ARTISTS BEWARE!

November 2004 - I was both skeptical and excited to get email weeks ago that a fellow in Nigeria wanted to buy some art for 1.samples to be my "exclusive representative in my country," 2. show good faith because "of so much fraud on the internet."  I gave the asked for prices and he said he would send a cashier check for $5,400 for 2 original paintings.  Of course I had to give my address.  I was suspicious that I had to ask in 3 emails exactly which works he wanted from the web page that I had directed him for works available for sale. Turns out I forced him to do extra work - unload, attach to email, and then send to me for identification of desired works. The English was always awful.  But he acted rich, direct me to his accountant to handle the check mailing.  Well no check came but today, this letter with similiar solitication spamed all over the internet, promising millions of dollars ($) if you help out to get money out of Nigeria.  Only thing this time, instead of the irritating spam in email (bet you the reader get your share to from Nigeria), it was a snaimail letter. Interesting, for such an important letter requesting contact for a multi-million dollar deal, it's a cheap print copy paper and from "the desk of Dr. Alex Radebe." But check the signature at the bottom (written in ink, by hand at least) and you can see it does not spell out "Alex Radebe."  Now why would somebody who wants to buy my art and rep me in Nigeria (of all places!) refer me to a probable scam group?  Note also, very amateurish, the letter is address not to me but to "Sir/Madam."  Yet it states as the title, "Strictly Confidential."  Yet this is apparently a mass produced form letter.  Beware, fellow artists, of those who claim to want to buy your art just to get personal information from you!!!!!

 

Pygoya, Webist November 13, 2004