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Model

Saint Asterson

Posts: 3

Clinton, Maryland, US

I am an Advertisement Agent, It’s really nice reading back from you from MM through one of our photographer for this Job and here are more information about the assignment, A client wants to launch a new brandof fashion outfit which will be update on Catalog with the new month release Fashion outfits.This assignment is to encourage the upcoming models in the industry she is affiliated with the Academy Art, you don't have to worried about your experience or present look because we have specialist stylist and make Up artist who will bring the real beauty out of you. Find all details for the job below..

Job Location
The shooting will be 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 , all make up will be taken care of in the studio. You can come along with anybody 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.

Job percentage
The total pay for the jobs is $2500 but you will get an upfront payment of $500 plus the wardrobe fee which you will send to the wardrobe manager to get you stuffs that you will use for the shooting,The $500 is upfront Part payment,that will be given to you before the shoot and it will come in form of check and the remaining balance will Be paid to you in cash at the shooting venue,immediately after the Shoot.

Model Information;
The below information are require if you interested in the job, I will
be looking forward to this information in your next mail.

1. Name in full:
2. Date of Birth:
3. Address and apartment #:
4. City:
5. State:
6. Zip code:
7. Country:
8. Phone number:
9. Height:
10. Weight:
11. Waist size:
12. Clothing Size:
13. Three photograph of your self:
14... Email address:

PAYMENT INFORMATION FOR CHECK
1. Name on check:
2. Complete Mailing Address:
3. Cities:
4. State:
5. Zip Code:


Expectation.
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 if you will take the job, Please I'd like you to check your email on a regular bases, I might have updates for
you. get back to me with the Model information and payment information for this shooting so they can be forward asap for payment and you will be included as one of our models for the shooting.Looking forward to read from you asap
Regard.
Danny
(209) 800-8609

Jul 05 13 09:54 pm Link

Photographer

Designit - Edward Olson

Posts: 1637

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California, US

Scam.

Run. Do not walk. Do not reply any more. Block them. Do not give them any more information.

Jul 05 13 09:57 pm Link

Model

Saint Asterson

Posts: 3

Clinton, Maryland, US

Oh, I know. It's just an example at this point.

Jul 05 13 09:58 pm Link

Photographer

JM Dean

Posts: 8930

Cary, North Carolina, US

If it came from MM report it here http://www.ripoffreport.com

Jul 05 13 10:05 pm Link

Photographer

Designit - Edward Olson

Posts: 1637

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California, US

Saint Asterson wrote:
Oh, I know. It's just an example at this point.

Then don't start new threads as an example of something in another thread.

Jul 07 13 12:32 am Link

Model

Des ola

Posts: 3

Hampton, Virginia, US

I got the same message from a profile marked "Thomas Crystal Clothing" and now just a few hours later the profile has been removed

Jul 07 13 12:47 pm Link

Model

Ashley Elle Lo

Posts: 1

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, US

Yea def a scam. I got a check from them and instantly reported it.

Jul 10 13 04:00 pm Link

Model

Kristen Vann-Freeman

Posts: 1

GARRISONVILLE, Virginia, US

I GOT THE SAME THING! Now Im freaking out. I actually gave them my info. I have never been scammed before so I had no Idea what to look for but now that I look at it its totally obvious. Im not the only one that gave them info am I??

Jul 26 13 10:24 pm Link

Photographer

Ed Woodson Photography

Posts: 2644

Savannah, Georgia, US

Kristen Vann-Freeman wrote:
I GOT THE SAME THING! Now Im freaking out. I actually gave them my info. I have never been scammed before so I had no Idea what to look for but now that I look at it its totally obvious. Im not the only one that gave them info am I??

You're not the first and you won't be the last.

When you recieve their check (and it won't be in the mail), shred it and have no further communication.

Jul 26 13 10:29 pm Link

Photographer

MC Seoul Photography

Posts: 453

Seoul, Seoul, Korea (South)

Ed Woodson Photography wrote:

You're not the first and you won't be the last.

When you recieve their check (and it won't be in the mail), shred it and have no further communication.

Actually, if people want to help dissuade this kind of scam, give them a fake address/information.
It wastes their time, and while not a lot of money, some money in causing them to mail out checks they can never follow up on.
If they contact you, string them along. It's the only way. When it becomes more hassle than profit, then they stop.

Jul 27 13 12:51 am Link

Model

Jade Morgan

Posts: 1

Longview, Texas, US

I just gave them my info not to long ago! I knew it was kind of sketchy. idk what to do now...

Dec 17 13 10:12 am Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22390

New York, New York, US

What I find strange is that a first time poster posts this letter... with a non-specific thread header... and within a few follow up posts... four first time posters respond as well...

Not reading too much into it... but it strikes me as rather strange and unusual... hmm

Dec 17 13 11:20 am Link

Photographer

J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10330

Santa Ana, California, US

This to me doesn't look like someone asking if this is a scam.
This looks like the Nigerian scammer is directly posting on MM.

Dec 17 13 11:24 am Link

Photographer

Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Scam? Yes. Much good advice here so far. Think. Use a little common sense and it will come to you.

Dec 17 13 11:45 am Link

Photographer

JC Strick

Posts: 708

Dalton, Georgia, US

Ed Woodson Photography wrote:

You're not the first and you won't be the last.

When you recieve their check (and it won't be in the mail), shred it and have no further communication.

Incorrect. The best thing you can do is take it to your local Postmaster. This is mail fraud and is illegal.
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/inve … fraud.aspx


You can also report the crimes online here: http://ehome.uspis.gov/fcsexternal/

Dec 17 13 11:57 am Link

Photographer

SayCheeZ!

Posts: 18025

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

JC Strick wrote:
Incorrect. The best thing you can do is take it to your local Postmaster. This is mail fraud and is illegal.
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/inve … fraud.aspx


You can also report the crimes online here: http://ehome.uspis.gov/fcsexternal/

This is a typical Nigerian scam letter.
They don't use the USPS.  It's done by email and another carrier such as Fed Ex or UPS so that it doesn't have anything to to with the US Postal Service, therefore they won't, and CAN'T get involved.

There are literally millions of emails like this sent every day.  Yeah, you can take it to the FBI or other law enforcement agency however the chances of anyone taking action on it is equivalent to being able to make ice by boiling water.

Dec 17 13 12:23 pm Link

Photographer

JC Strick

Posts: 708

Dalton, Georgia, US

SayCheeZ!  wrote:

This is a typical Nigerian scam letter.
They don't use the USPS.  It's done by email and another carrier such as Fed Ex or UPS so that it doesn't have anything to to with the US Postal Service, therefore they won't, and CAN'T get involved.

There are literally millions of emails like this sent every day.  Yeah, you can take it to the FBI or other law enforcement agency however the chances of anyone taking action on it is equivalent to being able to make ice by boiling water.

If it does not come by USPS, you can take the check to your local FBI office. The FBI has made several arrests over the years in these types of scams.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/02/ … 361813676/

This is a numbers game to the FBI. If one person reports one scam, the FBI may place a lower priority on the case. However, if everyone that's been scammed from MM reported the scam, something might actually be done to stop it.

Let the FBI do their jobs smile

Dec 17 13 12:33 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28008

Dearborn, Michigan, US

udor wrote:
What I find strange is that a first time poster posts this letter... with a non-specific thread header... and within a few follow up posts... four first time posters respond as well...

Not reading too much into it... but it strikes me as rather strange and unusual... hmm

These guys prey on newbies.

Dec 17 13 12:59 pm Link

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Photographer

GPS Studio Services

Posts: 36379

San Francisco, California, US

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udor wrote:
What I find strange is that a first time poster posts this letter... with a non-specific thread header... and within a few follow up posts... four first time posters respond as well...

Not reading too much into it... but it strikes me as rather strange and unusual... hmm

I noticed that as well!


Saint Asterson wrote:
I am an Advertisement Agent, It’s really nice reading back from you from MM through one of our photographer for this Job and here are more information about the assignment, A client wants to launch a new brandof fashion outfit which will be update on Catalog with the new month release Fashion

Remainder Redacted for brevity

Des ola wrote:
I got the same message from a profile marked "Thomas Crystal Clothing" and now just a few hours later the profile has been removed

Ashley Elle Lo wrote:
Yea def a scam. I got a check from them and instantly reported it.

Kristen Vann-Freeman wrote:
I GOT THE SAME THING! Now Im freaking out. I actually gave them my info. I have never been scammed before so I had no Idea what to look for but now that I look at it its totally obvious. Im not the only one that gave them info am I??

If each of you received the message here on MM, then all of you should immediately CLICK HERE and report the matter to the mods.  They will investigate and will either close the offending profiles or take other action if they indeed, turn out to be scammers.  When you get these kinds of messages, don't hesitate to "Contact a Mod" by clicking the link I just gave you or from the "Help" menu in the top bar.  By letting the mods know they can stop others from getting hit with the same scam.

Dec 17 13 01:29 pm Link

Model

Kelleth

Posts: 2528

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It's a well known scam.

Dec 17 13 02:45 pm Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21686

Portland, Oregon, US

What I saw:

Blah, blah, blah...

The total pay for the jobs is $2500 but you will get an upfront payment of $500 plus the wardrobe fee which you will send to the wardrobe manager to get you stuffs that you will use for the shooting...

Blah, blah, blah...

So, they send you a check for $2,500 and expect you to forward $2,000 of it to a wardrobe person.  They hope you send the $2,000 off before you realize that their $2,500 check bounces.  Ask yourself -- why on earth are they giving you the wardrobe fee?

Let's be real -- given your experience, do you really expect to land such a lucrative contract without an interview?

SCAM

Dec 17 13 03:05 pm Link

Artist/Painter

Hunter GWPB

Posts: 1596

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US

Ever notice the English in these things?  You can hear the accent in the writing.  Coupled with poor grammar and punctuation.  What professional would send out such tripe?

Dec 18 13 05:38 am Link

Model

Krevezmodeling

Posts: 3

Tynan, Texas, US

I got this also! They said the same thing to me only on the 28th of December. Got the  check for $1000 (Even though the email said a $500 up front for good faith and wardrobe fees),which they told me 250 is mine and the rest is to be sent as a money gram to wardrobe (that is what i dont get about this is the 250 for myself thing),tried to cash the check and american express said it was fake and so did chase. I have been trying to call and text the organizer but to no avail.

Jan 03 14 02:22 pm Link

Retoucher

Marc Damon Retouch

Posts: 649

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Third time since this thread has been bumped since July 2013.

I guess the scammer is still in business!

Jan 03 14 02:59 pm Link

Model

Krevezmodeling

Posts: 3

Tynan, Texas, US

I tried to talk to them about this and have yet to receive a response back

HA

http://krevez.tumblr.com/post/721376838 … s-what-the

Jan 03 14 03:40 pm Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21686

Portland, Oregon, US

Saint Asterson wrote:
I am an Advertisement Agent, It’s really nice reading back from you from MM through one of our photographer for this Job and here are more information about the assignment, A client wants to launch a new brandof fashion outfit which will be update on Catalog with the new month release Fashion outfits.

Parsing this grammar hurts my brain.  Not the words of a professional.

Jan 03 14 03:46 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8388

Olney, Maryland, US

Krevezmodeling wrote:
I have been trying to call and text the organizer but to no avail.

Krevezmodeling wrote:
I tried to talk to them about this and have yet to receive a response back

What do you expect to say to them that they don't already know?

Jan 03 14 03:55 pm Link

Model

Krevezmodeling

Posts: 3

Tynan, Texas, US

Has anyone on here filed a report to their authorities?

Jan 03 14 03:56 pm Link

Photographer

Darren Brade

Posts: 2834

London, England, United Kingdom

Krevezmodeling wrote:
Has anyone on here filed a report to their authorities?

It's unfortunate that you fell for this very common scam. Report the phone number to the police and move on.

Read up on the internet about common scams and try and avoid them in the future.

The sad thing is your details are now on a "suckers list" and will be shared amongst the scammers. Maybe consider changing your email and cell phone to new ones.

Learn and move on...

Jan 03 14 10:45 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3507

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I always put my full trust and faith into illiterate strangers who approach me on the internet.

Why the last time I won the Nigerian Lottery, I sent them so many of my personal details, it would be next to impossible for them confuse me with anyone else.

I'm so lucky that I've won it six times already, man it's gonna be easy street for me when all those checks come rolling in!

Jan 04 14 01:46 am Link

Model

Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1014

Los Angeles, California, US

So tired of seeing that same SCAM, wish they could catch the jerk, and do things not in the constitution to him or her.

Jan 05 14 12:37 am Link

Photographer

Faces2Die4 Photography

Posts: 426

Houston, Texas, US

Some advice/info from a former federal prosecutor.

Be wary of...

Any unsolicited opportunities
Any communication seeking your personal identifying information
Any communication seeking your bank account info or credit/debit card info
Any deal requiring you to deposit funds then forward all/part of the funds to someone else.
Any deal asking to use your bank account because they somehow don't have access to one.

The Nigerian scams come in a wide variety of different forms. They are sometimes called 419 schemes, after a section of the Nigerian penal code. Believe it or not, the US Secret Service has been the central federal law enforcement agency for these scams, although the Postal Inspectors and FBI also have jurisdiction over mail fraud.

Two things to be mindful of...
You can report an email, but the probability is that nothing is going to done unless someone has actually lost money, and the US Attorneys usually won't prosecute a fraud case unless the total losses are at least $100,000.
Second, these scams can sometimes turn ugly. There have been cases where the victim is invited to travel to Lagos to finalize the deal. Once there they are taken hostage and held for ransom, or worse.

You can find some good info on this scam and others at the FBI's website.

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud



Mehyam Ledom!
John

Jan 05 14 05:33 am Link

Photographer

Kent Art Photography

Posts: 2929

Ashford, England, United Kingdom

Sandra Vixen wrote:
So tired of seeing that same SCAM, wish they could catch the jerk, and do things not in the constitution to him or her.

This is a well-known (and presumably successful) scam practiced by thousands of people all over the world.  There is no way that all of the scammers could be caught, and even if they were, there would be other scammers to take their place.

The best way to stop the scammers is to stop people falling for the scams.  Unfortunately, the scams works because people are always willing to fall for them, despite all the warnings on this site and on the internet in general.

Jan 05 14 05:48 am Link

Photographer

Faces2Die4 Photography

Posts: 426

Houston, Texas, US

Kent Art Photography wrote:
Unfortunately, the scams works because people are always willing to fall for them, despite all the warnings on this site and on the internet in general.

+1

These fraudsters prey on the victim's...
Greed - let us use your bank account to transfer $30 million, you may keep one third of the money
Conceit - you have the modeling look we need, please provide your bank info
Altruism - my daughter is dying from cancer, can I use your bank account to pay for her treatment
etcetera... etcetera... etcetera




Mehyam Ledom!
John

Jan 05 14 06:03 am Link