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ALERT: Internet Scam Targeting Artists

by Clint Watson on 1/5/2006

Please be very careful if you receive an email from a foreigner claiming
to wish to buy your artwork. Typically the person indicates he wants to
buy 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 to
inform you that the payment will be remmited via a cashier`s check or
money order issued from a american bank.In order to conclude the deal as
soon as possible, the payment that will be sent to you will include the
money for the sales of your item and the shippers fees for organising a
home pick up service.You do not need to worry as my shipping company will
come to pick the item up from your base for shipment. What I want to
clarify is that will you be able to send the shipping charges to the
shipping agent through Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer method
as soon as you get and cash the cheque and you deduct the money for the
sales of your item?If you agree to assist in this capacity , send your
full name,your address and phone numbers.
(Some Name)

(Some Artwork)
qty 1
(Some Artwork)
qty 1


If you recieve or have recieved the above email, IGNORE IT. I have been
contacted by several artists who have recieved the same thing. It is a
variation of the Art Scam that has circulated for several months. The
person is attempting to get your personal information and/or your bank
account number. DO NOT provide any information to him or her.

Robert Genn wrote a letter on November 22 covering this subject. If you
wish to learn how the scam typically works, please go to the following

Art Scam by Robert Genn

Con artists know that, as artists, we are emotional people and they prey
upon that personality trait. When approached regarding a potential sale,
just step back and think logically and try not to let the excitement of
the sale cloud your judgement.

Real collectors are typically wonderful people who want to help artists
and will understand logical business practices (such as waiting for checks
to clear, etc).

Hope this information helps.


Clint Watson
Software Craftsman and Art Fanatic


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via web
Thanks for the scam alert. I have indeed received quite a few--perhaps 10 or 12--of these fraudulent emails. I recognized them as such and ignored but do you know that these scammers are getting artists' emails via their domain name registrations? I went to renew my domain name yesterday and they explained it to me...the registration (unless you pay for an extra "privacy feature") is in the public domain, and scammers/spammers get our addresses there.
If you have any suggestions for keeping our info from reaching these people, I'm sure we'd all appreciate it. It seems unfair to have to PAY for privacy ($9 per year).
Thanks again...and I hope to have my site buiding SOON...need more hours in the day.

via web
hanks for the info about the scam. I did recieve such an email the other
day, but knew it may be a scam as this happened to me once before and I
recieved the money orders which I took to the post office to be verified and
sure enough they were bogus. They looked just like ordinary legitemate
money orders.

via web
Thank you very much for this warning. I did recieve an email a week or two
ago stating exactly as you wrote. Fortunately, I did not give any info, and
I asked more questions such as how they located my work etc... and to get
back to me clarifying what they were looking for. I never heard back. I
appreciate the heads up!


via web
Thanks. I kept a copy of it.

via web
Thank you for alert letter I received on Jan 5th 06. My art was also stolen from the Vancouver Art web by Chinese culprits.

I wondered how is it with anti-stealing devise on your web? Is art secure?

via web
Thank-you very much for this Heads Up. Appreciate all you do for us.


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