I recently found this gem in my inbox from a man whose last name and first name is Craig and he lives in London and specialized in a contemporary art movement called “ART SALE”.
Well, he did not actually address me by my first name, or last name (maybe having a different first and last name is confusing to his mono-name traditions and values) but I know he sees the vast ART SALE potential I possess and reached across the Atlantic ocean with an email and employment form to me. They are such big players in the international art scene, they do not refer to Toronto by name but instead as “around your city”.
Also, there is so much money to be made in the ART SALE scene that they can deduct 10% from my pay *before* it becomes available to send to me.
… but seriously folks, this is a spam as I’ve never seen it. I know, I’ve been an email marketer for many years and we are all used to oil barons, government funds, email lotteries and men’s herbal medicines. But a spam scam under the guise of working for an art gallery!? Hilarious but also concerning – this seems to relevant to me as an arts blogger to be coincidence. Much like Google ads are chosen by the context of your email or web history, I suspect this is also using my online behavior but I am not sure how.
If so it is very clever spam, but also incredibly stupid for picking an industry as particular and devoid of available funds as the fine arts.
Below is pasted the email. Enjoy.
My name is Craig and I am the Human Resource Manager for London Art in United Kingdom. London art is the UK’s largest online gallery with a huge collection of contemporary art from the four corners of the globe. Founded in 1997. We are into ART SALE, PAINTINGS SALE,SCULPTURE SALE and PRINTS FOR SALE.
We are looking for a Representative around your city and your job description is as below:
Recieve payment from our buyer by BALANCE TRANSFER i.e (CREDIT CARD) making of payment dirtectly in to your credit card account.
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your commission on each payment processed.
4. Forward balance afetr deduction of 10% commission to offices which shall be provided by us as soon as the fund becomes available
So if you are interested KINDLY SEND YOUR INFORMATION BELOW TO PROCEED ON FIRST ASSIGNMENT:
Full Legal Name :
Zip code :
I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.