Art Scam Avoided

I know that most artists that have been online for a while know how to spot an Email art scam, but there’s also a lot of trusting artists out there that are still getting scammed.

“Anonymous” just posted a comment on this Art Scammers post which made me smile.. and feel useful! .. here it is..

My husband was contacted last week by Lisa Benson and we were ready to do business. She was busy with her twin sister’s wedding and her husband had already sent the checks via Royal Mail from London.

We got the six $750 money orders, way over the asking price, and she asked him to give the excess money to the shipping company. Her last email was so insistint that we cash the money orders:

“Thank you for your mail about the payment you received kindly go and cash the payment, I will also get in touch with the shipping agency as well to get in touch with you for the pickup .
Kindly get back to me today when you have the payment cashed.
I cant wait to have my artwork here.
Thank you so much”

I am so glad I searched google for “art scams” because we were sooo close to becoming victims!

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.

Comments

  1. That is so cool! yea!!!!!!!!1

  2. you have to be so careful these days. It is unfortunate that you have to be suspicious of everything and everyone no matter how genuine they may seem

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  3. I’ve had someone try to scam me before… When I got the cashier’s check, I could tell it was a fake. So, I called the so-called issuing bank (which did exist), and they proved me correct. It is sad that this is happening, but all you have to do is a little homework to protect yourself. I just wish there were a way to track down who is doing it…

  4. one of the best ways to avoid these scams is to only accept payments via paypal. it is easy and free to set up an account.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I as well was a victim of Mrs. Lisa Benson and her (or his) messages. It was exciting at first but then when I found out it was a scam after I received the check that was way over asking price (the rest to give to the movers) and found out someone else posted their story about Lisa Benson online, I knew it was a scam. I wish they could find the sick people to do this.

  6. Me too. She got me for $2400. Same story. Sucks so much.

  7. Hello,
    Well, glad to know I am not the only one who has had this. Watch out for “M. Landry”. Same deal, different person. I found this blog and told the person the deal was off! What a shame that they would steal art from people trying to make a living. What will they think up next!
    Thanks!!

  8. There is this false company in Seattle, USA. They scammed me of my sculpture(wooden Robot). The guys pose with a rep. called Jamal Lewis email(moderndd@ml1.net)http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com/.

    They scoped me to be a west african art agent and get top-notch artists to carve pictures which will be paid for before shipment. They tricked me to send it before payment and since I mailed it via dhl,I heard nothing after it had delivered.
    Justis

  9. Anonymous says:

    hi guys, i was almost conned by this mrs. lisa benson, she claim her interest in buying my iphone and asked me to ship over the iphone before the bank of london can actually ship the item over. I was suspicious and had a check on the bank of london and realise that bank of london do not exist. The smart thing is they can create spoof mails from ebay and make the mails seem like they are from ebay. I have checked with ebay, they told me that any messages from ebay can be seen from our account under inbox. Also, initially, when i was suspicious of this whole scam, i emailed back and asked lisa benson why bank of london do not exist, and she told me that the bank’s real name is butterfield bank, and so i emailed butterfield, they told me that butterfield has no link to bank of london, and this whole thing could most probably be a scam! After ignoring like several mails from lisa benson, this so called lisa email me to threaten me that her husband is a FBI agent!so guys!these con artists might change their name,but rmb not to ship any items before payment arrives :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Beware – Robert Cole!

    This same email scam almost happened to me. The buyers name was Robert Cole. He wanted to buy my artwork. He gave me a Wisconsin address but said he’s moving to the UK. He had a yahoo address.

    His email is robert.cole81@yahoo.com .

  11. I have no idea why this might be, but has anyone else noticed that these people use the word “kindly” more often than the average person?!

  12. Is this a Scam?

    Hello Will,

    How are you doing ?I want you to understand that the deal is on as
    my secretary as posted the payment already, but there was a slight
    error i guess we can handle with care, instead of the actual amount
    $1300 for the item,she made out the check for $2300 she claimed that
    was what i requested but she didn’t get that straight. So once you
    have the check please cash it and deduct the money for your goods
    plus $50 that for your running around expenses.The excess fund should
    please be sent to my mover via western union,this fund will be use in
    offsetting the cost of the shipment he as undertaken for me recently.
    Please email at once to let me know that i can trust to have the
    excess funds sent to my mover.

    Thanks and God bless
    Bob

  13. Bob, it sure is a scam.
    You send them your money while their check is in your bank, about to be found out as a fake check.

    The bank eventually tells you that the check is fake, but you have sent them scumbags your money, so its too late.

    Dont even waste your time putting the check in the bank.

    Tell them to cancel the check and that you have decided to use escrow.com for payment and see if you get a reply back.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good day,

    Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Robert Cole, I look into your profile and you looks like someone that people will like to get to know, well, I was just looking into profiles and I decided to pick yours out of the most profiles because I keep wondering on what will such a woman like you will be looking for on here, Anyway I belief if there’s no reason, so there’s no certainty for deeds so by this I belief there’s reason for everything.

    I’m a German born by birth; I grew up and spent most of my life in Netherlands , before I finally moved down to the USA . I have been staying in Orlando Florida, for over 30 years before I lost my wife to cancer, I own a home here in FL, I am a mechanical engineer, I am into Gas Turbine installations and

    maintenance, I have been in charge of my own Business for about 10 years now, after serving GE and Rolls Royce as the field services Engineer, it was a service time well spent, I do travel a lot, going from one site to another, nice experience and opportunity to meet people. I am currently out of the country; I am presently in Scotland. I should be back to the state in less than a month, I have been on this project since last year and I can’t wait to

    finish up and get my ass back home as soon as possible, I hope this won’t stop us from communicating before we get to meet each other. I have been a widow for past 11 years; I am seriously looking for the right one, who’s ready for true love.

    My being lonely makes everyday being bored but I belief with God all things are possible. You might be wondering what I might be looking or wanting in

    someone on the web online dating, I found it very hard to believe working but here I am, I am the type of man that so much believe in the word that says
    where determination exists circumstances can never dismantle the flag of success, I don’t think distance cause pain, I believe having something in common is the best thing ever, I would really like to know your thought about Love, Life and Relationship.

    I belief no distance matters when it finds what it seeks, And not that I’m just looking for any woman but I’m looking for someone who’s Honest, Caring,

    Faithful, ready for commitment. I’ll like you to tell me more about yourself, on getting a reply from you I will send you my private phone contact and I have attached along with some of my pictures and tell me what you think of me. You can get me on yahoo messenger on this same ID robert_199844@YAHOO.COM, if interested I look forward to hearing from you, have a splendid day ahead.

    Love Always,
    Robert.

    SCAMMR just received this today!

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