Modeling Photo Shoot Scam

Modeling Photo Shoot Scam: How It Works

You are a beautiful girl. You might have heard your family members or your friends saying that you should be a model, especially after all those Instagram posts. They are right, maybe you should consider doing more than that. However, do it only working for legitimate companies and – most importantly – do not fall for the recent modeling scams. How do they work? Let’s take a look.

Watch the video below to see some scams in the industry – exposed by an actual model – then we will get into more serious stuff:

Model Exposing Scams Video

However, the most notorious modeling scam is really heartbreaking. It comes as an advertisement for a job opening. As you can imagine, the job is for a commercial photo shoot done by a well-known photographer from a big city. The ad says you should register via email and submit a portfolio with a couple of headshots.

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Soon after you subscribe, you get a confirmation email from ‘the man’, saying he saw your portfolio and loved it. He offers you the job and says he would fly to your city for the shoot next month. After exchanging enough emails and several phone calls to work out all of the details, he gets your trust and you are more than excited.

When it comes to the wardrobe for the shoot, the photographer has a particular taste. “I love this designer in Paris. His name is [insert name] and I’ve been doing business with him for a long time. He is like a diamond in the rough. I think his clothing line is perfect for your body. I’ll pay for it, so no worries”.

That’s pretty cool, right?


The Hook Is In The Designer Fees

As you are getting all your measurements done for the designer, the photographer informs you: “I will send you the check for the photo shoot now, via FeDex. You should have it tomorrow. By the way, I added the designer’s fee for the clothes in there, so please send him the payment as soon as you deposit my check. He is waiting for it, as he needs to order the fabric. He needs at least a week to finish your dresses.”

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You receive the check the next day, say $1,400. You go to deposit it and then head to a Western Union, Money Mart, or Money Gram office to send half of the amount to the designer. Little do you know the check you just deposited is going to bounce in a few days… You’ll be a few hundred dollars short (if not thousand) and your famous photographer or designer will be nowhere to be found.

Besides the scam above, there are a couple more to be aware of.

Watch the video below to see a few great tips for when you are about to sign up with a modeling company:

Scams To Be Aware Of Video


How To Avoid The Modeling Photo Shoot Scam:

Google is a beautiful thing. If you are offered a job for a renowned company or person, they should have a legitimate presence on the Internet. Research the name of every modeling agency or agent you get in contact with.

Never pay anything before being paid by a job, especially if you have to send the money via Western Union, Money Mart, Money Gram, MoneyDot, Vanilla Reload, MoneyPak, Steam (or any other reloadable prepaid cards).


How To Avoid The Modeling Photo Shoot Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

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Here is what I received, beware: “Hi, We are interested in both (Male and female) professionals for a sales commercial coming up which includes a video advert and Co-operate Photo Shoot. I am Director Matt Eich (DIRECTOR) from jamie levine (CEO) jamielevinephotography®. Interested Models who will be available are required to mail back with a brief introduction and two recent works, be sure to Include your current location in other to be considered for immediate booking. Feel free to mail back for additional information.?? MALE & FEMALE MODELS FOR ADIDAS COMMERCIAL SHOOT Event Date 1 : Nov 24TH 2019 and… Read more »


Yup, there is this scammer claimin to be named David Robinson with Epic Talents Photography. He is scamming people in Columbia, Missouri…

Valentina Nesi

Exact email from Eurolux, it’s a scam. Already got one like this a month ago. Stay away!


We have acknowledged the receipt of your information and application form via email, and have properly examined it. After going through your profile, Our Team Of Professionals have been able to access your credibility and potential therefore we are offering you the Consumer (Lead) role. Based on this fact, the Board of EuroLuxFilms have decided to grant you an opportunity to partake in this shoot. On the above subject matter, EuroLuxFilms hereby congratulates you on your successful emergence. It is a great honor to have you on our team. Congratulations and welcome! We hope you will have an amazing time… Read more »


I’ve been approached by a man named Frank Coleman supposed to be director of the Larry price photography. They say there send a check including a 500$ booking fee for me to have plus to cover the outfit. And I’ll be sending that money to a stylist / designer. They say it’s a puma sportswear photo shoot to take place between Jan 28th 2018 and Jan 31st 2018. They say there going to cover travel to get me there. It’s a 5 hour shoot. And they are going to pay me 7500$ after the shoot as payment for Larry price… Read more »


Lee i got the exact same email, its a scam


I received a message over Instagram for a job offer and having the feeling that it’s a scam… I sent them an email to the email that they provided. I did do research and there is a website with very similar information… but it all seems sketchy to me. First off, I feel like a real company would have better grammar. I just wanted to leave this here in case anyone else is getting these messages. The Instagram I was contacted by has the username: @riversidephoto101 Here’s the email I received: Dear My name is John Wesley Jr, a freelance… Read more »

Abby Ellenich

Is this a scam I can’t tell i could realy use help. From: guy name Franco Williams Hello, how are you doing?We acknowledged your interest in response to the message you received via email. We are extremely confident about the potential results of our collaborative efforts as it would be an honor to capture your beauty, poise, elegance, and sensuality.Our focus mainly lies on upcoming artists in the fashion & entertainment industry. We are interested in the daily life of the upcoming model/ can also read about fashion,beauty and interviews with upcoming models,photographers,actors,designers, DJ’s etc. And here we are again,… Read more »

Elijah Nickorny

Is this a scam? Good afternoon, trust you are doing well? Thanks for your fast response, You’ve been selected for our new designs cataloged update. Presently the company (ZAPPOS) needs few new faces/models to advertise their new year outfit (NOTE: no nudity, fetish, bondage or other adult content stuff….It’s strictly a fashion shoot and i am the favored supervisor for the project coming up in your area. DATE: The shooting date is March 17th (NOTE THAT). PAYMENT: WE DO PAY $280 TO MODELS FOR PER HOUR SHOOT and it’s 5 hours photo shoot, total of ($1400). TRANSPORT AND INFO: Transportation… Read more »

Joe Davies

Please read below and be aware of these f*****g scammers! Modelmanagementnewfaces 24 Mar 2019, 21:09 (12 hours ago) to me Hello Joe, We will like to clarify that we are not the one in charge of the funds and we don’t have anything to do with any funds until the completion of the project, it was the financier of the shoot that is in charge of the funds and confirmed that they are willing to issue only one check for your part payment and logistics because it saves them money and time and most importantly, it will be easier for… Read more »

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