Recently an attempt was made to scam me by a person calling herself 'Lisa Walcott'. She asked after two pictures- one of which was sold. I gave her a price which she accepted with amazing alacrity. Clever scammer that she was she asked what my point of view was about my art. She allowed that she was busy- was moving to new digs and had to go to her sister's wedding in Bermuda- but the $1200 check would be forthcoming. Her husbands PA would be sending it and would be arranging for 'cartage'. The word cartage alerted me to a probable scammer as I have dealt with selling stuff on Craigslist- and they use terms like my personal 'cartage' company-my husbands or my secretary will deal with this as I am too busy.
However my heart did give a little leap and I did wait for the check. She kept emailing me just about every day to see if it had arrived. It became annoying as it went on for 2 weeks. Finally I rechecked the $2,700,000 mansion address she gave me and found that it was still on the market and not at all her house.
I finally emailed her and told her that the check had arrived, that I would be sending her the drawing. She emailed me back and said- oh I am sorry but my husband was confused and he sent you a check for $3000. Could I deposit this check and refund the rest.
This is classic- they send you a check- a bogus check- they can even fake certified checks and before the check bounces you have sent them money-plus you have another fee from the bank.
I told her that I checked with the bank to see if the check had sufficient funds and it did not. (there was no check- they probably got their scams confused). I said that the address must be wrong as the house they said was theirs was still for sale. I also said that if they liked my picture they could copy it off my site.
So beware! Here is a site devoted to educating artists about art scammers.
Artists are ideal victims- often living precariously off little income and less recognition. Once, many years ago, I found a catfood coupon fluttering in the grass. I ran after it- both my cat and I ate that day. My cat would have eaten first in any case.
But I do want to add that I HAVE SOLD work off my site- so I would suggest politeness at first- but alway ask your bank if the check is valid.
Also to those of you who want off my site- I hope you find a way. I tried to get off a site on blogger and it is impossible. One Google blogger person I called wanted $200- another $120.
So I apologize if any of you are stuck with stuff you hate or find annoying.
But SPRING is near my dears!!!!