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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

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« 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?

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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.

« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2021, 04:13 »
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Hello People! I am lvaro, Director of VecPho. I will appreciate to talk with you.

Just notify you, we are not a fraudulent or scam, we are an agency of representative microstockers. We represent to hundreds of authors in the MicroStock Market, to give them the best possibilities in this world. We help to our authors to distribute their portfolios in the best way, increasing their incomes through partnerships with dozens of Stock Sites which ones we work with.

I am open to receive your doubts, and for sure, to receive in our Community through our website: vecpho.com or also you can email me to newbielink:mailto:[email protected] [nonactive]

Hope we can clarify your doubts as soon as possible.

Thanks

« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2021, 11:45 »
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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/

they have nothing to do with freepik

« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2021, 11:45 »
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Humm VECPHO ? Vector soup? 🤔
Sounds Vietnamese?

they are based in spain

« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2021, 11:46 »
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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
Think my suspicion was 100% correct

this was debunked, as that particular artist had unreasonable demands for committing his portfolio, and when they refused he started a slander campaign,

« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2021, 03:04 »
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they have nothing to do with freepik

But lvaro Garca Cop (the guy posting) was "Growth Hacker" for Freepik for years though? i.e. the very man who led their "growth strategy" which we have discussed many times on this forum?

Vecpho/MSGrowth/Management Solutions Growth SL is basically a couple people, the main one being this guy plus intern (which I wont name because he is a kid fresh out of college).

I am not sure what you mean by they have nothing to do with freepik in this context.

Maybe sign up with them and post a testimonial/ endorsement when these amazing deals they promise emerge? (the ones that don't just involve selling rights to Freepik I mean)

« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2021, 03:16 »
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...Also of interest re. Freepik connections.
If you look at the comments on the youtube video in question you will see two comments supporting the site saying it is legit etc.

Comment one is by user John Stocker AKA Freepik Ambassador Prakasit

Comment 2 is by user yusuf sangdes  AKA Freepik Ambassador  Yusuf Sangdes

Defo sounds legit and like there is no connection no?

« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2021, 04:19 »
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Here is Alvaro again.

Clarify Vecpho is an agency of represented and support to their authors to make their best grow in their own strategy in the Micro Stock market.

If you are interested to increase your incomes, just let me know to my email: newbielink:mailto:[email protected] [nonactive]

Hundreds of authors are already working with us and increasing their earnings.

Thanks for your attention!!

« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2021, 08:11 »
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Yesterday I research and read everything about VecPHO, but I did not understand how it work, to much to generell and not detailed.
If I do not understand how it works, how could I get interested in it?
what are my PROs instead of uploading myself to all agencies?
Full excisting portfolio can follow it? strange! How it works.

I see only NICE words like in all these exciting news elsewhere, but no clear concepts.

« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2021, 09:37 »
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Here is Alvaro again.

Clarify Vecpho is an agency of represented and support to their authors to make their best grow in their own strategy in the Micro Stock market.

If you are interested to increase your incomes, just let me know to my email: [email protected]

Hundreds of authors are already working with us and increasing their earnings.

Thanks for your attention!!

If you have hundreds of authors working with you please post some testimonials from well known microstock contributors using your services who are not also either employees of Freepik or Freepik Ambassadors, if you could ask them to post here themselves that would be even better.

Should be easy...yes?
« Last Edit: July 22, 2021, 09:46 by Justanotherphotographer »

« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2021, 09:45 »
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This quote from the website makes me wonder if they are actually trying to market the Freepik catalogue to the other agencies (along with the work of anyone else they can get to sign on):

"...We are a community of content creators with our team of Managers who will help the artist, to make their best point, their ART."

Could that community of content creators be Freepiks staff? Very bad news if all that backlog suddenly hits all other sites. Just guessing here.

EDIT... With the recent post about Freepik not paying several times in a row because of problems I wonder if they are struggling financially and trying to find other ways of making money?
« Last Edit: July 22, 2021, 09:49 by Justanotherphotographer »


 

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