INTERESTED IN YOUR ARTWORK

Artists have mostly woken up to scammers trying to steal their money and artwork, but some people must still fall for them as I still get art scam emails. I thought they were getting more sophisticated and believable, but here’s one that is a big step back..

HELLO, MY NAME IS MAXWELLS BROWN.MY MAIN REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU IS DAT I SAW ONE OF YOUR ARTWORK AND AM HIGHLY INTERESTED IN BUYING SOME FROM YOU CAUSE I SAW YOUR EMAIL TOO, SO I WILL LIKE YOU TO GET BACK TO ME WITH YOUR WEBSITE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE SHIPPING IHAVE A QOURIER THAT WILL COME FOR THE PICKUP AND I WILL LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT I WILL BE PAYING BY A CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER. SO I WILL BE EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.REGARDS

The email is from MAXWELLS BROWN maxwellsranch101@yahoo.com>

Yeah sure Maxwells, I would love to give you my website address so that you can try and rip me off.

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. Funny, I just received a letter, exactly like the one you posted, by art lover, Maxwells Brown. Gee, I thought my art, which involves both language and imagery, would merit a better piece of con job than Maxwells’ poorly written note.

    Bravo for posting it… I plugged in his address and found your note right away.

    Thanks,

    Matthew

  2. Matthew, I moved your comment here as you left it on the Women Impressionists in San Francisco post.

    Also, I’m glad the scammers are stupid.. it’s when they get smart that we should be concerned.

    Dion

  3. I’d bet that most artists who have a website, blog, etc. have been contacted by these scam artists. I agree Dion, I think a great many artists all know these scams. I have yet to see one that sophisticated.

  4. Darn. That song “Gimme Dat Ting” is stuck in my head now.

  5. The smart ones are hard at work. Currently they are trying to pass ‘orphan works’ legislation that will void a large fraction of the copyright protection that American artists now enjoy. The burden of proving copyright ownership will grow phenomenally under this new scheme.

  6. I haven’t received an art scam email yet – fortunately gmail and thunderbird seem to block 99.9% of all spam. What strikes me about spam scam is the very odd voice in which they are written – there must be a certain amount of people out there is respond to scam and who just don’t get it – otherwise why is there such a glut.

  7. It is so badly written, sheesh! could “anyone” out there actually fall for it?

  8. I guess some people must fall for it. Fortunately most Artists are naturally wary when people start throwing large amounts of money their way – I supose it comes from going without for so long – lol.

  9. Interesting post, I didn’t know this had happened to other artists! Please anyone if you have had the following happen to you, comment about it. I got an email once from a supposed online art magazine (there was a site, semi-professional looking). The editor said to send him two pieces of my art (originals) and I would get an ad in the magazine. Needless to say I thought this was a scam and never responded. This happen to anyone else?

  10. I am on a hit list as well, receiving well over 10 spam artists per day, seeking to buy, sell or represent my work. I know I have spammed some legit collectors and this issue is making it hard to promote work online.

    Example: I had an order last month from a person here in Germany and every thing checked out fine. This man ordered two prints from my book, cost me 250 euros for printing, I offered the prints at 500 euros and he quickly sent me a bank drawn euro check for 700 euros. The bank initially said it was ok so I sent him the difference but 1 week later I found out the euro check was forged. now I was out 950 euros (almost $1600). Even the most vigilant can fall victim and the legitimate collectors find themselves under suspicion.

    Still, your offer from Maxwell Brown is the best!

  11. I get lots of art scam e-mails too…it’s almost comical.

  12. Seller beware — even if the scammer pays the exact amount & doesn’t ask you to make change — the transaction can be bogus and dangerous for your financial health.

    That’s why you should not accept certified checks unless they are drawn on a bank with a correspondent bank in YOUR city — and you can go to the correspondent bank and get the cash in hand. Otherwise PayPal (even with the small fee) is a much safer plan for the seller.

    As far as their own courier company — that is to throw you off — they have no interest in the art, it is your bank account number they want. Once they get that there are ways for them to work to try to clean it out — so even if your sale is small and the cashiers’ check arrives for the exact amount, beware. If you insist on getting a delivery address (no couriers), they will usually vanish.

  13. And wine lover :-)

    ———————

    “From: james john [mailto:jamesstoreXX@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 12:16 AM
    To:
    Subject: wines for my birthday………………………….

    Hello,

    My name is Maxwells Brown, an American .I live and work here in Tokyo,Japan.Actually when I was around last year for Christmas holiday, I got a bottle of one of your wines from a friend as a gift and I love the taste Since then , I have been planning on getting your wines for my birthday party …coming up 3RD week of july, here in Tokyo, Japan.I got your contact through your website and I want to know if you will be able to supply me some cases of wines for my upcoming birthday .I will be making my payment via my American based credit card .I am registered with a shipping agency in U.K, which has representatives in USA .So you are not get the wines shipped but the wines will be picked up at your location by this licensed shipping agency .The shipping agency have all the appropriate exportation documents and permits Therefore concerning the shipping of the wines , I will refer you to this shipping company that will come for the pick up of the wines in your location once I have made my payment .They have got like items shipped to me here twice without any delay .Kindly get back to me so that I can make my orders.

    Thanks.Maxwells

    ———————

    From:
    http://www.torbwine.com/pa/2007/scam2.shtml

    He tried the same with me because this guy has again his birthday the 2nd week of December LOL

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your blog :-)

    Another Maxwells letter, he does not speak like an American.
    Thank you.

    From: MAXWELLS BROWN maxwellsranch101@yahoo.com

    Date: Thursday, October 09, 2008 03:39 pm
    Subject: WINES FOR MY BIRTHDAY………………………

    Hello,

    My name is Maxwells Brown, an American .I live and work here in
    Tokyo,Japan.Actually when I was around last year for Christmas holiday, I
    got a bottle of one of your wines from a friend as a gift and I love the
    taste
    Since then , I have
    been planning on getting your wines for my
    birthday party …coming up 2ND week of December, here in Tokyo, Japan….I
    got your contact through your website and I want to know if you will be
    able to
    supply me some cases of wines for my upcoming birthday .I will be
    making my payment via my American based credit card .I am registered with
    a shipping agency in U.K, which has representatives in USA .So you are not
    get the wines shipped but the wines will be picked up at your location by
    this licensed shipping agency .The shipping agency have all the
    appropriate exportation documents and permits
    Therefore concerning the shipping of the wines , I will refer you to this
    shipping company that will come for the pick up of the wines in your
    location once I have made my payment .They have got like items shipped to
    me here twice without any delay
    ….Kindly get back to me so that I can
    make my orders.

    Thanks..Maxwells

  15. Anonymous says:

    got the same mail the other day. (i am a winemaker in austria). Hello,

    My name is Maxwells Brown, an American .I live and work here in Tokyo,Japan.Actually when I was around last year for Christmas holiday, I got a bottle of one of your wines from a friend as a gift and I love the taste Since then , I have been planning on getting your wines for my birthday party …coming up 2ND week of December, here in Tokyo, Japan….I got your contact through your website and I want to know if you will be able to supply me some cases of wines for my upcoming birthday .I will be making my payment via my American based credit card .I am registered with a shipping agency in U.K, which has representatives in USA .So you are not get the wines shipped but the wines will be picked up at your location by this licensed shipping agency .The shipping agency have all the appropriate exportation documents and permits Therefore concerning the shipping of the wines , I will refer you to this shipping company that will come for the pick up of the wines in your location once I have made my payment .They have got like items shipped to me here twice without any delay ….Kindly get back to me so that I can make my orders.

    Thanks..Maxwells

    good job maxi^^

  16. Anonymous says:

    hello to all I am a wine maker in Spain, also received that letter from Maxwell Brown (birthday on the 2nd week of Dec), I replied and he made an order an explained me a strange thing about contacting an unexisting delivery company with a gmail address. I also thought he didn’spoke as an American. (I never answer back) but now our Origin Denominations are aware about in an his new name and identity are as follows (he’s in Thailand now)

    My name is John .N.Enrique , a Spanish. I live and work here in Thailand. I have been planning on getting made and brewed in Spain wines for my birthday party …coming up on the 4th week of December 2008 here in Thailand. I want to know if you will be able to supply me some cases of assorted wines for my upcoming birthday . I will be making my payment via my credit card.Let me have the price list per case or per bottles of the wines that you have available for sale now . I am registered with a shipping agency here in Thailand …… “

  17. here’s a funny one i got this morning (belinda petite is a cigar, lol)

    From: Belinda Petite petitebelinda@yahoo.com
    Subject: Print Artwork
    Date: May 15, 2009 4:36 AM

    Hey Artist,

    I am Belinda Petite, 83 years of age based in 11275 Huston St. #5 North Hollywood, CA 91601. I want to purchase a painting of any form for donation to an orphanage home very close to my house. I am much closer to the Orphans and now that i am old i wish to Leave them with the memories of my gift which will be displayed at the Center.

    A good artwork or print, with mixtures of colur, size of 20 by 16 or somewhat smaller will be preferable. If you have any work within this price range, please e-mail me some of the photos so that i can make my selection and let you know. Will $500-$700 be ideal for this piece? Please your professional advise will be highly appreciated. I await your reply.

    Many Thanks
    Belinda

  18. Just received the petite belinda email a few days ago…however he said his name was Steven Rockefellers. My reply was bounced back as “petitebelinda@yahoo.com” did not exist. Hmmmm….that was funny because his email was not petite belinda but rather “solasomefun.yahoo.co.uk”…and on top of that he asked me to email him at Leroy3k@yahoo.com, as solasomefun was his wife’s email.I guess these scammers are using some sort of mask email. Anyway, I”m glad this website confirmed my suspicions!

  19. Thanks for this. I got involved with the Recession Art Sale in Manhattan, a temporary art show set up to help artists and out-of-work sellers during the economy.

    Leroy3K@yahoo.com hit up one of the artists. She forwarded the email to me, a seller, and I followed up. Something didn’t sit right and so I googled the email address.

    You saved me from shipping a large piece of art to some unknown location in Connecticut!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Still at it, I received this today:

    Hi,

    Art has been known to be a form of life, a way gifted and unique people express the thoughts and idea of their mind in pictorial representation which could be presented to loved once as gift valued than money. Just thinkink of what to present to my ex-wife for the upcoming xmas because i still feel her absence 4 years after we divorced.
    I am thinking if you could assist in presenting her with a unique work. Just something peculiar within the price range of $1,200-$2,200.Any suggestion, please kidnly write back. I will await your response on this matter. Thank you.

    Best Regard

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