Ever had an email like this?:
"Hi there,my name is Larry im an art collector from Connecticut,was
browsing through the internet and my eyes caught this particular work
on the subject,will like to have it for my new apartment probably this
month.please let me know if the piece is available and if yes let me
have the detailed price and more information about it.kindly reply me
with your phone#.
This is an art scam email received by one of our members. I've had a few of them in the past few years too. This is what our member was able to find out:
The scam always has the same basic structure, even though the "story" may change.
They pretend to want to buy something and pay with either a cashier's check (which will turn out to be fraudulent) or a credit card (which will turn out to be stolen, even if not yet reported as such) and then overpay the amount (by a lot) claiming to have to pay a third-party shipper (who doesn't exist) or sometimes they say their assistant or wife made a mistake. They ask you to deposit the money and then forward the difference - either on to the non-existent shipper or back to them. And here's the critical part that is ALWAYS involved - they ask this money be sent to them via wire transfer (Western Union or MoneyGram). For them, that's the critical part because once they pick up a wire transfer, it is completely untraceable and it's easy for them to then just disappear and work on the next victim.
Fancy picking on artists to scam! Don't they know we're all starving as it is!? I guess there are always people less fortunate than ourselves and always those people willing to ignore their moral compass to get what they want. I can only feel sorry for them and be wary of anything on the internet that seems too good to be true, because it usually is. Eyes open my friends, eyes open.