Thank goodness I found your website! I had a bad feeling about this whole situation and I was obviously right. I feel such a fool to have been taken in by them.
I am now going to cease all communication.
Thank you for caring and I feel as angry as you do. I have sent all info to the police fraud site. Let’s hope they can be caught and stopped for good.
I’ve included the email thread for you to read.
I appreciate you keeping in touch, following on my previous email, please be informed that i would be happy to wait until the cheque has duly cleared your account before pick up arrangement commences. Since the shipper will be picking up other items for me which i have already paid for before i got message about my son’s illness in Canada, else i would have paid you in cash via royal mail. Do let me know if i should issue out the cheque as proposed, so i can do that today or first thing tomorrow morning.
Subject: Fwd: Artwork
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:19:52 +0000
Following my last email, my Accountant has expressed concern at my agreement to pass on funds to your Shipper and has asked that you make only the payment to me in the sum of £1050 to cover cost of artwork and that you make payment to your Shipper directly without my involvement.
Please confirm this will be ok
Begin forwarded message:
Thanks for your response to my purchase inquiry. I love your pieces of art and must tell you , you are good at what you do. I am collecting these items for personal use as I am an avid fan of art paintings ,sculptures and antiques.
Presently i am out of town spending sometime with my son who was recently diagnosed with Cancer but there shouldn’t be a worry as my shipper can come for pickup from you after payment has been finalized and fully cleared your account. I will be sending payment in form of a certified cheque of £2,000 and will need your mailing address where the cheque can be mailed to. You are to deduct the cost of your piece and disburse the rest to my shipper who will handle the pickup of the piece(s) as well as my other furniture’s for my newly acquired property in Kent.
For invoicing/filing purposes, my contact information is as detailed below:
2405 Queen st E,
I look forward to doing business with you.
Subject: Re: RE:
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:01:26 +0000
Thank you very much for your interest in my work. I have just recently sold “The Long Day”, however the rest are still currently available. A couple of the pieces are lodged with a local gallery, but I can retrieve them for you quickly.
The costs on the SAA website are for mounted pieces only, therefore, please see below the mounted and framed prices as you have requested. The frames are not all the same, they are either white or silver and are chosen to suit the subject matter:
Mounted & Framed
LITTLE HOUSE £150
Please let me know if you would like to go ahead with these purchases and when you would like to collect them, so that I can make arrangements to retrieve the relevant pieces from the Gallery.
I would prefer if you could pay directly into my bank account on-line, if possible?
I look forward to hearing from you again soon and thank you once again for your interest and support.
—– Original Message —–
From: Roberts Cynthia (email@example.com)
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 1:13 AM
Hello Caroline, Please let me know if the above piece(s) are still available. Calculate the total cost mounted & framed and let me know as quickly as you can, Payment will be by certified cheque, i can make arrangements for pick-up once payment clears your bank if that’s okay with you.