It’s not uncommon that Instagram photos end up being stolen and shared without credits. Some even got sold for big money (remember Richard Prince?). But, recently a Red Sox fan ended up having his $650 World Series ticket stolen – all because he posted it to Instagram.
Kickstarter projects often get a pretty negative response from the get-go, especially in the photography world. And while many people forget that it’s simply a venue, and you have to look at the seller, sometimes the audience gets duped. That appears to be the case with the Yashica Y35 “DigiFilm” camera. At least according to this review from Point&ShootClub.
When Yashica announced a comeback, many fans of the brand rejoiced. With the interesting concept of the “digital film roll” and the design of the old Yashica Electro 35, Yashica digiFilm Y35 raised an incredible $1.28 million on Kickstarter. The future looked bright. But now, as the company is shipping cameras to the backers, issues with the digiFilm Y35 are emerging, leaving people angry and disappointed.
When ordering stuff online from huge retailers, mistakes can happen. But a $6,000 mistake is something that might get one really upset, especially if it happens twice. According to YouTuber chaseontwowheels, this is excatly what happened to him.
He allegedly ordered a $6,000 Canon 1DX Mark II from Amazon. In the video he shares, he unpacks the box, and instead of the camera – there is a collection of rocks. To make things worse, the package he received after complaining also didn’t contain the camera, but he says he got a box of bricks instead. What were the odds?
Not long ago, photographer Adam Grumbo received a Facebook message from a “hot American girl.” It turned out to be a scammer from Nigeria, who wasn’t very good at pretending to be someone else. Instead of reporting or blocking him, Adam tried something unexpected. He hired the scammer to document life in his village and share photos and videos with Adam. Although unusual and risky, it turned out to be a great decision.
You may be familiar with the increasingly popular scam targeting photographers. Scammers use Facebook Marketplace, pay through Venmo, and cancel the payment after you’ve already handed over the gear. Photographer Jennifer Khordi was scammed this way and had her $3,800 worth Nikon D810A stolen. But, thanks to the community and photographer Eli Wohl, the scammer was identified and Khordi got her camera back.
Photography scams are not uncommon. New ones seem to be appearing regularly, and old ones just never seem to die off. Usually, they’re in the form of an email or a text message. They offer to overpay you, then request that you pass along payment to some other vendor. You do so, their cheque bounces, and you’re out a bunch of money.
Valley News reports that this alleged scam being put forward by North Dakota bride, Priscilla Kramer is a little different. For a start it targets the client, not the photographer. Kramer claims that a website service by the name of WedReel took both her money and her wedding photos. Now she has little to show from her happy day.
For two weeks now, there has been an ongoing scam that caused twenty people from LA to lose thousands of dollars in camera gear. A user under the name “Andy Mai” uses Facebook Marketplace and Venmo payment system to pull the scam and steal the gear.
Four victims of the scam have been verified, and in total they lost $25,000. However, after two sellers shared their story, it turned out that there may be as many as 20 scammed people, with the total loss of as much as $100,000. As it turns out, the scam occurs mainly because the sellers are unfamiliar with the Venmo’s policy, And in addition to this, the scammer(s) keep making new accounts and pulling off the same scam all over again.
Businesses beware! There’s a scam targeting wedding photographers
It appears that there’s a credit card scam targeting wedding photographers making its way round the Internet. Over the past several months, I’ve been contacted by a number of unimaginably eager clients-to-be requesting to reserve my wedding photography services. These messages share several common elements:
There is a new “bad reviews” blackmail scam that has been targeting many of my colleagues including myself. The scam is not just targeting newborn photographers, but any photographers (wedding, portrait, maternity, etc) from North America and Australia (so far…) and photography prop vendors who are visible in the internet searches. This is my case and how I suggest dealing with such scams.