We’ve received word of another art scam email. Thanks to Jennie Shanker for the tip-off. The email text reads as follows:
3:38 AM (4 hours ago)
I am Interested in purchasing some piece of art from your gallery or
inventory therefore i will like to know if you are able to ship
International and also if you accept Visa Card or Master Card for
You can get back to me with your recently updated web page or art
Some tips from Jennie:
Since many artists do not have the capacity to accept credit cards, a check is sent instead. Artists are pressured to ship an artwork under a fast deadline overseas. The check is supposed to cover the cost of the shipping. A bank will credit your account for a deposited check before the check actually clears, so someone might think the money is in the bank, and may pay for shipping and send a piece. The artist not only loses the money for shipping, they lose an artwork.
Do you know of a scam you’d like to report? Send it to email@example.com and we’ll be happy to post it to the blog under the new Art Scams section, which you can find by clicking on “Categories” at the left-hand side of the screen.
Find more helpful tips for avoiding scams:
If you’ve already been the victim of a scam, find a roundup of steps you can take here.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3):