A man by the name of Tim Wood reached out to me via email and in the subject it said your service is needed. I love when people reach out to me for photography work because It means that my name as a photographer is getting around. It sounded great at first read, but after seeing his response, I realized it was a wedding photography scam.
Here is his first email to me.
Am Tim Wood,i got your contact from a friend who has told me more about your photography works,actually my daughter will be having her wedding by 11th of next month in (New York)and i want to ask for your good service at the wedding taking pictures at the occasion,kindly let me know if you will be available so that we can proceed from here.
At this point I am thinking to myself... WOW I don't do too many weddings but if I was recommended by someone then all the better. Here was my quick response.
Hi Tim, Thank you so much for contacting me. Could you please send more information about the event? Thanks.
Here was his response.
Thanks for the mail and happy to hear you are available on the 02/11th/2012 this is date of the occasion,also let me know what other details you will need from me kindly get back to me with your website or attachments of your past works,a friend called Jones told me about your works.
I would have love us to meet face to face so that we can discus things out but i wont be able to do that now as i will be traveling to the UNITED KINGDOM soon but as soon as am back will meet and talk better,i would be so glad to have a very clean and perfect pictures from you and if possible you can copy the pictures in a CD .please see below the date and location of the occasion.Also have it in mind that additional transportation fee will be included.
location.HELEN MILLS, New York City
Party Starts:11:00 am
Please do get back to me with the list of services you render with prices so that i can select my desire plan.
How do I know it's a scam?
1. I never said I was available in my response.
2. I am a headshot photographer and not a wedding photographer.
3. I don't know anybody by the name of Jones.
4. Why is United Kingdom in all caps?
and finally what made the whole picture clear...
5. When I called Helen Mills they had nothing scheduled by a Tim Wood.
Be savvy and ask questions.