1. They ask for speculative work.
Phrases like "see what you can do" and "find out if you're a good fit" are big red flags. Don't ever do free work for someone who is offering to hire you. Nine times out of ten hey will take the work and use it and never offer you a job. This is almost always a scam. Just say "I have examples of ____ in my gallery". (you should have examples up of every style you can do.) Don't even do SKETCHES for the guy until you've signed something or gotten some money.
2. They offer to pay you in advertising or give you the "honor of seeing your work in print".
It is an honor for THEM to be able to print your art, not the other way around. Seeing your work in p