Jody Noelle Coughlin Art Blog
I just want you all to know that I also have been contacted by a fellow calling himself Stanley Jackson. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
He told me he wanted to buy art from me. I believed him. Here are some of the lovely promises he made:
I was just about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up of the Item , I am currently on sea and i am buying the artwork as i explained earlier and i tried to book pick up with the shipping company, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept Western Union Money Transfer for payments and they don't accept PayPal or Bank transfer and I tried to send the money online but i couldn't and I am on sea and there is no way i can find a western union branch to make the transfer to the shipping company so i wanted to ask if it was OK for me to include my pick up fees in the payments I am about to send through PayPal, the shipping company charged $1300 plus insurance and all of that, please can i include their money in the payments I want to send then after i have made the payments you will help me forward the $1300 to the shipping company through western union money transfer, I would have done myself and not bother you but the fact that I am currently on sea, so after I have made the payments you will help me send $1300 to the shipping company through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments,I will more than appreciate if you mail me back, and I will be making the payments shortly. Thanks and God bless."
I just learned that this is more than likely the work of a scam artist.
Now I, being the young and naive fool that I am, almost fell for this and I almost sent him the art piece and the money to cover the shipping costs.If I had not stumbled on the warning on the artid.com homepage this evening, I would have made a huge mistake. He first contacted me on Sunday, October 31st. I thought it was a little odd, but I didn't want to be overly paranoid. I should have listened to my gut on this one!
I realize it's a crazy world with a lot of crazy people in it and something told me it was bogus, but how can you tell a legitimate customer from a bad one when dealing on-line? There is just so much junk to filter through!
I cannot tell you how literally sick I feel over this. I mean, I told my children I made this glorious art sale and I was so proud of myself. Now I feel like an ass!
It leaves me feeling very vulnerable and I have to say- you folks here at Artid.com should have sent an e-mail alert to each and everyone of your members the second you learned about this. Having a little blurb on your home page is not nearly enough.
I should have also done my part and made my suspicions known. Shame on me!
Oh life! Why must you be so difficult sometimes?
Incidentally, the guy in the photo is not a scam artist. He is just my husband acting ridiculous, but I think it illustrates my point. Seller beware.