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« on: April 19, 2014, 02:13 »
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FineArtAmerica: E-Mail from Visitor

Linda
linda691168@gmail.com

Subject:
Get your free gallery on ArtPal

Message:
Hi Luis,
I saw your art on Fine Art America and thought you'd like to know that ArtPal is giving away free galleries to Fine Art America members. Get your free gallery on ArtPal while you can:
http://www.ArtPal.com/faa

They do everything FAA does, and more. It's a great place to sell art!
Best wishes,
Linda


« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2014, 02:50 »
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No IPTC!

Ron

« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014, 03:07 »
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No IPTC!
Got the same email from this Linda woman.

But that is just a no no. I cant deal with manual processes, it needs to read meta data. Deal breaker.

ShadySue

« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 04:50 »
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I got the email, considered it spam, and regard it in the same way as I regard cold callers or telesales.

« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 05:58 »
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I got that one, too. I'm skeptical of any company whose sole pitch is denigrating the competition:

"ArtPal vs Fine Art America

ArtPal is free. Fine Art America makes you pay $30/year to have more than 25 items for sale, and to have access to other features and bonuses. ArtPal gives you all the features and bonuses for free.

Fine Art America charges you $30/year if you want to earn a commission on framing. ArtPal gives you the same bonus absolutely free.

Fine Art America makes it difficult to buy original art, requiring the buyer to email you, make payment arrangements and numerous other steps, resulting in lost sales. ArtPal allows buyers to instantly buy original art the same way they purchase a print, resulting in more sales, and less work for you and your buyers.

ArtPal is a much higher-quality Print-on-Demand service, using higher-quality materials and printing, resulting in more satisfied customers, less returns, and more profit to you.

Fine Art America often has broken features, poor navigation, cluttered and tacked on features, which is not the impression you want associated with your art. ArtPal is a much higher-quality gallery, more powerful yet cleaner and easier-to-use, giving the good impression that you and your art deserve.
Try ArtPal and compare for yourself. "


Plus the fact that they used FAA's messaging to poach FAA users. Bad form all round.

« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 06:54 »
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I got the same spam as well.

« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2014, 08:31 »
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Their first step (mailing etc) doesn't look to much professional... I'm far away from trusting that kind of agency  ::)

Ron

« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2014, 08:33 »
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FAA just sent a follow up email, explaining its spam

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We're really sorry.  A spammer used our e-mail system earlier tonight to send you an e-mail about ArtPal.com.

Please don't worry - the spammer does NOT actually have your e-mail address, and he/she will never have your e-mail address as long as you don't reply to the e-mail that you received.

That's exactly why we force our visitors to fill out a form on our site if they want to e-mail you.  Here's an example:

http://fineartamerica.com/sendemail.html?galleryid349

By forcing visitors to fill out a form, the visitors never actually know your e-mail address unless you choose to reply to the e-mails that you receive from them.

It also allows us to track all of the e-mails that get sent out and identify scams and spams like this one.

ArtPal used an automated program to try to e-mail some of our members as fast as they could before our system identified the spam.  They were able to send out a few hundred e-mails before being shut down, and unfortunately, you received one of the e-mails.

We're really sorry about that.

Take a look at the site, if you want to, but it's highly recommended that you do NOT join the site, respond to the e-mail that you received, or otherwise give them your contact information in any way.  New art sites like this pop up every single week, and each one claims to be the greatest site in the world even though they don't get any visitors from actual art buyers.  This site is no different, and given that they're spamming other art sites in order to gather e-mail addresses from artists and photographers, it's possible that the entire business is a scam, as well.

How many other sites are out there where you can sell your artwork?  Take a look at this:

http://www.artsyshark.com/125-places-to-sell/

Where should you sell your artwork?  Take a look at this:

http://fineartamerica.com/newsletters/every-artist-photographer-fineartamerica.html

Thanks for being a member of our site, and sorry again about the spam e-mail.

The Fine Art America Staff

« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2014, 15:17 »
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I got this same spam from "Linda" plus the response from Fine Art America, and so did my husband, who also has an account on FAA.

We're both deleting the "Linda" email. Not interested in feeding the troll.

« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2014, 14:57 »
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This spam thing just reflects poorly on their company, I got one, and I hate unsolicited spam.

Do you ever check the "whois" registry to see who is behind a domain name? You would be surprised...

« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2014, 17:08 »
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This spam thing just reflects poorly on their company, I got one, and I hate unsolicited spam.

Do you ever check the "whois" registry to see who is behind a domain name? You would be surprised...

I have never heard of him, can you enlighten us?

« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2014, 19:30 »
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I was curious, so I checked. Seems the artpal.com website is owned and/or managed by one Doug Synoground of Colorado.

He has his own gallery on artpal.com, but it's been deactivated: http://www.artpal.com/dsyno

Hmmmmm. Could it be Doug (aka "Linda") is too busy spamming Fine Art America contributors to keep up his own gallery on his own website?
« Last Edit: April 20, 2014, 19:43 by marthamarks »

OM

« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2014, 19:55 »
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Maybe I'm overcautious but when I get mail like this, I never open it but Google the site in the title first. 20K images and lots of the same names recurring. Loada crap! Place mail into spam without opening and an hour or so later I got a mail from FAA to say that part of their subscriber database had been 'compromised'.

« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2014, 07:52 »
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an hour or so later I got a mail from FAA to say that part of their subscriber database had been 'compromised'.

Actually, nothing in the FAA database was "compromised." What "Linda" (aka Doug) did was what anybody else in the world could have done: send the same message manually via the closed FAA email system to lots and lots of FAA contributors. (Maybe all FAA contributors?)

But unless anybody responded to the spam, "Linda" (aka Doug) never got anybody's actual emails. So, no hard done.


 

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