SCAM ALERT: Mary Kelvin Does Not Want a Mural

Trust us, we don’t want to get your hopes down. It is InLiquid’s highest priority to find and create opportunities for our artists and other artists alike. It is also our responsibility to let artists know which opportunities are worth the trouble and when to just walk away. As imperfect as the world is, we are faced with the occasional grifter; better online practices will tell you when business is real and when you’re being fooled.

Take, for example, the moniker “Mary Kelvin.” If you have received a message from someone with that name or that name in their email address, inquiring one of your works or services (in the case of this artist, a mural for their baby’s room), ignore and move on.

Another moniker to look out for is “Alex Parrish.” This scammer offers to send you a bigger check than what you are asking, intending to split costs with their “shipping agent”–by all means, don’t appeal to this.

To avoid similarly fraudulent names, always be sure to do a thorough background search. You don’t have to use a background search service, but simply running their name through your social media platforms and Google can pull up a decent snapshot of who’s contacting you.

Here are a few useful links to better track when you are being scammed:
How to Recognize an Art Scam 
Common Scammer Names – a full list! 
InLiquid Art Scam Archives 

 

 

Arlene Love
Arlene Love
Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes, aerialscapes, and cityscapes drawing inspiration from her life in Indonesia and Philadelphia.
Donna Backues
Donna Backues

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on…

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes,…

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes, aerialscapes, and…

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still life paintings.
Alice Gonglewski
Alice Gonglewski

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still…

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still life paintings.…

Alice Gonglewski's work explores the symbolism of home both through her stick figure constructions, and meditative still life paintings.…

Kathran Siegel
Kathran Siegel
Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has completed site-specific commissions, including a large installation on view at the Philadelphia International Airport. Her work brings focus to natural forms through a digital process of simplifying photographic images.
Sarah Zwerling
Sarah Zwerling

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has…

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has completed site-specific commissions, including a large installation on view at…

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has completed site-specific commissions, including a large installation on view at the Philadelphia International…

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