An Online Artist's Coop for Artists who Paint on Location
It is a scam. IF he is legitimate, he will call and deal with you directly. I get at least one of these a week. They want to overpay for the shipping and have you return the money with the paintings. They just want your bank account info and they can drain it. These have been going on for years newspapers and TV shows have run articles about the scam and people still get taken by it.
I recently sold my first original watercolor to a buyer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They saw my work on FineArtAmerica.com, and although I have had several bogus buyers try to scam me out of money and artwork, this time it was a real buyer. After learning how they work, I began accepting only PayPal transactions, or allowing up to a month for any checks (especially cashier's checks) to clear the bank. I was paid the full price as posted online and the money was in my account within 24 hours of email contact. PayPal is a wonderful thing in my opinion. And, I believe they also accept major credit cards too.
I have paypal on my website. I've sold several paintings to people I've never talked to until they buy. I've also had people email me almost every week asking what the price would be, can they pay with cc etc. I just email back, " the price is as stated and I use paypal only". that is the end of it if they are not legit.
Paypal accepts major credit cards, so there is no reason for them to give me a credit card. They can use their cc with paypal. I'm also sold on having paypal on the website. I want to make it as easy as possible for someone to buy.
If you mention that you will only accept paypal, you may never hear from the potential buyer again. It is a very typical and prolific scam to send that bank money order for over the amount, and then request a refund of the overage. Then the bank discovers that the money order is a fake. The buyer is left with your lovely painting and some money that is actually a real money and all you have is a fake money order. Never send a painting to a buyer that is out of the country until you know that their money is good.