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Please do not paste in the email you get unless asked to. If you do then I will remove your post
IF the email is totally different from those below, let FAA know the contents by filling out the form here http://fineartamerica.com/contactus.html and making it ATTN BETH
THIS POST IS ALWAYS IN THE STICKY HELP TAB AT THE TOP OF THE FORUM INDEX.
E-mail spam, also known as junk e-mail, is a subset of spam that involves nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by e-mail.
Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Scammer emails will ask you to sell an original and normally ask you to allow them to have it picked up. They will not work through Paypal or direct money transfer but will only do it by a cashiers cheque or postal order and will send money for the wrong amount which you have to pay back to them. The cheque or postal order is forged and a fraud every time
I have a small water color signed Barbra Barbers '82. It is of a docked shrimp boat named "Lady Luck" with a fleet of shrimp boats comng in for the day.
On the back is a sticker: Studio of Barbra Barber
315 Magnolia Street
St. Simons Island,Georgia 31522
In looking up the artist, I found your work which is really beautiful....and more sophisticated than my little watercolor. Thought you might be interested. "
After replying to this message the artist was hacked.
Unfortunately we sometimes get one or both of these emails on any public/members forum, such as FAA. It is just one of the hazards of being an artist where we need our potential customers to be able to contact us by mail.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE ANYTHING YOU ARE UNSURE OF
SPAM AND PHISHING
If you are using a desktop client to retrieve your mail you can filter by telling the programme that if the BODY of the mail has any set words (that you tell it) in, then to delete it. That way you can filter out good FAA email from the bad.
BE AWARE - If you do not answer these people they can NOT find out your email address! It is only when you answer it that they get that.
You only take payment for the cost of the painting and perhaps that includes postage, using YOUR courier. There is never any reason that a buyer may send you too much money and require a part refund . If they sent too much tell them to cancel it and send a new check for the right amount. ALWAYS pay to have a signature at the buyers end when buying your postage. It may be a small amount extra on the shipping cost but is always worth that piece of mind.
If unsure, then please use this thread to report or to ask about it.
Let us know if you get one, but DO NOT PASTE IN THE MAIL IF ALREADY A KNOWN EMAIL, JUST DELETE
If you need help using filters in your email programme please let us know and we will do our best to help.
NB Sometimes you may receive an email from a supposed member of the site being nasty to you. Please note this may not in fact be from that person, as any name can be put into the name area when sending an email. Noone here has the right to send nasty emails to another member.
dario - email@example.com
Goodness Fal Greetings from (firstname.lastname@example.org
John Anderson email@example.com
Judy M Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
justin amos and amoss
Miss Glory Kamara
Nancy - email@example.com
Please do not paste in the email you get unless asked to. If you do then I will remove your post
Consider that many of these email addresses from Spammers are fake. Bouncing to fake email addresses only adds to the immense congestion that spamming already has created. Purposely bouncing mail from spammers has absolutely no effect since the professionals never get that bounce back. Delete,Delete.... I use a program that washes my email on my server before it ever gets to my computer. If 50% of my mail is spam it never gets to my email client which happens to be Outlook....
I have added a small piece about what do to when selliung originals in shipping and taking money. Hope it helps.
PLEASE do not add the whole email if the email is already known. Check in the top post and you will see Mary is known. Just say you got one too if you like....This is to keep the thread from becoming too long.
I also have been scammed so I'm used to the routine. Unfortunately, "art dealers" are to be watched with great diligence. I calculate I have been had for several thousands through my naive nature. I have been given counterfeit money, bad checks and false promises. Also I have been cheated out of my money by not checking up on sales reported. Like my father used to say, " when traveling on a train, place your wallet under your pillow, and sleep with one eye open".
I got an email from Mary as well and deleted her.. .. she sure gets around! lol.. Thanks Beth...
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i know there are people always complaining about popups, or strange links on FAA, and i think there is spyware that targets links from this place. so theory has it, that it's attacking that box. and it will only show on your computer. did you try looking at that widget on another computer? or phone?
First thing I did, Mike - asked my webmaster who lives in England to check it out. Also my best friend from Phoenix. The issue was on the page and it was the iFrame which, I am told, is an outdated method. I doubt very much (but never deny any possibility) that it is on my computer. As soon as I deleted and replaced that page, the issue was gone.
officially this is not a scam, but their contract is. since they contacted me by finding me here, i want to post this here as a warning should you get contacted by this company.
MGL Licensing (Meiklejohn Graphics Licensing Ltd)
i always ask to see a contract from anyone that wants to deal with me, i like to know who i'm dealing with. they sent me a list of testimonials that could honestly be from anyone. but i finally got the contract today and it has everything you would not want to see in a contract, i'll paraphrase the bad parts:
3.1 The exclusive, world-wide (The Territory) right and licence to use, sub-licence and exploit the Artworks and any and all copyright, design right, trade mark rights and other intellectual property rights.
3.2 The exclusive right to authorise others to do the acts in The Territory described at clause 3.1 above during the currency of this Agreement so that and provided that the term of any such licence, sub-license, use or exploitation or other like arrangements with any third party shall continue for such term as MGL and such third party shall reasonably determine.
in other words, they own the work that you sent them. they for example, can send it to a stock art site, and it will probably be there forever.
12. MGL shall keep full financial books and records relating to the Artworks, which shall be made available to the Artist’s duly authorised agent or representative (who shall be a suitably qualified accountant). They shall have the right to audit such books, documents and other material and have access thereto during ordinary business hours. Artist shall give three (3) months written notice for the right to audit.
you have to give them 3 months advanced warning to check their books for honesty - 3 months? that kind of thing i should be able to do when i want, to check your honesty.
13. Due to MGL’s expertise in licensing, MGL shall not need to seek approval from Artist in respect of:
13.1. All and any design application of the Artworks to product and packaging or any other use of the Artwork by a licensee;
13.2. web design and the application of the Artworks should MGL wish to create a dedicated web page to promote the Artwork;
13.3. the design basics and standards for products and packaging featuring the Artwork should MGL wish to create a “Style Guide” for the guidance of licensees and sub-licensees.
13.4. designs created or undertaken by MGL to promote the Artworks (such as print ads, catalogues, flyers, exhibition displays).
they don't have seek your permission for any product - even ones you would never want to be associated with.
14. This Agreement shall commence on the date displayed on the front page for Three (3) years and shall continue unless terminated by the Artist on giving Three (3) months written notice and in such circumstances any existing licensing and payment arrangements shall remain in place until their natural expiry.
your stuck with them for 3 years, and you need to tell them 3 months in advance to get out.
16.2. Artist will not license to any third party any Artworks or any substantially similar works (in terms of content, style and subject matter) for use on or in conjunction with manufactured product intended for retail, wholesale, mail-order, promotional or internet sales, which would interfere with any license that is currently running that features any of Artist’s Artwork.
i read it as - you can't make any other image with the same theme or style, they also mention you can't contact the company you had a deal with for 1 year after. it also seems to mean that once i sign up with them i have to take it down from all other sites.
that's the gist of it anyway, sign up with them if you want to lose your copyrights and the ability to sell any where else. so that's my warning, and if i'm contacted by them again i'll tell them that there is no way i would sign up with a deal like this.
Thanks Mike. You are helping us all. You had proven the importance of having a contract before doing business with anyone; a contract that must be read cautiously. I took your advice in the past; and I will always be grateful to you.
in our private email system,just got this From Mrs Faienne kone..I am not posting her email address, just the contents..she is religious!
My Dear Beloved.
greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ, i am Mrs favienne kone from United Kingdom but presently in United Kingdom London i am a new Christan convert, please my dear i go your contact through your profile and i like it and also there is something i want to talk with you please con
Mrs. Faienne kone
I knew I wouldn't be alone on this. 'My dear beloved' was the immediate trigger and the heavy-handed religiosity sealed it. I am well versed in spam and scam language as I studied scam-baiting for a time before deciding it wasn't worth the energy required to string them along. At least my missive from kone was so poorly worded I didn't have to suffer through reading the crappy contract.
I read the terms and conditions when I signed up with FAA so it would seem like this account shouldn't last long and I will be disappointed if it does.
Also got one from Favienne Kone. While watching a self-proclaimed English person desperately trying to string together an English sentence was amusing, the unsolicited intrusion into my mailbox was not. I'm siccing the Flying Sphagetti Monster (all praise his Noodley Appendages!) on her!