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Wendy has an email from someone asking to buy a whole load of her art. Firstly let me check we don't have a Phil Wilshe here?

Only that looks like part of a name "Wilsheer, or Wilshere". Plus the way it reads I am just concerned its either a scam or a potential money laundering attempt.

Looking online it appears like Money Launderers love buying art to clean their money. Its quite common apparantly.

Now I may be totally wrong and I am looking a potential gift horse in the mouth but anyone know about this stuff?

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It might not be a fraud. Are they offering silly money?

Anything unusual in the contact details etc?

Are you able to place a payment safety buffer between you and the buyer? Something official would scare off most would be scammers?

 

 

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Its just the way its written. goes from first person to second person and talks about several paintings but uses singular language, no capitals, poor sentencing etc. I had a similar email from the Crown Prince of Nigeria asking me to hold a million pounds for him.

I may be doing the guy a disservice but it does look a little strange! he also mentions buying "beyond the wall" which it clearly states is going into the Queens Private collection, so highly unlikely he read the article or website and then theres that email address with half a name like it was set up by a bot.

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Seems legit!!

I would await the follow up email - If serious, they will contact again. If same poor quality, you probably have your answer.

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What does the return email address look like compared to the name you have mentioned?

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Hi Kimbers,

 

Just play along with it. I had a similar one selling a bike for my father in law. I had two emails, one claiming they were working overseas but was willing to pay me the asking price and it would be collected by a courier. The other one slightly different but they both look to be a scam. When they talk about payment and mention services like Paypal, just say that you don't have a Paypal account. They can easily reverse the payment once the item has been sent and Paypal always sides on the buyer. They just need to say that they never received it. Western Union payment and the like I would steer clear of. Just tell them that the only way you sell your items is cash or bank transfer. See if they play the game then. One of my scam appearing emails actually turned out to be a genuine buyer that lives 5 miles away from me. Only trouble is that we can't agree on a reasonable price. I was convinced it was a scam by their poor spelling and grammar.

 

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Told him 3rd party only through paypal and that was that. Definately not legit.

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I nearly got hooked by an email/paypal scam.

Was looking for a Citroen DS and saw one for a great price (I know, I know..)

Just one image on ebay and some info that made sense and an email address to contact. So, I contacted for some more images and asked some relevant technical questions. Pretty quickly, lots more images sent and correct responses to questions - such as factory vs non-factory standard/optional extras that matched info from official DS book.

The following details are common to this type of scam and were present on this one.

Car in a nearly inaccessible place - Stornoway in this case.

Seller working abroad, meaning viewing would not be possible.

Selling for a deceased relative.

Here is the hook - Selling via the paypal buyer protection scheme - the vehicle is delivered to you and if you dont want it/doesnt match description in 14 days, the seller has to retrieve it at their cost, all before your money is released to them. You pay it to paypal. This is a real scheme but I dont think it is used for vehicles.

You pay the money, they string you along until 14 days have passed and thats that. The advert is for a real car but they withold images and details to make responses to enquiries seem legit.

I smelled a rat at the start and it got smellier after the first request for funds to be sent to a 'Spanish subsidiary' of paypal! This before I had even indicated an interest to buy.

When I checked their other items, there were HUNDREDS! cars, boats, bikes all for prices at around 50% of what they should be. All with the same sob story. Anyway, I spent a very satisfying couple of hours reporting them all to ebay. The seller disappeared and then reappeared with same items but different identity. Another fun hour reporting that one too!! I did this 2 more times and then, items I recognised disappeared.  

There must be thousands out there, and they only need to succeed with one or two to make it worth their while!

All very elaborate.

 

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