We used to say "Let the buyer beware" Now we have to say " let the seller beware " especially when it comes to the internet. Just recently I have been asked by some of our members about some emails they heave received. It is so exciting to get an email from UK as Elnaz Nourizadeh did. A gentleman asking to buy a sculpture for his wife. It was all going well until Shipping was discussed and transfers of money etc. Elnaz started to smell a rat and contacted me to ask me to warn other sculptors.. Having had a few other similar enquiries I was able to agree with her that it was a scam. So disappointing but better not to be sucked in.
"I hope you never have same experience but if you receive something like this please be aware and don’t waste your valuable creative time on these kind of people."- Elnaz
The following is an example of an email that some of you may receive:
----- Forwarded Message ----
Subject:: Order Inquiry
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:56:12 +0100
From: PHILIP Gary
To: undisclosed-recipients: <>
I am inquiring about your artwork sale in your gallery, if you can ship internationally to Europe and accept Electronically Visa and Master Card Number/Expiry date/Cvv as payment. Let me know so that i can communicate with you on the artworks that interest me so that we can proceed and let me have your updated web link to your gallery.
I will be looking forward to hear from you.
PHILIP GaryUsually they will ask you to pay for shipping, They will say they will pay by credit card and often the email address is strange and the email has many spelling or grammatical errors.
The main thing to remember is not to part with any money or give away any bank details. Payment should be made before you part with your precious work.
As Elnaz said
There will be the occasional genuine buyer so don’t miss out. If possible try to speak with them and confirm all details.
Good luck for many genuine sales.