Beware of this Photography Scam
You may not know this, but you are vulnerable, easy to pray on, and you are a target. Not because you’re dumb or stupid, but because you’re a photographer who wants to make a living at what you love.
In this video I share a recent Photography Scam I ran across and what you can do to avoid it.
Let me be clear, scams like this are everywhere and I believe anyone can fall victim to them. If you’ve fallen for them in the past, don’t feel bad, just get educated.
Now, let me give you some insights on how to avoid scams like this.
Why Photography Scams Work
Regardless of whether it’s spiritual reasons, reasons of love, or reasons of money, every scam follows the same basic path to one party’s gain at the consequence of another party’s loss.
All scams pray upon a need.
In photography, scams like the one in the video pray upon your desire and need for money and validation.
Let’s face it, starting and maintaining a business in photography is super hard and you will go through many financial ups and downs with mostly downs in the beginning.
I call this phase of your photography career the “Struggle Phase”.
You’re struggling to become proficient at your craft, you’re struggling to get new clients, you’re struggling to make enough money from the projects you get, you’re struggling just to stay alive and fulfill your ambitions of making a living doing what you love to do.
Am I right?
Every single photographer goes through this process, with some photographer’s Struggle Phase admittedly being shorter while ours seems much longer.
Again, am I right?
This Struggle Phase of your photography career makes you vulnerable to scams like the one I talk about in this video, and it makes you vulnerable to losing what you so passionately desire.
The Common Path of a Photography Scam
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY SCAMS FOLLOW THE SAME PATH.
I want to make sure you fully comprehend what I just said…
Every Photography Scam that comes at you will follow the exact same outline and path to break down your already weak defenses.
It’s a proven path to success and is the reason people who thought they would NEVER fall victim end up losing everything they have.
So, what is this Photography Scam Path?
Step #1: You will receive an email or text. Never a direct phone call.
Step #2: You will be offered some kind of job in photography.
Step #3: There will be some back-and-forth through email or text.
Step #4: They will offer to transfer the funds to your bank account.
Step #5: Now they have access to your bank account and you don’t have a new photography job.
Be aware that Step #4 can vary in a couple of different ways, but rest assured their end game is always to either gain access to your bank accounts or for you to unknowingly give them a large sum of money.
How to Avoid a Photography Scam
Now that you know WHY you’re a target to be scammed as a working photographer and HOW they go about scamming you, it’s time to see how you can AVOID becoming a victim of a photography scam.
In my opinion, aside from simply not responding to any job that comes in from email or text, which is highly unlikely because we want work, there are 3 basic strategies to avoiding being scammed.
Strategy #1: Ask for Details
Listen, scammers like this are looking for the low hanging fruit, the easy target who really wants to work, so they don’t put much effort into the details of their scam.
I’ve been approached three times with scams and every single time they’re offering a photography job outside my field of expertise, and for some reason they’re willing to give me several thousands of dollars for photography I don’t do.
By asking questions about the job they’re offering, you will more easily be able to notice the obvious RED FLAGS.
Strategy #2: Never Give Out Information
The Holly Grail for these photography scammers is to gain access to your bank account information so they can fleece you of your money and dreams.
NEVER give out any information beyond your name and address, which they could easily find online.
Strategy #3: Listen to Yourself
Every single time I’ve been approached by someone wanting to steal my money and my dreams, I’ve had a “funny” feeling about them or their offer.
If things don’t sound right, they aren’t right.
When it comes to odd job offers, it’s not only important to listen to your gut, but to trust your gut as well.
That’s a Wrap
You may be wondering where these scammers get your information from or how they know you’re a photographer, and in both cases, I’ve experienced, they got my name from the PPA website.
Here’s one last Strategy I’d like to share with you.
Strategy #4: Stop Needing Photography Work
If you dream of a life as a photographer and making a living doing photography, then you have to invest everything you have into creating Awesome Pictures.
When you take your photography to the Next Level and produce undeniably Awesome Pictures, then you Stop “Needing” work because you’re getting work.
When you stop “needing” photography work and start “wanting” photography work, it makes it much easier to pick and choose the jobs you want and turn down the jobs you don’t.