We have heard from two members this week about an art scammer named "John Bathgate" who has been attempting to buy paintings with a bad certified check. As it goes, he sends a check for more than the amount of the purchase, then asks the seller to refund the difference when shipping the artwork. It is not until you have paid him the refund that you find his check does not clear the bank -- so you are out the artwork and the money you may have sent him.Dear CAC Members,Just a friendly reminder to all of you to please beware if you are approached by potential buyers who you don't know or who wasn't referred by a reliable source. Do your research online - there is a lot of information out there about some of the more common scams - and if anything seems suspicious to you, please investigate thoroughly before proceeding with potential sales.
We hope to help keep our members safe and secure.
The characteristics of these emails remain what I've been saying - and will continue to emphasize, in order to educate as many artists as I can as to how to identify these emails BEFORE sending money. Check out the link I have in the upper right hand corner to read more about the common characteristics of these scam emails.