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  • Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL..
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  • 2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $1,000 in Artist Prizes. We know, you’re stuck at home. While many are stocking..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom online art competition. For..
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  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
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  • 2 ARTIST/ 2 PERSPECTIVES

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The workshop offers an opportunity to have access to two outstanding painters who..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    $4500 in Awards - The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites..
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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Annual spring 2-day art show and sale with different artists in attendance each..
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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival: Call to Artists

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks Culture seeks proposals from artists to create temporary public art installations in..
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  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    April 4/5 2020. Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , NY

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS International Art Fair

    Location: London, UK,

    CANVAS International Art Fair THE LINE Gallery, London | May 07 – October 30,..
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  • 27th Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    Please join The Lemonville Group of Artists for their 27th Annual Art Show..
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  • Looking for Artist submissions

    Location: EDMONTON, AB

    Looking for submissions. In 1990, my brother Fausto passed away after a battle..
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  • “Sensuality” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: A glance, touch, dance, flower, scent or piece of chocolate can..
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  • Artwork Shipping Scam

    Location: , AB

    This week an artist on our site was corresponding via email with an..
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  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
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  • Call for Entries: Art at the Pumphouse

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now accepting applications for participation in Art..
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  • Exaltation : Niagara Pumphouse Instructors' Exhibition

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Niagara Pumphouse is proud to host the Instructors’ Exhibition as its first show..
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  • The Place In Between By Roland Daum

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    ROLAND DAUM exhibits artworks inspired by landscape, especially the open sky, which has..
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  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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NEW POSTING – Internet Fraud

By ArtistsInCanada October 7, 2015

Protecting Yourself from Internet Fraud By ArtistsInCanada

From: "Henry Tony" Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 10:52 AM Subject: Placing an order Hello, I will like to place an order in your store,and i will like to know if you ship to SOUTH AFRICA and my method of payment will be CREDIT CARD.so please let me know if you can assist me with the order because is really needed urgently,And please do not forget to include your web page in your replying back to my mail.I will await your prompt response. Look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards Henry Tony

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Sound Familiar?

Experience is what you get when you are expecting something else. Everyone wants a popular site. The traffic means the word about your wonderful artwork is finally getting out. It's exciting to have hundreds of people looking at your work, some sending you e-mail and even placing orders. Filling your first order is another milestone in your internet education. You may never meet your potential buyer, but they 'love' your work and they will pay anything you ask for it. Wow, isn't the internet great? Don't let your excitement about an order cloud your judgement. Follow common sense and the rules of e-commerce, even if that means "no sale". The Rules Protect Your E-mail Address Never post your e-mail address on the internet in a machine-readable format. Scammers often use programs to scan the internet for e-mail addresses and to automatically send pre-formatted e-mails. Make this difficult for them and they won't be able to send as many e-mails in a day. Use a form-mail program like the one provided to members of ArtistsInCanada, or get one from one of the many free script sites like this one: Matt's Script Archives

If you can't run a form-mail program from your server, put your e-mail address in a JPG file with a patterned background and post the JPG file on your site. The patterned background should be lineart and is intended to make the text difficult for a program to read. Don't post your e-mail address in open forums or guestbooks. Look for signs that you're receiving a form letter Is your name mentioned? Scammers are less likely to personalise their first contact with you. By changing one or two words could you request an order from another site? At the same time, look for words that are out of context.

The e-mail at the top of this page has several things that "aren't quite right": Henry Tony thinks he's buying from a store. Your artwork is 'urgently needed', but no reason for the urgency is given. Not exactly life-threatening, I'd guess. His grammar is poor. A 'real' art buyer would probably be more educated, though this would be a judgement call on your part. Does the author request your url? If so, why? Didn't he get your e-mail address from your site? Does the buyer mention the exact piece he wants to purchase or just say something general? A real buyer should know exactly what they want, what price they are willing to pay and will not likely accept a substitute without seeing it. Show me the money After you've accepted an order, be sure you have the money before you ship. Hold the payment in your account for at least 10 working days in Canada, and up to 5 weeks for foreign orders. It is recommended to go to your bank manager after 10 days and get it in writing, that the cheque is good!

Remember cheques bounce, money orders can be forged and credit cards can be stolen. Phone the company that is issued the payment ( the bank, Western Union, Visa, etc. ). Be sure to get enough information about the buyer to have legal recourse if the transaction goes wrong. Don't count on much help from a 3rd world country that is trying to feed the starving masses. They won't have the resources to chase down a 'petty criminal'. It's better to decline a sale than to be a victim. Don't accept overpayments. If the buyer mistakenly adds a zero to the end of the cheque, return the payment.

NEVER issue a refund for the difference. This is a common scam technique called the 'overpayment fraud'. Remember who pays if the buyers payment bounces, but your 'refund' goes through. Filling an order When you have the payment, you're ready to fill the order. Or are you? Don't include other items in the order. Consumer electronics in particular are easy to sell, and if the buyers payment doesn't work out, you'll be responsible for the cost of the included goods. Taking Action For most people, the simplest thing to do is ignore orders from 3rd world countries entirely. This is the most unlikely place for an art collector to live. If you choose not to accept orders from 3rd world countries, you should not respond to e-mails from them. Scammers keep databases of their contacts, the same as spammers.

Type 'A' personalities may wish to take a more active role. For example: Copy the e-mail headers and send the scam e-mail (with headers) to the e-mail service provider's abuse department. Report the fraud  RCMP SCAM REPORT  Respond to the e-mail, which takes up the scammer's time making it less productive for them to continue their activities. A single individual won't make a difference, but if a lot of people do this, it will make an impact. This has become a popular hobby with some people, and a number of websites have sprung up with publication of the e-mail exchanges. The following link is one of the better ones (coarse language warning): Scam O Rama Links for More Information.  Identity Theft - Consumer Measures Committee Links to Websites Fighting the Nigerian Scam/419 Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website 

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