While art scammers are around all year long, the holidays are the time when they come out in droves. The internet is an easy way for art scammers to operate. Therefore, artists need to be aware of and able to identify these unscrupulous individuals.
Since artists began marketing and selling their artwork on the internet, they have, unfortunately, become a target of worldwide scammers.
Last year, it was brought to the Gallery’s attention that artists were being contacted and solicited to purchase an attendee list for something called “Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery 2019 Attendees List”. This was is not a legitimate email or event, nor was LST affiliated with any of the emails in any way.
After several of our artists brought this scam to our attention, we posted a notice on the website, in our newsletter and on our social media to alert our artists to this scam. However, artists must be able to identify scammers on their own.
So in this post we are highlighting 7 signs that you are dealing with an art scammer.
The most common art scam is for a scammer to make contact with an artist and say that they want to buy some of their artwork that they saw online. To the unwary, hungry artist this is surely great news.
What the scammer wants is for the artist to ship the art without paying for it. In reality, they will be providing the artist with stolen credit card numbers or with phony checks in order to make the art purchase.
This scam works for the scammer because the transaction will take time due to the distance involved for both parties. To the unwary artist, the credit card transaction will go through, the art is shipped, only for the artist to find out later that credit card number was stolen or that the check was no good. As a consequence of all this, the artist is out of their art and the costs involved in creating it, plus the cost of the shipping.
Below are the top 7 signs an artist is dealing with an art scammer:
Art scammers have one objective and that is to separate artists from their art or from their money, or both. When approached by a stranger on the internet, always be aware of and skeptical of phony emails and solicitations.
All artists should attempt to get to know their buyers and be comfortable with the people they are dealing with when selling their art on the internet. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Artists should not abandon good judgment and common sense when trying to sell and deliver their art to an art buyer.
Our previous article, 5 Tips on How to Avoid Art Scams & Art Fraud also provides good advice for how artists can identify and protect themselves from art scammers, especially during this holiday season.