From time to time artists with a website are approached per email by potential buyers, who are very interested in their work.
If this happens to you, pay attention! Of course you are delighted (especially the first time it happens) and when you google the name of the sender you will find that it is a well-known art-collector. That looks legit. But it doesn't have to be... It may also be a clever scam. Be warned!
The first give away is that the English in the mail is not perfect. Often the scammers use a name and an email address of a real collector or other art-related professional. If you get in touch, they will always want to buy your art, and use their own company for transport.
They will pay, by paypal or transfer. But the amount will be too high.
They will ask you to buy electronics or other expensive things and pack it with the artwork.
And when the artwork and electronics are picked up, they undo the payment...
It happens quite often!! For more info and more examples, check this website:
http://www.kathleenmcmahon.com/info/scammer-names.html (bookmark it for later reference!)
It also contains a list of scammer names...
I have had it several times, and recently Sylvia van der Weide had an incident like this. She had the clever idea to share it via our blog... great idea, thanks Syl...