Monday, May 10, 2010

Known Scammer Names Used in Art Scams

In general, scams targeting artists have been on the rise. In recent months textile artists have come to their attention. I personally have been targeted over the past couple of months (most recently over the past couple of weeks) with 2 emails from a Dennis Morgan using as his email address. The message to me (the email subject line was the name of one of my artworks):

Good day to you over there, My name is Dennis Morgan i'm from California and i hope this message finds you well.I was going through your works and my eyes caught...., i will like to have it for my new apartment this month. please let me know if the piece is available, if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from you asap.

Now really, aside from all of the punctuation and tense errors, its clear that the "my eyes caught....." part is designed to cover whatever artwork was listed in the Subject header. And who signs their name with a period?

Nonetheless, at some point these emails will probably become more sophisticated and harder to immediately identify as being a scam. Fortunately, ArtQuest has taken on the mission of compiling and frequently updating the names of known e-mail scammers. So please check this list before responding to any e-mail offers to purchase, even if the e-mail seems to be legitimate (its also useful to google the person as well). If the name does not appear on the list but you're pretty certain its a scam, ArtQuest asks that you send the email to them as an attachment (this allows them to look at the complete header options and identify fake addresses).


Wen said...

Thank you for your blog- always thoughtful and fresh. The Bill Moyers of fiber art.

Marlaquilts said...

Gwen,thank you for taking time out of your busy day keeping art's informed, also keeping us on our toes.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Thanks Wen. I have long enjoyed searching out and/or stumbling across these relevant or odd bits of information. It finally dawned upon me that others might also find them to be interesting or useful.


Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Hi Marla, Guess I was responding to Wen as you were posting. I'm happy to know that you enjoy this info also.


Jackie said...

Thank you for this information. the one I had a few yeasr ago was not on there 'Brushio mendez'.
ust so yoyknow!
Its sucha bad thing becasueit appeals to artists sense of worth if someone actually wants to on a piece its very flattering util youiscover the scam.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Jackie, you're so right. Artists in particular probably are more susceptible to this type of scam for exactly the reason you suggested. Someone being interested in purchasing your work is very validating on so many levels that it tends to make one less wary and more vulnerable.