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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Scam Email: Robert Crandal

Hi Kathleen,

This person is making his rounds with many of my artists and colleagues as well.


Below is my correspondence.  (I deleted my name and the requested artist's name from the correspondence) You may add to list and share, please do not share any other identifying info.

Your blog is great. Thank you.

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM, robert crandal []
> wrote:

> Hi,
> Thanks for the details,I am on my way to Indonesia for a conference and
> might not be back till after 2 weeks, Would have come to inspect and
> purchase the piece personally,as a matter of fact am relocating to
> Johannesburg and am trying to gather some good arts for my new home. am
> buying yours ( artist's name and price ) quickly! before someone else grabs
> it, I'll arrange to send you payment ASAP.
> However, I will have to notify my shipper who is shipping my belongings
> from the States to get set for the pickup of the piece at your place as I
> might be delayed in Indonesia, you don't need to worry about shipping
> though.
> Thanks,
> PS: Kindly get back to me with your contact details so I can get a
> certified check prepared and sent out to you ASAP.
> On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM, John wrote:
>> Hello, Robert:
>> Thank you for your interest.  The price for *(Artist's name and title*is $).  This painting is available.
>> The other panel, (title) is its compliment as the artist created them
>> together.  They are being offered as a pair for ($) if you are
>> interested.
>> Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
>> Thank you.
>> On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:56 AM, robert crandal

>>[] wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> My name is Robert. I recently visited your website and found your Work
>>> of arts to be appealing. I am very impressed with it and would be
>>> interested in purchasing it for my apartment I am moving into this month.
>>> Please do provide me with the price and details if it is available.
>>> --
>>> Robert Crandal

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Scam Email: Johnny Williams

Hi Kathleen,

Here is another scammer for you, who can't spell his own name or the town he is "in":

"Johnny Williams" []

Hi there,

I am a chief librarian in a private library here in Spain and we are looking at equipping and beautifying our Library with artworks of diverse artist in order to lecture and broaden our student’s horizon on art and culture when they come to the library to study and read books on art and culture and to show art interests. Such things as stylistic preferences and I hope you will help us tailor our mailings to meet our specific needs
We will be glad if you can assist us with how to purchase the artworks from your website and we shall make payment immediately with charge card (Visa or Master card) either one you prefer for the purchase before you send the artwork to us.

We anticipate your kindness in assisting us with the purchase.

Jonny Williams


Thanks for keeping your list,

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Scam Email: Jose Santos

Copying this to you and wondering....It seems to be in the scam mode. 

Please advise.


I have seen some of your paintings online and recently visited your website and I am very impressed by the wonderful pieces you have on display. I will like to buy paintings from you, can you get back to me with the price range of your paintings, the shipping cost to this address Palestine Rd. Corner PR Fahad Street, PO Box 6448 Jeddah, 21442 Saudi Arabia, Falastin, Jeddah 23223, Saudi Arabia, and lastly hope you accept (Credit card) as a method of payment.

Kindly get back to me asap.

Best Regards.
We have sent emails back and forth as I'm a sculptor not a painter. I suggested that he look at my website. He requested prices, with shipping, taxes, etc. for a few pieces. I' m pretty lazy so quoted prices without packing, taxes or shipping and wrote that he should let me know, before I began to check out shippers, whether he was interested. He emailed again and asked for quotes with shipping. See below
Hello Mary,

Thanks for your understanding and detailed emailed about what you do, find below the works i would like to purchase from you [he lists the pieces, then he continues...]

I would say one of the greatest invention is the internet, with the help of the internet the world is a global village.

I am currently on the oil rig in the middle of the sea of Manifa typing this message, I love art works collections alot, that is why i have decided to open a gallery of my own as I would be retiring soon, so it is really good i met you as you have beautiful and wonderful works, since its a gallery I intend open I should have a special sections for sculptures so i would like to do business with you and will want you supplying me sculptures for my Gallery occasionally.

For a start kindly get back to me with the total cost of the works I have chosen including shipping cost and I can make payment hope you accept credit card as a method of payment as that is the most suitable for me.

Await your next email!

I writing again here. By the way I also talked with the credit card company to find out how to set up extra security. But I was still worried about credit card theft being used for this purchase.

So before this goes further, is this a scammer?  

Thank you for your assistance, in advance.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Scam Email: Michelle Barry

Nothing too unusual about this one. It's a bit brief but you can tell it is a scam by the poor English and the set up about moving (which will lead into the rest of the scam in subsequent emails, about a mover coming to pick it up and sending a cashier's check, etc).

From: michelle barry []
Date: March 1, 2013 4:47:06 AM EST
Subject: Lemon Oil on Canvas

Am Michelle from Florida, I was browsing through  your work of arts on your website and i found this  artwork  interesting , I believe you've devoted so much  time and effort to create it. i will like to acquire it for my new apartment this month.
please let me know if the piece is available, shoot me an email with the details and price. I awaits your response