Ok before you ask the question and get excited the answer is yes, it's a scam. Just yes.
By now you should have reviewed the MM Edu information found here
http://www.modelmayhem.com/education/us … the-basics
on how to spot a scam.
If you still have to ask then read on. This is not meant to be harsh, rude or anything else, it's just a wake up call.
Think about this for one moment, any high end fashion photographer is paid thousands of dollars a day and is not scouting their own models. So if you get a message saying I'm so and so photographer and I can get you in XYZ magazine, they're lying.
Also, That level of photographer is shooting with someone who has a backlog of models, most of which will never be published.
Secondly, you have no experience, nothing exciting in your portfolio and have just decided you want to be a model. No one and I do mean no one who is legit is going to offer you money to shoot with you. Why? because they don't need to.
There are 10 zillion models in the world, approximately 250,000 of them here on MM, give or take. Plenty of them are within reach, have very strong portfolios and a solid background so again, why on earth would anyone offer you the sweetest deal in the world to photograph you?
So in conclusion you don't need to ask. If you're new and someone offers you money, or a chance at stardom, the answer is always yes, it's a scam. No one has magically discovered you and thinks you're the next big thing, It's a scam.