It has come to our attention that there is a identity phishing scam going around targeting Philadelphia area film crew and film crew of other states and regions, as well. A few of our local crew members was contacted by an “Attic Films”, or “Attic Films Productions”, saying they are putting together a crew for a short-film project in April (in some other emails they said they were doing a series). DO NOT REPLY TO THE EMAIL(S).
The contact names vary on the emails from Carlos Mendoza to Donald Chan, but the email address this scam is coming from is firstname.lastname@example.org. Once contacted they are claiming to be coming to the Philadelphia area from a foreign country and offering to send checks (which prove to be fraudulent) to phish and scam your information.
Any email from a supposed production company or filmmaker where the person says:
- they will send you a check or deposit
- they are offering abnormally high rates
- the email is written with poor grammar/spelling mistakes
are most likely scams, and should be ignored.