Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A found post, "How to Spot a Scam"

Original Blog Post courtesy of:

How to Spot a Scam
Does someone want to send you a check/money order for more than your asking price?

Does a total stranger want you to wire them the "extra" money via Western Union or Money Gram?

Does the language, word choices, or poor grammar in received emails seem off?

Does the buyer insist upon using "their shipping agent"?

Does the rent of an apartment seem extremely low?

Does a landlord want to rent to you sight unseen while claiming to live in another country?

If the answer is yes to any of these, then you are most likely being targeted for a scam.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Joe Ciminera - Taste This Production Scam?
A while back we featured a business called Taste This Production, Inc. The owner Joe Ciminera claims to be in the reality cooking show business, and wants to make you a star. The problem is that once you respond and fly to New York (on your own dime) you get to shoot in a garage, and get charged an absurd amount of money. Here is another email we received:

On 1/8/09 a CL user wrote:

My boyfirend is looking in to a cooking show in New York. The company is called Taste This TV its on 2005 Merrick Road. Anyway they sent him a e-mail stating- "Taste This Production, Inc will produce a 26:00 minute pilot. The initial pilot will take approximately 5 hours to film. The show(s) will be shot on Sony Z1U cameras. The onset crew will consist of: Executive producer, Producer, Make-up artist, food stylist, sound and camera operator(s) and 2 film technicians. The show will be delivered, fully edited in no later than two weeks after the filming date. Upon approval of the pilot, the distribution company for cable will distribute the show for potential sale and deliver to cable broadcasters across the U.S. (name) will own all the rights to the pilot." Now the FUNNY part is this - "Cost: Your cost for the production of the pilot is $7,500. This cost is presented to you so that you will commit to the project 100%. "

I presented the proposal to my Entertainment Lawyer, who informed me that i needed to respectfully decline. Not a complete Scam, but paying that kind of money for no guaranteed air time, is unacceptable.

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