Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Someone emailed me a couple weeks ago and said she wanted to buy three paintings. I told her she could pay by PayPal through my Etsy Shop or Daily Paintworks Gallery, but she wanted to pay by check, and then have FedEx come to my house to pick up the work. She gave me a story about being in Cancun for her twin sister's wedding, and her husband shuttling back and forth to London. She said he would send a check and asked for my address. Yesterday a cashier's check arrived for much, much more than the agreed payment.
I emailed her to ask if there had been a mistake. She answered immediately that she had been hospitalized and so communication had broken down between her and her husband, and thus he had overpaid. She asked me to subtract the price for three paintings and wire the rest of the money back.
On the advice of a friend, I called the issuing bank (Summit Bank in Madison, WI) and they told me the check is fraudulent, and that this is a scam that is happening with increasing frequency to people who sell online.
Just wanted to warn my partners in arms, my allies, my fellow artists! We need to look out for each other, so please be forewarned!