Swindlers on the internet

Dear Artists, Painters!

Last times very often some artists get e-mails with a good offer from customers of buying their paintings. Firstly it seems very attractive, as it gives hope what your art (stuff) is still needs somebody. But after a while you see what customer is a not seriously wants to buy your stuff, he (she) needs to get money from you! Swindlers undertake different tricks and want to confuse your mind. Below to your attention is a one of from many tricks I got from the swindler ‘Paul Moore’,- most likely this name is fictitious.

Paul Moorepaulm3163@gmail.com

Hello, Good day to you over there, My name is Paul Moore I’m from Birmingham and i hope this message finds you well.I was going through your works and my eyes caught this particular piece,i will like to have it for my new apartment 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 asap.

Andrey Efi

Dear Paul Moore, thank you for attention to my art. You ask about Care Free Princess picture, and some details are here about this painting – oil on canvas, dimension 20′ x 28′ (50x70cm), year of made – 2000, Price – 1700 Euro (or any currency equivalent). How to do payment and delivery? we may talk about only if you decide to get it. You may check other my paintrings on the http://artefi.com All the Best, Andrey Efi

Paul Moore

Hello , I Agree with price So i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay. Get back to me with thedetails below : Name: PayPal Email address: Cell Phone No: Total Cost of the Artwork. once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the artwork to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company.. Have a nice day..

Andrey Efi

Dear Paul, I have not got Paypal account, as it’s not my way of doing deal, sorry. If you would like to make transfer via my local bank account I can give you following data .. ? Good day, Andrey

Paul Moore

Hello, I will advice you that Paypal is very secure and reliable and since i have been using the method of payment they have been protecting from any fraud activities that is why i insisted on paypal because i don’t have any access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking and i can’t go to the bank due to the nature of my job, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the vehicle and pls if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to www.paypal.com and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money to your Paypal account Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and I will be sending the payment shortly and i will email you when am done with it.More so you will be notify by Paypal in your email address after i make the payment,so just make sure you check your email to confirm payment when it is completed.you cam also check your spam for the confirmation. Await your Payment. Best Regards.

Andrey Efi

Hello Paul, I have got Paypal account. You ask about my email for Paypal This is – aefi@rambler.ru my cell +791213244865 Name – Andrey Efimov, but I did registration on the russian version of PP and do not know Latin Transcript of letters. hope it’s translated well. Paintinng – ‘Care Free Princess’ – price – 1700 Euro Okay, how do you think to do shipping of the image. Do you use DHL or some other servise? All the Best, Andrey

Paul Moore

Hello, I have just completed the Payment of the piece and i am sure you have received the confirmation from Paypal regarding the Payment, you can check your e-mail for confirmation of payment. I want you to send me your address so that the pick up can be arranged, the artwork would be picked up by the Courier Exchange Logistics Company which I’ve been using for a while and they’re very reliable. I made an extra payment 500 Euro and i am sure you noticed that, you’ll have to send the extra amount to the Shipping Company through Western Union right away, so that they can come ahead for the pick up . I will need you to send the excess fund to my pick up agent Headquarters where they normally confirm any commission payment to via western union money transfer(this can be done from the post office, as they usually have a western union agent there). Here is my pick up agent Headquarter info needed to send the money through Western Union. David Morgan 77 pedley rd, london,RM81XQ United Kingdom I am sure you have all my name and address for all documentations regarding the auto, and all other documentations should be prepared by my Pick Up Agent. You should send the money soon so that the Pick Up would be scheduled and you would know when the Pick Up would commence.So just make sure you send the extra amount to the Shipping Company right away so that you can get your money immediately. It’s Nice Doing Business With You. Get to mail me back soon with your address. Here is my address incase you need it. 204 baryon avenue city..Birmingham state…England country..united kingdom Zip code….RM81XQ

2 letters from ‘PayPal’ imitated what payment is done, but it is a forgery, for my sure to believe him and to be on his leash. I checked few times of transferring, but nothing.

(1) Dear Andrey Efimov(aefi@rambler.ru),
You have received a PayPal Payment of 2200 Euro from Paul Moore (paulm3163@gmail.com)
We’ve placed a temporary hold on the funds of this transaction
As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy,
we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer’s account
which included the Transport/Delivery Charges (Courier Exchange Logistics).
In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account.
We advice you go to nearest Western Union Office and send the excess sum of 500 Euro
to the Transport Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt (in .JPG Format). …………………………………….
(2) Hello Andrey Efimov(aefi@rambler.ru)
This email confirms that you have received an Instant payment of 2200 Euro from Paul Moore (paulm3163@gmail.com)
via Pay Pal MERCHANDISE Payment Service.
Reversals : This method of payment can not be reversed.
Status : Pending – Transport Company Awaiting Payment.
View the “NOTE” of this pending transaction below
Details
Merchandise Amount: 1700 Euro
Transport Charges: 500 Euro
Taxes and Insurance: —-
——-
Total: 2200 Euro
Transaction: 4WR6072127779652U
Quantity:1
MERCHANDISE Title: Artwork ……………..
Transport Company: ” COURIER COMPANY ”
Address:
David Morgan
77 pedley rd,
london ,RM81XQ
England
United Kingdom.
Address Status: Confirmed

Andrey Efi – – first reply

paul,
this is quite funny!
you asking me to send you 500 euro.
for what? shipping agency job? but we did not get deal about it with you.
You decided – it’s good for you. But it’s nor good for me.
Look, all is easy – you want to buy smth, you ask seller for price, give the money and take your goods! customer has to pay firstly! do you guess?
The money you “transfered” on the PayPal are not on my account, so, I have to pay you firstly, why?
The shipping service by DHL or UPS is cheaper twice – here is, from Saint-Petersburg to London is around 200 Euro,I could manage it, but you did your choise -500 euro, okay, you may find for 1500 pounds, this is your will, but do it separately please – payment for painting transfer directly me, and other business around untouch me… I tell, I was ready to help for deliver the picture, but now I do not keep mind about it.
Please, offer some applicable conditions.

Paul Moore

I have been waiting to read from you regarding the mtcn number that will be given to you at the western union money transfer after you might have send the 500 to my shipping agent and its very surprising you did not reply back to my last email..I am getting worried over this.. let me know if you have send the money via western union and if you’ve not done it make sure it is done today.I will be waiting to read from you regarding the information that will be given to you at the western union and also your address for the pick up and i will be very glad for this.make sure you get back to me ASAP. Nice doing business with you.

Andrey Efi Second time !!!

paul,
this is quite funny!
you asking me to send you 500 euro.
for what? shipping agency job? but we did not get deal about it with you.
You decided – it’s good for you. But it’s nor good for me.
Look, all is easy – you want to buy smth, you ask seller for price, give the money and take your goods! customer has to pay firstly! do you guess?
The money you “transfered” on the PayPal are not on my account, so, I have to pay you firstly, why?
The shipping service by DHL or UPS is cheaper twice – here is, from Saint-Petersburg to London is around 200 Euro,I could manage it, but you did your choise -500 euro, okay, you may find for 1500 pounds, this is your will, but do it separately please – payment for painting transfer directly me, and other business around untouch me… I tell, I was ready to help for deliver the picture, but now I do not keep mind about it.
Please, offer some applicable conditions.

Paul Moore

Okay , can you send 200 Euro to him???do let me know so that i can send him the rest and your account will be credited as soon i notify them. Will await your message.

Andrey Efi

Do you still pretender! or what ? Please, don’t twist my mind, leave it out! To whom I must send – to “HIM” !!! I tell you clear – give me payment for picture if you want to buy it. But if it’s only gambling – do not waste my time

Hope, this is a good sample for artists! Do not be naive ( or stupid)!

I refused him three times, only after that he left me out and stopped. And did not say any regret about the case he could not buy my painting for his new apartment.