Monday, July 25, 2011

Fraud Alert: Emails from Charles Phey: Your Art

adapted from an email i received from an art group:

Emails are being sent out to artists from a Charles Phey with the email academicss001@gmail.com . The subject line will most likely read the name of one of your works and the price. The email that is being sent out reads something like:

"Good day to you out there, My name is Charles Phey, I'm from South Well-fleet, MA. Need some artwork for an exhibition,We have being buying and collating different artwork samples from across the world. why surveying i came through your work, going through it, my eyes caught this particular work, i will like to have it this month.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 you. Regards."

Upon following up with this character, they will request you send your work to them and then they will send you a money order. Or they will send you a fake money order for more than the amount and want you to send back the difference. THIS IS FAKE. This spammer has been taking advantage of artists all over the world. If you receive anything from Charles Phey at academicss001@gmail.com DO NOT OPEN IT - send directly to your trash/spam folder.

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