Forums > General Industry > Has anyone else gotten a message like this?

Model

DominoDamoiselle

Posts: 2

Madison, Wisconsin, US

I originally received this message:

Hello ...I'm Audrey Morgan,a member of the official Sponsorer of Uefa
Champion's League Heineken Beer.Right now we are now working on a job for Heineken in USA,FRANCE, UK,ITALY, GERMANY AND SPAIN. I wonder if you areinterested in modeling for your photos will be posted on billboards,magazines and all major international airports in the U.k,US and go around Europe.We select photos and pictures that match the standard required, we set, from various Agency.Your Pictures are perfect on Model Mayhem, and I think they fit our criteria perfectly.Please let me know if you are interested in this position. For starters, you get a $600 for shooting costume and you will also be paid after the shooting, after which you can negotiate your salary contract. It is also perhaps a chance to achieve significant fame.Return to me, if you are interested, kindly get back to me at (audrey.morgan89@att.net )
for more details.

First of all, the Engrish seems weird. That's my first red flag. But, whatever, I humored the person and emailed them. I got this response:

Hello,
Thanks for the reply. I'm Audrey, An Advert Manager of Heineken
Beer bottle company the official sponsorer of UEFA CHAMPION'S LEAGUE.
When ever an advert is meant to done by Heineken,we go around in
search of photos, where ever we can find, basically through Agency and
Modeling site, So its from there pictures and photos are been screened
and selected and it happened that yours was chosen with some other
qualified candidates.Beauty isn't really the watch word for the
criteria we are looking for so don't be amazed.We are going to issue out a payment of  $600 for the costume  to you to buy clothes
for the shooting such as, Beach and Glamor Wears to be use for the shooting.
And the payment for your costume and the payment for the
photographer crew, hair stylist and wardrobe, would be issue with
yours to you, because we don't want to issue payment twice before the
shooting.And you will be paid again,  after the shooting. And the
first shooting wouldtake place in your local area location with the rest models in your
location,and that would be
26th of next month. So if you still interested in the offer,you should
get back to us with the information
required below.


FULL NAME:
AGE:
DATE OF BIRTH:
WEIGHT:
HEIGHT:
HOME ADDRESS:
CITY
POST CODE
STATE:
COUNTRY
PRESENT OCCUPATION
MOBILE NUMBER:
EMAIL:

..........LADY ....................
BUST:
WAIST:
HIPS:
DRESS SIZE:
SHOE SIZE:
EYES:
HAIR:

The whole paying before we shoot thing coupled with the Engrish makes me feel like this is a classic Nigerian prince scam. Does anyone else have any experience with this person or a similar message? I just started actively using Model Mayhem a month or two ago, so I wasn't sure if the scam artists had become this clever yet. Any input is greatly appreciated!

Jun 07 12 07:08 am Link

Model

_ Robyn Elizabeth _

Posts: 436

London, England, United Kingdom

This is a classic scam.

If you got sent this through MM then contact a MOD and report them

Jun 07 12 07:20 am Link

Model

_ Robyn Elizabeth _

Posts: 436

London, England, United Kingdom

See this link for information about scams and how to report them
http://www.ripoffreport.com

Jun 07 12 07:23 am Link

Photographer

Nature Coast Lightworks

Posts: 1873

Brookridge, Florida, US

Jun 07 12 07:28 am Link

Model

DominoDamoiselle

Posts: 2

Madison, Wisconsin, US

I think they were already reported - their profile has been taken down. Thanks so much for the links and advice!

Jun 07 12 07:39 am Link

Photographer

NicolasK

Posts: 54

Atlanta, Georgia, US

_ Robyn Elizabeth _ wrote:
This is a classic scam.

If you got sent this through MM then contact a MOD and report them

Yep a scam, if you fill it out they will mail you a fake check, that they want you to cash and wire transfer the money. The check will bounce a few days later and you'll probably get arrested for illegal transaction internationally.

Jun 07 12 07:48 am Link

Model

RyleyMarie

Posts: 1

Brandon, Florida, US

I literally just received the exact email from a guy named George. I replied to see if it was legit. Well now I know that entire thing was fake!! His page was taken own also.... So glad I didn't receive anything yet!

Jun 14 12 08:12 pm Link

Model

Ivanafox

Posts: 979

Healesville, Victoria, Australia

Scam clue number 1 although they like your folio, they don't seem to know your name

Scam clue number 2 although they like your folio, they can't read your bio to get basic info like dress size height etc

Scam clue number 3 although they like your folio, they don't know what you look like and need you to list your hair colour eye colour etc.

Scam clue number 4 although they have discovered you from a website, know nothing about your honesty or reliability they will send you money upfront

Scam clue number 5 although they have discovered you from a website, and know nothing about your honesty or reliability they want you to pay the crew on their behalf

Scam clue number 6 although they have discovered you from a website, and know nothing about your honesty or reliability or styling skills they expect you to come up with outfits to suit their project.

There's plenty more but you should get my drift.........

There was nothing whatsoever clever about this e-mail. Anyone that suspends their excitement for a moment and engage their brain would realise the whole scenario they are proposing is incredibly ludicrous.

Jun 14 12 10:40 pm Link

Model

Angelic_Beauty

Posts: 1

Bradenton, Florida, US

I received the same exact thing, but I already deposited the check into my bank account, the check is still pending until tomorrow... I don't want to get in trouble for something I didn't know was a scam. What should I do?

Jul 18 12 07:56 am Link

Model

brianna michelle

Posts: 1

Boca Raton, Florida, US

I literally just got the same exact email from a guy named gee .

Jul 19 12 02:22 pm Link

Photographer

ME_

Posts: 3146

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Tiesha Fullwood Stanley wrote:
I received the same exact thing, but I already deposited the check into my bank account, the check is still pending until tomorrow... I don't want to get in trouble for something I didn't know was a scam. What should I do?

Go to your bank tomorrow morning when it opens. Don't call; go in person. Tell them you deposited a check and have since discovered that it is fraudulent and you were an unwitting participant in a scam.

The check is fake and will not clear, even if the bank lets you have the money.

Did you already send money on by Western Union? If so, then it's gone. Just don't make any payments on the rest of the money as it will be removed when the bank discovers the check is fake.

Jul 19 12 02:41 pm Link

Model

Arye paran

Posts: 1

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Just got the same email before they were taken down !what a scam!Anyone else that tries to contact me by pulling this number will have put in Jail.

Jul 23 12 11:24 am Link

Photographer

Shot By Adam

Posts: 5938

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Tiesha Fullwood Stanley wrote:
I received the same exact thing, but I already deposited the check into my bank account, the check is still pending until tomorrow... I don't want to get in trouble for something I didn't know was a scam. What should I do?

While I do sympathize with you, I'm astounded that anyone in this day and age falls for this scam anymore. Hell, I was shocked that anyone fell for it when the scam first started, but seriously? You really fell for this? Wow. Just wow.

Jul 24 12 12:56 am Link

Photographer

Retro Wks

Posts: 23

Irvine, California, US

It is fun to play with these scammers and waste their time. And then the scammers get mad when they find out they have been baited...

Jul 24 12 11:53 am Link

Model

Kerrie Greaney

Posts: 2

Tipperary, Tipperary South Riding, Ireland

Ive just got this too sad my first scam...

Hello,
Thanks for the reply. ,I'm George, An Advert Manager of Heineken
Beer bottle company the official sponsorer of UEFA CHAMPION'S LEAGUE.
When ever an advert is meant to done by Heineken,we go around in
search of photos, where ever we can find, basically through Agency and
Modeling site, So its from there pictures and photos are been screened
and selected and it happened that yours was chosen with some other
qualified candidates.Beauty isn't really the watch word for the
criteria we are looking for so don't be amazed.We are going to issue out a
payment of  600Euro  to you to get the wears
for the shooting such as, Beach and Glamor Wears to be use for the shooting, and also Additional
Payment for the crew who are coming over to your area location for the shooting.
Which means the payment for your costume and the payment for the
photographer crew, hair stylist and wardrobe, would be issue all together with yours,
because we don't want to issue payment twice before the
shooting.And you will be paid again,  after the shooting. And the first shooting would
take place in your local area location with the rest models in your location,and that would be
20th  of next month. So if you still interested in the offer,you should get back to us with the information
required below and your real  address, no po box..


FULL NAME:
AGE:
DATE OF BIRTH:
WEIGHT:
HEIGHT:
HOME ADDRESS:
CITY
POST CODE
STATE:
COUNTRY
PRESENT OCCUPATION
MOBILE NUMBER:
EMAIL:

............MALE ................
CHEST:
SHOE SIZE
HAIR:
BUILD
..........LADY ....................
BUST:
WAIST:
HIPS:
DRESS SIZE:
SHOE SIZE:
EYES:
HAIR:


*Please note that none of the information you share with us is going
to be shared with any third party, they are strictly for purpose of
analysis only.
After your information has been reviewed and confirmed, a makeup
artist and photographer would be assigned to you to take you on the
photo shoots. Also the initial 600 Euro due to you and payment for the
artist and photographer will be issue to you. All the required
information should be sent as soon as possible as we respond on a
first come first served basis.
N*B
We are still awaiting to receive two or more picture of you.The photos
required is basically for documentations and preview..Let us know.

George

Aug 27 12 04:19 pm Link

Model

Kerrie Greaney

Posts: 2

Tipperary, Tipperary South Riding, Ireland

Shot By Adam wrote:

While I do sympathize with you, I'm astounded that anyone in this day and age falls for this scam anymore. Hell, I was shocked that anyone fell for it when the scam first started, but seriously? You really fell for this? Wow. Just wow.

~i nearly fell for this too hmm its good hmm

Aug 27 12 04:23 pm Link

Model

K I C K H A M

Posts: 14636

Los Angeles, California, US

Kerrie Greaney wrote:

~i nearly fell for this too hmm its good hmm

90% of the time, if they can't write half-proper English, they don't have a job for you.

Also, NEVER trust anyone who wants to give you a check and have you pay people out... why would they trust someone they don't know to do that? They wouldn't.

Aug 27 12 04:51 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8375

Olney, Maryland, US

DominoDamoiselle wrote:
It is also perhaps a chance to achieve significant fame...

LOL

DominoDamoiselle wrote:
And the payment for your costume and the payment for the
photographer crew, hair stylist and wardrobe, would be issue with
yours to you, because we don't want to issue payment twice before the
shooting.

This is the scam.

Aug 27 12 05:23 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

Alison D Friedman

Posts: 80

New York, New York, US

It's a scam. First, a genuine offer would not ask if you were "interested in modeling for your photos", followed by something that implies your picture will be all over the world (even Santa Clause will see your photo right outside his workshop!). Second, there are run-on words, should be spaces after punctuation marks, and phrases that don't make sense. Third, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

I never got one of these on MM but I received something similar in email.... My Cambodian uncle just passed away and left me with his 13.5 trillion dollar fortune.

Aug 27 12 08:55 pm Link

Photographer

R A V E N D R I V E

Posts: 15867

New York, New York, US

I used to hate nigerian scams till I figured out how to make a million dollars from them

kidding, this was a comic I saw in the newspaper once

Aug 27 12 09:11 pm Link

Photographer

terrysphotocountry

Posts: 4144

Rochester, New York, US

Spam

Aug 27 12 09:12 pm Link

Photographer

LA StarShooter

Posts: 1867

Los Angeles, California, US

Scams like this work because people want to desperately believe they have been discovered. At last!  The offer of money seems fair to them. All part of the magic of being discovered.

That these still work is that algorithimically, the scammer only needs a one in one-thousand hit through emails.  The email just has to hit at the right emotional time for certain marks.

A person may resist a modeling scam but fall for an investment scam, at times due to emotional needs.

A friend of mine, a wise man, almost believed a scam he showed. He wanted to believe in it. It seemed like a lucky break.

I recognised it as a very sophisticated scam but one that would most likely net someone who felt they deserved a great investment opportunity.

It uses the lure of info about the intended victim, about their business reputation,  in order to appeal to ego, and the additional lure: the wish to believe in good luck. 

I am not surprised that people fall for scams. I am outraged by scammers and feel so sorry for victims.

Aug 27 12 09:29 pm Link

Photographer

Three Cats Photography

Posts: 853

Atlanta, Georgia, US

no
i did not

Aug 28 12 08:26 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Ahh, if only MM would only allow access to the Forums after sticky posts had been read.

Aug 28 12 08:30 am Link

Model

Youlia

Posts: 3

Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France

ENGLISH

Hello ...I'm Amanda,a member of the official Sponsorer of Uefa
Champion's League Heineken Beer.Right now we are now working on a job for Heineken in USA,CANADA,IRELAND. I wonder if you are interested in modeling for your photos will be posted on billboards,
magazines and all major international airports in the U.k,US and go
around Europe.We select photos and pictures that match the standard
required, we set, from various Agency.Your Pictures are perfect on
Model Mayhem, and I think they fit our criteria perfectly.Please let
me know if you are interested in this position. For starters, you get
a 700 Euro for shooting costume and you will also be paid after the
shooting, after which you can negotiate your salary contract. It is
also perhaps a chance to achieve significant fame.Return to me, if you are
interested, kindly get back to me at (avalonoffer@hotmail.com)  for more details. As i won't be checking my inbox MM for screening.


Amanda




   FRENCH



Bonjour ... Je suis Amanda, un membre de la Sponsorer officiel de l'Uefa
Ligue des champions Heineken Beer.Right maintenant, nous travaillons actuellement sur un emploi pour Heineken aux Etats-Unis, Canada, Irlande. Je me demande si vous êtes intéressé par la modélisation pour vos photos seront affichées sur les panneaux d'affichage,magazines et tous les grands aéroports internationaux au Royaume-Uni, États-Unis et go
autour des photos et des images sélectionnés Europe.We qui répondent à la norme
nécessaires, nous avons mis, à partir de Photos Agency.Your différents sont parfaits sur
Model Mayhem, et je pense qu'ils correspondent à notre critère perfectly.Please laisser
moi savoir si vous êtes intéressé par ce poste. Pour commencer, vous obtenez
de 700 euros pour le costume de tir et vous sera également versée après la
prise de vue, après quoi vous pouvez négocier votre contrat salaire. il est
peut-être aussi une chance d'atteindre fame.Return important pour moi, si vous êtes
intéressé, merci de me répondre au (avalonoffer@hotmail.com) pour plus de détails. Comme je ne serai pas vérifier mon MM boîte de réception pour le dépistage.


Amanda

----------------------------------------------------------------------





I am interested to shoot, but in your message you don't talk about the place and dates of the shoot. Let me know about more details. Thank you!




----------------------------------------------------------------------


Hello,
Thanks for the reply. ,I'm George, An Advert Manager of Heineken
Beer bottle company the official sponsorer of UEFA CHAMPION'S LEAGUE.
When ever an advert is meant to done by Heineken,we go around in
search of photos, where ever we can find, basically through Agency and
Modeling site, So its from there pictures and photos are been screened
and selected and it happened that yours was chosen with some other
qualified candidates.Beauty isn't really the watch word for the
criteria we are looking for so don't be amazed.We are going to issue out a
payment of  700 Euro  to you to get the wears
for the shooting such as, Beach and Glamor Wears to be use for the shooting, and also Additional
Payment for the crew who are coming over to your area location for the shooting.
Which means the payment for your costume and the payment for the
photographer crew, hair stylist and wardrobe, would be issue all together with yours,
because we don't want to issue payment twice before the
shooting.And you will be paid again,  after the shooting. And the first shooting would
take place in your local area location with the rest models in your location,and that would be
26th  of next month. So if you still interested in the offer,you should get back to us with the information
required below.


FULL NAME:
AGE:
DATE OF BIRTH:
WEIGHT:
HEIGHT:
HOME ADDRESS:
CITY
POST CODE
STATE:
COUNTRY
PRESENT OCCUPATION
MOBILE NUMBER:
EMAIL:

............MALE ................
CHEST:
SHOE SIZE
HAIR:
BUILD
..........LADY ....................
BUST:
WAIST:
HIPS:
DRESS SIZE:
SHOE SIZE:
EYES:
HAIR:


*Please note that none of the information you share with us is going
to be shared with any third party, they are strictly for purpose of
analysis only.
After your information has been reviewed and confirmed, a makeup
artist and photographer would be assigned to you to take you on the
photo shoots. Also the initial 700 Euro due to you and payment for the
artist and photographer will be issue to you. All the required
information should be sent as soon as possible as we respond on a
first come first served basis.
N*B
We are still awaiting to receive two or more picture of you.The photos
required is basically for documentations and preview..Let us know.

George

----------------------------------------------------------------------





Hello,

I am still interested. But I would like to know why do you need my home adress?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Iulia.





----------------------------------------------------------------------

Kindly get back to us with your home address



LOL ok......

Sep 14 12 08:10 am Link

Model

DeWitt Ford

Posts: 3

Mobile, Alabama, US

I have actually received 3 different so called companies within the past 3 days. Here's the emails b elow:

First: Hello ...I'm Devyl one of the representative of Nike sport wears . Nike sport wears is giving out opportunity to 30 Models who are going to qualify for the Nike sport wears Xmas shooting by extending their wears Catalog, .So if you are interested in modeling for your photos will be posted on billboards,
magazines and all major international airports in the U.k,US and go
around Europe.We select photos and pictures that match the standard
required, we set, from various Agency.Your Pictures are perfect on
Model Mayhem, and I think they fit our criteria perfectly.Please let
me know if you are interested in this position. For starters, you would get a payment of $600, after which you can negotiate your  contract with Nike Official Board of Directors.. It is also perhaps a chance to achieve significant fame.Return to me, if you are interested, kindly get back to me at (heineken.shooting@hotmail.com)  for more details. As i won't be checking my inbox MM for screening.


Dev.

Second: Hi there,

Herald Magazine is looking for Models to pose for an upcoming Fashion shoot. In addition, the upcoming photo shoot provides you with the opportunity to work on many of their editions. This provides another avenue of career development and helps you build your resume with working experience. Must be 18  with ID no exceptions. Reply with your resume/photo heads for consideration to models.consultant@live.com. Models who are chosen will be paid ransomely

Thanks for taking time to read this

Third: Hello,

Are you are interested in a paid Fashion Shoot?. No nudity, fetish, bondage and other adult content stuff.You are allowed to come with an llama herder(family or friend). For more information please get in touch with:

Christopher Bass

amhonline@live.com

Yours,

K.
.............................................................................................
It was one more talking about animal photos as a $1400 job. I accidentally deleted that one. A tip that I've seen is that most of these companies do not have an avatar and if they do, they only have 5 photos and a regular account. Whenever a company with this kind of money is trying to seek people, you would think they would have a VIP account. They also ask me the same questions as above. They are trying to do identity theft as well as send you a forged check which will then bounce and leave you footing the bill. This is called the Nigerian Scam. So understand that most companies will not search the site, find you, pay you in advance through mail, then have you purchased plane tickets, hotel rooms, etc. Major companies will always pay for everything and have them reserved and ready for you to pick up. You will be paid after the shoot is finished "in person". Do not get scammed my fellow MMs. I hope this helps.

Dec 19 12 01:44 pm Link

Photographer

PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 4603

Jacksonville, Florida, US

spam and scam, key to me was negotiate the models salary after the shoot ????

Dec 19 12 01:48 pm Link

Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

i stopped reading,when i ran into missing spaces in the punctuation.like this.

Dec 19 12 01:49 pm Link

Model

Azhure Sunsoar

Posts: 1

Belleville, Ontario, Canada

I just got one. While, like many others, I'd hoped it was true, but I'm not gullible enough to believe EVERYTHING I read lol
so I googled the return e-mail and this forum came up...glad I'm smart enough to at least look into something before getting all giddy.

Jan 07 13 08:43 pm Link

Photographer

AG_Boston

Posts: 351

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Huge annoying scam.

I used to email these guys back and "negotiate" with them. Got one guy to offer up 12 million dollars out of the 20 million instead of the 10 million he wanted to give me. My last email to him was "Why would I bother doing this for only 12 million when I already have 15 million in the bank?".

They're jerks.

Jan 07 13 08:56 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Marie F M wrote:
I just got one. While, like many others, I'd hoped it was true, but I'm not gullible enough to believe EVERYTHING I read lol
so I googled the return e-mail and this forum came up...glad I'm smart enough to at least look into something before getting all giddy.

My favorite one wanted to hire me as a glamour model, for $3,000 a day.  That's a lot of money for non commercial modeling, even if I wasn't a 55 year old bald guy.

Jan 07 13 09:00 pm Link

Photographer

DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

DeWitt Ford wrote:
I have actually received 3 different so called companies within the past 3 days. Here's the emails b elow:

First: Hello ...I'm Devyl one of the representative of Nike sport wears . Nike sport wears is giving out opportunity to 30 llamas who are going to qualify for the Nike sport wears Xmas shooting by extending their wears Catalog, .So if you are interested in llamaing for your photos will be posted on billboards,
magazines and all major international airports in the U.k,US and go
around Europe.We select photos and pictures that match the standard
required, we set, from various Agency.Your Pictures are perfect on
Model Mayhem, and I think they fit our criteria perfectly.Please let
me know if you are interested in this position. For starters, you would get a payment of $600, after which you can negotiate your  contract with Nike Official Board of Directors.. It is also perhaps a chance to achieve significant fame.Return to me, if you are interested, kindly get back to me at (heineken.shooting@hotmail.com)  for more details. As i won't be checking my inbox MM for screening.


Dev.

I love that he claims to represent "Nike sport wears" and then provides an email for "heineken.shooting."

Jan 07 13 09:41 pm Link

Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

funny how all of these scams seem to reek of illiteracy. can't someone come up with a more convincing one?

Jan 07 13 09:52 pm Link

Model

DeWitt Ford

Posts: 3

Mobile, Alabama, US

DavidCoward Photography wrote:

I love that he claims to represent "Nike sport wears" and then provides an email for "heineken.shooting."

Exactly what I was thinking. I was like, "Seriously"??? You can't scam better than this lol.

Jan 08 13 08:59 am Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Tempe, Arizona, US

:-)

Jan 08 13 10:08 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7931

Imperial, California, US

F'n Nigerian scam artist BASTARDS!!!!:-)))))

Jan 08 13 10:13 pm Link

Photographer

Tim Little Photography

Posts: 11598

Wilmington, Delaware, US

This type of scam is everywhere. A couple of weeks ago I actually received a phone call scam. The woman said I had won a $10,000 grant from the "American Government" because I had paid my taxes on time. Of course she could barely speak English and couldn't tell me what agency the money was coming from. Just kept saying American government and asking for my name.

Jan 08 13 10:13 pm Link