If you happen to receive an email from a Mike Walter, using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, be warned, it is a scam.
The body of the email may look something like this:
Subj: Artwork Enquiry
I hope this message finds you in a good condition , I am really
impressed with your good and beautiful works I was going through the
internet to get a beautiful artwork. i came across your works and my
eyes caught ” Chosen Paths & Space Walking “. still available for
I will like to have more details about the artworks as well the total
price for the piece (shipping excluded) so that i can proceed with
Your quick reply will be highly appreciated, i will be waiting to read
from you .
Two of the biggest red flags in this email? The abundance of typos and the fact that it comes from a free email client.
Thanks to Marc Salz and Favi Dubo for the tip-off.
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):