One of our members recently received the following email, supposedly from a Michael Silverberg, shortly after noticing a visitor to her webpage from Nigeria…
My name is micheal,im from phoenix,was browsing through the internet and my eyes caught this particular work(“[NAME OF YOUR ARTWORK]”),will like to have it for my new apartment probably this month.please let me know if the piece is available and if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from you.
Versions of this scam under different names and slightly different wording have been around for years. Please do not engage strangers who write poorly written requests. More information can be found on the Stop Art Scams website.