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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:

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