Model

AltAmberLynn

Posts: 1

Nashville, Tennessee, US

I've been with model mayhem for awhile now but just recently starting shooting with differently people and taking this site to my advantege! So, please, i've gotten scammed a few times!(well they attempted, but something just didn't feel right so i didn't follow through) How can i avoid scammers? What do i need to look for in a message that i should think twice about?
Help!
Please and Thank You!(:

Mar 14 13 05:44 am Link

Photographer

ME_

Posts: 3146

Atlanta, Georgia, US

If you have been receiving messages, you have been to your Inbox, right?

Go look at it again and really look on the right, until you see the button that says "Avoid Scams." Then click and start reading.

There is also a good section on scams at newmodels.com.

Mar 14 13 08:35 am Link

Mar 14 13 09:10 am Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7249

New York, New York, US

"If it's too good to be true, it probably is"....

Mar 14 13 09:14 am Link

Photographer

Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

If anyone offers you money or fame it's a scam.

Normally I don't randomly throw comments out in the forums but I love you're look

Mar 14 13 04:41 pm Link

Photographer

Flex Photography

Posts: 5297

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

When you came here to the Newbie Forum, you obviously decided to skip reading NEW MODELS; Learn about scams in plain sight, right near the top of the forum, for the benefit of all newbies. Try reading it!

Mar 14 13 10:22 pm Link

Model

Angelina Momoko

Posts: 6

Seattle, Washington, US

I'm going to agree with the others, if you're offered a large sum of money or fame it's probably a scam - the clients for legitimate, well-paying gigs can afford to go through a real agency and they wouldn't be scrounging around on the internet.

Mar 16 13 12:58 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 22621

Salem, Oregon, US

if someone wants to pay a newer model thousands of dollars that should be a red flag right there. anything involving checks is dodgy.

basically assume it's a scam until proven otherwise. there are a lot of scams. but usually you can tell based on the really bad spelling, grammar and it generally not making much sense (kind of like the writer of the message did too much sizzurp).

Mar 16 13 10:52 am Link

Photographer

Kev Lawson

Posts: 7952

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Moderator Note!

JessieLeigh wrote:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/education/us … the-basics

This ^^^^

And, welcome to Model Mayhem. smile

Mar 16 13 11:16 am Link

Photographer

Fresh Faces Photography

Posts: 261

Santa Rosa, California, US

I can't think of a time when a model (or photographer) has asked "Is this a scam?" and it wasn't. What saddens me is those times when the model (or photographer) didn't pick up on the something-for-nothing flag.

In one sentence: No one is going to offer a large sum of money or instant fame to someone with little or no experience -- unless they're scammers.

Well, make that TWO sentences: No legitimate person/firm is going to send you a large check from which you will need to pay someone else.

Every newbie should be required to read the anti-scam info here on MM and sign to verify that they have done so.

Mar 16 13 11:17 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 22621

Salem, Oregon, US

i agree. mayhem should require this. there's no need for any models to fall for scams (unless they're just so starry-eyed they can't resist but then they shouldn't be modeling in the first place).

the current system isn't working. one of my models went so far as to receive the check.

Fresh Faces Photography wrote:
Every newbie should be required to read the anti-scam info here on MM and sign to verify that they have done so.

Mar 16 13 11:40 am Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8388

Olney, Maryland, US

AltAmberLynn wrote:
I've been with llama mayhem for awhile now but just recently starting shooting with differently people and taking this site to my advantege! So, please, i've gotten scammed a few times!(well they attempted, but something just didn't feel right so i didn't follow through) How can i avoid scammers? What do i need to look for in a message that i should think twice about?
Help!
Please and Thank You!(:

It sounds like you have good instincts.

PM sent.

Mar 16 13 01:10 pm Link