I started getting email enquiries from people wanting to buy art a long time ago. The first one sucked me in by offering a significant budget (several thousand dollars) and a tight timeframe. I don't remember what tipped me off, but the email fraudsters have become increasingly easy to spot and completely ignore.
The words they use are not quite right, as if English is a second language.
They jump right into the purchase discussion without specifically mentioning the artwork in question.
Often, the purchase is a gift for a spouse, with a tight timeline (birthday, anniversary, etc.).
I get these kind of emails maybe a half dozen times a year. They now go completely ignored. The first rule of avoi…