July 4, 2013

the way scammers are targeting photographers

In a previous article on how e-mail scammers are targeting photographers, the question came up exactly how the photographer is going to lose money. What exactly is the system in place where the photographer is going to be out of pocket?

In short – the scammer books you but overpays, and then asks you to pay the difference to another vendor. So you send money to the “other vendor” (who is actually the scammer). The transaction where you got paid the money turns out to be fraudulent, and the bank removes that money from your bank account … but the money that you paid to the “other vendor” (ie, the scammer) is a real transaction and you lose that money.

As an example, here is an email that is going around. You’ll encounter different versions of this, but there are numerous tell-tale signs …

 

1. The initial email

Note how the wording is vague, and the grammar is nearly always awkward. I am actually surprised they got the ‘new Jersey’ part right. Usually it is a very generic ‘your city’.

My name is Walter Bender i will like to book you for my Engagement Party Dated 30th July 2013 here New jersey. Get back to me if you are available and if you accept credit card payment

My Spidey senses are already tingling at this. This person is just too eager to throw money in my direction, without asking about costs and other details.

 

2. My reply, trying to elicit more detail

I am available.  How many hours would you like me to be there?
And which venue are you using?

 

3. The scammer’s reply

Thanks a lot Neil for the quick reply,Happy 4th. i need you to shoot for 3 hours ,and i need all edited copies on CD.Engagement Venue: [ name and address of the venue redacted ]
Start Time:6pm- 9pm
Number of Guest:85Let me know your Quote Okay,i want to have the date book right away,i will forward you my credit card details to confirm Booking

So far … not too bad. Still just a suspicion that this isn’t a real enquiry. My Spidey senses are tingling!

 

4. My reply, with a dollar amount just thrown in there.

I thought I might push this a little bit and ask for an address to mail the disc to.

Hi there Walter
For 3 hours, and the disc of images, my fee is $1,500 + 7% NJ sales tax.
The total fee would be $1605.00
And I would need your address so I can mail you the disc afterwards.

 

5. His reply … and tadaaaaa!!  There it is. It’s a scam. 

Thanks for getting back with the Total Quote,  Mailing Address: [ address redacted]. Please Neil  I also want you to help me charge another $1,800 for the florist Booked for the Engagement, I’m compensating you with the sum of $250 for the transfer fee and for your efforts.Please note that I would have given the Florist my credit card for him to deduct the funds but was told that he doesn’t have the facility to charge or debit credit cards, which is why I bring my vote of confidence in you and i wouldn’t want you  to betray my trust. So I want you to  transfer the funds to him ONLY after you have made the charges and the money charged has reflected in your account. Only then can you proceed to make the transfer to the Florist via Western Union Money Transfer.Find below the charges you’ll make on my credit card:You Charge fee ………( $1605.00)
Florist Fee ……($1,800)
Your Commission…….($250 )Note that my credit card will be charged for the amounts above. Please do get back to me if you are in the office right now so that I can forward my credit card details to you,i would like you to help me process the Charges through the link at your end, I can then send you the information by which to transfer the money to the Florist by Western Union Money transfer .Anticipating your Favorable reply
Kind Regards

 

how these scams work

There it is! They are going to overpay, and you are asked to send the “Florist” that sum of money. You would be out of pocket by $1,800 in a week from now when it all plays out.  Guaranteed.

I removed the mailing address since it is a useless address. It’s in the middle of a NJ State Park. Yup, another clue. Because, really, they don’t want the disc. They want your $1,800 …. because this is a scam.

Another clue is that you have to pay the scammer / “florist” via Western Union Money Transfer. That’s generally one consistent part to this type of scam.

This is how these scams work. You’ll encounter variations of this, but there are always specific patterns to it that will reveal you’re dealing with a con artist / criminal / scammer.

 

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1 Bill July 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

So, when this happens, do you report it to the authorities?

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2 Neil vN July 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

The scammers are based elsewhere – most likely Nigeria. They just keep moving on to the next victims with new fraudulently acquired credit card numbers.

The problem in reporting this, is that where I am concerned, there has been no crime committed. I’m not a victim. So if I went to the cops … they’ll just shrug their shoulders.

And I just do not have the energy to deal with a credit card company’s automated phone system to try and report this. They can deal with it when they realize that that credit card has been compromised.

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3 cierra tomlin July 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I have actually run into this exact thing. I did not fall for it though.

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4 Trev July 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Same here Cierra [Australia], I had 2 similar in past 3 months, just wanted to throw money at me without seeing my work nor inquiring about rates first up, just book me.

The absolutely dead giveaway is *always* going to be the Nigerian scammers methodology wording of “which is why I bring my vote of confidence in you and i wouldn’t want you to betray my trust.” or similar, along with the mention of Western Union.

Anything with ‘trust/confidence’ and Western Union is 100% guaranteed to be scamming.

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5 Seb July 5, 2013 at 6:11 am

We’ve received similar e-mail some time ago.
Such attempts are quite frequent.

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6 manvin July 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’d like to check email id & ip address to find out where they are sending it from?

again it is a good idea to add filter IP address on your website to block out any specific country – this will prevent scammers to look up your website & email, however scammers could be anywhere in the world that’s the problems.

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7 Neil vN July 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

The IP address is 209.85.223.196
This resolves as Mountain View, California.

Wouldn’t this just be because the culprit is using gmail?
Or would that be the actual IP address?

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8 Ian July 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

Nice example Neil. It’s important that this kind of stuff gets posted. It’s hard to believe that people fall for these scams, but they do – that’s why the scammers keep doing it. This one was a bit more sophisticated than the “Dear Beloved” types, but has a lot of the same hallmarks.

It’s too bad that you need to have a well developed Spidey sense, but that is the universe we live in.

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9 Herbg July 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

I’ve seen the same exact scam done to Bed & Breakfasts. It’s really sad.

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10 Garth Jones July 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

This scam does get around. I just dealt with a very similar case in my furniture design business. A ‘marketing executive’ from California wanted me to build him a dresser. All was well and good for a couple of emails and then came the scam – would I be willing to take an overpayment so that I can front some money to his ‘shipper.’ Not so much!

Ah well. Since I’m writing a comment let me say something positive – I’m an avid photographer and I’ve learned a great deal from your blog. I photograph all my furniture and the black foamie thing, among other tricks, has been a great help in making well lit, glare free images. This is one of the best blogs on the web. Thanks!

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11 manvin July 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

It’s hard to say from here to be honest because culprit will always look for “Anonymous Proxy” or “computer hijack” in order to use their ip address to show they are from united state, who known if they are actually from different country?

It’s really good things you post here and helping people to prevent this kind of scam.

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12 Charles July 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I had one who wanted my personal home address to fedex a check to me, they did not even want a studio address but my home address. I told him I do all business thru my PO Box and they can fedex to that for a signature and they said home address only. So I declined the wedding. Hard to tell what they want my home address for.

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13 Seb July 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

manvin I wouldn’t block any IP addresses as quite often scammers are using dynamic IP addresses, so you might block potential customers.

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14 stakx July 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Why doesn’t Western Union do something about these scams? (Maybe they are? If so, it doesn’t seem to be very effective at stopping them.) Anytime I see “Western Union” I think scam– this can’t be good for their business…. or maybe it is because they get fees from the scammers?

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15 Manvin July 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Seb yes you are right buddy. I’m not blocking any IP addresses however but to analysis IP address to find out which country are they in, only specific users cannot access the website.

This method seem to work quite well with either dynamic IP or static IP.

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16 Seb July 6, 2013 at 6:06 am

stakx The reason why they use WU is very simple – you can’t track your money. Also literally anyone can get your money, they just need some details regarding transaction. Another channel is Money Gram or relationship with some king or queen in Nigeria.

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17 Juraj Dorko July 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

I would understand if this was happening in the English-speaking parts of the world only, but it doesn’t! Every now and then I sell some photo gear on a Slovakian website – and these scammers have found me several times! My ad is in Slovak language, everything on the website is in Slovak language – yet they somehow manage to click through several options and find the ads that might be of interest to them. How they do it, I have no idea – do they actually make the effort and have the website translated via Google translate, so that they can navigate through the site? But how did they find the website in the first place? Its name means something like “flee market dot SK”, but not exactly – it’s actually a made-up word, not generally known in Slovak, so how did they find out that this website is where they can find ads, is beyond my understanding.

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18 Trev July 11, 2013 at 1:28 am

Currently at the moment, I have a scammer on the line (fishing line that is) and am currently conversing with him.

Once I am done, and I can detect the full scam, I shall – with Neil’s permission he already has given me – post emails to and from me.

Hopefully in the next few days.

So far it ‘appeared’ slightly genuine, but when he gave me the venue name here in Australia, over 2400kms away, and upon ringing to confirm their booking of his “memorable festivities”, they have no bookings on the 2 days he wants me for nor anything under the name given to me.

coming soon . . . to be continued . . .

UPDATE: Definitely a scammer, I called the venue again, the receptionist said I was 1 of about a dozen photographers inquiring, and besides that they are already booked for other functions on the days he has supposed to have booked. When queried on that, his “wife forgot, she is busy in Italy buying a wedding outfit and shopping”. :)

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19 Paul Krol August 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I just got a similar email. And it sounded a bit like a scam so i googled it and came upon this article. Thanks for posting it. I really wanted to reply “piss off and get a real job” or something like that. But I didn’t..you never know..if they are crazy and will try to seek me out. Photographers are generally easy to trace.

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20 Arek Rainczuk August 29, 2013 at 4:01 am

I got this inquiry this morning. It resembles the scam emails I’ve read here before,
“Hello
How are you today,I stumbled on your website via a Google search,Browsed through all your works and fell in love with your level of creativity.I want to book you to shoot at my Engagement party coming up 24th October 2013 here in Australia .Would be so glad if you are available. Also, do you accept payments via credit cards?
Looking forward to your reply
Walter Bender”

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21 Paris L. September 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Thanks Neil. Walter Bender just emailed me too and also got my spidey senses going. A quick google led me to your post. Thanks for saving me the time responding to this guy!

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22 pat September 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Do you have any local info on Walter Bender. I need to contact him to review info he gave to my son and need to contact him in person or phone my son is out $3000.00 that he does not have and also lost all access to paypal and has sold Multics items and also lost all that $ he is out of work and has now lost all his $ that has nothing to do with this Walter scam he is 21 and never even. Gave a thought that he would be scammed out of $he does not have.he has loser everything he owns and is now in the need to sell all his camera equipment and is now without evertthing he has ever. Worked for along with his dreams of having a future.

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23 Neil vN September 7, 2013 at 12:13 am

Pat … there is about zero chance you’d ever meet this “Walter Bender”, since the scammers are most likely sitting in a foreign country – probably Nigeria.

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24 Robson October 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Neil! Thanks for sharing! Yesterday I received the email from Walter Bender.
Here in Brazil. =]

Em 2013-10-10 08:53, walter bender escreveu:
Thanks so much for the quick reply i need you to shoot for 4 hours ,and i need all edited copies on USB.

Engagement Party Venue:

Plaza Itapema Resort & SPA
Address: BR-101, Km 144 – Ilhota, Itapema – SC, 88220-000, Brazil

Start Time:5pm- 9pm

Number of Guest:85

Let me know if there would be any travel and accommodation cost, i
will take care of all additional cost

Await to get the total quote thank you

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25 Daniel Fried October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

From: walter bender [mailto:walterbender13@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:53 AM
To: dan@hhphotographers.com
Subject: Booking

Hello
How are you today,I stumbled on your website via a Google search,Browsed through all your works and fell in love with your level of creativity.I want to book you to shoot at my Engagement party coming up 24th November 2013 here in NY .Would be so glad if you are available. Also, do you accept payments via credit cards?

Looking forward to your reply

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26 Uma Sanghvi November 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

Got the Walter Bender email today! Your blog post came up immediately during a Google search for “Walter bender scam”.

Thanks for posting about this!

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27 matt sloan January 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

thanks for posting this. i just got the same communication from ” Walter Bender” this week in Jan. 2014. looks like this guy is going to need to change his name up. haha.

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28 Gladys January 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

Oyi i just got an email from “Walter Bender” and thought I should google him. My thoughts were right spot on. After I noticed last named spelled Bendor and his email spelled Bender. Thanks

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29 Laura October 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm

This just happened to me, so it’s still going strong over a year later:

“Hello, How are you today,I stumbled on your website via a Google search,Browsed through all your works and fell in love with your level of creativity.I want to book you to shoot at my Engagement party coming up 24th November 2014 here in Portland Oregon .Would be so glad if you are available. Also, do you accept payments via credit cards? Looking forward to your reply Lane”

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30 Edeelin January 31, 2015 at 11:29 pm

This just happened to me today, good thing I saw this blog and realized it was a scam!!!!

This is how this person contacted me:
On Jan 26, 2015, at 1:58 PM, lewis jordan wrote:
Hi, This is Lewis Do you offer Family Reunion Photography and accept credit card? Kindly reply back if you do. Thank you

On Jan 28, 2015, at 7:33 PM, lewis jordan wrote:
My family reunion will be taking place at my home in Vallejo on the 20th and 21st of next month 3pm-8pm daily.Expected guest is between 40-50 people. Do you have availability on the dates and be able to take Posed and Candids shots? Let me have the estimate cost and your direct # so i can contact you to better discuss the schedule and arrangement. Thank you

My reply:
On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 10:56 PM,
Hello Lewis,

I need your
1. complete name
2. address
3.your cell number
4. address of your event
For the 2 days event it’s $1600.

This is where I got suspicious,
On Jan 31, 2015, at 8:49 AM, lewis jordan wrote:

The price is okay with me and i am ready to make full payment of the service now with my credit card so i can be rest assured the date is secured for the event, I need you to render me a favor regarding the event planner that is handling the event for me. The favor is that the event planner is currently not authorized to accept credit card so i want you to help coordinate his fee on my card along with your payment. I will give you my card to charge for your service and the event planner fee (You will charge your fee then charge an additional $1250 for the event planner) As soon as you charge it through and it approves you will forward it to him so everything can be set for the event, Reason i am asking you for the favor is cus i just got out of Intensive care and My Psychiatrist strongly advice me to minimize the stress i go through else i might develop severe weakness and tiredness. I am willing to offer you an extra $50 as tip for your assistance, Bear with me I will be authorizing and responsible for all the charges on my credit card.

Below is the breakdown of the charges you will be running on my credit card:
Photo-shoot : $1600
Event Planner : $1250
Tip: $50
CC Charges: 2%

Kindly get back to me with the grand total you will be running on my credit card along with the details needed to process my card.
Thank you.

*I am so thankful I used my common sense! This guy is a scammer!!

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31 Jenna February 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Same person contacted me, same exact thing. These people are ridiculous.

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32 June February 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

I’ve gotten similar inquiries in the past but this time, although I was suspicious from the beginning, the scam was not so obvious. Except for the question about the credit card. Who asks that in their initial inquiry?

I actually replied to Maxwell Bolt and asked him a couple of questions about his event. When he replied that his reunion was on a Tues and a Wed, that was enough for me to confirm it was a scam.

More suspicions / confirmations:
-He contacted me about Reunion photography through my Boudoir photography site.
-He sent me the exact same email today!

I did a search today on the ISP (didn’t know before reading it here that I could do that..) and guess where it is??
Yup – Nigeria!

I’m including the text from his email here so that others may find it via Google like I did today.
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First Contact:
Name: max
Email: mbolt570@gmail.com
Phone:
I’m interested in: Hi, This is Maxwell Do you offer Family Reunion Photography and accept credit card? Kindly reply back if you do. Thank you

IP: 41.58.124.6
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Reply to my questions:
My family reunion will be taking place at my home in Los Angeles on the 25th and 26th of next month. 3pm-8pm daily. Expected guest is around 40-50 guest and i want you to take care of the photography job at my family reunion and i will need portrait work done after the photography..i want my guest photos in a book/album and separate portraits for my family(4 members) … Do you have availability on the dates ?if yes send me a quote for both dates and i can make full payment with my credit card ..Thank you
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Photographer Beware!

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33 Heidi February 27, 2015 at 10:49 am

Maxwell Bolt emailed me too, however signed it Jeremy. same email except reunion is in manhattan beach. crazy!

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34 Heidi February 25, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I just got the same e-mail from Maxwell bolt!! Except for that he claimed his name was Jeremy.
Here is what he sent me:

mbolt570@gmail.com
Feb 22 (3 days ago)

Hi,
This is Jeremy, Do you offer Family Reunion Photography and accept credit card? Kindly reply back if you do. Thank you

Jeremy

I replied and asked him more details about his event, and here is what he sent me:

maxwell bolt
2:48 PM (18 hours ago)

to me
Thank you for your timely response My wife came across your timeline on FACEBOOK …My family reunion will be taking place at my home in Mountain View Ca on the 8th and 9th of April. 3pm-8pm daily. Expected guest is around 40-50 guest and i want you to take care of the photography job at my family reunion and i will need portrait work done after the photography
1) i want my guest photos in a book/album or C D
2) separate portraits for my family members : (Sabrina,Kathy,Dennis and Joey)
3) Just walk around and get pictures of the party
get back to me if you have availability on the above dates and if yes send me a quote for both dates and i can make full payment with my credit card ..Thank you

Jeremy

RED FLAGS–the first thing he asked was about accepting credit card, the dates were in the middle of the week (who has a reunion for 5 hrs on wednesday and 5 hrs on Thursday?), and he kept pushing that he would pay in full. Those were enough for me to google him, and I found all your comments!

PHOTOGRAPHERS, BE CAREFUL!!

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35 Jenna February 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm

My scam came from a Lewis Jordan. I’m still playing with him making him think I’ll go for it. Same story as above and I am located in So Cal. Hopefully no one falls for this crap!

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36 KE February 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I’m really glad I googled this guy’s email address; I got the same email:

Name: jeremy
Email: mbolt570@gmail.com
Question: Hi,
This is Jeremy, Do you offer Family Reunion Photography and accept credit card? Kindly reply back if you do. Thank you

Jeremy

Time: February 26, 2015 at 3:53 am
IP Address: 41.138.182.100

maxwell bolt
1:42 PM (16 minutes ago)

to me
Thank you for your timely response My wife came across your timeline on FACEBOOK …My family reunion will be taking place at my home in Santa Monica on the 8th and 9th of April. 3pm-8pm daily. Expected guest is around 40-50 guest and i want you to take care of the photography job at my family reunion and i will need portrait work done after the photography
1) i want my guest photos in a book/album or C D
2) separate portraits for my family members : (Sabrina,Kathy,Dennis and Joey)
3) Just walk around and get pictures of the party
get back to me if you have availability on the above dates and if yes send me a quote for both dates and i can make full payment with my credit card ..Thank you

Jeremy

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37 CK February 27, 2015 at 3:41 am

Yup, received an emailed from Jeremy, as well, today. Googled before responding and found this post! Thank you!
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From: maxwell bolt
Time: 5:38 AM

This is Jeremy, Do you offer Family Reunion Photography and accept credit card? Kindly reply back if you do. Thank you
——–
Jeremy

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38 HW February 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

OMG same thing here in the south bay

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39 Rachel February 27, 2015 at 5:26 am

Ha- just got a very similar email from one Peter Wilson, with a six hour family reunion, plus head shots! In the middle of the week, here in Canada. I had already heard about a similar email in a photog group I’m in on Facebook, plus it just reads like a scam. I still had to play along, to see how well he could answer my questions, and if my quote would scare him or not. We went back and forth briefly. I ended my most recent email with “Also, can you please reassure me that the following link has noting to do with you, as I am an incredibly trusting person, and would really hate for this to be a scam. http://neilvn.com/tangents/how-scammers-are-targeting-photographers/
Thank you so much for your inquiry” We shall see if I hear from Pete again.

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40 Morgan March 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Been hit via email and text I’m the last two months. I knew this had to be a scam, just couldn’t figure out how. Good information! Thanks!

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41 Steve Amiaga March 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

I just had a long back and forth via txt with “Abraham Smith.” who was in the hospital for the next few weeks and hard of hearing, thus communicate via SMS. This was for a family reunion in Manhattan at a venue I couldn’t find listed anywhere, for a 6 hour period on a Thursday afternoon. a month hence. My spidey sense tingled when he asked about taking a credit card in the first message. From there on, for about an hour, we went back and forth. When he asked for my direct number, which he’d been txt-ing for an hour, and I accidentally called him Peter Wilson, (which he didn’t correct) I finally just said I just realized I can’t do this job, how did you get my number? Who referred me to you? (I don’t promote that kind of photography anyway…and a quick review of my website would reveal this.)

GREAT info throughout this thread.

Thanks, Steve

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42 chantel March 21, 2015 at 8:06 pm

I got this from a Leland Whitehurst.

Hello my name is Leland. I will like to know your availability day in March, 2015 just for 6 hours service, also i will need portrait work done after the photography work is done after the event. I will like you to get back to me with your availability day in March, its a family reunion party. And also do you accept credit card payment?

Regards,
Leland.

I also got another one a few days later from a Janice Adara. Thanks for this post, it saved me a lot of time and money!

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43 Neil vN March 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm

That phrase – “I will like to” – immediately indicates that it is a scam. A 100% certainty.

We might just be in trouble one day if these scammers get their grammar together.

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44 klynn March 23, 2015 at 10:39 pm

There is a Tim Webber out there too!

“Hello my name is Tim Webber. I will like to know your availability day in April, 2015 just for 4 hours service, also i will need portrait work done after the photography work is done after the event. I will like you to get back to me with your availability day in April, its a family reunion party. And also do you accept credit card payment?

Regards,
Tim.”

I replied (knowing it was a scam obviously) to let him know I do not do events or parties :P

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45 Elizabeth March 25, 2015 at 9:31 am

Hi, This is David Brandon Do you offer Family Reunion Photography and accept credit card? Kindly reply back if you do.

Thank you

Making the rounds in Chicago for Family Reunions.

Hi David,

Yes, I can offer family reunion photography packages and I do accept credit cards. Many of my weekends are booked for the summer. When and where is your reunion and what would you like included – how many hours, how many people, candid/posed, prints, albums? I can then get a better idea of what you’re looking for and provide you with several package options and pricing.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth

My family reunion will be taking place at my home in Palatine on the 27th and 28th of next month 3pm-8pm daily.Expected guest is between 40-50 people. Do you have availability on the dates and be able to take Posed and Candids shots? Let me have the estimate cost and your direct # so i can contact you to better discuss the schedule and arrangement.

Thank you

Hi David,

Sorry for the delay, I was running out the door this morning when I got your second email. Unfortunately, I am beginning a new full-time job on 4/6 and could only commit to time after work as that’s a Monday and Tuesday. That said, you really will get the best natural light around sunset. Perhaps two hours of outdoor photography (6-8pm)? That should give me enough time to get through posed photos of the various parts of the family, the whole family together, and a number of candids. The cost would be $875 – that includes an online password-protected gallery with digital downloads of all fully-edited images with a print/post release or the option to buy professional prints, as well. I’d recommend scheduling for 4/27 and then if we have rain, we could try for the 48th as a back-up. Feel free to call any time for more information.

Elizabeth

The price is okay with me and i am ready to make full payment of the service now with my credit card so i can be rest assured the date is secured for the event, I need you to render me a favor regarding the event planner that is handling the event for me. The favor is that the event planner is currently not authorized to accept credit card so i want you to help coordinate his fee on my card along with your payment. I will give you my card to charge for your service and the event planner fee (You will charge your fee then charge an additional $2000 for the event planner) As soon as you charge it through and it approves you will forward it to him so everything can be set for the event, Reason i am asking you for the favor is cus i just got out of Intensive care and My Psychiatrist strongly advice me to minimize the stress i go through else i might develop severe weakness and tiredness. I am willing to offer you an extra $50 as tip for your assistance, Bear with me I will be authorizing and responsible for all the charges on my credit card.

Below is the breakdown of the charges you will be running on my credit card:
Photo-shoot : $875
Event Planner : $2000
Tip: $50
CC Charges: 2%

Kindly get back to me with the grand total you will be running on my credit card along with the details needed to process my card.

Thank you.

***And that’s when I forwarded the email chain to the local police, not that they can do anything, but they do send out alerts to our community when scams like this are going around.***

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46 Markw April 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

Thanks for the info. I got one and just replied back with this :D :D :D

Hi Susan,
Yes, that works great. Lets go ahead and book it!

One small issue. I will need to get a new lens for this event to make sure you have the best photos possible. My credit card was stolen so I can’t use it right now. So I need you to purchase the lens and ship it to me. it will be around $2,000. I will subtract my fee from the $2,000 (or however much the lens costs after taxes and shipping) and I will pay you whatever else is left over at the event.

Thanks so much!

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47 Miriam March 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

Klynn,

I just had the Tim Webber contact me from my web page this weekend. It seemed like a normal quote until he asked me to pay for the venue and him pay me back with an extra $200 for me because they “didn’t take credit cards”. I happen to know that venue does take credit cards and knew right then it was a scam. Don’t fall into this guys trap!
He wrote me from webber.hillsborough@gmail.com

Thanks for posting about this!

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48 Scott March 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Hey Neil,

My turn, lol :P
I’m in the middle of a *negotiation* right now >_<

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49 Andrew April 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Hello, I’m Susan Hays. How are you ? I’ll like to know your free available date in May for my family reunion (5 hours photo coverage). Also i want family portraits done for the all the families coming together for the reunion. Do you accept credit card payment ?

Same thing. Thanks for your post.

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50 Markw April 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

I just got this exact same thing

Hello, I’m Susan Hays. How are you ? I’ll like to know your free available date in May for my family reunion (5 hours photo coverage). Also i want family portraits done for the all the families coming together for the reunion. Do you accept credit card payment ?

Here was “her” reply

Hi Mark,

I want you to check if you have available weekends between June 20th-28th. If you have a date open i want you to work on the estimate cost for the 5 hours photo coverage from 11am-4pm, and 6-16×20 prints family photo portraits because we have 6 families coming together for the reunion event. The event will be held locally here in the state about an hour or two drive from your location, i will cover the travel expenses. I got your information on the internet and i hope you can handle this event. I’ll be making 60% down payment in advance with my credit card to book the date also i will forward you the event venue once the event planner book the hall.

Thanks,
Susan

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51 Andrew April 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Hello Andrew,

Thank you for the estimate. I want you to know that i am in the ICU just recuperating from an ear surgery i undergo. The event planner handling the event does not have the facility to receives credit card payment, i want you to do me a little favor. I want you to add their charges to yours so you can have everything run on my credit card. The favor is that after you ran everything on my credit card and the total amount has cleared to your account, you will send their fees to them. Here is the final breakdown below :

Your service: $X,XXX
Event planner: $1,500
Tips & Gratuity : $100
3% CC Surcharge: $$$

In view of this i want you to get back to me with the grand total and i will provide you with my credit card details to run through ASAP.

Thanks,

Susan.

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52 Neil vN April 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Yup, there it is – the pattern.

It’s amusing how they have moved the bad grammar of “I will like to”, up towards ” I’ll like to”.

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53 Laura April 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm

Ohhhhh, I got the hearing impaired Tim Webber and another dude TODAY – Larry Stevens.

I didn’t feel good from the first Tim Webber interaction, but when Larry Stevens made the same inquiry email – report phishing and report spam and create filter for emails like this and ThankYouVeryMuchGmailforBusiness.

As we say it down here on the Gulf Coast (me being European and all…) – “them f***ers need a slap in the face… with a brick!”

On a brighter note, hey, I found your blog :))))

And it’s five o’clock somewhere… Cheers!!!

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