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:
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.
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 :
YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION :
(1)Name to be written on the check:
(2)Residence Address :
(4)City, State, Zip code:
(5)Cell Phone :
ONCE YOUR INFO ARE RECEIVED, YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION TEXT/CALL.
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.
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.
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.
"I have these Magic Beans for sale if anyone wants to buy them"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.