A colleague sent us an email with the following suggestion:
Thank you for posting the e-scam – this person recently contacted my studio.I submitted a report to the FBI which you might want to post the link onto the site for these other photographers to report the same:Much appreciated!
This is one of the emails that us and many other photographers have received with few differences for the locations:
“PHOTO SERVICE REQUEST
My name is Joe and my wife’s name is Pamela, we live and work as wine sellers(wholesale/retail) in England and China and will be relocating to the State of New Jersey, USA on the 12th of October,2010.
I came across your contact information on the internet after my online search for a photographer and I hereby write to request if you will be available to offer 4hours of photographic services for the celebration of our 5th wedding anniversary on our arrival to the States. Myself,my wife,my lovely daughter-Debbie and about 12 family members and friends will be present.
Could you please provide answers to these questions if you are interested in this offer
1)Will you be available to provide this service on any date between October 15th and 20th? if so what precise date will be fine for you so as to include this in our plan?
2)What is your address location in New Jersey so as to estimate how close you are to us ?
Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on my phone no: +447405591742 +447405591742
27 Camberwell Green,
London, SE5 7AN”
Another email received:
“comments = Dear Al Ojeda,
This is a requisition for your fotography services. I am Steve Huso. Based in London. My wedding is coming up on October 9, 2010. Pleese I will want to hire your service to be the photographer on my wedding day in London. I am sorting an america photographer because I really want to make the wedding event a wonderfull day for my American fiance.
You will cover the whole events from Getting ready, Ceremony, and the Reception. I want you to capture the atmosphere of the event so that we can relive the special day moment by moment, photo by photo, for a lifetime. Capture all those little moments that make the wedding day incredible. Also, I will want you to make an album from the event.I will prefer popular flush mount albums that are custom designed.
I am of the opinion that you are capable to provide the incredible services as requested.Please accept my sincerest appreciation on behalf of my fiance, in advance for your willingness to render your services.
So our fellow photographer’s suggestion is to take a couple minutes to report them to the FBI… it might be a good idea to do it… though we know they will be back in another shape to try to get us…