Model and Photographer Scams Are Back At It Again. Watch out newbie photographers and models as some people are scouring the modeling websites and randomly calling, texting, emailing, or all three. I recently got a text from a Los Angeles phone number (323)364-3628 and it sounded way too good to be true. Also didn’t make much sense seeing that although I make much initial contact with clients though an email rarely does anyone text my cell phone unless they know me. I answered the text and then three days later I received another text. The initial text was this:
Hi Matt Dunn, I’m Karen Porter from modelmanagement.com I have a modeling assignment for you if you are interested kindly get in touch with me through Text 323-3643-628 Or email email@example.com..Thanks
Now many times I have to give the benefit of the doubt to new or new to this industry clients. However when I saw much of the verbiage being used, the wrong grammar, and the wrong punctuation I was beyond skeptical. However I texted back the same day I received the initial text and recieved no response. I also called the number the text originated from with an electronic machine answering.
Today I received a text again. This time I was certain with the grammar and message:
Hi Matt am sorry it too me so long before getting back to you due to my schedule are tight.. i already email you kindly check it and reply all needed as soon as possible.. Thanks Karen Porter
So here is the email:
My name is Karen Porter from United State Of America, I’m a
freelance modeling agent working for Nat Magazine in recruiting Model,
Wardrobe stylist, Makeup artist and Hair stylist.
I text you regarding your post on modelmanagement . I was thrilled when
i saw your profile while surfing the Internet. I work with a newly
opened clothing store in Los Angele’s Ca, . Currently we are working
on promotional sales and advert for the store, I’m currently
recruiting models for a special edition of the magazine for publishing
and posing of the Store Sales Promo Magazine to boost their sales and
help them pave there way up the clothing industry meeting up with the
world of fashion today.
Sincerely I will be honored if i can work with you on this project,
you can come on board as a professional Photography, Shots will be taken to
advertise the stores products ranging from casual wears, Dinner gowns,
cooperate wears and different types of Model both for male and female.
Two fantastic Model will be assigned to you, the models will be
taking there shots for two hours meaning you will be needed for the
same period of time.
The location of the shoots will be in Los Angeles , CA within next 2
weeks, the photo shoot, fashion show; etc will be used for the
magazine cover of Zest magazine (NO NUDES), which is a brand of Nat
I believe that you will make a good Model. The shoot is just for 1 day
and you will be paid $6,600 for the whole project, The date for the
shooting is not yet fixed, I will have to make arrangement for that
ahead from now, there is a company financing this whole project, I
will email you the exact date for the shooting as soon as the
arrangement is completed with our client.
As part of our working policy and ethics, we give part payment to our
clients before we proceed with any job and balance immediately after
the work, You will be paid $500 as your part payment, your
accommodation, transportation and feeding we be free cause we will
make provision for it.
In order to be certainly sure that i have you booked, funds will be
sent to you immediately on confirmation of your payment information as
clearly outlined below this e-mail. After payment has been received,
the photo shoot will be taken and sent to the store. The whole crew
(the Photographer, the Hair stylist, the wardrobe manager) will be
delighted to work with you.
In order for booking arrangements to be made as soon as possible, I
need you to provide me with the following details:
Name in full……..
Phone number… (Cell and home)
Any previous experience…I wait your quick response
This is obviously a scam targeting model kids and newbie photographers. Be wary. They are offering quick front money(send you a check for more than stated and ask you to put it in your bank account and ask you to send them the difference after taking your fee out. Your money is real and theirs is non existent). Another clear way of knowing this is a scam other than all of the grammatical errors is how they are talking to photographers and models saying I would be a great model. Their are too many flags throughout.