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Internet Scams Targeting Wedding Planners

  1. Madalene d'Etiveaud

    October 6th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Dear Debbie,
    Thank you for posting this, it’s extremely helpful. We often let down our guards especially in a business in which we are surrounded by events that symbolize love and happiness. Scammers are everywhere and we need to be cautious. Thank you again!

    Madalene

  2. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 8th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Thanks Madalene!

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  4. Gina

    October 10th, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I keep getting weird emails, from someone that works on a ship and wants to know how I accept payments, and asking if I do weird stuff, such as making chicken, and I’m an event planner//bridal shop. I don’t know how there finding out about me, but I just delete the message. Is there a way to turn this person in?

  5. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    October 11th, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Gina, I don’t know that there is a way to report them except to mark their emails as spam in your email program.

  6. Lindsey

    December 29th, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I tried reporting a scam like this to the police, FBI, and Attorney General. They said there is nothing that they can do. Pretty ridiculous. My advice is to not ever pay anything out of pocket even if they have transferred funds to you. They will “transfer” the funds, which will never clear.

  7. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 7th, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Great advice Lindsey. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mari

    February 22nd, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you!! I experienced this a few months ago. Got a call from a client requesting my services. After the initial call he requested we communicate via email. After a few emails I sent him my proposal. He accepted but before a deposit was made he kept asking who my credit card merchant was. Then he followed that question with “My caterer doesn’t take credit cards. Will you please charge me your fees and add the caterers total and you can then give them cash?” I said no of course and terminated and pulled my proposal. I told him that I don’t work that way unless I hire the caterers myself. Never heard from him again.

  9. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    February 22nd, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Great that you recognized this scam before it was too late. Thanks for sharing Mari.

  10. Kim

    November 1st, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I received an email from James Petty with a gmail address asking for help with his mother’s 75th birthday party. Thankfully a wedding planner posted on her blog a similar scam with this same email back in 2008. I wanted to get this name and email address out again in case they try it with another planner.

  11. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 13th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Kim!

  12. Trelynn Stephens

    February 19th, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I got a text message from a guy who says he was out of state and needed help planning his wedding. He wanted me to download and fill out some form so that he could pay me up front. I told him that I did not accept payments in this form and never heard from him after that.

  13. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    March 11th, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    That is a common way that scammers reach out and how they try to make a “payment”. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  14. Tanya Riley

    March 20th, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I have been communicating back and forth with a “Damian Grass”. What really triggered me to be on the look out is the email domain is to a “@vcatt.com” which I can not find anywhere on the internet. After checking with vendors and doing the proposal leg work. He immediately responded to the proposal to proceed “I believe you can bring a level of service that surpasses anything we’ve seen before in the past”. He also stated that he would send a check to me via USPS for the event amount in full.
    But what really took the cake is he called from a “502” number with a thick African accent (with the last name Grass!?) telling me he would send a larger check then required because the car rental companying will not accept checks from him. This is so crazy to me. I am in the process of declining his business!!

  15. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 14th, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for sharing! Glad you realized it was a fraudulent lead.

  16. Party Rentals Studio City

    May 18th, 2019 at 7:06 am

    It is very important to be aware of the possibility of scams on the internet and know how to recognize and report them. This is happening in our community of event planning as well.

  17. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    June 9th, 2019 at 10:36 am

    So true. Thank you for sharing your experience in your community!

  18. Eric Howarth

    June 25th, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    My wife runs a wedding and event planning business and received this same scam through her website. The email was from Joshua with a gmail address. He wanted to pay with a credit card to the tune of $16500 – all up front for a family reunion. Obviously knowing better, she told him to send it through Venmo and include a copy of his Drivers License. He didn’t respond.

  19. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    July 15th, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience Eric. This is all too common in the wedding industry.

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