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Art Scam Alerts

Posted by Harry O'Connor at 13:04 13.04.2008
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This is the thread to post any scams affecting artists.

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fester aka at 12:19 18.04.2008

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I will have to start this, ww w.picassomio.com . Bad buyers! Payment for my art work nearly a month over promised date.If I try and send an email to them it gets bounced back. Dont join their site!!

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Barb Plews at 13:40 15.05.2008

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United Kingdom

got an email today claiming to be sent via voodoochilli, wanting $3000 to exhibit at an art exhibition.... Tickets for friends and family were "only" $1000.You have to chuckle, really...

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Georgia Hurst at 17:07 16.05.2008

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I don't know how, they think, they are going to get away with it..
These people whoe pull this scams must we are stupid...Ha Ha

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Cathy Savels at 06:40 17.05.2008

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France

They must be stupid if they think artists can afford that kind of money!! lol

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Georgia Hurst at 07:44 17.05.2008

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Youre right Cathy...

hows it going in Worcestershire?...not so good by your last comment...in Britain at present everything is down...we are going through a slump ...but the government won't face up to it...Everyone is having to tighten up.

I think it will get worse before better.

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Harry O'Connor at 17:27 17.05.2008

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Yep, I agree Georgia. Things are slowing down in England thats for sure.

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Pach Atomz at 01:24 21.05.2008

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United States of America

I hope this will fit but heres one that I recieved via Voodoochili:

Hello,

I am John Ross, The organizer of The 4th Walt International Art
Exhibition which will be coming up at the Clapham Art Gallery located at
unit 02, 40-48 Bromell\'s Road, London, United Kingdom. This year, the
4th Walt International Art Exhibition is proud to be associated with
The National Art Gallery, London and Clapham Art Gallery.

The Walt International Art Exhibition is internationally respected for
discovering and promoting new and emerging artists of the highest
standard. We are a market leader in the quality of artwork that we present
in our gallery.

We continues to discover new artists and supply artwork to corporate
collectors, interior designers and architects including Merrill Lynch,
Shell, Earls Court Olympia, London transport, Spink property and fox
Linton.

Due to four years experience and our extensive knowledge of the
contemporary market we provide, we therefore present the 4th Walt
International Art Exhibition 2008.

Our 2008 4th Walt Internationally Art Exhibition has been repackage and
shall attracts two set of guest which are
1.) Guest from around the world and
2.) Artist from Africa, America and Europe.

We would like to invite you to be our guest or artist at the
exhibition. The exhibition will be open and end as schedule below:

Wednesday 9 July, 2008
9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 10 July, 2008
9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 11 July, 2008
9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 12 July, 2008
10:00am – 4:00pm

At The 4th Walt International Art Exhibition you’ll be able to see
and buy latest art work master piece as a guest and attend seminars
addressing the latest art work in the industry and meeting professionals or
display your art work as an artist to a large number of buyers and
make sales.

As an artist, the cost for a stand to display art work cost $3000 only
and for our guest the cost of buying a ticket per head cost $1000 only.

For accommodation in London during the exhibition (4 days) for both
guests, good numbers of hotels around the venue has been partner with for
a 17% discount for all our guests outside and within the UK. For
enquiries and booking of accommodation please email Jim Whyte at
whytejim@yahoo.com

For purchase of ticket and stand for artist to display their art work
please, contact John Ross at
waltinternationalartexhibition@yah oo.com or call +447031939636.

Deadline for all payments is 30th may, 2008.

For complete event information please, feel free to call. I look
forward to seeing you at The 4th Walt International Art Exhibition.


Kind regards
John Ross
Project Manager

Did anyone else recieve this?

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Georgia Hurst at 07:47 21.05.2008

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Thanks for sharing Pach.....
Did this come to you via voodoo email?

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Antony Burt at 11:41 21.05.2008

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Canada

Funny that the email has numerous typos (a big tip off for scam email), a search on Google for "Walt International Art Exhibition" results only in a few verbatim copies of the email, but nothing about the exhibition itself. Also, the Web Site for the gallery that is supposed to be hosting this show... Has not updated it's events listing since 2006.

Sniff sniff... can smell something rotten in the state of Emails.

Maybe (just maybe) it's legit, but it certainly is not reading that way at all. I would not trust this at all.

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Barb Plews at 18:06 23.05.2008

262 messages posted
United Kingdom

Pach, that's the same one that I got.
Anthony, the typos were indeed numerous and a cause for suspicion when I received the email. I tend to distrust anything like this anyway, but the whole thing reminded me of those e-mails you sometimes get asking for your bank details so that large, fictitious amounts of cash can be deposited. At least this one said straight up that they wanted money - honesty, of a sort!

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