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Common Modeling & Fashion Show Scam In The Uk

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#1 SSC


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Posted 13 April 2007 - 09:03 AM

For the last couple of years, the scammers have branched out, targeting people based on known affiliations with the modeling world. Various versions have been sent to models, photographers, makeup artists and other professionals in the industry. The latest versions promise work somewhere that the scammer isn’t, and the victim isn’t. At this writing, the claims seem to mostly involve alleged fashion shows or commercial modeling jobs in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. The scammer says they have found the victim on one of the Internet listing sites, and they would like to hire them for the upcoming show or event. Huge modeling fees are promised.

If they get a positive response, the scammer sets the hook. It could be based on the Nigerian scam: they say they will send a portion of the promised fees and expenses by certified check. The victim is then asked to deposit the check in his account, and use the money for various purposes (booking airline tickets to the event, for instance). But the amount sent is much larger than what is needed for the tickets, so the victim is asked to return some of the money to the sender.

When the scam works, the victim sends off a refund of the “excess” payment, only to find later that the “certified check” they got from the scammer was a forgery. When it bounces, the victim is out the “refund” he sent to the scammer.

Another version is simpler: they ask for lots of information about the victim, and then use identity theft to charge the victim’s accounts.

So how to avoid getting taken? You need to understand some painful facts:

  • Never withdraw money from a deposited “certified check” until your bank confirms that they have collected the funds. Normally that takes a week or so. Ask your banker, and they will be happy to tell you the status of the deposit. Then wait another two weeks - banks have been known to say bogus checks have been cleared when they have not.
  • If you aren’t with a major agency, nobody is going to fly you thousands of miles and pay you thousands of dollars for a mainstream modeling job. Doesn’t happen. For the kinds of money they offer, there are plenty of agencies with qualified models, right near where the job is – or willing to send their models to where the job is. Clients with big bucks aren’t going to take a chance on an unknown when they can get the guarantees of working with an agency.
  • Nobody will send you large amounts of money up front for a modeling job. If a miracle strikes and you do get hired for a job you have to fly to, they will make the reservations and buy tickets for you. Same for the hotel. They certainly aren’t going to send you the money and then cross their fingers and hope you show up.
  • Nobody overpays up front, and then asks for a refund up front. Again, if in some Alice in Wonderland world someone were to send you money up front for a trip, they would just collect the overage when you arrived for the job, or take it out of your modeling fees after the job was over. They certainly wouldn’t ask you to send it to them before the trip ever began.
  • Nobody will ask you to pay them for a service as part of getting the job. If they want you, for instance, to purchase a “modeling license” that they claim is necessary, and happen to know an attorney who can get it for you, it’s a scam.
  • If they can’t spell, it isn’t real. These scammers aren’t unemployed grammar teachers. They almost always write offering letters that are full of obvious errors. Real international companies with the kinds of money they claim to be able to throw around can hire someone who speaks your language well to communicate with you.

If you get an offer from someone far from you who wants you to travel for a high fee, and somehow none of the above red flags seem to apply, you have a source of help: the best modeling agency near you. With that kind of money at stake, if it’s real you just got qualified to be an agency model. Yes, they will take a commission – but they will also do the research, understand what is real and what is not, and stand behind you if you do end up thousands of miles away where you don’t know anyone. So take that offer, or that check, down to your local agency, tell them you want to give them a piece of it, and see what happens. If the job is fake, 20% of nothing is nothing, so that’s what it cost you to find out. And if it happens, against all odds, to be real, the money to find that out will be well spent.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 02:40 PM

I give you a 10 Star rating on this page. I was e-mailed 4 times. When I had it checked out by a law enforcement agency they were found to be scams. Every Talent Search Agency on the web should have this page. Thank You, Thank You!
Cynthia Test

Edited by ctest, 05 July 2008 - 01:33 PM.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:00 PM


I have gotten an email from a gentleman named Mr. Ben Bright with an agency called "huntmodel." Has anyone heard of this place before? Is this a complete scam? Here is the email I received from him:
From: [email protected]
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 10:38:10 -0500 (CDT)
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;<Invalid address>
Subject: Shooting on huntmodel


I'm interested in you for a shooting ...If you're interested get back to me as soon as possible.

Hope to hear from you.

Mr Ben Bright.


My wife and I operate T&L Photography. I have approx. 30 years experience in photography, mostly in news and commercial product. We now specialize in model portfolios, travel and Glamour. We plan to be traveling throughout the US for the next several years. We can provide prints, slides, or digital files of all sizes. We use the Fuji S2 digital camera and Photoshop for editing. We have a studio in our home. We also have studio lighting and equipment that is portable and are able to shoot on location. I do enjoy shooting informal portraits of a person engaged in work, hobbies, or other activities.well here is more information about the shooting is a $2,500 pay Fashion job (Assignment) for you,My client wants to update her Catalog with her new year release Fashion outfits she is affiliated with the Redzero with the weblink: www.redzero.com.au and I'm interested in you for the shooting,I'm a photographer/Manager with 4 years experience :). Find all details for the job below..

Job Location
The shooting will hold at a rented photographers studio in your location,so you don't have to worry about traveling,the name and address of the studio will be forwarded to you before the date of the shooting,all make up will be taken cared of in the studio.You can come along with a ny body of your choice on the day of the shooting,your mum,dad,friend,body-guard anybody you wish to come with just for you to feel more comfortable.

Job details
You have 12 different Fashion outfits to cover,which would be provided by our client on the day of the shooting.

Types of cloths
Jeans and Jackets

Name of client
Tonia Jennifer

Job percentage
The total pay for the jobs is $2,500 and you get $1,000 as your percentage.
Shooting Date the date for the shooting is not fix,i will have to make arrangement for that ahead from now,I will email you the exact date for the shooting a week before as soon as the arrangement is completed with our client.

Payment Policy
As part of my working policy and ethics,i receive part payment from any client before I proceed with any job and balance immediately after the shooting,this is to identify a serious client and ascertain the job,I hope you comprehend this fact.
I will keep you updated as to when our client wants to make upfront payments

you need to have good and attractive poses .(start practicing) Basically this is all required of you,for your make up my client will be taken care of it,you don't have to be bother for any make up,please get in touch with me i f you will take the job and we can go from there,just let me know if you will take the job to commence with next arrangement.

I want you to get back to me with your private email address.

Please I'd like you yo check your email on a regular bases, I might have updates for you,
Hope to read from you soon,
Mr Ben Bright.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

Hi, I just got one of those emails lol thank you so much for this page .... Leela Ulloa

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 07:10 PM

I have received the same type of scam from an agent who wanted me to do a wire transfer. They said it was a finder fee. I would be given 20% of the pay at that time and another percentage after I did the shoot. Sure enough they sent me a check for $9,500 and wanted me to do a wire transfer to another account. I knew it was a scam so I am working now with the police. If anyone gets an email from an Alex Anderson who says he scouts for dieselmodels don't fall for it. I was smart and knew this was scam from start but others might think they are legit and to a transfer. Afterwards you will be responsible after check comes up flagged.

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