While we often use the Internet or other sources to investigate possible scams, sometimes we're simply able to detect a scam based on our instincts. Perhaps the wording in the email seems suspicious. Or maybe the tone causes us to question the validity of the offer. But for many of us, our instincts can be our best defense in protecting us from both online and offline scams. That being said, it's very important that we trust them.
Last year, the Better Business Bureau received 46 complaints from aspiring models and their parents who had been targeted by A New Concept Modeling and Acting Centre. While many of the victims later said that their instincts told them not to sign with the agency, they still allowed themselves to be pressured into the scam. Some of the allegations against the agency included:
- Charging models more than $2000 for headshots they never received
- High-pressure sales tactics
- Asking models to sign contracts and not providing them with copies of what they had signed
- Though the agency promised them work, the models didn't receive any calls, auditions or jobs after investing thousands of dollars in the scam.
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