"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Another Art Scam

I received another email yesterday from someone attempting an art scam. This is the third one I've received over the last twelve months, I'm beginning to feel like I'm being picked on. Has anyone else experienced the same or had more than this? Each time I have received exactly the same email (word for word) from three different yahoo addresses. So if you receive the following in your in box delete it:

Hello seller, i came across your item on Folksy, I'm interested in immediate purchase of your item.

1) Is the item still available for sale?

2) Are you the real owner of the item?

3) What is the present condition of the item?

4) Do you accept PAYPAL as your mode of payment?

5) what is the final asking price?

Kindly get back to me with your reply to my private email :

hope to read from you soon.

Best Regards

I have also received this email from the following addresses:


I know this is tarring everyone with the same brush, but if you receive an enquiry from an Oceanographer or Oil Rig worker in the Gulf (genuine Oceanographers and Oil Rig Workers please accept my apologies for this), or anyone else currently in an isolated spot trying to buy a present in a hurry for their mum etc. Be very wary if you send a reply to them. My advice would be to just delete the email.


Sherrie York said...

I get stuff like that frequently, too. They're always "in a hurry," of course. There are apparently genuine examples of artists being taken in by this... so seller beware! Clearly if you have an item listed on a site like Folksy then it IS for sale, it IS available, and your terms are clearly stated. (sigh) The joys of the interwebs. Ignoring them is a good policy, always.

Stephanie said...

I got the exact same email from the same sender except the piece I have listed is from Artfire. I did a search of this email address and I got to your post. I'm glad I did that. The wording of the email and the questions seemed off to me.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Sherrie

It is hard enough to make sales as it is at the moment. Let alone having to treat any potential customer with suspicion. Hopefully genuine customers are understanding.

Hi Stephanie

Welcome to my blog. I'm glad you found the post helpful.