Lucerne Festival issues fake contracts warning

July 25, 2017 by norman lebrecht


If you’ve had a contract in the post to play with the Lucerne Festival Strings, be careful: it may be fake.

Here’s the Festival’s statement:

WARNING: Fake-Contracts circulating! Please be careful when you received an invitation to perform as musician in a non-existing Lucerne Festival Strings tour by the following email address: [email protected] The contract looks deceptively real, even though the correspondence is with mistakes in writing! Please share.


N. B. ‘Mistakes in writing’ appear also in the official warning.

Comments (6)

  1. Thomas Silverberg says:

    The German is worse than in a lot of ‘Phishing’ mails I’ve seen. Big red flag.

    1. Clive Dunn says:

      I cannot read or understand a single word of German, but I noticed the email used yahoo instead of a proper address. There are cons like this all over the place not just in music contracts.

  2. Furzwängler says:

    The German is so full of mistakes it’s almost hilarious. How anyone could be taken in by this guff beats me.

  3. Alexander says:

    Some are ready to submit the details of their credit cards including CSC to get the contract 😉 …. remember those funny e-mails from “Nigerian attorney” they sent ages ago – hopefully that d.deuber is that attorney’s distant relative 😉

  4. Fionn MacCumhaill says:

    A yahoo webmail is a real give away! I see in the UK you can now make a Will by Text. Complete madness, mine is written on illuminated Vellum.

    1. Furzwängler says:

      I trust you used a genuine goose quill to inscribe said vellum?

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