I was just offered a job as a Photographer with Atlantic Magazine!! NOT!!

SCAM Alert!!

(Be sure to read my update here – CLICK HERE TO READ UPDATE)

 

Wow!! My mind is just BLOWN! I feel stupid!! I’m usually pretty smart when it comes to “spam” and “scams”!  This dude almost pulled one over on me though!!  I’m so frustrated that I wanted to get the word out and share this scam. It’s a new one for me. I had never heard of these idiots doing it this way.  So please share with your photographer friends so they are aware that a job offer as a photographer with the  Atlantic Magazine is a scam!!  (FYI: If you want to see a few of the text he sent, click here:  https://goo.gl/sPk1sp  )

Here’s what happened to me!  A few months ago, I got an email message that said:

 

I’m Scott , we are hiring photographer for the August edition of Atlantic Magazine. I saw your profile on Linkedin, After reviewing your profile, I feel excited with your work, kindly email your recent resume to (ss.atlanticmagazines@gmail.com ) so that I can send over the full shooting descriptions. Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

WELL, heck!!  It sounded so legit!  So I did!!  Immediately, I got this email..

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Scott Stossel<ss.atlanticmagazines@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: received your message and would like more information
To: Tracie Carrigan <tc@traciecarriganwebdesign.com>

Hello,

I would be glad working with you if you’re looking to expand your portfolio, working with THE ATLANTIC is just right. You’ll be meeting new photographers, directors, studio manager and producers from California and New York. You’ll also be working with models from Louisiana.

Company Profile:
The Atlantic is an American magazine and multi-platform publisher, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2006, The Atlantic has been based in Washington, D.C. Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a reputation for having a moderate mindset in its reporting.The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and poets, as well as encouraged major careers. It has published leading writers’ commentary on abolition, education, and other major issues in contemporary political affairs. The periodical was named Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 2016.
Photographer Responsibilities:
Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors
Have good communication and diplomacy skills
Determine desired images and picture composition; and select and adjust subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
Be able to cope with stress, keeping a positive attitude
Be physically fit to cope with many hours of standing or bending over Actors.
Be tactful, sensitive, patient, and able to put people at their ease.
Be flexible and good at creative problem solving
Have a keen eye for detail to oversee continuity.
Enhance, retouch, and resize photographs and negatives, using airbrushing and other techniques.
Be able understand the overall look of the production and re-create it
Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touchup tools, and developing and printing equipment, or send film to photofinishing laboratories for processing.
Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
Have good special photographer skills
Have excellent organizational skills
Have good presentation skills
Be able to work effectively as part of a team
Be able to work under pressure to external and departmental deadlines
Understand relevant Health and Safety laws and procedures
Pay:

You will be paid $350/day which will amount to $1050 for the 3 days.
Note: The production will be done in New Orleans, LA during the weekend of 08-11-2017 to 08-13-2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel: 921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112. Both travel/hotel expenses will be covered by the company.
Instruction: If you are available and interested in accepting this position then respond with your recent contact information such as your full name, address (to include city, state and zip code) and cell number.

Scott Stossel
Job Details
theatlantic.com

SCAM text from Job opening with Atlantic magazineYep, After reading the 1st sentence, we knew it was a scam.  So I didn’t respond.  The next day, I received a text saying he sent a check to me priority mail and to let him know I received it.  I texted back “why?”.     He said it was for traveling expenses and once the check arrived, he’d give me details on how to proceed.  The check arrived and I decided to play along for a bit.  So I sent him a text to let him know that I got the check.  He responds that I am to take the check to an ATM and deposit it (not a bank), and once the funds clear, I am to keep $400.00 and send the rest to a guy in Texas that is is “travel agent”. He even gave me the details that I would need to send the funds via Walmart.   (NO, Of course I didn’t do it!).   I did play for awhile just to get a buzz out of the guy.   You can read a few of the other text here. http://traciecarriganwebdesign.com/photographer-job-was-a-scam-dont-fall-for-it/
I called up the Atlantic magazine, and started to let the receptionist know what was going on. Talk about getting the brush off!!  She simply told me that they have already been notified by several other people and it is a scam.  I asked if she’d like the guy’s number, copy of the check or where I was to send the money.  She tells me “No, we don’t want anything. It’s under investigation”.   She even told me no when I asked if they wanted my information so they could let me know what was going on.  Frustrating!!  It was as if they didn’t even care!!   Hubby told me to report it to the USPS, so I did.  Haven’t heard anything from them, but I am keeping the check in a file, in case someone ever wants to investigate!
Meanwhile, this “Scott” guy was sending me dozens of text a day asking why I was not responding.   His text later turned into nasty threats demanding his money back or he was going to the police.  I just ignored him, and after about a week, he finally stopped texting.
Luckily, We were smart enough to know it was a scam before depositing the check and giving them cash. Please share with your friends who are photographers so this doesn’t happen to them.
 (FYI: If you want to see a few of the text he sent, click here:  https://goo.gl/sPk1sp  )
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12 Comments

  1. My dad was scammed by a person like this through a CraigsList ad. He actually deposited the check before he realized it was a scam. Please go to the police so they at least have a report and can hopefully reduce the number of people who are taken by these scumbags.

    • Hi Kayla,
      I hope by coming forward, my post will at least warn others before it even starts. I”m sorry about your Dad. I hope it was resolved.

      T

  2. OMG! me too! I received the exact same message / emails – etc. I have not received a check because I didn’t respond to the last email.
    Thank you for posting this – I found you as I was searching for a scam with the atlantic and scott stossel.
    I am so irritated that I even paid any attention or put thought towards this – as if I’m not busy enough already!
    Ugh…. did you notify the magazine of this?
    Anna

    • I know~! Our time is our time!! Crazy!! I”m glad you found me. Yes, I told the magazine, but the receptionist told me they were “aware” of the scam. They didn’t want any information at all from me. ;(

  3. Just received a text from “Scott”. Thank you so much for sharing this so I could verify my suspicions! Hope there won’t be photographers scammed by this.

  4. Thank you for posting this! The scam is still around. I received it from Matt Thompson

    Here is the short version of the message:

    Hello,
    I would be glad working with you if you’re looking to expand your portfolio, working with THE ATLANTIC is just right. You’ll be meeting new photographers, directors, studio manager and producers from California and New York. You’ll also be working with models from Louisiana.
    Pay:You will be paid $450/day which will amount to $1350 for the 3 days.
    Note: The production will be done in New Orleans, LA during the weekend of 11-10-2017 to 11-12-2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel: 921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112. Both travel/hotel expenses will be covered by the company.

    SCAM!

    • I wish there was a way that someone could stop this!! He has pretty good English skills until he gets upset and starts texting!

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