I got this in my email inbox today:
From: Valerie Hetrick [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 27 August 2012 06:11
To: Melinda Schwakhofer
My name is Valerie, i own a shop in Thailand, i visited your webpage, and will like to know if you have your merchandise and works available? Will a Master card be fine for payment? Please advise and let me know your delivery method, i can also use my carrier to make it easier.
I’d just sent out an email shot yesterday with my latest newsletter. Who knows how people find us online in these days of social networking? I Googled the name, thinking it may actually be a quilt shop/gallery owner in Thailand. Apparently I’m not the only artist whom this so called ‘Valerie Hetrick’ has contacted.
A couple of clicks brought me to this website Stop Art Scams which keeps artists informed about, well, art scams. These usually involve stolen credit card numbers or counterfeit checks and typically mention an ‘overpayment’ which will need to be refunded to the ‘purchaser or their carrier/shipping agent’. From reading the comments on Anti Scam Samurai Kathleen McMahon’s site, people actually do get taken in. So be aware and keep your wits about you!
Kathleen McMahon’s artwork can be seen here.