How to spot a scammer and protect yourself online.


his episode is part 1 of my 2-part series on scammers who target artists. As more people turn to the internet to sell their work, more scammers are appearing to take advantage of their vulnerabilities.

Please don't misunderstand me here. There are plenty of legitimate buyers on the internet looking for art! It is, however, important to be aware of red flags that can help you spot a scammer, as well as how to protect yourself.

This episode will recount my own near-miss with a scammer, calling out the red flags along the way. While that may sound boring, it's actually pretty funny — but only because I did not get scammed.

Since scammer's emails don't come with the creepy sound effects in this podcast to make them much easier to spot, I've created a PDF "cheat sheet," pun intended, to help you recognize some of the signs that you may be dealing with a fraudster.

Coming up in Episode 52 will complete the second part of this very mini-series, with an interview of FBI Agent Retired John Iannarelli. John, now a speaker on cybersecurity, author, and consultant. Retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, he was the FBI’s National Spokesperson, on the FBI Cyber Division executive staff, an FBI SWAT team member, and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, where he oversaw all criminal, cyber, and counter-intelligence investigations throughout Arizona. It's an episode you won't want to miss.

In the meantime, click below to download your "Spot A Scammer" cheat sheet, and get access to my Exclusive Listeners' bonus materials.

If you've been the victim of a scammer, please leave a comment below. It just may help protect other artists.

As always, contact me any time at

Until next time... Go make something.


  1. Marilyn D.F. Boire on July 27, 2021 at 11:37 am

    This was a very informative and interesting podcast. Enjoyable, clear, concise and with good clarity.

    • Caroline Italia on July 28, 2021 at 7:58 am

      Thanks, Marilyn! I’m happy the show is helpful to you. Feel free to send me your requests for interviews or topics you’d like to hear more of.