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Who am I? I am a blogger, and I understand how many bloggers out there are dreaming to get famous. However, let me tell you that it is not an easy journey! Plus, being a victim of a scam is like a slap on the face. Now, I am one of those to write about scammers who pose as a popular photographer because I nearly became a victim of these scammers myself!

Today, scammers have new strategies and new victims. No matter what job you do, you’ve got to be careful. If they could scam on Alibaba oil trades, car trades, and others, now they can scam bloggers and celebrities, acting like famous photographers. In this article, I will also explain how to identify scammers in two easy ways. I was lucky enough these scammers were already revealed to prove my point. Stay alert from email scammers.

 

What is it all about?

Recently, on 25th of May to be more exact, I have received a very convincing, professionally written email (you will find the written email below) from Annie Leibovitz, the famous professional photographer. And after doing some research with my husband, we found out that it was a big scam!!! The scammers have written the same email to thousands of models and bloggers like me. To emphasize, they make money by inviting you for a shooting. They will ask you to pay upfront for the wardrobe that you will use from Adidas or any other brand. After you agree, that’s when they get the money.

In addition, we found exact similar emails sent to others, and they are reportedly a scam in this blog. The only difference is that instead of Annie Leibovitz, the famous photographer used is  another famous American photographer Jill Greenberg.

In conclusion, the only reason I didn’t pay money upfront is because I’m currently not in the US. Moreover, I am located in Dubai, and it would take time till I apply for US Visa and get there. I wouldn’t have made it till 8th or 9th of June of 2018, which they have mentioned as the shooting dates.

It’s really funny how they sent a copy-paste email to others as well.

On another note, if you are looking for top advice on making a guy fall in love with you, click here.  I have written it based on facts, so others may not know of this advice – not even your parents. Of course, that’s unless your best friend is as smart and straightforward as me.

 

Top 2 Ways to Identify a Scammer:

  1. The email address is weird. It is not official, and it has weird words or numbers.
  2. The name of the email that shows and the signature are not the same.

If you sense something isn’t right, then damn your gut is right. That is a scam.

REMEMBER THIS!

Never pay upfront money through email to anyone. If it’s for a job, and it asks you to pay, then you have all the more reasons to suspect. After all, a job pays you; you don’t pay for the job!

So here is the email I got on the 25th of May from a scammer that pretends to be Annie Leibovitz:

The Scammer’s Original Email:

Hello,
I am Annie Leibovitz (CEO) Annie Leibovitz Photography® ,I went through your works and i am glad to inform you that we are interested in working with you. We are interested in both (Male and female) professionals for a sales commercial coming up which includes a video advert and Co-operate Photo Shoot. Interested Models who will be available are required to mail back with a brief introduction and two recent works, be sure to Include your current location in other to be considered for immediate booking. Feel free to mail back for additional information.??

MALE & FEMALE MODELS FOR ADIDAS COMMERCIAL SHOOT

Event Date 1 :    June 1st 2018  and June 2nd 2018
Event Date 2 :    June 8th 2018  and June 9th 2018
* Time : 10 A.M. – 3 P.M
* Nudity: No
* No level of experience is required. (Free Model Coach available upon request).
Compensation : Paid
Warmest Regards,
Annie Leibovitz (C.E.O)
Annie Leibovitz Photography®

My Response:

Dear Ms.Annie,
Thanks for the email. I am interested and available in June. I would like to know more about the commercial.
Best Regards,
Shirin

The Scammer’s Reply:

Hello,
Thanks for reaching out in regards to the upcoming shoot notice, it would be an honor to work with you.
About Annie Leibovitz Photography
We are one of the leaders in professional photography, specializing in portraiture and commercial photography. We have built a distinguished reputation for providing quality service while producing a superior product with highly trained staff of professionals, we have both the knowledge and expertise to create and capture the perfect image of you. And here we are again, calling for an upcoming commercial to market collective first Quarter year sales catalog for , Bags, Shoes and Purses for our reputable Russian based client (ADIDAS) who believes in fashionable life style.

About ADIDAS

A Multi brand company, ADIDAS, and the ADIDAS Group embodies the concept of modern, upmarket shopping. A hot spot for worldwide design talents and a much-talked about shopping place, ADIDAS is the creation of Reebok and is in collaboration with other designers such as the Porsche Design ,Y-3 ,FIVE-TEN  Unsurprisingly, ADIDAS stores stock the aforementioned brands and offer an enviable selection of such renowned designer sport wear and other apparels.
ADIDAS has also collaborated with established Russian brands Viva Vox, A La Russe, Walk of Shame and LUBLU Kira Plastinina, amongst others. and have decided to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz Photography for their Commercial advert work nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.adidas.com

The Commercial Photos

This project is aimed at featuring a large collection of designer Bags, shoes, apparel and accessories and other items from various designers and manufacturers, to be displayed in an online Media ad and Electronic billboards nationwide. Our obligation in respect to this project is to generate some marketable commercial advertisement to feature these items, where all models will pose with the various items and exhibit a commercial character to attract consumer’s attention. It’s very simple and works the same as any typical promotional or commercial advert shoot. The end product from the commercial
shoot is an online Media ad, Electronic Billboards and Network Medias that would convince the public to make this collection a top choice among others.

MALE & FEMALE MODELS FOR ADIDAS COMMERCIAL SHOOT

Event Date 1 :    June 1st 2018  and June 2nd 2018
Event Date 2 :    June 8th 2018  and June 9th 2018
* Time : 10 A.M. – 3 P.M
* Nudity: No
* No level of experience required. (Free Model Coach available upon request).
Compensation : Paid

*Compensation : The Total money pay for the job is USD 8000 (Tax deductable) and you will get $500 as your advance/upfront booking fee and balance of USD 7,500 will be paid immediately after the completion of the commercial shoot and this $7500 also covers for the right of ADIDAS and Jill Greenberg  to use all your Commercial videos/Commercial Shoots made for our own commercial interest for the period of 3 months. That means ADIDAS and Annie Leibovitz are entitled to use the produced shoot for advert work for the period of 3 months only and this will be backed up by a contract.

(Advance/Booking ($500) + Usage rights and Services ($7,500) = $8000
*Location/Venue of event: The shooting will hold at a rented studio in your location – (we shall arrange a suitable Studio and convey its detail to you unanimously.)
We’ll be responsible for your hair do, Make Up artist and transportation, except for your wardrobe/costume that will be shipped to you directly from a contracted fashion stylist in charge. Also, note that the payment for your wardrobe will be made available by us and your clothing measurements has to be forwarded to the fashion stylist, REASON being that, the payment for your wardrobe has to be made or billed to your Name/info as requested and acceptable business terms by the Fashion stylist, to ENSURE a tallied customization and label to be printed on your costumes. (Read this Paragraph again)

In addition, an advanced deposit/upfront pay of $500 shall be mailed to you to ensure your engagement on the upcoming cast with us in line with our business ethics. However, you will NOT only receive a paycheck of $500 but also an EXTRA amount that you will use to pay for your wardrobe/Costume bills which you will forward to the Fashion stylist in charge of your Wardrobe/Costume along with your measurements.

Actors/Models may attend the shoot with their choice of Friends/Parents/Manager/Spouse/Guardian (maximum of two) and should not arrive audition later than 9:30 a.m. to commence make-ups and attend a brief introductory class about the proposed project and shoot starts by 10:15 a.m. This shoot is going to be fun as different acting characters may be involved, which is the real sense of this project.
Take the courage to participate in this paid and legitimate offer as we look forward to working with you.
Final Note : we recommend that you read the content above OVER AGAIN and do not hesitate to ask questions if any. Actors/Models are selected based on their willingness to participate and their agreement to the content of this Paid event and readiness to work hard with us. Below are the required Payment and Sign-up details you are to forward to us for filling and to mail you the aforementioned
Paycheck for your Upfront and Wardrobe bills:

INFO NEEDED

1. Your full name as it appears against your ID
2. Physical address (No P.O.box),
3. State & City
4. Zip code
5. Home contact (Home phone number and Cellphone number)
6. Your age
7. Previous working Experience,
8. Are you a US Citizen? (yes or no)
9. If no, are you a permanent resident of the United States?
10. 2 Picture photographs.
11. Instagram:
12. Bank Name
Warmest Regards,
Annie Leibovitz
C.E.O Annie Leibovitz Photography®

I am glad to have shared with you this important information. I really hope that you always pay attention to the emails that you receive. First, check the email address and try to notice if there’s something weird about it. Then, try to see if the name and the signature if they match. If they don’t, you might want to look for more suspicious signs. Do all these in order to identify the scam before you jump into decisions.

Moreover, do not hesitate to ask me any question related to scams and scammers. Also, you can talk to me about fashion, beauty, and topics about love and relationships. Finally, feel free to comment below or get in touch with me through email.

Have a wonderful day!

Beware! Scammers season is on…

XO XO S.

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