109 Protecting Yourself from Online Art Scams. A Conversation with Renée LaVerné Rose

Avoid becoming a victim of online art scams

Are you protecting yourself from online art scams? In this episode Sergio talks to gallery owner Renée LaVerné Rose about identifying red flags and preventing possible scams to artists and galleries. Increasingly, scammers get more cleaver in their message and pursue of victims. Artists need to be savvy and smart to protect themselves. Share this episode with your friends.

Typical art scam email samples

I am David Ladue from Colorado.. I was looking for some artwork online and I found your contact while surfing and I must tell you, You are doing a great job, I would really love to purchase some of your works for my wife as a surprise present regarding our forthcoming 20th anniversary, I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you..Also, kindly email me back with some images and price list of your artworks that is ready for immediate sales within my price range ($2,000- $13,000).. Hope to hear from you soon..


Subject line: Price inquiry

Email: mossf70@gmail.com

Message: My name is Frank Moss from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary. Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $500- $5000, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.

Thanks and best regards, Frank.


Renée LaVerné Rose

With over twenty years of experience in government administration and politics, Renée LaVerné Rose transitioned her wealth of expertise into the art world as a visual artist and currently is founder & owner of ACS Gallery and ACS Magazine.  ACS Gallery is housed in a one of the most diverse art communities and distinguished locations in the Zhou B Art Center/Museum.  The ACS Gallery offers a wide range of works from emerging and established contemporary artists. The ACS Magazine was launched in September 2015. The ACS Magazine provides our audience with a front row seat and a behind the scenes view of the Art World’s inner workings with its colorful players and diverse cultures that are enriched from these creative minds.



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8 Replies to “109 Protecting Yourself from Online Art Scams. A Conversation with Renée LaVerné Rose”

  1. Thank you Sergio for addressing this topic. I think this is one of the most valuable podcasts you have published! Renee provided such valuable information on protecting oneself from shady deals. I’ve always insisted on payment through PayPal, but I never knew about the delivery address switch and that you can get protected from that by supplying the tracking number to PayPal! Kudos to both of you for addressing this timely and important subject!

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Glad to hear you have found this episode useful. It is important to be take precautions when it comes to selling online. Thanks for the comments and please share it with your artists friends. Cheers, Sergio

  2. Right on Sergio and Renee! This is a very timely and practical topic, and needed to be addressed. You both did a great job talking about this subject! Great conversational content, as usual! I laughed also when you mentioned the “I want to get a gift for my wife” scam. That seems to be the hot one right now! While I generally never reply, It can be tempting to mess with them, so I recently gave in and asked a scammer to choose a particular piece, telling them that it was just sold and to choose another one, and then telling them the next one just sold, etc etc. I have also told them that everything they like is just out of their budget… Just a little comedy to brighten my day 🙂

    I recently saw this nice essay on art scams and wanted to share it — https://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/how-to/marketing-your-art/466/art-email-scams-how-to-protect-yourself-online

    Keep up the good work, Sergio. – DA

    1. Thanks Dan!! Indeed seems like these people are pushing hard to find victims. How funny you got to mess around with them for a while. lol. Thanks for the link!!!

  3. Great information Sergio and Renee! I’ve seen unscrupulous publishers steal artwork for book covers and so-called galleries not pay the artists for works they’ve sold. The artist is a target ? by so many unscrupulous people, but what about artists who infringe on others work? There’s a piece on art finder that is a direct ripoff of Robert Indiana’s iconic love sculpture. The man is still alive for goodness sake, but a Dutch artist felt his work was fair game to piggyback on! It’s just sad and shameful!

  4. HI,
    I’m glad you posted the example of an email scammer because I just got an email from the very one you named, a-
    David Ladue
    and he wrote me word-for-word exactly what you have posted as an example of an art scammer!
    At least I discovered the scam because I did a search on his name and found your site.
    thanks for your work,

  5. Thanks so much! I’m an artist that just rec’d the “David LaDue from Colorado” email. I googled him and was led to your site !!! So thanks for saving me from grief…..! If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is…..right? Thanks again.

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