You might want to check out these two sites. When I get a legitimate sounding email, I double check the name and email address before I respond.

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On 12/24/15 11:36 AM, Britt Griswold wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Barry,

This is a known SCAM technique.  Scammer sends check for more than the agreed amount. Scammee is asked to deposit the check anyway and just send an electronic transfer for the excess back to the Scammer.  The Scammee learns later that the original check bounced. They are now out the difference they sent back to the Scammer.


On 12/24/15 11:27 AM, Barry K. MacKay wrote:
Best of the holiday season to everyone.

A precautionary tale:  I have a website ( which I’m still working on,
from which I sell the odd painting.   While I do illustrate scientific journals, I also do “gallery
art” or whatever you call it, as I know many of us do, but I keep it all simple…no galleries, no
reproductions, low prices, direct transactions and so on.

Anyway, last October a “Michael Kleemann” contacted me, purporting to be a businessman in Texas, on
the cusp of moving to Turkey.   He wondered if I had any other paintings to offer but the then
relatively few for sale on my website (I still have only posted a fraction of what is available).
Not knowing what his interest was, I just said that I did and sent him a few samples.

He choose the Wood Duck, and the Boat-tailed Grackle.   The former is framed, so I told him the
shipping would therefore be more expensive than if it weren’t framed and made some sort of general
conversation about my love of Texas, and southwestern birds.   But I admit alarm bells were already
ringing in my head as most first-time buyers express their interest in birds or comment on art or
whatever, and Michael Kleemann was very terse…polite, but nothing personal.

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