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 and Photographer Scams Are Back At It Again

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 karenporter1209@gmail.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:

Dear Matt,
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
Magazine.
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……..
Residential address….
City…….
State…..
Zip code….
Phone number… (Cell and home)
Age……
Sex……
Any previous experience…I wait your quick response
Thanks,
Karen Porter

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.