Nigerian Money Scam...for Wedding Photographers?

  I receive several emails from brides a year asking about wedding photography.  I like to think I've become pretty good about spotting the kind of couples I enjoy working with through the tone of their email.  I love working with couples that are totally in love, love photography, and appreciate the art of wedding photography.  I received an email yesterday that immediately stood out from everything else.

I would usually never show an email from a client, but I wanted to put this out there in case other photographers are receiving similar emails.  I haven't followed through with "the bride" so I cannot validate that this is a scam...but it has Nigerian Money Scam written all over it.  Just wanted to see if anyone else has been receiving emails like this and knows how they would even get money from wedding photographers.

Here is the first email I recieved:

Hi! I'm Kelly Brown. Mike and I will be getting married soon. We will be needing some one ASAP to photograph our wedding occasion scheduled for , 05.12.2012 starting from 10;00 AM - 04;00 PM . So what I am asking is -;

A package which includes six hours of shooting time plus a 20 page custom designed album .


* 6 hours of photography; Mix of color and black and white, creative effects.

* 350+ professionally processed wedding photos, some in print and on CD or USB)

* 20 page custom wedding album - all prints on archival quality .

Album in top quality, elegant and built to last a lifetime for the memory of our kids and families.

* 11x14 Portrait Print - We'll choose any image from the wedding photos .

So some questions I have are ;-

- What is your base price fee for what I am asking? Is that negotiable?

- Your availability/ schedule for the 12th of MAY? You available?

- willing to travel ? considering both the lodging and the travels will be taken care of.

Please email back confirming your availability. Thank you


Here is the second email I received after not responding to the first:


Hi, Good morning . This is Kelly . Still havent heard back from you ... Just checking in to see if you got my previous email . PLEASE READ BELOW... I will want you to get back to me with your package price list . Thank you . I was just going to be sure you got this right.  Ps: Wedding is May 12th,2012 . And in Gainesville, Fl. Like I said, Full travel (airfare, ground transportation and hotel) will be taken care of . We already have a booking agent set aside to handle that . You see, you probably wont understand how hard it is finding some one locally for the shooting of our wedding . They are either booked up or not good enough so we decided to check online a few websites including pdnonline, ppa, etc. So we'd definitely hate for this to be a waste of time. I will let you know an exact address in the coming week(s)  . I have a friend working on that right now. I will let you know asap when something has been booked. So the address will virtually be The Paramount Plaza. 2900 Sw 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608. Nothing on file yet . We are expecting about 100-150 guests over . Both indoor and outdoor shooting right from the wedding ceremony,reception etc...

It has been hard finding the perfect photographer for the shooting. But following your response to my introductory email . I'm optimistic about this arrangement working . So I put it you're willing to travel . We are currently in Manchester, UK for an important visit ahead of my seminar. So I hope to work out an arrangement ahead of my arrival back to the states. You see, I am physically impaired (Hearing). So e-mail works fine for now . We can work out all of the details ( via email) .A quick question though, Will you be emailing us something like a standard contract agreement knowing for sure you will be available for the 12th?

E-mail your package price list and let us know if you will be available for the 12th.

Thank you .


And here is an email I received several months ago...

(also hearing impaired and from Gainesville, just worst english)


Hello, Thanks for the mail,we hear about you via Google search ,Here is a little about the

wedding.The wedding is taking place in

Gaines Ville, Florida.(10th of March,2012) It is an 6 hours event starting from 10am till 4pm. It is

an indoor event which consist of100 guest at most, I will like you to cover the reception as well

which will start from 2 Pm till 4 pm on that day. I will like the picture to be on a CD,and I don't

have a wedding planner, I plan it by myself.So the Venue will virtually be in paramount Plaza,  2900

sw 13th st, Gaines Ville FL 32608. Please reply me by e-mail cos I am physically impaired

(Hearing).You may think about the flight  and hotel accommodation,there is provision for that , my

flight agent will make arrangement for that. I think with all the details have given to you

now,Calculate your fee alone, you should be able to calculate and let me know how much it will cost. Please get back

to me as soon as possible.

thanks. Robert