This is the Latest Scam to be Directed at Wedding Photographers…Be Aware!
If you have received a request to shoot a wedding lately that may have seemed either too good to be true or a bit shady, no matter how real it seemed, you could be the target of a current scam that is doing the rounds.
It is a scam that can easily slip by undetected because you actually get to bank the cheque into your account…
What happens is this.
A person (usually from abroad…they say Spain but it is normally, actually Nigeria) says that they are getting married at a legitimate venue in the UK, or the US…and would like you to be their photographer for the day. It is natural to agree and they will promise to send a cheque for the full amount that you agreed upon.
What then happens, is that a cheque for well over the agreed amount arrives.
Say you agreed to £800 GBP for shooting the day, a cheque for £3000 or more may arrive…DO NOT BANK IT!
If you were to bank the cheque, the “couple” would then call to say there had been a mistake as they had sent the full amount due to the hotel and not you. So rather than cancel the cheque and issue another one, would you mind transferring the difference back to them via Western Union deducting any charges incurred for them to pay or cover…seems ok?
What then happens is as soon as they receive your transfer for £2200, their original cheque either bounces or is cancelled leaving you short of an “untraceable” £2200 deficit.
When our member, Paolo, called me saying he had received a huge cheque for £3000, I told him to firstly check with the hotel that this couple are actually getting married and to also email the “client” to see what they say. Here is some correspondence between Paolo and “the bride”.
Check out the poor grammar from the “bride” Maria…
I have received your cheque , the original quote for the wedding shoot on the 30 Nov was £750 .The cheque that I received is £3000, a substantial difference. What would you like me to do with this cheque as the amount is incorrect.
Maria: (maria jansen firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks you very much for you concern over our wedding program and also thank you for confirming the check with you..I will want you to know that the cheque was giving to us as donation from my well wishers as a gift on our wedding day so i will not want us to cancel the cheque so i will want you to get the money for your services which is £750 and help us to transfer the remaining amount to our wedding planner in Spain because he will use it to get the other necessary thing needed on our wedding day with below information.
Name: DESMOND HULL
Zip Code: 28001
Paolo I will want you to deduct western union charges from the remaining £2250 and not from your £750…We are really sorry for any inconvenience this might caused you and am also looking forward meeting you on before the wedding day maybe this weekend if am chance. Thank you very much hope to read back from you soon.
Scan of Cheque Received:
So, if you come across this type of scam, be alert and inform the relevant authorities and remember, please share this with your photographer friends!
All the best,
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