Artist's Website Scams

March 29, 2016

I was so excited to see that a man e-mailed me regarding one of the paintings on this site. He claimed . . . well, here is what he wrote, "Greetings! My name is _____ from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,:) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in the field above) so surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales."


I returned an e-mail regarding the "piece" he referred to and wrote a friendly letter regarding the history of the painting and my inspiration. I explained the size, watercolor paper type, pigment used and shot a price plus shipping. 


I got another e-mail wherein the guy is talking about thousands of dollars for work . . . blah . . . .blah. . . blah. I immediately blocked the guy's e-mail. His language was strange, his lack of listening to what I had to say was apparent. This type of scam is widely known and explained online, including the part about the wife and the surprise gift. 


Anyway, while it is exciting to hear from someone who appears interested in our art, be careful when they want to dictate shipping (stick to your process completely), they want to pay way over asking price (in my case $125 plus shipping for an 11X14 watercolor compared to his idea of $2000), and watch the use of the English language. The scammers often make simple mistakes in verb tense,  singular and plural nouns and they often display poor usage/vocabulary.  Anything just a bit odd, ought to send up a flag and each error sends the flag further up the pole. Flags up . . .  figure it is a scam. Careful out there. 

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