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You Learn a Lot by Glancing Through Your Junk Pile

But finally -- donít be afraid of scams. If you know they exist, and you maintain a healthy, and rudimentary unwillingness to believe everything you are told, then your instinct will continue to be honed, and will kick in more and more when you receive an email or phone call, get a circular in the mail, or even, turn on the evening news. [...]

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Don't Click That Link!

Thereís nothing wrong with being suspicious, and you donít have to put yourself down if you think youíre too trusting. [...]

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Someone Wants to Buy FIVE of my Paintings!

If you have a website on which you sell art, and you havenít received a scam email yet, wait for it. It will happen. [...]

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How to Make an Intelligent Artist Feel Stupid

Worrying about what other people think is a waste of time and energy, diverting us from learning from our mistakes. [...]

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Scams & Vanity

I donít have gallery representation yet, but Iím not desperate enough to pay $1900 to someone to print a few of my paintings in a magazine or hang any of my paintings in a gallery, even in New York. [...]

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Art Scams and Art Scammers: Be careful when throwing around the S word

If you are going to 'call out' an art-related company online (or any company, for that matter) for 'scamming'... make sure that what they are doing can legally be defined as a scam (fraudulent). Dig for evidence -- discover proof beyond mere allegations. Failure to do that can result in a 'world of hurt' in court. [...]

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Scams Explained

Scammers donít sleep - they are awake; 24-7-365. These lowlifes donít take a vacation. [...]

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Dealing with Art Scammers

Things to look for: (1) A sense of urgency (2) Poor grammatical use in the email (3) Wanting to pay by Cashiers check (sometimes a greater amount than you are asking) (4) They want to use their own shipping agent. [...]

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Ignore This Scam

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email through my website from a woman named Michelle Campbell. I immediately recognized her email as a scam. I then posted her email on my personal blog. Several artists commented on my blog that they had received the same email and were getting ready to make a transaction. If they had gone through with it, they could have lost thousands of dollars. [...]

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A Free Trial or Money-Back Guarantee?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about being careful when dealing with new online services, How to Avoid Online Artist Predators...However, there is another important point I meant to make in that article that I forgot to include. So I will cover it here: Does the service offer a free trial? Or, at least, a 100% money-back guarantee? [...]

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How Art Scams Work

Yesterday, we alerted you that we were seeing a new round of art scams, which really are just variations of the same old scam. In fact, most art scams are just a variation of the generic "cashier's check" scam.  We thought it might be helpful...and allow you to better protect yourself...if you knew how the scam worked. How art scams work: A counterfeit or fraudulent cashier's check or corporate check is utilized to pay for art. Often these checks are made out for a substantially larger amount than the purchase price. The artist  victim [...]

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New Scam Targetting Arists - Same Old Sh**

The scam can come from any email address, in the last several days several of our clients have received messages from the following addresses: tom.tailor001@yahoo.com fred.yuhariz001@yahoo.com brandon5079@yahoo.com The message generally looks something like the following: My name is..(FILL IN NAME) .i'm from colorado usa,I'm willing to purchase your In the (Painting Name) 24" x 36" $3,000 I want you to please get back to me with present condition your location and your last price offer I will be looking forward to reading from you asap. Thanks Best regard If [...]

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How to Stop (almost) all Scammers

Here's our advice:  make it your policy to NEVER accept a cashier's check or a money order for payment.  When approached by a prospect who wants to buy simply tell them you accept cash, credit card, paypal (whatever) NO Cashier's Checks or Money Orders . . . that will stop 99% of the scammers out there. [...]

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List of Known Art Scammers

Yet another client emailed me regarding an art scam in which she was targeted.  It followed the usual pattern.  Here are a couple of links that you might fine useful in protecting yourself:List of names and email addresses of known art scammers:http://www.artquest.com/artquest/scammer-names.htm [...]

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A Letter from a Scammer

The email below is an actual message from a scammer.  One of our clients forwarded the letter to us.  The person who wrote the letter below sent our client a cashier's check which a bank has already determined to be counterfiet. I reproduce the letter here because it underscores the point I have been making this week:  scammers are getting more sophisticated.  Here is the letter:Dear G,   Thanks so much for your response to my query about those creatives works. Yes,i will like to proceed with the purchase of the three artworks.  Thanks so much for the discount.. I think they are lovely works [...]

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Fighting Back - A Step Against Art Scammers

The proliferation of art scams has led us to create some new features and recommendations at FineArtStudioOnline.1.  We recommend that you do NOT post your email address on your web site.  Scammers and spammers will pick it up.2.  This will force people to use the "Contact the Artist" form provided by our software.3.  Begining now, our software looks through each message submitted for key phrases common to art scams. If the software thinks it might be a scam, you, the artist, will recieve a WARNING along with the message.4.  Please report anything that you think might be a scam to us.Sincerely,Clint [...]

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Art Scammers Are Getting More Sophisticated

A client recently emailed me the following chilling message.  Be very careful when approached via the Internet about purchases.  Use common sense.  If it feels funny, it's probably a scam.   Last week I received a message that someone wanted to connect with me thru the website. I received an email from someone called Susan.  She wanted to buy 3 of my paintings. I quoted a price and she agreed on all three paintings but was in the midst of moving from Alabama to Johannesburg, So Africa.  She said her moving company would pick up the paintings and ship them with the rest [...]

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CAPTCHAing spammers

Admitedly, this post is more for the geeks.  We've begun adding CAPTCHA tests on forms throughout our systems.  CAPTCHA is short for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart."  The Turing Test is designed to differentiate humans from computers.  In our application, the CAPTCHA is in the common form of a series of twisted numbers that must be entered into a form for the form submission to be considered valid.  The idea is that humans can figure out what the numbers are, but spammers' computers cannot. We are adding this to all artist contact forms in the FASO [...]

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Art Scam Alert!

A subscriber sent me the following email.† It is the best description of how the Cashier's Check/Art Scam works.† I can't verify that this email is true, but it does outline the workings of the scam.† I had another subscriber email me directly who did receive a fake cashier's check.† She had not send any funds or art in her case, so it just cost her a bit of time, but no dollars.Clint---------------ART SCAM:I received this email from an acquaintance, so I can't verify that it was† true but it was interesting enough to pass on!I received an email (from a [...]

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Yet Another Internet Scam Targetting Artists

I declare...these bozos never give up.Suffice it to say, if you're approached with any variation of a letter like the one below, you can ignore it.† Real collectors are interested in specific pieces by TITLE.† They don't just email you and say "I want to buy oil paintings, water color paintings, etc etc."†† If you get anything like this, just ignore it.For more info on Internet Scams targetting artists that have circulated over the past year, read the Internet scam entries further down in this blog.Here is the text of the most recent one I have seen:----------------------------------------------------Name:m. [some name]Email:[someemail@someaddress]Phone:Comments:Good day, I [...]

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ALERT: Internet Scam Targeting Artists

Please be very careful if you receive an email from a foreigner claimingto wish to buy your artwork. Typically the person indicates he wants tobuy two pieces - IT IS A SCAM.Here is a sample of what the email typically looks like:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My name is (Some Name Here), I am interested in buying your item,I want toinform you that the payment will be remmited via a cashier`s check ormoney order issued from a american bank.In order to conclude the deal assoon as possible, the payment that will be sent to you will include themoney for the sales of your item and the [...]

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Nigerian Scam - Art Variation

This article is by Clint Watson,  former art gallery owner/director/salesperson and founder of FineArtViews. You should follow Clint on Twitter here. I've seen this scam for a while, but it seems to keep resurfacing. So I post today just as a warning. If you receive a message from someone in Nigeria wanting to purchase your products (that's usually how they word it), it's a scam. This particular variation has even been featured on NBC's Dateline. They typically try to gain your trust and then talk you into revealing personal bank account info. Here is a copy of a recent communication one of [...]

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