Internet Scam - warning for bands and musicians!

I just got the news that a friend of mine was horribly scammed by some jerks who prey on bands that play weddings. I'm thinking they probably target any entertainer, really.

It's one thing to get some random email forwarded, warning of internet scams. It's another thing entirely to have this happen to someone I personally know. What sucks is that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy - they're really getting nasty, targeting professional musicians now. It's shameful.

So if you're in a band, or know one, PLEASE be careful when negotiating any online bookings!!!

(I can't seem to figure out how to post a clickable link here, so I copied the info instead and included the link)

 

http://www.marcgunn.com/2007/10/warning-to-musicians-internet-wedding.shtml

 

Please, spread the word! Thank you.

 

 

Warning to Musicians - Internet Wedding Scam

 

So this is for our musician friends:

I'm miserable right now, and $2500 poorer. My band was the subject of internet fraud.

So rather than totally wallow in my own misery, I want to educate you on how it happened and how You can avoid this same problem. Because Your band may be next.

In September, we go an email for a wedding gig from "Pitt Andre". They found us through our wedding website. It was a little difficult for Andrew to work out the details with the folks getting "married". But we negotiated payment--$1500. And we would drive to Oklahoma.

We ask for a non-refundable 50% up front. So we waited and contacted and followed up with them to get payment. Finally they sent a check... for $2500. Then they called and told us their accountant sent the wrong amount. Could we send them the back the difference?

Sure, once the check clears. But before that happened. They canceled the wedding. The mother-in-law had a heart attack. They were pissed. They asked if they could have back the non-refundable money. We agreed. And after three days, the check seemed to have cleared. And Andrew sent money back via a Moneygram.

Today, five business days after the initial deposit, the check bounced. A little research revealed this is a typical scam.

So what are the lessons to be learned?

  1. Even in this day and age, it can take 7-10 days for a check to clear.
  2. NEVER send money back hastily. If they are that urgent to have their money, then tough luck.
  3. Even YOU can be scammed by something this stupid. So be on your guard. Lean on the side of caution to avoid losing big money.

Now time to wallow in my own broke misery...

 

   

   

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