Art scam is becoming more sophisticated day by day. The most prevailing thing about art scam is that they are based on somewhat real facts that you could start believing in. But it’s not enough to protect yourself from scammers.
Mostly, small businessmen, artists, and makers are the real targets for the scammers. You should get lesson from Dmitry Rybolovlev and Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier’s artwork dealing case and hence be careful from the scammers.
But, how can you identify the scammers?
In this article, we will discuss how to recognize an art scam.
- Check your emails
Most of the scam emails are automatically goes to the spam folder of your Gmail. However, if you are not using Gmail then they are using words like Important or Attention in order to grab your attention. If any genuine person sends you an important message then he/she doesn’t use such phrases.
- The person will have a fictitious name or email id
Art Scammers sometimes use email id as the name of the person without any domain name. Hence it is very important for you to check the sender’s name and email id first.
- They want to arrange the shipping themselves
Genuine collectors will use popular companies they had a positive experience with for the shipping process. On the other hand, if the company will not be known to you then it must be a red flag that where your art goes to?
Your best defense about the scam is to use a solid shopping cart interface for all Internet Transactions and refuse to accept any non-traditional payment method. Your best response to these scammers is to ignore messages and move on.