Annie Steiner Art Blog
by AnnieSteiner , July 8, 2008—12:47 PM
An artist is always excited about selling some artwork. About one month ago, a person wrote to me, saying that he was very interested in buying a painting of mine, that he had seen in a juried exhibition. He promised that a check was on its way, and that he would take care of the wrapping and shipping costs. I received several Emails from that person, renewing his intent on buying my painting ___for his wife__™s birthday___. One month after the first contact, I received, sent through UPS, a check that was almost 5 times the value of the painting. The buyer wanted me to send the balance between the value of the painting + handling and shipping to a third party in an other state. I thought the request was bizarre, and did not feel comfortable about the whole transaction. The check was signed by, again, another person than the buyer. I took the check and copies of the Emails I had received to the local police station. They investigated the origins of the check, and discovered it was not from a real bank. It was worthless. Unfortunately, the police could not take any legal action, as I had not shipped the painting, nor any money. No victim, no crime, they said. It was close, though! I am glad I could smell the rat in time! Please warn all your friends!