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Report Email Scams to FBI

ASMP continues to advise caution when receiving or acting upon any email communications from unknown persons about financial transactions or offers proposing lucrative photo assignments. If you have potential business scams directed at you via email or online through your website, please report all spam emails to your Internet Service Provider(ISP), and report all potential business scams as cyber crimes to the FBI IC3.

The most recent email scam being circulated can be found below.  While the communication or something similar to it may appear legitimate, it is important that you do your due diligence prior to entering into any financial arrangement to avoid being a victim of fraud.

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From: Brian Thrasher [mailto:brianthrasher304@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 3:38 PM
To: ******
Subject: PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT

 Hello,

We are looking for a experienced and reliable Photographer to work
with, to produce an independent outdoor fashion photo shoot for the
magazine’s Winter fashion and style articles.

Thank you.

Brian

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Also, please consider posting scam alerts in the ASMP Forums under “General Discussion” so other members can be alerted to internet scams being directed at photographers.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • megclix says:

    Thank you for posting this information. I received the same e-mail from “Brian,” about two days ago. I didn’t reply, but checked and checked to see where it came from, or who was behind it. I didn’t get any answers, although there was a link to a NYC Lifestyles photographer and his website — and I wasn’t sure if that was legit or not. I’m glad I didn’t follow through. The links to report this type of crime to the FBI, etc., are so welcome. Meg McKinney, meg@megmckinneyphotos.com.

    • Jacie Carter says:

      Meg,

      Thank you for posting your comment and bringing additional detail to the discussion about online scammers. The more information we can share helps us all. As often is the case, even links posted in these types of messages can link to malware/ransomware and further compromise one’s online presence/personal information.

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