Are you an art enthusiast? Are you interested in promoting your painting skills through the online shopping portals? Then beware, as your oils may be at danger. The latest victim amongst fake check scams are artists. They are offered more than the contracted amount for their paintings. But soon the whole amount scripted on the check, proves to be fake. To elaborate, it is a scam that targets on artists through the online artwork shopping portal. To initiate the scam, few pieces of art of a particular artist are selected by a prospective buyer with a fake identity. This fraudsters contacts the artist personally through e-mails. The mailer starts with his interest for the work of art and then introduces himself thereby beating round the bush for quite a number of lines. Ultimately, he breaks the ice and seeks the amount quoted by the artist. Once the price is quoted the buyer agrees to send him a check as remuneration.
The real drama starts at this point. After negotiation the artist receives a check that has amount scripted that can startle any normal person. Soon a mail hits the inbox asking the artist to pay back some amount due to any made up reasons. If an artist gets lured to get this extra incentive and pays off the amount asked for, he gulps the bait of the hoaxer. As when you deposit the check, it shows its true color of being a fake and has no worth. If an artist is sensible enough to get the check authenticated, he saves himself from falling prey to the imposter.
Several artists paid back the amount being generous, and lost the money for ever. Even the shopping portals had been trapped by these evil minds. The artworks are chosen and ordered to be shipped to fake persons with fake identities and address. The payment made was through credit card, the number of which in due course proves to be a fake on realization.
It is better to scrutinize each bargain and person of contact before getting into contract or paying off any asked amount. Be alert, updated and vigilant enough to avoid being victim of any of such scams. Just remember, there is no free lunch.