Thursday, April 28, 2011

There can be many fraudulent buying offers, and the artists need to be cautuious!

One gentleman wrote to me the following through email:

Thanks for the message,I am very happy to know that the Artwork is still available for sale. i must tell you i am very much interested in the immediate purchase and i am willing to pay the asking price .

I will like to let you know that your payment will be in a Certified Cashiers Check and i will wait till it clears your bank before telling my shipper to come for the pick up, this will not take time at all because the payment will be sent out immediately i read back from you.You don't have to worry about shipment, my shipper will handle it.

This is because i am currently out of the country on a business proposal. So get back to me with the information needed to send you the payment I:E :Full Name
Standard Mailing Address
Phone numbers
asking price reconfirmation so that i can proceed with the payment arrangement, consider it sold get back to me with the details.will await your message.

I promptly replied and then came this:
Thanks for the details which Ive noted down and have also forwarded it
to my shipper.He's due in the US sometime next week and will

definitely be getting in touch with you for the pickup.The truth is, I
would have handled this much differently if i would be at home but Im
a bit pressed for time myself. Im moving to the UK this month as im
being transferred.As it is, I'm sending you an overdraft which will
include my shippers fees as well.He has asked for an upfront before
coming and since I have no access to a lot of cash, Im trying to kill
two birds with a stone.So, once you've received and cashed the check,
deduct your funds and PLEASE help me send the remaining funds to him
(shipper).I'll forward his contact details to you once you've received
the payment.Now I'm concluding you are a responsible person and I can
therefore entrust you with this arrangement.Ill let you know
Immediately the check is sent out to you so you should be looking out
for it.P.S:I`ll require that a reconfirmation of your address is done

for menow. I await your reply.

I smelled a rat and stopped communicating with the fellow. I think this is a kind of fraud buy I don't understand how the fellow is going to benefit. If anyone knows more about such fraud, please comment.

Read some sample dubious proposals at here.


  1. This link gave me a clearer picture of the fraud.

  2. Another Resource

  3. Thank you for posting this. I've never had this experience, but you are doing all your fellow artists a great service by alerting them to scams.


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