254: 3 Common Internet Scams that Target Artists

with host artist Miriam Schulman


Are you aware of the different types of scams targeting art collectors and artists? In this episode, we break down three scams in detail. But it’s not just the art world that’s affected – there are millions of dollars in damages from fraudulent money orders and fake checks. With over 250 million phishing attacks in 2022 alone, it’s crucial to stay informed and educated.  

Join us as we explore these scams and learn how to protect yourself from falling victim to them.  

In this podcast, you will discover…

Here are three scams I’m breaking down in detail: 

  • “I want to surprise my wife” also formerly called the Nigerian Art Scam 
  • Buying your art as an NFT 
  • Fake online order confirmation 

“Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.” – Miriam Schulman 

According to the New York Times, there are about 124 million dollars in damages from more than 40,000 cases involving fraudulent foreign money orders or fake checks. And there were more than 250 million phishing attacks in 2022. 

These numbers are high and alarming, so it’s important that we stay aware and educated. Don’t miss out on this eye-opening episode full of valuable information. 


About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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3 thoughts on “254: 3 Common Internet Scams that Target Artists”

  1. Thanks for this, I was targeted last year by the Nigerian scam. They did everything you said, wanting art work worth $8000. It was to be sent to their new place they were moving to in Belgium, as a gift for his wife, and yes, they wanted me to email them details I worked out the postage which was over $1000 including the insurance . My first niggle that something was wrong was when they took forever to get an actual Belgium address to me, which I needed to do the shipping quote. When It came to depositing into my account, they said for me to send the works first, then prove I had sent it before they were going to pay me. Of course I said no, and they got quite aggressive on email, and sent me their bank’s contact, which I researched, and it was a known scam bank. My guess was they wanted to perhaps claim on the insurance somehow once it was sent? Was a big downer as initially it was exciting, but now I hear your podcast, I see it’s happened to so many, I’m glad I went with a cautious attitude to it all!

  2. Thanks much! The first time that first type of scam happened to me I was pretty hopeful, but it just felt wrong for exactly one of the reasons you mentioned: my prices are all over my artwork on my website, so why did they need me to tell them that info? or pick out which pieces they should buy? So, I asked a friend who was already a bit more experienced than I, and she told me it was a scam, had happened to her too. We didn’t know how it would actually work though, and it was interesting to hear you explain it. Thanks for all the super helpful info!

  3. Thank you for exposing these scams. I have had many attempted scams by fake women and men, as have my fellow artists. Let’s keep up the exposés!


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