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sima Amid wewetzer

Thank you so much for your information.

display stands

fair enough the rest are scams but that "Marc Weuker" could have been for real? what made you think he wasn't, based on that one email?

Dawn Blair

I received two of the "Veronica Smith" emails above. This morning, I received another one worded a bit differently than the other two. I'm pasting it below to help get the word out about the new one circulating now.

Thank you for posting these scams -- it's good to have peace of mind that it is a scam and not an honest customer.


I am Veronica smith, an American but I live and work here in AustraliaThis message is to make inquiry on the below question.1- Do you carry overseas? (though i already know of a freight forwarder thatwill pick my packages from you,since they ship lesser than any other courierand they are so effective in shipping my goods to me here inQueensland,Australia is estimated to be 3-4days) I have used their servicesin the past and it was splendid.2- Do you accept credit card for payment(my U.S.A Master and Visa card to beprecise)? Kindly let me know your comments on these, before i send theitems i am interested in purchasing from you.


I received the same email from "veronica smith"...and it is because of your post that my company was able to confirm that it was indeed a fraudulent inquiry. DAWN, I thank you for sharing this information online. I really appreciate it!


horrible! I just got one from Gill Thoebella and Im glad you have this info up or I would have been suckered in for sure. I need art sales and this is just plain mean to toy with an artist hopes!

Tomokazu Matsuyama

I was sucked in,, just few days ago, I ve western union-ed 3,000 USD back.. same method.. damn,, when she first contacted me, i googled her name and was not listed anywhere.. if it only had been a few weekes later, I would not have lost this large money.. be aware,, everyone, I ve exchanged over 30 emails with her, easily over few weeks and she almost bacame a friend....

Tomokazu Matsuyama

forgot to state who it was, its Gilly Thobela..

artsy ants

Wow, so they also try to scam artist? Thanks for posting, everybody!

Tomokazu Matsuyama

Assuming, now that the they ve seen this, they will change their names,, since Gilly Thoebela mistakenly send me an email with a different name of Betty as well,, When you sell work and get a check that states higher qoute than what you expect, do NOT cash them, when they ask you to wire money back through Western Union, do NOT wire them. this is most likely a SCAM..

jean s

i did received fraudulent approaches from janet thobela ,with the same language and words i did read in your web site !!!! thanks to luck i went in your web site ,as i was putting the name Thobela on Google for research on this potential buyer ! So of course now i am not going to carry on MERCI THANKS BRAVO ;JEAN


Debby Barnes

Used the story of being pregnant, in London for wedding of twin sister. Overpayment sent. Very pushy and rushing things.

Carrie Brightbill

I received one from Donna Hoynik, thank you for posting it allowed me to confirm my gut feeling that it was a scam. Here is the email that was sent:

On 4/6/11 5:54 PM, "Donna Hoynik" wrote:

Good morning,

I was searching through Google images directory where i came across this sophisticated and attractive work of yours that made me keep starring for moments will love to purchase one or two piece from you and i will appreciate it if you can kindly let me know if you have piece priced between $1000- $2000 because that is my budget.I hope to read from you with weblink of work in my budget or kindly send me images of it.



חדרי תינוקות

For me, This blog is the most valuable one. Because from a fortnight or so, I am communicate with a guy and similar kind of mails. It prevented me from loosing money. I am fortunate to find this blog....

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