True story. Everyday I'm sent a message about my photography or Photo Booth. Out of those messages, some consist of people who want to overpay me via credit card, so I can then forward this payment to another vendor for the event. In turn, the money that is deposited to you, you take your amount that you quoted, and then forward the "overpayment" to another vendor, (the initial scam artist) and then they walk away with the money, and then the bank sees that it was a stolen credit card, removes the money from your account, so you're out a lot of money. And, on top of that, the event never existed. Here's an email I had with a scam artist. I did this just for fun to see how far I can string him along to see what lengths he would go to.
Moral of the story kids for all of those in business. We see this scam everyday. And the worst part is that there are people EVERYDAY who fall for this. Make sure you know who you are doing business with. Not only are they emailing us with this bullshit, but they are also texting our phones as well and using numbers that cannot be tied back to an owner as well.