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Doreen_137017
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BEWARE of Art Buyer Scam Emails
Feb 8th, 2022, 6:33pm
 
Hello all,
I'm always leery and investigate unknown email contact, even submission forms from my site, BEFORE I ever contact a stranger inquiring about my work. I received a new one today which is circulating and is INDEED A SCAM.
 
If you receive an email such as this:
My name is Jeff Robert from Washington,DC. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to I and my wife's anniversary which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
 
With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $1000 to $9000.
 
I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment.
 
Best regards,
 
Jeff.
 
MARK IT AS SPAM and DO NOT REPLY!
 
5 Ways to Recognize an Email Scam Aimed at Artists:
 
1. He never mentions my name or anything specific about my work; it’s an easy copy/paste for him to send this to mass recipients.
2. A lowercase “i”? Come on. Also, he “stormed” on my works? Note the odd use of language throughout.
3. Glaring misuse of “your” versus “you’re”
4. Excessive flattery
5. Why would I need to send him pictures/examples if he’s already so enthralled with my work?
 
I’ve seen where scammers will actually bring up the concept of exchanging funds in their initial contact. Sometimes scammers will want to send you a check in advance, and sometimes they have the nerve to ask you for money in some odd, roundabout scheme. We have to stay vigilant and continue to alert each other to scams like this, as they’ll only continue to try to become more believable.
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Pamela_135500
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Reply #1 - Feb 8th, 2022, 7:14pm
 
Thank you for sharing this, Doreen.
 
It seems at every turn and through every device there is someone trying a scam nowadays.  
 
Pamela Smiley
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Reply #2 - Feb 14th, 2022, 1:57pm
 
Thank you for sharing this Doreen.  The word "stormed" was the first thing that caught my eye as being off.  Wink
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Reply #3 - Mar 11th, 2022, 1:23pm
 
Thank you, Doreen, for bringing this to us. Scammers will try anything! Crazy!
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