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Old June 27th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #1
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Email Scam

Just got a nice email scam. After several back and forth emails that seem a little off. I sent a quote for a date in August to be determined (she did not have a date, basically wanted me to pick it), at a location to be determined (the event planner is still working on securing the location, but it will be with in an hour of "my location" emailer said just that "my location" and in "my state" did not use the actual name of my town or of my state). After sending a quote and getting a response asking "did you include the event planners fees in that", to which I responded what are you talking about (clear this person is running the scam on multiple people and got mixed up that they had not asked me the following yet). They sent the following email:

" 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 cos they accept cash only. Here is the final breakdown below :

Your service fee
Event planner: $1650
Tips & Gratuity : $100

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,
Mary "
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Old June 27th, 2015, 03:08 PM   #2
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Just got another email. This guy called me on the phone first, then sent this message after I sent him my rates via email. Cover of a magazine and $280 an hour for photography when I am primarily videographer I must be doing something right. Phone number he called me from 617-871-0356.

Dear Photographer,
I'm Marc Doll, assistant casting director for Jurgita magazine. I officially welcomed your interest on this opportunity as our potential photographer for the upcoming magazine cover shoot.

About Jurgita Magazine:
What distinguishes us from other magazines is that our focus mainly lies with upcoming artists in the fashion & entertainment industry. We are interested in the daily life of the upcoming model/artist. In Jurgita Magazine you can also read about fashion, beauty and interviews with upcoming models, photographers, actors, designers, DJís etc.

About The Job:
We are urgently in need of a competent photographer to take up the duty of our late photographer/project manager who is suppose to shoot for our upcoming magazine cover for July edition. The project is strictly a photo shoot to display latest fashions which will be used to design our Magazine cover, and other necessary photographic editing to portray the true picture of Jurgita magazine for July edition. We only needs your SERVICE to be our photographer of the day.

Date/Time & Location.
12TH OF July.TIME: 12PM TO 3PM.( It will be lasted for just 2 hours and some minutes, but that won't affect your full payment)
Shoot Location/Venue: our favorite location for this gig is within your City, this is why we are in need of a good photographer withing the location. The project manager will secure a suitable arena near enough for the shoot, and once we secured the venue; 5 days before the shoot the location info/address will be emailed to you. Transportation will cost you less both for you and your escort if you are willing to come with an escort.

PAYMENT SECTION.
And about compensation; I purposely asked for your hourly rate, though we have our professional standard rate of $280 per hour as slated and endorsed for any hired photographer. An advanced deposit of $400.00 will be issued to you via a cashier's Check as designed by our policy. Hereafter, balance of $480 will be paid to you at the completion of the project.
Meanwhile, your assistance is highly needed as we have decided to entrust you with extra amount to cover the studio booking for the shoot. Actually, the check suppose to be written on the project manager's name but he's late and we're yet to find another responsible one...

Once I received a confirmation that the payment has been sent to you, complete Instructions will be emailed to you on how to process/send the studio payment. I shall send you the venue info and driving directions few days before the photo shoot. Please read through the payment section over again for proper clarification and understanding.

If you have read and understood the content of this message kindly filled the below "Sign Up Form" for the payment.


(PAYMENT DETAILS MUST BE FILLED TO SIGN UP)

1.Name to be written on the check:
2.Residence address:(Not Po. Box)
3.City/state/zip code:
4.Daily access email address:
5.Direct Mobile phone number:
6.AGE:
7.Attached along 2 photographs (If Any).


Hope to hear from you shortly. Please be punctual with your response.

Best Regards
Marc
http://www.jurgita.com/magazine
510-394-1113
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Old June 27th, 2015, 03:48 PM   #3
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Re: Email Scam

Just another variation of the Nigerian Prince Scam. <smh> I'm sure they'll get someone to fall for it.
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Old June 27th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #4
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Re: Email Scam

I got something similar to that but it was through text message! Since I've never had anyone text me to get a quote I figured something was up. I sent over my rates and this person picked a packaged and asked if I took credit card. I told them I did and then they went into the exact same line of " I'm in the ICU just recuperating from an ear surgery". I knew it was scam and just for fun I asked several more questions and got some very strange answers when I finally said we're not interested.
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Old June 27th, 2015, 09:51 PM   #5
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Well I've heard there IS a lot of ear surgery going around.
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Old June 27th, 2015, 10:31 PM   #6
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This has been doing the rounds for many years! In fact in the old days before they asked for credit card info they offered me a bank check if I also paid the cake maker and offered a $1000 gratuity for my effort! Of course the baker's account was their one and the bank will dishonour the funds at a later date!

It's a numbers game and if you send out enough emails to budding photogs you will eventually find one sucker and I'm sure that found a few too (not me of course) It's still listed on our scam website run by the state government here and the number of scams goes into many pages!!

The website motto is " If it sounds too good to be true then it probably isn't"
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Old June 28th, 2015, 04:25 AM   #7
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Re: Email Scam

This was my email exchange from one of those scammers a month ago:
Mary,
Since you are hearing impaired, Iím hoping you sympathize with my own disability:
I actually donít have any arms or hands. In fact, I am typing this email with my nose.
I take pictures with my feet. If you donít mind that I will be at your family reunion
scooting around on my butt and using my feet to take pictures, I will be glad to attend.
I usually wear very loose shorts in the summer since I get hot moving around on the ground.
Sometimes guests complain they get more than they bargained for, but I need to be comfortable.
I would be glad to accept your credit card payment if you are willing to work with my disability.
Ian


On May 18, 2015, at 8:22 PM, austin mary <austinmary2015@outlook.com> wrote:


sorry am hearing impaired Thanks for your Mail and i will like to know the distance service you normally accept because i have an event coming up on 30th May 2015 and the the whole family reunion party is held within the state here in1646 Center Ave Charlottesville, VA 22903 and you will be working for just 5hrs and we need the photos in digital files so i will like you to get me the total cost for 5hrs service plus tax and i have my credit card available for the payment .I have just undergone surgery and regarding to this. I have been advised to take a long rest for an easy and fast recovery,hence the reason why I need your favor. I haven't payed the sound band that will be using on that day and he does not have credit card facility. get back to me ASAP and let work this out
Thanks
From: vaweddingvideo@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Photographer service needed
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:20:17 -0400
To: austinmary2015@outlook.com

Mary,
Please call me to discuss.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 05:09 PM   #8
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Re: Email Scam

Ian you inspire me.

This is a email exchange that I have currently going on. I love that he is willing to hire me despite the fact that I am blind and like him have horrible English. I also love that he was confused for a second when I answered questions he had not asked yet. Then was quickly convinced he must have already talked to me.


"You've just received a new submission to your Contact Form.


Submitted Information:

Name
williams charles

Phone Number
619 - 720 - 9231

Email
williamscharles8080@outlook.com

Comment
Hello My name is Mr Charles am hearing impaired,i will like to know if you are available for videography service and do you accept credit card for the payment.?

Joshua Reafsnyder <joshua@reafsnyder.com>
8:42 AM (6 hours ago)

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Hi Williams,

Am available for you date. Also I do take credit cards, and be happy to process payments for your other vendors. i great videographer. Thanks for choosing i. Me very supportive of the hearing impaired community, as being recently last week suffer from an injury results in me being severally visual impaired i understand the plight of the disabled. Please send the credit number, exp date, and cvc number and we will get payment processed soonly.

Thanks


charles williams
12:40 PM (2 hours ago)

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I dont sure maybe this is real why telling me to send credit card why have not discuss with you

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:42:37 -0700
Subject: Re: New Form Entry: Contact Form
From: joshua@reafsnyder.com
To: williamscharles8080@outlook.com


Joshua Reafsnyder <joshua@reafsnyder.com>
1:19 PM (1 hour ago)

to charles
My apologies, I thought we had discussed this thoroughly last week. I must have you confused with someone else. What can I do for you?


charles williams
3:01 PM (8 minutes ago)

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Oh sorry i remember can you resend the total cost for the service and how much are you going to take for down payment

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:19:13 -0700


Joshua Reafsnyder <joshua@reafsnyder.com>
3:09 PM (0 minutes ago)

to charles
Per the quote I sent you I believe the total came to $15,9374.68

My usual down payment is 25% on this contract that bring it to $3,9843.67

If you can send me your credit card information and the totals that your other vendor needs I can go ahead and get it processed and get the payment sent to them.

charles williams
3:11 PM (5 minutes ago)

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Good i will like to add $4000 for the venue owner plus your down payment $3,9843.67 and let me have all together cost and can you tell me merchant using to run credit card

Joshua Reafsnyder <joshua@reafsnyder.com>
3:19 PM (0 minutes ago)

to charles
The total will be $7,9843.67 and we use bluepay to process all of our credit card transactions.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 05:26 PM   #9
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Re: Email Scam

LOL... yeah my phone has been receiving texts and I've gotten crazy emails like this a lot in the past 4-6 weeks.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 05:36 PM   #10
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Re: Email Scam

Now he is getting impatient. Come on guy it takes a couple of minutes for me to set up a fake phone number through google. Plus I have to get some real work done as well.



charles williams
3:23 PM (24 minutes ago)

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Good i will like to process this on text kindly get back to me with your cell number and i want you to know that once i give you my credit card charge went through i will like to know how many days the funds will takes to clear to your account so that you can help me deposit the $4000 to the venue owner

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:19:56 -0700


charles williams
3:41 PM (6 minutes ago)

to me
Are you there am waiting for your response

From: williamscharles8080@outlook.com
To: joshua@reafsnyder.com
Subject: RE: New Form Entry: Contact Form
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:23:05 +0000


Joshua Reafsnyder <joshua@reafsnyder.com>
3:43 PM (3 minutes ago)

to charles
Yes. I was just confirming with my bank. It takes 5 days for a credit card to clear. My cell number is 984-377-6924
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 05:42 PM   #11
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(512) 553-8477 <19843776924.15125538477.57mtchcvV1@txt.voice.google.com>
3:45 PM (7 minutes ago)

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Hello Joshua this is williams good i think it takes 3 working days for the fund to clear

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Sent using SMS-to-email. Reply to this email to text the sender back and save on SMS fees.
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john doe <reafspam@gmail.com>
3:52 PM (1 minute ago)

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yes. I believe the bank said the same thing 3 to 5 days.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 07:18 PM   #12
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Re: Email Scam

I've been getting these scams too. It's crazy!
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Old July 26th, 2015, 09:53 PM   #13
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FWIW, I am sure the caller ID is fake, but 512 area code is Austin, TX area.

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