Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Email Scam targeting Artists

A fellow artist in our studio received an email from a prospective buyer.

While we were excited for her, I did suggest she google the email address and name (also you should do the same for key phrases in the email.

Unfortunately, this came up with the posting at http://stopartscams.blogspot.com/2011/03/scam-email-thomas-bill.html and http://stopartscams.blogspot.com/2011/03/scam-email-robin-map-ii.html

The former Scam had the robinmap1@gmail.com email address but an almost an identical email

"From: Thomas Bill [mailto:thomasbill11@ymail.com]
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 7:22 AM (the one sent to our artist was sent Sunday, March 27, 2011 3:16 AM)
Subject: leave the shame behind

Hello,

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,

Best Regards.

Thomas."

In both cases the scammer uses the skype user id thomasbill11

He claimed to live in the Netherlands, sought the Artists Name for the cheque, address to send the "cheque or money order" and phone number.

Later he was very insistent on using his own shipping company and paying via a Money Order payment.

The language was very poor english.

You have been warned, spread the word!

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