Dear members (of Montana Watercolor Society),
One of our MTWS members was recently involved in a scam reported to be hitting the Northwest. The folks who emailed her posed as art dealers, wanting to buy or saying they had a buyer for her painting. They sent her a phony cashiers check that was about $1000 too much and told her their mail carrier would pick up the painting. They told her to cash the check and send them the balance. She is working with her bank and has the police involved too. They are supposedly working out of the East coast area.
The major red flags here were the use of a cashiers check or money order for an amount way over the artist's given price. Also be aware of the buyer using a 3rd party for things like shipping.
As artists we all get excited about someone loving our art and wanting to own it, but we can't let our guard down and fall into this kind of trap. Always keep in mind the warning "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." The following are good articles to read about what to watch out for: