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Eliza Hemingway

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Mail address is Eliza Hemingway, PO Box 544, Chemainus, BC, Canada, V0R 1K0

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ART SCAMS 

The following article is taken from artists.ca  This is a site to aid artists, particularly against scams

I recently received an email, in November 2017 asking me to send a painting to a man as a present for his wife for their wedding anniversary. The request was polite and seemed legitimate.

This is typical of the kind of scam mentioned on this site. Don't be flattered by the attention. Suggest, as I did that the inquiry be forwarded to another source, that they purchase your work through a public gallery or your agent. My suspicions were aroused when he stated he did not mind which painting I suggested. I had the feeling the price did not matter either. I know from experience that price always matters, unless a person is trying a fast game and is intent on stealing or scamming. When I did not follow up he never emailed back. Unfortunately I deleted the email and I cannot recall which name was in use this time around. 

If you have a website and your art is visible you possibly will receive a request. 

Eliza Hemingway

 

ArtSites Updates

(posted on 27 Jun 2017)

Over the past few weeks, several of our artists have received "purchase inquiries" to buy a few pieces of artwork.

Fortunately, our artists have asked us for our thoughts and we've been very quick to let them know that these were, unfortunately, art scams. :-(

Here are a few recent "Names of Shame" to watch out for:

  • Donald Cook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Vanit Chirathivat
  • Quinn Sunny
  • Thomas Scovel
  • Anita Turner (sometimes "anitturner")
  • Will Bullas
  • Beverly Nicholas
  • Dr. Oswald Dornelly
  • Dennis Morgan
  • Senior Collins

So, how do we know these are scams?

Here are a few "red flags" that seem to be used in most of these "inquiries":

  • Overseas Buyers
  • Purchase of Multiple Items
  • Complex Payment Schemes and/or Overpayments by Cheque
  • Use of a Their Own Shipping Agent or Mover
  • Buying for a Spouse or Relative

In our previous article, Red Flags When Doing Business Online, we discuss many of the above points in more detail.

And, if you want more art scam information, here are a few nice articles/resources:

As you will see, while sender's name(s) and email addresses often change, the general format seems to remain the same.

Another tip:

  • If you use Statcounter, you can compare the time of the email with the time of a view/hit on your contact page. Often, you'll see what actual country the scammers are from (usually, not the one mentioned in the email ;-).

Our hope is that once you know the key "elements" of an art scam, it'll be much easier for you to recognize one when you see it! ;-)

As always, we simply want to make sure you don't get scammed!

And, we'll do our best to keep you informed!

Please be cautious and feel free to ask us if you ever have any concerns! :-)

 

 

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