September 15, 2012

various scams via email that are targeting photographers

Photographers are more and more becoming the target for scammers and con artists. They come in all kinds of ways. Really, it’s the Wild West out there!

The most prevalent scam is where the photographer is asked if they are available for a date … and they just want to throw money at you and book you, without even finding out details.

The scamming method here is that they want to book the photographer for a certain date, and then pay via bank guaranteed check or via credit card. The scam comes into play in that they over-pay, and then ask for a refund of that portion of the money.  The bank guaranteed check of course is fake, or the credit card they used is stolen.  And the end result is that the photographer who is naive enough to fall for this, is out of pocket by whatever amount they refunded to the scammers.

One of the things that reveal them, is the phrasing. For example, if they say “your city”, then it is 100% guaranteed to be a scam. Other vague descriptions like that should also start the alarm bells.


 

here are some other examples of scams against photographers

An example (in Comic Sans font):

Greetings,
Do you have indoor or outdoor session availability for any of this date 16,17 and 18 of october.Let me know your charges for Family Portraits per session for immediate booking.
Do you have a website?<
Await your reply.
Andrew Miller
(redacted: UK phone nr)

Um … they don’t know my website?  So how did they hear about me? Of course, I’m still waiting for a reply to that question.

And is often the case, the poor use of language is a tell-tale sign.

With this next scammer, I played along for a while, to see what twists and turns they would take.

 

From: mike steel

Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:06 PM
Subject: PHOTOGRAPHER NEEDED

Hello

i will like to Make an enquiry Concerning my Wedding Which would be Coming up on the 5th of september 2008 ,i need a Good Photographer/videographer who will be Covering all the event(5 hours).Please let me know if you are Available and if you have facilities to accept Credit Card Payments.

Hope to hear from you in other to know your Prices

Warmest Regards

Mark

Again, the poor spelling and grammar are usually good clues.

Then the next clue is that they aren’t specific about what they want … they just want to give you money. No matter whether you are a photographer or videographer.

Then there’s another clue in the inconsistent info, or the lack of info. And when you ask for more details, they will supply some details but will usually remain vague. Or the details won’t match up. Note how the email is from ‘Mike’ but the email is signed by ‘Mark’.

I played along with them for a while, trading emails, but they finally lost interest when I asked whether he is Mike (the “groom”), or Mark (who signed the first email), since I wasn’t sure who I am actually responding to. Here’s their reply.

lol. i see its my twin brother!
sorry!

Riiiiiiiight!!

It seems like the scammers have come up against photographers who are wise to this, and insist on speaking to them over the phone, because the emails have changed slightly now. Now the emails are from the bride’s mother, who happens to be deaf now. However, the rest of the wording remains the same.

Hello
My name is Rose Winans, I Live in Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075, but presenlt in North Corolina for the sake of the Wedding, I will be back soon I am deaf if not i would love to call about this enquiry, I will like to Make an enquiry Concerning my Son’s Wedding which would be Coming up on the 29th of August 2008 , I need a Good photographer/videographer who will be Covering all the event (5 hours) In NJ. Please let me know if you are Available and if you have facilities to accept Credit Card Payments (No Paypal, i dont have a paypal acc).
Hope to hear from you in other to know your Prices.
Regards
ROS

And again, note the bad spelling and grammar, and lack of details.
She even misspells her own name.

You know, we might actually be in trouble the day  these scammers become more articulate.

 

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1 Caroline Ghetes July 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm

LOL! This is funny that you brought it up because I think every photographer has gotten these emails. I noticed they were scams when they were sending these emails to my personal email (not sure how they got that) instead of my wedding email. LOL!

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2 Steve July 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I received a bunch of these mails from Nigerian royalty (Honest!). When I looked into it further I came across this site http://www.419eater.com/
These guys have turned getting spam into a hobby :)

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3 Neil July 15, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Yup, I don’t think you really count as a professional photographer until you’ve received one of these. Then you know you’re on the map!

Neil vN

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4 Bob Pendleton July 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Hi Neil:

I had one of these a few months ago, from a bloke claiming to be a doctor from England and getting married in California, he offered to pay all expenses, I never even met the bloke!
Like you, I played along, he got nasty because I wouldn’t give him my PayPal account, I replied that all correspondence is being forwarded to the lawyers at the PPA, I never heard a thing from the “quack’ again, the PPA thanked me for forwarding the emails, I carried on with my life. The PPA have sent me number of warnings about these scams :-))

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5 Christian July 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Yes, it looks like the Nigerians are trying different markets. I can’t believe that anyone would fall for this, especially with the bad grammar. I always meet my clients in person, as do most photographers I would imagine.

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6 geoff July 17, 2008 at 5:36 am

I have sold a few things on ebay and also a different hi-fi site in the UK and got similar e-mails there too.

The concerning thing is, even after a cheque HAS been cashed, it can still be re-voked up to 6 months after the event.

luckily i’ve not been stung this way (touch wood)

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7 Jim White July 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Last year I received a poorly constructed e-mail from a fellow who indicated that he wanted a wedding shot in Bakersfield, CA. I gave him a quote for the shoot and he sent me a CC for $1000 over.

I’ve recieved a few others from the Nigerians as well . . LOL

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8 Serge July 22, 2008 at 7:38 am

I hadn’t heard about these scams before but where I live clients normally don’t pay with Visa. I also meet clients in person.

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9 Ryan Brenizer July 23, 2008 at 10:58 am

Just got the Rose one.

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10 Patrick Zeinert July 25, 2008 at 9:26 am

God bless google. I was just getting ready to clear my calendar and I decided to google her name. The email was from employ.ceramics@gmail.com. It started off with this “gem:”

Hello, My name is Rose Winans, I Live in Austin Texas, but presenlt in Tennesse for the sake of the my Son’s Wedding, I will be back soon I am deaf if not i would love to call about this enquiry.

Stay diligent. It’s hard enough finding those who actually want your services.

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11 Dave Owens July 26, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Hi, I was reading this and it seems that they are going through so many means to get money of us honest working people. There was this time when my work mate asked me to take some pics of his motorbike for the autotrader webite for sale. We then got numerous emails form this guy saying he wants to buy the bike and eventually ent us a cheque for £6,000 (keeping in mind my mate only wanted 3k for it) stating that after 3 days when the cheque clears send him £3000 back to him through Western Union money transfer, at our local travel agents. He even got his cusins (note the spelling) to email me details of him. After about 3 weeks of playing funny games with him we turned a bit nasty with our emails (funny but very nasty). Then we got an email saying he was sending some heavies down and called us nincompoops. We was shaking in our boots lol.

The bank told us the cheque was for an imaginary bank in Ireland and would have shown up only 4 days after deposit, which is why they are so eager for you to send them the money back after 3 days because it shows up in your bank after 3 days as cleared but will only bounce after 4.

Stay alert for the low lifes as they are getting around everywhere.

Keep well

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12 ALisha July 27, 2008 at 4:44 am

lol, my dad was selling second hand car parts over the internet (in Belgium) several years ago. And he also got a cheque from Afrika with a much greater amount on. And they also asked him to pay a part back. But he’s clever so he didn’t. This is not a new phenomenon so.. don’t be eager to give money or codes to anyone out there!

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13 Richard Brandstetter August 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

I Got one for a Church revieal in north New Jersey . I called the Church just to see if it was for real it was not the Church was happey I gave them a heads up on the scam they did have professional photographers showup on the Date given.
I wish I had a Group Photo of them

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14 sherry August 22, 2008 at 1:24 am

I know of a photographer who fell for this scam a few years ago. This person was very new to the industry and the email she got-which I got to read- was not like the ones you usually get. It was clean, gave location and times, names of people, what they were looking for- everything.
She was offered a ton of money for a start-up. Something like $4000. Then via the big deposit/ refund trick she lost over half of that money. It was so sad.

Another friend almost got scammed trying to buy a expensive car- only to realize it was a scam just before the deal happened.

Point is- the emails are not always filled with bad grammar and spelling mistakes. Watch out!

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15 tzywen September 28, 2008 at 5:32 am

the strangest thing is, why can’t these scammers spend 5 more minutes to correct their spelling, grammar, punctuations and have it proof-read. With that they might just get more people fooled.

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16 Neil October 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Here is the most recent scam email:

Greetings!

A search for a wedding Photographer in France made me reach you.Self
introduction- Name is Dr. Chester Lincoln,from Canada who owns a business here in Asia.
Purpose of connecting you
I have a Son that will getting married soon in France.I have lot of activities that i am currently attending to.Will be please if you can discharge your service in covering all activities on that occasion.Date of the event is 29th,October,2009.We are welcoming 120 guests. The event is taking place in Paris.
You can as well reach me on phone.Number is +60123012431 Dr Chester Lincoln

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17 Neil vN June 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

And another I received this morning:

Hello this is Mr Lewis Raymon am an event planner and i need a wedding
photographer for a wedding that is coming up on the 12th of june in St
Joseph Cathedral church in ohio, a woman directed me to you that you
are perfect in covering wedding photographs.

okay fine i will like to make a reservation for a wedding coming up
in ohio on the 12th of june 2010 in St Joseph Cathedral church in
ohio, and i will make the necessary arrangement, such as paying the
flight ticket fee and the hotel that you are to lodge in and the
driver will pick you up at the airport and to the avenue of where the
occasion will take place.
i will be making a deposit with my credit card information, and
please i will need a little favor from you so get back to me with the
below information’s.

MANAGER OR OWNER NAMES:
OFFICE ADDRESS:
NAMES OF STAFFS THAT WILL DO THE COVERAGE SO THAT I CAN MAKE THE HOTEL
RESERVATION :
PHONE, FAX:

Regards
Lewis Raymon

Sure, Mr Lewis Raymon. I will get right on that.

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18 Neil vN July 13, 2010 at 12:04 am

Here is the latest Nigerian scam. Quite unique in its phrasing.
But, it’s got all the markings of a scam.
Note the return email address. Very official.

From: Nwodo Okwesilieze Subject: proposal for photography documentary contract to Neil van Niekerk

Hello Neil van Niekerk,

A couple of weeks back, I was sworn in as the new National Chairman of the largest political party in Africa – the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria.

As part of the national celebrations marking Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversay celebrations, a lot of activities has been lined up, part of which will be taking place in London, UK.

As the chairman of PDP, I have discussed with the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of the need to have the collection of national landmarks and national events in photos, and this will mark part of the 50th independence anniversary celebrations. Mr. President has given me approval to get a world-class photographer to cover these national landmarks scattered all over Nigeria.

I stumbled on your works while going through the internet. Your works are awesome and breathtaking. I feel you are very eminently qualified to handle this project. So I decided to contact you.

The government of Nigeria wants this Collection of National Landmarks and National Events in Photos to be a worldclass event that will be unveiled in London, UK.

I therefore write you, so that I can give to you a detailed explanations of what we need from you, and the cost of this project. I am not a professional in photography, so I expect you to explain more technicalities to me more based on the project I have already told you above. I wait to read from you soon. Thank you.

Dr.Okwesilieze Nwodo
National Chairman,
People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Nigeria.
http://www.peopledemocraticparty.org

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19 Neil vN July 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Another scam email doing the rounds.

Note the awkward language. Also note “my town” and the vagueness of it all.

Dear,
I would like to invite you to the wedding of my son, Randel, with his fiancé Shayne Carter on November 24th, 2012 on my town.To be my party service vendor And let me know the service you can offer me and where are you located because i needed your service to be one of my wedding vendor party. This very memorable event will be attended by people who are close to our family and my friend . To make this event more romantic, we have invited many vendor to serenade the couple. We have also arranged a van service to pick you up at the airport and drive you going to the event.

1……mini-wedding of about 70 invites
2……the wedding start by 12p.m stop by 5pm
3……the wedding will be indoor.
4…….just 5 hours wedding party.

We would really appreciate if you will spare this day for this event. Should you decide not to come for whatever reason, And am assure you that my company his going to responsible for your payment by check for any trip will cost you just let us know your package and fees and your price. Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing you on the said date.
Best Regards.

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20 Steven Mackie September 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

…and they are ALWAYS out of state/country. Returning just in time for the event !

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21 Jon September 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Take the check and when they want a refund, state “sorry we give no refunds”, and offer to give credit for future work.
Just dont take credit cards or paypal deposits or payments.

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22 Neil vN September 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Jon .. the part that you are missing out on, is that the bank WILL take the money out of your bank account again, since there never was any money. It was fraudulent. So even if you’re wise to it, there’s nothing to be gained.

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23 Ann Steward September 17, 2012 at 1:44 am

Haha, omg. The Mike/Mark/twin brother thing is pretty awesome!

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24 Trev September 17, 2012 at 2:41 am

Pen, I have to take you to task. I just spent the last fours hours [although enjoyable, but no work getting done by me] read the 419Eater scammers pages…

What a laugh! Thanks for the link. Sadly back to work now.

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25 Dino September 17, 2012 at 5:11 am

Be always alert and vigilant guys!

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26 Steven Seymour September 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

I’ve had lots of these, and most of them are obvious scams. Very occasionally, though, I’ll get one that’s borderline. One such was from a Chinese couple, married in Hong Kong but wanting some post-wedding photos in Scotland. I decided to be polite but firm about payment – it had to be an international bank transfer and it had to clear in our account at least 14 days before the shoot. I explained that was our policy for all overseas clients.

That couple turned out to be genuine: http://goo.gl/fdwf4

In other words, most – but not all – of these poorly articulated emails are scams. So the best response, I think, is to write a generic email that includes, up-front and politely, your payment terms. Then simply copy that same email to every suspect enquiry.

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27 Costas September 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

For those who ask “why these people don’t try to send a better worded e-mail”, here is the answer-read this:
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2012/06/far-fetched_sca.html

here is an abstract:

Finally, this approach suggests an answer to the question in the title. Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives. By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favor.

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28 Neil vN September 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Costas … that’s a very interesting take on this. (And one that is unusually generous about the opinion about the intelligence of the scammers.)

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29 Adi Tanase September 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

Yep, tried it on me as well. Saying that they will pay £4000 for 3 days of fashion shooting. Turned out they were some Nigerians that tried scamming my a few other people on model mayhem as well.

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30 William Eng September 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I’ve gotten emails from a Charlotte, Melissa and Rose with the exact email wordings but only the dates and names have changed. The location is always the same… Central Park Boathouse…situation’s the same too “hearing impaired and currently out of the country”.

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31 Adam September 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Neil,

Your article was very timely. I just got one of these two days before you posted this and I was totally sold on it. I did some research and found that it most certainly is a scam. Do you have any suggestions for how to report these things? If/when I do receive a bad check, can I forward it on to authorities? How can we use these similarly worded emails to trace it to the root of the issue? Instead of batting away a pesky bee that might sting you, why not get rid of the hive?

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32 Neil vN September 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Adam, I wouldn’t even bother with that. These scammers are usually not based in the USA. So they are out of reach of the law.

Also, the way that the law works, is usually not in the favor of the innocent. You’d have to be scammed first, to prove that a crime was committed. The law rarely works in a way where intent to commit a crime is the crime .. unless it can be proven. And that is a frustrating dead-end for anyone. So it is simpler just to mark these as spam, and get on with the day’s work on hand.

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33 Adam September 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

How frustrating! Thanks for the information though. I guess information is the best weapon at this point.

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34 Heather September 21, 2012 at 1:37 am

Gee…….this email looks very similar to the one you posted! Go figure! I was suspicious right off the bat especially since they didn’t know my website. I am very careful to make sure not is my contact info readily available but my website as well. I just cut and pasted the email into Google and found your page. Thank you for confirming what I thought already!

Do you have indoor or outdoor session availability for any of this date 16,17 and 18 of october.Let me know your charges for Family Portraits per session for immediate booking.

Do you have a website?

Await your reply.
Andrew Miller
+447031855658

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35 Bogdan September 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Lately I received a few of those emails written in Polish… I wonder when they will realize Bogdan is a name common throughout all Eastern Europe… (nothing in Romanian thus far :-) )

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36 Ellen September 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Not just photographers…I’m a pet sitter, and here is what I just received from Mr. Millerr with two “r”s. Don’t know how he found my e-mail, and had he found my website, it wouldn’t be on there, either:

From:Andrew Millerr
To:undisclosed-recipients:;
Received-On:Today 1:32 PM
Subject:PET SERVICE !!!
More…

Greetings,

I will like to know if you offer Daily check up/walk,cleaning of the dog environs and feeding service.I’ve 12 weeks german shepard,all vaccines are up to date and they are registered with the kennel club papers.

I need 5days of your service,Therefore do you have availability for any of this date 21,22,23,24,25,26 and 27 of October.let me know your charges per hr and details about your service.

Do you have a website?

Best Regard
Andrew
+447031855658

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37 Neil vN December 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

“in your city”

My name is John King and my Fiance name is Susan Peter .We are planing to Have Our wedding in your city,the date of our wedding is on
Feb 9th 2013. They are still working on the venue and as soon as the venue is ready i will let you know.I want to know if the date is available and i want you to give me your fee,we will be in State on January 20th 2013 by then the contract will have been finished because am in New Zealand now for business.Looking forward to read from you soon.
Thanks God Bless
John And Susan

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38 Neil vN December 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

Then there is this time-waster:

Hi,
Thanks for getting back with me promptly. And yes the date is Monday, Dec. 17th 2012. I know it’s strange to get married on a Monday but here’s our reason for it : Getting married on a Monday can be quite symbolic. The beginning of the week is Monday, and everyone looks forward to the growth of the week heading towards the weekend. The concept of getting married and looking forward to staying together for a long period of time seems to mix well with this idea. What are your charges? And i would like for you to answer the following questions for me :

** How long have you been in business?
** How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
** How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)?
** What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
** Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
** What type of equipment do you use?
** Are you shooting in digital or film format or both?
** Do you shoot in color and black & white? Both? Infrared?
** Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding?
** If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
** What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?
** If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
** What packages do you offer?
** How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? On a CD?
** How much of a deposit do you require?

Thanks i hope to hear back from you soon.
Donald.

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39 Neil vN December 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

And another:

Good day,
I am Mr Williams from washington usa i am getting married to Miss Helen Christy next month on the 20 0f dec 2012 at catholic church and i needed a special photographer who will take a place at the event next month i will like to know all what it will cost you to get to my location here and the actual amount to take a covarage of 6 hours from the church to the reception i really need to know this so that i can contact my father in-law about this because he his the one paying for this coverage await your response immediately. Thanks & God bless
Mr Williams

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40 Jesse Hernandez December 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

Neil, thanks so much for this post! I am also tired of these email scams with their poor grammar and spelling and gibberish. I received that latest one last night and actually considered replying to it for, like, a minute, before I realized it may just be another one of those.
I’m glad you confirmed this for me! Keep up the good work helping out other fellow photographers, Neil!

Warm regards,
Jesse

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41 Neil vN December 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

All in different font types and sizes, with no punctuation.

Good day,
I am Mr Mcjones Williams … i am getting married to Miss Helen Christy on the 25th 0f January 2013 at…..731 West Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster CA

I needed a special photographer who will take a place at theevent next months i will like to know all what it will cost you to get to my location here and the actual amount to take a coverage of 7hour from the church to the reception i really need to know this so that i can contact my father in-law about this because he his the one paying for this coverage await your response immediately.

Thanks & God bless

Regards
Mcjones Williams

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42 Trev December 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

That looks like a ‘McGyver’ attempt at the written intercourse. :)

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43 Neil vN January 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

The original email from “Steve”:

Are you available for my up coming wedding ?

No details or anything. Just asking if I am available. No date.
So, either a very clueless groom … or a scammer.

So I asked for a date, and here’s the reply:

Hello,
My name is Steven McCurry,i live in college park, GA(USA).I am presently in Wimbledon,London (UK) but probably will be moving back home soon and i’ll be getting married shortly after my arrival in the states to my fiance Jennifer Ronald. We will need a wedding/party Photographer to help us in making up our ceremony from the church to the hotel reception.We will like to find out what your plans are for Saturday, March 16th,2013. This is the date of our wedding so kindly let us know your availability for this day.We’ll take responsibility for your expenses regarding our plans.we might not be able to meet you soon as planned,due to our unavailability in the states but,we are willing to retain the date, that’s to make deposit for booking prior to our arrival to be sure we are interested in your service,if we really are.

Regards..

Waiting to get your response.

Steven McCurry & Jennifer Ronald

It had all the trademarks of a scam email already, so I asked where the wedding was being held. It’s another give-away that they didn’t mention a specific place.

Scammers need to cast a wide net, so they rarely give a city or venue upfront.

Here is their follow-up reply – a canned email response.

Hello Once Again ,
Thanks for keeping in touch with us.Here is the services we will like you to render to us,we will want you to send us your price for just four hours with high quality images on 1CD and a parent album each because we will be sending some of the pictures to our relatives,we will also need high quality pictures for future references and i’m sure we could browse through your website for more prints in future after the wedding event.

Also,we want you to know that we are having two locations for the wedding in the same area, that is from the church to the reception,as soon as we have the wedding locations we will have the full information sent to you for future reference.Get back to us here with the price for your service(four hours) so that we can have further discussions in calculation.The city where the wedding ceremony/reception is taking place is college park, GA and the ceremony starts by 12pm.

Best Regards

My reply was … “You do realize I know you’re a scammer?”
Let’s see what canned response that will get!

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44 Neil vN January 13, 2013 at 12:26 am

Funny thing this … I emailed this guy back to ask him if he realized I knew he was a scammer, and he shot back with:

“Never and ever in your life call me that again..bitch”

And then I decided to Google their names, and sure enough, they do come up with other photographers also immediately pegging them as scammers. And *I* am the bitch?

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45 Trev January 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

Neil, how do they get to scam?

I have had a couple of what seemed to be bogus inquiries, but I don’t understand how they can gain from it requesting information, mine seemed to be competitors wanting to know my pricing structure.

Seems to be a large waste of time on their part and I may be naive but don’t comprehend the end game they are after.

Trev

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46 Neil vN January 13, 2013 at 12:58 am

A few of the recent ones I could trace directly back to two specific listing sites.
These are easy places to get loads of names from all over a vast region.

The usual scam is that they over-pay you via a money order. You’re then supposed to pay the difference to the DJ or some other vendor (who would be the scammer in actuality), and then when the fraudulent money order is discovered by the bank, you’re out by the “over-paid” amount you paid to the other people.

The give-away is usually that they are very willing to send you money. You just need to send them a quote. No request to see your portfolio or such. They are in a hurry to start the transaction.

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47 Trev January 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

ahhh, I see. Thanks for the info.

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48 Christine January 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hi Neil,

I found your blog after typing “Steven McCurry & Jennifer Ronald” into google. I also recieved that email and was checking into it. With all my previous transactions I’ve used Paypal without meeting the couple and it has worked out. Is this something they can do with Paypal? Pay you too much and then ask for a refund?

Thanks,

Christine

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49 Neil vN January 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

Christine … you could try using Paypal, but absolutely do NOT refund any over-payment. It’s a guarantee that you will be scammed off that portion of the money.

Paypal has no qualms in refunding money and pulling money out of your account.

That said .. try asking for a Paypal payment. I doubt the scammers would go for that, simply because it doesn’t fall under their regular way of operating.

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50 Neil vN May 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

A new one just rolled in. Notice that you have to give them your zip code.

Hello,

i’m Freddie Marion,

Fortunately for me to locate your mail as a professional photographer that could be hired for my birthday ceremony.

kindly let me know how much you charge for 2hrs show and what is your zip code and also let me know if you will be available to render service for me on the 20th of June,2013.

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51 Bill Cornelius September 6, 2013 at 1:08 am

Got another scam e-mail this week:

Hello there, This is Diana Frost.I just want to confirm if you can come for my Daughter wedding shoot which is going to hold on 05 October 2013.Let me know if you are available for the shoot.
Best Regard,
Diana

My first thought was scam, but realizing there was an outside chance it was a real local prospect, I answered the e-mail to find out the location. When I found out the wedding was in Des Moines (I’m in Alabama) I knew it was a scam and simply responded that it was to far to travel. Then I got her offer to pay all my travel expenses.

Nope, if its to good to be true its to good to be true.

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52 Trev February 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Here is another name for the list. Martin John

I got the email and replied to see what it would be, yep, the old Credit Card payment offer upfront, and even as I am typing this another 2 emails come in stating the same thing. Must be keen to give me money.

Original email below this reply he just sent.

I had asked him when/where, did not respond of course to that.

———————
Hi,
Thanks for your reply back, I am hearing impaired that is why am using via e-mail to contact you now and this is the wedding details below:

Bride Name: Lisa Smith
Groom Name: James John
Wedding date: April 25th
Time: 1pm-6pm
Duration hours: 5hours
Reception Location: Only

full package of 5hours service with albums for the photo service to cover only the (reception hall) start from 1pm to 6pm,I will be expecting your reply back with the total cost for that and i can give you my credit card to charge $800 as deposit payment to secure you down for the event day…..Thanks.
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On 22/02/14 4:28 PM, Martin John wrote:
> Hello,
>
> This is Martins, i will like to know if you are
available for son wedding photographer service and
what area do you serve too.
>
> Thanks.

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