I was engaged in an art scam this week. You know those scammers that email you usually for jobs? Well now they are branching out to art collecting. The first clue was the highfalutin’ language, with bad grammar and bad spelling. Then there was unusual willingness to spend dough for two paintings that they only saw on line. It would be one thing if they knew my work and had seen it in person somewhere, but that was not the case. The third flag was that they said they were out of the country right now, but would be back in a couple of days. I am not sure why they always say that, but they do. The fourth flag was that they were moving to London. These operators are always moving to London. Either, London is now full of these scammers, or they say they are moving to London because it sounds so fancy, not unlike the highfalutin’ language use. The last clue, was when I told them very nicely that I preferred to use PayPal, (when they offered to send me a check and have Fed Ex come to my studio and pick up the paintings) big surprise, they disappeared! I didn’t have my hopes up too much, there where just too many flags. However, I have to admit, it would have been a nice way to start the 2012, if they had been legit!
|Makiko did this. I thought it apropos|