How To Recognize An Art Scam

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

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

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

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

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Why Do Scammers Target Artists at All?

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

Types of Art Scams

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

Pay Shipping Payment Upfront

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

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

Overpayment by the Scammer

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

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

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

Phishing Scams / Art Fair Participation and Promotion Scam

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

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

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

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How to Recognize An Art Scam?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Avoid Art Scams?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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778 comments

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

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

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

  • I received the same email today:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you!

    Andra Bilici
    Social Media Coordinator, Agora Gallery

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

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

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

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

    I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you and regards,

    Rubin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This is the email I got:
    Greetings,

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

    Thanks and best regards..

    • Dear Esther,

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

      Charles Swisher

  • Name: potter carlos

    Email: pottercarlos501@gmail.com

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

  • here’s a new one
    Good morning Eileen,

    Am really amazed visiting your website seeing your beautiful paintings.

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

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

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

    Jon Jurick
    jonjurick@aol.com

    Hi Eileen,

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

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

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

    Below are the paintings I choose…
    DownhIll Flow

    Fair Skies

    Emerald Greens

    Taylor House

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

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

    My location and address of delivering are below..

    475 River Road
    Titusville, NJ 08560
    USA

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

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

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

    Eileen,

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

    Jon Jurick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Email: kelvinmorgan727@gmail.com

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

    Here is a copy of what I received:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Do have a great day
    David Martinez.

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

  • Where do I send the email of the scammer?

    • Hi Marisa,

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

      Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Potter

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

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

          Thanks for posting, everybody.

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

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

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

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

    peter_weston@outlook.com

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

    (2x links to art on my website)

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

    1)Names to be wriiten on the payment

    2)Address for the payment to be sent to

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Your Name: potter dennis

    Your Email: mailto:PotterDennis101@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Website:

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

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Paul.

    • Hi Lynda,

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

      Lynda

  • Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Antony Bruce.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Regards,
      Fernando Gibson”

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

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

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

  • What do you think …scam y/n??

    (from Franc Gregori)

    Hello Andre,

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

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

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

    Are you happy for people to do that?

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

    With best wishes

    Franc

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

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

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

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

  • Same experience for anyone viewing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hello,

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

    Lesson learned.

    Alan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Be aware of this imaginary ‘buyer’.

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

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

    –Mark Thompson (tmark7881@gmail.com)

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

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

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

    Best Regards,
    Mark.

    Mark Thompson (tmark7881@gmail.com)

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

  • Name: Joe Henson

    Email Address: joehen052@gmail.com

    Subject: ARTWORK INQUIRY

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

    Thanks and best regards..*

  • Adding another to the list: Andrew Baines

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

    Thanks and best regards,
    Andrew

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

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

    Thanks and blessings.

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

    Warm regards,
    Andrew

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

    Thanks and blessings

  • Adding another to this list

    Hello

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

    Thomas

  • To add another to the list.

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

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

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

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

    Kevin.

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

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

  • Greetings Agora Gallery Team!

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

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

    -Heku
    workhomenoscams.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Is this a new type of an art scam?

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

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

    Is this a new type of an art scam?

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

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

    Thank you very much!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    from: Renata

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I will be looking forward to hearing from you asap.

    Thanks.

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

    Regard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for your kind letter.

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Dobree Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark,

    All of a sudden I am confused….

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

    These are two I had in mind immediately.

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

    Both are from work inspired by Japanese aesthetics and culture.

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

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

    Let me know how you feel about these.

    I know it needs to feel RIGHT.

    SADO 72 x 24 $1,950.

    ISHI 61 x 24 $1,575.

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

    Dobree

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

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

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

    Best,
    Mark.

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

    Mark,

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

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

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

    This is the end.

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

    Dobree Adams

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for your kind letter.

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Dobree Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark,

    All of a sudden I am confused….

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

    These are two I had in mind immediately.

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

    Both are from work inspired by Japanese aesthetics and culture.

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

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

    Let me know how you feel about these.

    I know it needs to feel RIGHT.

    SADO 72 x 24 $1,950.

    ISHI 61 x 24 $1,575.

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

    Dobree

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

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

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

    Best,
    Mark.

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

    Mark,

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

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

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

    This is the end.

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

    Dobree Adams

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

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

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

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

    Thank you and regards,

    Rubin

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

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

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

    Hello,

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

    Thanks
    David Martinez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    [first exchange]:

    ARTWORK
    Thomas
    Feb 20
    to me

    Hello

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

    Thomas.

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    ***
    Nikki Remington
    Feb 21
    to Thomas

    Hi Thomas,

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

    ***
    Mail Delivery Subsystem
    Feb 21
    to me

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

    [second exchange, very similar start]:

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

    Greetings,

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

    Thanks and best regards..
    Jospeh Collins

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

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

    -nikki firestarter

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

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

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

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

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

    Kindly send 3 images of your works

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

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

    -nikki firestarter

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

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

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

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

    I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Thank you,
    Dr. John Crankfield.

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

      Thank you very much for your email.

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

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

      Regards,

      Dr. John Crankfield.

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

        Thanks for the information.

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

        Best regards,

        Dr. John Crankfield.

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

    Hello

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

    Thanks
    David Martinez
    Hello Kerin,

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

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

    Thank you.
    David Martinez

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

    Hello

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

    Thanks
    David Martinez
    Hello Kerin,

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

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

    Thank you.
    David Martinez

  • Same email!

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

    Carylon Killebrew
    carylonkillebrew@gmail.com

  • Hello,

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

    First message:

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

    Second reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Got this exact email as well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Regards,

    Lisa Harris
    Curator 1340ART Magazine

    Like us on Facebook

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

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

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

    • Same over here!

    • Same here:

      Hi Michal,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Was it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for your efforts in curbing online fraud.

    • Hello Dennis,

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

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

  • Hi everone,

    I recently received this email which also seems fishy:

    Hello There,

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

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

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

    Regards,
    Frank

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

      Hello there, 

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

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

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

      Thanks and best regards,John

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Regards,

    Thomas

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

    • He’s contacted me too …

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

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

    Hi [Name],

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

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

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

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

    Regards,

    Carolyn Tait
    Curator 1340ART Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        “We do NOT receive money from this initiative.”

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

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

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

        Thanks for returning the money so quickly.

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

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

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

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

        • Hello,

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

          Hi,

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

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

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

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

          Regards,

          Lisa Harris
          Curator 1340ART Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is “1340 Art Magazine ” a scam?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for enquiring,

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

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

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

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

  • Lol, my response to tmark7881:

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

    Thanks for the legitimate, honest inquiry”

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

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

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.

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

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

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

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

    Thanks and best regards..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Then there was the pressure to deal only with me. When I suggested that he and the handler contact the gallery showing the work, he was very reluctant to send any payment to the gallery, and said it was only me they wanted to deal with. Then agreed to send a cheque to the gallery as I refused to give my personal address out, and to pick up the work from the gallery after the exhibition (in a month’s time) and only if the funds have cleared. (this was negotiated before the £3600 overpayment amount was sprung on me!)

    He said his client was happier to pay the money into my account by direct transfer, but I was not happy to give out my account details. And since one of the paintings was in one exhibition finishing mid-May, and2 paintings are to be in another exhibition finishing mid-September, there is no rush, so a cheque is fine for me.

    But when he started saying that his client can only pay in TRAVELERS CHEQUES I thought SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!

    I spoke to business friends and they had mixed reactions– both would take the money– one would give out their bank details believing that money could only go in and not be taken out. The other said that foreigners often do have to use travellers’ cheques to pay and normally it is genuine. But that if he were me, he would set up a new account, no overdraft facility, different bank than the one I bank with and tell them to pay the funds straight into that.

    I spoke to my bank and they suggested I use one of my near obsolete accounts that serves the same purpose. I also used one that is not with the branch I normally bank with.

    I gave the bank details to the “buyer” and said that it will remain open for 48 hours. If I don’t hear from them within 24 hours I will assume it is not a genuine sale and close the account. If money is not transferred into the account, I will close the account and as soon as the money is transferred in I will close the account. I also said that if I suspected anything amiss, I would report it to the police immediately.

    I also said that I was very uncomfortable with the large overpayment and would prefer to only be paid the exact amount to cover the sale.

    He got back to me saying he is a very busy man, works on an oil rig ???!!! and needs his trusted handler to pick up his valuables from warehouses all around Europe and this is the easiest way to facilitate that.

    Now I do know people who work on oil rigs, but I’m not in contact with them to ask if this is plausible.

    I genuinely thought I had sold my work.
    And now I find that it is probably all a scam to process stolen or counterfeit travellers’ cheques through my bank, in my name, so I will be stung with the repayments, but these guys will walk away with all that cash.

    I rang ‘Fraud Alert’, and they confirmed that this had the signs of possible fraud, but the police are not interested in being involved unless the fraud has already occurred.

    I wanted to warn other artists that we are being targeted in this way and to be smart and very cautious. And I wanted to warn you (Saatchi website) that your site was being used to fish/phish for gullible artist folks to scam.

    I have not lost money and I have tried to be careful about protecting sensitive information that could be utilized to steal my identity, let alone my money.

    I would hate for anyone to be scammed.

    We all know about the Nigerian email scams, and this could be its more (or less) sophisticated offspring.

    Thanks for your time and attention in this matter.

    13/04/2011
    to help (Saatchi)
    PS, his name is supposedly Hisashi Takahashi

  • Another scam email – I can’t find the original correspondence but…

    Hisashi Takahashi
    02/04/2011
    to me

    Thank you for getting back ,But we’ve been through with this Earlier before now that i have a trusted handler that will come over for the pickup .More so ,that there would be an overpayment in the cheque you are going to receive which include fund you are to send to the shipping company immediately the cheque clears for the pickup of the piece along with my other goods.

    I will provide you with my shipper’s schedule once you confirm payment ,for you to be able to give your convenience time for the pickup,so here are the questions i will like to asked you below .

    1.Will you be able to wire transfer the excess as soon as the cheque clears ?
    2.Will you be available when the shipping company will be coming over .
    3.Can i confide in you?

    Please kindly respond and let’s conclude this transaction once .

    Kind Regards.

  • Scam message I received today:

    john james
    13:30 (5 hours ago)
    to me

    Hello,

    My name is John James from Brooklyn, New York. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. Will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $1,500, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    John James.

  • another one…
    from: tmark7881@gmail.com
    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonvile, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.
    Best Regards,

  • Hello,
    I just received the following email:]
    ——————–
    Greetings!

    My name is Quinn
    Mark from Canada. I actually observed my wife has been
    viewing your on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece
    of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your
    various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to
    purchase some of your artwork available at range of $100 to
    $2,000 can you list some of the items available now? and
    ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary.
    Also, my method of payment is by Credit Card as mode of
    Payment.

    Thanks
    and best regards
    ———–
    Glad I found this scam notice!

    • Thanks Agora for hosting this string – it has been very helpful. Rather appalling and annoying that this goes on. So sorry that so many people have been through this. Social media is a two edged sword in this case.

      This week I received a s scammy email from Australia (Feb 2018) – and on the second contact became convinced it is indeed a scam. The email string wording is a bit different from those I read below – but it fits the checklist of scam possibilities. It hasn’t ended yet I expect, but thanks to this string I am educated that my next step should be the FBI Fraud Division. Will also post an alert on some on-line art sites.
      Read on!
      Lesley

      From Joel Isaac
      isaacjjlonline@gmail.com

      Second Email, 14 Feb 2018 (Note the second item at the bottom of the email was a signature line – which was on each email: “I’d like to purchase … etc” – this is very scammy!!)

      ” Still await your response.

      I’d like to purchase an artwork from you, kindly provide/send me a website or catalog showing your recent and available work for sale.”

      First email: 10 Feb 2018
      “Hello Lesley,

      Thanks for the response, see below for the pieces that did caught my heart from your facebook page.

      (I removed accurate artwork links sent by correspondent)
      As ‘m interested in purchasing the paintings for the beautification of my newly acquired house here in Merimbula, Australia and as well add more value to my humble self. Kindly let me know the value of the pieces can you ship them all to Australia?.
      I hope to hear back from you.
      Regards,
      J. Isaac”

  • I got 2 emails within the last 3 weeks about buying artwork.Good Day,
    How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card / Master Card or PayPal for payment
    Best Regards
    Mercy

    Good morning Nancy ,

    Hope you have a good night rest last night? I would like to confirm if payment has been received by you and deposited with your bank, kindly let me know so that i can proceed with pickup arrangement with a shipping company as soon as possible. Also i will need your assistance in forwarding $1,200 for handling and shipping of the painting and other antiques purchased to the shipping company (BC Movers LLC) after payment clears your bank this morning so they can come for pick as soon as you are ready for them. kindly forward the payment of $1,200 through MoneyGram or Wal-mart Payment Service at Walmart Store, Send Payment to;

    Name: Bridgett Chester
    Address: 3 Park Street,
    City: Atlanta
    State: GA
    Zip Code: 30296
    Amount: $1,200

    Kindly acknowledge if clear and email me back with an image of the payment slip to forward to the shipping company once payment is sent today. You may use your smart phone to snap a clear picture of the payment receipt and send back to me.

    Let me know what day and time will be best for pickup, including pickup address. We shall be needing some more paintings soon after but i’ll let you know more on that later.

    Thank you ,

    John Young.

    • Hello Nancy,

      Thank you for your message. We advise artists to be on their guard when asked to transfer money via Western Union or MoneyGram.

  • I unfortunately responded to the first email from Steven Green, but found this article and another site by googling this person along with”ocean engineer”. Since he says he will send a check and wait until it clears, I don’t get how he will profit from this scam? But not responding again

    “Thanks for the message and I apologize for the delayed response I have been out of town.. I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the pieces. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a memorable one.. I’m okay with the paintings and price I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a Check..

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

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

    Regards!

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

    • Got the EXACT SAME email recently from a ThomasFred@gmail.com

      • I got this one too, from Tankley Anglin (funny, when you google that name you find mugshots and arrest records for a juvenile in Georgia, didn’t find this until I added ‘ocean engineer’.

        • I got this one too, from Tanksley Anglin (funny, when you google that name you find mugshots and arrest records for a juvenile in Georgia, didn’t find this until I added ‘ocean engineer’.

          • I also received the exact same email last week, but from “Thomas Wayne”. At first I hadn’t caught on that it was a scam, but I started to get suspicious when “Thomas” kept expressing the urgency in completing the same, yet hadn’t replied to my specific questions on what his wife liked (I’m a fine art wildlife photographer who custom prints my images). It was when I received the following email that my radar really went up and prompted me to do a search for “Thomas Wayne ocean engineer” and found this article and discussion –
            “Dear Jeff
            Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down, My
            wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to
            leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a client of
            mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to
            you, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest
            and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your
            fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.
            Jeff, I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home
            but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching
            and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this
            transaction…. trying to kill two birds with a stone. kindly deduct
            any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance the
            shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you responsible
            for the payment of my shipping contract with them.
            I am really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to
            me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.
            Many thanks and talk to you soon,
            Thomas”

    • Received the exact same words from Thomas Jeff.
      Thanks for the article.

  • And another: I began by using whois to look up the ip address in the e-mail’s “raw” header. Los Angeles is a far cry from Canada. Then just googled the text of the e-mail, and here we are.
    Thank you for posting this!

    quinn_mark28@yahoo.com
    My name is Quinn Mark from Canada. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your artwork available at range of $100 to $2,000 can you list some of the items available now? and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Credit Card as mode of Payment.

    • I just received the identical email from “Quinn Mark”. Googled the entire text and here we are. 🙂

    • persistent repeated requests from Manoj s Manoj. despite him saying he and wife love my work and he’ll buy one for her anniversary,he keeps asking for names of work,prices,again. I finally contacted another e.mail addressee,whose name also headed one e.mail,she thought it was a scam. I was being patient with him,I deal with ‘funny’ people in my other work,so just guessed he just had a little difficulty. I gave no personal details, no bank etc,simply repeated my prices,until I got fed up,tested it by quoting huge prices,to which he still responded. That then made it clear.Thanks for your advice. So disappointing though, yes,I was happy because I work hard and would love to sell well. That’s why I responded to 4 e.mails. That’s life!
      Note: It is identical to the ones sent Mark Quinn and James Levine,the words “actually observed my wife..etc” at the beginning is odd and a common thread .

  • I just received a very vague email with the subject line of ‘Artwork purchase’ from ‘Richard Anderson’
    richardceo45@gmail.com

    No specific piece was mentioned, nor where my art was seen. Some minor things about the email address also seem odd to me. I copied the email address and did a search – and all that came up were two articles about online art purchase scams.
    I’m guessing that this email address is somewhere in the comments, as this was one of the posts that came up!

  • I just received an inquiry about my paintings and a price list from a “Richard Anderson” richardceo45@gmail.com. The text of the mail followed a scam pattern, so I googled his email address and came up with this site. Excellent information and advice.
    thanks
    The Text
    “I am interested in buying some pieces to decorate my living room in my new house. Can you send me your inventory list and their prices so I can be guided in my purchasing decision.” followed by a link to the landscape page on my website

  • Another one for the collection – James R Levine(his email address) is a prominent Brownsville Lawyer who apparently doesn’t know the difference between will and would … lol

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

    Thanks and best regards,

    Mr. Levine

    • Got the same from the same person’s name (jamesrlevine99@gmail.com).
      I was talking to him initially not knowing the art scam but him keep calling himself as Mr. Levine and the very bad grammar really got me thinking and found this post.
      Seems like these guys have the same tactics.

      1st email—–

      Hello good Morning! My name is James Levine from Brownsville TX, I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000.i hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

      Thanks and best regards.

      Mr. Levine

      2nd email—-
      Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise.
      As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and Paypal transaction. So i would authorize a check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most.

      I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but i am actually going offshore and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction… trying to kill two birds with a stone. 🙂

      • I also received the exact same second email as you did, Ariel, but my interaction was with a “Thomas Wayne”.

        • We also received an e-mail from Thomas Wayne, an ocean engineer, who wanted to purchase one painting for his wife as a surprise on their anniversary. For a couple of days the e-mails went back and forth, as he wanted to pay with a physical check that is not possible in the country we are located at. He didn’t agree to any other method (Paypal, International bank transfer etc) that we proposed as well as did not answer more specific questions to us. In the end I got suspicious and I’m glad I discovered this thread here to understand its a scam. Such a shame that things like that go around.

  • My client just got this today:

    From: Kevin Spiker

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

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.

    The small i’s were the first giveaway! Be careful people

    • Hmm, I just got that one today from Kevin Spiker also…

  • I received the Mark Thompson email within the last week. Must say I was excited at first but as is usual, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, and it was.

    I only replied to him once then got suspicious based on the eagerness to buy my art as well as sending a moving agent several states away to arrange pick up and shipping of the piece. So I did some research and glad I found this thread.

    With that said, did others just cease communication with this character?…or did they respond and call them out and tell them not to contact them in the future? My first instinct is just to remove all their info from my email but not sure it that is enough. I have not given out any information either. Just curious how others handled.

    Best of luck to everyone else in making some legit contacts and sales!!!!

    • Yes, thank you for posting these ! I received the Mark Thomson one! Ha, it’s hilarious !

    • I just received this today. I’m happy I googled him before replying:

      Message: My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $600- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

  • We got this from Mark Thompson:
    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $600- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

  • christopher benson
    To:

    Jan 9 at 2:08 PM

    Hello, my name is Christopher Benson from Atlanta, I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase one of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. I’ll need pictures and prices of some of your art work which are ready for immediate sale within price range of $1,500- $2,500. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and happy new year!.

  • Hello,

    I just saw that I had an email from a Bill Hunt and was doing the same thing of saying his wife liked my artwork and wanted pieces for their anniversary. Yeah, he decided to try to scam the wrong person. I was a legal assistant for some time. He won’t be bothering me again. So Bill Hunt emails are still going around. Thanks for the article and all the comments.

  • Hi all, just got a mail from Mark Thompson too! (tmark7881@gmail.com)

    I looked him up and ended up in this page. Also he doesn’t seem to change his letters… A bit of a downer really, but thanks to your posts I avoided further connection with this guy. I don’t really understand how the scam works, if he doesn’t send any payment via Paypal, no paintings are sent. So how does this work??

    • My intuition was telling me Mark Thompson was a scammer! I just got the same email from tmark7881@gmail.com:

      “My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $600- $6,000, I could be flexible with price. ”

      Glad my friend googled his name and found this article!

  • Below all the emails sent from a scammer.
    I have removed my answers out of shame of playing along for 3 emails.

    Thank you to your website and to the comments where I found the exact same email which exposed this scamming.
    Really hope artists won’t fall for this

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: Re: ARTWORK NEEDED
    From: larry stephenson
    Date: Sun, January 07, 2018 11:58 am
    To: info

    Dear Alexis,
    Thanks for the details, We will get an expert to install it for us and also follow your instructions, Here is my info Larry Stephenson Colwell, 22428 FM 2093 Harper, TX 78631. My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, And in order not to leave any clue to her for the surprise, I’ve contacted a brother of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you a total of $20,000 in other words $13,000 for you and $7,000 for the shippers, But courtesy demand i must first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the pieces) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

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

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

    Many thanks and talk to you soon,

    On Jan 7, 2018, at 1:03 PM, larry stephenson wrote:

    Dear Alexis,
    Thanks for the message … Good I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one.. A total amount of $13,00! I think they are worth it anyway, So I’ll be sending a check.

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

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

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address where a check can be mailed to, So I can get the check prepared and have it Mailed out to you

    Larry

    On Jan 7, 2018, at 12:42 PM, larry stephenson wrote:

    Hello,
    Thanks for the message, Actually I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed piece within my budget $5000- $10,000 ready for immediate sale, about 3-5 image is enough…it could be any color, but medium size or large.. However, Just need something within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.
    Thanks and blessing

    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid

    > On Jan 6, 2018, at 9:26 PM, larry stephenson wrote:
    >
    > Greetings!
    > My name is Larry Stephenson from Texas I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too.You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of your pieces to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability of beautiful pieces for immediate sales.
    > Thanks and best regards

  • I received the same email from Mark Thompson. Looks like all of our art is “fascinating and vivacious” and that his wife is going to get a lot of art for their anniversary!!!

    Thanks to everyone for posting and alerting one another about this. Making a living as artist is tough enough already, we don’t need this stuff thrown into the mix.

  • I received this email this morning, and I am quite suspicious. What bothers me the most is the way it is written and the bad grammar. There is no Hello or introduction of name, and no thank you or finishing words to the email. To me it is written by an uneducated person and definitely not an art collector. I then went and googled the name and found straightaway that this person is a scammer. Please check out this website: https://www.artmajeur.com/en/forum/t/wilfred-martins/10594

    The email address is wilfredmartins087@gmail.com. Here is the email:

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

    If you receive anything like this, please ignore.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  • from: Quin Fli
    I saw your information on the internet,I wish to donate the sum of $4.7 million dollars.I am Quin Fli of Japan.

    I am currently in the hospital,I am a cancer patient and my doctor have told me that i do have limited days to live on.

    I have made this wish to donate my funds to charity,Less privalage children..

    Get back to me if you are willing to receive this donation.

    Quin

  • Persistent Manoj S. Manoj !!

    Hello,
    I sent you a mail and concerning my finance manager erroneously sent the wrong amount to your name and address that you will surely received the payment in your mailbox or letterbox and you refused to reply back,because i have already contacted my bank manager concerning the payment and it take 1-2 days to cleared in your bank account and i will be glad if you can get back to me now,so that i can know the status of the payment,because it already sent out and you will surely received by this week Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Thanks for your understanding and co-operation,so Kindly look into your letter box or mail box starting from this week and get back to me immediately you received it and deposit the Cheque in your bank account, also get back to me when you received the Cheque and deposit the Bank Cheque.

    Please; Kindly reply me immediately if you receive this message now.
    Regards.
    Manoj

  • I received this from email p.m121222@gmail.com:

    Good Day,
    How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided
    to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and
    shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and
    payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order
    with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready
    to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either PayPal
    or Visa Card/ Master Card for payment
    Best Regards
    Mercy Palmer

    • I got the same message from : m.p1212@outlook.com
      Be careful.

      How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card or Master Card for payment
      Best Regards
      Mercy Palmer

      • Got this same email from the same address today. Language was a big red flag.

    • I got the same one!12/18/2017 Thank you friends for this article!
      Name Mercy Palmer
      Email m.p1212@outlook.com
      Subject Art Purchase
      Message Good Day, How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card or Master Card for payment Best Regards Mercy Palmer

  • Hello, my name is Christopher Benson from Washington Dc, I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase one of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. I’ll need pictures and prices of some of your art work which are ready for immediate sale within price range of $1,500- $2,500. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards.

  • kikiart got this:
    From:
    Mark Thompson
    tmark7881@gmail.com

    Subject:
    Artwork Paintings

    Message:
    My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $700- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

    • I also recieved this today via the same email:

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

  • I just got this:

    Name: Kevin Waters
    subject: Artwork Paintings

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

    • I just got an email from this scammer too, just worded a little different:

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

  • Gezzzz, guy still at work scamming. I received several emails with accolades and similar BS.

    MESSAGE:
    How are you doing?
    My name is Thomas Jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has
    been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes
    your piece of work, I’m also impressed to have seen your
    different piece of works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job.
    I would like to receive more information about your piece of
    artwork and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the
    purchase of the piece of art (in subject field above) to
    surprise my wife. Kindly reply for the availability for
    immediate sales.
    Thanks and blessing,
    Thomas
    And yes he is an oceanographer. Now that my suspicions have been confirmed I will see who I can alert in Canada. Thank you

  • Just got this one:

    Name: Mark Thompson

    Email Address: tmark7881@gmail.com

    Subject: Artwork Paintings

    Message: My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $700- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

  • I’ve been contacted by Mark Thompson, the ocean engineer. I decided to look him up when he started producing complications. Thanks so much for making your site available. Saved a lot of quandary.
    margot Dec.2017

    • I just received this scam from k.spiker122@gmail.com

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

      Thanks and best regards,

      Kevin.

  • Dear Pamela,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise. Kindly email me the asking price asap.

    As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and Paypal transaction. So i would authorize a Check to you for the payment. Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my Truck and personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping and pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean, (I’m a Civil Marine Engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction.. So trying to kill two birds with a stone.

    Regards,

    George Barbara.

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

    Hello There,
    My name is
    George Barbara from New Jersey. I actually observed my wife
    has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she
    likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to
    have seen your various works too, You are doing a
    great job. I would like to purchase one of your Large Works
    “Shovel Head “, as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary.
    Also, let me know if you accept Check as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards
    George.

  • Name: Mark Thompson

    Email Address: tmark7881@gmail.com

    Subject: Artwork Inquiry

    Message: My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, Florida. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $700- $6,000, I could be flexible with price.

    • “Mark” sent me the same basic scam email on Nov 24th.–>

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

    • I just got the SAME EXACT EMAIL

      Name: Mark Thompson

      Email Address: tmark7881@gmail.com

      Subject: Artwork Paintings

  • I have received the same email with the name Quinn Sunny!!!!!!!

  • from: catalina jennings
    sent: śr, gru 6, 2017, 17:03
    Subject: Art collection or pieces

    Good morning,

    My name is Catalina Jennings. I was introduce to you by. Ms. Grace. Do you have some art you are interested in sailing. Please email me collection or sample and your estimate prices you are looking for. Then we can go from there. I do have 2 private galleries looking to buy within the next couple of days. If they are interested in your art, then we need to get you set up right away with registration.

    Kindly,

  • You are life savers…. Thomas Yang from Singapore almost got me 😛

  • I was approached by the same Scott Billy as other users have mentioned. I had several back and forths before googling his emails which have lead me here. I hope this guy is stopped. Horrible scam.

    Here are a couple of messages I received in the hopes that others will find the red flags.

    – – – –

    Greetings..
    My name is Scott Warren from Bogota, New Jersey. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary. Please kindly send pictures and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Scott

    – – – –

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

    As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and Paypal transaction. So i would authorize a check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but i am actually going offshore and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction… trying to kill two birds with a stone. 🙂

    Have a good night.

    Scott

    PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your cell phone no. so i can try and call you later as the phones may be working better when this storm passes through.

  • Hi,
    Got an email as follows, from Christian Page at crmpage9@gmail.com:
    “Hi Nancy, I’m interested in your piece “Jennersville”, oil painting on canvas, 11″ x 12,” framed, $600.00. email me if you still have it available for purchase.”
    As you can see, the English and punctuation are almost perfect – it seems like this was written by an American, Canadian, Englishman, etc. I’ve gotten many scam art emails over the years, but they were always clearly from another country, and had the same text as the many emails mentioned in this blog comments section. I always just ignored them. With this one, I thought that it might be legit, so I answered it, saying that the painting was currently in a show that was ending in a couple of days, when I would pick it up, if it hadn’t sold. I wrote that I would email them one way or the other. I did go online to check the name and email address in the art scam database, and the email address did come up as one associated with scams, however the name “Christian Page” was not in the database. Just wanted to post this, as it seems that either they are getting better at writing emails, or they have hired English-speaking people to compose the emails – a scary development, as it did seem legit to me at first. I am not going to email them further; if I hear from them I will ignore it, and hopefully they will go away. If they pester me – I will tell them that the painting has already been sold.

  • SOOOO happy I listened to my intuition and googled ‘art scams’ and found this thread! So I’m adding another scam address here that will hopefully help another artist! I’ve noticed a pattern in the email addresses that they are all a name followed by numbers then the tail end gmail or whatever. Also the one I noticed a similarity with was the ‘I’m working offshore’ ….so thank you all for standing together and helping a fellow artist today! Here are my emails:

    frankchao096@gmail.com writes: Hope you don’t mind my email, as only recently came across your profile and saw images of your work online. It would be great and my pleasure purchasing paintings from you, kindly state the price range, sizes, e.t.c of paintings in your portfolio that are currently available for sale? Anticipate a favorable email response from you, so i know how to proceed.

    I REPLIED TO LET HIM KNOW THEY WERE DRAWINGS NOT PAINTINGS AND IF HE WAS STILL INTERESTED TO REPLY. HERE IS HIS REPLY:

    Hello Barb,

    Wonderful reading from you, also sure everything is fine with you, your family over there, also thanks for your response shedding more light about your art and also regarding selection of your artwork then how i am to proceed, hope i would be dealing directly with you than going through an agent or third party gallery as I am new to this and would like us both being involved in every process and progress made as also i intend tapping into this new opportunity of the art business down here really looking forward to building on a wonderful business relationship with you and purchasing your art. Below are the ones i have selected and willing to purchase from you, kindly get back to me with their total cost plus discount if there would be any for multiple purchase;

    ​THE POLLINATOR

    ON PATH

    THE FLOW

    Regarding shipping of the arts it would be down to Singapore because times it may seem difficult shipping into Singapore, so i would also be seeking and making inquiries from my colleagues who have shipped international in the past on the best shipping option plus how best to deal with customs clearance and taxes and once i have something positive i would let you know about it right away, as i want to be assured the artworks would be delivered to me safely after purchase.

    Lastly, bringing to your notice that because of the nature of my job currently working offshore on the rig what i use for all my payments/international transaction is by using my credit card hope that is fine and acceptable by you so i am also assured of a smooth and successful business between us.

    Await your next email then i know how to proceed.

    Regards.

    PS: Here is my full shipping address plus zip code: 20 Upper Circular Road #18-04 Singapore 058416. Also are the drawings framed?

  • Hi.
    Same email from Quinn Sunny to a French artist (textile designer), dated Nov 17. Second email Nov. 27. Then I found your website right in time. Thank you!

  • I also received an email and was immediately suspicious:

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

    • I received the exact same email form “Kevin Waters” this morning.

      It sounded “too good to be true”. I am glad I had the intuition to google the name.

      Thankfully I came across this page.

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

  • Wow! Look at how many people have been affected by these scammers!

    There was a disturbance in The Force around this “Karl Nelson” art buyer from the beginning for me, but I grew up in Chicago and can smell a rat a mile away.

    Same “ocean engineer” story. Same, “I’ll have my shipping agent pick the pieces up”. Same, “This is a surprise for my wife on our anniversary”.

    The bogus cashiers check issued from Sun Trust Bank was sent from Amazon’s Wainwright corporate building in Seattle Washington, under the name, Rita Lopez, with a phone number that is already blacklisted as being associated with scammers.

    I’m thinking the FBI needs to get a phone call from us to alert them about these scumbags. If the Feds actually care about stopping this gang of criminals, they could do it easily. God knows how many artists HAVE lost their work AND their money.

    It might just be that the internet and technology isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  • Here is another one to add to the list of emails to avoid. Thankfully I didnt think it added up and then checked your site.

    Steven Green
    Nov 20 (2 days ago)

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

    Thanks and best regards..

    • Got the same exact email but from Karl Nelson of Charlotte NC. Even the 2 periods after the state :/
      Avoid.

      • I got Karl, too.

        He’s moving to the Philippines, and my paintings are a gift for his wife on their anniversary. He’s having his shipping agents pick the paintings up.

        I’m gonna tell him his check cleared and have the cops here waiting to arrest whoever ole Karl sends to get my paintings.

        I hope they find these losers and fit them all with orange jumpsuits and matching 4′ x 6′ cells.

    • Hi, Elaine and all. I got the Steven Green thing a few days back, exchanged several emails, identical to ones posted here, the first:
      Hello,
      My name is Steven Green from Virginia.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact and works while searching and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your inventory that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..

      Thanks and best regard

  • Thank you for the article which is very helpful. I received the following email today which is definitely a scam.

    Email from: manojs2615@yahoo.com
    Message: = Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of �100 to �1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards.

    • Thanks so much for sharing this email. I received the exact same email from “Will Palmer” and I’m choosing to ignore it after one exchange.

    • I received an exact email yesterday. I guess it was a scam, so I did not reply.
      I am glad I find all your emails, thank you for sharing.
      All the best.

    • I received this one this morning, too. Manjo Jonstew’s wife will be diappointed.

  • A couple of days I received a mail from someone by the name of Mark Thomson in Jacksonville Florida – there actually is such a person in Jacksonville Florida, a MD.

    He said that he wanted to buy one of my works for his wife for a surprise wedding anniversary gift, that he was relocating to Ireland, that he was an engineer away in the North Atlantic on training and that his shippers would take care of all shipping, once his check had cleared with my bank, and there was an urgency about the transaction. It all sounded very suspicious, apart from that about a year ago I received a very similar mail from someone by the name of Chris Lucas so I was of course alerted. Also there were a couple of grammatical errors in the mail. Here is the email address tmark7881@gmail.com
    By the way, your article was a great help in solving this mystery. Thanks

    • Hi,

      That’s the same scammer as the one I got who calls himself Steven Green, Same wife & anniversary tale, also ocean engineer details. Said he’s moving to the Philippines and needs the art immediately. YIKES!

    • “Mark Thompson ocean engineer’s” exact letter to me today (11/29.) Just cutting and pasting.. I just wrote to the real Mark Thompson, whom I assume has better grammar, having ostensibly graduated from the University of Charleston.
      Thank you so much for the alerts.

  • Received today: November 20, 2017:
    I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your works. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise.

    As regarding payment, I would like to inform you, that my wife handles the family credit card/bank and PayPal transaction. So i would authorize a check to you for the payment. Also, as soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping agent who is also moving my Truck and personal effect will contact you to arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address would ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of pick up at the most. So you don’t bother on shipping, I am okay with the price($595), i think its worth it anyways.

    I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean, (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks, and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction.. So trying to kill two birds with a stone.

    • I just received an e-mail with basically the same language:
      Hello
      I’m Thomas from North Carolina. I recently observed my wife has been
      surfing ya page on my laptop, she is an art lover and i see she is
      interested in your art pieces. Well, I was also amazed after seeing
      your various works, like whow!!! quite an insane level of creativity
      ya got. I would really love to receive further information because i
      am interested in purchasing a piece as a surprise for her. Would you
      be kind enough to confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thank
      you and my best regards. Thomas Kennedy

      I like the way they think people in the South say ‘ya’ LOL!!!

    • Same guy sent same story to me, North Atlantic details, same payment story, etc.; even said same wording almost verbatim but without the southernisms.

  • From: Nabil Abdulla
    Date: 2017-11-19 8:33 GMT+01:00
    Subject: Interesting business

    I must thank you for given me the audience to explain this important
    issue to you. I have been in search of someone from your country with
    the same surname as yours, who is capable of handling this transaction,
    so when I came across your profile online and saw your surname, I was
    pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other, as I
    believe you are the right choice for this transaction.
    I await for your immediate response.

  • Thank you for covering the topic.

    Just revived:
    from: thomas jeff

    Sent: pt, lis 17, 2017, 15:23
    Subject: ART PIECE INQUIRY

    How are you doing?
    My name is Thomas Jeff from SC. I actually observed my wife has
    been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes
    your piece of work, I’m also impressed to have seen your
    different piece of works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job.
    I would like to receive more information about your piece of
    artwork and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the
    purchase of the piece of art (in subject field above) to
    surprise my wife. Kindly reply for the availability for
    immediate sales.
    Thanks and blessing,
    Thomas.

    This one I revived in June
    From: Ruth Bradley
    To:
    Sent: pt, cze 30, 2017, 08:13
    Subjecy: Interested in buying your work

    Hi, am interested in buying one of the artworks you have available for sale. I will like you to kindly send me the list of the works you have available for sale and their various price, I will also like to know if you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon.

  • quinnsunny@yahoo.com is still operating ! I guess

    Message : Greetings!
    My name is Quinn Sunny from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £5000 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our wedding anniversary.

    Thanks and best regards..
    Quinn Sunny

    • This Quinn Sunny is still operating !, I got exactly the same text, it`s a shame such people

  • Dear Agora Experts,

    Thank you so much for your article, and for all of the comments that followed it. I was able to find my scammer “Grace Vine” among the posted comments, with the same exact message she sent to me:

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

    And when I responded, I got the following message.

    Hi Terry,

    It’s nice to hear back from you. I will like to proceed with the purchase of the 2 pieces (X & X), would mind telling me what your inspiration behind this piece. I think it is a lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I am presently away on vacation but I should be back in few days. Pls confirm it listed price

    420 Wisteria Cir,
    Roswell, GA 30076

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

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

    Fortunately, when I told a friend about my good fortune, he told me to check online for the possibility of a scam first. Of course, I was disappointed not to have made the sale, but SO glad I checked, and so glad you had done this!!

    You are doing a really important service for artists. Thank you very much!

    Terry

    • I got this one too! Good thing I investigated more. Also I would never send a painting unless paid in full on PayPal.

    • Your Grace Vines is my Anna Grace with email address of annikkixsecrinxd@rediffmail.com. Just got the same email this morning. Fortunately, I get these enough that I immediately check the sender’s email address and have yet to be caught in a scam.

  • I received this email from Kevin Spiker.

    Dear Elise,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Dublin, Ireland soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching by December. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying vessels from 2016-2017 range in price from $1500 as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

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

    Kevin Spiker spikerk48@gmail.com

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

    Kevin.

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

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

  • Here we go, came in today…..luckily I googled his name and this site popped up – thank you Agora – another one – I am not responding and forwarding it to the actionfraud.police.uk
    from Manoj. s Manoj [mailto:manojs2615@yahoo.com]
    Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards.

  • On Aug 28, 2016, at 9:33 AM, Frank Wood wrote:

    Hello,
    I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website (piece in subject field above) on my laptop and i guess she likes that piece, I must also say you are doing a great job. I would like to know what inspired that work.
    I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Peace and blessings
    Frank

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

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.

    • Scott Billy

      1:16 PM (9 minutes ago)

      to me
      Thanks for the message, it could be any color, but medium size or large.. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed piece within my budget $300- $1500 ready for immediate sale… Just need something within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.

      Thanks and blessings.

      Scott

      Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 11:42 AM Atto Kim wrote:

      Hello Scott,
      Thank you for your interest in my artwork. Happy anniversary. I would like to know what kind of painting and what size canvas you are looking for. It would help me better assess what you are looking for. Thank you.
      Atto

      On Nov 8, 2017 8:39 PM, “Scott Billy” wrote:

      Greetings…
      My name is Scott Warren from Bogota, New Jersey. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary. Please kindly send pictures and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

      Thanks and best regards,

  • Another one from Kevin!!!! And HERE is the kicker…I got a call from a Washington, DC number and ignored it right before I got the email. Creeeeepy….

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

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kevin.”

  • One More Scammer to add to the list…

    On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 5:59 AM, Andrews williams wrote:
    Hello,my name is Andrew Williams from Washington Dc, I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range of $500- $1,500. I hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Andrew

    • This appears to be ALL the same guy using different names! Always the wife, the anniversary, etc. I am wondering if he’s succeeded in fooling artists and what happened when he did. CREEP! Is this criminal? Can he be charged?

  • Thank you all!! If I hadn’t googled Bill Hunt Ocean Engineer, I think I’d still be trying to figure this out. The same day I posted five pieces on the mnartists.org website I received an email from Bill Hunt. After reading through the vast majority of comments here, I realized his emails were a hodgepodge of most of the emails cited. If it were not for you all posting those emails I think it would have been much harder to figure this out. I feel really bad cuz there is a guy out there with that name that does work in that field, but he ain’t from Ohio. I’m so very disheartened by this, yet being very new to all of this, I am grateful I’m learning about it now. I just don’t know what to do next. Where can I report this so at least it’s in some database somewhere?

  • Thank God for this article….received two such inquiries in the last month. BILL HUNT is the latest. (billhunt2230@gmail.com). Last month it was FRANCES JEFFRIES ( frances.jeffries678@gmail.com)

    WATCH OUT FOR THESE JOKERS FRIENDS!!

    My name is Bill Hunt from Ohio. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your piece as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept check as mode of Payment.

    Thanks and best regards.

    Bill.

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

    Best Regards
    Frances

  • Nelson Derrick nelsonderrick231@gmail.com – has been a busy boy!

    Lame email with no sign off:

    Do you still have The Robert Juniper : Through the Looking Glass for sale as i amhighly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon..

  • I am so glad I found this article. I received an email from an interested buyer by the name of Grace Vines. She actually mailed me a cashier’s check in the amount of $4900. My asking price, however, was only $1040. I emailed her back asking her to explain. Her response was that her husband was confused about the transaction amount. She gave me the following instructions:

    “I am so excited and can’t wait to have the piece in our home. I hope to give it a very good home and enjoy the piece for many years.
    Regarding the check, Just find out my husband made a terrible mistake and overpaid you because he didn’t have full details of the transaction, been busy when he sent it. I am very sorry for the confusion but I will like you to go ahead and deposit the check, deduct the cost of the piece inclusive the shipping . I spoke with my husband and he will like you to send the difference back to his chief accountant. Pls get Four (4) Money gram or post office (USPS) money orders of (3) $1000 USD each & (1) $700 totaling $3700, you might be required to pay extra fee for the purchase of the money orders and money orders should be left blank, include purchase receipt and use FedEx Overnight. The money orders should be sent to the address below.
    Attn: Mr. Johnson
    10903 142ND ST
    JAMAICA NY 11435-5505
    FedEx or UPS First Overnight delivery cost about $45. Overnight shipping FedEx charges can be deducted from the money remaining. I’ll appreciate if you take care of this as soon as possible and advise with the tracking number.
    Please acknowledge this email. Thank you.
    Cheers,
    Grace”

    I know now it’s a scam for sure. But what should I do with the cashier’s check? Should I send it back? If so, should I send it by registered mail? Or can I just tear it up and not respond to further correspondences from the lady? Please advise. I don’t want this person to have any legal claims against me.

    • Hi my name is Clara, I posted my paintings around two weeks ago and somebody called Jodi Ross contacted me and sold my paintings. I asked for 150 dollars, now she sent me a paycheck for 1500 dollars I did not receive it yet….I was checking in internet about these cases and is the same procedure, now she texted to me very angry because I did not response her e-mails and she put in the message that she will advice to FBI about me. Because I lied to her. I responded her very kindly that I would like she advice to FBI because I want to show them all this notes in many blogs about about scams and are exactly the same procedure that she pretend to do with my paintings.
      Regards

  • I just got the John Glenn in SC email. I forearded it to my gallery who told me its a scammer. Just googled John Glenn in SC scammer and got this site. Shocked at how many of you were sent an email with almost the exact wording.
    It’d be a great service to artists if someone would come up with a computer program we that would block known scammers emails.

  • Hello,

    I thank you for your response to my mail on your property listed on the site which i am interested in i must really say that i like the property and i am ready to pay for the cost. I am contacting you in confidence hoping that you are a trustworthy person and would also be helpful to me.
    My name is William Coman. I am a USA military force Organization in Syria. I am presently serving in the Organization as a casualty doctor of the 1st Infantry Division Military, I am responsible for casualty internship in the camp i will soon retire from force.

    During my 6 years stay here in Syria i was able to make the sum of 7.2million USD. This money came from Oil business which i got involved in here. I contacted you because of the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, which prevent us from securing our financial transaction here. The ongoing civil unrest in Afghanistan have reshaped my future and if we come to a concrete agreement i will send the money to you for the property and safe keeping till i come over very soon i will need the house to live in and that is why i contacted you please help me.
    Where i am now we can only communicate through the Red Cross communication facilities which only permits me to send E mails and we can’t make phone calls now because no network at Ja’Din District area since it was blocked by the government.

    Please if you are interested in this transaction i will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I have a good means of sending the money out of Syria to Europe with help of a red cross jet that brings relief materials from Europe.
    I wait for your fast response so i can give you further details upon hearing from you. Please keep the property for me and consider my proposal for our mutual benefit.

    Regards,
    William Coman.

  • Mark Thompson is a SCAMMER . Others have reported the same here.
    He sent me this email from the email address tmark7881@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

    Best Regards,
    Mark.

    • Thanks for posting, I got the exact same email today. Luckily I googled the email address and ended up here.

  • CAREFULL those two are scam emails too –
    t.hughes119@outlook.com and Tania Hughes

    They proposed an art shipper called Base Freight Services. They had a normal website, quote process, address (London) – and now the website is gone and I lost the artshipper money into the scam. Thanks god not the art pieces.

  • Wow! I also googled Mark Thompson, Jacksonville, FL-ocean engineer & your website came up. Thank you for putting this alert out. His email was similar to many others I just read.
    “My name is Mark Thompson from Jacksonville, FL. The images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious, looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where I first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I would like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th wedding anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within the price range $500-$5,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because I need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price. Best Regards, Mark Thompson”

    I am a well known artist and if he had my name, he could have easily googled it and found my website! Also, grammar was off and overall very suspicious. When I received a 2nd email saying he was an ocean engineer, relocating to Ireland and had a shipping agent, I knew I had to research this and would like to report it if possible. Any suggestions?

    • I have just received such an e-mail from Mark Thompson (tmark7881@gmail.com), absolutely the same. I e-mailed him my price-lists and he chosen one artwork. Then he wrote me about his 20 years anniversary wedding in Ireland and intenion to send a check. I asked him to send money to my bank account or via Pay-pall.
      Hope he can’t do anything bad with my bank details. I don’t think it is possible to do something horrible with anybody’s sort code, account number and name… Mmmm… good that you posted this. Thank you! No more details for this person.
      Yes, I am not native speaker so I can’t really understand if it is not perfect English, but… there is Google for information

  • Hello how are you doing today? We receive your mail, i want you to know that we are very ready to offer you this loan, the only problem is that, without this loan approval fee there’s no way you can get this loan and that’s the only payment you need to make, and the fee can’t be deduct away from your loan amount so all you need to do right now for you to get this loan is for you to try your best to come up with this only fee so that you be able to get your loan.

    So i will be kindly waiting to hear from you as soon as you are in agreement with the approval terms.

    God bless you as i wait your urgent mail.
    Regard.
    Mrs Monica Fred.,,,,,,,,,

  • Hello! I received this email today and knew immediately it was a scam, because it was very similar to another email last year which had me caught emailing back and forth, until someone at our local post office alerted me to the fact that it was a scam. It’s very similar to what has already been shared in this discussion!

    Name john glenn
    Email johnglenn10001@gmail.com
    Message HI! My name is john glenn from Sc. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our anniversary i guess she likes your piece of work,I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your original art which are ready for immediate sale within my price range $500- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more about your piece of work and what inspires your idea of creativity. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales. Thanks and best regards, john.

    • I received the exact same email from John Glenn on 10/04! We frequently work with clients in Asia and get a lot of broken English emails, so I wasn’t suspicious until I saw the reply. I knew I had to google him…

      FIRST EMAIL:
      Name: john glenn
      Email: johnglenn10001@gmail.com
      Phone: 9294217226
      HI! My name is john glenn from Sc. I was looking for some artwork
      online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to
      purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for
      our anniversary i guess she likes your piece of work,I’m also
      impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : )
      You are doing a great job. Please kindly send pics and prices
      of some of your original art which are ready for immediate sale
      within my price range $500- $2000. I hope to hear a lot more
      about your piece of work and what inspires your idea of
      creativity. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate
      sales.
      Thanks and best regards,
      john.

      REPLY:
      Hello: Emily

      Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
      surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like
      to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding
      anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good
      stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying the art work
      of $2,650,

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

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

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

      Regards,

      John

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

      • The creep is still sending out the same letters almost verbatim at the end of November. I’m stunned and wonder both when he started and when he’ll stop!

  • i’m so glad that we have each other’s back! thank you to all!
    i googled this email address and it led me to here.
    kathwards654@gmail.com

    the email:
    Name Kathryn Edwards
    Email kathwards654@gmail.com
    Subject artworks inquiry
    Message Good day to you. I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you………………… WITHIN FORWARD IT BEGINS IN THE FLOW Let me know their various price and how much discounts are you going to give? I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our new home in Miami. As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives. We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as possible. On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks. I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day. Take care, Kathryn Edwards

  • Scammer Kathryn Edwards, kathwards654@gmail.com is still at work!
    I am glad I finally googled her name and email and recognized the scam. Thank you for doing what you do!

    This is the first email I received on Sep 26, 2017:

    Good day to you.
    I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I
    am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from
    you…………………
    Let me know their various price and how much discounts are you going
    to give? I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our
    new home in Miami. As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I
    have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other
    house decoratives.

    We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as
    possible. On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a
    Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed
    at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the
    payment of the creative artworks.
    I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.
    Take care,
    Kathryn Edwards

    This is the second email I received on Sep 29, 2017 after I responded:

    Thanks for your response to my inquiry regarding your creative works
    of art, I`ll love to proceed with the purchase of the artworks, and I
    really can`t wait to have those selected works in our new home.

    And as I stated earlier from my first email to you, I`ll be handling
    shipping and handling myself.

    Therefore, I`ll want you to get back to me with your physical mailing
    address so that my hubby who has been shuttling between Miami and our
    Seattle Home since he resumed as the Head IT section for the
    organization he works in Florida will make out the payment to you as
    soon as possible.

    Regarding shipping ,I`ll forward your contact information to the
    shipping company contracted to handle all our house decorative and
    other house wares to get in touch with you and make shipping plans
    with you. They can arrange for FedEx pick-up right from your
    studio/residence. They are also been charged to handle insurance and
    other logistics involved with the shipments.

    I`ll look forward to hearing back from so I`ll know how best we can
    proceed. Until we correspond again, best wishes.

    Kathryn Edwards


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  • Manoj, s Manoj is alive and well. I received this in my website account messaging.

    “Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards”

    Sounds convincing. But something not quite right. My day job is in IT, so I did a few checks first. Googling Manoj, s Manoj did through up much on the first page. However, googling Manjo Jonstew hit the jackpot. My this man’s wife sure is gagging for a lot of art.

    Outlook did correctly identify this as junk mail. The only minor problem is that is can sometimes do so incorrectly.

    Angus

    • Thanks for this Angus,
      mailto:manojs2615@yahoo.com
      Will be running out of wall space to hang his desired collection if it wasn’t for posts like this getting to the top of internet searches
      R

    • Thanks, Angus, we’ve had this one too – an exact copy of the text above on 28th August. Using the “we’ll believe it when it happens” approach, we politely replied stating that cheques are acceptable but we only release the work after full clearance.
      As expected there was no reply, then on 5th October a further email:
      Subject: : Re: ARTGALLERY/sorry for the late response/get back to me now………
      Hello,thanks for your mail and
      i would be glad if you can list some of the items you have for sales now,so that i can choose my order now .
      Waiting for your reply now for the list of the items you have for sale with the prices.
      Thanks
      NOTE: the request is for a list (would you purchase without pictures?)
      Still very cautiously, we politely stated that the available work is on our website together with prices and other details. We also provided a couple of page hyperlinks.
      Surprisingly, there was a further reply on 8th October, nominating a piece for purchase at the specific price.
      The details requested for the “Bank Cheque” are:
      FULL NAME :
      FULL ADDRESS:
      MOBILE NUMBER:
      TELEPHONE:
      – Does anyone need a mobile number and telephone number to write a “Bank Cheque”? Besides, the telephone number is on our website.
      Interestingly, this time there is an Aberdeen address provided. A Google search shows it does exist, but who lives there is anyone’s guess!
      Needless to say, we will not be proceeding with this “sale”.

  • Greetings! My name is Manjo Jonstew from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of your artwork available at range of £100 to £1500 and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Cheque as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards

    • This was one I received recently. I followed up the ISP address my website providers gave me with the forwarded email and it appears to be a dynamic type IP address favoured by fraudsters as it doesn’t link to a static address. I used this site to check if on a Blacklist: http://whatismyipaddress.com/blacklist-check

  • So glad I was led to this website. I was suspicious of an email I got (and the extra apparent funds in the form of a money gram). It seems Malcom Symons has been a busy guy. I did notify the bank that I was concerned that the international check was a fraud. They were great about it.
    This guy asked for my phone number and began texting me. It felt legit. Feel like a fool for falling for it and allowing it to go as far as it did. However he didn’t get anything from me. Thank goodness.

  • Thanks for your article. I have just received an email today with the email content appeared in your comments section TWICE. Here is the email
    From: “Grace”
    Message: Hello,
    I came across your web page , I like your inspiration as an artist. How about you email me your recent work on sale for me to look through?
    Cheers,
    Grace

  • Brett Nicolaides
    “My name is Brett Nicolaides from Palo Alto, California. I was looking for some artwork, the images on your website are so fascinating and so vivacious,looking at each piece of work i can easily see that you added so much dedication in making each work come out to life, unfortunately i lost the website where i first saw your work but i was able to save your email address. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $7,000, I could be flexible with price. I am writing you because i need your assistant to get back to your website so as to be able to retrieve the details of your work that interest me or send me images of some of your new works with price.

    Thanks”
    .
    .
    .
    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.
    .
    .
    .
    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
    .
    .
    .
    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.
    .
    .
    .
    “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.”.
    .
    .
    .
    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

    • I got the same letter a week ago, the name did not come up on google when i searched until today, when i added the words artist scam along with the email name.

  • 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
    |

    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

    • I just got this almost exact email from “John Glenn”. I did reply, but smelled a rat, so I decided to look into it a bit more. Glad I did. I almost gat caught by something similar some years ago, so I have been super vigilant ever since. It’s difficult enough to make a decent living as an artist without having to deal with this kind of crap! Thank goodness the Internet make it quite easy to check up on things like this.

  • 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

    • I just received the exact same email. I googled Alexandra Phell and it led me to this site.

  • 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!

    • I received exactly the same message from this Kathryn Edwards. I always google the names of these “interested buyers” to check if they are legitimate. My first search led me to this website. Many thanks to Agora Gallery!

  • 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!)