Edited on May 2nd, 2016: Emails have been pouring into my inbox from artists thanking me for writing this post. I’m so happy to help. I only wish I had written it sooner because one artist told me she was scammed by “Handy” for thousands for dollars, which you can read about in Part Two here.
Art scammers are out again in full force. I got hit at the end of December by a couple of vanity publishers trying to get me to pay them 8 or 9 thousand per page to be published in their book, and I’ve been hit again, twice in the past two days. This time by fake art buyers. I’m going to tell you what to look for, so it doesn’t happen to you.
The first scammer contacted me through my contact form here on my website. Here is what he wrote..
Comment: My name is Handy Parker from MA. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
Thanks and best regards,
Time: January 3, 2016 at 4:49 pm
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Contact Form URL: http://katherinejeannewood.com/contact-katherine/
Sent by an unverified visitor to your site.
Okay, first glaring mistake..he used my contact form, not email, and there isn’t a subject line on the form. I was my phone at the time, and thought..well, maybe it looks different on my desktop..maybe there’s a subject line that I’m not seeing on my phone. I decided to ignore it, and asked him to send me a link to the work he was inquiring about. This is what I got in return..
Thanks for writing,
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