Tuesday, March 1, 2011


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.

Take care,

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Great advice, Liza! I received a solicitation from a store in 'Australia' that wanted me to ship some product via their shipper. I made the mistake of communicating with them for a bit before I got suspicious and stopped. Now I get probably 6 - 10 emails a week for the same stuff. As I understand it, this particular scam offers to pay by credit card, want you to use thier shipper and then will ask you to pay the shipper once they pay you and then the card is a false one.. creepy to prey on people who are not exactly at the top of the money food chain. :(