Online Buyer Inquiries: Can You Spot a Scammer?
Every so often we will get inquiries from members about art purchase inquiries that seem... well, just a little off. Although most online buyer inquiries are genuine, you should be aware that, as with everything related to the internet, you will occasionally encounter scammers. The good news is they are easy to spot if you follow some simple rules before completing a sale: always get complete and verfiable contact information (email, phone, address); and never ship a work out until the funds have cleared in your account (if they pay by check, allow seven business days before the funds clear, and make sure they know of this policy in your communications). Also, be aware of some scammer red flags, most notably, an insistance on paying by check or wire, and/or references to a third party "shipping agent.." And finally, it never hurts to do a simple Google search on the name and email of your prospective buyer!