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Post by Fababiz on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:09 am

I was just approached to do a gig for VIA Rail. It is for a 4h gig and they are paying really good money for it. My only concern is that they told me they would pay me via internet banking. This is the first time a customer is giving me this payment request. The only safe online banking I can think of and that I use once in a while is Paypal which I will not need to provide any banking information. The guy is requesting some banking information and I don't want to provide such a personal info like that.

What would you do in my place. I'm thinking about letting him know that my only banking option would be Paypal or any other online banking that does not require to provide banking information. And I also sent the contract advising that payment will need to be paid in full before the event. I'm still waiting for his response but the email kind of looked fishy to me. I will have to investigate further on this Community Event they are holding.
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Post by TinafromNY on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:16 am

No way!! sound like a scam to me, to get your info. You said it was an email. Rightclick the mouse over email, choose "properties" or "header"...try to see where it originated from./ NEVER give personal info to anyone. I have a girlfriend whose identity was stolen. Call the community event, pretending to want to speak with the person who emailed you, see if they're even real! Offer paypal only and also up front money. If they don't go for it, forget it.
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Fababiz on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:20 am

The event is real as it's called Grey Cup 100 Train Tour and it's for the kids. The email came from a RONA source which is a well known company. So they should not be asking for any personal info to my knowledge. So I just wrote the RONA company asking if they know they guy who contacted me. And I will go from there I guess.
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Post by Facepainting by Tina on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:32 am

I had a request similar to this for a wedding cake last year...it turned out to be legit, but I just responded that I didn't feel comfortable giving out my info and that we would need to go another route for payment. They wound up sending a check and once it cleared I accepted the order! Sometimes people just try to do what's easy...and maybe this person has used this type of payment before with other companies and didn't think about it. NEVER give out your info though! You just never know.
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Post by Lady Jayde on Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:51 am

I agree. Send them a paypal invoice and if they want to pay it through their internet bank then they can feel free willy to do so! Never ever give them your info though. They should know better than to even ask!
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Post by fesspenter on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:24 am

Nobody should be asking for my banking info in order to send me money. Seems fishy.
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Post by Kammy on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:36 am

Absolutely seems odd. Either something fishy is going on, or they're really ignorant of how suspicious this request sounds. Payment should be in a form that makes you, the provider of the service, feel confident that your time is going to be safely and adequately paid for in a timely fashion.
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:58 am

they don't need your account info to do an internet transfer.... they just need your email address and they give you the answer to a question to claim the money when you click through to collect it.
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Post by Kammy on Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:51 pm

AFAIK, here we do need the account number and bank sort code to transfer money, but you can't TAKE money out of someone's account with just that number, nor steal their identity.
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Fababiz on Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:18 pm

The guy is legitimate, RONA replied back stating he's one of there CEO and they appologized as they didn't realize that they actually asked for the bank information on the email. They do not need it.

So now I'm all happy because this will be an awsome gig and all is sorted out.

Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciated all your concerns.
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Post by Facepainting by Tina on Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:10 pm

LOVE when things work out like this!
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Post by TinafromNY on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:12 pm

Glad it worked out and was legit. Always better to be safe than sorry!
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by veelux on Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:05 pm

YAY, good for you for investigating it. Glad it worked out for you.
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Peachymango on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:18 pm

I do Internet banking and have never had a problem. They can only make a payment in and don't see your account. Usually they are corporate clients. Makes life easier I don't have to bank a cheque and they don't have to mail one.
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Kammy on Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:38 am

Yay, glad it worked out! Smile
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Fababiz on Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:26 pm

I did the gig today and oh! my! It was so cold out and raining. My fingers where so frozen but the NFL comitee was so superb, they made sure that I had plenty of breaks to go warm up my fingers. What a great organisation and I wish all face painting event where like that.
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Coral3 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:15 pm

Glad it worked out.

EFT payments are no big deal. You just supply your BSB and Account number and they can make payment direct to your accout. That does not give them access to your account or other details at all, they just make a payment to that account number. Most businesses here (Australia) automatically issue their bills/invoices with BSB & Account number printed on them to allow for EFT payment, it's pretty much standard.
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Re: Sceptical of this gig

Post by Valerie A on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:46 pm

Xfacion, except for the freezing fingers , so glad it went well!
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