Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Kind of Scam?

The other day I received this email with the attached photo:

Hello Jhina Alvarado. My name is Joshua Simpkins. I believe I found a piece of yours and I was wondering if you would like to see it or have it.

sent from my AT&T Smartphone by HTC

Now, having had a few people try and scam me and say they would like to purchase my paintings and are sending me a check for more than the amount quoted (oh, and can you ship the painting to some other country where I happen to live?), I am a little skeptical when I get an email regarding my art. There seems to be a large amount of people who are trying to launder money, steal money,  and in general, screw over artists out there lately. So when I got this email, with the subject header "your art", I was immediately suspicious. 

Now, if you are reading this post, you've probably seen my work. You know what my art looks like. This sculpture isn't even close to what I do. I don't make sculptures or boxes or whatever this is. So how does someone think this could possibly be my artwork? Also, why would I need to see it? Or have it? If I created it and sold it, wouldn't I already know what it looks like? And why would I want it back?I'm wondering if once I email him, he somehow gets my personal information and steals my identity. Or maybe he robs my house after delivering it to me? There's a scam there somewhere. Then again, I could just be super suspicious and this is some guy just being nice. I choose to believe the former. Guess I'm just suspicious by nature...


  1. Stay suspicious. What's wrong with suspicious?

  2. Stay suspicious. What's wrong with suspicious?

  3. You are right. Ignore him. Sounds like a scam to me.