This blog entry is really for the "planners" out there who may not be up to speed or fully aware of some of the more popular wedding planner scams sent via email these days. Below is an email I received yesterday...Mr. Naylor is in need of a planner...and he will continue to be in need of a planner....b/c I'm not falling for the craziness!
Below are some other "red flags" or popular scams that people try to play on wedding planners. I know what you're thinking..." duh...of course this is a scam!" But trust me, when a really green, new planner is trying to get business, their blinders are on, their defenses are down, and they easily fall for this crap!
Signs it's a scam
1. They want to fly from England to meet you but need your credit card to do so or need you to hold their transferred funds to do so
2. They live abroad, have 30k to 40k budget, and one of them works for Coca Cola in the U.S.
3. They just need a NJ location....and dont care where it is!
4 . They ask you about your payment, how you accept payment, how can they pay other vendors, etc.
5. You are constantly saying "what the hell is he talking about" as you read the email!!!!
My Name is Dr Dave Naylor,I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my wedding and arrange dinner for a group of people who will be attending the wedding ceremony. Seven will arrive few days before the wedding day.The wedding is expected to hold on the 18th October,2008 and 25 to 40 guests are expected to attend. As i do not know what the guests might choose for their meals and drinks, i will make a prepayment as initial deposit for thisbooking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.All checks and balances will be made with you on 16th July which is the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for a Videography, MusicEntertainment, Photography, Officiant/Priest & Church, cake, flowers and hall. If there is any these items that is beyond your capability, you let us know so that another company can handle it. Get back to me with your response as we don't have much time with us so that we can process our accommodation within the region more convenient for you and us.
Dr Dave Naylor "
Happy and SAFE planning!