Live Event Production Companies Report Gear Losses in Multi-State Scam, from "Projection, Lights and Staging News" Read the story:
Then think about what the rental companies could have done to prevent this from happening. How should a company with a new client who is unknown, but has a great story, protect itself? How do you vet a potential client?
On a slightly different note, how do independent planners protect themselves from unsavory potential clients (think about the large events that were booked last year and cancelled at the last minute leaving attendees and suppliers holding the bag)