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Thursday, October 14, 2004
  Ripping off Artists Online
ArtQuest, an online gallery for artists is warning its members of an increase in scammers trying to rip artists off. Over the past few weeks they have had more than 15 members contact them in regards to scammers. Problems with cashiers checks (cheques), credit cards, and international money orders have been reported.
ArtQuest has started a list of art scammers, along with some information about avoiding these kind of people.
I personally get at least two emails per month from a Nigerian, first letting me know what paintings they like, then asking how they can pay immediately. Their name is different each time, so I hope no legitimate Nigerian art collector ever contacts me by email because they get deleted immediately.

 
BgArt News Blog Comments:
yeah..dont trust Internet organizations. For me it was the poetry.com, they sent letters to people saying that their poems are accepted into semifinal. Below they attached some form of book ordering, they say the book will have your poem printed on it. Another marketing technique.
 
Correct on poetry.com... For over a hundred dollars I am now the only owner of two copies of one of their 'volume' that has my poem GLUED between the first pages. Ehm, these books are truly rare - are you collect?

Just kidding.

It's a shame, though, becase there are some poems on that site I truly adore. I don't care about the money I paid for the books or any money I could have been granted, but I really feel for all who get caught in this in the future. And I really would like to find a site that promotes poetry the way that art deserves it.

Cheers,
Sandor
 
I had this happen when I posted a vehicle online for sale--wasnt anything special either, just an 88 Tempo that we were asking only 500 or best offer for and someone from Nigeria emailed me saying they would send me a check for 900.00 which is way more than the car's book value. I declined recognizing that it was a scam right off the bat but honestly, what's up with these people from NIGERIA doing this? How come they are all from there? What's with that. seems odd that all the scammers are working out of Nigeria.
 
Just to let you know, there are as many NIGERIAN scammers as there are Russian, Chinese or from Burkina-Faso (where ever that country is). The way it works is the scammer needs to divert attention from his present location, so they choose some remote country that no one really heard of. You may retort that everybody had heard of nigerian scams by now, but since they continue this trend they may still get the benefit out of it. It's the same as with spam - while people will buy advertised products, spammers will be busy sending out spam. We live with capitalist economy, so whenever there is a demand, there will be supply.
 
It's definately a numbers game for spammers. I dont know the figures, but for example they might send out 5 million emails each day and only need 5 idiots to buy the product to make it worth doing. If that very small percentage of people keep supporting the spammer by buying their product.. well of course they'll keep sending spam. They'll also work out that if they can get 5 sales from 5 millions emails, than why not 10 sales from 10 million emails?
 
I also have been emailed by the Nigerian Minister for the Interior. He usually asks if he can borrow my bank account for a while. This is because there's about to be a coup. I get to keep a couple of million, of course. All they want to do is sodomise your overseas credit rating. Sheesh.

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