BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens UPDATE!

BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens UPDATE!

I have an update.  I submitted this case to JUDGE JUDY and the head producer called me.  I explained the entire case to her and then she agreed it would be a great case to have the Judge hear.  I gave her all of Gina’s aliases and her contact info as well.  She immediately called her and, as usual ,she was screening though her VM.  The producer called her once again and then she answered the phone.  She then made up a BS excuse and told the producer she would run the idea past her “attorneys”.  Obviously she doesn’t want to be seen, publicly on TV, as the fraud she continues to show everyone else.  It would be so fun to see Judge Judy’s reaction to all of her BS as well as the scams she perpetrates.  After all, what promoter doesn’t want free publicity for their magazine and projects.


BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens

BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens and Platinum Weddings Gala and The Couture Linen Collection and Platinum Weddings Group.  She has shown her dishonesty and lack of credibility in so many ways I don’t know where to start.  She and Platinum Magazine owe me and my team more than $3200 for the editorial shoot we were contracted to perform.  She has also effectively stolen that drive from me which is valued at more than $400.  They have yet to pay anyone for their work although I over-nighted ,via UPS, a Lacie portable hard-drive with all of the images from the photo shoot.  She has become a ghost by never answering phone calls and hiding from emails and texts from both my hair and makeup artists as well as myself.

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson

I was first contacted by Gina Triolo to photograph her “new” magazine Platinum Fashion Magazine.  I found out she works out of her home at 32 Colonial Farm Rd Haverhill, MA 01832.  She contacted me initially on Facebook and then it moved onto calling me on her caller id blocked phone.  When I asked her about this she told me that she was being stalked and harassed by models who wanted to be on the cover of her magazines.  She talks way too much and way too fast all the while patting herself on the back.  However I have met editors like this in the past so I simply appeased her.  She constantly talked to me about all of the people she knew and how much money she had.    She talked with me over 20 times in the weeks prior to the shoot, many times 10pm and later, about the look she was wanting, locations, models, agencies, hair and makeup artists and rates for all of them.  I could clearly see, many times, she was a novice at these types of shoots.  However I just thought I knew so much more having been in the fashion editorial business for nearly 30 years.  I helped her and suggested multiple model agencies, did card pulls, called and booked hair and makeup artists, all on my credible reputation.  I let her book a hotel I suggested, The Mondrian in Miami Beach.  Thank goodness I did so I wasn’t stuck with that bill.

Gina has the following know aliases. 

Known Aliases: Gina M Durgin
Gina M Sgarano
Gina Karlssom
Gina M Karlsson
M Karlsson
Gina Karlsson

Her birthdate is October 6, 1973

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson who is a thief and scammer!

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson who is a thief and scammer!

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson who is a thief and scammer!

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson who is a thief and scammer!

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson who is a thief and scammer!

Fake Magazine Platinum by Gina Triolo Karlsson who is a thief and scammer!

About a week prior to the shoot date  Gina Triolo Karlsson  requested invoices from the hair stylist, makeup artist, and myself, the photographer.  She told us she wanted the invoices early so she could get them to her accounting department so we could be paid a few days after the shoot.  Of course this sounded very good to all of us so we complied to her requests and got her the invoices immediately.  The invoice I sent her was on June 18 2014, a few days before our shoot.  The makeup artist and hair stylist both sent their payment information a few days before I sent her my information.

On the day of the shoot, I arrived about 45 minutes early, a practice I have always done since the beginning of my career.  After all I wanted to make sure I had ample time to scope out locations throughout the hotel since Gina told me that we had open access to the hotel. When we arrived she was hesitant to tell us the room number since she was not even out of bed yet.  That was the first bank of lies she told me to my face.  After the models and hair and makeup artists congregated in the lobby Mrs. Triolo – Karlsson arrived, full of many excuses.  My opinion is that of excuse making and lies are her MO and you will see this throughout this story.   Gina Triolo Karlsson has given me many different names of people that don’t exist. The last person she has made up is Kathleen Humphrey but she has also used the alias Linda Ellis as well.  They are supposedly at the same phone number(781-526-1906) which always goes directly to voice mail.  I have never spoke with anyone other than Gina.  I have left messages and have never received a voice call back.  Usually what has been happening is a day or 2 later I get a BS email from her.

As I usually do, my assistant and Gina Triolo Karlsson walked around the hotel looking for shot locations.  Once again she told me that she had full run and authority to shoot anywhere in the hotel.  This was another lie that was uncovered during the shoot.

As I have demonstrated Gina Triolo is a scam artist masquerading as a magazine editor and  multiple business owner.  She claims to have been in business for many years all the while what I have learned is that she preys on those who don’t do their research or have no research to glean info from.  This is what I hope those who find this on-line will get from my experience.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate calling me.  I will fill in the blanks for you.

As for Gina Triolo Karlsson, my attorneys have been alerted and are in attack mode.  I will get paid!



Model Launcher Desparate Attempt to Discredit Those Who Stand Against Them

There is a new and insidious wave of cyber-sites on the internet that do nothing more than promise fame, fortune,and fairness to the new and unwary young models. Therefore they muddy the water for the model who doesn’t know any better.
Remember the model scams of the past?
Paying agencies for photo packages all the while getting no promotion. Mass model searches as Pro-Scout, Manhattan Model Search ect are all forms of this.Sure, once in a long while and after taking tens of millions of dollars in fees from the unwary, they will run across someone who really is model material. Sure, a representative from real agencies show up since they are promised an expense account at a nice Florida hotel(from the “scouting” company). Many time they are paid a fee as well all from the fees you pay to objectively get advice. The agents also know they “may” stumble upon a diamond in the rough.
The new wave of these scams, like MODE LAUNCHER, have no licensing, hide in little rooms behind computers, and seem harmless all the while gleaning information from those kids, promising contests and trips to South Beach to shoot with top photographers. They are profiting, by deception,by selling their information all the while gaining what seems to be and audience. They promise the streets are paved with gold and that winning one of their “contests” will change your life. They steal images right off the internet and intimate they have something to do with, or started these models career. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am here to tell you the truth. Lets quickly get to the “Contest” portion. These are rigged and are chosen by Bill Staniford, AKA William Staniford as well as a few of his associates. How do I know this? Because he tried to recruit me into his slimy business so he could use my knowledge and credibility in this business to help repair and bolster his reputation.
He is trying to cloak himself and his intentions by getting seeming endorsements from a few highly respected names, like myself, in this business. Staniford’s latest offensive is to name, only Matt Dunn Photography, in a blog post. Why? Because I have and continue to pull back the curtain on his latest scam.
I have been in this business for more than 30 years, first as a model and then a successful photographer for the past 25+ years. I have never met such an arrogant, self-centered individual as Bill Staniford. Model Launcher, Staniford’s business, has been in effect for little more than a year. Screen Shot 2013-08-30 at 10.40.49 AM
He believes that no matter who is in the room he is smarter than him. Rules don’t apply to his nor does fairness so what he does and who he does it to has no effect on him.
Now that I have lifted the veil on him and Model Launcher, so to speak, he has sent me hate driven emails and now is putting up a few detrimental blog entries.

The first threatening email I received from Bill after I wrote my first blog entry uncovering his deceptive photo posting and intimation that he had something to do with these models.  Note he still is defending his deception.

The first threatening email I received from Bill after I wrote my first blog entry uncovering his deceptive photo posting and intimation that he had something to do with these models. Note he still is defending his deception.

This is all driven because I refused to work with Model Launcher as I had heard this scamming concept before and continue to tell the people to stay away. Here is the email I got from him yesterday in his hate-filled rage.
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He believes he can tell lies about me and people will blindly follow and not do their homework. I have a world-wide amazing reputation and am producing work for magazines and advertising consistently. Look at my website to see but a few of my new works including recent shoot for ABC/Disney of Matt Damon. Staniford thinking that walking down a runway one time during a season of Project Runway it hitting the “big time” shows how he knows nothing about this business. Call any agency in Miami Beach, let alone in New York and you will find out that Model Launcher and Bill Staniford are invisible to the industry. I am sympathetic to models as it has gotten tougher and tougher for them to sift though all of the garbage,the pedophiles, thieves, and scams with all of these predators coming at them from all angles.


Continuing with a scam that is ongoing, Bill Staniford, AKA Mansfield Staniford who was involved with a Russian spy that was deported by the US government,keeps copyright infringing on photographers, model, makeup artists, stylists, and model agency masquerading as and agent. He and his cronies keep duping Facebook kids ranging from 10-25 into believing Model Launcher is an illegitimate model scouting organization. He knows he is tricking children as I have informed him as well as other of his business associates of his. He has absolutely NO TIES TO THE FASHION BUSINESS. I am about to turn him into the agencies he continues to steal from and he will be finished. Model Launcher is a scam and has no ties to the industry and never will. I talked to many of my friends who are in the model management business and they are behind me in pulling back the curtain on the deception that is Model Launcher.


I was recently approached by a guy named Bill Staniford AKA Mansfield Staniford. He pitched me an idea where he can enter into the foray of the fashion world and act as an agent/promoter/model agency. This guy is really a computer guy who has learned to manipulate search engines as well as building software and is very proud of his fraudulent ability to not only use Facebook for his own publicity but also claims to be producing models and discovering new talent. This is the same guy who was involved with a Russian spy which was all over the news. He is now trying to seduce wannabe models into a lavish Miami Beach trip which includes a free hotel and photo shoot. Like you have always learned, “if it sounds to good to be true don’t believe it”! He is building his false reputation by making himself look credible stealing images from all over the world wide web. In his view, models images and photographers images have no worth so he is and continues in a federal crime which is copyright infringement. He has literally hundreds of images in which he has stolen from websites all over the web. For a guy who claims to have an up and up business he continues his stealing to make himself and his shady company look credible. He is intimating also that the models he has stolen their images somehow came through his company. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Now that he has hoodwinked literally 147,000 people on his Facebook with his deception,he is going to try to get advertisers on board. He said to me he has a vendetta against Model Mayhem(I’m not a big fan but at least they don’t steal images). I went through his whole Facebook page and placed a notice on all of the infringed images(Took me literally hours) and the next day they had removed all of the comments. WHY? Because he knows it is wrong and I called him on it. I have been in this business for more than 25 years and have a stellar reputation. This bunch is trying to cheat, lie, steal, and trick kids into following them, entering phony contests just to get followers. This in turn translates into advertisers viewing them as credible and makes them money. Also when you are trying to act as an agent one needs a license. Another loophole sidestepping by Staniford. What is next who knows but the business model they have created and are working on is predatory to photographers, models, makeup artists, and the whole fashion industry as a whole. Make no mistake, Staniford and Model Launcher has NO CONNECTIONS to the model industry, knows no agencies,knows nothing about the modelling or fashion industry, and cannot help you or your career. And remember, they have no agency license. Remember ProScout, Manhattan Model Search, and all the other scams out there. They built their business on wannabe models and built themselves up with stories of dreams of celebrity, beauty, riches, and fame. They also love to target Florida. A very credible source once told me that Florida is the most scam-able naive people on the planet.

Another Photographer Scam Alert

Another Photographer scam alert

What good news!!! Someone wants to hire me as a photographer.

It seems that a Ms Doris Clack of Toledo want me to go out and shoot her wedding on the 31st of May.

Wow, good news indeed – my fame as a pro photographer has spread!!! 😉 I must reply immediately…

Only a few minor issues… Firstly I’m a commercial photographer who rarely covers weddings at all.

Secondly, the address looks like this. Hmm, just the sort of place I feel like traveling to in Toledo OH.

1515 W Laskey Rd, Toledo, OH, United States
What is this, a Simpsons address. Where do these guys come up with this? If they were
smart at least they would have recruited someone who could proofread and find all of the spelling and grammatical errors.

If I remember rightly, this one goes along the lines of:
1, ‘We’ll send you a check for all your costs and expenses”
2, Wedding gets cancelled
3, “Keep 20% of the check value, if you can just transfer the rest back to us”
4, Check turns out to be stolen/forged, so you lose the money you sent back.

I’ve seen much more plausible ones than this – what I always ask myself is… “OK, I know I’m a great photographer but why would someone pay to fly me out of Florida? Cant they find a good photographer available far cheaper locally?”

The full email…
Good day,

I am Miss Doris Clack from United State, i am getting married to Mr
James bills on the 31 0f May 2013 at 1515 W Laskey Rd, Toledo, OH 43612
i needed a special photographer who will take a place at the
event next months i will like to know all what it will cost
you to get to the location here and the actual amount to take a
coverage of 7hour from the church to the reception i really need to
know this so that i can contact my father in-law about this because he
his the one paying for this coverage await your response immediately.

Thanks & God bless
Doris Clack

Eagle One Arms Gun Shop Not Fair Rip Off

Eagle One Arms Gun Shop
4202 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers FL 33901
I was looking to buy one of their guns while trading one of mine. I was dealing with them via Florida Gun Trader which is a great website for buying and selling and trading guns .
Be aware I have done hundreds of barter deals through car deals as well as Florida Gun Trader and Ebay. I know fair people and traders and those who are not. This dealer is not a fair dealer. He is selling concealed weapons permit training at a very cut-rate which is my first flag. Second I was working on a deal with him which he wanted to trade me for my Beretta which is in like-new condition. He wanted to give me less than half of what I paid and I bought it from Bud’s Gun Shop, . Bud’s generally is among the lowest sellers on the internet and I paid about $550 for my gun delivered. This guy wanted to pay me $225 for my gun while charging me about $150 more than market value for a gun he had. He felt justified since he paid extra for laser grips(which I could care less about. Be careful dealing with this guy. For your information!!!