Hi , I’m a relatively successful artist Leonid Afremov. I would like to tell you about a customer that tried to scam me yesterday. The transaction was made on my site www.afremov.com. Such scam and fraud is very common for online transactions. I would refer to him as JM in order to protect client’s confidentiality. JM tried to steal my painting. He purchased a recreation of the painting Alley by The lake for $164 including shipping and stretching under one of my specials. He pressured me to ship the painting very fast by sending emails since day 1 threatening with cancelation. When you purchase a recreation, it’s something I have to paint. Customer satisfaction is very important to me, I take every transaction seriously so I put aside all my work and painted a recreation of Alley by The Lake for JM. I even sent him a free painting in addition because I felt it was taking too long. But oil paint does not dry fast. In the good case, it takes 5 days to dry. After JM finally received the painting he started writing threatening emails. He was accusing me of being scam and fraud. He said that the painting looked horrible like a child painted it. He said that If Leonid Afremov created this painting than he painted it with his left hand while painting something else with the right hand at the same time. JM of course demanded his money back. I have no Scam and Fraud in my business and I feel very insulted when people call me a scam. I provided JM with a refund seconds after this emails and sent him a shipping label with my UPS account to return the paintings to me. Then he responded that he does not want to return the painting and will pay me $30 for it. I demanded the return of the painting but he never replied and agreed to send it back although I will be paying for the shipment.
JM accused me of being scam and fraud but he is a scam and fraud himself. From the day he purchased the painting his intent was to pressure me with time frames, accuse me of scam, get his money back and keep the painting as a compensation for the fictional scam committed against him. I don’t know now if he intends to send the painting back, I really hope he does because of I invested my soul into this painting. If he does not return the painting then JM is a thief and a scam. If it was more expensive transaction, it would have been worth it reporting this scam to the authorities. Please let me know your opinion on this matter
My paintings and drawings are like my children, I really hate to part with them, this must have been awful for you. We artists are sensitive souls and if someone is unhappy with your work then it must really affect you. This person is dispicable in his actions, you are too kind by not naming him. Name and shame I say,... I love your work it is so bright and cheerful I am so sorry this has happened to you.
I purchased a painting in the past 2 months from Leonid. When I received the painting it was absolutely beautiful. I purchased for my wife, and she couldn't have been more pleased. I currently own 4 of his originals, and I have just completed an order for another 36 x 48. I am excited to see it, as it is a surprise for my wife.
<font><font>Primero quiero del felicitarle Por La belleza de Sus Obras. </font><font>Se vé USTED INMEDIATAMENTE Que Pone Su alma en Cada trazo, con color de Cada. </font><font>Admiro do arte. </font><font>Me emociona Profundamente la Luz Que irradian suspensión Obras.</font></font>
<font><font>Siempre Habra Gente aprovechada y egoista en El Mundo. </font><font>¿Quiza Para Qué valoremos a las buenas personajes de Nuestro Alrededor?. </font></font>
<font><font>No debemos Dejar impunes a Personas ESTAS deshonestas. </font><font>Por favor, denuncie a las Autoridades Que correspondan. </font><font>Haga valer hacer Derecho, Su Dignidad.</font></font>
<font><font>Lamento Este incidente Que ha ocurrido.</font></font>
<font><font>Me despido con gran Agradecimiento Por La Belleza Que USTED Comparte. </font><font>un abrazo desde las islas Canarias.</font></font>
I was very worried because I read these complaints on the internet after I had purchased 3 paintings. Well, they arrived today and they are beautiful! Thank you so much! I have recomended you to several friends.
I must admit that this makes me furious for you. Artists give their hearts and soul to viewers with every piece they create and to have someone use part of your soul to steal from you......I literally can't find the words. I wanted to capitalize the "furious" but felt that "shouting" would have been out of place. None-the-less I am honestly stunned by people using the arts to steal. This creates a world of suspicion and distrust that can infect the world of online auctions.
Although $164 is not a huge amount of money, in the big scheme of things, but any amount of money that someone steals from another is worth reporting. I hope you'll let the officials deal with this person. He/She will only continue to try and scam others. Possibly you can contact some officials from other auction sites and let them know this person should be banned from their site. Just know that everyone here is in your corner. I do find it interesting that one of the comments above (ironore--Dec. 2011) is for the same amount you mention and their complaint is that they didn't receive a "free painting that you owed them." Maybe I'd feel worse for them if anyone "owes" another something free!! Go after this person and know we're all behind you.