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Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Gotta Give The Scammers Credit For Trying

Flouton (Flouton roger jerome" rogerjerome81@gmail.com) needs a proofreader (how many times does he use the word "will"?) and perhaps a lesson in how to use Google. Got this email today (he managed to get past my spam filter):

"I am interested in your artwork,i will prefer any original works that are available,I will want any attachment of your recent or available art work so can choose one best work for me and i will need it along with there prices
Will await your message and if you can provide me with your website i will be glad.
thanks

Flouton"

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Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Stringing him along:

"Yes, Flouton will you provide your list of preferred sizes and
subject matter. Perhaps will you send list of rooms you are
decorating. Will you accept limited edition print? "

 

Richard Reeve

10 Months Ago

"interested in your artwork" but doesn't know your website URL... lol ;-)

 

Richard Reeve

10 Months Ago

omission of indefinite and definite articles was nice touch, Ed ;-)

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Just one of the tip offs! Sight unseen desire.

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

If he responds I'm going to offer him this piece from my drainage ditch series:

 

Chuck De La Rosa

10 Months Ago

They try because it works. If they send out a thousand of these and get one sucker, they win.

 

Marlene Burns

10 Months Ago

In response to your title, Ed, you don't need to give them credit for trying...they are working.
For every artist who is smart enough to know a scam when they read it, there are 10 who don't.
This is business.....and they are still around because it's a money maker.

I don't toy with them. I don't want my e mail address added to their 'live' list.

 

Laughing, thank you for sharing your humor Edward :)

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

i like how he shoved in that last - i will be glad at the end.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Here is the reply. I don't know what "piece" he is talking about.


"Thanks for replying back and happy new year.,I have view your website,i found this work interesting(Bark Blocks),How much are you asking for it and is it available?Will you accept bank check?,,I wish to have this work ASAP.
please write me back asap.
Thanks"

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

"We just finished up a successful holiday season so supplies are limited. I do have one copy left of the attached. Will you accept?

The piece is called "Dead Body Found In Drainage Ditch" 30x40 inch printed on canvas. Limited edition of 25. This last one is number 18/25.

The price is $1,250. Signed and numbered with artist embossed stamp.

Let me know if you will accept. It is a large canvas print so shipping will be around $350 depending on location.

Provide your shipping address for final shipping cost."

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

adding, exact change only.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Travel Pics

10 Months Ago

Received:

Hi,

During our outreach campaign, I found your website through Google.

I need a couple of posts on your website and I will pay you via PayPal for hosting my unique articles.

I have a team of US writers and I will provide you high-quality contents related to your website.

Please tell me how much do you charge per post?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Awesome.

No mention of my name nor the website they want to get their 'advertorials' published on.

Replied:

$360 per post and it must be travel-related.

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Michel
https://photos.travelnotes.org/

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

usually the one i get for my site is -

i'm a teacher, my kids showed me your website, and we loved it so much, we have a link about ---- insert link here, anything from butterflies to refrigerators. it would be so great if you could put it in and tell me, so i can encourage the children more... i only fell for that one time. they are all fake. especially when they are far off topic.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

"Thanks for replying back and happy new year.,I am interested in ("Drainage),How much are you asking for it and is it available?Will you accept bank check?,,I wish to have this work ASAP.
please write me back asap.
Thanks"

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

"thanks for the details,I wish to have this artwork at that price,Could you send me your full name as you want on the check and your mailing information so that I can send out your information for bank check payment instruction asap,The artwork will beautify my new and i am happy you want to sell it to me,You don't have to worry about shipment,my Mover will handle it. I hope this goes well with you.
please write me back asap.
Thanks

Flouton "

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

his new what?

i'd love to see the room that fits into, then again he might have that perfect room.... many are killed when they go to the country to pick up their wealth.

if you have a PO box, i'd use that. its nice they always have a mover, but i would insist on using your mover, and an exact check.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Classic. The check will arrive with some overage for the shipper and they will ask me to send the difference back ASAP (before the check bounces).

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

keep it going, and insist that you have to use your own shipper, and to send exact change only. and only after it clears then its ok. see what he says to that. you can probably say that you only trust one single shipper because of how delicate it is or something. but of course you'll need his exact mailing address, name, and phone number.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Travel Pics

10 Months Ago

Say you'll bring it personally and can he send the money for return airfare, Business Class.

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Michel
https://photos.travelnotes.org/

 

Barbara St Jean

10 Months Ago

LOL....will you send me your art and I will rip you off....

They will try anything.

Cheers, Barbara

 

Jon Glaser

10 Months Ago

This is a great thread,,made me laugh,,thank you Ed. I get a lot of amusement out of these fellows. Might I suggest using my shipper instead!

 

Joy McKenzie

10 Months Ago

"...I will be glad"... in the grand scheme of things, no, Flouton, you will not be. Best to get your glad in some other way.

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Came back from a ski and the guy wants to talk to me on the phone.

I'm taking Michel suggestion.

"This is getting too complicated. I have a van. Why don't I just
have my driver deliver it to you? I do this all the time.

Let me know where it is going and I can give you a shipping
estimate. "

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Next I'll give him the phone number of the police station.

 

K L Kingston

10 Months Ago

LOL! Thanks Ed, for the morning humor. Hilarious.

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

i'd use the FBI instead, they trace calls, and would be more inclined to do something.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

they have a lot of phone numbers too

https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Janine Riley

10 Months Ago

Edward - you have me crying over here. " Dead body in a ditch print " - get one now - going fast !
I just can't, I'll snort. Way too funny.

 

Joy McKenzie

10 Months Ago

This is clever and funny. Some good pointers within this text convo too:

http://www.90skidsonly.com/45711/man-gets-revenge-on-craigslist-scammer-in-the-most-satisfying-way-imaginable/

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

tell him its available on blankets too, perfect for those cold mornings.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Adele Buttolph

10 Months Ago

Joy - thanks for the link! That was great. Having had to deal with scammers on Craigslist makes me wish that I had thought of some of those things.

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Haven't heard back in a while so I'm guessing my fish has broken off.

 

Phyllis Beiser

10 Months Ago

Lol, Dead Body In A Ditch has to be New Orleans!
I'll bet he really thought that he had a live one for a while. Too funny!

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

I think that was Houston.
.....
That scammer seems to be gone but when it rains, it pours.

Here is a new one via FAA/Pixels mail:

From:
Thomas Winter
thomasmwinter1@gmail.com

Subject:
Your Art collections Service

Message:
Hello

Happy New Year, i love your art collections on fine art america and i am very interested in your service. Please kindly get back to me for more info.

Mr Winter

From:
Thomas Winter
thomasmwinter1@gmail.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

January must be "Try to Scam Artists Month".

Here is a new fish on the line via my regular email account:


Greetings!
My name is Larry Stephenson from Texas I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too.You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of your pieces to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability of beautiful pieces for immediate sales.
Thanks and best regards

.....

Hi Larry,

Your wife sounds like a real piece of work herself. She is probably fantasying about running off with a real man - an artist. Does she enjoy romance novels? Ha, ha, just a little joke there.

All my work is available in endless qualities so the ball is in your court. Do you know your wife well enough to guess which artwork she would like? What size does she need? Artwork that is.

Get back to me ASAP - Thanks, Theo Van Gogh

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

well you did reply to that last one, he probably stuck you on a club list or something.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Response from Larry:

"Hello,
Thanks for the message, Actually I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed piece within my budget $5000- $10,000 ready for immediate sale, about 3-5 image is enough...it could be any color, but medium size or large.. However, Just need something within that price range for a surprise to my wife (can tell she likes your work). I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.
Thanks and blessing

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid"

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Theo here,

I think can complete your order. I have three large paintings available which cost $2,500 each. Your wife will love them as they are in my self-portrait series. She'll probably want to mount them in the bedroom.

I can give you a deal of $10,000 for the three large paintings.

The only problem I can see is that the three paintings are too large for regular shippers. I would have to drive them to you in my van or something. How far are they going and can I surprise your wife with them? I suspect she'd be grateful to meet the artist.

Let me know the timing and address and I'll put it on the calendar.

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

tell them you'll even sign them, they will be worth the investment. or if he says no, tell him you only trust your own driver, as you've had packages vanish before and you need to track them.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Here comes the shipping scam part:


"Dear Theo,
Thanks for the message ... Good I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I'm trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one..I'm okay with the three larger paintings and the price of it ,$7500 in total. I will appreciate it if you can send me an images of the three paintings, I think it's worth it anyway, So I'll be sending a check.

As regarding shipping, you don't have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. As soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect to Philippines) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, Am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I'm an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won't be back for another couple of weeks.
Regards,


PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you.

Larry."

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

why do they all seem to work in the ocean? usually on an oil rig. i wonder how that guy is going to swing by your place first?

i guess he has to buy his affection, being out for weeks at a time. ..i wonder if you write back and instead of focusing on art, you focus on him and that really exciting career choice he chose, and how he feels about it because your interested too. and see how far that goes. and just keep your contact details just out of reach.

something like - how exciting, i've always wanted to be an ocean engineer, can you tell me more about that, it sounds very interesting.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

reply:

"With a large art purchase such as this, I really like to meet the buyers or their wives. Especially if you are gone on a long ocean voyage. I'm sure your wife could use the company. She must be lonely with you gone so long.

Maybe I can swing by the house with the van and leave the packages in your garage. I'll tell your wife that I am a long time friend of yours and it is a big surprise for you.

Where are you located?"

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

and can you send me a key, i promise it will only be used for this one use. i do this all the time.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Marlene Burns

10 Months Ago

Ed,
you are a very bad boy.

 

Cynthia Decker

10 Months Ago

LOL this is the best thing I've read in a long time!

Ed, do this a while longer, turn it into a blog post and post it on Bored Panda. That'll drive traffic to your site!

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Marlene, notice how nothing phases Larry. He stays on script.

 

Joy McKenzie

10 Months Ago

"With a large art purchase such as this, I really like to meet the buyers or their wives. Especially if you are gone on a long ocean voyage. I'm sure your wife could use the company. She must be lonely with you gone so long."

Crying laughing!

 

Design Turnpike

10 Months Ago

"What size does she need? Artwork that is."

Holy ouch! Your writing is pretty great.

 

Jon Glaser

10 Months Ago

Ed,,thanks for another laugh...keep the wife company,,sheesh lol

I got the ed winter email too..I was hoping for a quick reply but i guess not..

 

Marlene Burns

10 Months Ago

Nothing phases him cuz there is no wife!

 

Jon Glaser

10 Months Ago

Marlene,,its so funny that he even had the chuztpah to reply with that!

 

Peggy Collins

10 Months Ago

LMAO! This is my favorite: "She'll probably want to mount them in the bedroom." Subtle, very subtle.

 

Edward Fielding

10 Months Ago

Thanks y'all.

They seem to go silent in the afternoon and come back in the morning. The Nigerian Internet Cafe must close early. But I might have lost them.

I have to wonder how many emails they send out and how they keep them all straight?

 

Janine Riley

10 Months Ago

You know Peggy - I was going to let that one slide by.
Found it rather amusing, with Special Delivery no less.

 

Peggy Collins

10 Months Ago

Yeah, Ed just kind of slipped it in there, didn't he? :-)

 

Richard Reeve

10 Months Ago

You're right, Peggy. But he does need to be hard on them...

 

Marlene Burns

10 Months Ago

OMG, you guys!!

 

Peggy Collins

10 Months Ago

Hee hee. Should we add a couple stars to our avatars, Marlene?

 

Marlene Burns

10 Months Ago

I cannot...I perpetually skate on thin ice in the forum....at best, I get to remove one now and then.

 

Travel Pics

10 Months Ago

Edward, you should be a writer!

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Michel
https://photos.travelnotes.org/

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

i got this one today, its not art related, but funny anyway

Dear friend,
Hello,
Please take your time to read this message; although we have never met before, this is no spam. It's a real message sent to you. I know also that you willbe amazed at the level of trust that I am willing to place in a person that I have never seen nor spoken with. I have only about a few months to live and I want you to Distribute my
funds fifty-eight million dollars $58,000,000(united states dollars) to charities.
if you will help reply me to my private email below

william.williamsimon2017@yandex.com

yours truly,

William Simon




its not spam, its a real message.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Janine Riley

10 Months Ago

It is because of your warm and smiling face Mike - you meet the darned nicest people.

 

Mike Savad

10 Months Ago

i guess so... i can light a whole room up with my smile. i had to make an agreement with the FAA (the airplane guys), because it was so bright, planes were distracted. just another reason not to smile too much. i saved everyone from the trouble of seeing it, as it might create hot pixels... your welcome.


---Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Kendall Kessler

10 Months Ago

I get the, wife is interested in my work one, all the time. They are moving to another country so they just have to send a private shipper to pick up the artwork. I just ignore these emails.

 

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