It is very important that we understand that there are perpetrators out here, who are out to harm our reputations as modeling agencies and beyond. They will prey on those who are vulnerable and desperate to be in the modeling industry. One tactic the perpetrators will use is to tell you that they are working with a very reputable company to draw your attention like Adidas. During the SCAM & The GLAM Blog Series there will be blogs with tips to help you become aware of the SCAM ARTIST. Education and safety pertaining to this is key!
For example, Modeltude Agency has perpetrators out here pretending to be our agency and stating that they are working with Adidas. They are using social media especially Instagram to reach out to aspiring models through their messenger. We experienced an aspiring model reaching out to us. She informed us that she had received a check from our agency and wanted to know if we were legit and she asked how to wire funds to us. This is an ULTIMATE NO!
Tip #1: You DO NOT EVER send your personal/banking information to anyone that you know nothing about. If you receive a check in the mail from the perpetrator PLEASE DO NOT CASH IT. You do not want to become part of the SCAM. The checks are FAKE. You must DISCARD the FAKE check(s). If you want to take a picture of it for evidence along with the envelope that is perfectly fine.
Philippians 4:6 states: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
Here is an email that was brought to our attention be sure to read it carefully and share with us your thoughts on the email, We will then post another blog to share with you our findings along with Tip #2:
From: Dana Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: January 21, 2020 at 4:13:48 PM EST To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (protect their personal info) Subject: Re: Seeking Models and Photographers Thank you so much with your reply. Below is an explanation of how we deal. How We Work This project is aimed at featuring a large collection of designer Bags, shoes, apparel and accessories and other items from various designers and manufacturers, to be displayed in an online Media ad and Electronic billboards nationwide. Our obligation in respect to this project is to generate some marketable commercial advertisement to feature these items, where all models and photographers will pose with the various items and exhibit a commercial character to attract consumer’s attention. It’s very simple and works the same as any typical promotional or commercial advert shoot. The end product from the commercial shoot is an online Media ad, Electronic Billboards and Network Medias that would convince the public to make this collection a top choice among others. You will get $500 as your advance/upfront booking fee and balance of USD 1,500 will be paid immediately after the completion of the commercial shoot and this $1500 also covers for the right of ADIDAS and Modeltude Agency to use all your Commercial videos/Commercial Shoots made for our own commercial interest for the period of 3 months. That means ADIDAS and Modeltude Agency are entitled to use the produced shoot for advert work for the period of 3 months only and this will be backed up by a contract. (Advance/Booking ($500) + Usage rights and wardrobe ($2,500) = $3,000 *Location/Venue of event: The shooting will hold at a rented studio in your location – (we shall arrange a suitable Studio and convey its detail to you unanimously.) We’ll be responsible for your hair do, Make Up artist and transportation, except for your wardrobe/costume that will be shipped to you directly from a contracted fashion stylist in charge. Note that the payment for your wardrobe will be made available by us and your clothing measurements has to be forwarded to the fashion stylist, REASON being that, the payment for your wardrobe has to be made or billed to your Name/info as requested and acceptable business terms by the Fashion stylist, to ENSURE a tallied customization and label to be printed on your costumes. (Read this Paragraph again) In addition, an advanced deposit/upfront pay of $500 shall be mailed to you to ensure your engagement on the upcoming cast with us in line with our business ethics. Actors/Models may attend the shoot with their choice of Friends/Parents/Manager/Spouse/Guardian (maximum of two) and should not arrive audition later than 8:30 a.m. to commence make-ups and attend a brief introductory class about the proposed project and shoot starts by 10:00 a.m. This shoot is going to be fun as different acting characters may be involved, which is the real sense of this project. Take the courage to participate in this paid and legitimate offer as we look forward to working with you. If you wish to working with us then we will advice you fill in our form by clicking on the attached link and for security reasons we attached a unique password for individual model. the details are as follows. Password: Ablegod101s Registration Form: https://form.jotform.com/Happyme101/ModeltudeAgency If you have any question or help, you can write us back in a message and we will appreciate a reply when done registering for booking processing. Regards, Modeltude Agency®
On Tue, 21 Jan 2020 at 9:59 PM, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (protect their personal info)
wrote: Hello, wow I’m interested what do I have to be apart of this Sent from my iPhone On Jan 19, 2020, at 9:45 AM, Dana Nelson < email@example.com> wrote: We are keen on both (Male and female) for experts deals business shoot coming up one month from now which incorporates a video advert and Co-work PhotoShoot. We are Modeltude Agency®, A demonstrating and photography firm. We as of now seek Models and picture takers who are keen on the shoot. on the off chance that you are intrigued benevolently email us back with a short presentation and two ongoing works, make certain to Include your present area in other to be considered for quickly connect for application structure... MALE and FEMALE MODELS and PHOTOGRAPHERS NEEDED FOR ADIDAS COMMERCIAL SHOOT Occasion Date : Feb 6th 2020 and Feb 30th 2020 Occasion Date 2 : April 5th 2020 and April 10th 2020 * Time : 10 A.M. - 3 P.M * Nudity: No * No amount of experience is required. (Free Model Coach accessible upon demand). Remuneration : $1500 while $500 is forthright installment first. Contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org Regards, Modeltude Agency®.
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