after receiving for the third time a “scammy” email, I needed to write something about it, hoping that this will help other artists that came across this annoying experience.
I received just one email per year, the 16th of February 2014, the 5th of June 2015 and another one today, 24th of February 2016. The emails are different and have different senders names, but the content is pretty much the same:
“Do you still have – name of the artwork – available for sale as i am highly interested in it and do you accept Paypal as a mode of payment and also if pick up is acceptable, hope to read from you soon”.
In all three cases the email object was the title of the artwork, so it was pretty easy to recognize that was a scam almost immediately. Now, all my works are on sale through official websites as Saatchi or Etsy for example, so to me it doesn’t have any sense to be contacted privately for asking to purchase them.
If this is not your case, I highly recommend you to google the email received and the name of the sender. Then it will be easy to identify them, because they send several emails to different artists within the same days, and internet is a precious source of information, especially when we are dealing with these kind of people.
I will write below the email and the sender names of the scammers, so you can be aware once you will receive the same email. I would love to update this list, just to put everything in one place and eventually create a good source for other artists. Please share your experience, the suspicious emails received and if you want, write down on a comment the email sender name, email address and content.
I will be more than happy to create a list of scammers through this post.
Update – 30 June 2016
Another of these scammers wrote on my blog with a public comment (not really smart).
Here it is the message:
My name is Jason Cloud from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.
Thanks and best regards,
Making a quick search on Google it seems that the EXACT message (the guy is an idiot) was sent to another person from Mike Evans and Chana Cohen.
Just stay alert because they periodically send the same shit to all their contacts. Please keep me updated.
Update – 7 December 2016
A new email scam is arrived, this time through my Tictail shop:
I am interested in the immediate purchase of your item which payment will be made to you via PayPal. I will like you to get back to me with you reply via my email address below, so that we can talk more better. (email@example.com)
Reply back to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you own a Tictail shop too, just be aware that this scammer is operating there. I also received an official email from Tictail warning to not trust this account.
Art Email Scams List
Jason Cloud – email@example.com
Mike Evans – firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Adams – email@example.com
Milton Fred – firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Martins – email@example.com
James Johnson – firstname.lastname@example.org