Voice over scam?
mass transit voice scam
I live in San Antonio and have done a few voice his in San Antonio and Austin. Mainly for low end projects I do of myself/produce myself.
But I do peruse the Los Angeles craigslist looking for work. To maybe telecommute.
I saw an ad looking for a voice over artist.
So I emailed them with:
I would like to voice over work. You can hear samples of my voice over work at:
Let me know if you think I would be a good fit.
They wrote back the next day with:
Sean Adamson <email@example.com>
To: Apr 6 at 4:06 PM
A new corporate client of mine wants to create their online Transport website.This assignment is a copyrighted script that will be provided.We have specialists,and Contract Studio Engineer who will bring the real perfection to the job.It’s a two days project and wouldn’t take more than 45 minutes to record for each of days.It’s a $1100 voice over (Assignment) for you,
The job and the recording will be held at a rented studio close to your location, so you don’t have to worry about traveling, the name and address of the studio will be forwarded to you before the date of the recording.
We are creating a marketing video to be distributed through web and social media. The overall video is approximately 20 minutes in length with the game show host part being about 8 Mins also. The voice must be Smooth, Friendly fun and entertaining.
Sample Script:(This is an idea of what to be expected)
(VO) Uh, I’m no rocket scientist but I’d say…traffic congestion.
(VO) Well, I’m no rocket scientist but that’s a no-brainer. Mass Transit is the better option.
Expectations: You need to be in a good mental and emotional state of mind. Basically this is all that is required of you, Kindly, get in touch with me as soon as possible if you will take the job. More details will be provided to you and we can continue from there. Please, no time wasting.
Let me know if you will take the job to commence with next arrangement. Please I’d like you to check your email on a regular basis, I might have updates for you.
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After reading this I was SO excited. They must have listened to my voice demo and wanted to hire me.
I put a microphone into my iPhone and recorded their lines and attached it into an email back to them.
They IMMEDIATELY emailed me back with:
I received your email indicating your interest.I am an independent consultant. I would not be able to send you the script because my client has copyrighted it and confidential is of utmost importance.Therefore the script shall be released a day before the project. I hope you understand?
As part of my working policy and ethics, I receive part payment from any client before I proceed with any job and balance you immediately after the job, this is to identify a serious client and ascertain the job. So I will get in touch with our client and part payment will be mailed to you, until you receive and confirm payment before the recording will hold. Your total pay for the job is going to be $1100 as discussed. Part payment of $400 will be mailed to you first and you get the balance on the final day of the recording.No contract will be signed for the job.
Do Send me your payment details for issuing a check as to which our client is to mail out your part payment to you in the details below:
Full Legal name for payment on the Check:
Complete Mailing address:
Phone numbers (Cell and Home):
After you confirm the part payment which should serve as transportation and mobilization.
Get in touch with your required details as soon as you can. The date of the Recording shall be communicated to you once I get all the details. Concerning the date of the recording, you have the opportunity to choose the two most convenient days for the recording between 25th-30th April and do indicate it in your next reply.
My suspicions were raised. Were they hiring me?
And I will be the first to admit that I am an “okay” voice over actor, but doesn’t Los Angeles have the best, most experienced actors in the world? Why were they picking me????
Wouldn’t all those struggling actors in Hollywood KILL for a $1,100 gig???
Then I re read the emails “Sean Adamson.” sent me:
“The job and the recording will be held at a rented studio close to your location, so you don’t have to worry about traveling, the name and address of the studio will be forwarded to you before the date of the recording.”
Lets break this down…..
“the job and the recording will be held at a rented studio close to your location”
How does “Sean Adamson” know my location?????
“the name and address of the studio will be forwarded to you before the date of the recording.”
I have run into this before. Wedding video clients that will mail me a check because they are “out of the country until just before ‘the event’ “
“Your total pay for the job is going to be $1100 as discussed. Part payment of $400 will be mailed to you first “
WOW!!!! $1100 dollars! And a $400 deposit!!!!! Thats a LOT of money for my first gig!!!
Its almost too good to be true!!!
“ If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…”
So whats the scam? They’re mailing me a check right???
I think the scam is…..
To break into my bank account a potential thief would need:
- My Full Legal Name thats used on my bank account.
- My mailing address
- The name of my bank
- My bank account number
- My password.
If I processed their check into my account they would have 1, 2, 3, and maybe 4…
4 of the 5 things they need to rip me off.
Is that the scam “Sean Adamson” ???
I googled ” mass transit voice over scam” and found:
SCAMS & CREEPS
June 20, 2017. This Fishy Old Scam Lures You To A Voice Over Job – Don’t Bite!
By John Wray Voice Actor
Matthew Kordelski, Voice Over Actor Demo, April 9, 2019
Part of my application for a voice over acting part for a Los Angeles Production company. For some kind of “mass transit” promotion.
Me doing stand up comedy:
Voice Over Demo April 9, 2019
This is an alternate version of a commercial animation I created.
The client wanted my “serious” voice, not my cartoon voice. I uploaded this version to get cartoon voice over work.