This is our EntertainmentCareers.Net legit reporting on job scams. Please read these real life scams so you can see how this looks and what to look out for.
*SCAM ALERT* - Note there is a 100% legit Brian A. Bernhard out there but this is not him.
*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 - it starts as a random email from a job that you have never applied to asking for your availability - (RED FLAG) - The common thread is that people applied to jobs on craigslist but if you got this as a result from a different website, please let us know.
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 - 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.
Brian Bernhard is a digital digital media strategist, Moving Picture Producer, Video Editor, Photographer, VIdeographer, Video Artist, Interactive Designer & Illustrator. Also i specialize in landscape and night-sky photography, motion-controlled time-lapse, and creative dSLR film-making. I also hold private and group workshops and classes, as I love to teach other people how to achieve their creative photographic vision.
I really feel I need some assistance at this time that's why I need someone who can work with me hand in hand throughout the production period. We are presently working on a short film which I'm directing the production aspect, although work hasn't commenced and we should start working on the film in next 20 days.
As a Production Assistant at Brian Bernhard video Productions Company,you will work closely with me throughout the production process, Your duties basically would be ;
1.Post-Production-Editing,digital effects,narration and voice over talent auditioning,casting and directing,audio and music selection and directing,troubleshooting.
2.Production budgeting and scheduling,location scouting and shot selection,talent auditions and casting.
3.Crew hiring,Production-Directing talent and crew.
4.Final media com-positing and production.
5.Managing extras in a scene, or locking down the set to make sure no pedestrians unwittingly amble into the frame, ruining the shot.
6.Writing coverage on scripts,drafting letters,making phone calls,running an office,interviewing personnel,coordinating the fund raising process,assisting with duties on and off set.
7.Delivery of completed media to client.
8.Liaising between myself and the post production team.
9.Taking care of Financial activities.
10.helping load and unload the dozens of lights, stands, and apple boxes it takes to pull off each shot.
11.Maintaining contemporary technical skills.
12.Organizing shooting schedules - dependent on the type of producer and availability of support staff.
Before our HR department reviewed your resume and gave their report I decided to consider you among the three applicants that will be on probation before i finally pick the right person as the Assistant to carry out some activities on my behalf.you need to be very honest because sometimes my personal or corporate items such as financial instruments or non financial items can be with you. In conclusion I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and with good understanding and i believe you posses those qualities.I have decided to offer you a probationary offer (trial period). Here i want to see how you will demonstrate your skills and how exceptional you are and how efficient and on time you will be. I will need you to perform a couple of tasks for me during this week, which are part of basic duties you will be performing when fully employed by me. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies you for an interview and temporary weekly wage for the trial period will be Five Hundred Dollars/weekly.
Available Position: Production Assistant
Hours: 9 Hours per week
Days: 3 days per week
Weekly Pay: $610
• AD & D Insurance
• Medical, Dental, Vision
Willing to take this job position, reconfirm your information. I will have my financial adviser have payment for these purchases and tasks, mailed to you. The trial period runs for a week or two. If you want to sign up for this, Kindly provide the details below ...
Your Full name ;
Mailing Address ;
City, State, Zip Code :
Mobile Phone Number :
Two Work or Personal References ;
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.
If you get an email like this or any shady sounding email, please let us know so we can help warn others.