Beware of online scams targeting artists
I just got a scam from someone saying they wanted to buy two paintings from my website. Everything about it seemed very weird, funny wording and funky email address. However, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t dissing a potential client so I went along with it thinking I’m not sending anything to this person until the check clears.
A few bizarre emails later and I was convinced it was a scam, my wife thought to do a google search for any similar art scam and bingo we found a very useful website www.bogusartfair.info that had the very same scam listed that was being done to me. Basically, they almost seem legit in wanted to buy your artwork and will send you a certified cashier check for the full (or even more) price of the artwork. However the trick is that they send you a counterfeit check that appears to be very real and may even fool the bank when you cash it. They then ask you to pay their special private shipper from the check. I’m not sure what happens to you when the bank finds out it’s bogus but thankfully I will never have to know!
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