Forums > Model Colloquy > I think it may be a SCAM

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Aleigha Martin

Posts: 3

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

The other day I received a message on here and the Photographer wanted my email address stating he had a job offer for me that MM would not allow him to discuss.  So, I gave him my email address and he sent me this very long, very detailed message that outline the shoot completely.  Then it got to payment and the Magazine he works for, (he did provide the website and, it looks very nice), but, it is the payment thing that has me worried.  The magazine is going to send me $2500. I am suppose to keep $300 for an upfront payment to me and I'm suppose to send the rest to the company that will provide the dresses for the shoot. My husband thinks it is a scam and I don't want to be scamed out of any money but, if it is a legit offer I don't want to miss out.  So, has anyone had any dealings with Allure Magazine or Michael Huston?  Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Jan 12 13 05:43 pm Link

Model

NicoleNudes

Posts: 3861

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Yes, it's a scam.

Please report this person to a Moderator.
http://www.ripoffreport.com

Also, it might be in your best interest if you read www.newmodels.com (http://www.newmodels.com/Outright.html)
They go over all of the common scams.

Jan 12 13 05:51 pm Link

Photographer

salvatori.

Posts: 3836

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, US

Go to your 'My Stuff' page and click on the "AVOID SCAMS" box. Learn all you can from it and you will learn to recognize all the popular scams. The one where someone sends you a check and asks you to forward partial payment is a HUGE red flag (what happens is you send the check -to the scammer - and by the time you realize that the check they sent you is fake, they have already cashed the smaller check you sent them).

99% of the folks are decent and honest; it's the one percent you have to watch out for. Best of luck,

smile

Jan 12 13 05:51 pm Link

Photographer

ME_

Posts: 3146

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Any offer EVER that sends you a check that you have to return part of the money to someone else is a scam.

Also, no legit magazine will ever email anyone at this site with a job offer.

Go to your inbox and read the Avoid Scams section. Then go to newmodels.com and read the section on scams.

Jan 12 13 05:52 pm Link

Photographer

MedievalIce

Posts: 223

Ithaca, New York, US

Yes, it's a scam.  No doubt.

Jan 12 13 05:52 pm Link

Model

Kitty LaRose

Posts: 12715

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Rule of thumb: if you have to ask, it's a scam!

Jan 12 13 06:33 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8388

Olney, Maryland, US

Aleigha Martin wrote:
the Photographer wanted my email address stating he had a job offer for me that MM would not allow him to discuss.

Aleigha profile wrote:
I will not do topless or nude TFP so, don't ask.

By now the account has probably been terminated.

Aleigha Martin wrote:
The magazine is going to send me $2500. I am suppose to keep $300 for an upfront payment to me and I'm suppose to send the rest to the company that will provide the dresses for the shoot.

The magazine trusts you, an Internet stranger, with their money?  No, the check is forged and your bank will expect you to make good on the fraudulent funds.


Aleigha Martin wrote:
So, has anyone had any dealings with Allure Magazine or Michael Huston?

There is no reason to believe that Allure Magazine or Michael Huston has actually sent you this communication.

Jan 12 13 06:45 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8388

Olney, Maryland, US

ME_ wrote:
Any offer EVER that sends you a check that you have to return part of the money to someone else is a scam.

Also, no legit magazine will ever email anyone at this site with a job offer.

Go to your inbox and read the Avoid Scams section. Then go to newmodels.com and read the section on scams.

+1

EVER, Ever, ever!!!!

Jan 12 13 06:46 pm Link

Model

jessica clendennning

Posts: 1

Newark, Delaware, US

OMG I gave this person my address and name. Shoot.

Jan 12 13 07:05 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7951

Imperial, California, US

No business pays in advance, it's that simple.

Jan 12 13 07:12 pm Link

Model

Frances Jewel

Posts: 9149

Dayton, Ohio, US

yep, scam. Same as others have stated, also major magazines aren't searching facebook, llamamayhem, etc. for llamas for their magazines.

Jan 12 13 07:48 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7951

Imperial, California, US

jessica clendennning wrote:
OMG I gave this person my address and name. Shoot.

How can we, we can't even see your port yet!:-)))

Jan 12 13 07:56 pm Link

Photographer

Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

If they have sent you a check most likely the check is a bad check and by csshing it what you are doing is cashing a fraudulent check that will later kick you on your bank account. You will keep of course $300.00 for your self and then they want you to mail them the rest. Open your eyes its a scam they get good cash and your stuck with paying off the bounced check. If it souonds like a good thing its going to kick you right back.

Jan 12 13 08:07 pm Link

Model

all_names_are_taken

Posts: 337

Ankeny, Iowa, US

...HOW do people fall for this stuff?

Jan 12 13 08:09 pm Link

Photographer

Ed W Photography nudes

Posts: 10

Savannah, Georgia, US

George Ruge wrote:

How can we, we can't even see your port yet!:-)))

Another one that's been run off from MM by scammers.

Jan 12 13 08:15 pm Link

Model

Daniela_Nicole

Posts: 1

Saint Charles, Illinois, US

Omg! This guy just emailed me! What should I do?!

Jan 12 13 09:21 pm Link

Model

Frances Jewel

Posts: 9149

Dayton, Ohio, US

Daniela_Nicole wrote:
Omg! This guy just emailed me! What should I do?!

seriously.......ladies, use your brains. Ignore him and report him. If you feel the need, block him.

http://www.ripoffreport.com

Jan 12 13 09:23 pm Link

Photographer

Chuckarelei

Posts: 9566

Seattle, Washington, US

Daniela_Nicole wrote:
Omg! This guy just emailed me! What should I do?!

Tell them to keep sending you checks. In fact, tell them to send it overnight express mail.

Jan 12 13 09:29 pm Link

Photographer

Ed W Photography nudes

Posts: 10

Savannah, Georgia, US

Chuckarelei wrote:

Tell them to keep sending you checks. In fact, tell them to send it overnight express mail.

I'll bet they'll send it via the US Postal Service.  big_smile

Jan 12 13 09:35 pm Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

all_names_are_taken wrote:
...HOW do people fall for this stuff?

Stereotypes start somewhere...

Jan 13 13 06:45 am Link

Model

DARINA

Posts: 1

New York, New York, US

I receive message from him too...((
Hate when that happened.

Jan 15 13 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

terrysphotocountry

Posts: 4153

Rochester, New York, US

Daa You think its a scam. I know its a scam!

Jan 15 13 08:25 pm Link

Model

Caitin Bre

Posts: 2248

Naperville, Illinois, US

I must be getting old! They don't even bother sending me this crap anymore. LOL

Jan 15 13 08:42 pm Link

Model

Sweetascherries

Posts: 5

Century, Florida, US

It really is a  scam because i received 2 checks from different people like that and NEVER have i cashed them later on i end up throwing them away.When i read it it really just looked like a copy and paste message and it was the same magazine that contacted me too.Its a scam.

Sep 01 13 02:07 am Link

Model

Anna Kl

Posts: 189

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ladies, it is a scam because the cheques will be fake, and if you try cashing them...it wont work, After this, they ask you to send back the remaining amount of money, and this time, its from your own pocket, but you dont know this since you believe you're getting 2500$ bucks deposited. If you ever send back a cheque, you won't hear from them anymore.

The end

Sep 01 13 07:18 am Link