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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Morris Whiye (White)

Elemental 1 copyright Mark Cotton

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Elemental 1
© Mark Cotton

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.

Mark Cotton was kind enough to let me post his hilarious email exchange with scammer Morris Whiye (White). Make sure you read it - I got stomach cramps from laughing so hard. Maybe you'll be inspired to have your own bit of fun with the online thieves that knock on your inbox.

From: morris whiye [mailto:m_white112@yahoo.com]


Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2008 8:48 AM


To: mark……@mywdo.com


Subject: INTERESTED IN PURCHASING YOUR "Elemental 1" Rust and beeswax on canvas over wood panel


Hello,


I'm Mr. Morris residing at 24307 SE 41st Pl. Issaquah, WA 98029 USA, i saw your item posted for sell,and i am willing to purchase it, so i will kindly want you to get back to me with its present status of condition, your last price offer that you are willing to let it go
Elemental 1" Rust and beeswax on canvas over wood panel


I will be happy to see more pictures of it ? I will appreciate an earlier reply and pls let me know if you are the real owner


Regards, And awaiting for your response


(Morris



Thank you for your interest in my painting. The painting is hanging in my home and still available for sale. It is priced at $500 plus the cost of shipping. If you are interested, before you commit to purchase, we should discuss the delicate nature of the beeswax that covers the canvas and possible effects of shipping the painting during warm weather.


Mark Cotton



From: morris whiye [mailto:m_white112@yahoo.com]


Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 3:28 AM


To: Mark Cotton


Subject: PICKUP METHOD OF THE "Elemental 1" Rust and beeswax on canvas over wood panel


Thnaks for the prompt reply and how are you and how is the family and i really appreciate your interest in selling the( "Elemental 1" Rust and beeswax on canvas over wood panel $500 )am ok with the price,but i will like to inform you that right now am in UNITED KINGDOM for MY HONEYMOON


I will have to instruct my CLIENT to send you a check or a money order, since that is the only means of payment I can offer now due to my present conditions


Please provide me the following information so that my wife can send you the payment asap


Full Name To Be Written On The Check................


Full Contact Address,City,State And Code.................


Home Or Mobile Phone #..................


Permanent Email Address..................


So that I can instruct my CLIENT to send you the payment


NOTE: Never bother about the shipping I will handle it myself. I look forward to hear from you as soon as possible and also i was advice by the shipping agent to include the shipping charges in the same check


You can call me on my private number +447031983979


Many Thanks


(Morris)



Mr. Whiye (May I call you Morris?)


The family is fine, but thank you for asking. Mama’s leg is much better once we got her to quick sticking that yardstick down in the cast to deal with all the itching. I told her she should have never been up on the roof trying to fix the Dish antenna anyway, but she just told me what she always does: “Children are meant to be seen and not heard.”


I’m thrilled that you like my painting so much that you contacted me and really want to pay that much money for it. I’ve got to talk to Jolena (my wife) to make sure it’s OK to sell it first. She really likes the painting because the little wire snake I used to make it is the same one we used to unclog the drain when she cooked her first meal from me after getting out of jail that time. (She was in for intentional bodily harm for an incident with a curling iron at The Cue-Tee-Py School of Beauty)


What’s your new bride’s name? And, how old a fella are you? I need to know for a sort of demographical study I’m doing of those who appreciate my art. When we have the art show down at the Mini-Mall and I show my best work, I usually leave some recipe cards there for people to write down their name and age. Some people write other things, but I just ignore them. A real artist has to learn that it takes all kinds.


How long will you be in the United Kingdom? Is that close to England?


I also think I have some good news about the shipping. I talked to a friend of mine who lives in Seattle and he will be making a trip out here in a few days. He will be able to deliver the painting right to you instead of worrying about how the shipper will treat it. Isn’t that great news?


Your friend, Mark Cotton



Morris,


I’m sorry to bother you on your honeymoon like this, but I wanted to update you on the situation here.


I talked to my buddy Delbert, who lives in Seattle, Washington and he won’t be able to come down here to pick up the painting after all. He thought he could come for a visit for a few days, but the ankle bracelet he has to wear won’t let him get past the driveway without going off, and he says the little shock it gives you is something he just couldn’t tolerate for more than an hour or two.


And, I talked to Jolena about selling the painting and she insists that I’ve got to make sure you send me the money before I can send you the painting. I was going to let Delbert just leave the painting and pick up the money at your house, but with Delbert out of the picture it’s probably better for you to send me the money first anyway.


I hope you’re still interested. I like the idea of one of my paintings hanging in a fancy house in Washington.


Your friend,


Mark Cotton


P O Box xxxx

Hobbs, NM 88241



Dear Mark Cotton


Compliments and a top of the day to you over there, So really sorry for the delay of payment and finally i want to let you know that the payment will delivered to you by the ups courier service and here is the tracking number you can confirm it ( J2187748341 )


Please you are to take the check straigth ahead to your bank to get it deposited so that your bank can notify you when to come for the payment and email me back as soon as you have deposited the check to know when the check will clear your bank so that i can contact my shipping agent to get ready for the pickup as soon as he get the shipping charges ,cos right now am in united kingdom for my honeymoon


Many thanks


(Morris)



Morris,


I am so excited! I spent all morning getting the tire on the pickup changed so Jolena can go to town to pick up the check at the post office. That truck has just been sitting there since Jolena lost her license in that New Years Eve incident out at the Twilight Lounge. But, Jolena just completed the Road Rage 101 course that the judge make her take, and she past the test with flying colors, mostly (if you don’t count her colorful language).


I’m expecting Jolena back at any time, she usually drives pretty fast when she’s got somewhere to get to. Should I start boxing the painting up and getting it ready to ship? Where did you say I should ship it too?


I hope your honeymoon is going nicely. I asked Jolena recon you got to meet the king, but she said just because they call it the United Kingdom doesn’t necessarily mean they have a king over there. (Jolena’s always real good about letting me know when I don’t have a clue about something) I hope you’ll send me a picture of you and your blushing bride.


Mark Cotton



Thanks for the prompt reply and how are you and how is the family and i really appreciate your mail for letting me knows that you have the payment,pls kindly proceed to the bank and get the check deposited while i contact my shipping agent to get ready for the pickup as soon as the check clear,like i said in my last mail that i have some outstanding items that are awaiting for shippment that will be both shipp together with your artwork am buying from you


Pls email me back as soon as you have deposited the check to know when the funds will clear your bank and You can call me on my private number +447031983979


(Morris)


Fraudulent cheque from scam artist Morris Whiye(White)

Morris,


Something has gone terribly wrong here. Jolena left yesterday morning to go pick up the check and I haven’t seen her since. And, not only that, but her clothes and all her stuff is gone. And, so is the painting. I went to get the painting to start packaging it up and there was just a note tacked to the wall that said: “I’m out of here”


I am so upset I can barely type this. That woman is the sunshine of my life and now she’s done gone, gone, gone. There ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. Only darkness every day.


What do I do now? I would call you but I’ve been deaf and unable to work since that fireworks accident last 4th of July and besides that we don’t even have a telephone.


I can’t believe Jolena would do me like this. Maybe you should write to her and ask her to come back to me and bring the check and the painting so we can complete this transaction. Her e-mail address is jolenayomama@gmail.com Earl Cotton



from Jolena Yomama


to m_white112@yahoo.com


date May 24, 2008 6:31 AM


subject Painting


mailed-by gmail.com


Dear Mr. White,


You have been trying to buy a painting from my husband, Earl Cotton for the past few days. Earl doesn't know his @$$ from a hole in the ground most of the time, so I have to watch out for him, or he'd get taken by the first lowlife to come along from from Nigeria. There's lots of creepy so-and-so's on the internet, so THANK GOD for honest people like you who will actually send the money like you did.
There's just one thing though. The painting Earl was trying to sell you is worth a whole lot more than $500 and I'm not about to let you have it for that. My family left me that painting along with a little money, so I have a little more brains than Earl when it comes to money.


I took the check for $2,300 you sent and put it in the bank along with the money my family left me. I will consider it a down payment for now. The painting is easily worth $10,000, but I will agree to sell it to you for $7,500 (plus shipping of course) if you will help me with a favor. Earl don't know about the money my family left, so please don't mention it to him. He would want to move out of the Relaxation Acres Trailer Park and get a fancy house somewhere that don't have wheels. But, the fact that he stays with me regardless of how poor we may appear proves to me every day that he loves me for who I am, not how much money I have stashed away.


And, speaking of true love, I sure hope you are enjoying your HONEYMOON in the United Kingdom. Earl is such a doofus, thinking there was a real king just cause they call it the United Kingdom. He didn't have a television when he was growing up, so he never got to watch MARLIN PERKIN'S MUTUAL OF OMAHA UNITED KINGDOM SHOW like I did. Now you be careful with all them tigers and lions and such. That younger guy on the show was always getting bit and stuff, while that old fella just sat back and sort of laughed at him.


Like Monty Hall always used to say: Let's make a deal!!

Jolena Yomama

So what became of our cohorts Mark and Jolena and out favourite honeymooning scammer, Morris? After stringing Morris along far enough to get an actual cheque, Mark contacted the company who's account had been hijacked on the cheque. In just one week they've had about 50 fraudulent checks with one of them made out for over $20,000. And Mark's wasn't the only one involving artwork.

Contact me to add your scam emails to the collection or enter it as a comment below.

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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 [judith.claire@yahoo.com]

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

To: judith.claire@yahoo.com

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,
Judith.

ps: I found your artwork at www.artincanda.com


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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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Ola Peters

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.

From: ola peters [ola.pet.peters@gmail.com]

Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 3:19 AM

To: ola.pet.peters@gmail.com

Subject: am willing to purchase

My name is peter i'm from England,I'm willing to purchase your artwork to my friends and family in africa ,so i want you to please get back to me with present condition your location and your last price offer.I will be looking forward to reading from you asap.
Thanks
Best regards
Peter


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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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Tracy Martins

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.

From: tracy_gumel@highdesert.com

Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:20 PM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: Gift order

Hello,

My name is Tracy Martins, i will like to order for a piece of your art work from your gallery as gift for my parent who are celebrating thier 30th wedding annivasarys , so i will be gald to have your reply asap, i will be glad if you can send me your website address to choose or send me four of your product that is availble for me to choose . payment will be make by a cashier cheque.

Waiting to read from you today.

thanks

Tracy


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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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Susan Pole

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.

After the first couple emails with this individual, I decided to see how far he would go. This is the most agressive and tenacious scammer I've ever encountered. Our emails went back and forth for almost two weeks before he realized I wasn't going to give in. He even got a "third party shipping company" involved but it was obviously just the same person. Enjoy!

From: susan pole [mailto:susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk]

Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 11:30 PM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: Artworks Request.....................

Hi,

hope this message meet you well.
I saw your website while searching for Creative Artworks to purchase for my new home.

I will like to buy the Artworks below if they are available for pick up.
The Artworks are:

Celestial Body
Lips of an Angel I
Solare

I will want you to also let me know their Asking prices without the Shipping Cost. As per the payment,I want you to know that I am happy to make the payment via US Certified Bank Cheque.

I will appreciate your quick response.

Regards,

Susan





From: Anima [mailto:anima@artbyanima.com]

Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 9:58 AM

To: 'susan pole'

Subject: RE: Artworks Request.....................

Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for your interest! I do accept certified cheques. However I don't ship the artwork until the cheque has cleared the issuing bank and this can take several weeks. Because of this, most of my other customers prefer to pay by credit card or Paypal. To view my prices please visit my website at www.artbyanima.com.

Thanks,

Anima





From: susan pole [mailto:susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk]

Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 3:34 PM

To: Anima

Subject: Information for the payment...............................

Hi Anima,

Thanks for your response.

I have explore your site and below is what i came acroo and i beleive the price is fear.

Celestial Body CAD$ 950 o USD$ 835
Lips of an Angel I CAD$ 100 o USD$ 90
Solare CAD$ 700 o USD$ 615

The Total asking price for the works equal to $1540 and i think is okay by me.

.As regards the pick up of my works,I have spoken with a shipping agency that arranges the pick up of my other decors from Italy and they have agreed to come down for the pick up though they said that they are on shipping tour now but will surely come for it as it may arranged,one of their nearby agent will come for the pick up via fedEx and that will be after you migh have gotten the payment from me.

They said they will be contacting you to ask for some information about the works before they will send in their charges.

Anima,I want you to let me have the Name and Address with Phone number(s) which payment should be made out to.

I will appreciate your quick response.

Regards,

Susan





Hi Susan,

You may make your payment using the following information:

Art by Anima
321 - 278 Suder Greens Drive
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T5T 6V6

Do you still intend to pay with a US Certified Bank Cheque? If so, I will not be able to release the art for shipping until the cheque clears the issuing bank. If you would like the artwork shipped more quickly, I also accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and Paypal.

Thanks,

Anima





From: bundle_movers [mailto:bundle_movers@myway.com]

Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 6:00 AM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Cc: susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk

Subject: Shipping Arrangement(introduction)

Good day,

I have received a communication from Mrs Susan Collins that we should work with you to ship some artworks from you to her new house in Johannesbourg, South Africa when you two are through with the transaction, as she advises.

I will like you to give me the kind and nature of the things she wants to ship so as to send in my charges to her. I will like to have your studio address as well, so i can make arrangement with any nearby FedEx Agent that will be coming for the pick up once you and Mrs Susan Collins are through with the transactions.Thanks.

I will appreciate your earlier reply.

Yours,
Mr. Michael Collins
for Bundle movers and Logistics Services Ltd.





From: Anima [mailto:anima@artbyanima.com]

Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 2:02 PM

To: 'bundle_movers@myway.com'

Cc: 'susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk'

Subject: RE: Shipping Arrangement(introduction)

Hi Michael,

Susan is interested in 3 paintings. All of them are made with oil pastels painted on canvas stretched over a wooden frame. The surface of each painting is delicate. One is 6" x 6", the second is 20" x 20" and the third is 22" x 28".

My studio information is as follows:
Art by Anima
321 - 278 Suder Greens Dr.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T5T 6V6

Warm regards,

Anima





From: bundle_movers [mailto:bundle_movers@myway.com]

Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 5:19 PM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Cc: susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk

Subject: Pick Up Arrangement for Mrs Susan Pole's works

We are happy to let you know that we have spoken to Mrs Susan Pole this morning on our Shipping Tour presently and we were able to let her realise how soon we could be through here but that is not disturbing our pick up from you earlier before the end of our tour because we would be picking the Works up from you via A nearby FedEx.

We are happy to let you know that we have instructed Mrs Susan to send our charges along your asking price so that we can receive it from you during the pick up and she has agree to our terms. We will appreciate it if you could let us know as soon she send the payment to you for us to be able to start the procedure here.

Yours,
Mr. Michael Collins.
for Bundle movers and Logistics Services Ltd.





From: Anima [mailto:anima@artbyanima.com]

Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 11:17 AM

To: 'bundle_movers@myway.com'

Cc: 'susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk'

Subject: RE: Pick Up Arrangement for Mrs Susan Pole's works

My business policy requires that Susan pay for the shipping directly herself since she is the one organizing it. I hope this will not present too much of an obstacle for you.

Thanks,

Anima





From: susan pole [mailto:susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk]

Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 3:51 PM

To: Anima

Subject: Payment under process....................

Hi Anima spoke with my Husband and he told me that the payment will be under process as soon as i want him to. Also,the shipping Agency has adviced that their shipping cost should sendt alongside your Asking price to you so that you can forward it to them during pick up.

I will still have to have your phone number so that it will be easy for me to contact you .

Anima,should i use only the infomation given to me for the payment or should i include your name?

I want you to get back to me as soon as possible.

Regards,

Susan

Thanks for your response.

The payment is under process,I want you to understand that iam presently in Ukraine in a UNICEF arranged programme but will surely be home soon,I have





From: Anima [mailto:anima@artbyanima.com]

Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 11:17 AM

To: 'susan pole'

Subject: RE: Payment under process....................

Hi Susan,

My phone number is 780-483-5009. You can use the information I provided for the payment. How exactly will you be paying? Please let me know so that I can have a better idea of when exactly to make the art work available for shipping.

Unfortunately, I require that you pay your shipping company directly. I have also let them know that this is a strict policy I have when the customer arranges their own shipping.

Thanks,

Anima





Sorry for this,i forgot to ask you in my blast mail to you,should the cheque be drawn on your name?if yes,i want you to let me have your full name or should it be drawn on Art by Anima?.

I want you to reply ASAP.

Regards,

Susan





From: Anima [mailto:anima@artbyanima.com]

Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:06 AM

To: 'susan pole'

Subject: RE: Payment under process....................

Hi Susan,

You may make the cheque payable to Art by Anima. Please send a separate cheque that is made payable to the shipping company in the amount they are requesting. That means I will be expecting two cheques from you - one made out to Art by Anima for the amount of the paintings and the other made out to your shipping company for the amount of the shipping costs. That way when FedEx comes to pick up the shipments I will just give them that cheque. Otherwise I will not be able to pay the shipping company. That is my strict policy. Please also let the shipping company know that the artwork will not be available for shipping until after the cheque has cleared the issuing bank. This will probably be 4-6 weeks after I receive your payment.

Thank you,

Anima





From: bundle_movers [mailto:bundle_movers@myway.com]

Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:50 AM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Cc: susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk

Subject: RE: Pick Up Arrangement for Mrs Susan Pole's works

Hello once again,

Thanks for your response.

We want you to know that we got your last mail right but we have been dealing with Susan Pole for a while now,it is a pity that we could not get our payment before we come for the pick up from her because we are presently in a remote Area of China,we knew Susan to be a good person in the past few years that we handled some shipment for her and her Husband.

We are only considering her for her past well behaviour in business and that is why we have agreed to come for the pick up and have our payment from you during pick up.

We will like you to let us know as soon as She sent the payment to you so that we can contact the nearby FedEx for the pick up update,we have informed them already and they are waiting on us now.

Thannks for your co-operation and better understanding.

Yours,
Mr. Michael Collins
for Bundle movers and Logistics Services Ltd.





From: Anima [mailto:anima@artbyanima.com]

Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:16 AM

To: 'bundle_movers@myway.com'

Cc: 'susan02_pole@yahoo.co.uk'

Subject: RE: Pick Up Arrangement for Mrs Susan Pole's works

Hi Michael,

I'm very happy to hear how reliable you have found Susan Pole to be. That makes me feel more confident about this transaction. However, because of how common fraud involving certified cheques is, I've told Susan the following: The artwork will not be available for shipping until after her US certified cheque clears the issuing bank. I've estimated that this will take 4-6 weeks. I will not ship the artwork until that has been confirmed by my bank. Also, Susan will be paying you with a separate cheque that she will have made payable to your company. When FedEx comes to pick up the artwork I will give them the cheque from Susan. I will not give FedEx any cash - the payment must be directly from Susan.

I hope you understand, as it is very important that I have policies in place to prevent as many negative situations as I can.

Thanks again,

Anima


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

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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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Dave Frank

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.

This one wins the prize of being the most badly composed scam email I've ever received. He asks for a painting that's not even mine! Plus, I've never seen a scammer use so many different names in one email - Dave Brown, Dr. Dave Frank and Frank Dave. Incredible!

I tried a suggestion from a Wetcanvas forum post to ask the scammer what he liked about the paintings he wanted to buy. It was an interesting experiment but not effective for sending the scammer on his way.

From: dave brown [free4allwe@yahoo.com]

Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:04 PM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: Enquiry

My name is Dr Dave Frank from NORTH CAROLINA,I am interested in buying some of your art work,they are all beautiful.I want to use them as a decoratives in our new house in the LONDON. I am interested in buying these Art works from you.

Solare
Original Oil Pastel on Canvas
20" x 20"
Black gallery-wide edge

Girl with Feather
Oil 16 X 20

Kindly get back with the total price of the selected Title Art works excluding shipping cost,I have informed a shipping company that will be shipping some of our other house decors. I will be glad to pay you bank transfer. I am looking forward to hearing from you on how to proceed. Best Regards,
Frank DAve





From: Anima

Sent: Thu 3/22/2007 1:22 PM

To: dave brown [free4allwe@yahoo.com]

Subject: RE: Enquiry

Hi Dave,

Thank you for your interest! Please tell me what is it about my painting Solare that you love? I'm always interested in feedback. I do not have a painting called Girl with Feather. If you want prices on my artwork please go to my website www.artbyanima.com.

Thank you and have a great day,

Anima





From: dave brown [free4allwe@yahoo.com]

Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:06 PM

To: Anima

Subject: RE: Enquiry

I am in receipt of your mail,thanks for your swift responce towards the purchasing of your Exotic work (Solare).I have been to your site and i was impressed on your fascinating set of striking amazing pantings in your gallery. Solare,posses a sexy beautifull lady relaxing in a neat lovely garden.While celestial body is another spiritual sensual perfect work.

Celestial Body,

Solare

I can make payment via international money order .About the shipping,i will handle that by my self as i have a private shipping company moving my other interiorr decors and furniture to my new home.Kindly let me know where to go from here.
Regards,
DR Dave Frank


I couldn't believe this guy's response! Between him and the other extremely aggressive scammer I went back and forth with this month, I came up with this canned response for every suspicious email I get. When I sent it to this scammer, I never heard from him again.

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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How to Respond to a Scam Email

I've been receiving so many scam emails as of late that I composed a special email response to use each time. Now I just reply to the email with this message and I never hear back from that person again. Why send a reply? On the off chance that someone sending a suspicious sounding email is legitimately interested in my art. Hopefully, this message will get around to the circle of scammers and I won't hear from any of them again.

Feel free to adapt and use this message whenever you get a scam email.

Your email has been flagged as suspicious for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. references to artwork not created by Anima

  2. the structure and wording of the email matches those used for fraud

  3. request to use private shipping company

  4. request to pay in either a Certified Cheque or Bank Transfer

  5. request for prices on artwork when all prices are already available at www.artbyanima.com


Please note that Art by Anima will not ship any artwork until the payment has cleared the issuing bank. This often takes 4 weeks or more. There are no exceptions to this policy. Art by Anima will only accept payment in the exact amount of the artwork purchased. We will not reimburse a third party including a shipping company for any monies paid in addition to the price of the artwork.

If you have received this message in error we sincerely apologize. Just reply to this message and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate individual at Art by Anima.

Thank you,
Email Administrator
Art by Anima


June 4, 2007 Update: This email response has been working brilliantly. I haven't received any scam emails since May 8th. Hopefully, it stays that way, but I'll let you know if I receive another one.

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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Presta John

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.

From: presta jhon [coolpresta@uymail.com]

Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 7:42 PM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: enquries

Hello Anima,How are you doing hope you have a splendid day,i was looking for a very beautiful painting and i saw your...Celestial Body and Blue Vision, i wish to know the avalbility of the paintings and kindly let me know the final price so i can make out the payment ,i await your quick responce.thanks kind regards Dr J Presta


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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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: Anne Fiona

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.

This scammer actually provided a phone number. I guess they're trying to look legitimate any way they can.

From: Fiona Anne [annecalls@yahoo.com]

Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 12:15 PM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: INTERESTED IN: Fantasy Art of Women

Hi, i am Anne Fiona, came online trying to get some art designs to furnish my new home in here and luckily enough, was referred to this website and i saw this particular painting of yours. i am a sucker for art materials and this will surely make a good posture in my Living room. see was just moved in here to Nigeria to work with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture www.cgiar.org. and i sure need to feel at home in here.I sure love this artwork. looks so rude and real. came in here from Illinois.sure u know there. well no more stories, I am interested in this art material of yours Fantasy Art of Women . will like to know how to go about it. please mail me back. thanks.

Anne Fiona
Institute's Research Desk/Field trips
+234-8024991623





From: Fiona Anne [annecalls@yahoo.com]

Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 10:15 AM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: RE: INTERESTED IN: Fantasy Art of Women

thanks a lot for you response. Well it's such a long process going through all you listed. I really have little time for that. Do you accept only paypal. I dont use paypal in here but if that's what you use, i will like to have your paypal id and the total sum it is gonna cost me including shipping it down here. Also if i cant get to register with paypal, can u accept a bank cheque? please mail me back with you response

thanks


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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Fraud Alert! - Scam Alias: James Hamilton

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.

I recieved this scam email on January 3rd. Before receiving this I had no idea that the "Nigerian" scam was also being used to target artists. But at least these scams are easy to spot.

From: Dr. James Hamilton [blessdrhamilton2006@yahoo.co.uk]

Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2007 6:17 AM

To: anima@artbyanima.com

Subject: Interested In Your Works!!!

Hello,
Good day to you over there, My Name is Dr.James Hamilton presently based in England and i am working with the World Health Organizaction Aids Department and i do almost travels to almost every part of the world.

I got your contact through a Canadian friend of mine who felt your works appreciative informing me that you are really doing a great job in the Art Industry.

So, i will like to buy some of your Furniture works into my new location. however i will like you to send me your price list and your website if available so that i can be able to choose from your beautiful works for my new house.

I will be contacting a Private shipping company that will be shipping them along with our other house decorations. the shipping company will Pick-Up these items once i made the payment for the purchased items.

I will be looking forward to your response on how to proceed.

Thanks and God Bless you as I await to hear from you soon.

Wishing you a nice day.
Regards.
Dr.James Hamilton

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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