Art Scam Emails

I haven’t been getting any of them art scam Emails lately, but I still get Emails and comments from people that have been getting them, so they’re still at it.

Thankfully they leave enough clues to make it pretty easy to pick them.

  • Their English isn’t the best (this shouldn’t be the only clue though, as there are plenty of legitimate art collectors that don’t speak English as their first language!)
  • They’re moving from one country to another and want to fill their new house with your art (yes, that can be very flattering)
  • They will use their own shipping company
  • They will pay with travelers check, money order, cashiers check, etc

They will even take the time to list the name of each painting they want to buy (they usually choose about 3). To see some examples, see the previous posts and comments about art scams, more art scams, George Craige Art Scam, and Dr Dave Frank the Art Scammer.

art scammersArtScams.com has a check list of things to do to keep safe online, along with links to more resources online. Here’s a few of the things they suggest..

  • Protect your computer from viruses, spyware, adware, worms, trojans, or other malware.
  • Don’t open spam. Delete it unread.
  • If you suspect fraud or are a victim of fraud, take action.
  • Be skeptical… If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never ship your artwork to someone without making sure the payment has cleared.
  • Beware if you have been overpaid for an item you are selling by cashier’s check or postal money order and have been instructed to return the overpayment amount to the buyer or other party.
  • Beware of vanity galleries and publishers who charge artists to have their work included in a publication.

Read the rest of their tips over at ArtScams.com.

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. Anonymous says:

    I rarely ever receive them now. Most artists that have spent much more than 10 minutes online should be smart enough to spot the scams.

    One would have to be extremely naive to fall for such trickery.

  2. Anon, if youre new to the internet, youre more trusting of people. I can understand how people are tricked by these art scams.

    I think artists are generally trusting (or naive?) people, which is probably why the art scammers target artists.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beware – Robert Cole!

    This same email art scam almost happened to me. The buyers name was Robert Cole. 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 .

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this warning. I was tipped off by the addresses on your posting that were identical to the ones “Kate Locke” sent to me. I didn’t notice her name on your list. However, she like the others writes poorly, is moving from 2451 Dunlop Circle, Trenton, New Jersey 08611 to Nelson Mandela Resolt, Railway Housing Ave, BLK 25,15, Joannesbury,405LA.South Africa. All the patterns you mention match as well. This is the email address she is using: kat_loc01@yahoo.com This is absurd! Thanks for posting this information.

  5. Janet Locke almost had me. She even cited shows I was in and supposedly met me… go figure!

  6. Ever so sad!!

    this is a message I received today:

    Good to hear back from you. Yes,i will like to proceed with the purchase of only XXXX (insert name of piece here). I think it is a lovely work that will add alot of colours to our new wall. I will prefer to have the prints in light jet prints.

    I am presently away in London for my twin sister’s wedding even though it comes at a time when i was preparing for a big move and also expecting a baby but it means so much to her. I should be back in few days.

    Meanwhile,i will like you to forward your mailing address and phone number so i can inform my husband still shutling between our home in New Jersey and Jo’burg, SA on where to forward the payment . He has just been transfer to head the IT section of their head Office in Jo’burg.

    I can also forward your contact info to the local cartage company that will be moving all our house decors so they can get in touch with you to arrange shipping details. They can arrange pick up FedEx pick up of the artwork from your studio.

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

    Best Regards,
    Kate.

  7. I just received this exact same email from Janet Locke – what do i do about it? I was so flattered, now I feel like an idiot.

    what do i do? how did you know it was a scam?

  8. Dont do anything Mary. Delete it. Pat yourself on the back.

  9. Just realized that I have just been scammed by the same person Janet Locke, she wrote me an identical email to one that is already posted on this site – she listed titles of my paintings, – same story exactly. Thanks for the site – if I hadnt have googled her and come across this site I would have never had known.

    Thanks

    Dear Mary,

    Happy Thanksgiving .

    Good to hear back from you. Yes,i will like to proceed with the purchase of both paintings. I think they are lovely works that will add alot of colours to our new wall. Advise if it is possible to give any discount for the purchase of both artworks.

    I am presently away in London for my twin sister’s wedding even though it comes at a time when i was preparing for a big move and also expecting a baby but it means so much to her. I should be back in some few days.

    Meanwhile,i will like you to forward your mailing address and phone number so i can inform my husband still shutling between our home in New Jersey and Jo’burg, SA on where to forward the payment . He has just been transfer to head the IT section of their head Office in Jo’burg.

    I can also forward your contact info to the local cartage company that will be moving all our house decors so they can get in touch with you to arrange shipping details. They can arrange pick up FedEx pick up of the artworks from your studio.

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

  10. Its a scam Mary. Don’t contact her again.. unless you like giving money to scammers.

    Delete the mail and move on.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I got the exact same thing from a Kate Locke. Everything seemed fishy from the start. But I went with it. I even have a check sitting here from her for $3,000 more than it was supposed to be, to pay the shippers. Heres her last email to me after I questioned the overbid:

    “Regarding the payment,Jeff sent your payment with that of the moving agent that will be handling the shipment of all our house decors ( the artworks inclusive ) because he didn’t have full details of the transaction since i was sick when he sent the payment.

    Therefore,i will like you to get the ball rolling, I will like you to go ahead and have it deposited in your account today so i can get in contact with my husband to facilitate the clearance from his bank.Then , you can remove the asking price for the artworks and forward the leftover to the movers so we can be able to conclude the transaction on time.

    I was able to get in touch with the movers immediately i saw your email and i was informed that they are presently on shipping tour and will like to come for the pick up as soon as possible. He promise to get in touch with you later today.”

    What an a-hole! Is their legal action that can be taken?

  12. Good luck if you do take legal action, but I havent heard from anyone that has been successful.

    Authorities are not interested in pursuing them, so they just operate outside of the law.

    Just make sure all your artist friends know about the scam and the scammers will earn less money.

  13. And Kate is still out there searching for a sucker.

  14. Ireceived a similar email from a Linda Maicon who was “convalescing in London”. She instructed her husband to send a check for the painting well in excess of the asking price. That’s when I became suspicioys as she asked to use Western Union to forward the excess.
    Here are the data “she sent”

    Check was drafted at HSBC bank by MidAmerica Productions,
    132 W 36th Street, NY 10018

    Addres was lindas_maicon@yahoo.com
    2451,Dunlop Circle,Trenton ,New Jersey
    While their S.Africa address in SA is….

    Nelson Mandela Resort,
    Railway Housing Ave,
    BLK 25,15,
    Joannesburg,
    405LA,South Africa.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I received two emails from Linda Maicon about paintings on my website this weekend. She did not return my emails when I asked for her place of residence. CA Artist

  16. They just tried to hit my wife with this one-the con artist’s “name” is Janet Perry today. I just hope these people get what is coming to them some day-it was mean

  17. I know! it is so sad, I was so excited to think that someone wanted to buy my piece, I told friends and family only to find out it was a scam – I was so angry, and disappointed. I kept writing the woman after I realized that it was a scam, because I wanted to see what she would say if I played along with it. She would apologize for not replying sooner saying she had a family member gravely ill in the hospital, that she had suffered a miscarriage, etc. It was so twisted to read, knowing that this person was lying about these things, and trying to play with my emotions, and sympathy. It was really repulsive. Anyway, thank god your wife caught on before it was too late.

    Mary

  18. Anonymous says:

    A “Susan Miles” contacted me, wanting artwork for their new home in Johannesburg. I was immediately suspicious, but played along. I checked this site and found similar wording that others had reported (thank-you all), so this confirmed my suspicions. I actually received a check today — for more than the cost of the artwork, of course. I am not proceeding any further. I wanted you all to know that this is still going on.

  19. Thanks for your site and all the info I have been reading. I was just about to be scammed. I received a letter from Betty Moore, pregnant, off to London to twin sister’s wedding, moving from New Jersey to J’hansburg. And today an email from Jeff Carter of expressmover regarding shipment which reads as follows:

    Good day,

    I have received communication from Mrs. Betty Moore that we should work with you to ship some artworks with her other house decors to her new house in Johannesburg, South Africa when you two are through with the transaction,as she advise.

    I will like you to give me the kind and nature of the things she want to ship.I will like to have your studio address aswell,so i can make arrangement with any nearby Agent that will be coming for the pick up once you and Mrs. Moore are through with the transactions. Thanks.
    I will appreciate your earlier reply .

    Yours,
    James Carter.
    For: Expressmover.
    The atlantic House.
    48 Caledonian Road,
    Kings’s Cross.
    London D 4 7 BT
    UK.
    Agent No..206-338–3153
    _______________________
    So beware, they are still at it with poor spelling and bad English. Again thanks for keeping this site open and current….

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  21. Moving can be so scary I have experienced a horrible ordeal more than just a year ago when moving to a new home. I also own a business with over 25 employees and we needed to expand as our company was growing, i found a place bigger enough to grow with a growing business, i was very skeptical about calling an Moving company due to the fact of the experience and the scams that are going on, I was able to find a company by the name of Packing Service Inc or there site http://www.PackingServiceInc.com i spoke with a rep there whom was very professional who offered to come to my office to give an exact quote on helping us pack up our office and prepare us for the move he also referred me to a site that talks about moving scams http://www.movingscam.info which in return saved me a lot of money. I recommend this company anytime.

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