3 social media scams every artist needs to know about

Let’s look at three of the most common scams of the moment and how artists can protect themselves.

The need to be ‘digitally present’ is felt more intensely by artists. The pressure in the sector is that to be offline is to be left behind. What is a visual artist without their professional Instagram portfolio, a dancer or performing artist without TikTok, or an author without their well-established Twitter network?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2020-21 more than 700,000 Australians were victimised by a scam, with the majority of those being information requests or phishing scams.

ArtsHub recently reported on the major spike in the number of arts-based social media accounts that are targeted by scammers on social media, taking over entire accounts and scamming dollars and audiences away from them. Here’s three common scams that artists are telling us they are being caught up by.

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