Art Purchase Email Scam

An SRAC Artist Member alerted us to the following email received:

Hello... I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to my wife's birthday which is just around the corner. I actually observed your works on google which I found quite impressive and intriguing; I must admit you are doing quite an impressive job and good at what you do.

I would like to purchase a piece of your works as a surprise gift for my wife in honor of her forthcoming 50th birthday. It could be any style of paintings (Abstract, Contemporary, etc...) and color, but medium size or large.. However, I would greatly appreciate it if you could possibly recommend a few completed pieces. Kindly send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $2000.

I would also like to know if you accept a check as means of payment.



Upon further investigation, the SRAC Artist realized it has all the hallmarks of a scam: stilted language, time pressure, wanting to pay by check, and being so nonspecific about what type of painting they wanted. 

Please be cautious when you receive email solicitations such as this.