Ugh. Some people are just assholes.
A few weeks ago, I answered a question from reader Brian about per diem. Something that stood out to several readers was the phrase “$500 per diem.” That’s a ridiculously high per diem, so I assumed either the job posting in question was ambiguously worded, or the PA misunderstood (they were, after all, writing in because they didn’t know about per diems).
After a follow-up email, turns out, nope, the job post in question was a scam.
They actually were claiming to offer a PA $500 per day, which shoots past too-good-to-be-true territory and straight into this-can’t-be-serious.
Still, there’s every chance in the world that the person who wrote the job posting misunderstood the terms that the producer was offering, or perhaps the producer is just new and didn’t know what they were getting into.
But benefit of the doubt can only get you so far.
They wanted me to deposit a check they were sending me for travel expenses, then withdraw the money and send it as a money order to a certain account.Luckily my bank marked the check as fraudulent.
Guys, no. Brian is very, very lucky his bank stepped in.
Here’s how jobs work– they give you money, you do the job, you spend the money as you see fit. That’s it, that’s the end.
If anyone ever asks you to deposit a check and then withdrawal some portion of the money, just walk away. At best, they’re sending you a bad check. Worse, you might get caught up in some sort of money laundering scheme. It wouldn’t be the first time a film has been used as some sort of criminal front.
Whatever the case, you don’t want to have anything to do with whatever is going on.