I just heard from a bidder on one of my paintings that he was contacted by an individual claiming to be me. That individual asked the bidder the highest price he was willing to bid, and then offered to generate a "buy it now" form. The auction would be ended early in exchange for an immediate payment. THIS IS A SCAM!
I have never, nor will I ever contact a bidder asking their highest price on a painting they are currently bidding on, nor will I ever end an auction early if it has bids placed on it.
If you receive one of these emails, please immediately forward it to email@example.com, and delete with vengence!
To learn more about this type of fraud, please see http://pages.ebay.com/education/spooftutorial/index.html