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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  Quote 
Photographer
ME_
Posts: 3,131
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  Quote 
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JessieLeigh
Posts: 2,001
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Mar 14 13 09:10 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,848
New York, New York, US


"If it's too good to be true, it probably is"....
Mar 14 13 09:14 am  Link  Quote 
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Aaron Lewis Photography
Posts: 5,082
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  Quote 
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Flex Photography
Posts: 5,090
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  Quote 
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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  Quote 
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ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
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  Quote 
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Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,812
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Moderator Note!

This ^^^^

And, welcome to Model Mayhem. smile

Mar 16 13 11:16 am  Link  Quote 
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Fresh Faces Photography
Posts: 255
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  Quote 
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ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
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  Quote 
Photographer
Mark Salo
Posts: 8,046
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  Quote 
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