ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Expert Advice: Photographer Scams

Cross-posted from aPhotoEditor
[by Varun Raghupathi at Wonderful Machine]

Online scams are nothing new. These days, as schemes get more and more elaborate, it seems that anyone can fall victim, and photographers are no exception.

In recent weeks, several of our members received emails containing what looked like an interesting assignment. The sender, purportedly an editor named “Jack Moss” from anothermag.com, found the photographers on Wonderful Machine and asked them to produce a fashion shoot. But some details did not quite add up and, one after the other, the photographers started forwarding these emails to us.

We are sharing all the details here to help photographers stay alert and protect themselves against similar scams in the future. This is what the initial email sent to the photographers looked like, provided by Francis Hills…

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