Back in November I got a scam email from Sarah Blair <firstname.lastname@example.org> and I just got another one from Adam Johnson <email@example.com> so I’m publishing them here as a warning to others. Always google any email address you find suspicious – and be suspicious.
Here’s the scam: The person wants to buy art, sends a check for more than the asking price saying something like they are “sorry her husband had made a terrible mistake and over paid”. They want the artist to cash it and send them the difference. So they get your money with a bad cashier’s check, you owe the bank, and depending on the timing they get your art.
Here’s other online complaints about these “I want to buy your art” scams.
Here’s the text of the first email:
Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creative works on your website and i will like you to get back with more details if they are still available for purchase.
Motion Study #1373 (Hiroo) and Motion Study #4254 (Pompidou)
I will appreciate an urgent reply.
Here’s the text of the second email:
My name is Adam, I found your Work of arts to be appealing. I am very impressed with it and would be interested in purchasing it .
Could you please send your website to me and let me know your available pieces,a price list and payment options . I’m an art lover/collector and I’m collecting for my personal collections.****.I want any art work at the range of $400 to $500.
Notice that i have a shipper already and my method of payment is Check.