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Aug. 23rd, 2005

Well, this isn't really a warning, more of a question...

I just checked my mail this morning and found the following email:

how are you today? my name is bruno wase i will like to order for some
of your art work to my substore in nigeria and i will to know if you can
accept the folowing options
can you accept credit card?
can you ship to nigeria?
can you ship via ups or usps ?
please get back to me with your website address and the list of art works
you have in stock and your minimum order if you accept the listed above
options so that i can proceed with my order asap
await your reply.
thanks with regards

So, here are my questions:
- Why would a serious business/shop owner have (not to sound mean) rather bad grammar (unless English was not their first language)?
- Why would they be asking for my website? Isn't that how they found my work/know that I am an artist?
- What do they mean by "List of art works that I have in stock"
- All in all, what is this person asking for? Art for shirts? Prints? They didn't really specify, or else I totally missed it.

Also, has anyone else recieved an email from this person?
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Aug. 23rd, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an email I got a few months ago about a Nigerian store wanting to order my furry art CD in bulk. Though they didn't say "art cd" they said "$30 items", which is the only thing that matched the description of my art CD. I emailed them back and they never responded.

You should email them your questions and let us know if you hear back from them.
Aug. 27th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I don't think I will be replying to them. It just seems too..vague:/. That, and the subject of the mail was "ART WORK!!!!!!!!!"

Kind of iffy XD.

Thanks for the reply!
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like some scams I've heard of that end up like this:
Cashier Check Scam and Stolen Credit Card Scam
except that the person is too lazy to look up sellers himself and is just spamming hoping to find one.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
For people who don't click links:
The first one involves giving you more money than you ask for in the form of a 'cheque', part of which you are to give, in cash, to someone else in America or abroad. Of course, the cheque is no good. The second is ordering goods with fraudulent or stolen credit information.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
Wow! That is awesome! Thanks for the link...I can't stop laughing :D
Aug. 24th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
No problems :)
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
It smells bad to me. I'd definitely avoid it, you could end up being scammed either for cash or perhaps worse, with your artwork copyrights badly breached.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
There have been so many scams that claim to come from Nigeria, art related and not.. (one such scam was asking people to buy and send laptops to them for a fee after the fact, and others were general credit frauds.) If you see anything coming from there unsolicited, assume its a scam/spam delete it, and move on.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
It's a scam.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
I get 18 pieces of spam mail a week with some deals in Nigeria and other African nations. If I see the name of one of those nations, it gets trashed. I recommend you do the same.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but I always associate Nigeria with fruads, cheats, and scams.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ignore it. It's is definitely a scam! I've had a couple friends that followed it up and it was 100% scam.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Ignore it, scam. Same as everyone else said.
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Aug. 31st, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: You know.. :o
Thank you:).
Yeah, I guess I put the wannabe part there because I'm always afraid to sound bigger than I really am in terms of my art. *Shrugs* I guess I also think that I could be doing better in my work, so I don't really consider myself one with much talent.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
I've gotten emails asking me to basically let someone launder 38.5 Mil through my bank account, and I get 500K of it. I just needed to show them my account info... hell no... The last time I got this email, it was from Nigeria
Aug. 23rd, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
As a matter of fact.

Considering the number of scams that originate in Nigeria specifically

You could probably create a filter in your email that will automatically route to trash, any email containing the word "Nigeria" or "Nigerian" and be confident you are not missing ANYTHING of value.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
It seems like a scam to me. The fact it is in Nigera is sort of supcious. I know there are furries in South Africa, but I don't think there are any furries in Nigeria...
Aug. 23rd, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Its sadly a well known scam. RUN for the hills and just block it.
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
Well, it looks like this was most likely a scam, so I don't think that I will be going anywhere in contacting this person, whoever they were (unless they mail me again in a more professional manner).

Thanks for all the information that everyone provided here:)!
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