Hi, so I got a mail last night which says Fineartamerica: Email from a visitor, it has some info like From: (strange short mail) , Subject: , Message: , basically asking how to contact me about my image for a businness reason, however I cannot find that message anywhere in my fineartamerica account? Any clues?
These emails are not always SPAM! Almost all my "emails from visitors" have been legit. They simply find me at FAA and contact me through there, since they do not know how else to contact me.
I have had lucrative commissions come from these "visitors". And just yesterday I had a ZOOM interview with a popular magazine from California who specializes in mid century modern. He found me at FAA.
So don't dismiss these "email from visitors" outright and assume they are SPAM. The vast majority of mine have not been SPAM but legitimate requests for commissions, or businesses looking to buy wholesale for their brick and mortar shops, etc.
PS, I wanted to add that the handful of SPAM ones I have received have not mentioned my name, they typically say "HI! I love your art!"... So that is one clue that it is indeed spam, if they do not personalize it and mention you by name. It generally means they have sent you and others that same message.
What Donna said - I've sold three or four images with people contacting me through the FAA message system. One resulted in a cover on a magazine, and another one was a local person looking for a discount to buy two images. A third wanted a black and white version of an image I had posted which I promptly made, sent the link to the person form my personal email and he purchased the image here the next day.
That said, I know someone here who gets a lot of spam stuff through the FAA message system, so you need to look at each email individually and decide if it merits a response.