Scam Alert: Johann Martinez, Matthew Schwartz Production Jobs

There are a LOT of industry scams preying on people hoping for a career in film and television. They’ve been going around for years, but they’ve been particularly prevalent in 2017.

The worst part? The scammers use the names of REAL industry professionals. Remember, the people listed here aren’t the actual scammers, they are victims, too.

**Current imposter name list as of October 2017:

  • Johann Martinez
  • Matthew Schwartz
  • Clement Cheung (Mei Ah Entertainment)
  • Chris Galipo
  • Gabriel Tyner
  • Matthew Bates (Emblem Entertainment)
  • Grant Bell
  • Brandon Taylor
  • Alan Parker

Remember:

  • Scammers will pose as a real company or production person, and will direct you to a legit website. Their e-mail address never has the same domain as the legit web address; a letter may be omitted or added.
  • If a company offers direct deposit, you will receive a form in person on your start date; it will never be requested in advance via email.
  • NEVER accept advance checks from companies you’ve applied to onlineIf they want you to pay for anything in advance, ask them to call ahead and put it on their credit card.
  • If something seems off, it probably is.

How does the scam work?

It begins with an innocuous text message, “Hi, I found your information on *Enter Film Crew Directory Here* and think you’d be a great fit, please send me your resume”. They’ll offer you a strange rate and maybe give a few other bizarre details.

You e-mail your resume, and then you get a length reply (see below). It can be for any number of positions beyond production assistant — there’s been reports of the scam offering a position as an editor, boom operator, makeup artist, screenwriter, or camera op.

How the scam actually works: After applying (the application requires you submit your mailing address), you will receive a check within 2-3 business days for around $3,000. The scammer will ask that you deposit this check in your bank account and use the money to make some sort of dubious $500-$1000 purchase. What actually happens? The scammer voids the check, and you’re on the hook for the $500-$1000 purchase.

How to tell it’s a scam: Grammatical and spelling errors. There’s also an over explanation of expectations and job descriptions. After personally being a freelance hire for ten years, in my past experience, all details are discussed in person or over the phone. With these scams, though, there’s a lack of any sort of personal connection that is very unusual. Any real industry professional is going to want to talk to you on the phone to ensure you’re competent. **UPDATE: As of September 2017, some particularly bold scammers will actually speak to you on the phone.

If you think you’ve been the victim of a production scam, alert your bank immediately.

How the scammer finds victims

The scam started on Craigslist, but unfortunately, the scammers also now prowl job boards and sites where freelancers usually find work. Examples may include Mandy.com, ziprecruiter.com, film industry crew lists (including on state and local film commission websites), or productionbeast.com.

Text of the “Johann Martinez”, “Matthew Schwartz”, “Clement Cheung” Scam:

My name is Johann Martinez (Matthew Schwartz, Clement Cheung) am a Editor and Composer with a background in fiction, poetry, classical music, jazz, and painting.I also combine the powers of music and imagery to deliver the most honest, raw, and powerful emotions in films. I tend not to seek out awards, because I believe our work speaks for itself; however, our clients have entered our films and won many awards.

For me, life is about finding passions, pursuing dreams and connecting with people.

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 15 days.

As a Production Assistant at Johann Martinez studio,you will work closely with me throughout the production process, Your duties basically would be;

To do this role, you will need to:

=Assisting a photographer in all aspects of their work.
=Doing whatever is necessary to ensure that a photographic shoot runs smoothly.
=Assisting in everything from administration, to the shoot, to scouting locations.
=Be willing to learn.
=Be organized and practical.
=Understand how to operate digital and traditional cameras, and scanning equipment.
=Anticipate the needs of the photographer.
=Have excellent communication skills.
=Be able to foresee and evaluate potential problems, and deal with them calmly.
=Be skilled in image-manipulation and image-management software.
=Possess good office skills.
=Pay close attention to detail.

NOTE:

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 Oral interview,you will paid during the trial and temporary weekly wage for the trial period will be Three Hundred and Ten Dollars.($310)

Job Salary and Hours Schedule When fully Employed after the trial period is as follow:

Available Position: Production Assistant Position
Type: Part-Time(It may lead to Full Time depend on your active and passion for the job)
Hours: 9 Hours per week
Days: 3 days per week [ Each day 3 hours ]
Weekly Pay: $600.30

BENEFITS:

• AD & D Insurance
• 401(k)
• 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 ;
Apt;
City, State, Zip Code :
Mobile Phone Number :
Two Work or Personal References ;

Sincerely,
Johann Martinez.

 

The “Johann Martinez” Editor Scam:

About My Production:

johannmartinez is a 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 Editor.

site info: johannmartinez.com

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 3 weeks.

As the Editor , You will assists the film director by establishing the visual look of the movie.

You will work closely with me and other crew throughout the production process, Duties basically would be

. Have a good aptitude for technology

. assembling all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto video tape in preparation for inputting into the computer

. Supporting the whole of the post production process on feature films and working closely with film labs, and with the camera and sound departments

. Be able to react quickly and precisely

. digitally cutting the files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what is usable

. creating a ‘rough cut’ (or assembly edit) of the programme/film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages

. reordering and fine-tuning the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the film/video.

Additional tasks may include:

. overseeing the quality and progress of audio and video engineering and editing;

. Taking responsibility for the smooth running of the cutting room on feature films

. writing voiceover/commentary;

. suggesting or selecting music.

You may also carry out online editing duties, which involve finalising technical aspects such as correcting faulty footage, grading and colouring and adding special effects.

NOTE:

Your present job doesn’t affect the Status of the job because i need to place you on trial period i need someone who can perform his or her duties with resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems and queries, All i need you to do is to complete all task in a timely manner. I am being thorough and explanatory here because i have hired people in the past who did not live up to what i expected and this time, i do not want to make the same mistake. I have decided to offer you a probationary offer (trial period). Here i want to see how you would 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 coming week, which are part of basic duties you will be performing before the project fully start and if i am impressed and convinced that you are right for the job, I will be setting up a meeting with you once am done with this shooting am presently working on. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies you for an interview and Temporary weekly wage for the trial period will be Eight Hundred And Thirty Dollars/weekly and full employment details and permanent salary package + bonuses will be discussed in our meetings.

If the above work with you, I will take all necessary step and make 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 …

Available Position: Editor

Type: Part-Time

Hours: 9 Hours per week/3 Hours Daily

Days: 3 days per week

Weekly Pay: $830

BENEFITS:

• AD & D Insurance

• 401(k)

• Medical, Dental, Vision

Willing to take this job position, I will take necessary step to have my financial officer have payment for the purchase and allowance to carryout the task, 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 :

Direct Phone# :

Two Work or Personal References:

.   .    .    .

For more information on production scams and how to spot them, please read this post and visit our Facebook group.

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Laryssa has spent 6+ years working on an assortment of film and television projects. She writes about her experiences to help (and amuse) others. If she's not working, she's either traveling, reading or writing about travel, or planning travel. Follow , Twitter, or Facebook.

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  1. Hello Laryssa. My name is Austin Barbian and I was sadly a victim of this horrendous scam, thankfully I had a gut instinct to call my school, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, just to verify this one last time before I cash the check. I thank god that I did because my career service advisor immediately said to stop everything I was doing because of your post. Thank you so much for creating this post because this post saved me from making a horrible mistake.

    Thank you,

    Austin Barbian

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    • to clarify, I was offered a boom operator position, but the emails we exchanged are almost word for word from the post.

    • Wow, I’m glad this helped!! I can’t believe how widespread this scam is. The film office in Nevada has seen it a lot too, and I’ve seen it brought up at least 10-15 times elsewhere in the last couple of weeks. Interesting that they are trying to hire a full film crew with this, good heads up.

    • Not even 2 days ago I received a text stating, “Hello, I hope you’re having a beautiful day! As regards your Assistant post on Film/Tv Pro, i have a considerable offer, Kindly e-mail me at info.cavelightfilms@gmail.com to confirm your availability and also for further details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated. Jordan Ehrlich”

      I emailed Jordan and he said it was definitely not him. Unbelievable that this person is posing as multiple people. Can’t stand people in today’s world. 🙁

    • This guy tried to scam me too. I am going to report him to the FBI

    • I’m a hairstylist, and got this exact same email under the name of “Matthew Schwartz.” I read the email, and something just didn’t feel right.

    • The “Matthew Schwartz” Screenwriter Scam…
      Same thing.

    • Just got the Michael Schwartz screenwriter text – thank God this site came up 4th on my Google search for the guy’s email. Thanks much for posting this.

    • Hi, this is the real Matthew Schwartz in Atlanta. Over a dozen people have contacted me about jobs that I am not offering. PLEASE DON’T SEND ANY PERSONAL INFO TO ANYONE THAT SEEMS FISHY.

      Unfortunately I was hit with the Johann Martinez scam. I think it originated from Film and TV Pro. I replied once and immediately recognized it as BS (“Johann” would not give me his phone number). My accounts were not hacked but they take public profile data and auto-generate messages. They created an email account mathewschwartzproductionreel@gmail.com (my name is spelled wrong) and created messages with my company and profile data. F THESE GUYS. I am now spamming them with anonymous messages.

      Here’s how you can call bullshit:
      – Names misspelled, grammar errors
      – Rates that are too good to be true (PAs for $1500/day)
      – Cut and pasted job descriptions that could be from Wikipedia
      – Emails/texts at weird hours (3 am on Sunday)
      – “Trial period” of a few weeks (no one does this)
      – Requests for personal info

      Sorry if you got a message from me, but it’s not me! Please help spread the word and look out for scammers pretending to be you. XOXO

    • Hi there!

      I just received a text message with pretty much the exact wording listed above. It is as follows:

      “Hi, I got your details from mandy on position of Editor after some consideration, I will like you to work with me on a production. Kindly send your recent resume, availability and sample of your recent job(link) to my email(mathewschwartzproduction@gmail.com) and I will get back to you with the full job details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

    • Got the text from “Alan Parker,” this time from a different number: 720-623-4025.

    • The new name they are using is
      Boris cifuentes

    • I just got this text last night, only it was from someone calling himself “Louis Rogers” saying he was from an actual company called Visuals by Clever Chimp, and that he found me on Mandy.com. The email that came today had a lot of the same text cited above. Unfortunately I emailed him my resume and pointed him to my website before I looked into whether this could be a scam. Now I’m worried he’s going to use my website to scam others, the same way he used Matthew Schwartz’s and the Clever Chimp people.

  2. Hi there. I just received the text below from a cell phone number.

    Hi, I got your details from Mandy/filmandtvpro for the position of A Producer after some consideration, i will like you to work with me on a production. Kindly send your recent resume, availability and sample of your recent job(link) to my email (johannmartinezmediapro@gmail.com) and i will get back to you with the full job details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

    It seemed really fishy to me.
    I’m very grateful for your post to confirm my suspicions!

    Thank you!

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    • It’s a scam they texted me too

    • Well, that sucks. Here’s the text I just got, at 6:01 AM Chicago time, which would be 4:01 AM California time, with the exact same text, only using a different gmail address:

      “Hi, I got your details from Mandy/flimandtvpro for the position of Screenwriter after some consideration, i will like you to work with me on a production. Kindly send your recent resume, availability and sample of your recent job(link) to my email (matthewaschwartzmediapro@gmail.com) and i will get back to you with the full job details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.”

      The number he used was 510-313-5909, which is an Oakland phone.

      The spelling and grammar errors were a red flag for me.

    • Thank you SO much for posting this. I just replied to a text and email from these people and was PRAYING it was a real job, but unfortunately it isn’t. Matthew, I even looked up your profile online from the links in their email that lead DIRECTLY to your social media pages. Something needs to be done about this ASAP. Thanks again for this info.

  3. Add makeup artist to that list just got one from this Johann Martinez

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    • I just got the same scam from 510-313-5909 with an email of gabrieltynermediapro1@gmail.com Gabriel Tyner is a real person..but I’m glad I read this. I always do a search of the phone number before I do anything.

      Isn’t it terrible…it’s hard enough to make a living in the arts, but to have a scum-sucking scammer try to take advantage of us as well. This is shameful.

    • Likewise, Peter, except my correspondence was from “Grant Bell,” also a real person. That number 510-313-5909 should be investigated, tracked and that party should be prosecuted for fraud.

    • I received this text (this is verbatim, grammatical/punctuation errors and all): “I’m Matthew i saw your profile as a DIRECTOR on PRODUCTION BEAST,After reviewing your profile,i feel excited with your past experiences,Kindly confirm your availability and email me your resume to (mathewschwartzproductionreel@gmail.com) so i can go thru it, to send over the full job details to you thanks”

      The number it came from was (614) 922-8798 (Ohio area code). I called and spoke with a man over a garbled connection.

    • Still getting emails / text messages from 614-922-8789. Haven’t alerted them that I know it’s a scam. Really crazy how far they’d go. Now, they’ve sent a 7 page script and asked to meet in person on October 1st.

      Last email I received from them:
      I want to confirm again and make it clear we are on same page, but i will like to confirm your information once again before i proceed to mailing the cashier check to you this coming week…Pls Kindly confirm that the below information is correct so i can forward it to the finance department for immediate processing of the check this coming week as i want things to be done prior to arrival and for the meeting as well.

      *Picking up of paperwork- You will Purchase some equipment on behalf of me for the project and for project use,The payment will be send to cover all the equipment ( Panasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder,RPS Studio Digital SLR Camera FloPod and SOLOSHOT3 Optic 65 Camera )

      I will also like to inform you that i will lodged at Holiday Inn Express Atlanta NE – I-85 Clairmont for the first week and will like to know if we can meet at 1426 Dresden Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319, Verde Taqueria Mexican Restaurant by 6:30PM on the October 1st if that works for you?..And we can discuss the project better in person, and Just to make it clear $1,150 goes for your first week payment in advance and the rest balance goes for the purchase of the gears to the seller on delivery to you, I will look for your email soon to ensure everything is clear so i can forward your information

      Regards

      Matt

    • I received a text from Brad Cruz, who is legit, but not this guy, found me on Mandy and looking for a line producer in AL. Have a legit tracking number for equipment, but got an script, a bad one, from Johann Martinez Productions, so refusing the package, if it comes, but certainly not cashing any checks. Thank God I looked here…Thanks!!

  4. Michael Smith wrote:
    Hi,
    Thank you for the reply and willingness to work with me and also for the wealth of information you have given about yourself. You will be starting the trial tasks within 2-3 weeks from now, which will qualify you for oral interview and I am putting things in place for everything to work well . I will get back to you shortly with important updates.

    – Picking up of paperwork/Composing Sounds

    – You will Purchase some equipment on behalf of me for the project and for office/home use,The payment will be send to cover all the equipments (Mac or PC with dual monitors,Wireless keyboard with trackball or trackpad,DAW such as Logic Pro X,Quality 88 key MIDI controller and a good set of studio monitors or headphones).Please kindly let me know some other stuffs you might be needing as i have already ordered for all so working anywhere will be great and a good efficient work will surely be require,right?And since you will be the one to use all these that is why am giving you the task to pay and receive items,okay.

    As a producer/Director, I have been in touch with my associate (johannmartinez.com) Editor and I have arranged payment to carry out the tasks stated in the job description to be mailed to you and will be expedited to arrive in the next coming days. These tasks have to be done on time and in the best way possible.

    Thank you so much for your time. Kindly make sure you check your email daily at least twice to three times in a day for regular updates.

    I will like to confirm your information’s before i proceed to mailing the check payment to your address. Kindly confirm that the below information is correct so i can forward it to the payroll department for immediate processing of your check.

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  5. I received a text read as follows:
    “Top of the day to you, I saw your AD posted for a Camera Operator position on ProductionHub. After reviewing your profile, i feel excited with your past experiences,Kindly confirm your availability and email your recent resume to (johannmartinezproduction484@gmail.com) so that i can send over the full job descriptions. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated”

    Top of the day?
    Also maybe I have a profile or something on productionhub, I don’t even remember. If I do the last time I looked at it was probably for years ago and I was out of a job and looking for one.

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  6. I am not new in the biz, I received it tonight.
    Top of the day to you, I saw your AD posted for Assistant Make-Up position on filmneworlean. After reviewing your profile, i feel excited with your past experiences,Kindly confirm your availability and email your recent resume to (johannmartinezproduction484@gmail.com) so that i can send over the full job descriptions. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

    It’s posted everplace! This person is really sending to everyone on every board. I’m in New Orleans

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  7. He is also trying to scam production make-up artists. He got my name off of the Film New Orleans Website. I knew something seemed fishy and too good to be true. I am so grateful for your site and postings that confirmed this. Here is his response prompting me for more info after I told him I was available.

    Dear applicant,

    How are you doing today? I received your resume in response to the my text Thanks for the confirmation of your availability and sorry for the delay in response.

    About Me:
    Johan is a 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 3 weeks.

    As the Assistant Makeup Artist, You will assists the film director by establishing the visual look of the movie. As a Makeup Artist, you’ll help tell the story through the artistic and technical decisions you make regarding lighting, film stock, shot selection and other elements.

    You will work closely with me and other crew throughout the production process, Duties basically would be ;

    -Apply makeup to cast members using a color palette and different tools such as mascara, sponges, eyebrow shapers, lip liners, brushes, and applicators.
    -Work with cast to create various looks.
    -Style hair according to makeup.
    -Set makeup with hairspray or other setting material.
    -Apply touchups as necessary.
    -Remove makeup from clothes if some is transferred.
    -Use photographs or models for reference when consulting with cast on ideal look.
    -Read scripts to ascertain the materials and the look required.
    -Sketch designs for future looks.
    -Purchase cosmetics and applicators
    -Ensure makeup looks natural and well-applied under different lighting.
    -Match skin color to color palettes to determine best looks.
    -Suggest skin care routines.
    -Fit wigs and hairpieces.
    -Work quickly and accurately under pressure.
    -Maintain awareness of health and safety issues and legislation.
    -Taking care of Financial activities.

    NOTE:

    Your present job doesn’t affect the Status of the job because i need to place you on probationary period i need someone who can perform his or her duties resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems and queries, All i need you to do is to complete all task in a timely manner. I am being thorough and explanatory here because i have hired people in the past who did not live up to what i expected and this time, i do not want to make the same mistake. I have decided to offer you a probationary offer. Here i want to see how you would 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 coming week, which are part of basic duties you will be performing before the project fully start and if i am impressed and convinced that you are right for the job, I will be setting up a meeting with you once am done with this shooting am presently working on. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies you for an interview and Temporary weekly wage for the trial period will be Eight Hundred Fifty Dollars/weekly and full employment details and permanent salary package + bonuses will be discussed in our meetings.

    If the above work with you, I will take all necessary step and make 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 …

    Available Position: Assistant Makeup Artist
    Type: Part-Time
    Hours: 9 Hours per week
    Days: 3 days per week
    Weekly Pay: $1,500

    BENEFITS:
    • AD & D Insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Medical, Dental, Vision

    Willing to take this job position, I will take necessary step to have my financial officer have payment for the purchase and allowance to carryout the task, 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:

    Best Regards

    Johann Martinez

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  8. As Jennifer S said, makeup artists beware too. I got a similar message saying they found me on another makeupartistdirectory.com – that’s actually what originally clued me in to this being sketchy because I haven’t even finished my profile on it. I’ll be alerting the directory ASAP. Thanks for this post to confirm suspicions.

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    • Yes, I was contacted as a makeup artist, saying he needed a makeup artist. He said he found me on the Louisiana pro pages that we use here. I’m not new, I’ve done makeup for over 25 years and I could tell he was scamming by his language.

  9. Hi, I am a freelance writer/producer in Atlanta.

    I was hit with the “Johann Martinez” scam but it immediately seemed like BS. When “Johann” refused to give me his phone number I knew he was a phony. Fast forward to last week and people are contacting me about jobs I am supposedly offering. Fortunately my accounts have not been hacked. The scammers apparently scrape public data from the web and auto-generate the messages with fake email addresses. Regardless I sent complaints to LinkedIn, Mandy, etc.

    DO NOT SEND ANY PERSONAL INFO to these people.

    I have turned the tables and now I am spamming the fake email addresses with threatening messages using an anonymous email site. They will probably stop…I hope.

    If you have received an offer from Castanet Creative Services (my company) then it is probably fake. Unless it isn’t, in which case, I look forward to working together.

    Matt

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  10. I just got hit with this email, but with as a screenwriter. The funny thing is that they didn’t really adjust the thing, so it actually made it a terrible job offer of doing a week of work for a job interview and the chance of getting $850.

    That said, I did think it was a legitimate, yet terrible, offer until I saw this post. Thanks for getting the word out.

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    • I got hit with an email about a screenwriting position. Unfortunately, I was naive enough to believe it to be true and gave the spammer some personal information as well as scripts. Thanks for posting the heads up and preventing more harm.

  11. Sensing a scam from the start, I played along with the guy claiming to be Matthew Schwartz from Atlanta. After the third e-mail, where he told me that he was sending a check to me and setting up a face to face meeting at a restaurant down the street from me, I wrote back “Great, looking forward to it, just send me a contract that I can have my lawyer look over” thinking that would end it but I just got a check. I’m not doing anything with it. Is there anything we can do other than mess around with him and waste his time?

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    • Gosh, I don’t know. Sign up his email address/phone number for a bunch of spam?

    • Wow, yea just got that email about meeting in person. CRAZY

  12. I just got the scam, too, from “Matthew Schwartz.” He sent me a check for $3,000+ to be deposited but held for release tomorrow. BUT he asked me to send $500 tonight to secure some “equipment.” Yeah, right. I texted him all kinds of reasons why not. He texted “wow, never expected you to think so low of me …” Sad that predators like this try to take advantage of honest people trying to find work. He found me through Mandy.com. I will be cancelling my subscription with them. AND I will follow up with the FBI as well.

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    • I have been in communication with Mandy.com. They are aware of the situation but it is unclear what exactly they are doing to combat it. In the meantime I’ve pulled down all my profile information and definitely won’t renew the membership.

  13. ****NEW NAME BEING USED*****

    Thank you so much for posting this information! I identified a scammer sending this exact email, but now they are using the name “Clement Cheung” of Mei Ah Entertainment. He wanted to send a $6k check to “secure locations and equipment” in the Austin area.

    Stay alert fam!

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    • Thanks for this update, I’ll add it to the list!

  14. ****NEW NAME BEING USED*****

    I got a text from a scammer named Robert Chan from Mei Ah Entertainment

    just FYI…

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    • I just got an attempted scam from a “Jen Marks” at # Dots Entertainment… beware! I wish I would have seen this article earlier and saved myself the time of communicating with “her” but luckily I was smart enough not to take the bait and transfer money after they sent me a check.

  15. From the time I received the first text I was very skeptical. I did email my resume and cover letter and received an email back. before sending my application I decided to google the company Mei Ah and the sender Robert Chan once more. Glad I did because I found this post. The email is almost word for word. Such a shame that this world consist of people who prey on the hopes of other hard working individuals. I’m greatful you created this post. I’m sure you have help others in addition to myself. Peace and Blessings to all of you.

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    • I received a text from Matthew offering me a job as “Director” for a future project. I’m glad I found this post when I googled “Matthew Schwartz Productions”. Thanks for the postings.

  16. Hi guys! Just got an email from “Robert Chan” of MEI Ah productions looking for a costume
    Designer full time with 401k Hahahaha Seemed fishy so I googled his name, this is the third thing that came up!

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  17. Hi, I’m posting again because my mind is still blown. I’m just curious as to how this works. What do they get out of sending bad checks? What happens if someone does cash the check? How do they benefit from it?

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    • From what I’ve heard from others, you cash the bad check and also that day they ask you make some purchase or place an order with that deposited money for something (“gear”) ranging from $300-$1000. They then cancel the check, leaving you on the hook for the $300-$1000 you spent on “gear”, which I’m sure is wired into them somehow.

  18. Wish I could post screen grabs of the text message here…:-). I’m in Orlando. Just got a message from the scammer in the last 20 minutes. THANKS FOR POSTING THIS INFO ON HERE!!

    “Hi, I got your details from (productionhub.com) for the position of DoP / Cinematographers after some consideration, i will like you to work with me on a production. Kindly send your recent resume, availability and sample of your recent job(link) to my email (matthewaschwartzmediapro@gmail.com) and i will get back to you with the full job details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.”

    Another reason I constantly remind my nieces and nephews to use good grammar. People won’t take you seriously if you can’t capitalize i:-)

    What can we do to find the real people and bust them. I’d love to take part. We need some IT guru to help us find their location and if it’s in the U.S., I’m game to meet him! (Or her or them:-)

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  19. Just received a check for $3,250.18 with a genuine bank and sender’s name. Twenty minutes later, I received a phone text from so-called, “GRANT BELL” saying he was notified by Fed-X that my check had been delivered and “please deposit as soon as possible.” I hope he’s holding his breath… he needs to be arrested for fraud.

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  20. Here’s the text I received BEFORE 6am!! That gave it away for me. I’m adding this response because he gave a different email address than I have seen in the other comments.

    “Hi, I got your details of Mandy/filmandtvpro for the position of Composer after some consideration, i will like you to work with me on a production. Kindly send your recent resume, availability and sample of your recent job(link) to my email (gabrieltynermediapro1@gmail.com) and i will get back to you with the full job details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.”

    Time to end my Mandy subscription… that was something I signed up for almost 10 years ago.

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    • J. Sanford, I just got an identical text this morning from “gabrieltynermediapro1@gmail.com.” Thanks for posting!

  21. Got the same msg with using name Gabriel Tyner.

    “Hi, I got your details of Mandy/filmandtvpro for the position of Composer after some consideration, i will like you to work with me on a production. Kindly send your recent resume, availability and sample of your recent job(link) to my email (gabrieltynermediapro1@gmail.com) and i will get back to you with the full job details. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.”

    Jeez.

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    • Yep. EXACTLY what mine said. If anyone knows a useful way to report this number, let us know.

  22. Got the Matthew Schwartz / Mathew Schwartz scam text today from 614-922-8798:


    I’m Matthew i saw your profile as a ALLCAPSPOSITION on ALLCAPSWEBSITE,After reviewing your profile,i feel excited with your past experiences,Kindly confirm your availability and email me your resume to (mathewschwartzproductionreel@gmail.com) so i can go thru it, to send over the full job details to you thanks

    I replied: “Fuck you, sociopath.”

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  23. I just received this exact text message today, September 14, via my profile on Production Beast:

    “I’m Matthew i saw your profile as a DIRECTOR on PRODUCTION BEAST,After reviewing your profile,i feel excited with your past experiences,Kindly confirm your availability and email me your resume to (mathewschwartzproductionreel@gmail.com) so i can go thru it, to send over the full job details to you thanks”

    My Production Beast profile had a PDF resume attached, and that PDF did contain my cell phone number as a contact. I am assuming this is how my cell number fell into this scammers hands. I have since removed the number from the PDF.

    Just a heads up this is now affecting Production Beast and to be careful.

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  24. I’m Monty Miranda Director/ Producer

    Received txt from 424-286-3272 at 5am claiming to be “Clement Cheung” of Mei Ah Entertainment please forward your…it took me about two minutes to find you blog. Thank you.

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    • I see all of these fraud comments. Bottom line is, the Administrator of this site or somebody, needs to outright report this to law enforcement… this is ridiculous.

    • The scammers “spoof” their phone numbers — you can’t ID them that easily.

      The scammers are typically operating outside US borders — FBI and CIA can’t slice off people to investigate such “small potatoes”.

  25. I can conform they are hitting Production Beast as well. Got the same message from Matthew Schwartz everyone else got and they said they found me thru Production Beast.
    How can we scam the scammers?

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  26. E-mail from Production Beast regarding Matthew Schwartz scam:

    You may have been contacted recently by Mathew Schwartz through ProductionBeast. We believe this person to be a scam artist and have removed his access to the site. Just wanted to give you the heads up.

    These scams usually come in the way of a potential job offer and then the scammer asks you to send them money first. It’s quite ridiculous but they keep trying and are generally pretty easy to spot.

    We do our best to catch these people before they can message anyone, and usually on the same day. In this case, he was able to fire off a couple of messages before we caught him.

    Feel free to reach out with any questions and please do not communicate with this this person.

    Apologize for the inconvenience.

    Thanks,

    ProductionBeast

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    • Thanks for sharing! I’m glad they’re savvy to this, but they need to elaborate… Matthew Schwartz is a legit professional, and it isn’t actually Matthew Schwartz doing this, it’s somebody impersonating him. (Also, the scammer doesn’t directly ask for money, they send money first in the form of a bad check and ask you to make a purchase with the bad funds.)

  27. Thank you for this post which came up at the very top of my Google search so this knucklehead must be going deep and wide.

    OK. How do we get this troll – shit – head off the web? Who do I/we call, what do we do?

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  28. I was contacted by text by someone claiming to be Boris Cifuentes using the (510) 313-5909 number. When I emailed the email address provided, I got a similarly-worded email, except it the bio part was changed to that of Boris Cifuentes, and it listed $750 for a three-day week, nine hours per day, for a boom operator position.

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    • I got this scam. I gave my name, address and phone but never any other info. I cancelled my appt. with this person Gabriel Tyner who is legit in Florida but his crew wanted to meet with me in my home town 1500 miles away. I hope I didn’t give out too much info.

  29. NEW NAME: I was contacted by a Chris Galipo media production via text with the same info scam above. Scammers phone number 5103135905

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  30. I too was contacted by a person impersonating Gabriel Tyner via phone text message. It was regarding a film composer position in Kentucky. Sounded too good to be true and luckily I found this article in time. The email he used was gabrieltynermediapro1@gmail.com and the phone number was 510-313-5909. It hit all the points in the above post down to hours worked ect. They offered $1,100 a week for an 8 week shoot which would honestly would have been amazing if it were real. The biggest red flag was that they were going to mail me a check with an amount but I was to pay a merchant for a services out of the money I was getting which is text book check fraud dressed up in a fancy production scam. Not letting this destroy my film composing dreams just need to be more wary of those that would prey on them.

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  31. I got a text today from Chris Galipo from chrisgalipomediaproduction.com and his text is exactly what you described.
    He said he fond my info on Mandy/ filmandtvpro which I never signed up.

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  32. I had a rather lengthy correspondence with a Matthew Bates who stated he worked for Emblem Images. It was very similar to to the emails that have been listed for Production Assistants offer to pay me $1050 for 3 days of work in San Francisco and of course sending me $350 ahead of time in good faith, while paying for travel expenses. The next email stated he was sending an additional $1500 to put in my bank and then transfer via direct deposit to somebody else because they only dealt with cash.

    I then stated in the email that I was confused and would love to talk with him on the phone and I ACTUALLY got him on the phone. After asking him several different questions trying to verify inconsistencies he finally got flustered and said if I wasn’t comfortable with it he would find someone else. The website he has is semi-professional and could fool the average joe.

    Here is the information provided below.

    404-666-4975
    emblemimages.com
    instagram.com/mthwbates/
    linkedin.com/in/mathew-bates-101384147/

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  33. My name is Brandon Taylor. Someone is pretending to be me using this EXACT scam! I’ve had a dozen people contact me and one poor guy was on his way to the bank to cash a check “I” had sent.

    So I suppose add my name to that list too. :/

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    • Ah man, that sucks, Brandon. Will add your name to the list. 🙁

  34. Man, I’m glad I found this post. I’ve been emailing with someone posing to be Graham Rich of Rich/Tint Productions–they used nearly the exact same email body as posted a few times above. Watch out!

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  35. I’ve got same emails, now named JOHN MOORE for JOHN MOORE DIRECTOR FILMS.
    this happened in NYC through indeed. I’ll update if he contacts me further.

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  36. Yikes! “Chris Galipo” texted me yesterday from a (563-Iowa) area code regarding a Producer gig. After a little due diligence, I found your post. Thanks so much for posting this. You saved us all a lot of time and anguish. Best of luck with all your hopes and dreams!

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  37. Just got a text from Robert Chan of Mei Ah Entertainment. Glad I found this blog, feel bad for the real Robert Chan if he does really exist and works for this company. They’ll never find workers…

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  38. Got a text this morning from the great Alan Parker, followed by that email. Was really impressed for a bit at how far he’s come in life with such a poor grasp of English grammar. Thought about the Nigerian prince scam, but no money was asked for and I really need a job. Still, googled “job offer with bad grammar from Alan Parker”, and this page came right up.
    Thanks for posting!

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  39. I am writing a lengthy and detailed message to help future victims google this notice:

    I received a text on October 5th 2017 from someone impersonating famous film director/producer Sir Alan Parker CBE (Director of Evita/Mississippi Burning/Angel Heart/Fame) from phone number 831-612-2986. He said he found my Director of Photography profile on Mandy.com (an employment website for entertainment professionals in the Film, TV, and Video industry). When I googled the 831 phone number, it came up clean … at first. When I googled Sir Alan Parker scam, I still came up with nothing … at first.

    The imposter said in the text that he was hiring for what sounded like a low budget independent project and wanted to see my resume and references for a Director of Photography position. After I emailed my information, he replied that he was impressed. He also mentioned he was looking for proficiency in photo-chemical photography, landscape shots, night vision, etc. He continued to mention that my responsibilities would include managing the wardrobe department, hair/makeup department, and set design department. The email included an attachment of a 9 page screenplay written by Brandon Woods called “Darkness” (probably a fake or stolen script). The email address that was used was alanparker01filmsproduction@gmail.com. In his signature of all of his emails and texts, he included Sir Alan Parker’s full name, his imdb.com page link and personal webpage link with real demo reel and interviews. The email also included an incorrect linkedin.com page link and incorrect behance.net page link. All of the texts, emails and script were full of typos and poor grammar.

    The imposter said he will work with me on this small project on a trial basis to prove myself. The shoot was expected to last about a week or so with future projects in the pipeline. I will be compensated at a weekly rate of $1855. I was suspicious when he said he will mail me a check upfront to include my services and the purchase of outdated HD Panasonic and Canon camera equipment (Panasonic AG-HPX2509 P2Camcorder 22x lens, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i) before our first meeting. Most film festival don’t accept any footage shot under 4K anyways. So, I emailed the imposter asking him for a call back for verbal confirmation so I can hear Alan’s British accent. The imposter said he was too busy and would have a personal assistant call me back. I heard from no one. He suspiciously had plenty of time to text and email me but no time for a quick hello for voice verification.

    So when I thought about his 831 California phone number, I asked if he was shooting in London or California. He said he would fly in and shoot the production close to where I live in New York. On October 11th, he emailed and texted me that a $4,978 check was sent in the mail via USPS with a tracking number and that I had to deposit it as soon as possible which sounded very fishy. This text came from a different California number 805-994-0859. When I looked up and googled the new 805 phone number, scam guard’s website came up with similar employment scams involving mandy.com websites. When I googled Mandy.com check scams, even more scams came up particularly involving entertainment film professionals such as production assistants on youtube and this webpage. Thanks so much for the post. I told the imposter that I am aware of the scam, will not deposit the check, and have moved on to other legitimate work. If or when I get my fake check, I plan to put it in a plaque and hang it on my wall as a souvenir. Everyone beware.

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  40. They are still at it! I’m a makeup artist from Pittsburgh and just received a text from Boris Cifuentes. It seemed immediately fishy to me, but I emailed them back and continued to get red flags after the lengthy description about himself like it was cut and paste from a bio. The list of “duties” was almost insulting, like I didn’t know how to do my job and it also stated “trial period” which sounded like BS to me!!! Lol
    I’m so glad I googled his name and scam and this website popped up! Thank you for posting! I reposted it to my Facebook to try and spread the word to other film industry professionals.

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  41. New name alert! I just got a similar text last night, only it was from someone calling himself “Louis Rogers” saying he was from an actual company called Visuals by Clever Chimp, and that he found me on Mandy.com. The email that came today had a lot of the same text cited above. Unfortunately I emailed him my resume and pointed him to my website before I looked into whether this could be a scam. Now I’m worried he’s going to use my website to scam others, the same way he used Alan Parker and other legit people’s names.

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  42. I received a text from “Alan Parker” a couple of days ago saying that he got m information from Mandy and asking to email him at a gmail address. I did so, and received a response that is almost verbatim what is described here. It seemed very fishy to me, I ran it by a friend who said it seemed weird to him as well, but to follow up and see what happens. I figured I’d do so until they asked for any truly damaging info, like a bank account # or social security #. Before responding to the email, though, I thought I’d do a little googling and I came upon this page. Thank you for posting this!

    “Alan Parker” texted me from 1-747-444-3654.
    The gmail address is alanparkerfilm@gmail.com

    I’m trying to think if there is some way to throw the scam back at them… maybe if I tell them I’m a Nigerian prince they’ll front me some cash?
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    • Glad I found this page!

      I’m a Casting Director in Los Angeles. I was texted (via 432-614-3951) on Monday by “Alan Parker” claiming he got my info from Mandy.com. My first thought was “Alan Parker? The director of Evita, The Commitments, Midnight Express, and Fame? WTF is he doing on Mandy.com?” Then I figured it had to be another guy. There wasn’t any other one listed on imdb. But, like all of us in Hollywood, I at least responded to the email address he gave in the text (alanparkerproductioninc@gmail.com).

      I kinda had a feeling it was a scam.

      Today, I got a text from 832-529-4715 saying it was Alan Parker and that he had gotten my email and had emailed me back an offer. He requested that I check my email and respond ASAP.

      As you can imagine, it was pretty much the same as everyone else had described. The money offer was not only odd, but pretty low. LOL.

      I was going to reply that the offer was too low and then ask for 5x what I would normally charge to cast a film, just to see what happened. But then I realize that interacting with this guy on any level will probably open my up to email vulnerabilities I can’t even fathom.

      What’s the point? Again, glad for this page, but I also wish there was a way to reverse this scam and nail the guy.

      Don’t you just love this biz?

      Be careful out there, people!

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