It’s amazing the lengths people will go to to rip others off. I recently was contacted by a Mr. Dehua from Henan Yu Xin International Co. Ltd. in Zhengzhou, China. He emailed to say that his company was making a 20 episode series of 25 minute documentaries in HD for television broadcast. The intention was to enlighten the Chinese audience about America’s history, economy, culture and tourism. At first I was a bit skeptical. How did he find me? Was it because I did a documentary length piece on Chinese influence in the Caribbean for Dan Rather Reports? Was it because I spent three months in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics? Did I impress someone along the way who referred me? I emailed him back. He followed up with the project information. It was in detail and he clearly understood the logistics of production. He also informed me that they would pay $50,000 to $60,000 US per episode. The project was a dream come true with a budget that would allow us to produce excellent television. It kept me up at night thinking of ideas that I would bring to the Chinese and people I would collaborate with. I worked out a production schedule and sent him off my ideas. He said “I am so happy that we have a so good beginning.” Today as I was looking for more information I came across this warning from a production company in Munich, Germany.
Thanks to the internet and the experience of the production company in Munich I was saved from going any further down this scheming road. I am now posting this as a cautionary tale to warn fellow producers and production companies. The scam which first swept through Germany and Italy and other European countries has now reached American shores. I guess if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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