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Fake Universal Music requests

Today’s special is Universal Music.

Somebody using the name ‘Mark Cooper’ is emailing to request hire goods from the domain umusicgroup.co.uk

This is not the real domain for Universal Music.

Please be on alert.

 

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Fake purchase requests from ‘Nottingham University’.

Fraudsters using an email address of @nottingham-ac-uk.com rather than the correct format of ac.uk are emailing broadcast sales outlets trying to obtain goods.

This domain was purchased late last year and updated in Feb of this year.

There is a distinct likelihood that there will be other similar attempts so please examine the email addresses carefully of any requests of this nature.

You can use https://who.is to check registration details and dates.

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Fake use of Bauer Media’s credentials

Fraudsters using a convincing but fake PO, purporting to be from Bauer Media, attempted to buy Sony A7s cameras.

Verification with the real Bauer Media’s accounts department quickly unearthed it as a fraudulent purchase.

The real Bauer Media are innocent victims of ID theft here but if you are approached with a purchase request, please verify it with the real company.

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Fake Warner Brothers Request

We are now getting reports of fake kit hire requests for Warner Brothers.

Somebody purporting to be  Alex Bowers of Warner Brothers called and requested kit. He was asked to email in and did so using the email address alex.bowers@wmguk.co.uk which is not a valid email address.

Please note there is a genuine Alex working at Warner brothers and this is not him.

The hire company checked with the real Alex who confirmed it was not him and must be a scam.

Fake Alex provided the following details – spelling licensing incorrectly.

Alex Bowers
International Licencing Manager
Warner Music UK
27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5SW, United Kingdom

T +44 207 368 2000
M +44 7377 720 377

We would advise treating all requests from unknown contacts at any major media company with extreme caution and verify who you are dealing with by phoning a publicly advertised number.

Based on previous bouts of this sort of fraud, they will run through lots of other companies too.

If you hear from fake Alex, please let us know.

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Sakaria Mohammed and Hisham Hassan

A-Cam of London have been hit by serial offender Sakaria Mohammed who now appears to have a colleague – Hisham Hassan.

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Hisham Hassan

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The hires were conducted separately but back to back and it seems implausible to think they weren’t connected.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these men or the kit listed below, please contact Andy at A-cam at info (at) acamhire.com


Arri ALEXA Mini Camera Body 1 K1.0003873 – 20660
Arri ALEXA Mini Camera Body 2 K0.0014799 – 25439
Arri ALEXA Mini Viewfinder MVF-1 1 K2.0005861 – 6027
Arri ALEXA Mini Viewfinder MVF-1 2 K2.0005861 – 11439
Cooke S4i Mini 18mm lens 8018-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 25mm lens 8025-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 32mm lens 8032-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 50mm lens 8050-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 75mm lens 8075-0259
Cooke S4i Mini 100mm lens 8100-0259
Angenieux ( 0320798 ) EZ-1 S35 PL Mount Lens MFN10750A
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 21mm Lens 50020561
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 35mm Lens N/A
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 50mm Lens N/A
Zeiss ( 1868-092 ) CP.2 T2,9 85mm Lens N/A
Freefly ( 950-00078 ) MoVI Pro Handheld Bundle + Travel Case 181219
TV Logic ( VFM-055A ) 5.5″ OLED 1920×1080 Viewfinder 1 VF055AQ1989
TV Logic ( VFM-055A ) 5.5″ OLED 1920×1080 Viewfinder 2 VF055AQ2005
6 x Hawk-Woods ( VL-M98 ) 14.4V 98Wh mini V-Lok Lithium-Ion Battery N/A
Hawk-Woods ( VL-ATM4 ) ATOM 4-Ch (V-LOK) Fast Charger VA3999
Sachtler Video 25P Tripod N/A
Sachtler Video 18P Tripod N/A

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Fake ITV requests

Several companies have reported this afternoon that they are getting suspect calls to request equipment from someone using the name Craig Walker, purporting to be from ITV but using a generic gmx email account.
‘Craig’ has a PO which he is sending out which looks very much like ITV paperwork. He is trying to hire DSLR cameras and lenses which are obviously highly saleable.
Please be vigilant and verify hires from unknown contacts at major broadcasters. When this style of fraud has happened before the perpetrators have moved between BBC, ITV and C4 with ease.

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Bristol – theft from vehicle.

The kit was taken from a grey van on St Andrews Road, Montpelier, Bristol between 1230 – 1340 on 24/02/2021.

Incomplete list is as follows:
Canon MP-E 65mm S/N 144134
Canon 100mm F2.8L USM Macro S/N 6176051
Canon 16-35mm F2.8L II USM S/N 5874319
Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L II USM S/N 1780001048
Kessler Second Shooter Plus full kit S/N SSP001273, SSC002844
Canon 5D Mark III S/N 30802200091
Panasonic GH5 S/N WG7BA002829
Metabones EF-MFT Mount T Speed Booster XL S/N 3013008780
Stella Pro 10000c Light Kit S/N SN11214
Zoom H5n S/N 017071
DJI follow focus S/N 05T0011347 (controller) 05U0011522 (motor)
Hollyland Cosmo 400 wireless monitor link system S/N 6176051
Small HD Monitor S/N 702-0002119
Ronford Baker medium duty tripod S/N RF-10007
Oskar Heiler EB 150 fluid head
Please contact Under the Oak Films undertheoakfilms@gmail.com or phone 07530469324 if you find any of these items for sale.

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‘Sakaria Mohammed’ has struck again.

Someone using the (possibly false) name of  Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed hired a large quantity of equipment from John Fry.

IDs and proofs of address were provided but the kit has not been returned.

Please be on the lockout for any of the following items.

Sony PXW-FX9 body, serial number S014001115+
Tilta ES-T18-V FX9 cage & battery plate, SN ES-T18-V-200500209
Sony 28-135mm f4 zoom lens
Rode NTG2 mic
Camrade FX9 rain cover
4x Sony 64Gb XQD cards & reader
Chrosziel 450-R21 matte box kit
Sachtler carbon fibre tripod with FSB8 head
Sony VCT-14 camera plate
2 x Anton Bauer Titon 150wh batteries
2 x Anton Bauer Dionic XT 150wh batteries
PAG dual v-lock charger
Orca OR-12 camera case
Camera top light Z96
Portabrace HB10 Camera strap
Magic arm
Atomos Shogun Flame recorder
2 x 500Gb SSDs
1 x 1 Tb 2.5” SSD
Small flight case for Shogun
Nikon to E-mount lens adaptor
Canon to E-mount lens adaptor

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of either the kit of Mr Mohammed then please contact us here at Xhire.

 

Note:  It is possible that Mr Mohammed was the victim of identity theft, and that the documents used were either forged or stolen.   Nothing  on this site should in any way be taken as indicative of the guilt or innocence, (or the involvement in fraudulent activity), of anyone whose details are published here.  There are other individuals with that name.  The image above was taken from the identity documents supplied by the hirer, and may or may not depict the person who rented the equipment.

Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed – theft by theft.

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Top Teks – items lost in transit.

TopTeks have had two Sony FX6’s go astray during shipping in the UK, serial numbers 4000356 or 4000368.

If someone offers them to you, you might want to drop the TopTeks sales team a line – sales@topteks.com.

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Sakaria Mohammed attempting to hire again.

We have been contacted by a London lighting company who had been approached by Sakaria Mohammed requesting to hire from them.

Mr Mohammed raised suspicions immediately with them because he did not appear to have any kind of understanding about what he was trying to hire. Then when he sent in a copy of his ID, it was, in their opinion, fake.

They then looked up his name and discovered via Xhire that he had stolen from another hire company.

Evidently he is still attempting to obtain goods and we would advise extreme caution in dealing with him.

Sakaria Abdallah Mohammed – theft by theft.

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