RECENT HOT SCAMS:
GAP WOMEN'S CONFERENCE in UNITED KINGDOM.
LONDON (UK) YOUTH CONFERENCE
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Marnie’s Scam Buster Rules
1. A legitimate query will almost always include a discussion about finances early on.
2. Anyone who routinely invites guests is used to answering a series of questions before the two parties reach an agreement. They have questions to ask you and you have an opportunity to ask them questions.
3. Create an “Engagement Confirmation” that professionally includes all of your most important questions. Format it so that you can ask the questions over the phone or send it to the planner via email.
4. Have an accountability partner who reviews your invitation before you make a final commitment. Sometimes one person will spot a red flag that another missed.
5. Establish a speaker fee range, even if it is “love offering”. Planners truly hate it when you say, “Whatever the Lord puts on your heart.”
Bryan Caplovitch’s Scam Alert List
1. Google the organization. Copy and paste a line or two out of the email. People like to share their own bad experiences.
2. Unless you are a celebrity or were recently in big media, it is rare that people just sent you an invitation to show up for a certain amount of money.
3. Most people who are choosing a speaker are working with a committee. They need to collect materials, fee range, suitability, etc. Going past all those, to booking the engagement without those details, is a red flag.
4. Obvious scams approach you and want money upfront. This may include photographers who want to make you famous and book publishers who want to add your chapter to a book full of other speakers,
5. Airplane radio or write up offers. Later on you find you have to pay for the interview.
6. Video showcases. Professional taping in front of a fake audience.
7. Note: Speakers bureaus come to you. They rarely take new speakers without seeing you in person.
Joyce Farrar-Rosemon’s Scam Protection Guidelines
1. Look at the terms and how the offer is being promoted.
2. Visit their website.
3. Google them: Both the speaker, retreat center, etc.
4. If it involves travel and you cannot bring an assistant, that’s a red flag.
5. Be cautious about your compassionate nature.
6. If it’s a promotion like, “I can boost your speaking capacity,” research the rating of that firm. Caution: The Internet can make an individual look larger than life.
7. Ask for the names of some previous speakers, and if you could contact them.
8. Have these people been to your website? Do they know anything about you at all? If not, beware.