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My ongoing scam alert:
There is a common scam, not exclusive to the photography business, that is used to rip photographers off. It involves a client who books a wedding, and then sends an overseas money order or cashiers check for larger than the amount “by accident”. The check appears to clear, and the client requests the difference to be sent back. Meanwhile, several weeks later, the check turns out to be phony and is returned. The money is removed from the photographer’s account, and he or she has lost the money that was “returned” to the phony client.
Here I post the names, email addresses and messages of seriously fishy inquires.
I am Miss Doris Clack from United State, i am getting married to Mr
James bills on the 31 0f May 2013 at 1515 W Laskey Rd, Toledo, OH 43612
i needed a special photographer who will take a place at the
event next months i will like to know all what it will cost
you to get to the 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
Hi Doris, and thanks for your email. I am available that day for wedding
Please note that I do not accept payment for amounts larger than the
billed services, nor can I refund any money that is paid in excess of
the invoice. This is to prevent a common fraud perpetrated on photographers.
If you’d like to discuss your wedding photography further, please give
me a call!
OW MUCH IS THE BILL?
Seven hours would be $2821.88 including sales tax, plus travel/accommodation expenses. If you’re interested, I can get you a quote on that.
Have you seen my website yet? What package were you interested in?
Hello Mr Matt,
Thanks for the mail,we would pay $2800 for the photographs and other expenses but we will pay you $1400 first for commitment regards our wedding photograph, and the full payment will be made before the wedding date, the payment will be made for bookings for the day, well my father in-law has issued a cheque of $4500 for wedding photographer commitment fee and wedding planner. right now he his out of location and we need to be booked by the photographer, well….cheque will be made out to you and the balance will be for the wedding planner .i will like you to get back to me with this details to make out payment .
Name on cheque .
Full postal address
phone number for easy contact and other arrangement .
Doris Clack N.B…..Your balance $1400 will be paid before 2weeks to the wedding day.
JUNE 9TH INVITATION WEDDING SHOOT
Hi! I’m Robert Brown. We will be needing some one ASAP to take up the photography aspect of our wedding
occasion scheduled for June ,
9th of June 2012 starting from 10;00 AM – 04;00 PM . So what I am asking is-;A package which includes an
eight hours of shooting time plus a 20page 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.
11×14 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 .
Wedding Date: 04/20/2012
I am lawrence moses ,I want to know if you are available for a shot on 21
April 2012 for my daughter wedding.if you are available let me know we
can discuss better about it .
Thanks for the message, I would have called you but am physically impaired (Hearing Impaired).i really appreciate that you like to come for the wedding..the wedding is going to start 9 am .please can you tell me the quotation of the shoot you are going to work for 5 hours.2 hours in the church and 3 hours for the reception.making 5 hours and the pictures professionally edited in a disc ready to make prints in different sizes up to 16X24″ (4X6″ 8X12 16X24″) .let me know how much this will cost ,I will pay for your flight and give you accommodation a day to the wedding so you don’t have any problem about the accommodation and transport the wedding is going to hold in Denver,Colorado.So please send me quotation and let me see if it’s a thing i can afford .It’s a pleasure doing business with you .Looking forward to read from you soon.
I told him to have his daughter call me, and we could work out the details. I bet no one calls.
Here’s a link to an earlier post on this issue.