Scams happen every day and in all industries. The Art business is no exception.
If you have your art on the web it is vulnerable to the scammers. It is your job to be aware of their sneaky ways as it is easy to fall into the trap of believing the email they send you is sincere.
They say they love your work.
They are interested in purchasing a certain piece of art.
They love your style and creativity.
You want to believe them so you play along by answering their emails. They are saying to you what you believe is true…your work is beautiful; your work is special and therefore worthy of selling to this intelligent stranger who professes to admire a part of you.
But this stranger is not what you think…he is a scammer! You will end up with nothing and he will end up with your painting.
So, when you receive an email like the one I received two days ago (see below) just delete and smile knowing you got the upper hand.
My name is john glenn 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 your idea of creativity. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
Thanks and best regards,
Have you received one of these emails?