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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Judith Claire

Artists are now common targets of advance fee fraud, also known as the Nigerian letter scam, 419 fraud, or a Nigerian money offer. In January 2007 I got one of these suspicious emails and started looking into the alias of the sender. That’s when I learned many artists are being targeted by advance fee scams.

Now I share my 419 fraud emails here for the benefit of other artists who might be targets of this scheme. I also wrote a response you can use whenever one of these emails lands in your inbox. Since using that standard reply, my scam emails have slowed down to a trickle.

Here's a scammer that doesn't do their homework. They're asking to buy a watercolour painting when currently all my artwork is in oil pastels.

From: Judith Claire []

Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 5:16 PM


Subject: Art Sales.

Dear Artist,

I have an interest in the purchase of your artwork to beautify our new home in London. I have visited your website to view your work. Your artworks are attractive but I will like to buy a watercolour painting.

Please get back to me with the price(s) of your paintings,so I can let you know if any one of them interest me.

What is your mode of payment? I would be glad to pay you with a US bank Cashier's cheque because it is instant cashable.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on how to proceed.

Best regards,

ps: I found your artwork at

If you've received a suspiscious email but you're not sure that it's definitely a scam, try this email reply that I wrote in March.

Have you been targeted by the Nigerian email scam? Share it with other artists on this blog or leave a comment.


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