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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


I received two inquiries from my website this morning. The first was at 6:24am and the Subject was "wedding photo (radio2)‏". The message read "Hi, we are looking for a photographer fo r our wedding next year in Bournemouth Dorset, is this something you would be interested in?". There's no name, no number, and the only time frame is next year. The second was at 6:26am. Similar subject and almost identical message with no good info. Why waste peoples time with this?? Do people really get caught up in that crap??


Dec 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


I get those types of messages to a different form of business, of course, always deleted.

I think the reason for the spam is a form of mining you for data.

Any contact with them gives them more info. Just MHO



Dec 12, 2012 at 05:59 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


They're generic so they can spam without changing the message. If you respond, they'll add more detail to the point of accepting whatever proposal you offer and then ready to put down a deposit. Then they will offer to wire transfer via like Western Union or something like that and "accidentally" over pay, asking for a partial refund via cash or check. And if you do that, they get your money, and weeks later you will find their deposit to be fraudulent and you're out whatever money you refunded them.

So that's what that's all about. And it's a numbers game. It takes them no time to spam thousands of people. All they need is a handful to fall for it.



Dec 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Such a PITA!! BTW, the emails that I got were from two different email addresses. It blows me away that they actually get people to fall for this stuff.


Dec 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Deebo wrote:
Such a PITA!! BTW, the emails that I got were from two different email addresses. It blows me away that they actually get people to fall for this stuff.


Yeah, once in a blue moon. That's why they send them out to one gazillion photographers. That's the business model. Send out one million emails. Get 1,000 responses. Out of those, 100 continue to the next step. Out of those 10 accept the gig. Out of those, maybe 3 send money. Bongo! Spammer made $3000. On to viagra, lottery winnings and penis pills.

Best I ever heard was this model. Guy blasts out his stock market predictions. Every month he predicts if the market will end up or down. After twelve months of being 100% right, he offers his stock picking services for a huge fee, and runs off with the money. Or you get his newsletter subscription. I forget.

Thing was, every month half the list would get an email predicting an upswing, the other half got an email predicting a slide. Whichever way it went in real life, then he'd email the next month only to those who got the email with the correct prediction. By the twelfth month, if you were still getting his emails, you were sure this guy was a genius.



Dec 12, 2012 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


lol.


Dec 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


I sometimes assume it's another photographer shopping prices to determine their market competition.


Dec 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


We get stuff like that all the time from being members at Fearless Photographers. Anytime someone gets one, we post it to our private FB forum and find out that the entire list of photogs got the same one with the same BS story. it's pretty funny, but yea, just nigerian scammers.


Dec 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


if I'd collected all the packages I've been emailed to pick up I'd be a multi billionaire right now. I too find it hard to believe anyone could fall for this cr@p.


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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Deebo wrote:
Do people really get caught up in that crap??


Yes, or they wouldn't do it.

Not everyone is savvy, and they only need a small percent to respond for it to be effective.



Dec 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


I'm just surprised that these spammers aren't more savvy than they are. I mean, do none of them know how to construct proper grammar? All of these inquiries read like they were written by an 8 year old.


Dec 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


deepbluejh wrote:
I'm just surprised that these spammers aren't more savvy than they are. I mean, do none of them know how to construct proper grammar? All of these inquiries read like they were written by an 8 year old.


Well, I just read an article about this (I'll see if I can find it again). The point is to weed out people who aren't going to fall for the scam, and to attract dim bulbs who both write emails that way (so they look like normal emails to them), and who are dumb/naive/greedy enough to think that it could be true.

Edit: here it is

http://www.techworld.com.au/article/428151/why_nigerian_scammers_say_they_re_from_nigeria/



Dec 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Hi guys,

I beleive this shit happens but how can a deposit can be fraudulent or empty weeks later long ago I asked this to a couple of friends of mine who have a bank job and they couldnt explain the trick,they said that if you see money in your account after a check or transfer has come in there is no way, days or weeks later, that it dissapears becouse it come from an empty or fraudulent check, if the victim´s bank put money in one´s account is becouse the bank got it somehow.

PLEASE explain me

Jaime



Dec 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


http://www.419eater.com/


Dec 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


jmraso wrote:
Hi guys,

I beleive this shit happens but how can a deposit can be fraudulent or empty weeks later long ago I asked this to a couple of friends of mine who have a bank job and they couldnt explain the trick,they said that if you see money in your account after a check or transfer has come in there is no way, days or weeks later, that it dissapears becouse it come from an empty or fraudulent check, if the victim´s bank put money in one´s account is becouse the bank got it somehow.

PLEASE explain me

Jaime


A fake money order or cashier's check is made and sent to you. The bank deposits the face value of the check into your account. A couple weeks later, when they figure out that the check was fraudulent, they pull the money back out of your account. And possibly slap you with some fines for depositing a bad check.

The reason it works is because the bank floats you the money. Typically with this scam, they'll send you more than your payment amount, and ask you to send the extra to another party (who is also part of the scam). They get cash and you get screwed.



Dec 14, 2012 at 04:31 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Thanks alohadave,

So it only happnes with checks or also with transfers, I thought a bank confirmed if a check´s associated account has funds before proceeding ...

Jaime



Dec 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Last night I got a couple scam emails asking for wedding availability and my hourly rate. I responded with $100,000 an hour, we'll see if I hear back. I'm really hoping for a fraudulent cashier's check for a half a mil just for the the lolz


Dec 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Seriously, what's the point of spamming a photographer????


Some people have in the world their first work is doing bamboozle, create problem and so on.you do not accept this happen.


Dec 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM





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