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Art Student Paintings

How the scam works:

A couple of young and polite people show up at your door carrying great paintings, telling you they are art students and are trying to raise funds for their tuition and art supplies by selling their own pieces. The paintings really look good and they are asking “only” $40 for the works of art.

In reality, the “students” are scammers who mass-produced the paintings, and are now hitting all the residential neighborhoods in town to sell them. It will be a bit of a shock to go into your neighbor’s house and see the exact same painting on their wall!

How to avoid:

They are very good story tellers as they practice their speech several times a day. It might be hard to not believe they are students working hard for their money while their parents are on welfare. Plus, you'll really like the "paintings". However, unless you don't mind donating $20 to a talented liar, don't fall for this. Just say thanks and close the door.

How to report:

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