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Beauty Pageants

 

How The Beauty Pageant Scam Works:

(with video below) There is no country in the world that has more beauty pageant scams than the United States. Advertised with bells and whistles in all 50 states, questionable competitions are organized every month in big cities. Canada, Australia, and the UK have them too, but not as many.

Glamorous words, big promises, use of celebrity names – are just some of the hooks that get millions of young girls begging their parents to pay the registration.

The scam is the entire package: in order to participate, the contestants have to pay things like general entry fee (around $500), training sessions ($200), a full page ad in the sponsorship book ($100), wardrobe (gowns, dresses, shoes), and – indeed, travel and accommodation.

Don't get us wrong, there are legitimate beauty pageants that have been running successfully for many years, but when you pay thousands of dollars for a shot at fame and all you get is a plastic glass trophy worth $37, you should reconsider.

 

Watch How To Avoid The Beauty Pageant Scam:

Watch the video below to see great tips on how to avoid the Beauty Pageant Scam:

Avoid Beauty Pageant Scam Video

Look for how long the host company has been operating pageants. Also, look at their judges - what are their qualifications? Try to find if there are refunds possible if a contestant decides to withdraw from the pageant.

You might get hit with fee after fee and decide to withdraw your daughter, only to find out that you can't get anything back. Finally, ask the organizers for references from previous participants and their contacts, if possible. Also, ignore promises sending you to Miss Universe soon.

 

How To Report The Beauty Pageant 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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