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1. The person contacting you is usually using poor grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
2. The person is "away" somewhere, in Haiti, the forest, out to sea, a sailor or an oceanographer... the latest one says he is on an asteroid.(really)
3. The person insists on paying through PayPal. They make a fraudulent payment for more than the amount of the piece and ask you to send someone, presumably the fake shipping company the extra. Do not give them your PayPal email address.
4. The person wants information from you that is clearly already in your site like the price, if the item is available, if you accept PayPal or if you can send them pictures.
5. The person wants to use his or her own shipping company. Even more suspiciously they want to come to you to pick it up.
6. They say things like this..."Will u be able to wire transfer the remaining fund to the shipping company that will come for the pick up of the item the same day u receive the payment from PayPal?"
7. You get multiple emails saying the same thing or similar only the senders name has changed.
8. They ask for information: - Name ( this will be on the Payment) - Mailing Address (Not a Po box) - Cell Phone or Home Phone Numbers - Email addresses. - Final Asking price of the art work"
The emails are being directed to artists and they are hitting multiple sites, not just ArtId members. Don't give them any information, don't respond to the email. Treat them like any other inheritance or Lotto winning spam. Delete them. No matter how tempting the offer or how innocent the circumstances don't fall for it, legitimate buyers will go through proper channels.