Since I receive "art scam" emails pretty frequently and I heard a while back about an artist in Maine getting her bank account cleaned out, I thought I'd share the most recent scam email from my inbox. You know, just in case a similar message finds its way to yours and you're wondering, "what's this?". They typically follow a pattern of ridiculous, open-ended inquiry, questions and proposals. And then if you reply, they want to send you a check for WAY over the amount of the price of your artwork. I'm not 100% sure what they do, but their mission is to get your moolah. So while we know your art is awesome, they're not interested in it. So my best advice: DELETE the email.
Good day to you.
I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search, I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you.
Let me know their various prices. and how much discounts are you going to give? I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our new home in South Africa. As well, I want you to take out the shipping cost. I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives.
We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as possible. On Paying for the artworks, I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank, please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks.
I will await your advise on how to proceed. Have a wonderful day.