How To Recognize An Art Scam


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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?

art scam

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

This email might be a scam. How can I tell?

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 about why you need to send money again

Sometimes 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.

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

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How To Avoid Art Scams?

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

You can also be firm about following your usual method of payment; explain politely that you’re not willing to take payment through cashier’s checks or postal money orders, which are more open to this sort of art scam. Often the nature of the art scam will center on the method of payment suggested by the scammer – if you stick to your normal method, something you know to be safe, they may be forced to give up.

Also, make sure to never accept overpayments. This is not a common way of doing business, and you probably haven’t come across it before in genuine transactions. You’re selling, they’re buying – no money should be leaving your account. Make it your policy not to work this way.

If you’re suspicious for any reason, try googling the email address of the contact you’re corresponding with. Because scammers send so many art scam emails, their address gets to be known as one associated with the art scam they’re running. It might well be that the person contacting you is already on a ‘blacklist’ which you can find online. In situations like this, being represented by a gallery can also prove to be beneficial.

For one thing, you can rely on the gallery staff, who will probably have had more experience with art scam attempts than you have had, to make sure that everything is as it should be and protect you as necessary.

Useful Article: 8 Benefits Of Gallery Representation

Another important thing to make note of is to never ship your work before the payment has been cleared. This seems so simple that you read it and wonder how anyone ever gets caught acting differently – but when you’re in the middle of a series of emails going back and forth, and you’ve built up a picture of your correspondent’s life in your head, and you’re pleased that they appreciate your art. It can be hard to remember.

Make it a rule of how you do business, and if you’re ever asked to make an exception, think very seriously about whether it seems like a good risk to be taking (if you know the buyer personally, for instance, it might be a reasonable decision).

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

As a promotional gallery, we take pride in the diverse group of artists from across the globe represented by us. Want to give your art more time, and leave the marketing and promotional hassles to someone else? Visit our Gallery Representation And Artist Promotion page for more information.

Have you received an email from a potential buyer that looks like an art scam? Recently, a group of artists has informed our Agora Gallery staff that a so-called Catherine Nipps who pretends to be a gallery representative, is offering representation with our Gallery. Agora Gallery’s representation process is transparent and it starts with our dedicated page. Our representatives are presented on the website. If you are contacted by someone offering representation on behalf of the gallery, please reach out to us at info@agora-gallery.com

In the comments below, share your stories with our community, offer your advice, and keep it a safe place from scammers.


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    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,
    James

    1. Stephanie avatar
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      I received an almost identical email a couple of days ago from jeffreydoney67@gmail.com.
      ————————————————————————————-
      “My name is Jeffrey from Vermont . 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 to some of your works which I found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit you’re doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
      With that being said, I would like to purchase a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary.

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      Regards,”

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      I received an almost identical email a couple of days ago from jeffreydoney67@gmail.com.
      ————————————————————————————-
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  41. Asher Jay avatar
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    barbaraflower719@yahoo.com That email should be flagged. Scammer.
    Thanks to other artists who flagged that name in this thread. How did she scam you guys?

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    barbaraflower719@yahoo.com That email should be flagged. Scammer.
    Thanks to other artists who flagged that name in this thread. How did she scam you guys?

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    Interesting article, I just got an email
    pasted below… it does sound like a scam to me.
    I was going to respond with lots of questions (how they found me, what they liked etc. )
    but can’t be bothered, I would rather send an email to the internet provider as the registrant in WHOIS is TUCOWS which I understand has private members or something like this… not sure

    Registrant and Registrar name : Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0145837657
    Name: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0145837657
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    Email: CONTEMPORARYARTCURATORMAGAZINE.COM@contactprivacy.com
    Phone: tel: 1.4165385457
    Kind: individual
    Mailing Address: 96 Mowat Ave, Toronto, ON, M6K 3M1, CA

    which is the address of the internet provider Tucows
    and I will write them an email too

    Anyway, thanks for the info,
    I would also like to make this public so all would know.. where can I expose them?
    Regards
    Jazzy

    Email scam below
    ————–
    Dear (with my name)
    I hope this email finds you well.

    My name is Veronica Weinberg; I am an editorial assistant from Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.

    http://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com

    After considering your artwork, the editorial team’s great pleasure is to invite you to join our new Online Exhibition ‘ River of Dreams’.

    Exhibition period: June 14 – October 14, 2021.

    Online Exhibition ” River of Dreams.”
    The exhibition aimed to connect the world’s most talented artists with art collectors, magazine editors, curators, gallery owners, art dealers, influencers, art lovers and show your art to thousands of people worldwide.
    As a result of COVID-19, many upcoming art fairs and exhibitions were cancelled or postponed.
    We want to offer artists a unique opportunity to exhibit and promote their art online.
    ” River of Dreams”

    Contemporary Art Curator Magazine has established its name by curating the best contemporary art from all around the world. It is one of the top online contemporary art magazines (750,000 unique monthly visitors) with thousands of followers from all over the world, with content updated daily with articles and interviews.

    Our followers are art collectors, magazine editors, curators, gallery owners, art dealers, bloggers, artists, and art lovers.

    Art Magazine: http://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com
    Instagram 424.000 followers: https://instagram.com/contemporaryartcurator/
    Facebook 13.000 followers: https://www.facebook.com/contemporaryartcurator/
    To accept the invitation and to become part of the exhibition, please follow the link and fill in the form:

    https://form.jotform.com/211317193301342
    Participation Fee: 90 euros / 105 USA Dollars

    Deadline: June 7, 2021.

    Fee Includes:

    1) Short Bio and Artist Statement

    2) 5 x artworks artwork details

    3) Contact details ( website, email and social media accounts )

    4)Exhibition Participation Certificate
    ( PDF print-version certificate .)

    5) Exhibition Flyer
    The flyer can be used on the personal artist website to announce participation in the show.

    6) Artist Photo ( you can submit your photo, your portrait, photo of you in studio, exhibition etc.)

    7) Instagram post (3 images) Instagram story ( 427.000 followers on Instagram )
    Facebook post (3 images) ( 13.000 followers on Facebook )

    To accept the invitation and to become part of the exhibition, please follow the link and fill in the form:

    https://form.jotform.com/211317193301342

    Participation Fee: 90 euros / 105 USA Dollars

    Deadline: June 7, 2021.

    Please note that the number of featured artists is limited.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Best Regards,

    Veronica Weinberg

  44. Jazzy avatar
    Jazzy

    Interesting article, I just got an email
    pasted below… it does sound like a scam to me.
    I was going to respond with lots of questions (how they found me, what they liked etc. )
    but can’t be bothered, I would rather send an email to the internet provider as the registrant in WHOIS is TUCOWS which I understand has private members or something like this… not sure

    Registrant and Registrar name : Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0145837657
    Name: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0145837657
    Organization: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0145837657
    Email: CONTEMPORARYARTCURATORMAGAZINE.COM@contactprivacy.com
    Phone: tel:+1.4165385457
    Kind: individual
    Mailing Address: 96 Mowat Ave, Toronto, ON, M6K 3M1, CA

    which is the address of the internet provider Tucows
    and I will write them an email too

    Anyway, thanks for the info,
    I would also like to make this public so all would know.. where can I expose them?
    Regards
    Jazzy

    Email scam below
    ————–
    Dear (with my name)
    I hope this email finds you well.

    My name is Veronica Weinberg; I am an editorial assistant from Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.

    http://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com

    After considering your artwork, the editorial team’s great pleasure is to invite you to join our new Online Exhibition ‘ River of Dreams’.

    Exhibition period: June 14 – October 14, 2021.

    Online Exhibition ” River of Dreams.”
    The exhibition aimed to connect the world’s most talented artists with art collectors, magazine editors, curators, gallery owners, art dealers, influencers, art lovers and show your art to thousands of people worldwide.
    As a result of COVID-19, many upcoming art fairs and exhibitions were cancelled or postponed.
    We want to offer artists a unique opportunity to exhibit and promote their art online.
    ” River of Dreams”

    Contemporary Art Curator Magazine has established its name by curating the best contemporary art from all around the world. It is one of the top online contemporary art magazines (750,000 unique monthly visitors) with thousands of followers from all over the world, with content updated daily with articles and interviews.

    Our followers are art collectors, magazine editors, curators, gallery owners, art dealers, bloggers, artists, and art lovers.

    Art Magazine: http://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com
    Instagram 424.000 followers: https://instagram.com/contemporaryartcurator/
    Facebook 13.000 followers: https://www.facebook.com/contemporaryartcurator/
    To accept the invitation and to become part of the exhibition, please follow the link and fill in the form:

    https://form.jotform.com/211317193301342
    Participation Fee: 90 euros / 105 USA Dollars

    Deadline: June 7, 2021.

    Fee Includes:

    1) Short Bio and Artist Statement

    2) 5 x artworks + artwork details

    3) Contact details ( website, email and social media accounts )

    4)Exhibition Participation Certificate
    ( PDF print-version certificate .)

    5) Exhibition Flyer
    The flyer can be used on the personal artist website to announce participation in the show.

    6) Artist Photo ( you can submit your photo, your portrait, photo of you in studio, exhibition etc.)

    7) Instagram post (3 images) + Instagram story ( 427.000 followers on Instagram )
    Facebook post (3 images) ( 13.000 followers on Facebook )

    To accept the invitation and to become part of the exhibition, please follow the link and fill in the form:

    https://form.jotform.com/211317193301342

    Participation Fee: 90 euros / 105 USA Dollars

    Deadline: June 7, 2021.

    Please note that the number of featured artists is limited.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Best Regards,

    Veronica Weinberg

  45. Rebecca avatar
    Rebecca

    Just received this via my website:
    From: robert
    Email: robertsylvester1000@gmail.com
    Phone: 765-897-9666
    Message:
    Good Day to you, I am Rob from Ohio, am very much interested in the purchase your Art piece for Anniversary to surprise my wife Thanks. I look forward to reading from you Asap Regards

    Oddly, the 765 area code is from Indiana, not Ohio. Also the clunky English is suspect. Not going to respond, but am reporting it as spam to FASO.

    1. Lauris Phillips avatar
      Lauris Phillips

      Hey Rebecca….I got the same one yesterday with the same text! That Robert Sylvester is getting around! On mine he did not include a phone number, however, but through my Squarespace website analytics feature, I could see there were no hits from Ohio in the last weeks. I highly recommend Squarespace or any website with that feature…very useful.

    2. Tess avatar
      Tess

      robertsylvester1000@gmail.com just emailed my website also (see below)!! I just googled his email and this site popped up. Thanks to you I won’t be responding. Also want to report it as spam.

      Thanks again!

      ‘Message Details:
      Name: robert
      Email: robertsylvester1000@gmail.com
      Subject: ArtWork Enquire
      Message: Good Day to you, I am Rob from Ohio, am very much interested in the purchase your Art piece for Anniversary to surprise my wife Thanks.

      I look forward to reading from you Asap’
      Regards

  46. Rebecca avatar
    Rebecca

    Just received this via my website:
    From: robert
    Email: robertsylvester1000@gmail.com
    Phone: 765-897-9666
    Message:
    Good Day to you, I am Rob from Ohio, am very much interested in the purchase your Art piece for Anniversary to surprise my wife Thanks. I look forward to reading from you Asap Regards

    Oddly, the 765 area code is from Indiana, not Ohio. Also the clunky English is suspect. Not going to respond, but am reporting it as spam to FASO.

    1. Lauris Phillips avatar
      Lauris Phillips

      Hey Rebecca….I got the same one yesterday with the same text! That Robert Sylvester is getting around! On mine he did not include a phone number, however, but through my Squarespace website analytics feature, I could see there were no hits from Ohio in the last weeks. I highly recommend Squarespace or any website with that feature…very useful.

    2. Tess avatar
      Tess

      robertsylvester1000@gmail.com just emailed my website also (see below)!! I just googled his email and this site popped up. Thanks to you I won’t be responding. Also want to report it as spam.

      Thanks again!

      ‘Message Details:
      Name: robert
      Email: robertsylvester1000@gmail.com
      Subject: ArtWork Enquire
      Message: Good Day to you, I am Rob from Ohio, am very much interested in the purchase your Art piece for Anniversary to surprise my wife Thanks.

      I look forward to reading from you Asap’
      Regards

  47. Paula avatar
    Paula

    Many of these scams look familiar.. Sadly. I received one today from Quin Fli quinfli13@gmail.com. offering 1.7 million dollars donation because he has cancer and was told that he has limited weeks to live. I thought of writing back and telling him I don’t accept donations ledon’t accept donations less than 2.5 million but am opting not to waste the time.

    I did engage with a Lia Greg who offered to buy artwork for $275 including shipping and sent a “cashier’s check for $2275. I shredded it and emailed back one word “scam”… that was the end.

  48. Paula avatar
    Paula

    Many of these scams look familiar.. Sadly. I received one today from Quin Fli quinfli13@gmail.com. offering 1.7 million dollars donation because he has cancer and was told that he has limited weeks to live. I thought of writing back and telling him I don’t accept donations ledon’t accept donations less than 2.5 million but am opting not to waste the time.

    I did engage with a Lia Greg who offered to buy artwork for $275 including shipping and sent a “cashier’s check for $2275. I shredded it and emailed back one word “scam”… that was the end.

  49. Brian avatar
    Brian

    I had guy who claimed to be Michael Morris. Messaged about buying a few pieces. He couldn’t be bothered to look at Instagram or FB page. He asked for me to send pictures of available pieces. I fell for it and sent him pictures via messenger. Of course I never heard from him again. But what can he do with low res pictures off of messenger?

  50. Brian avatar
    Brian

    I had guy who claimed to be Michael Morris. Messaged about buying a few pieces. He couldn’t be bothered to look at Instagram or FB page. He asked for me to send pictures of available pieces. I fell for it and sent him pictures via messenger. Of course I never heard from him again. But what can he do with low res pictures off of messenger?

  51. Gift Gold avatar
    Gift Gold

    Absolutely DUBIOUS!!! HANDS OFF!!!
    After my last review a few days ago I have no hesitation in calling this company a complete fraud. I made over € 120,700 loss through the system !! At the beginning it was ok, then there were unannounced rollovers, take profits with high losses instead of profits and no contact with customer service. an estimated 91% of customers have losses! With the terms and conditions, you quickly notice that the company does not want to keep customers long, for example, as a customer you only have 1 day to comment, otherwise the complaint will no longer be processed and further emails will be ignored! High costs and a SLOW system during the important trading hours must also be expected here. I secured the help of a recovery specialist who helped me retrieve a fair amount of my lost funds without any hitch, and I would highly recommend the many others globally who have been affected or in similar situations to get in touch with Mrs, Robert @ (robertslee618@gmail.com)….

  52. Gift Gold avatar
    Gift Gold

    Absolutely DUBIOUS!!! HANDS OFF!!!
    After my last review a few days ago I have no hesitation in calling this company a complete fraud. I made over € 120,700 loss through the system !! At the beginning it was ok, then there were unannounced rollovers, take profits with high losses instead of profits and no contact with customer service. an estimated 91% of customers have losses! With the terms and conditions, you quickly notice that the company does not want to keep customers long, for example, as a customer you only have 1 day to comment, otherwise the complaint will no longer be processed and further emails will be ignored! High costs and a SLOW system during the important trading hours must also be expected here. I secured the help of a recovery specialist who helped me retrieve a fair amount of my lost funds without any hitch, and I would highly recommend the many others globally who have been affected or in similar situations to get in touch with Mrs, Robert @ (robertslee618@gmail.com)….

  53. Marcy avatar
    Marcy

    Has anyone been scammed by Van Gogh Art Gallery, Madrid Spain?

    1. Rebecca avatar
      Rebecca

      I received a sketchy email from a Vincent@VanGogh.Fr.

  54. Marcy avatar
    Marcy

    Has anyone been scammed by Van Gogh Art Gallery, Madrid Spain?

    1. Rebecca avatar
      Rebecca

      I received a sketchy email from a Vincent@VanGogh.Fr.

  55. Samantha avatar
    Samantha

    Scammers are everywhere. Make sure you are dealing with the legit buyers.

  56. Samantha avatar
    Samantha

    Scammers are everywhere. Make sure you are dealing with the legit buyers.

  57. Peter Worrall avatar
    Peter Worrall

    Hi, I’ve seen in the Times this week an advertisement for jnadvisory – they work directly with leading artist’s estates and have firm agreements with them that enable them to obtain their works under the market value. Minimum initial investment is £10k. What do you think? Any previous? Genuine? Or scam? Thanks

  58. Peter Worrall avatar
    Peter Worrall

    Hi, I’ve seen in the Times this week an advertisement for jnadvisory – they work directly with leading artist’s estates and have firm agreements with them that enable them to obtain their works under the market value. Minimum initial investment is £10k. What do you think? Any previous? Genuine? Or scam? Thanks

  59. Bonnie R Goodman avatar
    Bonnie R Goodman

    I gave been scammed by Barbara Flowers. Do I have any recourse?

    1. Jonas Leriche avatar
      Jonas Leriche

      Hi Bonnie,

      I received a similar email from the same sender that scammed you, can I get in touch with you per email for more information?

      Kind Regards,
      Jonas.

  60. Bonnie R Goodman avatar
    Bonnie R Goodman

    I gave been scammed by Barbara Flowers. Do I have any recourse?

    1. Jonas Leriche avatar
      Jonas Leriche

      Hi Bonnie,

      I received a similar email from the same sender that scammed you, can I get in touch with you per email for more information?

      Kind Regards,
      Jonas.

  61. Suse NIelebock avatar
    Suse NIelebock

    I received this today and googled it…turns out this guy has been at it for years with almost identocal emails to everyone. MAD!

    If you get this below email delete it, he’s a scammer.

    Hello , I am Tyrese Jibson from SC USA , I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and I guess she likes some of your Art piece, I’m impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; I must also say you are doing great job, I would like to receive further information about your location and what inspires you: ) I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. regards , Tyrese . (tyresejibson411@gmail.c…)

  62. Suse NIelebock avatar
    Suse NIelebock

    I received this today and googled it…turns out this guy has been at it for years with almost identocal emails to everyone. MAD!

    If you get this below email delete it, he’s a scammer.

    Hello , I am Tyrese Jibson from SC USA , I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and I guess she likes some of your Art piece, I’m impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; I must also say you are doing great job, I would like to receive further information about your location and what inspires you: ) I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. regards , Tyrese . (tyresejibson411@gmail.c…)

  63. didisheim avatar
    didisheim

    TYRESE JIBSON is still very active – BEWARE
    When you google him, Google responds with results about Tyrese GIBSON (with a G) who seems to be famous in the USA

    Here is his message received this morning
    Hello , I am Tyrese Jibson from SC USA , I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and I guess she likes some of your Art piece, I’m impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; I must also say you are doing great job, I would like to receive further information about your location and what inspires you: ) I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. regards , Tyrese . (tyresejibson412@gmail.c…)

    reat article ! Thanks

  64. didisheim avatar
    didisheim

    TYRESE JIBSON is still very active – BEWARE
    When you google him, Google responds with results about Tyrese GIBSON (with a G) who seems to be famous in the USA

    Here is his message received this morning
    Hello , I am Tyrese Jibson from SC USA , I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and I guess she likes some of your Art piece, I’m impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; I must also say you are doing great job, I would like to receive further information about your location and what inspires you: ) I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. regards , Tyrese . (tyresejibson412@gmail.c…)

    reat article ! Thanks

  65. didisheim avatar
    didisheim

    TYRESE JIBSON is still very active – BEWARE
    When you google him, Google responds with results about Tyrese GIBSON (with a G) who seems to be famous in the USA

    Here is his message received this morning
    Hello , I am Tyrese Jibson from SC USA , I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and I guess she likes some of your Art piece, I’m impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; I must also say you are doing great job, I would like to receive further information about your location and what inspires you: ) I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. regards , Tyrese . (tyresejibson412@gmail.c…)

  66. didisheim avatar
    didisheim

    TYRESE JIBSON is still very active – BEWARE
    When you google him, Google responds with results about Tyrese GIBSON (with a G) who seems to be famous in the USA

    Here is his message received this morning
    Hello , I am Tyrese Jibson from SC USA , I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and I guess she likes some of your Art piece, I’m impressed and amazed by your level of creativity; I must also say you are doing great job, I would like to receive further information about your location and what inspires you: ) I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife. regards , Tyrese . (tyresejibson412@gmail.c…)

  67. Randy Arnold avatar
    Randy Arnold

    Great article. I work with computers and graphics, and I am very aware of the plots to scam especially in emails.
    Thank you for this great article.

  68. Randy Arnold avatar
    Randy Arnold

    Great article. I work with computers and graphics, and I am very aware of the plots to scam especially in emails.
    Thank you for this great article.

  69. Randy Arnold avatar
    Randy Arnold

    My Brother in law is an excellent fine art painter. He does everything to photo quality detail. He has been approached by a man that owns a gallery at the world trade center in Dallas, to paint a picture on and 8ft. by 42 inch canvas. What he wants is a larger than life picture of a particular model and paint it from a on line photograph. He first said he would pay $3,000 to $5,000 dollars, at which time he was talking about a 6ft by 4ft canvas. He had a RAW canvas made and it was 8ft by 42in. After my Brother In Law spent his money for Gesso and paints, the art dealer came back and said he wanted the dress the model was wearing built up (Impasto) that makes change number two. My brother in law, we’ll call him Jack, was working day and night to get it started, for several days. Then the dealer comes back and says he will pay $1,800 for the painting; change number three. About a week after that the dealer tells Jack he will pay $1,500 for the painting. Jack did not start out with a written contract, although Texas is a verbal contract state, that is hard to prove.
    Any suggestions on what he should do? I told him to tell the dealer that he (Jack) was going take a sander to the canvas, sand it down to raw and give it back to him (the dealer). I think he needs better advice than mine. Please help.

  70. Randy Arnold avatar
    Randy Arnold

    My Brother in law is an excellent fine art painter. He does everything to photo quality detail. He has been approached by a man that owns a gallery at the world trade center in Dallas, to paint a picture on and 8ft. by 42 inch canvas. What he wants is a larger than life picture of a particular model and paint it from a on line photograph. He first said he would pay $3,000 to $5,000 dollars, at which time he was talking about a 6ft by 4ft canvas. He had a RAW canvas made and it was 8ft by 42in. After my Brother In Law spent his money for Gesso and paints, the art dealer came back and said he wanted the dress the model was wearing built up (Impasto) that makes change number two. My brother in law, we’ll call him Jack, was working day and night to get it started, for several days. Then the dealer comes back and says he will pay $1,800 for the painting; change number three. About a week after that the dealer tells Jack he will pay $1,500 for the painting. Jack did not start out with a written contract, although Texas is a verbal contract state, that is hard to prove.
    Any suggestions on what he should do? I told him to tell the dealer that he (Jack) was going take a sander to the canvas, sand it down to raw and give it back to him (the dealer). I think he needs better advice than mine. Please help.

  71. Rachel Isherwood avatar
    Rachel Isherwood

    Thank you! I had the ‘my wife loves your artwork’ email. Quite plausible at first but worrying when he wanted to me to pay his shipping charges (out of money he’d send me, of course…) So I googled Art scams and found your most informative and helpful piece. I’m very grateful to you. Needless to say I’ll send this fellow packing.
    The guy was calling himself Tyrese Jibson, email . Jibson, Gibson…? Maybe that should have given the game away but I’d never heard of Tyrese Gibson.

    1. Gary Eason avatar
      Gary Eason

      Interesting to hear, Rachel. “Tyrese Jibson”‘s wife (in SC, USA) loves my artwork too! I guess she gets around a bit.
      tyresejibson101@gmail.com

      1. Rachel Isherwood avatar
        Rachel Isherwood

        Hi Gary,
        Just seen your note. I wonder if Mrs J has actually received any art work yet? None of yours, I hope.
        This would all be quite amusing if it weren’t for the unfortunate people who fall victim to these dreadful people. It’s sad that we have to be so distrustful of others these days.

  72. Rachel Isherwood avatar
    Rachel Isherwood

    Thank you! I had the ‘my wife loves your artwork’ email. Quite plausible at first but worrying when he wanted to me to pay his shipping charges (out of money he’d send me, of course…) So I googled Art scams and found your most informative and helpful piece. I’m very grateful to you. Needless to say I’ll send this fellow packing.
    The guy was calling himself Tyrese Jibson, email . Jibson, Gibson…? Maybe that should have given the game away but I’d never heard of Tyrese Gibson.

    1. Gary Eason avatar
      Gary Eason

      Interesting to hear, Rachel. “Tyrese Jibson”‘s wife (in SC, USA) loves my artwork too! I guess she gets around a bit.
      tyresejibson101@gmail.com

      1. Rachel Isherwood avatar
        Rachel Isherwood

        Hi Gary,
        Just seen your note. I wonder if Mrs J has actually received any art work yet? None of yours, I hope.
        This would all be quite amusing if it weren’t for the unfortunate people who fall victim to these dreadful people. It’s sad that we have to be so distrustful of others these days.

  73. john avatar
    john

    Finally I got my lost funds recovered in binary option,  I lost my money I invested in binary option to a scam broker who ripped off my money and I never saw them again I became more depressed.  Some time ago a good friend of mine referred me to Emily who came for my rescue with her master class intelligence and strategies and helped me place a profitable trade and also recovered all my lost funds from those scam broker and a successful withdraw.  You can contact her for assistance and on how you can make a good profitable trade, recovery of lost funds, 100% winnings and accurate free signals  and stop losing money to heartless brokers. Thank you Emily once again.  Her email:kennedyemily104@gmail.com 

  74. john avatar
    john

    Finally I got my lost funds recovered in binary option,  I lost my money I invested in binary option to a scam broker who ripped off my money and I never saw them again I became more depressed.  Some time ago a good friend of mine referred me to Emily who came for my rescue with her master class intelligence and strategies and helped me place a profitable trade and also recovered all my lost funds from those scam broker and a successful withdraw.  You can contact her for assistance and on how you can make a good profitable trade, recovery of lost funds, 100% winnings and accurate free signals  and stop losing money to heartless brokers. Thank you Emily once again.  Her email:kennedyemily104@gmail.com 

  75. johan avatar
    johan

    Just another one of those, for future reference….. 😉

    —————————————————————————————————
    Mark Richards
    1:08 PM (4 minutes ago)
    to me

    My name is Alexis Chapman from Colorado CO. 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 to some of your works which I found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit you’re doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
    With that being said, I would like to purchase 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 $6,000.
    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.

    Regards,

    Alexis.

    1. Joseph dolinsky avatar
      Joseph dolinsky

      I just received this same email from Gray S. Mohr but he lowballed me for $1000-$3500. Haha

      1. chris avatar
        chris

        I just received the same email, but from “Robert Paul from Washington,DC” with a price range of $1000 to $5000. Otherwise, it had the exact same wording!

  76. johan avatar
    johan

    Just another one of those, for future reference….. 😉

    —————————————————————————————————
    Mark Richards
    1:08 PM (4 minutes ago)
    to me

    My name is Alexis Chapman from Colorado CO. 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 to some of your works which I found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit you’re doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
    With that being said, I would like to purchase 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 $6,000.
    I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.

    Regards,

    Alexis.

    1. Joseph dolinsky avatar
      Joseph dolinsky

      I just received this same email from Gray S. Mohr but he lowballed me for $1000-$3500. Haha

      1. chris avatar
        chris

        I just received the same email, but from “Robert Paul from Washington,DC” with a price range of $1000 to $5000. Otherwise, it had the exact same wording!

  77. David avatar
    David

    Received an instagram message from user @tacellima96 name: Donna Tacelli Marotto
    I informed her I do not accept checks by means of payment and let her know where else my works are available. Her response:
    “Good morning, reasons why i chose check as a means of payment is that my husband handles the family bank cards and paypal/Venmo transactions etc. Im choosing check to keep this totally as a surprise as intended. I would be arranging with my shipper for the pick up of the piece, I assure you that I would wait for check to clear before pick up”

    Sounds very similar to the email scams.

    1. Jonas Leriche avatar
      Jonas Leriche

      Hi David,

      I received a similar mail, my questions is, how do they Scam if they would wait for the cheque to be cleared before pick up?

      Best,
      Jonas

  78. David avatar
    David

    Received an instagram message from user @tacellima96 name: Donna Tacelli Marotto
    I informed her I do not accept checks by means of payment and let her know where else my works are available. Her response:
    “Good morning, reasons why i chose check as a means of payment is that my husband handles the family bank cards and paypal/Venmo transactions etc. Im choosing check to keep this totally as a surprise as intended. I would be arranging with my shipper for the pick up of the piece, I assure you that I would wait for check to clear before pick up”

    Sounds very similar to the email scams.

    1. Jonas Leriche avatar
      Jonas Leriche

      Hi David,

      I received a similar mail, my questions is, how do they Scam if they would wait for the cheque to be cleared before pick up?

      Best,
      Jonas

  79. Deborah Ballard avatar
    Deborah Ballard

    Below is the e-mail I received from a scammer. This is exactly the same message (different a-typical name) that is on this web page:
    Hi Deborah,
    Regarding our interest in your piece, My husband and I decided we’ll like to proceed with the purchase of the 3pieces
    ( Attached below ), How about you telling me what your inspiration is behind this piece. I think it is lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I’m presently away on vacation but I should be back in a few days. Pls confirm it’s listed price

    4534 Lillian St
    Houston, TX 77007

    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.

    Ann

  80. Deborah Ballard avatar
    Deborah Ballard

    Below is the e-mail I received from a scammer. This is exactly the same message (different a-typical name) that is on this web page:
    Hi Deborah,
    Regarding our interest in your piece, My husband and I decided we’ll like to proceed with the purchase of the 3pieces
    ( Attached below ), How about you telling me what your inspiration is behind this piece. I think it is lovely work and I hope to give it a good home. I’m presently away on vacation but I should be back in a few days. Pls confirm it’s listed price

    4534 Lillian St
    Houston, TX 77007

    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.

    Ann

  81. Mark Ryan Wentzel avatar
    Mark Ryan Wentzel

    Yup. Scam. Just got this today.

    “I hope this message finds you well. I am John Woods from New York. 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 30th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. However, I would greatly appreciate it if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces of your artworks that are ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).“

  82. Mark Ryan Wentzel avatar
    Mark Ryan Wentzel

    Yup. Scam. Just got this today.

    “I hope this message finds you well. I am John Woods from New York. 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 30th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. However, I would greatly appreciate it if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces of your artworks that are ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).“

  83. John Villar avatar
    John Villar

    I’ve been communicating with a person in Italy about including my work in a couple of upcoming shows. The place is called DIVULGARTI. I’m not shipping art, I will just be participating in a digital slide show, as it’s cheaper, easier and all I want is to build my artist cv right now. I’ve done some research and even asked if she minded if I confirm, which I did. There is a reasonable fee involved, which they want by wire transfer which I am ok with. My sticking point is they want my tax I’d number to “process the payment”. I am having red flags go up. Is this normal to give out a SSN in order to participate in an exhibition? Please advise as there is a deadline.

    1. Redin avatar
      Redin

      Did you ever get info on this?

    2. natasha avatar
      natasha

      HI John, did you ever receive a response to this? I was recently approached by DIVULGARTI but am not sure about how legit they are. I am also thinking about the digital exhibition since COVID makes it hard for travel. Your response is appreciated!

      1. Donna Rodgers avatar
        Donna Rodgers

        I got approached by Divulgarti also and they wanted me to pay 500 euros plus shipping of two of my statues to them.

        1. Sarah avatar
          Sarah

          Don’t do it!! It’s so not normal to give out social security numbers or pay that much money to ship things.

          1. John Villar avatar
            John Villar

            I did end up exhibiting in two shows with Divulgarti at two different venues last year, did not give out SS#, and was pleased overall. The curator and young ladies who work for her put on monthly art shows with heavy social promotion. They are in my opinion legit, and art lovers. I thought the palazzo venue was not a great space, but the independent gallery was nice. I received exactly what I expected from the experience. For emerging artists, I give it a thumbs up.

    3. Roselle avatar
      Roselle

      Hi John I’ve just been approached by Divulgart and wanted to do some research first. Would you recommend? I have to pay €380 half upfront and then the rest by 15th feb. I’m unsure as yet because my artworks are small so it seems a lot to pay for a large space for a small piece of art. Any feedback would be much appreciated
      Thanks

  84. John Villar avatar
    John Villar

    I’ve been communicating with a person in Italy about including my work in a couple of upcoming shows. The place is called DIVULGARTI. I’m not shipping art, I will just be participating in a digital slide show, as it’s cheaper, easier and all I want is to build my artist cv right now. I’ve done some research and even asked if she minded if I confirm, which I did. There is a reasonable fee involved, which they want by wire transfer which I am ok with. My sticking point is they want my tax I’d number to “process the payment”. I am having red flags go up. Is this normal to give out a SSN in order to participate in an exhibition? Please advise as there is a deadline.

    1. Redin avatar
      Redin

      Did you ever get info on this?

    2. natasha avatar
      natasha

      HI John, did you ever receive a response to this? I was recently approached by DIVULGARTI but am not sure about how legit they are. I am also thinking about the digital exhibition since COVID makes it hard for travel. Your response is appreciated!

      1. Donna Rodgers avatar
        Donna Rodgers

        I got approached by Divulgarti also and they wanted me to pay 500 euros plus shipping of two of my statues to them.

        1. Sarah avatar
          Sarah

          Don’t do it!! It’s so not normal to give out social security numbers or pay that much money to ship things.

          1. John Villar avatar
            John Villar

            I did end up exhibiting in two shows with Divulgarti at two different venues last year, did not give out SS#, and was pleased overall. The curator and young ladies who work for her put on monthly art shows with heavy social promotion. They are in my opinion legit, and art lovers. I thought the palazzo venue was not a great space, but the independent gallery was nice. I received exactly what I expected from the experience. For emerging artists, I give it a thumbs up.

  85. harry budwin avatar
    harry budwin

    Anyone out there that has been victimized trading with a scam broker and interested in seeking out solution shouldn’t bother going too far, after many research and failed attempts i finally found a genuine sources that handles issues regarding trade loss and bitcoin scam as well as withdrawal issues . Finally got my refund and im glad to share her contact information to save others. reach out on ANGELACANUTT @ GMAIL . COM

  86. harry budwin avatar
    harry budwin

    Anyone out there that has been victimized trading with a scam broker and interested in seeking out solution shouldn’t bother going too far, after many research and failed attempts i finally found a genuine sources that handles issues regarding trade loss and bitcoin scam as well as withdrawal issues . Finally got my refund and im glad to share her contact information to save others. reach out on ANGELACANUTT @ GMAIL . COM

  87. Joseph avatar
    Joseph

    I just received an email from Barbara Flowers (barbaraflower719@yahoo.com) which is extremely similar to the two comments below mine. It seems the MO has plateaued for summer 2020.

  88. Joseph avatar
    Joseph

    I just received an email from Barbara Flowers (barbaraflower719@yahoo.com) which is extremely similar to the two comments below mine. It seems the MO has plateaued for summer 2020.

  89. Alexandra Hart-Gilliams avatar
    Alexandra Hart-Gilliams

    We received the same message that many of you have received from cbrut09@outlook.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 Visa Card/MasterCard or PayPal for payment
    Best Regards
    Cindy

    We continued to speak with her to see what would happen, she suggested we use LomExpress Delivery Service. This website also appears to be extremely fake, and I see on this thread that the exact same scam has happened.

  90. Alexandra Hart-Gilliams avatar
    Alexandra Hart-Gilliams

    We received the same message that many of you have received from cbrut09@outlook.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 Visa Card/MasterCard or PayPal for payment
    Best Regards
    Cindy

    We continued to speak with her to see what would happen, she suggested we use LomExpress Delivery Service. This website also appears to be extremely fake, and I see on this thread that the exact same scam has happened.

  91. Sharon Harms avatar
    Sharon Harms

    I was contacted by a “Mark Kramer” claiming to be an “(ocean engineer)”. Here is the second email I received after his initial inquiry and after I asked how he came across my work:

    Thanks for the message Sharon,I’m so sorry for the late response.. been caught up with a lot of work lately… I actually found your website on my wife’s computer.. i guess she really likes your work and i feel the same way too ): you are doing a great job.. I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise. I am okay with the price ($5000.00), I think it’s worth it anyways.

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

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

    Regards,

    Mark Kramer.

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

    1. Martin avatar
      Martin

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you so much for posting this. My mum just received an almost identical email from a Samuel Preston (samuelpreston100@gmail.com) who funnily enough was also an ‘Ocean Engineer’ who was willing to purchase 6x artworks immediately for his wife’s upcoming anniversary. We googled his story and your post came up within the first few searches so we’re very grateful you shared this!

      Kind Regards,
      Martin

  92. Sharon Harms avatar
    Sharon Harms

    I was contacted by a “Mark Kramer” claiming to be an “(ocean engineer)”. Here is the second email I received after his initial inquiry and after I asked how he came across my work:

    Thanks for the message Sharon,I’m so sorry for the late response.. been caught up with a lot of work lately… I actually found your website on my wife’s computer.. i guess she really likes your work and i feel the same way too ): you are doing a great job.. I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to Canada soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise. I am okay with the price ($5000.00), I think it’s worth it anyways.

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

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

    Regards,

    Mark Kramer.

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

    1. Martin avatar
      Martin

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you so much for posting this. My mum just received an almost identical email from a Samuel Preston (samuelpreston100@gmail.com) who funnily enough was also an ‘Ocean Engineer’ who was willing to purchase 6x artworks immediately for his wife’s upcoming anniversary. We googled his story and your post came up within the first few searches so we’re very grateful you shared this!

      Kind Regards,
      Martin

  93. Amie E. Gonser avatar
    Amie E. Gonser

    I received this email: Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece (“Close To Home”) of
    $500 . 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 and paypal Bank transaction. So i would authorize a
    check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and
    contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). Also, as
    soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping
    agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to
    arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my
    wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would
    ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of
    pick up at the most.

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

    Have a Positive Day!

    Max .

    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.

  94. Amie E. Gonser avatar
    Amie E. Gonser

    I received this email: Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece (“Close To Home”) of
    $500 . 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 and paypal Bank transaction. So i would authorize a
    check to you for the payment as soon as i have your full name and
    contact address (preferably for FedEx delivery no P.O box). Also, as
    soon as you receive the check and it clears your bank, my shipping
    agent who is also moving my personal effect will contact you to
    arrange shipping/pick up of the piece from you (this is to avoid my
    wife receiving it, if been shipped directly to my address which would
    ruin the surprise for this event). You both have to sign a proof of
    pick up at the most.

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

    Have a Positive Day!

    Max .

    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.

  95. Mary John avatar
    Mary John

    What about beacarct00@outlook.com?
    I see his name and identical message in the comments below.
    Are there any sales made, any serious experiences with this person?
    Thank you

    “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/MasterCard or PayPal for payment Best Regards Beacon”

  96. Mary John avatar
    Mary John

    What about beacarct00@outlook.com?
    I see his name and identical message in the comments below.
    Are there any sales made, any serious experiences with this person?
    Thank you

    “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/MasterCard or PayPal for payment Best Regards Beacon”

  97. Allie McCrae avatar
    Allie McCrae

    Hello Allie ,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1000- $2500 minus the shipping cost 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
    Denise .

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece (““Serenity” 24×30”
    oil on canvas”) of
    $650 . 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 and paypal Bank 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. 🙂

  98. Allie McCrae avatar
    Allie McCrae

    Hello Allie ,
    Thanks for the message, however, I would greatly appreciate if you
    could possibly recommend a few completed original piece within my
    budget $1000- $2500 minus the shipping cost 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
    Denise .

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
    surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece (““Serenity” 24×30”
    oil on canvas”) of
    $650 . 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 and paypal Bank 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. 🙂

  99. Thomas Skillman avatar
    Thomas Skillman

    From: Gary Henderson
    Subject: Re: Artwork inquiry
    Date: June 5, 2020 at 10:59:56 AM PDT

    Thanks for your informative blog. Just received a scam email from Gary Henderson (garyhedersphere@gmail.com). Beware.

    —————————

    Hello Judith, how are you and I hope my message finds you well. I am deeply sorry for my delayed response as I have been busy with work and family.
    I did not purchase from another artist, so I am willing to proceed with the purchase of the paintings I have attached to this email.
    Kindly inform me of their availability and pricing so we can discuss further.
    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.
    So 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 it was 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…
    So I’m trying to kill two birds with a stone.
    Thanks and blessings..
    Best,
    Gary

  100. Thomas Skillman avatar
    Thomas Skillman

    From: Gary Henderson
    Subject: Re: Artwork inquiry
    Date: June 5, 2020 at 10:59:56 AM PDT

    Thanks for your informative blog. Just received a scam email from Gary Henderson (garyhedersphere@gmail.com). Beware.

    —————————

    Hello Judith, how are you and I hope my message finds you well. I am deeply sorry for my delayed response as I have been busy with work and family.
    I did not purchase from another artist, so I am willing to proceed with the purchase of the paintings I have attached to this email.
    Kindly inform me of their availability and pricing so we can discuss further.
    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.
    So 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 it was 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…
    So I’m trying to kill two birds with a stone.
    Thanks and blessings..
    Best,
    Gary

  101. Ane avatar
    Ane

    I also received the same email from Beacon Actis (beacarctt00@outlook.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 Visa Card/MasterCard or PayPal for payment
    Best Regards
    Beacon

  102. Ane avatar
    Ane

    I also received the same email from Beacon Actis (beacarctt00@outlook.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 Visa Card/MasterCard or PayPal for payment
    Best Regards
    Beacon

  103. Kristen Schenck avatar
    Kristen Schenck

    Just received this inquiry today, sounded extremely odd so I Googled his email and it led me here.

    Thank you for all the info !!
    Kristen

    Name:
    Paul Smith
    Email:
    pasmith080@gmail.com
    Subject:
    Artwork Inquiry
    Message:
    Hello, I hope this message finds you well. I am Paul Smith from New York. 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 30th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000). Hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, Paul.

  104. Kristen Schenck avatar
    Kristen Schenck

    Just received this inquiry today, sounded extremely odd so I Googled his email and it led me here.

    Thank you for all the info !!
    Kristen

    Name:
    Paul Smith
    Email:
    pasmith080@gmail.com
    Subject:
    Artwork Inquiry
    Message:
    Hello, I hope this message finds you well. I am Paul Smith from New York. 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 30th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000). Hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, Paul.

  105. Martin J Benoit avatar
    Martin J Benoit

    Hello fellow artists,
    Just wanted to let others know about this renewed scam email received yesterday. May save someone else some time with validation. It’s from “Paul Smith from New York”. You can find this similar email by scrolling down this site to Sept of 2019 (except his anniversary aged 10 more years). Guess “Paul” took a break or changed his name since. As the above article says, if it’s too good to be true…
    Take care and be careful. Artists work too hard to let some bad actors take it away.

    “Hello,
    I hope this message finds you well. I am Paul Smith from New York. 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 30th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Paul.”

  106. Martin J Benoit avatar
    Martin J Benoit

    Hello fellow artists,
    Just wanted to let others know about this renewed scam email received yesterday. May save someone else some time with validation. It’s from “Paul Smith from New York”. You can find this similar email by scrolling down this site to Sept of 2019 (except his anniversary aged 10 more years). Guess “Paul” took a break or changed his name since. As the above article says, if it’s too good to be true…
    Take care and be careful. Artists work too hard to let some bad actors take it away.

    “Hello,
    I hope this message finds you well. I am Paul Smith from New York. 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 30th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($1,000- $15,000).

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Paul.”

  107. Chris Galanopoulos avatar
    Chris Galanopoulos

    Hi this message send me via messenger:Dear friend,

    Sorry to contact you this way. I am Charles Cofie, a citizen of Ghana. I have in my bank the existence of a huge amount of money that belongs to a customer Mr. Peter Galanopoulos, who happens to have the same Surname as yours. The Funds is now without any claim because Peter died in a deadly earthquake in Japan 2011. I want your cooperation so as to make the bank send you the Funds as the beneficiary and next of kin to the Funds. This transaction will be of a great mutual assistance to both of us. Send me your reply of interest, so that I will give you the full details. Strictly send it to my private e-mail account; (charlescofie147@gmail.com) At the receipt of your reply, I will provide you full details of the transaction and copies of Certificates of the Company that generated the Funds.

    Email: charlescofie147@gmail.com

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mr. Charles Cofie. (Please can tell me somebody if’s a scam)

  108. Chris Galanopoulos avatar
    Chris Galanopoulos

    Hi this message send me via messenger:Dear friend,

    Sorry to contact you this way. I am Charles Cofie, a citizen of Ghana. I have in my bank the existence of a huge amount of money that belongs to a customer Mr. Peter Galanopoulos, who happens to have the same Surname as yours. The Funds is now without any claim because Peter died in a deadly earthquake in Japan 2011. I want your cooperation so as to make the bank send you the Funds as the beneficiary and next of kin to the Funds. This transaction will be of a great mutual assistance to both of us. Send me your reply of interest, so that I will give you the full details. Strictly send it to my private e-mail account; (charlescofie147@gmail.com) At the receipt of your reply, I will provide you full details of the transaction and copies of Certificates of the Company that generated the Funds.

    Email: charlescofie147@gmail.com

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mr. Charles Cofie. (Please can tell me somebody if’s a scam)

  109. Jeremie Queyras avatar
    Jeremie Queyras

    Just received this, the poor english was a tip-off:

    Subject: ArtWork Enquire

    Message Body:
    I am David Fisher from the States , I am very much interested in the purchase your Art piece for Anniversary to surprise my wife Thanks.

    I look forward to reading from you Asap
    Regards

  110. Jeremie Queyras avatar
    Jeremie Queyras

    Just received this, the poor english was a tip-off:

    Subject: ArtWork Enquire

    Message Body:
    I am David Fisher from the States , I am very much interested in the purchase your Art piece for Anniversary to surprise my wife Thanks.

    I look forward to reading from you Asap
    Regards

  111. Stefanie Schmid avatar
    Stefanie Schmid

    Wow! Does this look familiar, everyone? It’s similar to other emails posted below. Scammers are out there!

    Hello Stefanie,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece using any other method of payment will give her a clue. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying yours as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs it). .

    I’ll be sending a cashier’s check or Bank Certified check.Kindly send your mailing address,amount of the piece,cell phone number and a name to make out check. As regarding shipping, shipping instructions will come after payment is finalized and check clears your bank .My shipping agent (who is also moving my Truck and my Properties) will contact you as regard the shipping instructions as you will have to ship to my shipping agent, at the moment I am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new inters who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Eric.

  112. Stefanie Schmid avatar
    Stefanie Schmid

    Wow! Does this look familiar, everyone? It’s similar to other emails posted below. Scammers are out there!

    Hello Stefanie,

    Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece using any other method of payment will give her a clue. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying yours as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs it). .

    I’ll be sending a cashier’s check or Bank Certified check.Kindly send your mailing address,amount of the piece,cell phone number and a name to make out check. As regarding shipping, shipping instructions will come after payment is finalized and check clears your bank .My shipping agent (who is also moving my Truck and my Properties) will contact you as regard the shipping instructions as you will have to ship to my shipping agent, at the moment I am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new inters who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
    Eric.

  113. Adrian avatar
    Adrian

    the same like Malaika Mack Thomas Chris (Ocean engineer). Thomaschris021@gmail.com

    Am very glad to let you know that i have successfully make the
    payment and i hope by now you could have received an E-mail
    Confirmation from my bank by checking your (INBOX,JUNK or SPAM) folder
    concerning the Approval of the payment that i made.

    ”So, the final procedure now is for you to kindly go ahead and ship out
    the item right away and contact my bank with the shipment receipt so
    that they can verify the shipment receipt and also for my bank
    to activate and credit the money into your account immediately okay.

    Nice doing business with you and i will be waiting for the shipment
    receipt from you okay.”

    ***ORIGIN BANK ONLINE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM***
    We hereby inform you that we have received the transfer of ( $3,015.00 USD ) been paid to you by Thomas Chris for an Auction of item(s) and the payment has been Processed and Consequently been Approved.
    Transaction ID: some data
    some data
    some data
    my bank data
    We have finished the procedure of the transferring of the full payment to your bank account , but you will need to ship out the item and send us the Tracking Number for your shipment verification so that we can activate your bank account and the full payment of ($3,015.00 USD ) will be transferred to your account from Origin Bank ® directly to your bank account.

  114. Adrian avatar
    Adrian

    the same like Malaika Mack Thomas Chris (Ocean engineer). Thomaschris021@gmail.com

    Am very glad to let you know that i have successfully make the
    payment and i hope by now you could have received an E-mail
    Confirmation from my bank by checking your (INBOX,JUNK or SPAM) folder
    concerning the Approval of the payment that i made.

    ”So, the final procedure now is for you to kindly go ahead and ship out
    the item right away and contact my bank with the shipment receipt so
    that they can verify the shipment receipt and also for my bank
    to activate and credit the money into your account immediately okay.

    Nice doing business with you and i will be waiting for the shipment
    receipt from you okay.”

    ***ORIGIN BANK ONLINE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM***
    We hereby inform you that we have received the transfer of ( $3,015.00 USD ) been paid to you by Thomas Chris for an Auction of item(s) and the payment has been Processed and Consequently been Approved.
    Transaction ID: some data
    some data
    some data
    my bank data
    We have finished the procedure of the transferring of the full payment to your bank account , but you will need to ship out the item and send us the Tracking Number for your shipment verification so that we can activate your bank account and the full payment of ($3,015.00 USD ) will be transferred to your account from Origin Bank ® directly to your bank account.

  115. shane avatar
    shane

    Hello, Good day to everyone reading this, I am here to testify and let everyone know how to get loan without too much stress, I have applied with so many companies and banks and never got my loan, I cried to my pastor who directed me to a loan company, I contacted them and followed the instructions, I got my loan of 280,000 USD in less than 24 hours.. this is really amazing, I never believed that such companies still exist.. if you are out there and want a loan waste no more time. contact them on email and i can assure you of a successful loan. email . ( REPUBLICFINANCE@OUTLOOK.COM ) WHATSAPP ONLY 1 305 768 1620

  116. shane avatar
    shane

    Hello, Good day to everyone reading this, I am here to testify and let everyone know how to get loan without too much stress, I have applied with so many companies and banks and never got my loan, I cried to my pastor who directed me to a loan company, I contacted them and followed the instructions, I got my loan of 280,000 USD in less than 24 hours.. this is really amazing, I never believed that such companies still exist.. if you are out there and want a loan waste no more time. contact them on email and i can assure you of a successful loan. email . ( REPUBLICFINANCE@OUTLOOK.COM ) WHATSAPP ONLY +1 305 768 1620

  117. Malaika Mack avatar
    Malaika Mack

    I received one by Thomas Chris (Ocean engineer). Thomaschris021@gmail.com

    His wife came across my page, he wants to buy her a painting for their anniversary. They are moving to the Ukraine, he would pick up the painting himself, but can’t because he is currently on a ship. He needs it fast, because he wants it to be a surprise for his wife. He will send the money via wire transfer.

    He mentioned a lot of stuff, actually made an effort, I was pretty skeptical from the beginning, but had never encountered an art scam such as this before. So I searched for him, nothing came up. I was suspicious, but it was really well done. I just googled it again, came across this page, and it confirms my suspicion. Glad that is resolved and my gut feeling warned me.

    1. Lyndsey Paynter avatar
      Lyndsey Paynter

      I also just received this exact email and the same reasonings word for word. Became suspicious pretty quickly. Thanks for sharing the info!

      Here is the email I received:
      Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
      surprise with the purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know,
      I’m relocating to Ukraine soon but am a bit pressed for time
      and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to
      gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one.

      I 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 school graduates and won’t be back
      for another couple of weeks.

      PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your address, bank
      name , account holder name ,account number and iban /swift code, so
      I can wire the funds to your account right away.

      1. Diego avatar
        Diego

        Hi there,

        I just received the exact same email some days ago. And yes it sounded suspicious, but also could happen. I was being cautious and never provided my address or personal info.
        QUESTION: do you have a website with squarespace? He contacted me through my webpage at the same time I received another scam email linking my info to them.

  118. Malaika Mack avatar
    Malaika Mack

    I received one by Thomas Chris (Ocean engineer). Thomaschris021@gmail.com

    His wife came across my page, he wants to buy her a painting for their anniversary. They are moving to the Ukraine, he would pick up the painting himself, but can’t because he is currently on a ship. He needs it fast, because he wants it to be a surprise for his wife. He will send the money via wire transfer.

    He mentioned a lot of stuff, actually made an effort, I was pretty skeptical from the beginning, but had never encountered an art scam such as this before. So I searched for him, nothing came up. I was suspicious, but it was really well done. I just googled it again, came across this page, and it confirms my suspicion. Glad that is resolved and my gut feeling warned me.

    1. Lyndsey Paynter avatar
      Lyndsey Paynter

      I also just received this exact email and the same reasonings word for word. Became suspicious pretty quickly. Thanks for sharing the info!

      Here is the email I received:
      Thanks for the message, I must tell you I intend to give my wife a
      surprise with the purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know,
      I’m relocating to Ukraine soon but am a bit pressed for time
      and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to
      gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one.

      I 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 school graduates and won’t be back
      for another couple of weeks.

      PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your address, bank
      name , account holder name ,account number and iban /swift code, so
      I can wire the funds to your account right away.

      1. Diego avatar
        Diego

        Hi there,

        I just received the exact same email some days ago. And yes it sounded suspicious, but also could happen. I was being cautious and never provided my address or personal info.
        QUESTION: do you have a website with squarespace? He contacted me through my webpage at the same time I received another scam email linking my info to them.

  119. Aubree Reynolds avatar
    Aubree Reynolds

    Essentially, the scammer will express interest in a piece of your art, and then offer to pay for it with a money order or cashier’s check.

    1. max avatar
      max

      but where is the scam if you re not sending any money?

    2. John Villar avatar
      John Villar

      I did end up exhibiting in two shows with Divulgarti at two different venues last year, did not give out SS#, and was pleased overall. The curator and young ladies who work for her put on monthly art shows with heavy social promotion. They are in my opinion legit, and art lovers. I thought the palazzo venue was not a great space, but the independent gallery was nice. I received exactly what I expected from the experience. For emerging artists, I give it a thumbs up.

  120. Aubree Reynolds avatar
    Aubree Reynolds

    Essentially, the scammer will express interest in a piece of your art, and then offer to pay for it with a money order or cashier’s check.

    1. max avatar
      max

      but where is the scam if you re not sending any money?

    2. John Villar avatar
      John Villar

      I did end up exhibiting in two shows with Divulgarti at two different venues last year, did not give out SS#, and was pleased overall. The curator and young ladies who work for her put on monthly art shows with heavy social promotion. They are in my opinion legit, and art lovers. I thought the palazzo venue was not a great space, but the independent gallery was nice. I received exactly what I expected from the experience. For emerging artists, I give it a thumbs up.

  121. Stacey avatar
    Stacey

    I am so grateful for my experience today. No one is too smart to fall
    victim the vast array of internet frauds. I was involved with someone i
    met on facebook for about a year before trouble hits. he took away more
    than money from me, he took away my life as i knew it. pls do not get
    involved with anyone you’ve never met. there are people out there that
    are pure evil and they will suck the life out of you. being scammed is
    devastating and can affect your career and relationship with your family
    and friends but do not lose hope yet because help is out there. if you
    have been scammed, gather all the evidence and details involved and seek
    assistance with David @ La-acfe. com certified government officials that
    offers a list of investigation and restitution services for free
    including counseling and financial support providers that can assist you
    at this difficult time. it was helpful in my case. reporting the scam
    helps them take one step towards stopping the scammers.

  122. Stacey avatar
    Stacey

    I am so grateful for my experience today. No one is too smart to fall
    victim the vast array of internet frauds. I was involved with someone i
    met on facebook for about a year before trouble hits. he took away more
    than money from me, he took away my life as i knew it. pls do not get
    involved with anyone you’ve never met. there are people out there that
    are pure evil and they will suck the life out of you. being scammed is
    devastating and can affect your career and relationship with your family
    and friends but do not lose hope yet because help is out there. if you
    have been scammed, gather all the evidence and details involved and seek
    assistance with David @ La-acfe. com certified government officials that
    offers a list of investigation and restitution services for free
    including counseling and financial support providers that can assist you
    at this difficult time. it was helpful in my case. reporting the scam
    helps them take one step towards stopping the scammers.

  123. Kenneth Hart avatar
    Kenneth Hart

    I received the following below via email on 18 Feb from Jean Andres. Another scam. Pathetic lives these people must live.
    ARTWORK NEEDED FOR MY 20TH ANNIVERSARY
    Inbox
    x

    Jean Andres
    Feb 18, 2020, 3:51 PM (5 days ago)
    to Kenneth.Hart.Studio

    Greetings Kenneth,

    My name is Jean Andres from Chicago.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, 🙂 You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your 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 .. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..

    My budget for this should be anything that falls under $8000, and if I have to pay more, there should be a reason in terms of worth and value. Your works are impeccable anyways. I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.

    Thanks and best regards..

    Regards,

    Jean

    1. Masako Roberts avatar
      Masako Roberts

      I got the exact same letter. I ignore.

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

  124. Kenneth Hart avatar
    Kenneth Hart

    I received the following below via email on 18 Feb from Jean Andres. Another scam. Pathetic lives these people must live.
    ARTWORK NEEDED FOR MY 20TH ANNIVERSARY
    Inbox
    x

    Jean Andres
    Feb 18, 2020, 3:51 PM (5 days ago)
    to Kenneth.Hart.Studio

    Greetings Kenneth,

    My name is Jean Andres from Chicago.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, 🙂 You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your 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 .. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..

    My budget for this should be anything that falls under $8000, and if I have to pay more, there should be a reason in terms of worth and value. Your works are impeccable anyways. I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.

    Thanks and best regards..

    Regards,

    Jean

    1. Masako Roberts avatar
      Masako Roberts

      I got the exact same letter. I ignore.

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

  125. AG avatar
    AG

    It seems as if “Anniversary Gifts for my wife” should be the large flashing warning sign. 🙂

    This morning a certain “Richard Martin from Florida” contacted me… *sigh*
    By the second sentence I knew it was a scam, never mind that the poor grammar made my head spin. Convoluted sentence structures, are these scammer messages written by bots? It almost seems as if they pick phrases and just string them together.
    I have no idea what this person hoped to gain from me. I felt like “playing along” just to see more of the modus operandi of the scammers. But decided it was not not worth my time.
    Anyway, googling brought me to this site.
    I hope this helps other artists steer clear of scammers and avoid getting fleeced.

    This is the message I received.
    Name: Richard Martin
    Email: richmartin648@gmail.com
    Subject: ARTWORK INQUIRY
    Message: Hello
    My name is Richard Martin from Florida . 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 $1,500 to $7,000.
    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.
    Richard M.

  126. AG avatar
    AG

    It seems as if “Anniversary Gifts for my wife” should be the large flashing warning sign. 🙂

    This morning a certain “Richard Martin from Florida” contacted me… *sigh*
    By the second sentence I knew it was a scam, never mind that the poor grammar made my head spin. Convoluted sentence structures, are these scammer messages written by bots? It almost seems as if they pick phrases and just string them together.
    I have no idea what this person hoped to gain from me. I felt like “playing along” just to see more of the modus operandi of the scammers. But decided it was not not worth my time.
    Anyway, googling brought me to this site.
    I hope this helps other artists steer clear of scammers and avoid getting fleeced.

    This is the message I received.
    Name: Richard Martin
    Email: richmartin648@gmail.com
    Subject: ARTWORK INQUIRY
    Message: Hello
    My name is Richard Martin from Florida . 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 $1,500 to $7,000.
    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.
    Richard M.

  127. Brad Wilson avatar
    Brad Wilson

    I received this scam email recently that is very similar to others that are listed here:

    My name is Jean Andres from Chicago.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, 🙂 You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your 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 .. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..

    My budget for this should be anything that falls under $8000, and if I have to pay more, there should be a reason in terms of worth and value. Your works are impeccable anyways. I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.

    Thanks and best regards..

    Regards,

    Jean

  128. Brad Wilson avatar
    Brad Wilson

    I received this scam email recently that is very similar to others that are listed here:

    My name is Jean Andres from Chicago.. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, 🙂 You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your 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 .. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales..

    My budget for this should be anything that falls under $8000, and if I have to pay more, there should be a reason in terms of worth and value. Your works are impeccable an