Strange Request - Possible Scam???

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  1. RMThompson

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    Ok guys, I recieved a few emails recently, and they feel like a scam, but somehow this guy knows I am a photographer. I wanted to get your opinion, and if this IS a scam, I'll know soon and can warn others.

    Here is the first email I recieved:

    Now, note that the header has the email address to "milobluphotography" which is NOT me. I looked in the complete header and can not even figure out HOW this email got to me. Neverthless, interested, I responded, told him that I've never formally shot a wedding and thereby I would charge $500 for a few hours of shots, plus airfare/hotel. (Not seriously thinking about would consider paying that.)

    I also asked for more details about him specifically "Where are you located?" since he certainly sounds foreign.

    I honestly never expected a response, and for 24 hours received none, until this morning when he wrote this:

    Now first thing I noticed is, the name has changed. He WAS Jason and now he's Sam... but then I thought, "This could be the Bride"... Giving the benefit of the doubt I wrote back, telling him that this is to fast and before I do any shoot I like to talk to the people in person, and unfortunatly gave my cellphone number. (He could've got this info from my website though, so not a big deal.)

    His next reply was quick:

    No name this time, and he seems impatient to get a price.

    So what do you guys think? Real? scam?

    I don't KNOW how this could be a scam, except if once I give a final price, he does the old "I have a certified check for 5000, so pay me two thousnd and ill send you this check" deal.

    Anyone every recieve anything similar?
     
  2. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    This is a scam and has been circulating to other photographers.
     
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    PNA TPF Noob!

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    Sooner than later he will ask for your banking information so he can foward the funds to you. Once you see that request in any type of transaction.....forgetaboutit!:thumbdown:
     
  4. darich

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    You'll probably find that any email like that where the English is not so good eg "on our way to Englands", "overthere" it's a scam from Africa somewhere.

    Check out this web site for all sorts of scams.

    You'll notice that the language/grammar/English used in most of them is very similar.

    I'd say that someone has tried or is trying to scam you.

    Give him/her/them nothing!!
    :thumbup:
     
  5. RMThompson

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    As was my assumption.

    To everyone else:

    Yes the language and spelling and grammar all tipped me off here.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Wait!!! Please ask him (her?) to send a money order as the only way you will or can hold the date and OBTW here is a Contract [see attached] I need signed and faxed back to me within 7 days. Of course nonpayment or late payment is considered breach of contract and will cause forfeiture of the reservation fee and any monies paid to date.

    Come on, you've got'em on the line, play'em!

    mike
     
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    Sounds like fun

    Check this out for some classic stories!!
     
  8. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sure! They have Western Union in Nigeria don't they? ;) lol
     
  9. Olympus8MP

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    Haha play it back! You might make some money out of it, just don't give him any information! :D
     
  10. RMThompson

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    I thought about it, but he has my phone number and personal email. I dont want to risk anything.
     
  11. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hey, If the money shows up and the tickets, do the shoot!

    mike
     
  12. Big Mike

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    I think the typical scam is that they either ask for your info or they send you too much money and ask you to forward some of it on or send it back etc. The check they send you will be a fake but that sometimes take a while to figure out...and you may have cashed it already and sent the money...that's their plan anyway.
     

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