Photographers rely on a certain level of trust with their clients to provide a service often before payment is rendered. And for freelance photographers living from paycheck to paycheck, desperation can lead to less than critical thinking skills. This lack of scrutiny creates fertile ground for con men to take advantage of photographers using tricks like the “overpayment scam” to steal hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen recount their personal experiences with scams, and describe the increasingly sophisticated methods that scammers employ to take advantage of unwitting photographers.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- ‘Overpayment’ Scam Leaves Wedding Photographer with $4,600 in Debt
- Update on a Photo Scam: Photographer Lucky to Get Money Back After Fake Fader Assignment
- Instagram Influencers Are Being Targeted by a Con Artist in a Massive Travel Scam
- Carley Rudd (@carleyscamera)
- Photographer Falls Victim to ‘International, Highly Elaborate Scam,’ Potential Kidnap Plot
- Featured image by ZioDave. [CC BY-SA 2.0]
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