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Dena M. Coe

Offer to buy one of my prints..

I just received an email from a woman who said she would like to purchase a duplicate of one of my photos.
I have no idea if this is a scam or not or how to go about finding out if this is a legit offer.

Anyone one have any advice on this?
Thank you so much in advance!

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10/16/2007 8:45:14 PM

Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004

Since nobody has responded yet, here's my 2 cents worth. A bit more info as to the content of the email would be helpful.

The scams that have been going around usually come from Africa in the body of the email they discuss decorating/redecorating an office or room in their home. They offer to send you a check that is actually larger in amount than the agreed upon price. They tell you they will have somebody pick up the picture and ask that you give the pickup person the difference in the check and the agreed upon purchase price. I think you get the idea here where this is headed and that the check they give you is worthless; but, by the time you get it to the bank they have your money and are nowhere to be found.

If the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.

If you are skeptical there may be some ways to elliminate some of the risk like telling this person when the check clears the bank you will send the print. Without a little more info as to what has been said, it's hard to answer your question.

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10/17/2007 12:28:02 PM

Dena M. Coe   Thank you soo much for your responce Todd!
I will copy and paste the email I received.
how much are you asking to duplicate the well worn path? I would love this in my living room! name your price, I would pay alot for a picture like this one!

I am kind of at a loss of how to approach the situation.

Thanks so much for your time Todd! I really appreciate the information you posted.

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10/17/2007 12:32:38 PM

Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004

The following are a couple of posts on here of the things you can run into:

This last one is another one. Take a look at Bob's advice in it, it may help you.

You could do a search on BP for "offer to buy my print" and read through a few of the posts. These are just three I looked at fairly quickly.

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10/17/2007 12:43:04 PM

Dena M. Coe   Thanks so much again.
I am a new member and am just figuring out how this whole site works!
Will check up on those links you posted :)

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10/17/2007 12:44:34 PM

Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004

Just thought I'd add that there is a wealth of infomation here on BP. Try searching the threads and you can possibly get an answer to your question without having to wait as long.

You do have to weed through some of the crap; but, I think it's worth it.

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10/17/2007 1:16:58 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
Did you try "Google-ing" the name of the person who sent you the e-mail?
Often this will reveal past experiences with other correspondents she (or he) may have contacted...especially if the experiences were less than desirable.

A few follow-up questions can help you to gain a better understanding before you start discussing terms for transferal and compensation.
And YOU should be the one (firmly...but politely and succinctly) outlining those terms.

That said, there really ARE some legitimate sales inquiries from visitors to BetterPhoto and to the Galleries and Deluxe Web Sites they host so you don't want to turn off a potential buyer by appearing too rude or overly suspicious.


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10/17/2007 2:23:36 PM

Kerry L. Walker   Sorry, but it sounds like a scam to me. There is no capitalization and no mention of the size desired. Then, he says "name your price"? If I am buying something, I always ask the price.

Having said that, I love the picture! It is a beauty worth buying but make sure you don't get caught accepting a check for more than the agreed price with the stipulation that you forward the balance on to a third party. The check you get will be bogus.

BTW, my wife's maiden name is Coe.

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10/17/2007 3:30:05 PM

Dena M. Coe   Kerry and Bob,
Thank you for your input.
I found the fact that there was no named signed on her email rather odd and it was one of the first warning signs to me. And as you mentioned Kerry, the name your price line...
I sent a reply inquiring about photo use and sizes etc.. but have not heard anything back.

Like you said, if it sounds too good to be true ;)

Thanks everyone!

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10/17/2007 3:34:43 PM

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