Typical of a lot going round the Arts world – basically, I like your work; I want to buy it; may try to get bank details from artist; will want to send money as a cheque or draft or credit card payment (likely to be stolen); wants to overpay or asks for payment for shipping costs (which he arranges through his own business!). The essence is that the artist ends up with worthless payment and has either parted with their art or with some money and is left with nothing in return.
Indicators are: poor language, sometimes interest in several pieces of work or general request. Wants details of your account, wants to do the shipping themselves and get you to pay, any indication of overpayment with you refunding money. generally an unusual request poorly composed should start alarm bells ringing!! ¬†Always worth google-ing the details to see what comes up. Usually these scams are widely distributed and someone will have filed a report somewhere.
The current one i have had reported is from a “Robin Map” but they could be any names!! BEWARE and NEVER part with money if selling and always try and Corroborate sellers identity if possible.
The old adage – If it looks too good to be true, it probably is applies and also when dealing with unknown clients for the first time – BE Careful and watch for any unusual features of the order!!
Have a look at:
for details of this scam. it also gives others and a few links.
Interestingly a member has just (6/5/11) sent me the following: WE HAVE ALL BEEN WARNED!!!
This mail is to make inquiry on the below question.
1- Do you carry overseas? (though i already know of a freight forwarder that will pick my packages from you,since they ship lesser than any other courier and they are so effective in shipping my goods to me here in Burnside, SA,5066,Australia is estimated to be 2-3days) I have used their services in the past and it was splendid.
2- Do you accept credit card for payment(my U.S.A Master and Visa card to be precise)? Kindly let me know your comments on these, before i send the items i am interested in purchasing from you,And please do not forget to include your web page in your replying back to my mail. I will await your prompt response as soon as you receive this mail,i will be very glad if you treat this email with good concern.
Yet another ¬†from a Peter Map! – Take Care!!!!
I really appreciate your response regarding the info about the piece and the price Thank you a lot for that.
Regarding to where i live, am from Netherlands which is the place that am staying and living including me and my family, Due to this the payment will be through Cheque or Money Oder base on the one that you want.
Once again i will arrange the acqurate shipping company that will come for the pickup of the piece where ever is locate due to damagies and lost of goods that normally happen now adays, that is the reason why i decide to arrange the pick up by my self so that the piece will not lost or damage before it arrive to my destination here.
For the sake of me arranging the shipping company that will come for the pick up i will definately provide the shipment fees for the pick up on the same cheque or Money oder that i will mail to you.
Email me the info below in other for the cheque or the money oder to be send out to you once i receve the below info.
Name that will be written on cheque;
Your Address where the cheque or money order will be mail too;
Including your Phone Number along;
Immediately i receive the above info i will email you and notify you on when you should be expecting the payment and immediately the payment has been send put i will notify you as well in other for you to be expecting it and watching out for is arriver.
I hope you understand my mail if there is any question that you may have regarding my arrangement you are welcome to ask any questions, also if you don’t mind here is my skype user id geomap01 we can use skype to communicate with each other by calling our self and by chatting and discussing without self, in a case you don’t have a skype user id yet kindly go to www.skype.com and download it and after downloading register with skype and email me your user id so i can add you to my skype id.
I will be waiting for your response,
I go through your art work and i really like your creative, due to this i really have the interest in buying this your work, so kindly email me the price of it and the info about the work because i really like it and also my wife also have an interest in it as well because we saw it together from your web and we want to buy it.
Hope to read from you,