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Scammers - Avoiding Fraudulent Schemes

Arm yourself against voiceover scams with insights from Anne Ganguzza and Lau Lapides. The BOSSES shine a light on the potential dangers of casting scams, providing you with the necessary tools and instincts to recognize when something simply doesn't look right. From notorious overpayment traps to false urgency ploys, we dissect the mechanics of these schemes, emphasizing the importance of due diligence and healthy skepticism. Navigating potential job offers can be intimidating, but this episode will help you confidently sidestep the dangers. The BOSSES unpack the nuances of vetting opportunities, the significance of physical company locations, and the red flags that warrant a second look.

In this episode, we explore the importance of being vigilant when contacted for job opportunities

Chapter Summaries

(00:01) Avoiding Voiceover Scams and Red Flags

Scams in the voiceover industry, recognizing and protecting oneself, avoiding overpayment and urgency schemes, trusting instincts, and verifying requests.

(12:56) Tips for Vetting Potential Job Offers

The importance of being vigilant when contacted for job opportunities, red flags to watch out for, and safe payment methods.

(21:26) Avoid Being Scammed in Voiceover

Coaches and mentors should be informed and proactive, knowledgeable about industry trends and issues, and business-savvy.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

1. Recognize Scams: Voiceover artists need to stay vigilant to recognize and avoid scams, such as overpayment schemes and urgency ploys, which can jeopardize their careers. 2. Due Diligence: It’s crucial to conduct due diligence when approached with voiceover opportunities. This includes researching the company, verifying the legitimacy of offers, and using tools like Google to investigate potential scams. 3. Trust Instincts: Always trust your gut feeling. If something seems off or too good to be true, it probably is. This instinct can save you from falling victim to fraudulent schemes. 4. Physical Company Locations: Whenever possible, verify the physical presence of a company to ensure its legitimacy. Be wary of companies that only operate online with no verifiable location. 5. Payment Practices: Adopt secure payment practices like using PayPal or Venmo. Request payment upfront, especially from new clients, to avoid being scammed. 6. Use of Agents: Agents play a critical role in the vetting process for voiceover jobs. They can help verify the legitimacy of job offers and negotiate on your behalf. 7. Client Vetting: Cultivate trustworthy relationships by vetting clients thoroughly. This can involve direct client interactions, checking for a company's online presence, and confirming contact details. 8. Avoid Suspicious Interviews: Be cautious about interviews conducted on platforms like WhatsApp or Telegram. These may be setups for scams. 9. Industry Contacts and Coaching: Lean on industry contacts, coaches, and mentors for advice and guidance. They can help you navigate industry pitfalls and scams. 10. Continuous Education: Voiceover is a business, and artists must continuously educate themselves on industry trends, scams, and best practices to protect their interests and careers.

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