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Scammers pretending to be big companies offer photography jobs based on your Indeed CV

Job scams targeting photographers seem to be more common than ever, and there has been a new one lately. If you use Indeed.com to find photography gigs, this one might hit you, so be extra careful.

Reddit user paraworldblue recently shared his experience, claiming that he had received a few of these scam emails so far: three of them on the same day. Some of them seemed pretty believable, so they even let themselves be fooled for a moment.

“The initial email gives a very detailed description of a job far too good to be true with a well-known company, saying that they saw your resume on Indeed and were impressed,” the user wrote.

“I was first deceived by this first, out of hopeful desperation, so I responded to the email, answering all of the many interview questions (nothing inappropriate or identifying personal – just standard questions about a photo job).

About 6 hours later I got an email back saying I got the job – no interview or anything, just a job offer which was the first red flag. That’s when I noticed the Gmail address.

As paraworldblue notes, emails come from Gmail accounts, usually something like “[COMPANY]jobs2021 (at) gmail.com.

“They sign the email like someone they found on Linkedin, whether it’s in the company or a similar-sounding business. The first one I received was for Knickerbocker NYC, a clothing company, and I later found out that the Linkedin profile for the name at the end of the email was for someone from the Knickerbocker Group, a Maine architectural firm.

All of this has required me to dig a bit to find out, so I take this opportunity to remind you not to skip this step. Always perform a thorough background check!

Anyway, even though there weren’t any other red flags, the “official” PDF job posting had plenty. The “company” wanted the photographer to sign it, and it was just filled with red flags! “Up to this point, they had done a pretty good job that everything seemed legitimate (except the email address),” writes paraworldblue. “But this pdf was just a total mess.”

“It was full of weird formatting and spelling errors, and he changed the fonts 8 different times. For some reason, they even listed the address of a business, which turned out to be an abandoned building in upstate New York! If you want to include an address for your scam, choose at least one in the same city as the business you claim to be! “

The photographer writes that they even forgot everything until they received three more emails like this: from Getty Images, Dillard’s and Universal Pictures. Or whoever pretended to be them. It reminded me of a recent scam that included National Geographic and its famous photographer Enric Sala.

I think scams like this are on the increase as photographers have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. There have been fewer concerts than before 2020 so a lot of people are desperate and they may not be as alert as before. However, don’t let emotions work on your behalf in situations like this. First, always check the email address you received the offer from. A legitimate business will hardly ever contact you through Gmail or similar mail. Yet if they contact through a seemingly legitimate address, it could still be a scan, as I recently discovered.

So even if the email is legitimate (or appears to be), don’t be afraid to dig in and play sleuth. Scams have become very common and I wouldn’t want any of you to fall in love with them. Stay safe and stay alert!

via Reddit