To all photographers out there, keep your eyes wide open and be skeptical to the max. Yet another job scam seems to have appeared, offering you a job to shoot real estate. But of course, there’s a catch, and you could lose your money in an instant if you misread the red flags and fall for it.
If only people were creative in creating art as they are in coming up with scams. Photographer Jay P Morgan recently became a target of a scam that could make less experienced among you believe it was legit. But to stop you from being taken by it, Jay P shares his story and his recent experience. He’ll give you some tips and tell you some of the red flags to look for if you happen to get a similar offer.
Along with online shopping getting more popular than ever, it seems that online scammers are also getting more widespread. Photographer Scott Kelby nearly had his $1,450 Canon EOS-R stolen due to an online scam. So, he shared his story as a cautionary tale to help you avoid these kinds of frauds.
While many photographers struggle to pick up clients, some photographers have no shortage, but struggle to deliver. And some intentionally don’t deliver, as seems to be the case with Arkansas photography company Jonathan Funk Photography, LLC.
After failing to deliver photographs to clients who had paid upfront for his services, circuit court judge Tim Fox ordered Jonathan Funk Photography, LLC to pay $96,625 in restitution, $100,000 in civil penalties, and $1,135 in filing fees and service costs.
When buying and selling gear online, you can run into all sorts of scams. UK-based photographer Joanna Rose Hufton recently fell victim to one that makes use of a Paypal loophole. She sold her £1,300 camera through eBay, but due to the scam, she was quickly left without both the camera and her money.
British Columbia-based wedding photographer was recently a victim to a scam which left her in $4,600 debt to her bank. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), she is not the only one. The same kind of scam has cost victims close to $5 million this year, so photographers, pay close attention.
There is a persistent scam going around that is so pervasive, that you might think everyone has heard about it, and is immune to it. Yet, I often enough see this come up as a question in a Facebook group – where a photographer is unsure if an enquiry is a scam. Most often they are. This is how these advance-fee scams work, and how photographers are scammed:
Buying and selling gear online is convenient in many ways, but sadly, it comes with a risk of various scams. Apparently, the scammers have figured out how to rob you even through eBay, the website which is generally one of the safest options. Photographer Liz Moughon was recently subject of one such eBay scam, and she shared her story with DIYP as a cautionary tale for all of you who want to sell your gear online.
Online scams are a pretty common occurrence, and many of them are aimed at photographers and other creatives. Lately, a scam has been going around targeting particularly portrait and fashion photographers. It’s pretty elaborate and it can be difficult to notice red flags, but it’s the details that will reveal that you should stay away from it.