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Internet Scams Targeting Wedding Planners

  1. Luci says:

    Hi all!

    Adding to this post as there is a huge increase in scamming schemes due to the Coronavirus. I just received an individual interested in full-service wedding planning via The Knot. He then asked me for my phone number to reach out (which is not completely abnormal) then started texting me. He changed the location of his wedding (from North Carolina) to what happened to be my hometown – a tiny town in Central Minnesota. He then asked for the price of my services and said they were fine and he wanted to pay me in full right now. We never spoke on the phone and I did not have any information for his wedding. I asked him to call me and when he did he could not answer simple wedding questions (why did you choose the location you did? why style wedding are you looking for? What is your fiance’s name?)! He then hung up.

    He has been reported to the FTC, The Knot/Wedding Wire (called Wedding Pro) and the Better Business Bureau. Please be wary and listen to your intuition.

  2. Cynthia Hudson says:

    OMG I am so glad I saw this. Uvray I am dealing with the same person! But he said he is planning his parents anniversary party. He event went as far as location, date, how many people, color theme, music (DJ), and much more. He wanted a proposal. I was actually working on it currently. I did hit his name and scam and nothing came up. Then I put in his name, scam and anniversary party and this is how I found this site and the information on Jack Miller and yes he emails from a gmail account and states is a seaman/sailor and moves cargo so he is unable to meet in person. Thank goodness I found this before doing any more work on the proposal. Crazy that he targeted the town next to me etc. He must of really did research on me. Geez what jerk!

  3. Uvray says:

    Omgosh, sisters a wedding planner and I’m so glad I found this entry and these comments!
    She’s been emailing with a “seaman/sailor” with “ear problems” who can’t call and hopes we can figure it out by email, named Jack Miller from a Gmail email address… All fine and dandy until, Jack says he “hired a band that’s flying in” but they don’t have a card reader to accept payment, and would like for us to combine their $14,000 fee with our deposit and charge his credit card. Full 🛑 stop. He refuses to answer questions like dates, phone numbers and how’d he hear about us. It’s crazy how advanced these scammers are getting his grammar was good too! Crazy! Glad we caught on before it got out of hand!

  4. Eric Howarth says:

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

    • Tanya Riley says:

      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!!

  7. Kim says:

    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.

  8. Mari says:

    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. Gina says:

    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?

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  11. 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

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