Artistic Scam

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?


What do you think? Comment below:

  • Sylvia McGuire

    So, what clued you in that this was a scammer?

    • The clue for me was the poor grammar, convoluted style (just say the name of the work instead of wrtng it’s in the subject field), contrived name in all lower case john glenn.

      • gwen fox

        I totally agree …. I have noticed in all the scam emails I have received there is always something like a grammatical error. I guess they think we won’t notice…silly them.

    • gwen fox

      Sylvia…the first clue was the fact that he didn’t capitalize his name…that is unusual.
      Second…the sentence…You are doing a great job. For someone who is really legit they wouldn’t say this.
      Third…this isn’t the first time I have received this type of email. They seldom change the wordage and sometimes words are misspelled…not in this case but it just smelled like a rat.

  • Darina Boldizar

    I have received one on Tuesday from Vanit Chirathivat. Here it is:
    Hi . I just saw your portfolio online and i so much appreciate your works and would be interested in making a direct purchase from you for my personal use,so please let me know if that’s possible,also thank you so much for your time taken to read my message and i patiently await your response.

    “Direct purchase” clued me in.

    • gwen fox

      Yep…”direct purchase” is a dead give away…good thinking Darina.

  • Sara Chambers

    I’ve received so many emails similar to this, I’ve lost count! One’s heart always quickens, but then the thud of reality hits. If the painting in question is ON your website, complete with info and price, why would he ask? I’ve played along once in awhile for a lark, but have never believed any of the promises! If it sounds too good, it probably is. Plus, the other giveaway is that the person nearly always just”happens” to be moving to some foreign country immediately and wants you to ship it to them. If I reply (just in case it’s a legit request), I state my policy is that I only accept PayPal payment, which includes shipping and tax if applicable. I’ve never had a reply after that! 😇😜

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