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Vivian-Mya Chambers
Posts: 1
Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Hey there smile
I was checking my messages this morning and I was wondering if this sounded a bit scammy to anyone:

"I am a Photographer .I was browsing on the site,then your picture captured my attention,then I go through your profile.I want to use your picture for a  a new catalog shoot.which agent give me the assignment,If you are interested,Please get back to me as soon as possible to get more information at *********@gmail.com(ONLY).I will not like to discuss business on this site.

Regarding the Wage aspect, you will be paid the sum of $2500 and I hope you will make this photo shoot a great one through commitment and diligence.I will get back to you with the necessary papers to officialize and legalize this contract ,I look forward hearing from you soon....NOTE : PLEASE REPLY ME AT MY EMAIL(*****@gmail.com)I CHECK MY MESSAGES IN MY PERSONAL EMAIL MORE OFTEN."

Does this feel a bit off to anyone else?
Sep 09 13 06:15 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AWHill Photography
Posts: 147
New York, New York, US


scam. Just delete it.
Sep 09 13 06:24 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Lora Angus
Posts: 1
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


I got this exact message as well.. sketchy.
Sep 09 13 06:25 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Francisco Castro
Posts: 1,652
Cincinnati, Ohio, US


Elsie Paradise wrote:
Hey there smile
I was checking my messages this morning and I was wondering if this sounded a bit scammy to anyone:

"I am a Photographer .I was browsing on the site,then your picture captured my attention,then I go through your profile.I want to use your picture for a  a new catalog shoot.which agent give me the assignment,If you are interested,Please get back to me as soon as possible to get more information at *********@gmail.com(ONLY).I will not like to discuss business on this site.

Regarding the Wage aspect, you will be paid the sum of $2500 and I hope you will make this photo shoot a great one through commitment and diligence.I will get back to you with the necessary papers to officialize and legalize this contract ,I look forward hearing from you soon....NOTE : PLEASE REPLY ME AT MY EMAIL(*****@gmail.com)I CHECK MY MESSAGES IN MY PERSONAL EMAIL MORE OFTEN."

Does this feel a bit off to anyone else?

The sentence structure sounds a lot like one of those Nigerian scams, doesn't it? Odds are, it is a scam. The typical M.O. for this is that they will send you a check for more than the $2500, and ask you to forward the balance to the "makeup artist".

You deposit the check, and it clears so you think everything is good and forward the money to the MUA. However, the check doesn't really clear; it takes longer than the bank is legally allowed to hold the funds. Eventually, when the check does come back, it bounces and your bank holds you liable for the full amount.

Sep 09 13 06:25 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,727
New York, New York, US


No one in their right mind would pay someone with little or no experience that kind of money...

So yes it's a scam.
Sep 09 13 06:29 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Square Jaw Photography
Posts: 356
Odenton, Maryland, US


Scam
Sep 09 13 06:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Blue Cube Imaging
Posts: 11,136
Ashland, Oregon, US


Moderator Note!
Yes it is a scam. If you received that message via Model Mayhem messaging please use the "flag tool" on the message, mark it as a scam and click share with mods so we can remove the profile (or check to see if it has been hijacked).

Thank you.
Sep 09 13 06:53 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jeffrey M Fletcher
Posts: 4,318
Asheville, North Carolina, US


Okay, you already know it's a scam from previous responses. Now let's analyze it just a bit for future guidelines. $2,500 pay and a gmail account? Scam, no question, not maybe, definite scam.


Believable work takes place here if people are putting the work into it. Fairy tale dreams coming true does not and are only used to scam the gullible.

Edit: You're 16, forget the gmail offers.
Sep 09 13 07:13 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Sloan Gasior
Posts: 1
Apple Valley, Minnesota, US


I am going through something of an offer just like this through who they clame to be "adidas" and they sent me a check for 1750. Told me to keep 600 for make up and hair and to send the rest via Moneygram to someone else for the crew that is coming to do the shoot in my location. Just talked to my bank about the check, and since they sent me a Cashers Check its as good as cash and can not bounce. Im not sure if this is all a real thing myself, but hoping it is. Just wanted to add that if you happen to reply to an offer and they send a Cashers Check there should be no attachments to you and some other persons account that dosent have the funds thus causeing a check to bounce and you get scamed.
Sep 12 13 10:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Blue Cube Imaging
Posts: 11,136
Ashland, Oregon, US


Moderator Warning!

Sloan Gasior wrote:
I am going through something of an offer just like this through who they clame to be "adidas" and they sent me a check for 1750. Told me to keep 600 for make up and hair and to send the rest via Moneygram to someone else for the crew that is coming to do the shoot in my location. Just talked to my bank about the check, and since they sent me a Cashers Check its as good as cash and can not bounce. Im not sure if this is all a real thing myself, but hoping it is. Just wanted to add that if you happen to reply to an offer and they send a Cashers Check there should be no attachments to you and some other persons account that dosent have the funds thus causeing a check to bounce and you get scamed.

Shred it and through it away, it is a fake or counterfeit check.

It will bounce, the scammers only hope you'll forward the money before it has. Once done you are out the money.

Sep 12 13 10:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Hikari Tech Photography
Posts: 791
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Elsie Paradise wrote:
Hey there smile
I was checking my messages this morning and I was wondering if this sounded a bit scammy to anyone:

"I am a Photographer .I was browsing on the site,then your picture captured my attention,then I go through your profile.I want to use your picture for a  a new catalog shoot.which agent give me the assignment,If you are interested,Please get back to me as soon as possible to get more information at *********@gmail.com(ONLY).I will not like to discuss business on this site.

Regarding the Wage aspect, you will be paid the sum of $2500 and I hope you will make this photo shoot a great one through commitment and diligence.I will get back to you with the necessary papers to officialize and legalize this contract ,I look forward hearing from you soon....NOTE : PLEASE REPLY ME AT MY EMAIL(*****@gmail.com)I CHECK MY MESSAGES IN MY PERSONAL EMAIL MORE OFTEN."

Does this feel a bit off to anyone else?

If you feel the need to ask then your gut already told you it's a scam. Sadly, they will try again...

Sep 15 13 01:26 am  Link  Quote 
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