Scam Resource for Artists – Bogus Art Fair

It’s a pity that resources like Bogus Art Fair are needed, but such is life. Bogus Art Fair is a resource for tracking and warning artists of shipping scams, online pirates, identity theft, phishing, websites with unfair terms, and more.

“Scams and fraud are increasing problems for anyone with an online presence, be it as simple as having an email address or as active as having an intricate website and participating in several discussion forums. Artists are a particularly susceptible group because most of us are happy for a sale and looking for that big break.”

There’s also a nice collection of links here, with plenty of websites relating to frauds and scams online.

Update: The Bogus Art Fair site is no longer maintained. There is a static version of the website here.

See our list of email art scammers here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Scary! I used to have dodgy emails almost every week trying to fraud me… they seem to calm down now.

  2. I have a boyfriend- artist and I remember that once he showed me one email about some nigerian art collector and his interest into my friends paintings (buying 5 paintings).. I got very excited and happy, but my friend deleted email. That is reality and artists have to deal with it. Theres no escape and I wonder how many that kind of emails receive famous living artists..

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