an extra thousand on top of what I originally invoiced- exactly as described in this article), I threw it in the trash, reported his emails as spam and thought it would end here.
          He then tried to call me (my cell phone is on my mail signature), I didn’t respond. Then he emailed me some more bs, basically saying the check was sent by his banker from Germany because she was on a vacation there (lol). He said he didn’t want three of the prints he originally ordered therefore I would have to pay him back the extra thousand + the cost of those 3 prints he didn’t want. I responded by telling him that I had reported him to the police, and that he could go F*** himself 🙂

        • Keep us updated, but I think you’re safe now. He will just try to convince you to send him money to pay him the transporter… which you won’t do 😉 just report as spam and hopefully google will delete his account?

          • I’m an artist based in Scotland …currently getting correspondence from this Benson Duong too. Extremely evasive to my enquiry about how he came by my work, if we have mutual gallery contact acts, friends, etc..

            How can we complain more fully and prevent this?
            How did the police respond Bob?

          • Benson doesn’t let go. He keeps writing to me. Shall I report him to the German Landeskriminalamt? Let’s stop this guy wasting our time!

          • Geri
            Mar 31, 2017
            I’m an artist based in Scotland …currently getting correspondence from this Benson Duong too. Extremely evasive to my enquiry about how he came by my work, if we have mutual gallery contact acts, friends, etc..

            How can we complain more fully and prevent this?
            How did the police respond Bob?

      • This guy almost got me, it was so strange and I should never have gone for it but I stupidly cashed the check. Its fake and it will bounce. Once it supposedly cleared he asked for a refund of 3000€, don’t trust him and be careful! Now I have to deal with this shitty check, it cost €150 to cash the bloody thing!

        Benson Duong using the same address in australia!

        • Crazy, i actually told him I signaled him to the Police, hoping it would stop him but apparently nothing scare him… I also reported him to Google/gmail, and they haven’t done anything. It’s really disheartening to see there’s NOTHING we can do against those scammers.

    • I had one from Stefan Rubic who uses the very same postal address: Unit 7/ 24 Beattie Road, Coomera, 4209 QLD Australia
      stefan.rubic@gmail.com

      He wanted three artworks, one as a gift for his daughter’s wedding, wire transfer payment failed, Accountant in Germany sent a cheque which took 4 weeks to arrive, by which time too late for daughter’s wedding, asked for partial refund. I said he could have the refund once the payment had cleared but the bank later informed me the cheque was a fake.

      Screw you, Stefan!

    • Benson Duong emailed me too and sent me a false cheque!

      “BENSON DUONG” IS A SCAM!
      bensonduong1@gmail.com

    • Benson Duong emailed me too and sent me a false cheque!
      Watch out..

      “BENSON DUONG” IS A SCAM!
      bensonduong1@gmail.com

  • This is one I received.

    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 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
    Jovina

    • HI Deborah,
      I received the following from a proposed “Georgina Lowe”. Her bad English and sense of urgency gave me a funny feeling in my gut. Thank you so much for your post. Please note for others: The request was for everything to go through Pavetex Express Delivery. I’m calling my bank now to make them aware. Not sure if they’ll do much about it. Artists beware!!!
      Cheers,
      Anne Anderson

      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 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 Georgina
      Email glwe198@hotmail.com

  • Hi all, we got this today from:

    Henry Cameron

    “My name is Henry Cameron 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. 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”

    It fits in with the other scam emails exactly 🙁 Beware all out there – Johanna

  • The second contact from George Barbara (after the first where he told me his wife had looked at my work on his computer and loved it):
    Thanks for the message, sure the check will clear your bank before pick up.. 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 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 yours as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs it). I am okay with the Price i think it worth it anyways. 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 Truck and my Properties) will contact you to arrange for the 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,
    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.

    • Thanks for your post Judith. George Barbara just tried to scam me with the exact same email. I told him not to send a check and the piece was no longer for sale.

      Here’s his email:

      Dear Jim,
      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 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 yours as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs it). I am okay with the Price i think it worth it anyways. 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 Truck and my Properties) will contact you to arrange for the 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,

      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.

  • From a Paul Andrew or
    How are you doing today? I would like to purchase something nice for my wife as our wedding anniversary approaches, please kindly forward the artworks you have available for purchase within this price range ($350-$800).Thank you.

    *highly suspicious

  • Yep – got the same email this morning. Anytime an inquiry says the words “immediate sale” and “would you accept a check” – watch out! Or – “artwork” instead of painting, sculpture, etc… I no longer accept checks – only credit cards or Pay Pal – unless it’s a personal acquaintance.

  • Anthony Handy from Indiana emailed me today with same wording – (my wife has been viewing your paintings on my laptop….etc etc) – bad English and so the message has been deleted.

  • I received this email inquiry from Kathryn Edwards –

    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…………………

    Spirit of John Coltrane,The Look of Love,Beautiful Lady and I AM A MAN

    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

    • Received the exact same Kathryn Edwards email this morning.

    • I just got the EXACT email from kathryn edwards. what an idiot.

      • Me too, exact same email came today from Katherine Edwards. I’ve seen this kind of email before, so googled the address and found this forum…the very first hit, BTW!

    • Just got the letter today, exactly the same email from Kathryn Edwards. It sounded so strange, I searched for the email address and found this article.

    • Received the same email this morning.

  • Received the same email as way above from Kevin Spiker, ‘ocean engineer’ being transferred to Dublin, Ireland. He made a selection of a painting and emailed he would send a check via FedEx. Googled his name, which I usually do when we get such emails, and Agora Gallery came up with the art scam info. Good to know about this, and thank you all for the resource, and for posting your experiences. We’ll inform other artists of these scams and of your blog.

    • i got this same email yesterday… from kevin spiker… lol!

      • I got this same email from Kevin Spiker three days ago! Thanks so much for all the information!

  • Thought it important to add my experiences to this growing list. When I did a search of Mark Kramer, this site came up and confirmed my suspicions so I thought it was important to add to it so others don’t fall for his scam. Here’s the latest email I got from him, which doesn’t appear too original given all the similar posts here.

    Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down and have also forwarded to my shipper, you don’t need to be worried about the shipment, my shipper will handle it, and I hope to visit your studio with my wife in the nearest future after our anniversary. In order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise, I’ve contacted my Boss to issue out the check and have it sent to you.

    I would have handled this much differently if i would be at home but i am presently on voyage working for the marine engineer, I’m a bit pressed for time myself. I’m moving to California by next month end…

    As it is, I’m sending you an overdraft which will include my shippers fees as well.He has asked for an upfront before coming and since I have no access to a lot of cash, I’m trying to kill two birds with a stone. So, once you’ve received and cashed the check, deduct your funds and PLEASE help me send the remaining funds to the(shipper). I’ll forward his contact details to you once you’ve received the payment.

    Now I’m concluding you’re a responsible person and I can therefore entrust you with this arrangement.I’ll let you know Immediately the check has been sent to you, so you should be looking out for it. Confirm if you got this mail.

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,

    Mark Kramer.

    • Yup, I heard from Kevin Spiker this morning! In a hurry, needs available work for wife’s birthday …I google everyone! Luckily this site showed up with his name! thank you!

      • I heard from Kevin Spiker March 17th. Fortunately I googled him as it appeared to be a possible scam. Ugh. Creep.

        ” 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 April. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying Vineyard and Tree Price: $1,450 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.”

      • i received same email last night from kevin spiker…..! yikes!

  • Fortunately I woke up to this scam before I agreed to ship the artwork to this person. There were a trail of emails and I have included the first and last ones below.

    “From john kennedy at johnkennedy10001@gmail.com

    Greetings
    My name is John Kennedy from NC. 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, John Kennedy”

    “Dear: Annabel

    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 1. Pomegranates
    (Pastel colours on paper – framed with glass) of $750
    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 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.”

    • got identical email a few months ago. i got a second attempted scam this morning from a Kathryn Edwards.

      • My husband got “My name is Jake Whittaker from Washington DC. 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. ” etc. from jakewhittaker74@gmail.com

  • Thank you so much for this blog post. I was recently contacted via email by “Megan Avery” of North Carolina, seeking to purchase a photograph that is part of my environmental art project. She even mentioned the name of an organization to which I belong and said that’s where she learned about my work. She sent a cashier’s check for 10x the amount. I naively mailed the artwork before doing a GOOGLE search, where I found this page and many others. But I was able to get my work back before delivery through UPS’s intercept program.

    After I got the image back, I filed mail fraud complaints with the US Postal Inspector; contacted Service Credit Union in New Hampshire, whose name was imprinted on the fraudulent cashier’s check, and I am posting on as many FB pages and blog posts as possible that talk about art scams. I also added all of her contact information to the art scam database on faso.com.

    Finally, I sent Megan the following “certificate of appreciation” as a pdf transaction receipt:

    “For your countless and contemptable efforts to steal money and created work from artists who dedicate their lives and invest their often-limited resources to help illuminate our world, you are hereby presented with this Certificate of Appreciation. We are so grateful that you have reminded us that there are still people without conscience or remorse, who are determined to make a living by exploiting, defrauding and wreaking havoc on the lives of other people. Thank you so much for this awakening and the connections you are helping us make to protect each other through the Internet. The greatest gift we can give you in return is a reminder that the law of cause & effect is both strict and absolute; what you sow, you will also reap. And we all will be celebrating and applauding your coming change of fortune.”

    Thanks again for sharing your experiences and saving me from getting conned!

  • This morning I received this e-mail inquiring about a few images. I was immediately suspicious.

    Here is the e-mail inquiry:
    From: “Kathryn Edwards”
    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…………………

    Marula Kernels
    Yawning Lioness
    One Old Tired Lion
    Ngorogoro Crater
    Ngorogoro Before The Storm
    Exposed to the Storm
    Low Water Wonder

    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

    • I got the same email and really feel like I dodge a bullet. She went as far as sending me the check, and thank goodness I called the bank on the check and found out there was insufficient funds. She even had the shipping firm call me! What is wrong with these wicked people that they would try to hurt artists this way?

    • I got the same email today with the names of my paintings.

    • I received the same email this morning!!! So thankful I came across this post!

  • Petr Jackson is still alive and kicking, got the same email just yesterday.

  • I just received this scam:

    Name JohnGlenn
    Subject Artwork Needed
    Message Hello there, My name is John Glenn from NC. I 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, John Glenn
    Email johnglenn1002@gmail.com

    • John Glenn email too, only a different email address. Found this site on first try! Thank you for very one for posting here.

      On May 2, 2017, at 5:37 AM, john Glenn wrote:

      Greetings!
      My name is john glenn 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,
      john.
      johnglenn1001@gmail.com

      • I just had this too, Went along with it for a while. Has anyone figured out what he was after or did

  • I just got this one:

    Name JohnGlenn
    Subject Artwork Needed
    Message Hello there, My name is John Glenn from NC. I 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, John Glenn
    Email johnglenn1002@gmail.com

    • I got the same guy!

      I would greatly appreciate if you
      could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
      budget $450- $2000 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
      john GlennE

  • Hi, just received today (12 March 2017) from “George Barbara” also, with same text:

    Hello There,
    My name is George Barbara 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 your piece “Wrapped Rams Horns Ram’s horn cartilage, 20 x 10 inches 2016”, 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

  • Here’s the latest scam email I’ve received through my website. Kevin Spiker is a busy boy isn’t he?

    kevinspiker612@gmail.com

    Subject: Art Work
    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.

    • I received the same exact email. I also called the company that the “check” was written from and found out this guy has written over 20 fake checks around the country under several different names for everything from motorcycles, clothes and art. Luckily I had a feeling it was fraud and didn’t send the art.

      The chicago police are on this and it is a federal crime.

    • I also recieved an email from Kevin Spiker at email address

      kevinspiker612@gmail.com

      I remembered your site and immediately checked it out for his name. Thank you for your excellent work and help.

  • I have received several emails via my website with the line ” I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. ” and wanting to inquire how to purchase. LOL. I GUESS she likes your work. Well… meh. My snarky side of me would like to reply with the fee of one million dollars and a photo of Dr. Evil. But, I usually just ignore the trolls. Here are two I had not flat out deleted just yet from my website, one with the exact same wording. Not very creative, I might add:

    Mar 11, 2017 IP 197.210.227.130
    Name George Barbara
    Email georgebarbara985@yahoo.com
    Comment Hello There, My name is George Barbara 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 your piece “Subjugated No. 7, Sumi ink and acrylic on aluminum, 72″ x 30″, 2012”, 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.
    ______________
    Apr 25, 2011 IP 41.155.78.210
    Name Murnis Kepp
    Email murniskepp@ymail.com
    Comment Hi, will like to know if you sell your art internationally as your artwork caught my interest and i am willing to purchase some piece therefore do you have the capacity to ship abroad Estonia and accept Credit Card as a form of payment? I anticipate your swift response with your updated webpage. Best Murnis Kepp

  • my wife got an email from a diana ford. who selected two pieces to purchase worth 900$.
    She sent us a check for 2900 and said her husband made a mistake.
    she asked us to deposit the check and then send her the remainder 2000$ as a money order to her husbands accountant.

    the address from where the check came from was some university in NC art department and I assume they would get the art and wonder why it was sent to them. They would have probably returned to sender.

    Meanwhile, the 2000$ money order would have reached “diana ford’s husbands chief accountant” and I am pretty sure the 2900$ chq ould have bounced.

    Thank god we got suspicious and did some research before sending this person art or money. !!!

  • Ahhhh! Thank you so much. I thought it strange that he was asking to pay a lot more for a commission that I was asking for the work available. I just looked up his e-mail and found your website. Thank you for sharing the information.
    Kindest regards,
    Carolina E.

  • Yep, thought so:
    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, 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).

    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, so the check can be sent including your phone number .and the firm price

    Thanks,
    Rodger Finlay

  • Mark Kramer still at it: BEWARE!

    From: Mark Kramer

    “Thanks for the message, My name is Mark Kramer 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 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. I am okay with the price, i think its worth it anyways.

    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.

    Regards,

    Mark Kramer.
    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, so the check can be sent right”

  • john cena jcena5050@gmail.com SCAM – I also found the Agora website, thank you. I received the email from him verbatim to what is posted in the most recent section of this site. OMG – he has my home address and cell phone. I am emailing him back stating I can not accommodate him…sorry dude. Do I call the police. We work too hard – what a bunch of scum bags anyone else receive this email? What did you do?

    • Yes, just got this email from John Cena. Thanks for posting.

    • Yes, I got an email from David Pierce Media Agora… I responded to an ad for job listing on Indeed.com… I wrote to Indeed letting them know that the ad was fraudulent. See below… I also received an attachment asking for my passport copy and other government issued papers. PEOPLE, PLEASE BE AWARE!!!

      Dear Lia,
      We tried to contact you but there was no answer.
      We are pleased to confirm you have been selected. We are delighted to
      make you a job offer.
      Your talents together with knowledge are going to be a perfect fit for
      our customer service dept.
      Please follow few steps bellow:
      1. Sign and date Job Offer attached;
      2. Fill-in Account Form;
      3. Scan identification documents that confirm your identity:
      You have to forward us a scan of your ID, passport or DL. You may use
      scanner/digital camera/web camera.

      Please let me know if you have any questions or I can provide any
      additional information.

      Best Regards,
      David Pierce
      (Business Development Manager)
      Media Agora

      JOB OFFER
      This is an offer of employment as Customer Service Manager at MEDIA AGORA, LLC
      DOS ID # 3327484 (“the Company”). Should you accept this job offer; per the Company policy
      you’ll be eligible to receive the following beginning on your hire date.
      TRIAL PERIOD: 14 days.
      JOB ACTIVITIES
      1. Online customer service and support;
      2. Processing orders and payments from customers – providing support at all stages if needed;
      3. Maintain the flow of documentation including invoices, price lists and reports;
      4. Work with the Company database.
      PAYMENT STRUCTURE
      Salary: $870/week
      Hours: 20/week [Part-Time / Flexible working hours]
      You will be paid bi-weekly during your trial period; upon hiring to the staff permanently, you can
      apply for weekly or bi-weekly payments.
      It is a base salary position, but we offer 5% commissions from every completed deal, project or
      transaction.
      BENEFITS
      The current, standard company health, life, disability and dental insurance coverage.
      Employee contribution to payment for benefit plans is determined annually.
      START DATE: / /
      Your employment with the Company is at-will and either party can terminate the relationship
      at any time with or without cause and with minimum 7-day notice.
      You acknowledge that this offer letter represents the entire agreement for the trial period
      (14 days) between you and the Company and that no verbal or written agreements, promises
      or representations that are not specifically stated in this offer, are or will be binding upon
      the Company.
      This offer is in effect for five business days.
      By signing and dating this letter below, I accept this job offer:
      THE EMPLOYEE:
      By:
      Signature Printed Name
      THE COMPANY:
      By: Stephen Kern, CEO & Director
      Signature Printed Name

      • I received the same email, but fool that I am, I actually replied to them, and now I am freaking out.

  • I just got the following email from david.zanollli@gmail.com:
    I want to buy this piece (Dragon Attack. Acrylic on panel, 2006. 30” x 22.”) let me know if u have it availabe and what is the method of payment.

    Since the name “David Zanolli” shows up in at least one of the comments above, I am pretty sure that this, too, is an art scam, even though he got the name of my piece correct. I really dislike it that people prey on artists like this! We have a tough enough time trying to sell our artworks without having to deal with this kind of stuff also!

    • I got a “zanolli” scam request too. Look out!

    • Got an email (see below) from David Zanolli and decided to check his name on line as I was suspicious and came across this site. Thankful for the alerts shown on this site.

      ===============================================
      David W Zanolli
      6:48 AM (13 hours ago)

      I want to buy this piece (Water Lilies II) let me know how much it cost and what is the method of payment.

  • i recently received an email nearly identical to a couple of the ones posted above;
    Greetings!
    My name is Morgan Webb from Oregon. 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..
    Best.
    webbmorgan1700@gmail.com

  • I got this email this morning. It came out of the blue and seems like a scam. Do you all agree?

    “Am interested in your products, do you ship to Switzerland and accept US issued credit card as payment? I have a shipper who handle all of my shipment, you will contact them for the shipment, they pick up and deliver directly to my doorstep without any hassle. Let me know if i can e-mail you what am interested in ordering.”

  • Hi, here is another scam:
    Hi Sylvie,
    Glad to read from you.
    I am satisfied with the cost of these two:
    xxxx
    and i want you to get them ready for shipping soon after all payment is made.
    Here is the shipping process.
    Contact the freight forwarder below and get the shipping quote.
    You can contact this courier:

    Pavet Express Delivery Service
    Web site: http://www.pavetexpress.com/
    E-MAIL: info@pavetexpress.com
    pavetexpress@gmail.com

    They are newly developed conventional freight forwarder and very
    efficient here with pickups and deliveries worldwide.

    You can as well contact them with the weight and cost of the artwork
    for the shipping and insurance to my address because they ship and
    deliver safely without one paying any other money before collecting
    the goods unlike some other courier .
    Once you get the shipping quote ,added to the cost of artworks and we
    know the total cost to be paid for to you by giving you the credit
    card details to process.

    I will be looking forward to hear from you asap.
    Thanks
    Shipping Address
    PHILIP GARY
    Ronu iela 14, Liepaja,
    LV-3401, Latvia

    • I received an email about my art from a David Peek with the same address in Latvia. Here is the original email:

      Hello,
      I am inquiring about your artwork for sale 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. I will be looking
      forward to read from you.

      Sincerely,
      David Peek

      He later gave me this same address as the one who tried to scam you.

    • I got this same scam. Good thing I entered his address into Google and this page popped up. Damn!

      Regards,

      Wynn E. Derr

      • Name on the email is Ronald Thomas. I googled the address and it is a youth hostel in Latvia.

  • Thank you for this! Mine was Petr Jackson and I almost fell for it. Thank you for this article!

  • I also received an inquiry from philip Laos (phloas0000@gmail.com):

    Hi ,

    I am. writing to know if any paintings/sculptures works are available for sale?please get back to me.

    Regards

    Philip
    ________________________________________________________________

    Thanks for getting back to me swiftly. I am looking for a suitable art piece could be painting or sculpture for our new home. . My wife was actually the one that did the search before I got back from work and she wanted me to write to find out about the paintings . So I would welcome photos or a link I could choose some from.

    Thank you very much ,

    Philip.

  • I got the check with an over-payment. Have not cashed, it cannot believe it was even sent.
    What do I do with the check? Rip it up? Use it as evidence? Return it? Now here is what is strange.
    The address on the check is for a Medicaid Center, the addresses line up on this website from the check .https://www.wellcare.com/Florida/Contact-Us And the address on the Fedex envelope was this http://www.powerstarinc.com/

    • I called the police and they told me that I should email the scammer and let them know I spoke to the police. I did and the email bounced back.

  • This came from my website:

    Purpose of Visit: ARTWORK NEEDED
    Write your message here…:
    Greetings!
    My name is Anthony Bret from Mount Shasta, 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 receive further information
    about your piece of work and what inspires you.. Kindly confirm the
    availability for immediate sales..

    Best

    I replied asking if he was interested in a particular painting, this is his reply:

    Hello,
    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 $1000- $15,000 ready for immediate sales..Please do email me back with images and prices of any available works in that range..
    Cheers,

    At this point it just didn’t smell right at all, so I googled his email address, and that’s when I discovered you guys! You’re doing an amazing job. Thank you so much, you’ve saved me a lot of hassle.
    Best wishes,
    Rob Hain

  • Hi there!

    Second one I have received now, Last one was from old mate in Washington DC this time it is “Morgan Webb”.

    Shame – but glad I doubled checked – all those things obviously ring true – I can go back to my normal artist life now!

    His email is below:…

    Greetings!
    My name is Morgan Webb from Oregon. 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..
    Best.

  • Kevin Spiker is at it again.. Washington DC.. 20th wedding anniversary.. he’s at sea in the north Atlantic etc etc.

  • Got the same one

    I want you advise with the grand total cost minus the shipping cost
    because I have my personal freight forwarder that will come for the
    pick up at your store.i have inform them about this and they told me
    the best way to come for the pick up in your store is for you to email
    me with the informations needed below,
    * Company Name and Address ?
    * Time the package will be ready for pick up with your convenience
    time and date?
    * Contact Person for the pickup arrangement ?
    * Telephone Number ?
    * Weight of the package and how many boxes are they ?
    So, please kindly get back to me with this details along with the
    total of my order so that i can give you my credit card details for
    the payment now.
    Hope to read from you ASAP.

    Company name: GG MICAH VENTURES.
    Company Address:Postal Address: P O Box 262, Labasa, Fiji.
    Location:Lot 333, Silas Ramzaan Street Labasa
    P.O.Box: 262, Labasa
    Mobile: (+679) 891 0000
    Email:rnicahk2@gmail.com |
    Regards

    No exact payment no goods – simple

  • Very annoying -.- They are not even trying .
    Greetings! My name is Dennison Brixon D N Trade Cars 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 some of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1,500 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 Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards

    • I received the same email today (19th Feb 2017) from DENNISON BRIXON!

      Avoid ALL emails that don’t include your name and are written in poor English with some LONG convoluted story about family,wife,moving, cashiers check (cheque) etc.

      However I think we should be careful that these scammers don’t cotton on to this by reading sites like these to get wiser in their scams!?

      I have received at least 3 fraudulent emails from different names all with similar stories in the past. I am very surprised more is not done about this because clearly some people are still being scammed by these bastards! Time to crack down on internet security!
      They will not win.

  • I also got one from Terry Flowers. Luckily, I ship and receive at a UPS store, and that’s the address I gave him to send the check. When he asked for the overdraft, I got suspicious and googled him, and found you. Thanks for exposing this scam!

    Terry Flower

    Feb 15 (3 days ago)

    to kerfe

    Hello There,

    My name is Terry Flower 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 your Figures “Smoking – watercolor”, 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

  • The odd part of this one (I’ve gotten several) was that he, or they, actually looked at 11 views on my website, I was watching on the Stats page and I could see the number rising and it was very gratifying, until the email came:

    Hello There,
    My name is Terry Flower 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 your paintings “Lost in Infinity 3, charcoal, pencil, 22″ x 28″, 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
    Terry.

    Name: Terry Flower
    Email: terryflower797@yahoo.com

    I replied, just to see what would happen, and maybe for fun:

    Hi Terry,
    Thank you so much for your inquiry.
    “Lost in Infinity 3” is $1500. I accept a personal bank check or credit card or Paypal, sorry no cashier checks, money orders, or certified bank checks. The cost of shipping will be your responsibility, It would be great if you have a FedEx account, I could simply charge it to that. Otherwise I will include a shipping and handling charge in the invoice, and when your personal check clears through the bank, I will arrange a pickup with FedEx.

    If that’s suitable, please send your address and a phone number where I can reach you to arrange delivery.

    Thanks again for your interest.

    Best,
    Francine

    One clue, as mentioned already, “Hello there”, even though my name is all over my website and he clearly had a look. Another clue, no request for a price. I got a similar one last week from someone named Diana Ford, whose address was a multi-million dollar villa that had been sold the previous week. Friends got one also from a Megan Avery.

  • Got the same David Zanolli letter.
    “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. I am okay with the price, i think its worth it anyways.

    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.

    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.”

    Will now ignore any further contact, dg

    • I just got one from David W. Zanolli too.
      I told him to contact my art dealer, but then replied with a short email asking if any pieces are available directly through me. I’m kind of toying with him and said I have one piece available, but it’s $100,000. I won’t let it go much further, I should probably just ignore it.
      Douglas, thank you for posting your initial message from this scammer. I did a google search before responding and your post popped up.
      -Chris
      first message:
      “I want to buy your piece (Brooding Space Rock
      Woodblock print on Okawara Paper
      24″x48″
      2016) let me know if it still available and what is the method of payment. ”

      second response:
      “Do you have any work available at the moment that i can purchase directly from you, do let me know. keep me posted.”

  • Here’s my latest:

    Micah wrote:

    Thanks you for response, find below is my needed items

    I want you advise with the grand total cost minus the shipping cost
    because I have my personal freight forwarder that will come for the
    pick up at your store.i have inform them about this and they told me
    the best way to come for the pick up in your store is for you to email
    me with the informations needed below,
    * Company Name and Address ?
    * Time the package will be ready for pick up with your convenience
    time and date?
    * Contact Person for the pickup arrangement ?
    * Telephone Number ?
    * Weight of the package and how many boxes are they ?
    So, please kindly get back to me with this details along with the
    total of my order so that i can give you my credit card details for
    the payment now.
    Hope to read from you ASAP.

    Company name: GG MICAH VENTURES.
    Company Address:Postal Address: P O Box 262, Labasa, Fiji.
    Location:Lot 333, Silas Ramzaan Street Labasa
    P.O.Box: 262, Labasa
    Mobile: (+679) 891 0000
    Email:rnicahk2@gmail.com |
    Regards

    • Thanks so much for advising this post – we just received an identical one from Micah, who notes they live in Fiji, but we are a skincare business. They requested a large order and noted word for word regarding the freight company will be there own etc. I’ve now requested they pay in full via our online store and once the funds have cleared we will advise their other questions! I will let you know if we receive a response…

      Thanks again!

      Kind regards,
      Pamela

      • Hi Pamela,
        Did you receive a reply and payment?
        Thanks,
        Pat

  • i am in the middle of a situation now that has seemed suspicious to me from the get go. i am not sure yet, but his email to me was similar to some of the scammers i have seen here. my last email to him was that i would deliver the paintings in person and he could pay me in cash. i told him if he wanted to send me a check i would have to wait until it cleared before i delivered anything. his name is joe balin. i haven’t seen his name here. i am waiting to hear his response after my last email. i am not sure i will hear back from him. i will keep you all posted

  • Thanks for the excellent article. For anyone else out there who wants confirmation on a recent ploy, here’s my scammer’s message along with my response:

    Dear “Terry” — I will be praying for you.

    Hello There,
    My name is Terry Flower 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 your paintings “Breathing Out with a Smile II, 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″, acrylic and oil on wood, $900”, 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
    Terry.

  • I, too, had received two e-mails that were very suspicious. The first one was from Thomas Alexis(alexisth206@gmail.com). The second one from mleeling07@gmail.com. Both stated they want to buy a painting for a gift for there wife and wanted to know if they can buy it immediately and what price. I have a price list on my web site. RED FLAG.
    Glad I always check on google. Land on this site. THANK YOU!!!!!

    • My girlfriend received a email from ‘Mark Leeling’ (mleling08@gmail.com) today, exactly the same as this. The whole text was actually hidden in the footnote of the email, and not the body. They asked for information easily found on the web & had a bunch of red flags. Glad I found this post!

      • I received the following e-mail through the contact link on my website. The name and the way the message came through are identical to the one your girlfriend received.

        Clearly another scammer to be aware of!

        mleeling05@gmail.com

        Good day to you over there, My name is Mark from San Jose, CA 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 25th wedding anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of
        your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $7000,
        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,

        Mark

        I did not bother replying but did report it as phishing as it is clearly a scam attempt

  • Hello,
    I also got emails from Philip Laos: phloas0000@gmail.com
    I live in Germany and I was rather reserved because the shipment is very expensive. It took one week of great excitement before a friend of mine found this page. Thank you!
    The difference to other stories: Philip was very patient, talks never about shipment. It was actually a nice conversation.
    But a little bit too untrustworthy for a costumer talk and he was confused about the titles of the paintings.
    After I figured out that he was known as a deceiver, I was also a bit curious how he would deceive me. I also wondered how I could catch him, I have his telephone number and an address. Perhaps somebody has an idea? Regards from Kerstin

  • After reading all these postings, I haven’t even bothered to respond to this message on my website from a “Kathryn Edwards” — a variation of the stories already described here, but has some of the same story lines and red flags — poor English, moving soon, their own shipper, money order/cashiers check, etc. Tried googling her name (same as a TV actress, who wouldn’t have such poor English), and the email address, which comes up with nothing. No doubt this will not be the last mention of this person as a scammer.

    Kathryn Edwards
    kathwards654@gmail.com
    Sent from IP address 154.66.37.44
    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

    • I received this today. The “hello there” let me know right away if this was not a personalized email.

      Hello There,
      My name is Terry Flower 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 your
      Sculptures “Upheaval, 20″ x 20″ x 6″, $3,200”, 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
      Terry.

    • I received this identical email Lauren, and it included titles of four of my pieces from my website. Thank you for posting this, searching kathwards654@gmail.com took me to your comment.

    • Received the same email today.
      Glad I checked here.

    • I just received the same email… Literally identical

  • “My name is Thomas Alexis from Washington DC. 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 the artwork ”Pink Nanjing” if it is available and ready for immediate sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know the price, and if you accept check as mode of Payment.
    Thanks and best regards!”

    1- They throw in “Washington DC” for credibility.
    2- Awkward sentence structure and coinage (“mode of Payment” or “amazed to see your various works too…”)
    3- Offers to purchase a $20K piece without any questions. A real collector wants to know more about you and your work and doesn’t use terms like “immediate sale”.

    Don’t be surprised when someone wants to buy your work. No collector ever brings up payment in the first email.

    alexisth206@gmail.com

    • John Cena strikes again. Luckily someone alerted me to this scam before I’d gone too far (although I did reply to him and he now has my phone number.) Is there some way to report this and have someone with some authority follow up and shut him down?

      Thanks for your vigilance!

    • I received the same email, almost verbatim, from “Jerry Flower.”

  • Another “Ocean Engineer” scam artist Thomas Hanson thanson0001@gmail.com

  • Hi,
    I also received a mail by Philip Laos phloas0000@gmail.com.
    So watch out if he should contact you!

    Here is what he wrote:

    Hi ,

    I am. writing to know if any paintings/sculptures works are available for sale?please get back to me.

    ——

    Hello Julius,

    Thanks for getting back to me swiftly. I am looking for a suitable art piece could be painting or sculpture for our new home. . My wife was actually the one that did the search before I got back from work and she wanted me to write to find out about the paintings.Kindly let me know the prices for these ones below: …

    ——-

    Hi Julius,

    I like in Australia ? Would you be needing my complete address? Please let me know , Also I am thinking there should be a rebate since I am buying more than one.

    ——-

    HI Julius,

    I would be taking the 6 paintings. my wife thinks we could use some of them to gift to our parent -in-laws on my daughter’s forth coming wedding ceremony and I think that would be very nice. so let have a final prices for all the initially chosen paintings (6).

    ——

    This is when I realized it is a fraud. The works he asked for were not paintings but sculptures!

    Julius

    • hello julius,

      i received the same one, from a pratt cardenas, antwal0000@gmail.com, partly the same wording, same story with the wife, new home and wedding of the daughter/gift to the parents-in-laws in australia. this was the adress they gave: Unit 7 / 24 Beattie Road,
      4209 Coomera QLD Australia
      very fortunately an art shipping company that i asked about the custom documents recognized the adress as one that several artists in berlin had received the same request from. they would have tried to pay with a check next, but fortunately i was warned.

      • I Just receive the same offer fron Patt Cardenas in France…I have written his adress on the web and find this web page!!
        What is it possible to do to stop these burgglars?
        Thanks for all informations.
        Best regards
        Flowie

      • Hah… I got emailed by a certain “Benson Duong” bensonduong01@gmail.com, and when I asked him his postal address for the invoice, he gave that exact address too, Unit 7 / 24 Beattie Road, 4209 Coomera. I googled that address and found this article, so thank you for your comment! I just received his check today and found it extremely strange as it was issued by a UK bank and the letter was sent from Germany, and the check was signed under a different name “B. Muller”. And of course it was overpayed of 1000€. I’m going to throw away that check and block him on gmail, report as spam and pray that nothing happens to me :,,)

  • Hi,

    The mail i got is very much alike many of the ones copy-pasted in the comments, so i will spare you this. The names to look out for are Petr Jackson and Marc Thompson. I stopped the communication after survey on the internet because of their suspicious way of handling things, and found this article. Very useful, thank you!!

  • I’m Thomas Arendt from Miami, Florida. 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. Kindly send some pictures and prices of some of your other art which are ready for immediate purchase within the price range of $500- $5000, I could be flexible with price. So I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks

  • Scam email received from jamesfisher08132@gmail.com

    Hello,
    My name is James Fisher 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,
    James Fisher.

    • I got the exact same email word for word! I thought it was real but then he wanted have me pay an overage to his moving agent. I just emailed him back that I know this is a scam and not to contact me anymore!

  • Yes, got the one today about the wife looking at my web site etc …this time under the name of ‘Dennison Brixon from United Kingdom’. …wants to buy something for the birthday etc… Almost identical words to a couple already posted.
    I thought the language sounded stilted and unlikely.
    Lynette Dixon seems to have supplied the email address at the top which is a bit weird. Lynette dixon and says under it Art Gallery.
    Oh well one gets a feel for it! All the best folks!

  • Hi, I received this email Yesterday, getting suspicious I’ve read The Agora warning about art scams, my answer was that I only accept Paypal payements, since then no news of the guy. For your collection of scams here below is the email from David W Zanolli:
    “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. I am okay with the price, i think its worth it anyways.

    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.

    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.

    Regards,

    David

    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, so the check can be sent right away.”

    • I got the same inquiry and the same message in response … which is sort of hilarious as the piece in question is titled, “Comfortable With the Pain I Know”. Seriously, what sort of lovely husband (whether aboard an ocean liner or not) would want to give a piece of art with that title to his wife as a special gift! Hilarious!

  • After a couple of emails with this Mark Thompson, tmark7881@gmail.com, I became suspicious. I decided to not communicate after the 3rd very convoluted and weird shipping arrangements they tried to arrange. I googled the email address “tmark7881@gmail.com” and saw Agora Gallery’s warning – thank you! Pasted below the 1st email they sent – Artists Beware!

    “My name is Mark Thompson 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.

    Best Regards,
    Mark.”

  • I received this message today from a Hans David using the email karin.lotita@gmail.com

    My name is Hans David 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. 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,

    Hans David

  • Here another art scam email from Philip Laos wwith the email: phloas0000@gmail.com

    Hi ,
    I am. writing to know if any paintings/sculptures works are available for sale?please get back to me.
    Regards
    Philip
    —————
    next email:
    Hi Patric,
    Thanks for getting back to me swiftly. My name is Philip as you addressed me ,I am looking for a suitable art piece could be painting or sculpture for our new home. And am located in Australia ,it was my wife that did a search for art works ,while I was at work and when I got back she wanted me to write you.
    I await to hear from you,
    Philip

    • The same guy (Philip Laos phloas0000@gmail.com) also sent me an inquiry. I was sceptical from the beginning but answered his first emails anyway.
      Hi ,

      I am. writing to know if any paintings/sculptures works are available for sale?please get back to me.

      Regards

      Philip
      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting back to me swiftly. I am looking for a suitable art piece could be painting or sculpture for our new home. So I would welcome photos or a link I could choose some from ,Meanwhile, it was my wife that did the search about you and wanted to me to talk to you .

      I await to hear from you,

      Philip

      Hello Chris,

      Thank you for updating me ,waow your prices are high ,my thinks as well.

      No rebate at all? since I am buying more than one could you at least consider giving some discount? Our daughters wedding is coming up and I thought some of the paintings will be nice to gift our new parent-in-laws…my thoughts though.

      I await to hear from you.

      Philip.

  • Got one!

    John Kennedy

    “Greetings
    My name is John Kennedy from NC. 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, John Kennedy”

    It goes on from there…

    Be careful, y’all!

  • Just received what I presume to be a scam from a Martina Colesmith of Macedonia, see below. It came though my artwork website via Squarespace. Very convincing. The red flags for me was the willingness to use their very expensive shipper called Pavet Express rather than UPS or FedEx. Their website looked legit and their quote for delivery seemed plausible. Using Paypal for the transaction seemed safe, but I read in the comments here that it isn’t. Also I saw a repeated use of the lowercase ‘i’ in the correspondence, which others here had noticed. And a lack of chit chat about the work itself tends to set off alarm bells. Now I’m glad I double checked their name for scams, thank you Agora.

    email address: darlingmartina@outlook.com

    message: 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 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
    Martina

    • I received this exact same message yesterday, also from Martina Colesmith at darlingmartina@outlook.com. It went to my Spam box and so I was suspicious. Thanks for posting this and helping artists avoid scammers!

  • Hi,
    I have a scam to report. Do not ever trust anyone who requests overseas shipping of artwork through Pavet Express. I work for a gallery and one of our artists received and forwarded to us an email from a “collector,” Berry Martin who wanted to buy 2 works and have them shipped to an address in Bosnia and Herzogovina. He recommended using Pavet Express Delivery Service (pavetexpress.com), located in Belfast, UK, who promised door-to-door shipping from NC to Bosnia with quotes for 1-2 day delivery or 3-5 day delivery, which you can imagine were quite high. When I asked the client if he would like me to check into possible slower, less expensive cargo shipping through another company, he said no, he “didn’t mind the quick shipping.” When I inquired with Pavet if they would take a company check or bill us, they wanted the $1500 to be wire transferred. When I inquired what was our guarantee that, once they had the funds wired to them, they would actually pick up the freight and ship it, I received no response. In the meantime, Berry Martin emailed me 2 credit cards to divide the payment – they each had a different zip code (both from Calif.) and neither matched the delivery zip code in Bosnia. I called a credit card fraud department and had each card checked to see if it was stolen. Sure enough, each card was registered to a different person and neither to a Berry Martin. I had put him off long enough to investigate this and haven’t heard from him since. Thankfully, we lost no money. I will report this on any and all “scam” sites.

    • Same scam- Smelled fishy so I hesitated as well-
      I had Darren Hunt- email darranhunt22@gmail.com, pavet express, I’d have to pay shipper, but could add the cost to the cc payment.
      Name Darren Hunt
      o Subject art order inquiry
      o Message Hello, I am inquiring about your artwork for sale 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. I will be looking forward to read from you. Sincerely, Darren Hunt
      o Email darranhunter22@gmail.com

      • Also, when I requested a shipping quote, I got one :
        Dear Customer, Diane

        Thank you for choosing PavetExpress Delivery Service.

        We guarantee safe delivery of an order to your customer within 1-2 workdays.

        You do not need to drop off the package anywhere it will be picked up from your designated

        address and delivered to that of the consignee.

        Our charges are inclusive of Custom Fees, Duties, Insurance, Handling and Taxes.

        Your client is a familiar recipient of packages by several clients around the globe.

        Full detailed address of both the pickup/delivery point will be required when the shipment is set to commence

        We shall let you have the payment information and requirements as soon as you are ready for the shipment

        Shipping payment will have to be made before we schedule the pick up, the receiver does not pay any further money

        after you have paid for the shipment because all required fees is already included in the quote.

        PavetExpress Delivery Service
        44 Green Road, BT2 7PZ,
        County Antrim, Belfast
        United Kingdom
        Telephone: 07440470885, 07934966588
        Fax: 020 380 85
        E-mail: info@pavetexpress.com
        pavetexpress@gmail.com
        Quote ID: ORD119140
        Quote Date : Saturday, April 08, 2017
        Total Quote for Service :
        1 – 2 days delivery:
        $829.65 USD

        3 – 5 days delivery:
        $672.84 USD

        Pick Up, Custom fee, Shipment Door to Door, Insurance

        Shipper (From) Information:

        Diane Snoey Appler
        Maui, Hawaii
        http://www.dianeappler.com

        Consignee (To) Information:

        Lithuania

        Item Information:

        Description
        Width (inch)
        Length (inch)
        Height (inch)
        Weight(pound)
        Insured Value (USD)
        A Package
        24
        12
        8
        10

        TERMS AND CONDITIONS

        The estimate are based on dimensions and weight supplied by the customer. Total charges are based on dimensions and weights by customer. This estimate is valid for 30 days.
        Pickup
        Shipments will be picked up through one door on the ground floor or from a loading dock. If there are stairs or other obstacles at the pickup location, additional charges may apply. Pickup charge is based on the ability of 2 persons. Please contact us immediately if you require additional people or if there are stairs, as this service will require an additional charge.
        Delivery-(INCLUDE CUSTOMS FEES, DUTIES, Insurance AND TAXES)
        Via Ocean – After the shipment clears Customs the package will be available for customer pickup at the recipient designated address.
        Via Air – After the shipment clears Customs the package will be available for customer pickup at the recipient designated address.
        Insurance-Insurance is available for $8.25 per $100 of value with a $50.00 minimum
        You should itemize and declare the full value of each piece to be shipped. Full value can be defined as the amount you have paid for the piece(s). In the event of a claim, your payment will be based on the amount or the percentage of the value that you have declared. For complete details on our insurance coverage please read all the “Terms & Conditions” on the front and back of our freight bill.
        Thank you for shipping with
        PavetExpress Delivery Service.
        Your business is appreciated.

        Andrew Ken
        Customer Service Dept.
        PavetExpress Delivery Service
        44 Green Road, BT2 7PZ,
        County Antrim, Belfast
        United Kingdom
        Telephone: 07440470885, 07934966588
        Fax: 020 380 85
        E-mail: info@pavetexpress.com
        pavetexpress@gmail.com

      • This same guy just emailed me. I’m feeling strong scammer vibes: (darranhunter22@gmail.com) with the same message.

  • I saw that George Barbara got to someone else about the “wife’s anniversary gift!” Me too… Georgebarbara678@gmail.com … What a loser.

  • I got the exact same ocean engineer email from Anthony Bret dinos1700@gmail.com
    There is a special place in hell for people who scam artists. I wish I could meet this guy in person.

  • Relieved to have found this site! I received an email from “John Cena” which sent up all sorts of red-flags –

    Squarespace
    Jan 25 (2 days ago)

    to me
    Name: john cena

    Email Address: jcena5050@gmail.com

    Subject: artwork is neeeded

    Message: Greetings!
    My name is john Cena 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,
    john.

    FOLLOWED BY THIS:

    Dear : Eleanor Louise
    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 After image I,
    Acrylic and charcoal on linen board. 2015. 25.4cm x 35.5cm FRAMED of
    $700

    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 c

    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

  • This page was extremely helpful. I’ve been selling art internationally for years, and just received an email that sent up a lot of red flags. Doing a web search and coming to this page I found the email I was sent almost verbatim. So thank you everyone for sharing. I’m posting the email I received here, along with the mailer’s address, in case anyone else gets an email from this person:

    FROM: Mark Kramer
    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. Let me know how much it will cost without shipping.

    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.

    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.

    Regards,

    Mark Kramer.

    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, so the check can be sent right away.

    • Just got this very same interaction from david.zanollli@gmail.com

      I am so glad I found this website. It’s so cruel what this people do to hard working artists trying to make a living.

      Cheers!

  • John Cena contacted me too. H seems to send similar emails with same or similar story (a poorly written one at that). I’ve attached several emails… It looked like a scam – so I looked up his name and my search lead me to this website.

    john cena
    6:11 AM (8 hours ago)

    to me
    Greetings!
    My name is john Cena 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,
    John.

    I TRIED TO GET MORE INFO (REALIZING I WAS DEALING WITH A SCAM) – THE SECOND NOTE BELOW:

    Dear Bud
    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 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 c

    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

  • Received the exact same email script from a ‘John Cena’ last night. I excitedly exchanged a few emails thinking it was a genuine request at first, but it wasn’t long before all the red flags were going up so I researched his name and landed here.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about these scams.

    Disappointed as the sale would have been very welcome, but also glad I followed my gut and checked him out.

  • I encountered a different scam when I worked in a gallery. Luckily nothing was lost, but the scammer’s method was very different from the article above – maybe this is something new. Up until today I still don’t know how he intended to cheat money from us.

    An inquiry on a certain painting came to me from Artsy, and this person seemed to have used his real full name and a work email address. I googled the name and he turned out to be a reputable person living in the UK. At this point of time I did not realize that the scammer stole this reputable man’s identity, and set up an email address that looked almost exactly like his company’s email (try to differentiate uppercase ‘i’ and lowercase ‘L’)

    We talked about a few pieces of the same artist, I sent over some images of 3 works that he liked the most, then he replied that he would buy two of them. Everything was efficient, pleasant, and moving in a non-suspicious pace. Now we came to the shipping part.

    While I was negotiating this sale, my gallery was preparing a shipment going to UK – I guess he did not expect that I used it as an excuse to push him for payment. I suggested that he pay for the artworks plus the UK VAT before our shipment leaves for UK, so that I can slot these two works in the shipment for him, and help him save a huge part of shipping costs. From then on, he stopped replying me.

    Since he already acknowledged the purchase in email, I had to find a way to follow up with him. So I called the company with its number on Google and to my shock, I was told that there had been countless galleries from all over the world calling them asking Mr. X to pay for the artworks the scammer bought. I was told to spot the uppercase ‘i’ from the lowercase ‘L’ in the fake email address, which apparently all other galleries missed too!

    Luckily my gallery and I did not lose any money or artwork in this incident, and my gallery had a very strict shipping policy about purchased works. However I couldn’t imagine how devastating it must be if any other galleries, artists out there lose their artworks or money to online scams.

    Up until today I still wonder what this scammer would have done. I would love to hear if anyone else have encountered this.

    • Thank you for the story, TheExGallerina. Galleries definitely know better than to ship artworks without first receiving a payment in full, and I bet the artist was very happy he/she had a smart gallery to back them up.

  • Another “Ocean Engineer” art scammer to add to this list:
    Mark Thompson, tmark7881@gmail.com

  • Artists be careful! I was nearly convinced that I’d sold a painting through my website to someone I’d never met. Fortunately, I googled his name, John Cena, and found the warnings from the Agora Gallery website, some of which chimed with the story this scammer was feeding me such as the painting being a surprise gift for his wife and giving a cash payment for shipping to some unknown party using Western Union. I strongly suggest all artists who sell their work from their websites read the scams detailed in the blog on http://www.agora-gallery.com. Thank you Agora Gallery.

  • I got this email yesterday. Thanks to your site, I was able to recognize it as a scam immediately. I was especially suspicious of the lower case i:

    Hello,

    My name is James from Charlotte NC. 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- $1,200, 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,
    James.

  • Just received this. And I am not an artist. Fits the scammer pattern!

    James Williams
    Hello,
    My name is James Williams 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,
    James Williams.

  • John Kennedy recently contacted the artist I represent with exactly the same dialogue as other artists on this site:-

    Greetings
    My name is John Kennedy from NC. 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, John Kennedy

    He then sent a cheque from an organisation by this name Platinum Title Partners
    http://www.platinumtitlepartners.com/contact-us.asp

    He asked for the overage shipping payment to be sent to this shipping company
    NAME- Brandon Gettings
    ADDRESS- 932 EAST 24TH STREET
    CITY- Saint Augustine
    ZIP CODE- 07513
    STATE- Florida

    Luckily I found this Agora Gallery website when I searched for his name. I could then see that the whole thing was scam and am grateful for this incredibly helpful forum. Thank You!

    • I was recently contacted by Anthony Handy with the same dialogue:

      Greetings!
      My name is Anthony Handy from Indiana. 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..

      Best..

      Fortunately, a friend suggested this might be a scam and a quick internet search confirmed. I just received a Bank of the Ozarks cashier’s check from his “client” and am wondering how best to proceed. Any advice as to whether or not I just ignore his emails (he’s been seeking confirmation that I received the check) or respond?

      Thanks!

  • I got the same scam! James Akpabio 1jamesakpabio@gmail.com

  • Thanks for this article! I just received an email a couple days ago, also from a Kevin Spiker – k.spiker122@gmail.com and it was almost exactly the same wording as the other comment left here describing the Kevin Spiker email. I didn’t realize it was a scam at first. This is another example of his correspondence with me after I replied to his first email. My husband realized it was suspicious and showed me this article.
    Email:

    Dear Rivka,

    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 “RAIN”- OIL ON CANVAS 30″ BY 40″ $3,200 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,

    Kevin.

    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.

    • Hi all! I also just received the same exact email. A new name to watch our for is Petr Jackson.

      “Dear Sarah,
      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 ————– 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,
      Petr.

      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.”

  • I received an email from a Michael Cox email mikelcoxinc@gmail.com. sounded legitimate and even offered to pay by credit card. That seems safe enough but square has informed me that a credit card charge can be questioned after it is made and disputed so it isn’t any safer to take a credit card. Again, he asked me to use a certain shipper and I looked up the shipper and it has a legitimate looking website. The thing that makes me think it is not legitimate is that he wants 4 southwest style paintings for a home in Hungary, and he used my real email address, not the one he would have gotten off my website. He also asked me for details which were already on my website. in my latest email to him I have told him I am not able to take a credit card payment for that high an amount without calling his credit card company to authorize it and pre authorization from him. I am assuming he will not agree to this.

    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 read from you.
    Sincerely,
    Michael.

    Hi Deborah,
    Glad to read from you.
    I am satisfied with the cost of these four for now,and i want them
    shipped as it is framed,

    Agave Heat
    =============================================
    Ranch Monsoon Afternoon
    =============================================
    Taos Pueblo Shop
    ==============================================
    Red Boat
    ==============================================

    and i want you to get them ready for shipping soon after all payment is made.
    Here is the shipping process.
    Contact the freight forwarder below and get the shipping quote.
    You can contact this courier:

    Pavet Express Delivery Service
    Web site: http://www.pavetexpress.com/
    E-MAIL: info@pavetexpress.com
    pavetexpress@gmail.com

    They are newly developed conventional freight forwarder and very
    efficient here with pickups and deliveries worldwide.

    You can as well contact them with the weight and cost of the artwork
    for the shipping and insurance to my address because they ship and
    deliver safely without one paying any other money before collecting
    the goods unlike some other courier .
    Once you get the shipping quote ,added to the cost of artworks and we
    know the total cost to be paid for to you by giving you the credit
    card details to process.

    I will be looking forward to hear from you asap.
    Thanks
    Shipping Address
    Michael Cox
    Budapest, Kemenes u. 6, Hungary

    • Hi Deborah.
      I have received the exact same email, almost word for word. from a Michael Cox. He wanted to pay with a credit card, and declined my advice to use paypal. but he offered to pay by PayPal virtual terminal to run his credit card with, basically i am not protected by ‘guest users’ only users who are registerd with paypal. (as a safe guard you can turn off your ‘guest users’ function in your paypal settings).
      Anyway. It feels like a scam to me.

      • Hi Matt and Deborah,
        Michael Cox nearly fooled me too – with the same email message. When I received a quote from his chosen shipping company, Pavet Express, I thought it outrageously high so got a costing from Australia Post which was much, much less. I wrote to Michael Cox suggesting he go with Australia Post but he replied saying the Pavet Express quote was ‘impressive’ and that I should add that cost to the cost of my four paintings. It was then that I became suspicious and Googled him. Fortunately I found the Art Scam blog from Agora. I am so grateful for this information. Yes, it was flattering and I very nearly got caught but the Art Scam site saved me.

  • I just got this today

    From: Kevin Spiker [mailto:kevinspiker889@gmail.com]
    Sent: Saturday, January 7, 2017 5:18 PM
    Subject: Art Work Inquiry

    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 exact same email from Kevin Spiker! Except it was their ten year anniversary 🙂
      Thanks for leaving this message and helping me see the scam here!

  • Hello fellow artists,
    I received a request to buy 4 of my artworks from my website comment box in July 2016.
    The customer’s address was 10 Blvd. Koco Racin,
    1000 Skopje, Macedonia
    mgsymon@hotmail.com

    and later when the card was refused her address was:
    1070 Ardmore Avenue, Oakland, California
    94610
    US
    The problem was that she demanded a Virtual Terminal to transfer the money into with PayPal. Therefore I had to open an account with PayPal. They informed me that her request was unnecessary as the money could easily be transferred. This made me think that something was not right. Eventually, during the transaction, she deposited money into PayPal, but gave me 2 names and 2 addresses. I alerted PayPal and my bank and the scam was identified. PayPal returned to money to the rightful owner of the credit card.
    As with the other scams, she did not want me to use another shipping company. I have included the addresses of the shipping company.

    1st name and address:
    International Banking Account Number (IBAN): GB39MYMB23058016084743
    Sort Code : 230580
    Account Number: 16084743
    Bank Identifier Code (BIC): MYMBGB2LXXX
    Account Name: IZABELA KACZOR

    CoastExpress Freight.
    Here is the full address: 32 Commercial Street Leeds LS1 9GG United Kingdom
    You do not need a routing to make the wire transfer what you need is the Swift Code/BIC: HLFXGB21A87

    Andy Butcher
    Account Dept.
    CoastExpress Freight
    Unit 11c Corry Place
    Belfast Harbour Estate
    Belfast, BT3 9AH United Kingdom
    Telephone: 07934966588,
    Fax: 028 9078 1771
    E-mail:coastexpressfreight@outlook.com
    Quote ID: ORD119140′

    and the 2nd address:

    ‘Please note and make sure your Bank uses all the details correctly the BIC/SWIFT: HLFXGB21A87 and Account Name: SUSMALINE GIRIGORIE, this is very important when making the Wire Transfer, make sure it is filled out properly as BIC/SWIFT: HLFXGB21A87 and (Account Name:SUSMALINE GIRIGORIE)
    Account Name: SUSMALINE GIRIGORIE
    International Banking Account Number (IBAN): GB34HLFX11001710456162
    Sort Code: 110017
    Account Number: 10456162
    Bank Identifier Code (BIC): HLFXGB21A87
    Account Name: Mr SUSMALINE GIRIGORIE
    Account Beneficiary Address: Unit 11c Corry Place Belfast Harbour Estate Belfast, BT3 9AH United Kingdom
    Bank: HALIFAX PLC
    Bank Address: P O Box 722
    City: LONDON
    Country: UNITED KINGDOM
    You will have to get back to us with the payment detailed confirmation either by scanning or emailing the confirmation details for processing.
    Hope to expedite this with you soon.

    Andy Butcher
    Account Dept.
    CoastExpress Freight
    Unit 11c Corry Place
    Belfast Harbour Estate
    Belfast, BT3 9AH United Kingdom
    Telephone: 07934966588,
    Fax: 028 9078 1771
    E-mail:coastexpressfreight@outlook.com ‘

  • I received the email below through my website. The painting he selected happened to be in a store in my hometown, so I was out of town when his check arrived by UPS. He has since given me two different people to send the overage in a money gram to. Both addresses are not involved in shipping. It all seemed weird, hence me googling the addresses and then when I happened on y’all in my search, I knew it was a scam. I have not done anything with his check. Should I take the emails and check to the police?
    Thanks,
    Cameron

    Name
    john cena
    Email
    jcena5050@gmail.com
    Subject
    artwork is needed
    Message
    Greetings! My name is john Cena 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, john.

    • I just received this same exact email! Have been going back and forth with him trying to find the scan. Thanks for posting!

      • I received the same email from John Cena. So glad I googled his name and for this website. I am posting this warning on facebook.

  • Hi, I got this email from a Martin Tadic, Nova Scotia. I had previous emails in November, and responded, at that time it was a sick wife. Then no contact till yesterday. I noticed his name referenced by others on your site. Do I just ignore and delete these emails? And what do you you do if by some chance $$ does show up? I have not replied to this latest email.
    Karen,
    how are you doing today?,fine i guess?,compliments of the season to you,i would like to first and foremost apologize for everything and every delays caused its been because of circumstances beyond my control and because of my child’s state of unconsciousness,this has made me so busy and it has really taken my time,but as i said earlier i did instruct my personal assistant to issue the payment and cheque to you and take care of everything in my absence,but she has disappointed me in the sense that i have gotten a confirmation that the payment has been made but there is an issue and there is something i think i must bring to your notice,after a reconciliation of accounts last night,i discovered that somehow my personal assistant and my associate that made payment available to you had somehow made a mistake and paid you the wrong amount,the payment that was meant for another transaction was sent to you and the one meant for you was sent to another,however i want to believe and have faith in you that i would not have any problem with you as regards that.
    Also because of the time frame available for us to conclude the transaction and my absence this mess happened and i would need you to please bear with me and please save me time,also what i want you to please do for me is that as soon as you have received the payment and it has been cleared by your bank and funds have been made available to you,i will need you to please deduct your money and keep the remaining funds with you and i would let you know what it would used for either for additional purchases or one or two things as i am currently out of town now due to my current circumstances and challenges being faced with family members,i hope you
    understand me and thanks so much for your concern and patience and please bear with me as i would try as much as possible to make sure we finalize everything,i look forward to your reply.
    Regards
    Martin

  • Yesterday I received a request from John Cena, posing as an ocean engineer, with the scam described in the threads. His email is mjcena5050@gmail.com

    His message was sent viamy web site email service: It stated
    Email: jcena5050@gmail.com
    Subject: artwork is needed
    Message:
    Greetings! My name is john Cena 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, john

    • I got the same email. I guess like most of us here. thx for article.
      Email: jcena5050@gmail.com
      Subject: artwork is needed
      Message:
      Greetings! My name is john Cena 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, john

    • I received a request yesterday from
      terryflower797@yahoo.com
      Same info, same process….
      Thank you for this info and warning!

    • Got the exact same format from John Kennedy – johnkennedy10003@gmail.com

      ‘My name is John Kennedy from NC. 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… blah blah’

      Thanks to this article & comment section for confirming my suspicions. Currently wasting his time, as much as possible. He only seems to have a few copy & paste responses really, and some hilarious story about being an Ocean Engineer in the Atlantic Ocean. Apparently his North Carolina moving company is happy to pick up the painting from the UK? I think he’s given up on me…

      Stay safe out there artists.

    • The name John Cena would have immediately set off red flags for me. My email had the name James Williams aka jameswillie202. He said all sane fantastic things in his email which didn’t seem to out of the ordinary at first due to the clientele of the shows I have exhibited in and my open studio events. The second email things became sketch as he said he would over night the check which I didn’t feel comfortable with. I only take checks from those I know and are regular patrons of the studio. As it stands the check never arrived and now he says it’s because the check was written in my name for the art and shipping company so I should deposit the check and pull out the amout for the shipper. Very strange way to do business and never had this type of experience before which set of alarms. I think I may waste more of his time to see how long he will hang in there. Thanks for the great article.

  • Agora Gallery, fellow artists, and supporters,
    Thank you for this resource. I received the following first and second emails within a short period of time. My gut said this was a scam, given he was insisting on terms and conditions I would not follow as a business owner and he avoided answering any of my questions. Your article hit on all the points I felt uneasy about. Thank you for helping me to avoid the agony of what could have happened.

    First email: terryflower1702@gmail.com

    Hello There,
    My name is Terry Flower 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 *********************, 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
    Terry.

    Second email: terryflower797@yahoo.com
    Dear *****,
    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. I am okay with the price, i think its worth it anyways.

    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.

    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.

    Regards,

    Terry Flower.

    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.

    • This is the exact thing I got from “John Cena”!! I knew this was off.

      Hello : Cameron
      Thanks for your Quick response and like i said before my wife handles
      the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to leave any
      clue to her for the surprise, I will instruct my Associate Financial
      to issue and mail the paycheck to your Information via Courier
      services and do let me know when you receive the check and also make
      sure you check your email the moment you receive it,so as to proceed
      with the Instructions on remitting the overage (after deducting your
      fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check get
      cleared thanks for your sincere co-op Best Regards John Cena

  • Yes, I got one from John Cena too last night. What alerted me is that he wanted the piece in the subject field, but there was no piece named in the Subject. Plus I remember having had a few of these in years past, so was moved to Google his name and found it in the comments here.

    Subject: artwork is needed

    Message: Greetings!
    My name is john Cena 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,
    john.

  • I did reply some what neutrally and received this back: I also checked the address and it seems to be Clinique’s Lyon address:

    Your work are well described and attractive, i will like to make some purchase but before i do, can you kindly send me the prices of the ones listed below.

    This seems to have been copied from website. Smell a rat?

  • Hi,

    I don’t know if this thread is still active but I think I received a scam email too:

    Good evening,
    I must say i love your artistic work of art,the intense hand work and craftness you have put into it is out of this world and with that said i would love to buy some of your work but am thinking you might have some new ones in the making or already done that will highly interest me the more. Had be so please if you can kindly send me link to your new work or rather send me photos which ever one is easier for you to get across to me. I will sincerely appreciate your response. Kindly have a wonderful week ahead.
    Regards
    Andrea

  • I received an email from Martin Tadic, wishing to buy a painting from me directly, I was initially very excited but I smelled a rat – he didn’t describe my work , and the emphasis on shipping……….
    I continued the conversation, the address in Prague checked out, but it was the shipping instructions that were too complex, so I checked him out, and found similar scams with the same name, so,I have now replied to him that I know it’s a scam and not to bother me anymore.
    This is so disappointing and cruel for an artist to endure – so thank you for having this information and I hope it warns others not to be taken in.

  • Hello thank you for sharing this information,
    Dr. Oswald Dornelly sent me this email:
    “Seasons Greetings. I hope this mail meet you well, I’m Doctor Oswald a medical practitioner from Alberta, I was at my mom’s house few days back and saw this lovely artwork on her wall, she’s a lover of arts “smiles” so i asked if she can help me search for some beautiful artworks, and she came across your work and sent me your contact. So pls let me know if i can still purchase from you, because i know christmas is just few days and you might be busy. I am interested in collecting some beautiful art works 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,
    Oswald”

    But I had a feeling that there was something wrong, because i don’t recall selling my work to an old lady. I googled his name and here we go, I found out that I am not the only one.

    • Just received the same request from the Dr Oswald crook. Thanks for sharing this info as I was suspicious enough to Google his name and this site along with others reporting scammers came up. It’s important and easy enough to check for scammers and not let you ego lead you. Here is is email to me:

      Greetings to you. I’m Doctor Oswald a medical practitioner from Alberta, I was at a friend’s house and saw some artwork, he’s a lover of arts “smiles” So i asked if he could help me search for some beautiful artworks and he came across your work and sent me your contact. I am interested in collecting some beautiful art works 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 Oswald

  • I had an email from Martin Tadic this morning…googled his name, nothing significant came up…google his name and the word “spam” and this website came up….Much appreciated..I’ve now shared the warning – and this link to facebook.

  • Thanks for the information about scams. I had a suspicion about an email I had received and when I Google searched the guy and his address I got your blog. My suspicions were confirmed by the fact that Lydia got the exact same emails as I did from a certain Martin Tadic in Nova Scotia. The part I don’t get is the original email he sent went to a friend of mine about items on my website, how he would have know we were connected in anyway is very troubling.

    • I had an email from Martin Tadic at 5am this morning asking to purchase my work. I was really excited and decided to google him and found this scam thread. Although a bit of a let down I am glad to be advised at this early stage. Thanks so much for posting.

    • Hi, I just recieved the following email this morning from Martin tadic. I’ve had someone try to scam me before so trusted my gut instinct and put the email content into Google and your post came up. As the article says, scammers are lazy – they will send the same email to thousands of artists around the world, so they can be identified thanks to sites like this.
      Many thanks, Dave (UK)

      Here’s the email I recieved for reference:

      Hi there
      I just found you online through the web search,I would like to know if i could make a purchase for your works directly from you
      So thanks so much for reading this message and i patiently await your response.
      Regards
      Martin

    • Thank you for the information – I’ve just received an email from Martin Tadic – feel free to email him at martin_tadic2014@outlook.com .
      Let him know what you think of scammers!

    • I too got an email tonight (10/12/16) from Martin Tadic, from Prague

  • My email matched the criteria above. His name was John Cena, a marine biologist out at sea trainging grad students. There really is a man with that name at a marine engineering school. He sent an over amount fake check from Wells Fargo signed by Chic Fil A. I was just going to cash it at Wells Fargo but they saw that it was fake.

  • Oh that John Marcus, he really gets around. I received an email today that was an exact copy of those he sent to others. It didn’t sound right since he failed to address me by my name or, even more important, mention the name of the painting he was so interested in. Thank you for the confirmation.

  • Dr Oswald Dornelly who is a ‘medical practitioner’ wants my website to purchase my beautiful work. He lives in New Brunswick but is building a new house in Sydney.
    1) He must have my website from FCA? so why does he ask?

    2) Its not the first scam someone tries. Last time they stopped mailing me when I asked them to send a money order direct to the Royal Bank.

    • My wife is currently being emailed by Dr. Oswald Dornelly. For us he has decided he is from Alberta and is moving to Sydney. He only wants his payment to be by cashier’s cheque which his accountant will send us, then his movers will pick up the paintings and take them to Sydney.

      He must have found her website, but he initially told her that his mother had some of her art and he wanted some like it. My wife knows everyone who has purchased art from her, and asked what her name was and what pieces she had. This question was totally ignored.

      • Got the same message from the good Dr Oswald Dornelly last night. (the Alberta to Sydney guy) It looked and sounded bogus, so I googled the name and came up with this great resource. At least he did that for me. He had my home email address and asked for my website info. He said a friend had found me online and referred my work to him. I figure his “friend” can pass on the website info too.

    • I had the same email from Dr Oswald Dornelly. He contacted me through my website, so why was he asking for my website? DUH! I googled his name and was surprised to come up with this blog! I never replied to his email.

  • Yes! Thank you Agora Gallery. I had a hunch. I received these 2 messages last night, I replied to the first one and got a response from a different email adress. I also checked on Google the adress in Nova Scotia that the sender provided and it’s in a field in the middle of nowhere, not a building in sight…
    Lydia

    Message no.1
    Martin Tadic Nov 23 at 7:00 PM
    Hello
    please do you sell your works directly?,if you do can i make a direct purchase from you?,thanks so much and i really look forward to hearing from you soonest
    Regards
    Martin

    Message no.2

    Martin Tadic Today at 1:19 AM
    Hello Lydia
    Thanks so much for your email and prompt response/reply i really appreciate it because it means a lot to me,sorry for the late response my wife has been sick,i have been on official duty for a while,please note that i would be interested in what listed/on the link below,so let me know what you think about my selection and choice and also let me know if i made the right decision plus you could also let me know if there are additional information’s i could know of as regards my selection

    https://www.facebook.com/132932443545479/photos/a.133039116868145.24260.132932443545479/492309940941059/?type=3&theater

    Secondly i need you to also let me know how much it costs excluding shipping fees which means you do not need to worry yourself about logistics or shipping as my shipment broker has some luxury items to ship for my wife alongside your works and finally i would need you to also email me details of where the works would be picked up from and please note that payment would be made to you via a cheque or bank draft and also take into consideration that as soon as it has been cleared by your bank and funds have been made available then you can go ahead release the items for pickup/shipping from your end,so if this is okay and fine by you i would be needing the full names to be written on the payment,address of where the payment would be sent to and also phone numbers inclusive of mobile and landline for logistics and shipment purposes,so that once i get the information’s from you i would give you an update on when the payment has been sent and made available to you by my personal assistant,thanks so much and look to forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
    Regards
    Martin

    Martin Tadic
    5365 Highway 311,
    Earltown,
    Nova Scotia.
    B0K 1V0

  • Thank you Agora Gallery! Today I received this similar email (below) – but with a name/email change to the previous postings. Assumed it was a scam, but did quick google check to confirm….. and your posting came up.
    Thanks again!

    Dr. Oswald Dornelly
    10:31 AM (9 hours ago)

    to me
    My name is Dr. Oswald Dornelly. 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. Oswald Dornelly.

  • Thanks you so much for this! Almost fell for it!
    How do you report these!?

    watch out for this one!
    Nickdoug7@gmail.com
    Greetings!!
    My name is Nick Doug from Florida. 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 to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards..
    Nick.

  • Here’s the one I got – another James from Charlotte , NC:

    from: james akpabio
    Hello,

    My name is James from Charlotte NC. 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- $1,200, 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,
    James

  • I have been going back and forth with frank Rudy for a few weeks. He sent an overpayment of 1500. I had my bank check if the cashiers check was legit before I deposited it. It was a fake. I reported everything to the FBI and saved all things for evidence.

  • Many thanks for posting this info. Just had a version of the wife’s anniversary note from:
    georgebarbara678@gmail

  • Here’s the latest scam letter I’ve gotten. Note the bad grammar and the convoluted shipping instructions. Not to mention it’s just insulting to be asked for a discount AND to pay for the shipping. That’s enough for me to tell them to take a leap:

    Kathryn Edwards
    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…………………
    *Untitled #1, 2013
    purple study #1, 2014
    Blue on Grey 2013
    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,
    Kathyrn Edwards

  • Thanks for your article. You just saved me the effort to reply to:
    Name: john marcus
    Email: johnmarcus736@gmail.com
    Comment: Greetings
    My name is John Marcus from NC. 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, John Marcus

    • I received the identical message from a Pastor Henry Cameron. What a shame that people would do such a thing!! Thank you for sharing this- I almost fell for it!!

    • Received the exact same from. mailto:dlynette89@yahoo.com

  • Hey, I got one from frankrudy1110002@gmail.com.

  • And another one from John Marcus from NC.!!
    Thank you Agora!!

    Greetings
    My name is John Marcus from NC. 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, John Marcus

    • I JUST got almost the EXACT same one only it was from a Nathaniel Fletcher. I thought it was a scam but at the same time you don’t want to come across as unprofessional and not answer an email. Looks like we can both toss this one away!

      Thanks for posting Hannah!

  • I also received this one from John Cranken Field. I thought it was a scam and am interested to see that I’m not the only one who received it. Thanks for this article:

    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 you 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.

  • This one has been received by a number of west-coast artists recently:
    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.

  • jamesakpapabiobo@gmail.com. Hello,

    My name is Mike Collins from Charlotte NC. 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- $1,200, 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,
    James.
    I was initially happy, but a bit suspicious and emailed back asking where he saw my work. Especially as i have not promoted my art. He then came back and said ‘his’ wife found it on google. and didn’t mind the colour etc.. He made the mistake of saying ‘his’ wife when he signed James and the first email said it was for a MIke Collins.. Thanks for your guidance.

  • Just so everyone knows, another art spam e-mail is under the name James Fisher (jamesfisher0007@gmail.com).

    “Hello,

    My name is James Fisher from Charlotte NC. 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- $1,200, 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,
    James Fisher.”

    • Jame Fisher is still at it. Just got this today:

      james fisher
      4:34 PM (4 hours ago)

      to me
      Dear Ernie,
      Thank you for your mail and for the price. My PayPal button is not
      working at this time and will have our financier to make the payment
      to you and the payment would be delivered via US postal service. I
      will supply you with the tracking information as soon as it is mailed
      out. .I will need the following information in order to send the
      certified check to your Location.

      Full Names:
      Mailing Address(No P.O.box):
      Apartment No if any:
      City:
      State:
      Zip Code:
      Home Phone Number:
      Cell Number:

      Please make sure all the information provided is correct and complete
      in order not to lose the payment mail to you, Hope to hear from you at
      your soonest

      convenience.

      PS: Please we can only make the payment via certified check and will
      wait till the check clears by your bank before our mover can come
      pick up the artworks.

      Best regards,
      James Fisher

  • I’ve received two suspicious emails to buy two of my paintings from my website. They were signed Vanessa Vasquez (when asked “she” said she was in Miami, but after clicking on name email was from frankrudy1110002@gmail.com
    Obviously these scammers are routinely changing names. So be sure to check that name and actual email address to see if suspicious.

  • Thank you Agora , for I received the same from a peter knapp with email dianeszott@gmail.com. It sounded suspect, one it came in the middle of the night! it was not as wordy as the ones I see here just two lines… this confirmed my suspicion. Thank you for going through the trouble, this is helpful and kind. EdP

  • OMG!
    I’ve just received the same message from nickdoug7@gmail.com!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this guys!

  • So obvious once you see one!! Thanks everybody…

    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…………………

    fresh,montego bay and Forty

    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,
    Emily Grayson

    Art is not what you see but what you make

  • I think “Carl Lopes” has found a new alias. I got this email from a “Stan Wilm” which is almost identical.

    I’m glad I searched for “email art scam”. Thanks for posting this article.

    stanwilm081325@gmail.com

    “Hello,

    My name is Stan Wilm from Charlotte NC. 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- $1,200, 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,
    Stan Wilm.”

    • Thank you Rob , I just got the exactly same email from Stan Wilm, to the dot.
      I’m an artist and all of the sudden I’m getting bombarded by requests for my art.
      I’m so stoked you put this comment. I got the email and right away I searched his name in the internet and got here.
      Much aloha.
      Viviana

  • Almost got suckered by Carl Lopes. Just felt OFF to me. Thank God I found this blog.

    Dear Marco,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece (Autumn Kaleidoscope 30×24 of $2500). 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 Positive Day!

    Carl.

    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.

  • I just got almost the exact same email. From John Marcus. Seemed fishy so I googled art scams. Thank you for alerting us to this!

  • 10/13/16- new scam message from email: dianeszott@gmail.com

    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 soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise. I am okay with the price, i think its worth it anyways.

    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.

    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.

    Regards,

    Peter

  • Dear Jamie,
    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..I’m okay with the first two paintings and price $4600, 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,

    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 OR UPS 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.

    Zane

  • I just got an email from dianeszott@gmail.com regarding a painting. The name they used was Peter Knapper. Just didn’t feel right and now I see her address listed in one of the above emails.
    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy,
      I just got an eamil today from email dianeszott@gmail.com from Peter Knapper too. Didn’t feel right to me either so I googled the email and found your comment. I don’t see where the address are listed?

  • “Carl Lopes” strikes again!

    I just received this email through my website-THANK YOU AGORA and respondents for posting this info-now I will avoid this horrible scam…

    Name : carl lopes

    Email Address: carllopes103854@gmail.com

    Subject: artwork is needed

    Message: My name is Carl lopes 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,

    Carl.

  • I have been sent emails from a Theo Schwartz : theo1885@outlook.com. This follows the pattern described and I see he has been listed in other peoples responses. Thank you for your helpful advice , I hope this alerts other artists. Here is part of Theo’s email:
    “Thanks so much for your email and prompt response/reply i really appreciate it because it means a lot to me,sorry for the late response my wife has been sick,i am out of the UK for now on official duty and working here for a while,please note that i would be interested in what listed/on the link below,so let me know what you think about my selection and choice and also let me know if i made the right decision plus you could also let me know if there are additional information’s i could know of as regards my selection

    vase

    bowl

    jar

    Secondly i need you to also let me know how much it costs excluding shipping fees which means you do not need to worry yourself about logistics or shipping as my shipment broker has some luxury items to ship for my wife alongside your works and finally i would need you to also email me details of where the works would be picked up from and please note that payment would be made to you via a cheque or bank draft and also take into consideration that as soon as it has been cleared by your bank and funds have been made available then you can go ahead release the items for pickup/shipping from your end,so if this is okay and fine by you i would be needing the full names to be written on the payment,address of where the payment would be sent to and also phone numbers inclusive of mobile and landline for logistics and shipment purposes,so that once i get the information’s from you i would give you an update on when the payment has been sent,thanks so much and look to forward to hearing from you as soon as possible
    Regards
    Theo”

  • Here’s one I received recently… and after a search found others have received a variation on the email:

    Greetings!!
    My name is Nick Doug from 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 receive further information about your piece of
    work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the
    piece to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate
    sales.
    Thanks and best regards..
    Nick

    and a variation I found online:

    From: NIck Doug, e-mail address: nickdoug7@gmail.com
    Message: My name is Nick Doug from Rhode Island. 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 to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards..
    Nick

    • My wife just had the same message on her site. We received further emails that I can copy here if anyone cares to read them. We were sent a price range of 1000 to 8000. We replied with 3 paintings. The most expensive was chosen. We searched and found this post. Thanks to Agora we stopped the correspondence.

      • We are glad we were able to help you and your wife, Terry! Thanks for stopping by!

        • Your site just saved us from this exact same scam, with the text as above. We were suspicious, so we searched until we found the scam reproduced here nearly word for word. Thank you, Agora, for the great help you’re providing to artists!

    • Thanks to Angora for posting this article and xyc’s comment. I recently received the same email and was unsure until I got the similar email after responding to the first guy. Awful.
      These are the emails
      kennthjames41@gmail.com
      johnscotfield2001@gmail.com

  • I received this email a week ago, coming through my Fine Art America website:

    “From:
    CARL
    carllopes103854@gmail.com

    Subject:
    ARTWORK IS NEEDED

    Message:
    My name is Carl Lopes 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,
    Carl”

    That night I sent him 3 images of paintings I have available, with prices. I said I would send 4 or 5 more pictures the next day. But early the next morning I received this second email from Carl Lopes, directly from his email, carllopes103854@gmail.com:

    “Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece (River of Stars 26″x20″ of $1500. 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 Positive Day!

    Carl.

    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.”

    What do you think? It sounds very suspicious to me, with some of the attributes of other scams posted here. But why would he insist on FedEx and not a PO box for his check to me? How should I reply to this email to confirm one way or another whether it is a scam or not? He has negated the PayPal option right up front.

    Thanks very much,
    ~ Michael

  • I just got this email that falls in line with the texts above:

    “Hello There, My name is Tim Scott 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 your additional Collections (nothing is revealed 30 * 24)”, as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment and how much is it? Thanks and best regards” The email address that it was sent from is dianeszott@gmail.com

    My reply:

    “Hi Tim,

    Thank you for your “inquiry” or should I call it an attempt at scamming me out of money and/or art. Unfortunately, I only accept cash in small bills for my work and do not accept checks from “collectors” that I have never met or who send emails that sounds like common art scams.

    If your are interested in buying my work please mail me a pile of cash. How about $5000.00 in cash? That would be great! After I count the cash and roll around it a little I’ll consider sending you the painting if I still feel like it.

    Please email me your social security number, full name, address, bank account number, and shoe size to consider your credentials as a potential collector of my work.

    Thanks!”

    Thanks for sharing here everyone! Arts scammers suck.

    Jesse

    • I got almost the exact same email from “Frank Wood”, laptop, anniversary and all. Loved your reply.

  • Thanks so much for this article! Ive had several emails from Theo1885@outlook.com asking for information on a few of my artworks over the last week, wanted to buy 3, will send a cheque, with extra to pay his shipping courier which I instantly assumed to be a scam but was unsure until I read this! So glad I did!!

    • Hello Sam!
      We are glad the article helped you!

      • Her/their name was Linda Rudy, from Miami…email Theowallcot56@gmail
        Just as said, textbook scam…inquiring about a couple paintings, availability, pricing and inspiration. She/they denied our suggesting PayPal as way of making payment. There was no monies or art exchanged, because we did some research, but for anyone scammed by these scumbags, I’m sorry. Sad, so much effort put into scamming people that are just trying to make an honest living for their families. I just hope these jerks don’t make another $1 off any hardworking artists. Be aware and keep looking out for one another! 🙂

    • Thank you to Agora Experts for this useful advice. Helped me respond appropriately to an enquirer who I was almost certain was a scammer. By insisting on PayPal and them going quiet I was able to know 100% that I needn’t waste anymore time pursuing a dialogue. Also just wanted to say that my scammer was also theo1885@outlook.com.

      • Thank you for stopping by, Francesca!
        We are glad the article helped you!

      • Thank you all so mush. I to received an email from Theo. I felt it was not genuine so did a little searching. I’m glad I did. In my email received he said his wife was sick and he had to spend some time away. They had ordered some furniture and wanted to have some of my prints shipped with his order and not to worry about any shipping as he had his own shippers. Again he asked if I would take a cheque or cashier’s cheque. I just sent him an email asking for an e-transfer. So I’m sure I will hear no more from him. If I do I now know what to say. Thanks again

  • The following scam mail was received by me today from ‘Dixon Lynette’

    *My name is Dixon Lynette. 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 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank check as mode of Payment.
    Thanks and best regards.*

    Grammatical mistakes the first marker

    Dixon sent another mail mentioning the name of the artwork!

    Then i sent link to the artwork to ‘Dixon’ and without clicking on link and seeing the artwork he agreed to pay 1000 USD.

    Now i immediately knew it was scam!

    • I received the same email, word for word, as this artist… Mr. Lynette wanted to purchase a $1500 piece by check and have his own shipping company pick it up. He also requested my address and phone contact numbers.

      I relayed to Mr. Lynette, that to avoid scams, I only accept payment through my PayPal business account, and since he clearly has a bank account, he can arrange payment through PayPal. I also relayed to him that I would be happy to forward information concerning where his company can pickup the crated work after payment has been received.

      Never heard from him again…. clearly another scammer.

      Thank you for this info.

  • The following scam mail was received by me today, am used to getting them, so I knew it wasn’t real for the start.

    *My name is Dixon Lynette. 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 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank check as mode of Payment.
    Thanks and best regards.*

  • Thanks for this info. i have also heard from “Betty Jones” and today from “Lynette Dixon”. If you get emails from these names they are scammers. “Betty Jones “disappeared when I had my gallery contact her.

  • Thank you, Agora Experts, for posting this invaluable blog. It certainly helped confirm our suspicions that “John Murray”, who wanted to buy an ice cream painting, was a scammer. The rush sale was set up EXACTLY as you described for an anniversary present, with the additional hook of the anniversary date being the same as mine!

    I didn’t catch on right away, but no harm done in the end. I just finished writing my own post on this subject http://www.beverlyshipko.com/attention-artist…this-artist-scam/ to help other people by increasing awareness of this issue, and included a link to this post.

    • Dear Beverly, we’re happy to hear that you were able to recognize the scam! Knowledge is power, and knowing how to recognize an art scam will help you become an educated seller as well as a smart consumer. Delighted to help!

      • I received this today May 31, 2017
        from: Megan Avery
        email: davery@rediffmail.com

        Note: Same letter Sally Forbes sends

        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,
        Megan

  • I dealt with one of these today, someone named “Taylor Murphy” who was going to travel abroad soon with his wife, wants some of my art, all that nonsense. It quickly became too good to be true and then I stumbled onto this post. Thank you for sharing. The email address they used was taylorztn@gmail.com for anyone interested.

    Also, if anyone ACTUALLY DOES want to spend $2,700 on one of my original pieces, I’m not going to turn you down. Haha!

  • I just got robbed my money $4000 which was overpayment due to shipping. The scammed sent me a check for $9,800and it was cleared in 24hr and appeared on my balance. However, after wiring shipping money, the check became on pending. I realized this after bank business hours and try to stop the transfer calling my bank. All I heard was I have to go to bank in person. Meanwhile, the transfer has been withdrawn. I am waiting outside bank for my meeting.

    • Dear Seung, please update us on this! Also, include the person’s name and other useful info so others can be aware!

  • Hi
    I’m so confusing about my situation now,And I need your advice.

    She said that she want to buy my art piece.
    We finished our payment process already using by Stripe(like Paypal)

    He told me to use his shipper then
    then I paid shipping fee by using wire transfer, but this guy paid me the shipping fee when he paid.

    After those process, I found out that this person is an art scammer on this site.

    My mind is blank…
    I don’t know what I should do now.

    I wander how this person scam me.,because he already paid me and confirmed it.
    But shipping part was strange.

    Please give me some advice….
    I don’t know what to do now.

    • Dear Cat, it’s hard to understand exactly what happened from your comment, but if you’re working with a specific site to sell your art, we recommend that you contact them at once and discuss what happened.

  • Very good advice. Thank you.

  • Hi

    My dilemma is a bit different, but would so appreciate any help.

    I asked a tumblr artist to draw me a semi erotic art picture in mid November 2015. He has this advertised on his tumblr page, I paid him the £45(through paypal) which he wanted upfront. Since then he has not produced any work and keeps saying my commission ‘work is being done, but he is very busy’. He has now stopped replying to any emails, as i asked him for a progress shot.

    I am at a loss as to what to do in a situation like this. I feel like he has scammed me and has no intention of drawing this picture.

    Any advice?

    Much Appreciated

    T

    • Dear Terry,

      It does seem that, unfortunately, you’ve been taken advantage of. As a general rule of thumb, never give the seller all of the money until you’ve received the services. With that said, there are a couple of options you might want to pursue. You might be able to file a complaint with your local consumer protection office, take this to social media to warn others about the scam, and Tumblr might have some rules against this kind of behaviour.

      Good luck and please let us know how it goes!

      • Thankyou Agora

        He appears to be a genuine artist(i’ve placed his link below) when you look at his tumblr page and past drawings. However, that doesn’t help the fact that he has not produced any work since November 2015 and keeps shrugging me off by saying ‘he is still busy’.

        http://jordenarts.tumblr.com/

        I will let you know if he ever replies and what i did to try and remedy the issue,

        HIs name is keywan pourhang . Not sure if that rings any bells with any artists.

        Thanks for your input.

        T

        • Thanks, Terry. Please keep us posted!

        • I have a idea to make him to return your money or do what he to make your paint.
          You send hashtag twitter with his name like that: Example.
          #(write his name) you took my money, please can you retun it or you paint what I already paid you.
          5 times. everyday.

          Also you put his name in the Yahoo e many direferents site that you can make reviews.

          Every day you google his name for it be first
          When someone google his name all your twitter and reviews will show up first.
          I bet will correct himself fast if he a seriou about his art.

          Good Luck
          Terra.

          • Hi Terra, we do not support online trolling but I will allow this comment for the sake of the conversation.

  • I received an inquiry via my website regarding two paintings from a “Betty Jones” that looked genuine, but there were two small red flags in our correspondence: a single grammatical mistake made every time regarding a verb tense and the fact that “Betty” asked me twice to tell her what had inspired the paintings — even though I had already explained that on my web site. I believe she was trying to engage me, make me feel more involved with her because of her interest. Sure enough, when the check came, it was from a third party (a legitimate organization) and a payment about $1000 over the asking price. I reported all this to the FBI fraud web site.

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