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10.18.2006

Peter Olson: Art Scam

Recently, an artist I know was approached via email with regard to a purchase of some of his paintings housed in an online gallery.

The email was from Peter Olson, peter_olson_5@yahoo.ca with a now defunct UK mobile number. 44.702.406.2701

Initially, it'd appeared to be an interested party who wished to buy a few pieces for his home in Middlesex, England. While in 'negotiations', a few things didn't add up. Googling and two subsequent phone calls further fueled the doubt. Turns out he was fronting a classic certified check scheme ala Catch Me If You Can.

Luckily, before my friend deposited the check, they'd called the bank to validate its legitimacy. It was a fake. I'm pissed and want to report this fuck to any and to every fraud protection/enforcement agency around. I told the friend to submit the check and the envelope in which it came to the authorities.

My friend just wants to let it go.

I say to hell with that.

Dear readers, if you're in the situation, please report fake scams to the National Fraud Information Center/Internet Fraud Watch, a service of the nonprofit National Consumers League, at http://www.fraud.org/ or (800) 876-7060. That information will be transmitted to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and these pieces of shit will get what's theirs.

32 Comments:

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous mark dixon said...

I have been corresponding with this Peter Olson guy and thought I would google him to see if he is legit (I had suspicions), and voila! Thanks for the heads up.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Z. Madison said...

Mark - I'm glad to be able to help you out. This scumbag will keep trying to hustle people until he gets caught. I hope you report him!

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Jenny Armitage said...

I am also in correspondance with this man, but he calls himself Richard Olsen. The phone # is the same. Thanks for the heads up.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Robert said...

HEY Robert here.....same thing but now a E-mail address, shoot can't see it but same scam.......buy paintings for his home in UK. CALLS himself a doctor! I could tell by the grammar it was a scam, but helps to find this....THANKS!!

 
At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rule of thumb, Never pay someone to buy whatever it is you are selling. That's just plain dumb.

Really, if they are purchasing then they are paying you, period.

 
At 11:40 AM, Anonymous me said...

Same here!! this scam artist has been emailing me too..claiming the same! Peter Olsen is a fake! Bastard!

 
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is now Peter Desalvatore,
Please be aware!!! The phone # is the same.

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Yep. He contacted me also. I haven't reply yet. Thanks for the heads up. Very helpful.

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Artoutwest said...

Same happened here...Peter Desalvatore, same phone number. ordered $5000.00 worth of art, knew it was a scam because I actually played through a scam with someone and received a check, turned it into authorities
Thanks for the heads up

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Delsalvatore..........
+44.702.406.2701
+44.702.402.8846
+44.702.402.9490
these are his current phone numbers; he is in contact with me currently. Thank you for this blog.

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Delsalvatore......peter_delsalvatore@yahoo.co.uk
This is his current spelling and email address. March 17, 2007

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. As an artist I have had people try to pull one on me like this before. This guy is now going as Peter Delsalvatore! Thought I would google the name and here it is. Thanks for the heads up! As a tip, I usually tell them that I only accept payment by Paypal and this usually deters the fraudsters!!

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger PainterKim said...

Holy crap! This guy's still at it. Just got an email from "Peter Salvatore" yesterday. So glad I used my powers of Google. Thanks for posting this.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Kandice said...

Just got the email from Peter Desalvatore@yahoo...thought it looked suspect...no real art buyer asks for more images when the art is fully available on the website already. Thanks to you google and blogger;0 for confirming the scam.

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Delsalvatore sent me a check for $9,550.00 on a bank called THE MADISON BANK & TRUST COMPANY which does not exist.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger tmstudio said...

New name to add to the list...Richard Delsalvatore at the same email address with the same numbers. Reported to fraud.com. THANK YOU for the info...:)

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like he is after me now. Richard Delsalvatore. Only this time he is sending his agent right to my studio to pick up the art with a certified cashiers check. Glad I googled him.

 
At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard from this clown today. Had immediate suspicions, and like the others, googled the name, Peter Delsalvatore. thanks for this site as a warning.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

received an email from a Richard Delsalvatore........
Kingston Lane,
Uxbridge,Middlesex UB8 3PH
+44.702.406.2701
+44.702.402.8846
+44.702.402.9490

same scam - same bad grammar!
Thanks for the heads up! As my grandmother used to say, 'if it sounds too good to be true - it is!'

 
At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Delsalvatore with Delsalvatore Truck and Equipment want to purchase 267,000 worth of construction equipment from me.Ya right!

 
At 3:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a $159 scam There really are some master con artists who specialize in deceiving people.

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware - Robert Cole!

This same email art scam almost happened to me. The buyers name was Robert Cole. He gave me a Wisconsin address but said he's moving to the UK. He had a yahoo address.

His email is robert.cole81@yahoo.com .

 
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