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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scam Email: Rebecca Wallace

Hi Kathleen, I was wondering if you might have heard of this person Rebecca Wallace from Guernsey UK.
At first I thought it was a legitimate purchase inquiry... but now I  think not.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks, Matthew

I think it's GREAT that you are putting in the effort to help your fellow artists!

Here are the emails (from latest to first):

from Rebecca Wallace:

Thank you so much for the urgent information provided I want you to 
get them ready for shipment and get shipping quote ASAP
On the shipping one will have to pay additional fees at the delivery 
point here, because they will never bring to ones house, Courier like 
FedEx, UPS and DHL are not worth it here especially USPS probably 
because they already known very well.
I want you can contact this shipping company:
contact address:

They will need dimension for the package weight and Value of the 
artwork for the shipping and insurance Quote to my billing address, 
they offer door to door shipment and deliver safely without paying 
any extra money before collecting the goods unlike some other courier 
where it will not be delivered to your address and you will still 
have to go to their office to pick it up and you will be told to pay 
other money like custom duties before collecting it really sick of them.
I will be looking forward to hearing from you soon so that you can 
have credit card information to charge for the total payment without 
any further delay.

234 Rue Du Fort Sark
Postcode:GY10 1SF
United Kingdom

---- On Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:57:56 -0700 Matthew wrote 

Hi Rebecca,
The prices for these 3 framed paintings are:
[names, prices]

It looks like shipping would be $200 for all three
Total Art $5,100 plus $200 ship is $5,300 and could ship within the 
next couple of days.

Getting the three paintings I could give you a 15% discount bringing 
the total including shipping  $4,500 usd

I use PayPal for online payments which you can use your credit card 
( you don't need a PayPal account)

You can use this page for payment

Let me know how this sounds and we can go from there!

A note on these 3 paintings, they were all done plein-air on location 
with my wife and family present and they all hold a special place in 
my life and heart.

I hope sometime to come to Guernsey with my family to paint and enjoy 
the fresh breeze!

All the best, sincerely,


On Jul 21, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Rebecca_wallace1960 wrote:

How are you doing today and family?and great to hear from you,
Below are the artworks that interest me and I want you to get back to
me with the price of each pieces listed bellow:
[name of pieces]

I want you to get back to me with the cost of  the above pieces then 
we can figure out about shipping,and insurance cost
I will be awaiting,so that you can have my credit card number to run 
for the payment


Rebecca Wallace
234 Rue Du Fort Sark
Postcode:GY10 1SF
United Kingdom

---- On Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:06:57 -0700  matthew wrote ----

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for your interest in my artwork, and sorry about 
the delay in getting back to you I have been away from my computer.

Yes shipping to the UK is fine, though unlike the old days where 
wasn't so costly I now have to check on the cost.

If you let me know some of the work, style and sizes you are 
interested in I can give you a up to date selection of avail work.
Please reference some of the specific paintings from my website 
[url listed]

I very much look forward to having my artwork enhance your home and 

All the best,


On Jul 12, 2014, at 6:36 PM, rebecca wallace wrote:

Hi there,

I am captivating on your artwork to equip, and beautify my home town
In United Kingdom.
I don't know, if you internationally shipped Out of your region and
Your on-line portfolio or inventory would give me more details of
available works only if you send me more details.
I will wait for your swift response.

Rebecca Wallace

234 Rue Du Fort Sark
Postcode:GY10 1SF
United Kingdom

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Scam Email: Alex Starks

Pretty classic scam email below. So many scammers seem lately to be saying they have a store in Finland. Not sure what the preoccupation with Finland is about...

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Alex Starks []
> Subject: order
> Date: June 28, 2014 10:46:33 AM EDT
> To:
> Good day,
> My name is Mr. Alex Starks,I will like to make a purchase to my store in Finland. I run a small store and I am interested in doing business with you. i will like to know if you can work with my shipping agent in making sure your products get to me safely. My method of payment is via my u.s issued credit card ,so kindly advise which card you would require,Visa or Master Card.
> Your swift response will be highly gratified.
> Regards
> Alex Starks

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Scam Email: Adrian Hermes

Here is a scam that is so telling - sent to an "undisclosed list of recipients" (aka huge spam list) and apologizing upfront for not remember your website (they have no way to track the websites of hundreds of thousands of people they spam every day, and really they are not visiting the websites in this case anyway).

What they need for the scam are people to reply to the email and say that's okay... here is my website url. And THAT way when the scammer continues on the steps of the scam, they can make Round 2 of email exchanges a lot more personalized so you believe they are a real buyer when they are not. Then they WILL go to your website and pick out specific artwork to "buy".

In this way, they keep their own efforts efficient and the least amount of work for maximum gain.

What is their gain? With a fake story they will eventually overpay for something and ask the money be forwarded to their [fake] shipper, because they are moving or temporarily out of the country or whatever. And (here comes the kicker), it will need to be wired to them. Hard untraceble cash wired directly to the scammer, who then disappears. While the victim then learns, too late, the original money was either a counterfeit check or a stolen credit card.

How do you avoid this scam? Two simple rules:

1. NEVER accept overpayment for any reason. Just don't.
2. NEVER EVER EVER (can I throw one more in for good measure?) NEVER send money via wire transfer - for any reason. This is the crux of the scam and if you don't do this, you'll be safe from at least this scam.

Check out this scam email:

-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian Hermes []
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Sent: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 2:19 pm
Subject: Inquiry and request about your work of Art

Good morning,
        I was able to view your work from the website you had it displayed in and unfortunately for me i kind of lost the website but i stored your contact,i will like to ask if you have a piece(s) for sale and can you kindly re-direct me to your website. i will be awaiting to read from you soon.

Scam Email: Lesley Donna

Odds are that I, too, am going to receive scam emails directly to my email account, even as I spend so much of my time and energy trying to expose scammers. But scammers don't care - it's a numbers game to them... how many hundreds of thousands of emails can they send, what percentage of people reply thinking it's a real client, what percentage of them get funneled through the entire steps of the scam and actually send their good hard-earned money to a scammer... it's all about the numbers.

How did I know the below was a scam email? Well, I've been looking at these same "stories" for years and really they don't vary much. Also, lately scammers have been really annoying in when they set up their fake name, they've been picking two first names so that usually tells me it's likely a scam email to look at further. Then scammers do this other very odd thing... and they've done this for years - their name at the end of the email always seems to contain a period. In a place where a real person would NOT be putting a period. I don't know why scammers do this. I think they are just using some template and are too dumb to remove it. They also always have this international thing - their fake story either has them living internationally, moving to an international location or temporarily working or serving in the military in some foreign location. That will set up the later part of their scam story as to why you need to *wire* money to them. DON'T! Step away from the western union counter! Don't do it. For any reason. THAT is what the scammer is after. Not your paintings, not your widgets... they are after your cash. Do not accept overpayments and do NOT wire money to anyone for any reason. P.S. Any credit card they use will be stolen (and not always reported as such yet) so ask the scammer for the billing address on the credit card. Chances are the scammer will end the scam right there because they won't know the billing address. Or they may try to provide you a fake one. Call the credit card company and verify if the billing address is the same one as on file.

Okay, enough venting about these scum bags. Here is the scam email I just received.

Return-Path: []
From: Lesley Donna []
Subject: Interested in placing an order

Good Day,

    I am Lesley Donna from Norway, i want to inform you that your items are most creative & desirable, so much talent! I am interested in purchasing some of your artwork/items into my shop here in Norway, but before this is done, i want to inform that i will be making the payment with my Master card Detail because presently my best form of payment is via credit card.
  This is where i put all my money for any international transaction, so kindly reconfirm your website/contact details and get back to me with it so as to know if I'm right with the site.
  Concerning the shipment, my shipping company will be coming to pickup the items because i already have some merchandise with them in which they will be shipping together to me here in Norway, so you don't need to be worried about the shipment nor handling fee.

Brenneriveien 9 B,
0182 Oslo,
Telephone: + 47 23 32 53 20
Telefax:   + 47 23 32 37 04

Warmest Regards,
Lesley Donna.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Scam Email: Linda Monreal


You are a life saver. Below is my correspondence with one of your known scam artists. I felt like it was going to turn into a legit sale until the last exchange. That's when I googled her name and your site popped up. Now, looking back over the whole exchange I can see all the little signs you mention on your site. I thought she might have been ESL -- I feel like a dope for letting it get this far -- I even fell for her ploy that she wanted to here more about my painting process -- oy! I can't thank you enough!



Hi David,
It is nice to hear back from you.  I will like to proceed with the
purchase of the two pieces. I think they are lovely works and I hope
to give them a good home.

I am presently traveling for my Sister's wedding even though it comes
at a time when I am preparing for a big move to Miami Beach, FL but it
means so much to her and I should be back in few days.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Meanwhile, can you pls get back with your mailing address and phone
number so I  can inform my husband on where to forward the payment. He
can have one of his PA handle the payment asap.  About shipping , you
can handle it from your side to my new address above or I can forward
your contact info to the local cartage  company handling the shipment
of all our house decors. They can arrange FedEx or UPS pick up of the
artworks from your studio.

I will look forward to hearing from you so i can know how best to
proceed. Cheers.


> On May 20, 2014, at 10:40 PM, Linda Monreal wrote:
>> Hi David,
>> Thanks so much for your response to my query about those creative
>> works. I will like to  proceed with the purchase of both pieces (
>> unframed) . Can you pls get back with what inspire you to make the
>> pieces.
>> I will look forward to hearing from you soon.
>> Best Regards,
>> Linda.

>>> On May 17, 2014, at 11:35 PM, Linda Monreal wrote:
>>>> --
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Hope this message finds you well. I saw these lovely pieces on your
>>>> website and I will like you to get back with more details if they are
>>>> still available for purchase.
>>>> Still life with vase and shells,  and  Monarch Butterfly
>>>> I will appreciate an urgent reply.
>>>> Best Regards,
>>>> Linda Monreal.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Scam Email: Tim Patty

Hi Kathleen, Thanks for your blog.   Below is an email I received today.  I was skeptical but pretty convinced once I got the response.

From: Tim Patty []
Date: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM
Subject: PAinter Needed

                      I need your services as a decorative painter for my
wife birthday in August.
Are you a faux,canvas or colored pencil painter.
Check your the attach images to this email and let me know if you can make
exact paint for me,awaits your mail.


* My response:*
Hi Tim,

Yes I am able to paint this for you.  I would nee to know sizes.  Do you want 2 paintings or the eagle and the landscape combined.

*His Response*
tim patty
12:30 PM (1 hour ago)

to Erin
Thanks for your swift response and her birthday is on August 2 so i want
you to to make a replica of the 2 image the landscape and the eagle
separately but my wife loves nature,presently am in Philippines doing
social work to the victim of typhoon  haiyan also its a surprise for her
and i want it ready before her birthday.

How many weeks will its takes you to finish the 2 painting and size is 24
by 30 and what is the total cost?

I want canvas painting and i want  to present it to her on her birthday as
gift,awaits your  mail.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Scam Email: Alvin Folkman

Hi Kathleen

I unfortunately got my hopes up for a few minutes in these dry and difficult times that this was a genuine enquiry but noŠ its a scammer. Its hard to believe they will actually spend the time looking up obscure specific individual works. Here's another name for your scammers list with email thread:


From: Alvin Folkman []
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:00 PM
To: Geoffrey

Thanks for taking your time to reply back! Here are the list of works

' name of piece ' (charcoal study )
48" X 60"      CHARCOAL ON PAPER   ..............:QTY:1

Meanwhile, don't worry about the shipping cost actually i have my personal
shipping agent in USA that will come for the pick up of the package in your
destination and i have inform them about this and they told me the best way
to come for the pick up is for you to email me with the information needed

* Your Name and Address ?
* Time the package will be ready for pick up with your convenience
time and date?
* Contact Person for the pickup arrangement ?
* Telephone Number ?
* Weight of the package and how many boxes are they ?
* Total cost?

So, please kindly get back to me with this details along with the
total of my order.So I can instruct my p.a to  process a cashiers
check/personal check to you  for the payment of the work so that my mover
can have it picked up along with my properties that are to be moved to

Best Regards

> From: Geoffrey
> Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 6:01 AM
> 02/05/14
> 07:01:06 AM
> first_name : Alvin
> last_name : Folkman
> email :
> phone : 6789234567
> message :
> Hello,
> My name is Alvin Folkman.  I found your profile on the internet. I
> am interested in purchasing your work for the decoration of my
> guest room at my new residence in Sweden. Would appreciate if you
> can send me few pictures of the works you have available for sale
> so that I can make an easy choice of mine. Better still, send me a
> web link where I can have a view of your recent works.
> I look forward to read back from you.
> Thanks.
> Alvin

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Scam Email: Corbett Bonilla

Below is an example of how scammers are using skype. Skype doesn't make them any more legitimate. In fact, you will discover scammers always some some made-up reason for why their camera on skype is NOT working but okay to text back and forth - keeping them anonymous and as slimey shadey as hiding behind disposable email address and fake names.

Do not use skype to sell things. It's usually scammers.

Email message attached from "Corbett Bonilla"
Dear Bill,

I have received your email and the information concerning the cost and
the method of payment that you choose.

Concerning the shipping and delivery I will handle the delivery and
pay the delivery fees by adding it on the same Cashier's Cheque which
am going to issue.

My concern about appointing a good secure shipping company for the
delivery is because I want the delivery to be save to my destination
here in Glasgow England without any damages or lost of art which has
already happen in the past by using FedEx and UPS.

We will need to discuss the sending of the cheque directly to you for
the payment of the painting in order for the pickup to take place. We
need to appoint a time and date for Skype communication. My Skype id
is corbettbonilla add me on your Skype list or send me your Skype id
and I will add you.

Please email me back with the below information for the Cashier's
Cheque to be issue..

Name on Check:
Full Address:
Phone Number:

If you don't have Skype id kindly go to and register
with them and download Skype. I will be available on Skype tonight
night from 8:30 pm England time.

Note: I will handle and appoint a good secure shipping company that
will come for the pickup and the shipping fees will be added.

Best Regards
Corbett Bonilla

Scam Email: Thanh Nguyen


i wish i had come across your site earlier! ive been working on an art sale with  a "thanh nguyen" with the email "" . i researched him, his company, the bank the check was sent from, etc. i didnt know to look up art specific check fraud, so i wasnt aware this was an ongoing problem. anyways, i stopped the process before anything could happen. heres the original message:
Hi there,my name is Thanh im an art collector from Hawaii ,was
browsing through the internet and my eyes caught this particular work
on the subject,will like to have it for my new apartment probably this
month.please let me know if the piece is available and if yes let me
have the detailed price and more information about it.kindly reply me
with your phone#.

and a few  later to discuss shipping arrangements:

"Hello,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 Cairo 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 me now. I await your reply."

then this after receiving a check

"Yes you got it Rebecca,Im so glad you finally received the payment,the
payment should clear to your account within 24hours.
Below is the shipper's information in sending the remaining fund via
Western union;

Curtis  A Westbrook
6232 Greenwood Pl
Huntsville Al 35702

Once you have the money sent, do email me all the necessary
information which will be needed for the collection of the money I.e;

Sender's name
Amount sent after Western union charges

Once he receives the money, he will get in touch with you and set up
the best time and date with you for pick up this week.

Thanks for your help and understanding and I await your quick response."

yikes! another to add to your list! thanks!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Scam Email: Paul Newman

The use of a famous name like Paul Newman doesn't make this any less of a scam.
Kathleen, Thank you for your post about scammers trying to buy artwork. I have received an email before from someone saying that they were in the process of moving from California to Africa and listed several piece of art work that they wanted to purchase. The way it was worded from the beginning made me question it. However, recently got another email that I think should be added to your list.

[]  "do you still have this artwork for sale? (a specific piece was mentioned). I responded, "Hi Paul. I do still have this piece. Feel free to give me a call. (Telephone number included). Thank you for your interest in my work. Laura.

He responded, "Thanks for the message, I am very happy to know that the item is available for sale. i must tell you that my wife  browse through the net and saw your artwork (  Title of Artwork 24" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas $300) now, and we are very much interested in the immediate purchase because we need it for our new apartment,we will like to  buy it before someone else requested for it, and I know this is worth more than the price, So i agree your selling offer I agree that After payment clears, Then shipping agent will do the pick up of it and collection at your location. I will be paying through a Certified Bank Check so once you have it clear and you have your funds at hand the shipping agent will be coming to pick it up. Here is the information needed, Kindly Text me Your,
Full Name:
Home Address
Cell phone number
total cost
kindly get back to me So that i can proceed with the payment arrangement and relay it to you, consider it sold and get back to me with the details of yours in which the Check  will be written,i await your quick response...

Thanks & Regards
So I responded, "give your full name and address. So I can calcuate shipping)

They responded, "Kindly text me your...." (Above information)

I wish I had come across your blog the first day that I tried researching this!!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Scam Email: Steve Borgatti

How many years have I been doing this blog. How many personal emails have I sent for years before I started the blog. Really, this scam has changed VERY LITTLE since it began. Why? Because it is still working for the scammers. Because they are still making money. If it wasn't, it would have changed long ago.

It's simple:

1. DO NOT use wire transfers very ANY reason in your business dealings. Period. This one tip will destroy the effectiveness of 99% of this type of scam. They need you to wire your good money to them so they can disappear with it without a trace - before you've discovered their payment is a faked check or stolen credit card or faked paypal payment.

2. DO NOT do any one any favors in selling your work. Don't forward money for them to some non-existent shipper. Let them pay their shipper themselves (there is no shipper so the scam will end here).

3. DO NOT accept overpayments. Just don't. If a buyer overpays, offer to void their check and have them send a check of the right amount (and remember, no favors for forwarding money to a non-existent shipper) or if it's a credit card - call the card company first and verify that the card number matches the billing address (it almost never does), and if it's a paypal payment - actually manually log into your paypal account in a brand new browser and double check that they've paid anything at all. What scammers do with paypal is they fake a payment confirmation email and hope the victim never logs into their account (in time) to check.

And this bit about moving to Russia or moving to Malaysia or they are at sea or in Afghanistan or out of the country for some other odd reason...huge tip-offs that a scam is in progress. It helps setup why they are asking you wire them (or a shipper) money. But don't do it.

Okay, here's another one I receive today:

Hello Kathleen, my artist husband was almost scammed.  I was suspicious and finally went to the Internet to do some research and found you.  Please add the Steve Borgatti name to your list of despicable characters. I'm going to make a donation to you!

At the very bottom is the scammer's message.  When mail is sent to my husband's art address, a blind copy goes to my Gmail account so I copied the header info.

Thank you,Nancy

Delivered-To:[Links to]
Received: by with SMTP id k77csp28622ykb;
        Sat, 5 Apr 2014 07:41:26 -0700 (PDT)
X-Received: by with SMTP id j107mr2728669qgj.81.1396708873079;
 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 07:41:13 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with HTTP; Sat, 5 Apr 2014 07:41:13 -0700 (PDT)
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:41:13 +0100
Subject: Payment and pick-up...
From: Steve Borgatti (
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=001a113aa9803c108704f64ca0df

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

Hello Mrs. [last name],
Hope you are good. I'm just reading your email now as I have been so busy.Thanks for the details which I've noted down and I hope to visit your studio with my wife in the nearest future after our anniversary. Also in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise, I've contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you, so please you may have to help remit the balance to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears your bank. I would have handled this much differently if I'd been at home but am a bit pressed for time myself and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction... trying to kill two birds with a stone.

Moreover, they are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of the contract between us. all I'm asking from you is a favor to help me send the extra funds on the check to the shipping agent who will be coming over to your location to pick-up the piece and have it delivered safely to me at my residential address.

Mrs. [last name], I want you to understand that I'm concluding you are a responsible person and I can therefore entrust you with this arrangement.please i will appreciate if you get back to me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.
Many thanks and talk to you soon,

 -------- Original Message --------
 Subject: Hello
 From: Steve Borgatti (
 Date: Thu, April 03, 2014 9:33 am

Dear [last name],  Thanks for the message, I must tell you I am very much interested in the immediate purchase of the piece to surprise my wife.  I can be reached at (323) 374-5218 (feel free to leave a voice mail or text message if am not available but E-mail would be the fastest way to reach me though).If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to the Russia soon and our anniversary is fast approaching. So I'm trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying yours as part of gifts to her (quickly before someone else grabs it). I'm okay with the price, I think it's worth it anyway, so I'll be sending a check.
As regarding shipping, you don't have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, I'm currently out of the country on a conference trip and won't be back for another couple of weeks. Regards,Steve.
PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) and contact address (preferably for fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

 -------- Original Message --------

My name is Steve Borgatti from Nevada. I'm reaching you to inquire about your works. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes that piece, I'm so impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : )  I must also say you are doing a great job. I would like to know what inspired that work.

I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.  Thanks and best regards,  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Scam Email: Cynthia Roberts

Hi Kathleen

Thank goodness I found your website! I had a bad feeling about this whole situation and I was obviously right. I feel such a fool to have been taken in by them.

I am now going to cease all communication.

Thank you for caring and I feel as angry as you do. I have sent all info to the police fraud site. Let's hope they can be caught and stopped for good.

I've included the email thread for you to read.

Kindest regards

Hello Caroline,

I appreciate you keeping in touch, following on my previous email, please be informed that i would be happy to wait until the cheque has duly cleared your account before pick up arrangement commences. Since the shipper will be picking up other items for me which i have already paid for before i got message about my son's illness in Canada, else i would have paid you in cash via royal mail. Do let me know if i should issue out the cheque as proposed, so i can do that today or first thing tomorrow morning.


Subject: Fwd: Artwork
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:19:52 +0000

Hi Cynthia
Following my last email, my Accountant has expressed concern at my agreement to pass on funds to your Shipper and has asked that you make only the payment to me in the sum of £1050 to cover cost of artwork and that you make payment to your Shipper directly without my involvement.
Please confirm this will be ok
Kind regards

Begin forwarded message:

From: Roberts Cynthia (
Date: 15 December 2013 13:42:01 GMT
Subject: RE:

Dear Caroline,

Thanks for your response to my purchase inquiry. I love your pieces of art and must tell you , you are good at what you do. I am collecting these items for personal use as I am an avid fan of art paintings ,sculptures and antiques.

Presently i am out of town spending sometime with my son who was recently diagnosed with Cancer but there shouldn't be a worry as my shipper can come for pickup from you after payment has been finalized and fully cleared your account. I will be sending payment in form of a certified cheque of £2,000 and will need your mailing address where the cheque can be mailed to. You are to deduct the cost of your piece and disburse the rest to my shipper who will handle the pickup of the piece(s) as well as my other furniture's for my newly acquired property in Kent.

For invoicing/filing purposes, my contact information is as detailed below:

2405 Queen st E,
Toronto, Ontario.
M4E 1H6.

I look forward to doing business with you.
Kind Regards,
Cynthia Roberts.

Subject: Re: RE:
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:01:26 +0000

Hi Cynthia

Thank you very much for your interest in my work.  I have just recently sold "The Long Day", however the rest are still currently available.  A couple of the pieces are lodged with a local gallery, but I can retrieve them for you quickly.

The costs on the SAA website are for mounted pieces only, therefore, please see below the mounted and framed prices as you have requested.  The frames are not all the same, they are either white or silver and are chosen to suit the subject matter:

Mounted & Framed
LANDCRAFT                         £200
LITTLE HOUSE                      £150

Please let me know if you would like to go ahead with these purchases and when you would like to collect them, so that I can make arrangements to retrieve the relevant pieces from the Gallery.

I would prefer if you could pay directly into my bank account on-line, if possible?

I look forward to hearing from you again soon and thank you once again for your interest and support.

Kind regards


----- Original Message -----
From: Roberts Cynthia (
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 1:13 AM
Subject: RE:

Little House

Hello Caroline, Please let me know if the above piece(s) are still available. Calculate the total cost mounted & framed and let me know as quickly as you can, Payment will be by certified cheque, i can make arrangements for pick-up once payment clears your bank if that's okay with you.

Best Regards,
Cynthia Roberts.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Scam Email: Luiza Kwiatkowska

Scammers are not above grabbing the names of real people online and using them for their own criminal purposes. Also notice how, in the below scam, the scammer begins by asking about PayPal (thus trying to establish some credibility with their victim) but then switches, using some trumped up story, to what they actually need for their scam to succeed: a wire transfer via some service like Western Union or MoneyGram.

Hello Kathleen,

Well, it's the first time it's happening to me. I'm glad I found your site, thank you for doing this. The name was not on your list, it's luiza kwiatkowska, e-mail When I look for the name on the internet it seems to be a renowned graphic designer and illustrator in Poland but I'm pretty sure it's not her...

She contacted me via a website where I sell some artwork. In her profile at that site, she mentions she
is from Miami.

Here's the conversation (and LOTS of warning signs). I replied to her first e-mail only, to see if she was serious. And then her second e-mail just raised some major suspicions and was just plainly ridiculous. I  didn't reply to her and I'm going to delete the e-mail :


offers 600 CAD on your artwork Modèle au corbeau

I have read very about your item.
Am okay with the condition of the item. But before i proceed with the payment i will to ask about the item..
I have a private shipping company that will come for the pick up of the item in your location

Do you accept PAYPAL as you mode of payment?
What is the final price of the item without shipping cost?
Get back to me in my private mail at :
Best Regards

My reply :


> I have a private shipping company that will come for the pick up the item in your location

We are in Montreal, Canada. I can have the painting available at my usual gallery here at a time of your choice.

> Do you accept PAYPAL as you mode of payment?

Yes, you may address the payment to [paypal e-mail]

> What is the final price of the item without shipping cost?

600$ is fine.

Thank you for your interest.

I'm about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up agent of the Item,I think you remember what i said in my previous mail that I'm working presently on the sea,so i tried to secure  booking with my pick up agent,but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept Western Union Money Transfer for payments and they don't accept PayPal or bank transfer, So i tried to send the money online but it's not going through and i am  on the sea, there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it will be OK for me to include my pick up agent's fees together with your payments through PayPal,So you will help me wire the pick up fee to them via western Union Money Transfer immediately i pay you,i don't mean to bother you I'm sure you understand that I'm presently on the sea and there is nothing i can do to that,The bottom line is after I have made the payments via PayPal,you will help me wire my pick up agent fee to them through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments,I will be very happy if my offer is given a favorable consideration,Respond as soon as possible so that i can send out your Payment.

Scam Email: Andrew Hembree

Hi Kathleen,
Thank you for doing this.  I received a similar email back in August which is what made me suspicious of this one.  It was a different name, Steve Levitt, but the phrasing was almost word for word the same.  The first one I received is on your list, but this one is not.  In August I did not respond, but this time I wrote back and said I was in contact with the Federal Trade Commission.  It will probably not do any good, but it made me feel better.

Thanks again,

On Dec 2, 2013, at 5:46 AM, andrew hembree ( wrote:

I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website (piece in subject field above) on my laptop and i guess she likes that piece, I must also say you are doing a great job. I would like to know what inspired that work.
I am very much interested in the purchase to surprise my wife.  Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sale.
Peace and blessings

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Scam Email: Max Gardner

Dear Kathleen,

This is the first email from a series from this person.
It is definitely a scam.
Please post his name on your site.
Any further advice for how I can report this, etc… would be appreciated.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Max Gardner []
> Subject: artwork
> Date: September 3, 2013 4:13:18 AM EDT
> Reply-To: Max Gardner []>
> Hello,
> My name is Max Gardner.  I found your profile on the internet. I am interested in purchasing an artwork from you for the decoration of my guest room at my new residence in Munich, Germany. Would appreciate if you can send me few pictures of the works you have available for sale so that I can make an easy choice of mine. Better still, send me a web link where I can have a view of your recent works.
> I look forward to read back from you.
> Thanks.
> Max.