Is it legit? Job Posting Scam Alert - Great Pyramid Productions

We got a report of a scam floating around from a "Great Pyramid Productions " posting for PA jobs in several states in the US.  Please read these real life scams so you can see how this looks.
 
**Updated 10/17/16**  Making the round on Craiglist
 
**Updated 9/1/16** We got a report of a nearly identical scam from CRYSTALINE PICTURES** 
 
**Updated 9/14/16** They are now targeting actors with a fictitious commercial for Air France.
 
(Note - there is a legit company called Great Pyramid Productions as well but this is not from them)
 
This looks to be an advanced fee scam that we have seen in the past:.

The advanced fee SCAM goes like this...:  The scam is that they basically look to hire PAs, tell them they need to travel quickly to a different city at a crazy high rate i.e. $350/day. They are then to call the specified  "travel agent" to book all the accommodations and then you are to wire money to the "travel agent" and as you can imagine there is no $350/day job, no travel agent and people are scammed out of money. 
 
The other spin is that they have fedexed you a check that is accidentally over the amount that they are to reimburse you for your flights then they insist that you pay them the difference.  Mostly we hear of the "you need to pay for your own arrangements and we will reimburse you" angle.
 
 
One of the emails that was forwarded to us - $350 a day for a PA with no experience required because all of a sudden all the inexperienced PAs in Las Vegas are unavailable, oh brother.
 
Good morning xxx,i am going to give u a breakdown of the entire process.Please do read this email thoroughly.
 
You have been invited to take part in planing and organizing a commercial for a vodka brand(Biala Dama) that will be held on the weekend of  05-19-2016 to 05-23-2016 at Oasis Ridge Las Vegas, NV. All expenses (Flight, accommodation and feeding) will be covered by the company.There will be exterior scenes on location
 
Pay/Job duties:You will be paid $350/day which will amount to $1400 for the 4 days. Your duties as an assistant  will include the following but are not limited;
 
-Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
 
-Getting releases signed, runs, craft service,productions needs keeping the set clean and organized as well being of general assistance to all on set needs.
 
-Assistant will be responsible for typing,editing and sharing of scripts
 
-Miscellaneous duties as required
 
 
Please respond with your contact information(full name, mailing address,phone numbers) where a check will be mailed out to and will be used for all traveling,lodging expenses and food via our sponsors designated travel agent.send a copy of your contact info also to my personal email (raymondleroy41@yahoo.com).
 
You will also be provided with more information regarding the commercial, travel arrangement, etc via subsequent emails.Please i wouldn't be taking any calls for now, i would be placing a call to you in the nearest future and it is mandatory that you reply the emails so as to not to break the chain of communication(you get daily updates and follow up emails via email). i will try as much as possible to be very precise and self explanatory in the email.
 
 
Best,
Raymond LeRoy
Production Coordinator
Great Pyramid Productions
 
 
 
Here is another email that was forwarded to us..
 
 
Good morning XXXXX, i am going to give u a breakdown of the entire process.Please do read this email thoroughly.
 
You have been invited to take part in planing and organizing a commercial for a vodka brand that will be held on the weekend of  05-19-2016 to 05-23-2016 at Oasis Ridge Las Vegas, NV. All expenses (Flight, accommodation and feeding) will be covered by the company.There will be exterior scenes on location
 
Pay/Job duties:You will be paid $350/day which will amount to $1400 for the 4 days. Your duties as an assistant  will include the following but are not limited;
 
-Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
 
-Getting releases signed, runs, craft service,productions needs keeping the set clean and organized as well being of general assistance to all on set needs.
 
-Assistant will be responsible for typing,editing and sharing of scripts
 
-Miscellaneous duties as required
 
 
Please respond with your contact information(full name, mailing address,phone numbers) where a check will be mailed out to and will be used for all traveling,lodging expenses and food via our sponsors designated travel agent. 
 
You will also be provided with more information regarding the commercial, travel arrangement, etc via subsequent emails.Please i wouldn't be taking any calls for now, i would be placing a call to you in the nearest future and it is mandatory that you reply the emails so as to not to break the chain of communication(you get daily updates and follow up emails via email). i will try as much as possible to be very precise and self explanatory in the email.
 
 
Best,
Raymond LeRoy
Production Coordinator
Great Pyramid Productions
 
If you guy ever get emails like this, please forward them to us so we can keep tabs on the latest scams and warn people on what to watch out for.  When it double reach out, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.
 
 
UPDATE - 9/14/16
 
It looks like they are now targeting the acting crowd.  We received this report that they are contacting people via ExploreTalent for this new one...
 
Congratulations you have been invited to our audition taking place in Brecht Forum; 451 West St, New York, NY 10014 on 09-30-16 to 10-02-16. After the audition successful talents will then be invited to Los Angeles, CA where the final shooting will be done for our Air France commercial. Got your information from Explore Talent.Instruction: Please respond with your contact information where a check will be mailed out to and will be used for all traveling and lodging expenses via a designated travel agent (more information will be provided as we progress). You will also be provided with more information regarding the audition, travel arrangement and compensation.Task & Company profile: This job is an on-going position with Great Pyramid Productions as we continue to promote our products through TV commercials/Magazines.Regards,
Michael Zapata
 
 
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Audition! Audition!!
From: Great Pyramid Productions >
Date: Fri, September 09, 2016 9:26 am
To: undisclosed-recipients:;Hello,Looking for actors/models to work on an Air France Commercial. We have limited spots for this and we will be very selective about who we call in for an audition. Yes, 
there is an audition for the roles because they (Air France) want to see what you look like in person.Seeking 10 talents for this role
Talent specs:
Gender: Male, Female
Ethnicity: Any
Age: 20 - 60+If interested send your resume and other details along with a head shot of you.Thanks,
Michael Zapata
 
 
 
10/17/16 Update - 
 
Skilled Production assistant needed:

Great Pyramid Productions, is searching for passionate and skilled Production assistant. Craigslist sent us your resume as an ideal candidate that is skilled, motivated,and energetic. Great Pyramid Productions will be shooting a TV Commercial this November for our client KFC ( Kentucky Fried Chicken ) to promote her services in the food market. 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 with our production agency.

Company Profile:

The passion of Great Pyramid Productions is to create high quality productions that meet the vision and needs of our clients. We execute our job from raw concept to final deliverable with professionalism and consistency. Lastly, our desire is to engage our audience by bringing stories to life.

We are constantly striving to maintain a perfect balance between artistic freedom and technical excellence. Our team desires to create a workflow and experience that is as unique as each production.

PA 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 $300/day which will amount to $900 for the 3 days.

Note: The production will be done in Memphis, TN to promote more awareness for our short film during the weekend of 11-04-2016 to 11-06-2016 at SpringHill Suites Memphis Downtown: 85 West Court Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103. 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,
Raymond LeRoy
Co Founder
Great Pyramid Productions
www.greatpyramidproductions.com