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Patrick Sporrer
Posts: 11
Reading, Pennsylvania, US


Hi everyone,

I just joined this site a few days ago and I already received a gig invite. I messaged this user called Edward Velasquez and he? responded back by telling me to reply to a yahoo.com email address.  I did and he sent me the following email:
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Hello,
  How are you doing? I am happy to inform you that you are the lucky one chosen out of the few models we contacted via model mayhem. You have got all the necessary requirements we needed for an EDITORIAL photo shoot for cosmopolitan magazine.
   We hereby decided as a committee to offer you this editorial modeling paid gig. The shoot doesn't involve Nudity. The shoot will be held at a rented studio in your state and it would last for just 2 hours. The project is organized by cosmopolitan magazine basically to showcase our client's product.

Makeup artist:Meredith Baros
Photographer: Lauren Cole
Hair Stylist: Ashley Bens
Model:

project date: 13th/20th of October. Choose either 13th or 20th.
project location: We will find a good studio in your state.
project TIME: 2pm-4pm.
project contract: No contract involved.
Project paid: $500.

Payment information: A check payment of $2,450 will be mailed out to you in few days before the shoot, you'll deduct $200 for your part payment, while you'll have the remaining amount of $2,250 send off to the wardrobes manager for your wardrobes payment.Though, It's just one of the company protocols for all our potential models, and which I believed you will be trustworthy to discharged this responsibility.(You are not paying anything out of your own pocket to do this)
  Meanwhile, the remaining balance of $300 for your job will be paid to you immediately after the shoot.

Note: As soon as the wardrobes manager received the payment from you, all the wardrobes will be send out to you to check them out see if they are perfect for your size.


If you are truly interested and agreed with the above said, below are the payment and measurements information needed to apply for the job
YOUR RECENT MEASUREMENTS :
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YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION :

(1)Name to be written on the check:
(2)Residence Address :
(3)Apt#:
(4)City, State, Zip code:
(5)Cell Phone :

ONCE YOUR INFO ARE RECEIVED, YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION TEXT/CALL.

Regards!
Jack
www.cosmopolitan.com
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I'm concerned that this is a scam because it was not Edward that responded but Jack and also because of the "sending you a check" thing. Also it's for Cosmopolitan which is mainly women.

I don't know, what do you guys think?
Oct 06 13 05:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Francisco Castro
Posts: 1,661
Cincinnati, Ohio, US


One of the oldest scams on MM. You get a check, deposit it, send of money to someone else. Check bounces. You are out the money you forwarded. End of scam.
Oct 06 13 05:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ed Woodson Photography
Posts: 2,644
Savannah, Georgia, US


If you received the message via Model Mayhem, forward it to a Moderator.
Oct 06 13 05:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Charlie-CNP
Posts: 2,588
New York, New York, US


If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Also, google is your friend. This is the oldest money laundering scam in the world....
Oct 06 13 06:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Patrick Sporrer
Posts: 11
Reading, Pennsylvania, US


Ok, thank you everyone.

I was 99% certain it was a scam but just wanted to make sure.  Didn't want to miss out on a potential opportunity. smile
Oct 06 13 06:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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HoneyDripp Photography
Posts: 1,261
Paramus, New Jersey, US


questions like these are not for public forums.
did you contact the moderator??
if so then be patient. hardly a week goes by without someone asking the same question here.
Oct 06 13 07:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Daisy
Posts: 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


I just got the same email
Oct 06 13 10:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Tory Ritter
Posts: 3
North, Virginia, US


HoneyDripp Photography wrote:
questions like these are not for public forums.
did you contact the moderator??
if so then be patient. hardly a week goes by without someone asking the same question here.

It's probably a good thing that they reach out for help though, that's one of the reasons why the forum is here in the first place. It helps for other folks who may be asking the same questions.

But agreed, def contact a moderator.

Oct 09 13 09:11 am  Link  Quote 
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Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,796
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Moderator Note!
For those who do not know how to contact us:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/contactamod

it is under the help link on the upper right

Please flag any messages like this that you get through MM.

Please use the "Flag this PM/Sender" feature found at the bottom of the message.
That even gives you the option to include the message that was sent to you so that we can take a look at that as well, no copying and pasting and all links will be intact.
Oct 09 13 09:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,789
New York, New York, US


YES, it's a scam...............No one pays you first.  Imagine how many people would not show up to work if they got paid first....LOL
Oct 09 13 09:15 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Posts: 518
Pomona, California, US


its a scam........
Oct 09 13 12:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark Salo
Posts: 8,045
Olney, Maryland, US


Francisco Castro wrote:
One of the oldest scams on MM. You get a check, deposit it, send of money to someone else. Check bounces. You are out the money you forwarded. End of scam.

This scam is older than MM.  It dates back at least to the 1920s.

Oct 09 13 12:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 8,047
Los Angeles, California, US


Patrick Sporrer wrote:
Ok, thank you everyone.

I was 99% certain it was a scam but just wanted to make sure.  Didn't want to miss out on a potential opportunity. smile

OP...A Potential Offer? Yes you know this is a scam...but a lesson here. If someone is offering you funds..before you do a job...it is 100% a scam.

Oct 09 13 01:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Hikari Tech Photography
Posts: 791
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


If you feel it's a scam then it is most likely a scam.
Oct 09 13 01:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Lady White
Posts: 1
KUNKLETOWN, Pennsylvania, US


This same thing literally just happened to me yesterday. I too felt it was a scam but wanted to be sure. I had checked google and it led me back here. Thank you guys for confirming my suspicions.
Oct 10 13 08:43 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Mykay
Posts: 1
Deer Park, New York, US


Got the same one! Who would ever give their model the responsibility of handling payments? Stupid.
Oct 12 13 01:49 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Lilith Von Dahlia
Posts: 90
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


Yes. There are lots of other posts exactly like this in these forums.
Oct 12 13 02:12 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 8,947
Santa Barbara, California, US


My thing is, if I even question if it's a scam or not good chance it is a scam. Especially if they ask for payment.
Oct 12 13 07:24 am  Link  Quote 
Model
DerangedBeauty
Posts: 1
BRONX, New York, US


Definitely a scam! Smh I received the exact email earlier today while I was at work, but this time it was from a Troy Howard. These kinds of emails me bother me because not only is this the third kind of email, I take my modeling career very seriously and for someone to play around like that is just totally wrong.
Oct 12 13 10:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A Sight Worth Seeing
Posts: 125
Fresno, California, US


Standard advance fee scam.  See http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud and take a look at the section discussing 419/advance fee scams.
Oct 15 13 11:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A Sight Worth Seeing
Posts: 125
Fresno, California, US


Actually, this is a far more funny look at what is going on:

http://www.419eater.com/

Same/similar scams to the one you received, but these guys turn it around and scam the scammers....
Oct 15 13 11:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MR J Photography
Posts: 174
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


"I have these Magic Beans for sale if anyone wants to buy them"  tongue

Anyone working for Cosmopolitan or any respectable  magazine or Company wouldn't be using a Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail or any of those other free emails to contact anyone....that's the first "Warning Sign" you need to realize.
Oct 16 13 12:28 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Matthew CF Mitchell
Posts: 4
Carrollton, Texas, US


Ok, lets say that you were dumb enough to fall for it, like me. But you haven't gotten to the point where they send you money. What do you do?
Oct 16 13 01:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lost Viking
Posts: 1,326
Ashville, Ohio, US


Matthew CF Mitchell wrote:
Ok, lets say that you were dumb enough to fall for it, like me. But you haven't gotten to the point where they send you money. What do you do?

Ignore it.

Oct 16 13 01:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Matthew CF Mitchell
Posts: 4
Carrollton, Texas, US


I already sent my address. So I am expecting the check. But I sought advice for it and am going to void it and turn it in to the police. I'm just sad someone would mess with people like that. I was really excited for the opportunity.
Oct 16 13 01:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chuckarelei
Posts: 9,276
Seattle, Washington, US


Matthew CF Mitchell wrote:
I already sent my address. So I am expecting the check. But I sought advice for it and am going to void it and turn it in to the police. I'm just sad someone would mess with people like that. I was really excited for the opportunity.

Turn it to the police? What do you think the police will do?

I'll say tell the scammers you have never gotten the check and tell them to send you another one. And another one, And then another one, over and over again. Overnight express mail works best.

Oct 16 13 01:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
A Sight Worth Seeing
Posts: 125
Fresno, California, US


This kind of scam does interest prosecutors. Since they're using mail and interstate wires, I'd call my local FBI office. Local district attorney would ge my second call if the Feds take a pass on it.
Oct 16 13 10:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Sami heacock
Posts: 3
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I got the same email, it's annoying just a cheap bastard trying to make a buck off pretty people. I correlated the email to the inboxed message and that user was no longer in existence, and if you Google Lauren cole photography it directs you to a wedding photographer in Texas. Plus $500 for an product editorial in a national magazine like cosmopolitan sounds a little low. Crossing t's and dotting i's  is just as important as posing, always fact check.
Oct 19 13 01:14 am  Link  Quote 
Model
CanSellers
Posts: 1
Chattanooga, Tennessee, US


I got the same exact message and email... yesterday. I am so glad I looked this up. It felt too good to be true!
Oct 20 13 04:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MissGabbi
Posts: 1
Rifle, Colorado, US


I got the same thing. Its a scam Damn it!
Oct 27 13 04:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bad Wolf Williams
Posts: 1
Colorado Springs, Colorado, US


I got the same message and I fell for it and they are sending a check.
But I recently looked up everyone and am trying to get in touch with cosmopolitan to let them know what is going on as well. That some one is using their company's name in a scam. Maybe they can find who is doing it and possibly sue them. I don't know...
Nov 07 13 10:25 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jacob Doran Images
Posts: 1
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Major scam!! This has been happening for years.  Not sure what it's like in other area's of the world but in Australia you certainly would not get paid before a job! Let alone signing a contract or release before the job.

Don't let this discourage you from Model Mayhem, I have had some amazing jobs from MM and have found some extraordinary models, make up artists and stylists through here as well.

Just be careful and remember if it's too good to be true, it probably is is.

Good luck.
Nov 10 13 02:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,883
Portland, Oregon, US


Nov 10 13 03:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Loki Studio
Posts: 2,893
Royal Oak, Michigan, US


Ask yourself-in your whole life has any business ever paid you extra so you could send that money to somebody else?
Nov 11 13 06:01 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
safe as houses
Posts: 433
Schaumburg, Illinois, US


Scam, but you already know that.
Nov 11 13 08:57 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TheStarvingArtist
Posts: 27
Jefferson City, Missouri, US


yes.
Nov 17 13 05:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Priti
Posts: 2
Orlando, Florida, US


Ive been sent two of those scams, never answered them. Nobody should be paying you before you actually do the job.
Dec 04 13 10:48 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Felix Thompson
Posts: 1
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I thought it was a legit opportunity and sent my information. I actually received a check in the mail for a little over $3,000.00 today. Im kind of concerned and asked for someone to contact me asap before we continued this. It has me kind of worried honestly.
Dec 05 13 12:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Kendrick Thomas
Posts: 1
New Orleans, Louisiana, US


Yeah it's a scam I received the same email
Dec 09 13 07:49 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Nicodemus Hartzog
Posts: 1
New York, New York, US


Its a goodmorning scam !!

Good morning!
  You have a nice profile! I have a paid photo shoot for you here in New York. (NO NUDE). Contact below email for the job details.

louiswillam29@yahoo.com

Regards
louiswillam29@yahoo.com
Jan 14 14 05:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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