Friday, March 14, 2014

Beware of Art Scammers

I recently got an email from someone that was interested in purchasing one of my paintings. The email read:

I'm Stan, I recently visited your website and found this Work of arts to be unique and appealing. I am very impressed with its uniqueness and would be interested in purchasing it for my new apartment am moving into soon. kindly reconfirm the availability and price to me.
Well, this didn't sound quite right but you never know so I emailed back and told him the painting was available. Then he responded.

I indeed appreciate your timely response, also glad to know the piece is still available, just a little about me, I'm a civil 'marine' engineer, I am based in New York, but unfortunately I'm  presently out of the States for a training voyage with new hires from graduate school, I would have personally come for the purchase of the piece but due to my unpredictable schedule, I might not be back in US for the next couple of weeks, 
Am relocating to Johannesburg so am gathering some good arts for my new home, am buying the piece quickly! before someone else grabs it, I'll expedite the sending of the funds.

However, you don't have to worry about shipping, I'll instruct my shipping agent who is moving my valuables and some personal effect to come over for the pickup of the artwork at your place. 

PS:In the meantime, kindly forward me your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no and contact address so I can mail a check out to you as I might be delayed on my trip depending on how things goes.
You can probably see where this was going. Had I responded to his second email, he would have then asked for my bank account number so he could transfer the money directly into my account or something similar. His email had nothing to do with art but just another clever way of trying to scam another artist whom they know will do most anything to sell their work. 

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