How artists should respond to scam emails
Behold, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves; therefore be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16).
I like the above verses from the Bible. And there are often when this phrase needs to be applied in life.
In particular, artists are isolated due to their professional attribute. They are keenly interested in everyday life and events, but on the other hand, they ultimately builds a wall surround them and pursues the beauty and essence of the matter. For this reason, artists may have possibilities to get lost without knowing how to judge the border between business and fraud when they take their work to the public. When this happens, artists often got a lot of mail that arrives at them and get confused. Some emails contain this. "I want to give the painting as a birthday present for my wife. I saw your work on the Internet, and it's fantastic. I am very interested in your career. I want to buy it. I can't use the card right away because I have to surprise my wife. The delivery company must also use the company I have chosen.
Please send your check as soon as possible. " This kind of scam is prevalent among artists communities. You should be careful if you ask for a bill without giving their information correctly.
In this case, artists are opening their damage cases on the Internet. If you receive that kind of mail, be sure to search the Internet and judge.
And back to my story, I got an email today.
As shown below, I am very interested in my work, and I will invite you to my art fair. At first glance, it looks pretty polite and official. There are no typos or grammar flaws in English that prevalent scams have. However, if you receive this type of mail, be sure to type the mail address on the Internet.
Many artists have received unidentifical mail, and some are complaining about damage. These kind of emails are distributed to artists indiscriminately and randomly.
Of course, I can understand that someone may want to try participating in this kind of art fair. If they have a lot of money, and can. However, for most artists, it isn't easy to make a living. And the money they make from selling their work is precious to them. You should be aware of artist scams, as it is possible to lose all this money all at once. I recommend that you first look up the email address internet.
There are many examples below. The best solution is unresponsive.
It is better not to do it if you think it is excessive and not helpful in your judgment. Artists have to protect themselves.
How can I protect myself and engage in creative activities in the Internet world where countless information abounds? When I get spam, I worry about that
Myungja Anna Koh
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