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« on: May 19, 2021, 06:56 »
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I've just recieved an email from a company called VecPHO wishing to manage my portfolios to multiple microstock sites, has anyone been contacted by VecPHO Consulting agency to manage your portfolios?
Seems a bit strange and i can't find much info on them or if they are even ligitimate. Their facebook page has pretty much nothing on it.


« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2021, 06:57 »
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Hmm. Never heard of it and tbh seems suspicious  ::)

« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2021, 07:03 »
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I'm dubious too!
facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/VecPho/ [nofollow]
website - https://vecpho.com/ [nofollow]

Invited me to join but i'm not so sure about giving my private details i.e. full name and ID passport or national number

« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2021, 07:23 »
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"VecPho Membership is free. As in, it costs nothing to be a member and get a Manager for free which one will make you a consultant through the strategy you can make with the distribution of your content."

Sounds like someone put "How to scam people" in Google translate...

« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2021, 07:47 »
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Sounds like someone put "How to scam people" in Google translate...

 :D :D :D

« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2021, 12:02 »
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Lots and lots of frothy talk and very little in the way of specifics on their web site.

Who are the people behind this? Didn't see anything.

The Facebook page was created in February 2020 but seems essentially empty - a placeholder with a handful photos.

Did see some very strange claims though:

"...we offer creators the ability to collaborate and share in the ownership of content. That way every collaborator gets paid automatically when the content sells. You own your piece of the pie."

"In VecPho we have 3 different proposal offers:

Sell the full portfolio.
Sell a selection of resources depending on different styles or details.
Sell with an advance payment, getting future royalties.
These three ways are always depending on the goal of the Stock Sites. Some of them are more interested in one offer and reject the idea to make another one. That will be shared with the member of VecPho the possibilities with their portfolio opportunities."

Their English is terrible, so I assume they are not native speakers, but if this business was a serious proposition, you'd expect some more concrete contact details, someone to get the web site language in shape and some examples of "current happy clients".

To answer your question directly, I haven't been contacted by them but I wouldn't consider handing over content to them, let alone a passport number...

« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2021, 14:26 »
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VecPHO looks like a Freepik offshoot. I guess they're trying to recruit a maximum of creatives to further expand their network.
Manuel Fernandez - https://www.freepik.com/blog/freepik-company-appoints-manuel-fernandez-as-coo/

« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2021, 02:49 »
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found a video by a russian guy on youtube saying that it's a scam. Can't understand a word he's saying but you can see from the email texts in the video he has tried to correspond with Vecpho - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImfMzF5UDKI [nofollow]
Think my suspicion was 100% correct

fotorob

  • I am a professional stock photographer

« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2021, 09:47 »
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They got in contact with me as well, in the contract they sent me it says as details for the other party:
"MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS GROWTH S.L., in the name of VECPHO with an address
at MLAGA (SPAIN) with Id. card no ESB________ Hereinafter, the ADVISER." (cleared number due to privacy)

Sounds phishy.

« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2021, 03:52 »
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Their English is terrible, so I assume they are not native speakers

LOL.  Very safe assumption! :D

« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2021, 04:32 »
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Freepic scammers & troops from Malaga. Don't walk away.....run.

« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2021, 14:14 »
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They say they have relationships with some top agencies and one of the options is selling a portfolio. What's the bet that the one agency they have a relationship with is freepik, which is run by the same people, allowing them to pocket back a nice chunk of the price they pay for images?

k_t_g

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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2021, 22:49 »
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Humm VECPHO ? Vector soup? 🤔
Sounds Vietnamese?

« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2021, 01:03 »
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They say they have relationships with some top agencies and one of the options is selling a portfolio. What's the bet that the one agency they have a relationship with is freepik, which is run by the same people, allowing them to pocket back a nice chunk of the price they pay for images?
Portfolios will circulate on the secondary market. Then creation for sale will become again less reasonable because profits will be on the large package sale. And yes, if they position freepic as a top agency...

« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2021, 20:00 »
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Yes they contacted me.

Asked for my license as proof of identity and sent me a contract. They are also requiring proof I own my company. They are located in Spain.

They are claiming they will negotiate better numbers with the stock agencies. I'm a bit wary though. Is it even possible to negotiate fees with them if you don't have a sizable market share? I do OK but I'm no Yuri.


 

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