I received this from voice talent Lance DeBock on Linkedin.com and thought I'd pass it along.

Money Scam Now Targeting Voice Talent
This scam has been around for awhile now, but has just recently been applied to voice talent and the talent sites they are listed on.

Here’s the scam. The voiceover talent is contacted via email for a project (scammer claims to have found you thru an online voiceover talent service). Script is sent to you for a price quote. Once quote is given, scammer wants to pay with ‘cashiers check’ or Western Union and asks for more detailed mailing information about you.

You then receive what looks like a legitimate check for a $1,000.00 or more than your quote. Scammer then claims that his client made an overpayment to you and asks you to cash the check and send him or her, the balance due via Western Union.

If the bank cashes the check and later discovers that it is counterfeit, they will hold you responsible! So the scammer gets paid and you get caught ‘holding the bag’.

Here are some of the ‘Red Flags’ to look out for.

Scammer is from United Kingdom or somewhere out of the United States.

Scammer doesn’t seem to have a grasp of voiceover terminology, but they do have enough terminology to make you believe there might be a language or translation problem.

Counterfeit check is from a ‘legitimate looking’ company here in the United States.

Western Union and/or Cashiers check should always be a warning.

I’m attaching a link to this email which will give you more information about what to look out for. This scam has been around for awhile now but has just recently been applied to voice talent and the talent sites they are listed on.

http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

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Comment by Barry Trussell on September 10, 2009 at 12:41am
It's too bad there are people who put us through the school of hard knocks, but thanks for making this known to more people- it's helps us all to beware.
-Barry
Comment by Erica Stapleton on September 9, 2009 at 12:46pm
Yes, unfortunately there was a scammer who contacted a few talent through our email system several months ago in regards to this type of transaction. We banned this person from Voices.com as soon as we were made aware and thank those who contacted us about it.
Comment by Bettye Zoller on September 9, 2009 at 12:34am
PS Mine was not off Craig's list. Mine was off VOICES.COM
Comment by Bettye Zoller on September 9, 2009 at 12:33am
I got one of these about four months ago and immediately turned the crook over to one of my agents. She contacted him to find out more. She soon reported to me it was a scam and he only wanted bank info. BE CAREFUL.Never permit anyone to make a bank transfer to you.
Comment by Dave Steele on September 8, 2009 at 1:26pm
I was hit as well. I explained that they could deposit directly into a paypal account with cash funds... oddly, they opted not to do that. Hmm. :)
Comment by Michael Schoen on September 8, 2009 at 12:45am
yep -- got one of those this past week. Too wierd from the get go for me to get sucked it.

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