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- Gurnee, IL, USA

The company posted a job for a freelance Assistant Photographer. I applied and a couple days later received an email stating based off of my resume I was selected to work a photo/video shoot in San Francisco CA for their client, Michael Kors. This would be a trial shoot to see about possible further employment. I would be paid $300 per day for the work. They would send me a check for $2,850 to cover my initial upfront payment of $300 and the rest would be transferred over to the clients travel agent to book the flight and accommodations. I revived the check, deposit/cashed it. Kept the $300 and went to deposit the remaining balance in the ‘travel agents’ account out of the Bank of America. Bank Of America does not allo for cash to be deposited into someone else’s account, so I wrote a personal check and had planned to re-deposit the $2,550 back into my account. My check processed through, the day before their check bounced. And now I have inadvertently given ‘Best Captures’ $2,550 through Bank of America to Paris Perkins. Best Captures has since disconnected both phone numbers and have not returned emails. I have all documented emails and text messages with the hank account number that Best Captures provided for the ‘travel agent’ Paris Perkins.

1. Applied to job online:

Job Description

We are hiring Assistant Photographer to join our growing team! This position requires high attention to detail and knowledge of advanced photography skills (lighting, editing, and composition). The ideal candidate has an editorial eye, and a portfolio of work that we can review. Candidate location is not a problem in applying only if the candidate can travel for photo shooting.

2. Scammer responded within 1-2 days saying that I had been selected for the job.

3. I was to be scheduled for a 3 day shoot in San Francisco. $300 a day. But first I would recieve a $2800 check to cover my travel and hotel arrangements. Everything was clearly detailed:


We have taken our time to crucially exam your resume, whether or not you possess the qualities, abilities and technical know-how to execute this job effectively with perfection/precision, and are glad to bring to your notice that you have been chosen as an ideal candidate that is skilled, motivated, energetic and ideal to work with us Best Captures.

We were recently engaged/contracted for a photo shoot this March by/for our client Michael Kors for a TV commercial of theirs. You will be participating and working directly with our production crew throughout the production. This is a highly professional, creative, and collaborative project and should be executed flawlessly, this position could lead to long-term opportunity and based on your productivity, performance and skillset you shall we guaranteed and also be staffed permanently with this organization.

Company Profile:

We here at Best Captures offer photography services, both still photos and motion pictures. we believe in quality service serviced to you at the time you need it.We cover all areas of life, nature, wild life, family, weddings, and any other function You live the moments, we capture them all you have left are the memories. That’s why it’s important to have a professional studio with an established reputation you trust to capture those once in a lifetime moments in photos & video.

Job Duties:

As an Assistant Photographer, you will help in keeping the set clean, run errands for the Lead Photographer and the crew during production, also helping the cinematography department with carrying of equipment’s and other tools required to make this production is executed without flaw. You will also assist with image manipulation and enhancement. You will be required to attend a skillset training with the team on the first day of your duty.

Pay: You will be paid $300/day which will amount to $900 for the 3 days.

Project Details: The photo shoot will be Held in San Francisco during the weekend of 04-27-2018 to 04-29-2018 at The Kimpton Buchanan, 1800 Sutter St. San Francisco CA 94115. Both your traveling, hotel bills ,per diem expenses will be covered by our client. I believe you are not booked for those dates so i will be needing you to reassure me of your availability and commitment for those dates. Please reconfirm this information below:

Full name(As it should be on Check):

Mailing address(No PO Box):

State, City, Zip Code:

Mobile Phone Number:

NOTE: You will also receive a check via USPS and this check will cover your personal expenses which includes travel/lodging and will be handled via our sponsors designated travel agent. You are to deduct the amount of $300 out of the check, this is allocated as your upfront payment while the remaining balance will be transferred to our Sponsors travel agent who will make all the necessary hotel and travel arrangement on your behalf. You get daily update via email Feel free to email your concerns and we will get back to you ASAP.

4. I recognized this sounded a lot like a few craigslist schemes I have heard of. No information was popping up about the website when I searched online. I looked at their portfolio, the photographers were not listed. So I googled one of the magazine shoots, and the photographer responded saying:

Sorry to report, but we have no affiliation with Best Captures, and have repeatedly worked to get their website removed. It appears they are some kind of fraudulent company trying to recruit people to LA/Vegas for a fake shoot

5. I believe this is one of the schemes where you deposit the check, "pay" for travel expenses, and then the check bounces.

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