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Friday, July 2, 2010

Scam Email: Sheila Fiske

Hi Kathleen,

I've been contacted by one of these art purchase scammers and as I was suspicious I googled the entire body of the email message. Found your blog with the exact text only that they have used a new name and email address.

Here is the info:
name: Sheila Fiske
subject: Art Purchase

I and my Cousin have interest in purchasing some piece of Art from your gallery hence i will like to know if you sell internationally (Belarus) and also if you accept (Credit Card) as a method of payment,if you do i want you to get back to me with your updated webpage, so that i can make choice of the Art to purchase from your gallery.
Your response is needed so that we can proceed.
I await your response.

Thanks for setting up this blog, what a great help !!!!

Wish you all the best,



  1. Hi Kathleen,

    I just received this same exact message.
    After googling Sheila Fiske I came up with your blog.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post
    your blog.

    Best regards,

  2. Marcie,

    You're welcome! I'm glad this resource is definitely helping artist catch these scam emails earlier in the process. Not only have we reduced the number of artists that fall victim to them, but I love how so many artists are just saving time (which can then be spent on creating art!) by not even having to think about these emails too long, once they've gotten a quick confirmation its not for real.

    Love it.

    Thanks for writing in.

  3. I woke up to this same email this morning...
    Thank you for the posts! I didn't think this was real. This is about the third or fourth time I have gotten this kind of letter from some 'buyer'.

    Mary J.