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Got an inquiry this afternoon from "Kelly Brown". Because I tend to get a lot of scam inquiries (not sure why), I'm in the habit of looking them all up before I respond.


Hi! I'm Kelly Brown. We will be needing some one ASAP to take up the photography aspect of our wedding occasion scheduled for next month , 03.10.2012 starting from 10;00 AM - 04;00 PM . So what I am asking is -;

A package which includes six hours of shooting time plus a 20 page custom designed album .

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES:


* 6 hours of photography; Mix of color and black and white, creative effects.

* 250+ professionally processed wedding photos, in print and on copyright-free CD OR USB.

* 20 page custom wedding album - all prints on archival quality .


Album in top quality, elegant and built to last a lifetime for the memory of our kids and families.

* 11x14 Portrait Print - We'll choose any image from the wedding photos .


So some questions I have are ;-


- What is your base price fee for what I am asking? Is that negotiable?

- Your availability/ schedule for the coming month? You available?

- Are you willing to travel ? considering both the lodging and the travels will be taken care of. Please email back confirming your availability. Thank you


Kelly.
kellybrown1977@gmail.com

...This doesn't look like a scam, but the address listed at the bottom (kellybrown1977@gmail.com) is not the address it came from. That is: brown1231910@hotmail.com and leads to "personal assistant" fraud listings on Craigslist. These things bum me out :grumpy:. I also can't figure out what the angle is. Any one have any thoughts?

I went ahead and responded very briefly on the chance its legit, but I'm afraid I've had more scammers emailing me lately than legit brides.
 

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could be a newbie trying to get an idea of what to charge. Going this route gets them their answer verses them just cold calling and saying "hey, I am in the same business as you, what do you charge so I can figure out my prices?"
 

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"to take up the photography aspect of our wedding "

Who the F talks like that?

Here is how the scams work, You say it's $2000. They mail you a check for $3,000...Ooops we made a mistake, send me a check for $1,000 back or bank wire or paypal or whatever. You in good faith do. a week later. Bank calls says Check is no good you got. You loose
 

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Scam
seen this exact thing in another place.
why not play it out and find out the address they want the check sent to?
 

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Hi Cinka,

I got the same thing and I'm in Guelph, Ontario. I also got another with the exact same heading but a different wedding date and name. Totally a scam!
 

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I got "hired" for Kelly Brown's wedding too, but something didn't sound right from the very beginning. Thank you for posting this. I wonder how many photographers "Kelly" is hiring.
 

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could be a newbie trying to get an idea of what to charge. Going this route gets them their answer verses them just cold calling and saying "hey, I am in the same business as you, what do you charge so I can figure out my prices?"

Agreed, I will bet this is a local photographer doing some "market research" . Way too specific to be a client. The reason I am thinking this is because they are asking for digital copies but still want to order a book, that does not make sense.
 

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These kind of scams are too old on the book and yet they still pursue just to fool anybody.
 

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I received this same email but a different date and have been corresponding with her for a couple of days now. Don't want to sound dumb but it never crossed my mine that it was a scam until today and did some digging. So did anyone ever find out if this is really a scam? I was excited about the job and I do get emails wanting quotes for weddings all the time and have landed the jobs. Feeling at little pi**ed off now! Any info would be appreciated!!!
 

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Send money in advance and they'll throw in a free Nigerian parrot.
 

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Tell dear miss Kelly that you need a non-refundable (unusually large) deposit.
 
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