When the first major casting call was announced for the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, thousands of hopeful actors and actresses lined up to take a shot at stardom. The three primary leads were plucked from thousands of hopefuls. Daniel Radcliffe was cast as everyone's favorite wizard in training, Harry Potter; Emma Watson was cast as the highly intelligent Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint was cast as Harry's best friend, Ron Weasley. Although all three had some acting experience, all were relative unknowns when the first set out to bring the hugely popular Harry Potter books to the silver screen. Their portrayals of these characters have been lauded by fans and critics alike, but while this original casting call went relatively smoothly, that can not be said for a new scam that is hitting Harry Potter fans directly in their in boxes.
What is this new scam? The new scam has to do with fraudulent Harry Potter movie casting calls that are submitted via email. Internet service providers and other authorities have been warning Harry Potter fans about a new fraud that is landing directly in Internet user's inbox. How does this scam work? Although Internet scams are always changing and always in flux, it appears that this particular scam has been pretty much nailed down.
In this scam, fans receive an email that offers them a chance to audition for a Harry Potter movie casting. This may confuse some recipients who have heard about real Harry Potter auditions. In fact, email scammers may take the opportunity to send these types of scam emails when the news of open casting calls is circulating on the news or in trade newspapers. The Harry Potter auditioning scam is considered a variant of other job agency scams in which the recipient receives an email that offers him or her opportunity to audition for a role in the latest upcoming Harry Potter film. In this scam, the fake job agency tries to convince the recipient that they have a guaranteed audition with the movie produces and a fair shot at landing a small role in the upcoming Harry Potter film. The fake job agency attempts to defraud the recipient by convincing them to send money to cover their travel costs, a travel visa, and other such expenses. Of course, the audition or promised role simply does not materialize, nor does it even exist.
One of the most commonly sent fraud emails contains the following information. First, these types of fraud emails contain information about the plot outline of the latest Harry Potter movie in order to make the email seem more legitimate. Some plot outlines may be convincingly written and may sound very much like a professional movie treatment. The email will usually contain information about possible shoot dates, and the locations for the audition. The locations are usually scheduled for a rather exotic locale such as Greece, Spain or London. The email will ask the recipient to send in professional head or body shots. This is an attempt by the email scammers to make the email appear more legitimate. The email may require extensive information from the recipient. Information that may be requested includes full name, mailing address, telephone number, and a recent photograph, preferably a professional headshot. The scam email will usually ask you to send the completed form to an address that resembles the Warner Bros. address. For instance, the email may ask that you send your application via email or fax machine. Of course, the email will ask you to send in a small fee for processing the application.