This very email sent my heart a thumping and I quickly emailed the Mr. Hall with the particulars that this particular work was available only through my dealer, etc., etc., etc. As is my normal practice I explained the history of artist's books, etc., etc., etc. THEN I GOOGLED his name and low and behold, up came about three sites with various emails that were being sent to artists scamming them in shipping work before a check was mailed, cleared, etc. (Many etc.'s in this blog post!) As I read through the various emails that were attempting to scam artists I became outraged that people are now trying to scam artists, the very group that can't afford to be scammed and more! As an artist, one of my pet peeves is when I'm asked to donate a work for a charitable cause with no split of percentage, etc. and is a scheme that takes tremendous advantage of artists and their works. We artists are a charitable group to begin with since many are not fortunate to eke out a living off their work and I feel that most artists will donate work to worthy causes. And, here is yet another scheme to take advantage of artists. Then the flip side of it set in, that this scammer actually wanted my work and was willing to scam me to get it! Then I was flattered! Laugh out loud!
As artists, we now need to be on the lookout for such scams such as this. Phishing and scamming are so prevalent on the internet, that whole websites are devoted to them. It's good to google anyone interested in your work prior to shipment and wait for the check, paypal, certified bank check to clear the bank before releasing any work to an internet purchaser. If the payment doesn't clear, no shipment. If the purchaser is honest, they clearly understand the situation and are more than happy to wait! I'm always upfront with an individual who wishes to buy work. Honesty is always the best policy for me and most buyers are appreciative of this. I also always tuck in something special such as an extra miniature book, card or token thank you. I hope you read this, not as a sermon, but as a warning that there are people out there who are just as creative in various channels that are not always honest and legal...All the best! Sorry Mr. Hall, but this artist won't be sending you any work!