What is an advanced fee or check cashing scam?

Below are 2 emails chain where the "employer" will send a (fake) cashier's check, and then asks you to make travel arrangements through their travel agent where you will then wire them the money.  Things to note - extremely high pay and then someone asking you to wire money.  Also, in every major city there are plenty of PAs so they will never fly a PA and put them up for a short term gig.
 
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xxxx, attached to the email is the agreement form .You are to fill the
blank spaces, have it signed and emailed back to me. The open audition for
this models is in regards to a fashion event coming up in LA in three weeks
time so you will take part in making this open audition a successful one
and also in planning of this forthcoming event. You will be briefed more on
your arrival date and emails to come.Please note that at this point your
trial has begun.
Best of luck
Adam sanders
 
On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM,

wrote:

>
> On Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 12:29 PM, Crystaline Pictures <
> recruitment@crystalinepictures.com> wrote:
>
>> Am so sorry Janice, i have been so busy i will call you later in the day.
>>
>> Best,
>> Adam Sanders
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 10:50 PM, janice leung <janicemingwai@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello Adam,
>>> Thank you for the job descriptions.
>>> Can you please call me or have your travel agent contact me on my mobile
>>> phone as I wish to know more about the whole trial arrangement.
>>> Also, do you have a link for this company which shows more about the
>>> company background and previous productions?
>>> My contact number is xxx-xxx-xxxx, which is also on my resume.
>>> Thank you very much and I look forward to speak with you soon :)
>>> Regards, xxxx
>>>
>>> On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 8:57 AM, Crystaline Pictures <
>>> recruitment@crystalinepictures.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Good morning xxxxx, just another reminder that your trial start next
>>>> week 08-12-2016 to 08-14-2016 in Emerald suites Las Vegas,Nevada where you
>>>> will also be booked for 2 days.i will get back to you shortly with
>>>> important updates regarding the open audition,coordination , travel
>>>> arrangements,food,dress code. you will also assist in organizing facilities
>>>> and managing all event’s details such as decor, catering, entertainment,
>>>> transportation, location, invitee list, special guests, equipment,
>>>> promotional material for the main event. I believe you are not booked for
>>>> those dates so i will be needing you to reassure me of your availability
>>>> and commitment next week. Please reconfirm this information below where a
>>>> check could be mailed out.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Full name:
>>>>
>>>> Mailing address:
>>>>
>>>> State, City, Zip Code:
>>>>
>>>> Mobile Phone Number:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Work or Personal References:
>>>>
>>>> You will also receive a check for $2755 this week (Thursday) via USPS
>>>> and this check will cover your personal expenses which includes
>>>> travel/lodging and will be handled via our sponsors designated travel
>>>> agent. The amount of $400 out of the check is allocated as your first
>>>> payment during this probation while the remaining balance will be
>>>> transferred to our Sponsors travel agent who will make all the necessary
>>>> hotel and travel arrangement on your behalf. You will also be enlightened
>>>> more after successful completion of trial period with us.
>>>>
>>>> Best,
>>>> Adam Sanders
>>>> Hiring Manager
>>>> 213-600-2512
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:05 AM, janice leung <janicemingwai@gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Dear Adam
>>>>> Thank you very much for your email.
>>>>> I am interested in this opportunity and confirmed that I will
>>>>> be available and willing to travel to Vegas for this event from 12-14Aug.
>>>>> My details are as below:
>>>>> Full Name: xxxx, xxxx
>>>>> Mailing Address: xxxxx
>>>>> Mobile Number: xxx-xxx-xxxx
>>>>>
>>>>> Thank you very much and looking forward to speak with you:)
>>>>> Regards, xxxx
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 4:06 PM, Crystaline Pictures <
>>>>> recruitment@crystalinepictures.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Dear Applicant, our HR department reviewed your resume and gave their
>>>>>> report and you have been considered among the three applicants that will
>>>>>> be working freelance for us before picking two for permanent staffing by
>>>>>> us. You will be performing a couple of tasks for us next weekend, which
>>>>>> are part of the basic duties you will be performing when fully employed by
>>>>>> Crystalline Pictures. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies
>>>>>> you for an interview.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Pay:Temporary weekly wage for the trial period will be $400/day for 3
>>>>>> days.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Task/Project details: We have been given a contract by MHT
>>>>>> Productions to plan an open audition for models.We will be needing you
>>>>>> for 3 days to be part of the crew coordinating this project.It will be held
>>>>>> in Emerald Las Vegas,Nevada on the weekend of 08-12-2016 to 08-14-2016.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> More on Crystaline Pictures:
>>>>>> Crystaline Pictures is a production company that believes in creating
>>>>>> a human connection through artful film making and thought-provoking
>>>>>> films.We focus on creating exceptional branded content for advertisers,
>>>>>> brands and corporate clients. We understand the importance of producing a
>>>>>> corporate or brand video that will engage your target audience and set you
>>>>>> apart from the competition.We combine our creative innovation with our
>>>>>> marketing expertise to deliver exceptional content to our clients.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Additionally, we co-directed a television show called breaking
>>>>>> through which is aired locally on CBS, ABC and fox affiliates.We are in the
>>>>>> process of negotiating new projects and we are updating the site content
>>>>>> and layout in conjunction with the new project. Please be patient with us.
>>>>>> we are in the process of negotiating new projects and we are updating the
>>>>>> site content and layout in conjunction with the new project. Please be
>>>>>> patient with us.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Job Duties:
>>>>>> You will assist in organizing facilities and manage all event’s
>>>>>> details such as decor, entertainment, transportation, location, invitee
>>>>>> list, special guests, equipment, promotional material
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Again, you do not have to worry in regards to travel/lodging expenses
>>>>>> and food during this probation period, a check is already in place to cover
>>>>>> that. We just need your assurance of availability and commitment with us.
>>>>>> it is mandatory that you reply the emails if interested as soon as possible
>>>>>> so as to get further update.You are to provide the following
>>>>>> information.(full name, mailing address,contact numbers) we will get in
>>>>>> touch with you.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Best,
>>>>>> Hiring Manager
>>>>>> Adam Sanders
>>>>>> www.crystalinepictures.com
 
 
Note on this one - Red Sky Studios is a legit company, however, this is not from them. Note the domain name of  eledden@redskypos.com (missing the "t" in "post")
 
 
> From: Red Sky Studios <eledden@redskypos.com>
> Date: August 24, 2016 at 2:35:28 AM EDT

> Subject: Re: Post-Production Assistant
>
> xxxxx,
>
> Your resume was forwarded to us by thejobnewtwork. Flight and hotel reservation will be handled by our designated travel agent, it will cost around $2900. You will also receive a $500 per diem to cater for your meals and any expenses you may incur during the job.
> A check for $3460 will be issued to you this week, it will arrive through FedEx.
> Deduct your per diem pay of $500 while the balance of $2900 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).
>
> Kindly provide a mailing address where you wish to receive the check.
>
>
> Best regards
>
>
> Ethan Ledden
> Production Manager
> Red Sky Studios, LLC,
(415) 429-0934
 
 
> From: Red Sky Studios <eledden@redskypos.com>
> Date: August 23, 2016 at 1:00:52 PM EDT
> Subject: Re: Post-Production Assistant
>
> Hi xxx,
>
> Throughout the duration of the production you'll be booked in at Capital Hilton hotel at 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 which is about 3-minutes walk from the studio.
>
> You will be working directly under the producer and your basic duty is to supply accurate information of the Cost Reports to the production accountant which will be prepared regularly and shows how actual expenditure compares to the original budget. As the Post Production assistant you will also be working with the Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, Re-Recording Sound Mixer, Music and Effects throughout the Post Production procedure, making sure that each different stage of the process is delivered on time and within budget.
>
> The pay for the job is $500 a day, that is $3000 for the 6days you'll be working for us. Work hours are between 9am - 3pm daily. your pay check will be issued at the end of post production
>
> Note: you're expected in Washington, DC on 09-19-2016 which is two days before post production as there is need to go over certain production details and employment paperwork before post production. The production accountant and sound engineer will be arriving that same day and you all will be received by a production staff and taken to the hotel, from the hotel down to the studio where you will meet the entire production crew.
>
>
>
> Best regards,
>
>
> Ethan Ledden
> Production Manager
> Red Sky Studios, LLC,
> 5511 Highway 280, Suite 112,
> Birmingham, AL, 35242
> http://www.redskypost.com
 
 
 
> From: Red Sky Studios <eledden@redskypos.com>
> Date: August 23, 2016 at 11:25:40 AM EDT
> Subject: Re: Post-Production Assistant
>
>
> The Post Production assistant will liaise between the Producer and the post production team, and help prepare publicity materials. You may also have to handle floats and petty cash during post production. It is also critical that you possess strong writing skills and some technical fluency to clearly communicate workflows to other departments and outside vendors.
>
> Note: Post production will be done in Washington, DC from 09-21-2016 to 09-24-2016 at Dupont Studios, 21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 720 Washington, DC 20036, but you'll be needed here in Washington, DC from 09-19-2016. Both travel/hotel expenses will be covered by the company. Work hours will be from 9am to 3pm daily.
>
> 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
>
>
>
> Ethan Ledden
> Production Manager
> Red Sky Studios, LLC,
> 5511 Highway 280, Suite 112,
> Birmingham, AL, 35242
> http://www.redskypost.com