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Golden Watch
©2017 Suzanne Belair
Acrylic on canvas 30 X 30 in

 

From the corner

Golden warmth is keeping watch

Over the forest and its inhabitants

Have no fear

There is protection

For all that live within

Its boundaries

As long as you submit

To nature’s laws.

 

©2017 Suzanne Belair

 

 

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2015-internet-scam.

Can we finally be free from these scammers trying to get us to spend money or send our artworks for free ? Artists often fall victim to art scammers wanting to “buy their art after seeing it on their website”.

Here are a few clues to help you detect the scam:

    • The name of the person is often a cartoon character or something sounds not quite right about it. If you google the person’s name, it is likely you will not find them at all which is kind of rare theses days.
    • There is a sense of urgency with words as “immediately” or “asap” being used
    • It often involves a move, they are looking for artwork for their new apartment or house, or they are moving to New-York or in or out of the country and their wife/husband or partner needs/wants the artwork, or they want to surprise them with it
    • They often mention in the first (or typically later) email that they have a shipping company or agent arranging for the moving of all their possessions
    • They want to pay by bank draft or money order, and if it gets to that point, they will send money for more than the amount due – and then ask you to send the difference through Western Union or some similar service. By the time you find out the bank draft or money order is fake, which can take up to 2 weeks now with the new level of forgery, you are out your money and they cannot be traced.
    • Most of the time, the email contains misspellings, grammatical or word-wrapping formatting problems
    • They most often mention paying by check of money order, but lately, they have been asking if we accept credit card payments or proposing to pay via paypal
    • They typically use yahoo, gmail or hotmail since it then becomes more difficult to trace the IP address even with the online tools.

If you suspect a scam, the best thing is to delete the e-mail immediately and share his/her name.

Here is the e-mail I first received and the clues to look for:


Subject: inquiry
From: stacy hulk <stacyhulk@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, July 25, 2015 5:57 am
To: <artist@suzannebelair.com>

Good Day,

How is everything with you? I picked interest in your artwork and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.
I will like to know if you have shipped internationally before and if you have a merchant that enables you to accept Visa Card or Master Card for payment?.
Could you please respond with your recently updated website so we can proceed from there
Best Regards
Stacy Hulk 


The wording, when it includes “immediately” and asking for a “recently updated website” are strange requests to start with but I decided to pursue that one to see how far they would go. After going back and forth on the painting choices, it seemed the person was not really reading my responses since she inquired several times about a work I told her was already sold. Note she did not use my name but only the e-mail address listed on my website.

She gave me an address in Omen, claiming it was a residential address but when I checked, it was a PO box belonging to a Jewel trading company, a fact I confronted her with. She then had a convoluted answer about having an apartment behind the business and adding a “B” to her address number, which is in fact the PO box number. She never provided me with her phone number even if I requested it.

After making my own transportation inquiries, (time is never wasted when you learn something new right?), I’ll share her answer for your entertainment:


Thank you for your concern,it is a residential area but the building behind the
it is known as ABDULLAH AHMED HASSAN TRADING Jewellers ,they also
sell jeweries around there but at back of the building is my house.
On the shipping i will have to pay additional fee at the delivery
point here in Oman  because they will never bring to ones
house. courier like Fedex, UPS are not worth it here especially USPS
all of them are not rendering good service here probably because they
already known very well.
You can contact this courier http://interparcelsdelivery.myfreesites.net

(mailparceldelivery@hush.com) as well with the weight and cost
of the artwork for the shipping and insurance to my address because
they ship and deliver safely without one paying any other money before
collecting the goods unlike some other courier where it will not be
delivered to your address rather you will have to go to their office
to pick it up and when you get there you will be told to pay other
money before collecting it.
I will be looking forward to hearing from you asap so that i can make
the overall payment at once.
Thanks
197B Ruwi
Code 112-Ruwi Souk St., 
Ruwi Ruwi, Oman.

Regards
Stacy Hulk


All along, she said she was going to pay by Visa or Mastercard. We hear a lot about scams involving money orders and such. Of course the website, they are trying to send us to could be anything and has nothing to do with a legit delivery service. I suspect this is where they get you to send money for transportation before they pay.

Well, that was my experience and I hope it helps others stay away from these art scammers and saves someone some time and money.

By the way I had deleted 2 previous messages from this person but her insistence made me want to find out more.

Here are a couple of sites that can help you with names of scammers and tips on how to protect yourself from them.

http://www.artquest.com/artquest/scammer-names.htm

http://kathleenmcmahon.com/info/scammer-names.html

Ciao!  Have a great day !

http://www.suzannebelair.com

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