Phishing For Artists…


Scammers are busy phishing for artists now. For the full story, wonderfully illustrated by Steven Weinberg, head over to Hyperallergic.

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  1. says

    Most artists who have active websites do. Steven addresses that in his illustrations, along with the fact that there are obvious tells with these particular scammers.

  2. kestrel says

    LOL. I got one of these that made me laugh. So first, to make the story clearer, what I do is take the hair from somebody’s pet horse and make stuff out of it for them -- a necklace, a bracelet, a key fob etc. as a very personal memento of that horse. So: somebody emails me, and says they would like 32 of my most expensive bracelet and that they will pay with a (no doubt stolen) credit card. 32! Made me laugh. So I wrote back, expressing astonishment and pleasure that someone would have 32 pet horses, and asked for a photo showing the owner with their 32 horses. Never heard back. HAHAHAHAHAHA freaking jerks…

  3. says

    32 extra special horses! My, my. Outside of my photo gallery, I don’t have an online presence for my work, so I don’t get these. But, I’d certainly raise an eyebrow over someone offering me 15K for a vague piece. :D It’s really mean spirited though, waving money like that in front of an artist’s face.

  4. says

    Kestrel…
    32! Yeah that’s a pretty good tell.

    Also, Your story reminded me of “back in the day” I used to make a little side money in middle school braiding hat bands out of horse mane and tail. I had access to a great many different colors (ranching country, everybody has horses) so could get pretty creative with even simple braids.

  5. says

    There’s a new scam: inviting artists to get a booth at a show. Pay in advance, of course.

    I have the same problem, YOB. I get consulting enquiries, enquiries about soap, enquiries about stock photography -- it all comes to the same place. After the first time I spamboxed a prospective client I got more careful about how I train my spam classifier.

  6. says

    I’ve seen a lot of fake call for entries (with $xx jury fee) but not a show booth. Would you be willing to provide a bit more info so I know what to be on the lookout for?

    I will, of course, do my own research but I trust you more than I do some random googled site.

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