Saturday, June 25, 2011

Trapping the scammer

Yesterday I posted the art scam email that I received (it's also at the bottom of the email trail below); here's my initial response - let's see if we can scam him into wasting some of his time:

Dear Johnson,

Thank you so much for your inquiry. Were you referred to me by Mr. Saatchi? Your name sounds familiar, perhaps we met at his party in Cannes last year? Were you the guy who fell in the pool? No... that was Johnston, not Johnson.

Anyway, I would love to place some of my artwork in your collection, and will ship it to you provided that you can pay me with a money order. As soon as I have the money order in my hand, I will ship all the artwork to you... the same day that the money order arrives.

Before that, I would like to ask you one question, as I am very particular as to whom I sell my artwork: Are you descended from the Scottish Johnsons or the English Johnsons? I'm a little leery of selling art to sassenachs, you know...

But wait... is Johnson your first name? I think so now... that would make Taylor your last name, and that sounds English... are you of English descent?

Please let me know... Here's Tae Us – Wha's Like Us – Damn Few And They're A' Deid


The Lenster....


Subject: Art Order
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:08:49 +0100

Hi Dear,

My name is Johnson Taylor, i will like to order for some piece of your work from your studio as gift for my parent are celebrating their wedding anniversary, so i will be glad to have your reply as soon as possible, i will be glad if you can send me your website address to choose or send me four of your artworks via email that is available for me to choose.

Waiting to read from you that we can make some progress.

I will be waiting to read from you at you convinet time.

Best Regards,


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