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Topic: Gig sounds fishy
Message: Posted by: jiayi (Nov 6, 2013 03:27PM)
Got a call from a company about doing some Christmas shows, the person asked me for 2 separate dates and want me to do about 5 shows each date, from noon to midnight, I was only available for the first date, not the second. So 30 minutes later, he called me back and asked me if I was available for another date, which I was. Then he asked me if I take credit card, I said I only take cheque (I generally do shows for around $1000 or under). Then he told me that the company is only able to pay by credit card and in US funds (I live in Canada).

I tried to call back the company's number on my caller ID, but couldn't get through the line. We haven't discussed anything in detail yet, but the person wants me to meet him in person to discuss. I think I will do that and see what happens.

The whole thing sounds fishy to me, has something like this happened to you?
Message: Posted by: Scott Burton (Nov 6, 2013 05:25PM)
Certainly a reason to ask more questions. Ask for your fee in advance perhaps.
Message: Posted by: Eldon (Nov 6, 2013 11:23PM)
Quite a few years ago I did a trade show for IBM. They wanted to pay with a CC. It turned out that if we went through normal channels it would take quite a while to receive payment. So I started taking CC's.
Since then I have had quite a few company's use CC for payment. It's not that unusual.
Message: Posted by: misterillusion (Nov 7, 2013 08:03AM)
If I did not take credit cards I would have about 5 per cent fewer bookings.
Message: Posted by: Vick (Nov 7, 2013 08:55AM)
Actually that doesn't sound too fishy
For some corporations it's much easier for them to pay with a credit card than with a check Due to the way they're structured
Of course do your due diligence you know the name of the corporation will come up on Google find out about them. Most corporations website lists the company officers
I'm surprised you don't take credit cards you could be leaving business on the table
Message: Posted by: Rimbaud (Nov 7, 2013 11:03AM)
If you have a smart phone, (or an ipad) you can be taking credit cards within a few minutes. (I use Square, myself, and love it.)
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Nov 9, 2013 03:24AM)
I had a Contract w/Verizon Wireless doing 10 Shows per year. They always paid by Credit Card. If I wanted to wait for a Check it would take up to 90 days per show for each check and that is why they prefer to just use a Credit Card. Does not sound fishy to me yet. Meet with them. Also if you have a PayPal Account you can send them an Invoice and they can pay by Credit Card as the company does not need a PayPal Account. If you do not have a PayPal Account just set one up and if you need help sending the company an Invoice I would be more than happy to help you out.

Message: Posted by: jiayi (Nov 13, 2013 11:25AM)
Thanks for the advice guys.

Here is the update. I am meeting up with the person tomorrow, I told him that I could accept credit payment by paypal, he never used it. but today he called me and asked me to bring my bank info so he could set up the account for me. Sounds strange, I never had anybody asked for my bank info.

by the way, he claimed to be from eBay enterprise.
Message: Posted by: Magician Shaun (Nov 13, 2013 01:44PM)
Why would you need to give someone your bank information for them to pay you with PayPal? That doesn't sound right at all.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 13, 2013 01:54PM)
When they ask for your bank info, on top of everything else, it does sound pretty fishy.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Magician Shaun (Nov 13, 2013 01:57PM)
If someone wanted to pay you with a wire transfer, for god knows what reason, that would make sense. If someone says they are going to pay you with PayPal all they need is an email address, not your bank info.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 13, 2013 02:00PM)
In addition to Paypal or Square, another option might be INTERAC e-transfer.

Someone sent me some money once using that method, and I'd never heard of it before.

Like paypal, all they needed was my email, and not my bank info.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Nov 14, 2013 09:20PM)

Run, and run fast.
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Nov 16, 2013 10:42AM)
I have been waiting to hear how this turned out. What happened when you met?
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Nov 19, 2013 01:05PM)
Maybe he met with the guy and something REALLY bad happened. So bad he could not return to this thread!
Message: Posted by: jiayi (Dec 3, 2013 04:38PM)
Sorry for the delay, I wanted to wait until I got the funds in the bank before I confirmed the legitimacy of the gig. And I got it today! I was booked for 2 days for 10 shows for the company, it is a big warehouse where the managers want some entertainment for the shift people during breaks, so 2 of my shows are at 2am! I used the Square to take the credit card payment, it was really easy to use, highly recommended! Thank you guys for the all of the advices, you guys are awesome! Lesson learned, stay alert but keep an open mind, you never know!
Message: Posted by: MickNZ (Dec 16, 2013 04:33AM)
Did they ask you if you're prepared to wear a pair of cement shoes?
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Dec 19, 2013 03:35PM)
Great job and get SQUARE. Accepting credit cards is the norm now. If you're not doing it, you're living in the past! It's very easy, especially for full-time pros who make a living performing.

- Kevin