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Beware of the Israeli Art Scam in Canberra

By TAD - 25 March 2009 53

This evening at my home in west Belconnen I had a wonderful visit from two Israeli “art students” showing me their artwork which they stated was painstakingly painted by themselves to fund their trip around Australia.

This is a scam. The paintings are cheap chinese mass produced knock offs marked up to be sold to suckers for $500 more than they are worth.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/13/2445638.htm
http://www.ozcomments.com/archives/70
http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/8437
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/israeli-art-scam-hits-illawarra/1413107.aspx

[ED – This is the second of these we’ve heard about in the last few days]

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dkNigs 12:16 am 24 Aug 13

Hahah, what is wrong with this womans boobs? http://www.doupine.com/arts/HS0774.htm

banco 6:44 pm 23 Aug 13

This scam popped up in the US and there were some who were convinced it was a mossad front to gain access to houses of security officials in the US.

poetix 6:00 pm 23 Aug 13

This was the thread that made me fall in love with RiotACT. Looking up those paintings…frisson central.

theblues 4:45 pm 23 Aug 13

We got conned too in early August. Have reported it to Crime Stoppers and Scam Watch. Be aware. They are targeting new areas in Gungahlin.

poetix 11:23 pm 06 Jan 12

The catalogue is definitely worth a browse, as much for the descriptions as for the ‘art’. For example at

http://www.doupine.com/arts/HS3214.htm

there is a work called ‘The Colourful Spoondrift’. ‘Introduction: The Colorful Spoondrift give the Spoondrift more colors, making them more beautiful.’ This is a lurid seascape. Or for those who need things really spelt out for them ‘Lady in Bar’ is described as ‘The two ladies are drinking in the bar.’ The nudes are probably the worst I have ever seen.

It is totally great, without any pushy salespeople, although you can chat live to a salesperson, if you feel the need for Spoondrift.

OverLord 9:01 pm 06 Jan 12

Had a guy show up last night here in Gunners. He had done some research though, I asked him where he was studying etc and he explained that he was on a trip up from Sydney to see the Renaissance exhibition at the NGA and the Contemporary Chinese exhibition as well.

Suffice to say I had to come up with a better excuse to send him off to another house. I’ll need to brush up on my painting terminology for the next one that comes along.

JhonnyComeLately 7:23 pm 06 Jan 12

poetix said :

I wonder why they are concentrating on Gungahlin?

They are targeting areas with lots of newly built houses. If you have just built a new house, it is probably in serious need of some interior decoration like “paintings”

This is a scam because they tell you a lot of lies to make you buy a painting at much higher price than it is worth. It is bad because they are cheating nice and trusting people .

poetix 7:58 pm 05 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

johnboy said :

Pretty sure there’s fraud involved.

Until a copper’s wife is conned I can guarantee there will be no police response.

I’m sure police officers’ wives have excellent taste in art.

However anyone who buys something like this deserves what they get. Particularly if they have ever complained about public art being a waste of money, or uttered the immortal line ‘my five year old could do better than that’. I hope they buy two then, chosen by colour, to hang above the matching lounge suite.

I wonder why they are concentrating on Gungahlin?

dungfungus 6:14 pm 05 Jan 12

johnboy said :

Pretty sure there’s fraud involved.

Until a copper’s wife is conned I can guarantee there will be no police response.

johnboy 6:06 pm 05 Jan 12

Pretty sure there’s fraud involved.

dungfungus 6:02 pm 05 Jan 12

JhonnyComeLately said :

Folks, This is still happening in Canberra, especially Gungahlin and other newly built up areaarea, I know a recent victim last week of December 2011. People of newly built up suburbs,they are targeting you, please be careful. I wonder why police is letting this happen?!!!. Well you have been warned.

And what crime is it that they committing requiring the police to be involved? When I last checked there was no legislation covering stupidity.

JhonnyComeLately 5:50 pm 05 Jan 12

Folks, This is still happening in Canberra, especially Gungahlin and other newly built up areaarea, I know a recent victim last week of December 2011. People of newly built up suburbs,they are targeting you, please be careful. I wonder why police is letting this happen?!!!. Well you have been warned.

myrtleville 3:19 am 11 May 10

I think it’s really unfair actually- I bet they’ve just been framed.
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