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Model

Molly Hoover

Posts: 12

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Hello,

We are happy to inform you that you are one of the few models chosen out of the screening exercise performed for us by model mayhem, you have got the necessary Requirements we need for our Magazine update (www.hellomagazine.com) November 2013 issue, We here by decided as a committee to offer you this modelling pay job, I will be very happy if you could send me some of your work. My client wants to update her Catalog with her Midyear Release Fashion outfits and I'm interested in you for the professional shooting no nudity, fetish, bondage, escort and other adult content stuff. So if you are interested you can get back to me. The shoot will held at a rented photographers studio very close to your location, the shoot will be 2hrs daily, we would be responsible for your transport and feeding throughout the photo shoot, the invitation letter would be mailed to you, You have the opportunity to bring along an assistant which we would handle the expenses along with your own just for you to feel comfortable throughout the shoot.

JOB DETAILS:
Outfit will be provided by our wardrobe stylist on the day of the shooting and the shoot is just for 2 days and you will be paid $1100 for the whole project, the Job is Urgent so you are to get back to us as soon as possible so that we can arrange on how to get you the part payment, meet the stylists and other crew members. You would be paid the initial payment of $500 to guarantee your participation in the shoot, as part of our working policy and ethics of our company, we give part payment to any client before we proceed with any job and balance immediately after the work.As I told you earlier this project is very urgent we will be taking care of your payment, accommodation and other expenses. The part payment would be mailed directly to you along side with the wardrobe stylist allowance, shoes and costume fee for the shoot.Location, time and date will be made known to you soon, this is to ensure that we pick a convenient time and place for the shoot
NOTE: As soon as you get the payment, you will deduct $500 and send the remaining balance to the wardrobe stylist. The wardrobe stylist will contact you as soon as she receives all your information from us, if you are interested kindly get back to us with your details as follows:

MODEL'S INFORMATION
1. Name:
2. Studio name (optional
3. Years of experience:
4. Phone#:
5.Address:
6. Cities:
7. State:
8. Zip Code

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

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
______________________________
_______________
______________________________
_______________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________

I hereby represent and warrant that the above information is true and Kindly know that PO Box is not applicable.

Thanks
Kent Mckney
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Hello again Shanteria

Thank you for getting back to me, your informations were received, documented and presented to the company financial manager so as to process your payment soon. The company decided to pair you up with the rest of the team, Make-Up Artist, Hairstylist, wardrobe stylist, they're busy traveling around the States doing Make-Up for some top models as regards to their portfolio, they work on contract basis for us. I would contact you when everything has been arranged on when and how you'd meet the models before the shoot. I will e-mail you soon as payment has been mailed out to you on or before (13th November). Shooting date will be on the (23rd or 24th November in  Launderdale Lakes). Hope any of the dates is Ok for you? Pls let me know asap. Also, the Make Up Artist will let you know more as soon as the funds has been received and other important information would me made known to you as well. OK? so keep very close to your box so as to get our e-mails and have it replied immediately.

Thank you,
Kent McKney

Nov 10 13 10:59 am Link

Photographer

g2-new photographics

Posts: 1983

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Yes.

Nov 10 13 11:07 am Link

Photographer

KU LLC

Posts: 269

Dallas, Texas, US

If you received this on your MM account, you need to mark it as SPAM and CAM (contact a moderator) the user.

Next time do a search for SCAM and you will find a dozen threads similar to this one.

They send you a bad check.  You send extra funds to a 3rd party.  When the check bounces you are left owing the entire amount.

Nov 10 13 11:12 am Link

Photographer

NewBoldPhoto

Posts: 4966

PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US

Yup!

Nov 10 13 11:12 am Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7319

New York, New York, US

Yep!

Nov 10 13 11:19 am Link

Photographer

J-PhotoArt

Posts: 787

San Francisco, California, US

Of course it is a Scam!  This one is typically referred to as a form or variation of the "Nigeria Scam." 

They will send you a worthless check or money order for far more than your "pay" and they will instruct you send the amount of money over your "pay" to a stylist and / or make-up artist.  Their check to you will bounce and you will be out the money you sent out plus any any all fees that might occur because of bounce checks from your account.

Think about it, you are brand new to Model Mayhem, they are going to come to you for the shoot and looks at your stats.  To have a dream is wonderful, not to be realistic could make you an easy mark for these type of scammers.

You should click on the following link and read the information presented there very very carefully:

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

Best of luck to you!

Nov 10 13 11:19 am Link

Photographer

Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Yes.
This is 2013, not 1913. If you have to ask, it's more than likely a scam.

Nov 10 13 11:33 am Link

Model

Molly Hoover

Posts: 12

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Thank you .... i was just wondering because yes i am new

Nov 10 13 11:38 am Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8803

Olney, Maryland, US

First, Model Mayhem does not perform screening exercises.

This is the scam:

Molly Hoover wrote:
NOTE: As soon as you get the payment, you will deduct $500 and send the remaining balance to the wardrobe stylist.

The check is no good.  You will deposit it and forward real money to a third party.  Later your bank will want you to make good on the full amount.

Why would a legitimate company trust you, an internet stranger, to make a payment with their money?

Nov 10 13 11:40 am Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8803

Olney, Maryland, US

Molly Hoover wrote:
The shoot will held at a rented photographers studio very close to your location, ...in  Launderdale Lakes).

They are going to bring their entire team to you???

Nov 10 13 11:44 am Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22714

Portland, Oregon, US

Molly Hoover wrote:
We are happy to inform you that you are one of the few models chosen out of the screening exercise performed for us by model mayhem,

That's a clue -- Model Mayhem doesn't have a screening exercise.

Molly Hoover wrote:
NOTE: As soon as you get the payment, you will deduct $500 and send the remaining balance to the wardrobe stylist.

BINGO!
"... and hurry up & send the "stylist" the balance before you figure out that the check we sent you is going to bounce".

Any operation that expects you to pay someone else, for whatever reason, is highly probably a scam.  Report it & trash it.


I also notice that your post doesn't say where you are supposed to send the "application" -- does the guy even have a "Hello Magazine" e-mail address?  You can always contact Hello Magazine to see if they ever heard of the guy, but I am highly confident that you are being scammed.

Nov 10 13 03:07 pm Link

Photographer

Photo Bill

Posts: 275

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Molly Hoover wrote:
Hello,

We are happy to inform you that you are one of the few models chosen out of the screening exercise performed for us by model mayhem, you have got the necessary Requirements we need for our Magazine update (www.hellomagazine.com) November 2013 issue, We here by decided as a committee to offer you this modelling pay job, I will be very happy if you could send me some of your work. My client wants to update her Catalog with her Midyear Release Fashion outfits and I'm interested in you for the professional shooting no nudity, fetish, bondage, escort and other adult content stuff. So if you are interested you can get back to me. The shoot will held at a rented photographers studio very close to your location, the shoot will be 2hrs daily, we would be responsible for your transport and feeding throughout the photo shoot, the invitation letter would be mailed to you, You have the opportunity to bring along an assistant which we would handle the expenses along with your own just for you to feel comfortable throughout the shoot.

JOB DETAILS:
Outfit will be provided by our wardrobe stylist on the day of the shooting and the shoot is just for 2 days and you will be paid $1100 for the whole project, the Job is Urgent so you are to get back to us as soon as possible so that we can arrange on how to get you the part payment, meet the stylists and other crew members. You would be paid the initial payment of $500 to guarantee your participation in the shoot, as part of our working policy and ethics of our company, we give part payment to any client before we proceed with any job and balance immediately after the work.As I told you earlier this project is very urgent we will be taking care of your payment, accommodation and other expenses. The part payment would be mailed directly to you along side with the wardrobe stylist allowance, shoes and costume fee for the shoot.Location, time and date will be made known to you soon, this is to ensure that we pick a convenient time and place for the shoot
NOTE: As soon as you get the payment, you will deduct $500 and send the remaining balance to the wardrobe stylist. The wardrobe stylist will contact you as soon as she receives all your information from us, if you are interested kindly get back to us with your details as follows:

MODEL'S INFORMATION
1. Name:
2. Studio name (optional
3. Years of experience:
4. Phone#:
5.Address:
6. Cities:
7. State:
8. Zip Code

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

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
______________________________
_______________
______________________________
_______________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________

I hereby represent and warrant that the above information is true and Kindly know that PO Box is not applicable.

Thanks
Kent Mckney
--------------------------------------------------------------------
Hello again Shanteria

Thank you for getting back to me, your informations were received, documented and presented to the company financial manager so as to process your payment soon. The company decided to pair you up with the rest of the team, Make-Up Artist, Hairstylist, wardrobe stylist, they're busy traveling around the States doing Make-Up for some top models as regards to their portfolio, they work on contract basis for us. I would contact you when everything has been arranged on when and how you'd meet the models before the shoot. I will e-mail you soon as payment has been mailed out to you on or before (13th November). Shooting date will be on the (23rd or 24th November in  Launderdale Lakes). Hope any of the dates is Ok for you? Pls let me know asap. Also, the Make Up Artist will let you know more as soon as the funds has been received and other important information would me made known to you as well. OK? so keep very close to your box so as to get our e-mails and have it replied immediately.

Thank you,
Kent McKney

If you have to ask if it is a scam, trust your gut -- it's a scam.

btw - it really is a scam.

Nov 10 13 03:46 pm Link

Model

Jimenia Moreland

Posts: 1

Beaumont, Texas, US

Delete my information cuz u r a scam

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On Mar 3, 2015 4:02 AM, "Tenno Concept Inc" <tennoconceptinc@hotmail.com> wrote:
Hello again Jimenia,

Thank you for getting back to us, your informations were received, documented and presented to the company financial manager so as to process your payment soon. The Check will come in an amount of $1790, You will have it deposited in your account for just 24 hours, once it clears you will be deducting your $500 part payment and have the remaining funds DEPOSITED  into your wardrobe stylist's account in the States as well OR via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER so that she can buy your Costumes, hire a good photographer and pay for the studio with the excess money you will be DEPOSITING  into her account.

Also, the company decided to pair you up with the rest of the team, Make-Up Artist, Hairstylist, Wardrobe Stylist, they're busy traveling around the States doing Make-Up for some top models as regards to their portfolio, they work on contract basis for us.

You'll be contacted as soon as everything has been arranged on when and how you'd meet the models before the shoot. I will e-mail you soon as payment has been mailed out to you on or before (5th March). Shooting date will be on the (14th or 15th March 2015 in Beaumont at 3pm). Hope any of the dates is Ok for you? Pls let me know ASAP

Also, the Make Up Artist will let you know more as soon as the funds has been received and other important information would be made known to you as well. OK? so keep very close to your Email box so as to get our e-mails and have it replied immediately.

Thank you,
Anne

Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:07:14 -0600
Subject: Re: Shoot Details
From: jimenia25@gmail.com
To: tennoconceptinc@hotmail.com

Dr
3. Beaumont
4. Texas
5. 77706

Mar 03 15 05:14 am Link

Photographer

Flex Photography

Posts: 5507

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Jimenia M******* wrote:
Delete my information cuz u r a scam

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On Mar 3, 2015 4:02 AM, "Tenno Concept Inc" <tennoconceptinc@hotmail.com> wrote:
Hello again Jimenia,

Thank you for getting back to us, your informations were received, documented and presented to the company financial manager so as to process your payment soon. The Check will come in an amount of $1790, You will have it deposited in your account for just 24 hours, once it clears you will be deducting your $500 part payment and have the remaining funds DEPOSITED  into your wardrobe stylist's account in the States as well OR via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER so that she can buy your Costumes, hire a good photographer and pay for the studio with the excess money you will be DEPOSITING  into her account.

Also, the company decided to pair you up with the rest of the team, Make-Up Artist, Hairstylist, Wardrobe Stylist, they're busy traveling around the States doing Make-Up for some top models as regards to their portfolio, they work on contract basis for us.

You'll be contacted as soon as everything has been arranged on when and how you'd meet the models before the shoot. I will e-mail you soon as payment has been mailed out to you on or before (5th March). Shooting date will be on the (14th or 15th March 2015 in Beaumont at 3pm). Hope any of the dates is Ok for you? Pls let me know ASAP

Also, the Make Up Artist will let you know more as soon as the funds has been received and other important information would be made known to you as well. OK? so keep very close to your Email box so as to get our e-mails and have it replied immediately.

Thank you,
Anne

Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:07:14 -0600
Subject: Re: Shoot Details
From: *******@gmail.com
To: tennoconceptinc@hotmail.com

Dr
3. Beaumont
4. Texas
5. 77706

Jemina, as noted above this is a scam! Nigerian Scam

Because you already replied to them by email, they now have your confirmed email, as well as all other info you supplied to them! It will also be circulated to other scammers, so expect many more! Doi not reply to unsolicited outside emails you will now get! (Sending them "Delete my information cuz u r a scam" will have no effect)

Most of Mayhem is visible to the whole world, including these forums. You need to use the Edit function to remove your email from what you posted above! It will only generate more scammers!! (I removed it in my quote)
For the same reason, it is also a bad idea to use your last name as you MM name, or anywhere on here! Obviously, with it, the dumbest scammer can figure out your probable email. Therefore, a further invitation to be scammed!

Mar 03 15 06:00 am Link

Retoucher

Vale Retouch

Posts: 13

Los Angeles, California, US

OMG! They still send these out? Stay away from those!

Mar 03 15 10:01 am Link

Photographer

Image K

Posts: 23397

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Vale Retouch wrote:
OMG! They still send these out? Stay away from those!

Yes, they still send them out, because apparently there are people that lack basic common sense that think that models are hired over the internet, sight unseen, with a check upfront.

Mar 03 15 01:24 pm Link

Photographer

CNP Photography

Posts: 2579

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Very simple rule: if you have to ask if it is a scam, it is a scam.

Mar 03 15 01:26 pm Link

Photographer

Ivan123

Posts: 913

Arlington, Virginia, US

In the entire history, not once has the question been asked, "Is this a scam?" without the answer being yes.  I have in the past suggested that the MM website include software that would identify these posts and answer them automatically.

Mar 03 15 05:46 pm Link