Montana Film Office

Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • montanafilm@mt.gov AFCI Member

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Dec
13
2018
Scam Notice

Film Friends,

It’s the time of year when scammers come out of the woodwork, and we’ve received quite a few calls about scams targeted at crews and suppliers here in Montana.

These consist mostly of the fake cashier’s check scam, where they want to send you a check in pre-payment, and you send them the difference back, buy something for them, turn their check into i-tunes cards, buy bitcoin, etc.

Real companies have references we can track, banks with phone numbers, and with very few exceptions, don’t send out stilted and formally worded e-mails trying to hire you.

If you think you are a target of a scam, please let us know.  You can take any check you receive to a bank to have it verified for the magnetic microprinting, routing numbers and bank information through their fraud network.

https://www.fraud.org/fake_check_scams

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/03/dont-bank-check

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/03/beware-of-check-fraud/index.htm

https://www.aba.com/Consumers/Pages/FakeCheckScams.aspx

https://www.thebalance.com/cashier-s-check-fraud-315795

https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/consumer-advisories/2007/consumer-advisory-2007-1.html

Here is a link to scams and their descriptions on a film friendly website that talks about various scams and how to avoid them in the creative world:

https://www.friendsinfilm.com/scams-and-how-to-avoid-them/

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Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • montanafilm@mt.gov