Another Day, another scam…this one targeting voiceover actors
Scams run rampant on the web. We’ve all been aware of or have received the old Nigerian schemes where you could stand to gain millions of dollars from some dead king’s fortune inherited by a guy needing to shelter the money from rogue or corrupt governments, if you’ll only cough up some bucks to make the bank arrangements…..yada yada yada.
So many unsuspecting folks get fleeced, which is why I suppose these scams continue to proliferate. And now they’ve morphed into a somewhat sophisticated, almost convincing cloak of legitimacy.
This morning I read about a new one circulating from two different resources involving a TV commercial for voiceover for a “Hybrid Energy Drink” in the voiceover yahoo group I subscribe to, and at VoiceoverXtra.
Be sure you look at the Voiceover Xtra article!!!!
I was contacted too in the last two weeks. Same deal here, but from a “Frank Mayfield”.
I am pretty good at sniffing these scam things out, but since there was a detailed script that included specs, direction and timing that arrived with the Energy Drink copy, and other factors, like “Mayfield” sounded and wrote in good English grammar, and seemed to pose pretty well as a production coordinator– I accepted the gig with reservations, because I’ve seem plenty of scams. I too sent an invoice in advance that was forwarded to a Mr. Arola.
In my last email to Mr. Mayfield, I requested payment in advance via paypal, certified bank check or money order, or cash ONLY in the amount of the talent fee. If check was indeed to be sent, I would wait several weeks to be sure it cleared. I wasn’t holding my breath, nor was I too excited about being cast as the “lead voice”.
In reading this today, my suspicions are confirmed.
But I have to say, the level of sophistication with scams like this one has improved. I have been able to spot ’em a mile away. With this one however, the perp’s ability to write in clear English (no grammar or typo issues) and posturing himself convincingly as someone knowledgeable in production gave me pause to question the motives! Plus the script looked legit.
It is a huge service to our industry to call this one out everywhere on the web, so no one falls prey. BEWARE!