Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Sophisticated ART SCAM: Fake shipping company.

ARTISTS BEWARE!
I just lost my time with a sophisticated art scam, scammer wants me to ship my paintings with a fake shipping company: https://www.costaexpressdelivery.com/about-us
Can you spot what looks wrong with this website?

If you'd like to know more about the fake shipping company scams, you can read some info here:  https://glassmagazine.com/glassblog/warning-fake-shipping-company-scam  ( I didn't took the time to read all the 61 pages of testimonies! )
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ARTISTES ATTENTION!
Je viens de perdre mon temps avec un scam sophistiqué, le scammer veut que j'expédie mes peintures avec une fausse compagnie de transport: https://www.costaexpressdelivery.com/about-us
Est ce que vous arrivez à voir ce qui fait faux dans ce site web?

10 comments:

thedailypainter said...

You mean like the 2023 copyright at the bottom of the page? Maybe these are time travelers and they are delivering your painting to a buyer that bought it five years from now. ;)

Marina Dieul said...

I thought it couldn't be a time traveller's art scam, otherwise he would have known that I didn't fell into the trap. :)

Calvin Lee said...

I just received a request from someone in Hungary for the purchase of my art work. When I asked for a shipping address so I could quote a cost for handling and postage, I was told to use Costa Express Delivery. I went to their web site and it looked strange, so I did some Google searches and found your post. How does the scam work?

Calvin Lee said...

Please respond to me about how the scam works at cactusflats@gmail.com

Calvin Lee said...

I just received a request from someone in Hungary for the purchase of my art work. When I asked for a shipping address so I could quote a cost for handling and postage, I was told to use Costa Express Delivery. I went to their web site and it looked strange, so I did some Google searches and found your post. How does the scam work?

Marina Dieul said...

The scam probably works like one of these: https://glassmagazine.com/glassblog/warning-fake-shipping-company-scam

Anonymous said...

I also was contacted about buying my artwork with a request to use CostaExpress Delivery. It went pretty far until I was convinced it was a scam. I always had a sort of bad feeling about it but a friend helped me see all the signs in the end. Now I'm not sure if I should just walk away or interrogate this guy...a part of me was holding out hope for awhile that it is real. But he really insisted on using CostaExpress and is starting to seem angry at me for questioning him and suggesting a more common shipping method.

Marina Dieul said...

I'm not sure if it's the same person or if several people use the same fake shipping website, but it looks like the scammer was also following me on Facebook, and when I published about that fake shipping company, someone tried to influence me saying that the site looked ok, those small companies are reliable and cheaper than the big ones. When I pointed the different problems with the website, he and his comments disappeared. That made me wondering. As the scammer never contacted me again by email after, I suppose that it was the same guy.
Glad my post is helping others...

Saskia Zimmerman said...

I recently got approached by Belinda Davis, she was interested in buying three of my art pieces and adviced me to use that same shipping company. I was a bit alarmed by that and it made me investigate more. and luckily I found your post. thank you for keeping us artist posted.

Regards,

Saskia Zimmerman

Marina Dieul said...

Hi Saskia, I'm glad you found my post. I always post this kind of info so people searching on Internet can find them. Artists are often the targets of many scammers, it's important to know how to identify them.
Best,
Marina.