|Thistle 52 x 72 cm acrylics on canvas|
I often receive mails from interested customers and 2 days ago there was one from Australia.
Good day to you over there, My name is Gabriel Wolfgang I'm from Adelaide and
i hope this message finds you well.I was going through your works and my
eyes caught THISTLE & UPWARDS , I am moving soon and i will like to have it for my
please let me know if the piece is available, if yes let me have the
detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from
I wrote back stating the price,material, technique and size of the painting. The following reply came:
Thanks for the message, I am very happy to know that the piece(Thistle) is still available for sale. i must tell you i am very much interested in the purchase because my wife really love it and she want me to get it home before she deliver our upcoming baby boy lol...I will like to let you know that your payment will be in a Cheque.
You don't have to worry about packing, insurance and tax because my shipper will be in the best position to do that as soon as you get the payment.This is because i will be traveling out of the country any moment from now for a business proposal.So get back to me with the information needed to send you the payment I:E :
Asking price reconfirmation
so that i can proceed in the payment arrangement, consider it sold get back to me asap with needed information.
I was just about to reply again that I unfortunately couldn't accept a cheque and that he should pay via paypal instead, when I started to get suspicious about his mail, apart from the bad English I could see that parts of the mail were copied and pasted as the text was in different font sizes. So I googled a whole sentence and this is what came up. http://stopartscams.blogspot.com/2010/07/scam-email-clark-elster.html
So Mr Gabriel Wolfgang from Adelaide alias Mr Clark Elster from New Jersey and probably many others all use copies of the same mail, they just change the name of the artwork.
SO ARTISTS : BE WARNED, ITS A SCAM!!! THEY'RE AFTER BOTH YOUR PAINTINGS AND YOUR MONEY!!!!