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I received the following email this morning from someone else in the fine-arts field, regarding a “Kenya Wildlife Art Field Study & Retreat” for June 2009 that Christopher Gervais is listing on his website:

“I contacted Kuki Gallmann to let them know about his [Gervais'] collecting $400 for the retreat he is sponsoring. This is the email I received back:

Thank you for this info:Wow!!

He is actually doing no Artist Retreat with us at all, although he attempted to!!Thank you again for warning us!

warm regards

Kuki Gallmann
From Kenya.”

So – as with prior posts on this topic, forewarned is forearmed.

To learn more about the Gallman Memorial Foundation and its conservation work in Kenya – as well as the fires set by poachers on the reserve two months ago – please visit www.gallmannkenya.org. (The arson story is under their “News & Events” link).

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Those scammers never stop. Here’s the latest to land in my email (on April Fool’s Day, no less) from a “bettsmith026@yahoo.com”:

Hello,
I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing some creative artwork from you.I will purchase the following(Lynx Study 8 x 6-$750,Companions #1 6 x 8-$750).

let me know their various prices and how much discounts you are willing to give?
I will be happy to have these selected artworks hanged in our new home in London.As well,I want you to exclude the shipping cost.I will arrange for the shipment.We are travelling from our Dallas home to our new apartment as soon as possible.

On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a certified cashiers check or a personal check which can be easliy cashed in your local banks around you,please let me know on how to procced for the payment of the creative artworks.
Have a wonderful day.

Regards,
Betty.

As always, there are a number of warning signs:

  • Rife with poor grammar and misspellings
  • Errors of logic – like listing the prices with the pieces and then asking what the prices were (this has happened in every scam email I’ve received)
  • Asking to exclude shipping cost
  • Paying with a cashiers check or personal check (both of which can take a long time to clear for certain).

Don’t bother replying to these sorts of scam emails. Post them here so we can all learn from them.

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Folks – here’s the latest on this. I emailed Mr. Gervais (he’d sent me an email thanking me for my original blog post) with:

Dear Christopher,
You might want to check on the responses to my blog entry about your magazine – there are some people who do not feel they have been dealt with fairly.

Since I’m a businessperson myself, I always like to make sure that I know how my clients and colleagues feel – and I like to do everything in my power to make things right, if there’s an issue.

Best regards,
Julie T. Chapman

This was his response:

Dear Julie:

I have not spoken to any of these people that have written on your blog. So the fact is not one has called and engaged in a conversation to me or my “Interns” since I have no intern. No such person called on Monday by the name of Lori Lemanski.

I will remind that you are legally responsible for any information that is posted on your website (as you are the owner) that is false. I have enough attorneys to consult on this matter. I will not permit false and misleading information to be spread about the magazine.

If your groupies want to be critical, do so to the former Wildlife Art that took everyone money when the ceased operations.

Western & Wildlife Art Magazine
The International Journal of Western, Wildlife Art & Conservation
Christopher J. Gervais, Editor & Publisher

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So am I the last person on the planet to know that there’s now an online wildlife art magazine? I was surprised to receive an email from the editor/publisher about a week ago:

Dear Artists & Collectors:

The March/April Issue of Western & Wildlife Art Magazine is now available. Please note our new website address: www.WesternWildlifeMag.com

As in the past this leading publication of the wildlife art industry is available to you at no cost.

Enjoy

Western & Wildlife Art Magazine
The International Journal of Western, Wildlife Art & Conservation
Christopher J. Gervais, Editor & Publisher
P.O. Box 347
Ardmore, PA 19003
www.WesternWildlifeMag.com

www.WildLifeArtShows.com

If you didn’t already know about it, then heck, I’ve done my good deed for the day.

A short post this time – off to the famous Freezeout Lake, on the Rocky Mountain Front, for the snow goose migration. I’ll report next week.

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Just a warning – another art scammer on the loose. This email showed up in my Inbox today:

“Good day to you out there.

I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you…………………

Larger Than Life
bighorn
Snowdog
coyote
Fox Focus
red fox
Let me know their various prices.and how much discounts are you going to give?I will be happy to have these selected artworks hanged in our new home in South Africa. As well, I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives.
We are traveling from our Dallas home to our new apartment as soon as possible.On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks.
I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.

Take care,
Frannie Brandsons”

… which also led me to discover a site called Artscam, with some examples of art scam emails.

In general, pretty much anytime I get an email with such incredibly bad grammar and language use I am immediately suspicious. Plus, these emails always ask me for the prices of these paintings – yet my prices are right on my website with the images, so this is another red flag.

Stay safe, everyone!

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