Job Posting Scam Alert - Bright Sky Film

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*SCAM ALERT* - Note there is a 100% legit Bright Sky Films from the UK  but this is not them.
 
*Updated* - We have the email chain below... (A huge thank you to the person willing to share their emails)
 
We received a report of this same scam resurfacing - sometimes it starts as a random email from a job that you have never applied to asking for your availability - (RED FLAG) 
 
This appears to be a check cashing scam whereby you are hired then sent a series of checks to cash then send them back the money or make travel plans with their "travel agent" and then you are to wire the travel agent the money- yes it sounds so obvious but people fall for it all the time.
 
As always, take a look and you can see the issues. We don't want to dissect the email to give the scammers better ways to do this but if you read it carefully you can see the problems.  Ronin principle, "When there is doubt, there is no doubt."  If it seems too good to be true it is.  If you guys ever have any questions don't hesitate to reach out.  We have a security system in place to screen all the postings so we have become experts in spotting them.  When in doubt, reach out.  
 
This one from a job on Indeed...
 
Skilled Production assistant needed:

Bright Sky Film, is searching for passionate and skilled Production assistant. INDEED sent us your resume as an ideal candidate that is skilled, motivated,and energetic.Bright Sky Film will be shooting a TV Commercial this July to promote our upcoming short film titled "Aspirations - a factor in everyone". The Production assistant will work directly with the production crew throughout the production. This is a highly professional, creative, and collaborative project and this position could lead to long-term opportunity.

Company Profile:

Bright sky film is a multi-disciplinary integrated media company producing content for television networks, advertising agencies, film studios and record labels. Bright sky film was founded by Executive Producer Bradley Fontaine in 2006 as a 21st-Century production company set to address the changes, challenges and overlaps in the advertising arena, television programming and new media landscapes. Bradley Fontaine's vision was to merge exceptional talent from diverse media backgrounds to become, together, a powerful multi faceted production boutique. Bright sky film offers an innovative blend of creative production, development, new media and programming. Bright sky film's diverse portfolio of media projects includes television programs, commercials, music videos, feature films, branded entertainment and branded content for the web and mobile devices.

Photographer Responsibilities:

- assisting with answering telephones, - filing paperwork and data entry, - arranging lunches, dinners, and transportation reservations, - photocopying, general office administration, and distributing production paperwork, - acting as a courier, - helping to keep the set clean and tidy and distributing call sheets, - health and safety notices, and other paperwork, - must be punctual and enthusiastic, and understand the importance of taking detailed notes and recording expenditure accurately, - should be level headed, and able to work calmly and effectively under pressure, - must be able to contribute to good working relationships, and to create a positive atmosphere on the production, - should have good secretarial skills, and be computer literate in standard word processor, spreadsheet and email programs, - organizing accommodation for cast and crew.

Pay:

You will be paid $350/day which will amount to $1050 for the 3 days.

Note: The production will be done in San Francisco, CA to promote more awareness for the short film during the weekend of 07-15-2016 to 07-17-2016 at Sir Francis Drake A Kimpton Hotel: 450 Powell St. San Francisco CA 94102. Both travel/hotel expenses will be covered by the company.

Instruction: If you are available and interested in accepting this position then respond with your recent contact information such as your full name, address (to include city, state and zip code) and cell number.

Regards,
Jeff Guzman
Producer
Bright Sky Film


Here's the next one:

Thanks for your respond. All other information will be released to you 72 hours to your arrival in San Francisco, CA. This e-mail outlines the entire process before the production and also how to proceed. Please note that during the production you will have to put your skills to perfect professionalism in order to assist the production team to produce a perfect show.

*You will also receive a check for $3450 in the following days via FedEx and this check will cover your personal expenses and travel/lodging expenses which will be handled via a designated travel agent. The amount of $400 out of the check is allocated as down payment to show our keen interest in your services while the remaining balance will be transferred to the travel agent who will make all the necessary feeding, hotel and travel arrangements on your behalf to San Francisco, CA (more information on the travel agent will be provided to you ASAP). The balance ($650) of your pay will be given to you after the production.

During the course of the coming days we will provide all necessary information momentarily but for now we only seek that you reassure us of your availability during the weekend of 07-15-2016 to 07-17-2016 and also your utmost commitment regarding this project. Furthermore, I will like to state that all crew members will be arriving the evening of the 14th or the very morning of the 15th and be departing the production venue on the 17th (evening). There will be a 2 hours seminar on the 15th which will start from 10 a.m to 12 noon, the seminar is to provide more information on duties/tasks that will be required from all crew members in attendance and a hard copy of the production call sheet will be provided to all and all crew members will be grouped to their area of expertise as in their resumes.

The dress code for the production will be casual. Furthermore, I will like to know if you have a bank account where you will have the check deposited once you get it in the mail and funds will be available within 24 hours to process your traveling arrangement.

Do not need your account information as i only ask to know if you have an account where you can deposit our check once you get it, so the answer i need is a yes or no. Please confirm your availability by signing the contract form attached to this email. Please your recent contact information such as your full name, address (to include city, state and zip code) and cell number.

Thanks,
Jeff Guzman
Producer
510-937-0855
 
 
 
Introductory Email....
 

*Who are you?*

The ideal candidate for this position will be a team-player, possess great
communication skills, and be willing to take direction and learn. The ideal
candidate will be an individual with experience shooting and editing video
footage for both technical and consumer audiences.

*The Task at Hand: *

- Support production managers in all aspects of pre-production
- Assist in all aspects of budgeting and reconciling
- Assist multiple photo and video shoot campaigns simultaneously
- Support production manager in production time-lines with post
production coordinator
- Coordinate crew and talent contracts
- Assist in scheduling of the studios offsite and onsite shoots
- Organizing travel arrangements for cast and crew including production
executives

.

*Note: *The production will be done in Wilmington, NC from 07-20-2016 to
07-23-2016 at Inspire Creative Studios ,210 N Green Meadows Dr, Wilmington,
NC but you'll be needed here in Wilmington, NC from 07-18-2016. Both
travel/hotel expenses will be covered by the company.


*Instruction: *If you are available and interested in accepting the
position then respond with your recent contact information such as your
full name, address (to include city, state and zip code) and cell number.


*Best Regards*

*Bradley Fontaine*
*Executive Producer*
Bright Sky Film
1550 Bryant Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103
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WWW.brightskyfilm.com

 

Email #2

Attached to the email is the production agreement form for the TV Commercial, please sign and email back to me.
Throughout the duration of the production you'll be booked in at staybridge suites which is about 5 minutes away from the studio so transporting yourself to the studio wouldn't be a problem. Remember you are needed here in Wilmington, NC on 07-18-2016 which is two days before the shoot as there is need to prep you on the entire production and run a little training before the shoot.
The pay for the job is $500 a day, that is $3000 for the 6days you'll be working for us.

I'll also mail out a check of $3450 to cover both travel/lodging expenses including per diem pay of $500, you're to deduct your per diem pay of $500 from the check while the balance should be paid to the designated travel agent who will assist you in making all necessary hotel and travel bookings (more information on the travel agent will be provided to you soon).

The check will be processed once the signed form is received.

 

Best Regards

Bradley Fontaine
Executive Producer
Bright Sky Film
1550 Bryant Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

WWW.brightskyfilm.com<http://WWW.brightskyfilm.com>
424-246-5596<tel:424-246-5596>

 

Followup email - 

 

*Hi xxxxxx*,

Please follow the below outline steps in completing your
travel arrangement.

*Step 1*
Deduct your per diem pay of $500

*Step 2* Withdraw $2900 in cash.


*Step 3*Make a cash deposit of $2900 to the travel agent using the parent
company account information below:


*ACCOUNT NAME: North American Enterprise Solar LLCBANK NAME:
WellsfargoAccount NUMBER: 2910820030*


*Step 4*
Take a photo of the deposit receipt and email it to me as soon as the cash
deposit is made.

Once i receive your email, I'll forward it to the designated travel agent
so by tomorrow morning your travel details will be ready. Please make sure
that you have this done before 2pm today, so the agent would have enough
time to make all the necessary bookings and arrangement.

 


*Best Regards*

*Bradley Fontaine*
*Executive Producer*
Bright Sky Film
424-246-5596

 
 
Changed their names - 
 
>>>> *You will also receive a check for $3450 in the following days via FedEx and this check will cover your personal expenses and travel/lodging expenses which will be handled via a designated travel agent. The amount of $400 out of the check is allocated as down payment to show our keen interest in your services while the remaining balance will be transferred to the travel agent who will make all the necessary feeding, hotel and travel arrangements on your behalf to San Francisco, CA (more information on the travel agent will be provided to you ASAP). The balance ($650) of your pay will be given to you after the production.
>>>>
>>>> During the course of the coming days we will provide all necessary information momentarily but for now we only seek that you reassure us of your availability during the weekend of 07-15-2016 to 07-17-2016 and also your utmost commitment regarding this project. Furthermore, I will like to state that all crew members will be arriving the evening of the 14th or the very morning of the 15th and be departing the production venue on the 17th (evening). There will be a 2 hours seminar on the 15th which will start from 10 a.m to 12 noon, the seminar is to provide more information on duties/tasks that will be required from all crew members in attendance and a hard copy of the production call sheet will be provided to all and all crew members will be grouped to their area of expertise as in their resumes.
>>>>
>>>> The dress code for the production will be casual. Furthermore, I will like to know if you have a bank account where you will have the check deposited once you get it in the mail and funds will be available within 24 hours to process your traveling arrangement.
>>>>
>>>> Do not need your account information as  i  only ask to know if you have an account where you can deposit our check once you get it, so the answer  i  need is a yes or no. Please confirm your availability by signing the contract form attached to this email.  Please  your recent contact information such as your full name, address (to include city, state and zip code) and cell number.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Jeff Guzman
>>>> Producer
>>>> 510-937-0855
>>>>
 
 
 
You can see a derivative of this scam here.  The good folks at Red Line Studios published their experience with this scam to help warn other people.  The extra crappy thing about this scam is that they use legit company names and people's names who are in the industry so not only are they trying to scam people out of money but good people and their company name gets caught up in this scam.
http://redlinestudiosopenpositions.com/
 
 
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