Become a Top Wedding Planner – Beware of Scams Targeting Wedding Professionals

 

Wedding Planner Investigates a Possible Scam

Wedding planners and other wedding vendors are often targets for unscrupulous scams. Yesterday, cake designer Tracy Auseklis, owner of The Buttercream Studio, a fabulous wedding and special occasion cake boutique, wrote on her Facebook fan page about a scam. She was emailed by people who said their wanted a wedding cake but suspiciously asked that delivery charges be included in their bill. They would pay her extra so she could pay the delivery truck out of those funds. Thankfully, she realized that accepting extra money to pay a vendor, whom she did not know, didn’t sound right and refused the business. She later found that it was a popular scam against wedding cake designers.

Similar scams target wedding planners and there are others out there too. Here are 5 you need to avoid:

1) A bride and groom from another country email you asking you to be their wedding planner

The email tells you they found you on the Internet, were very impressed and want to hire to to plan their wedding when they move into your area to start a job or go to school. They offer to send you a cashier’s check for more than the amount of your fee and ask you to pay one of their wedding vendors with the extra money. Most people assume all cashier’s checks are good but they actually could take weeks to clear, beyond the time in which you would need to pay their “vendor.” Don’t accept cashier’s checks and never accept checks with large amounts of “extra” money that you need to pay to someone else.

2) You get an email or phone call saying you have been voted “The Best Wedding Planner in Your City”

I wrote on this topic last summer when I received an email telling me I won an award and offering to sell me a $200 plaque to post in my office. The company was selling plaques!

3) The Better Business Bureau (BBB) calls to say people are asking about your business

A representative from the BBB calls and says someone has inquired about your business, wanting to know if there had been any complaints against you. They, of course, are not able to share the details. But if you want their protection in the future, you can purchase a membership. This is the important thing to know and remember, the BBB is a membership organization.

4) Event and Wedding planning schools tell you that you are the perfect candidate

You don’t need a certification to become a wedding planner. However, there are schools online and offline that offer wedding and event planner training. If you decide you have to take a course, make sure you are very clear about what you are getting for your money. Many schools are very expensive and some are not legitimate, they don’t offer personal contact, have few training materials, don’t have trained instructors and aren’t available for questions. Check the Internet for comments about any schools you are considering before you enroll.

5) An online business directory emails you and says people are looking for more information about your business

They say you could be getting referrals but they don’t have full information about your business so they are turning people away. In order to get a full listing, you need to become a paying member of their site.

If you get requests from “potential clients” that sound unusual or are offered business “opportunities” that ask you for money, do some research. Check the Internet to see if others have encountered similar situations. Also, always trust your gut. If you feel the offer could be a scam, it probably is.



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2 Responses to “Become a Top Wedding Planner – Beware of Scams Targeting Wedding Professionals”

  1.  

    Sharon, Thanks for posting this! Later that day I got another one too! If you think it sounds shady, then I recommend that you google the email address or names that they use, or try snopes.com. I was luckily alerted by another vendor that this was a total scam. But for the second email, I googled the email address and found out immediately the second inquiry was a scam. I found an ad posted with the sender’s email that was totally bogus!

    Thanks again Sharon for posting this! The more we know, the better!!

  2.  

    Hi Tracy,

    Thanks for the suggests on what to google and where to go on the Internet to check things out.

    Sharon

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