Weird modeling offer...

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    Apr 30, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    I just got an email from some guy who says he would like me to model for some magazine...He only saw a few pictures of me online, he hasnt even met me yet but he already seems pretty interesting, to the point that he wants to make a $500 payment in advance...for this he is asking me my contact information...should i trust this? Should I send him my address, name and phone number? Here is the email

    emailThanks for the quick response and interest. The taken pictures will be used for the magazine cover of my client which website is www.Glamourmagazine.com.The name of the company is Essentials Magazine.it has just been established in United Kingdom also.
    Presently the company needs a models on the next month edition and am giving you the offer.Your pictures will be exhibited on their website and also after the first set of picture sent.Their magazines will be sent to you in order for you to know about the company.Subsequently depending on you, you could be invited over to the company to sign a contract with you.The location of the shoots will be somewhere close to where you are located.There is a photographer for the project.As soon as we agree, the
    photographer will get in touch with you to agree on the location, date and time of the shoots.As written in my previous mail, you will get $500 to start which will be sent to you immediately.. After payment has been received, the photo shoots will be taken and sent to the company. There will be a pre-arranged photographer and hair/ make up artist that will be coming over to you for the shoots. They will be contacting you for proper arrangement of time and location after payments has been made. Guess the arrangement is understood. In order for payment to be made to you, provide me with the following details:

    NAME:
    ADDRESS:
    PHONE NUMBER:
    STATE
    CITY
    ZIP CODE
    I await your response
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    Pass. Whenever money and contracts are involved, always do it in person. Also, there's no detail on what they're going to do with the photos afterwards. They might resell it. And you'll find your face/body Photoshopped on some porn DVD cover. icon_lol.gif

    Or it could be a straight up scam. Did this email come to you through RJ? Or through regular email? If it's the latter, check the IP and see if it came from a Nigerian ISP. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 8:31 AM GMT
    it actually came from 196.3.181.162 - SubTel, Suburban Telecom - Nigeria lol

    but what can they do with a phone number and an address? Sell it to tele-marketers? lol

    anyway spam reported icon_evil.gif Im gonna have to delete my profile from the website I just registered for modeling.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 30, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
    Give him your email and tell him to send you the contract
    If he doesn't do it or balks at that
    ... Then it doesn't pass the smell test
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    Apr 30, 2009 10:51 AM GMT
    Absolutely DO NOT give personal details. If they contacted you, they should've known your details already.

    This is phishing. And yes, they can sell your details to telemarketers. Or wheedle out more info from you using those, including your credit card numbers. Not to mention, identity theft.
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    Apr 30, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
    furthermore, just to put this in perspective, I got the same offer.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 30, 2009 12:14 PM GMT
    Sounds pretty suspicious. I'd never give out any information that can identify you (as others have mentioned). There is a right and wrong way to approach modeling and this doesn't seem like it.
  • rnch

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    Apr 30, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    i also received the same offer. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    even if nothing else about it was phishy, a $500 fee seems far too low to me for it to be a legitimate offer.
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    Apr 30, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    If ur asking us, then u already knowicon_eek.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    Magazines "story board" their issues a whole year in advance so this guy is just phishing for personal data.
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    Apr 30, 2009 3:26 PM GMT
    Total scam!
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 30, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    charlitos Warning this is a total scam! If you deposit the check they send, they withdraw the funds and you are left to pay the bank on your own.
    A friend at work also got one of these letters. They find out a little about you and target the spam around you.
  • olden

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    Apr 30, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    When you said Nigeria, it all fell into place. Let me tell you how this will play out.

    You will receive a check for $2000 ( or some larger amount) with a letter saying that this is your $500 dollars, but that his secretary made a mistake on the amount. Please deposit the check and remit the extra $1500.

    The check will turn out to be a forgery, so you will owe your bank $2000, and you have already sent the $1500. So he is up $1500 and you are out $3500.
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
    Charlitos


    ¡Tome por favor el consejo dado lo podría ahorrarle una miel grande del dolor de cabeza más adelante…!
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    Hey Charlie Toes,

    Since you live in Toronto, I thought I'd send you a link to a directory of reputable agencies in the city. These are all the agents that belong to industry associations, and they are the ONLY legitimate agencies in town. If an agency is not on this list, then they're a scam.

    Good luck icon_biggrin.gif
    http://www.actorsorganizer.ca/wp/?page_id=15

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    Apr 30, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    The fact that I received an offer like that should kill any credibility.
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    olden saidWhen you said Nigeria, it all fell into place. Let me tell you how this will play out.

    You will receive a check for $2000 ( or some larger amount) with a letter saying that this is your $500 dollars, but that his secretary made a mistake on the amount. Please deposit the check and remit the extra $1500.

    The check will turn out to be a forgery, so you will owe your bank $2000, and you have already sent the $1500. So he is up $1500 and you are out $3500.


    I would no fall for that one lol. I might follow the game as long as I know theres 0 risk of loosing money. If they ever send me some letter asking me to send $1500 back to them...Id be more like "yeah right, screw that, what a looser!".

    anyway I reported the sender to google so I dont get any further messages from them. This happened because I posted my email on that modeling website, Ive had recieve a couple of offers to work in Montreal but these messages came through the website messaging service and they dont go all crazy like "WE WILL SEND THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO YOUR LOCATION AND WE WILL ALSO GIVE YOU $500 UP FRONT".

    I will not remove my profile from the site since Ive gotten some legitimate offers. But i will definitely remove my email address from my contact info.

    UofTLatinBoy thanks for the page icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    scam
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    Hey, Charlitos. I have a weird modeling offer for you. It involves a jock strap, and a plane flight to Latin America

    Inquire within.

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    Apr 30, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    what's the website?
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    charlitos saidit actually came from 196.3.181.162 - SubTel, Suburban Telecom - Nigeria lol

    but what can they do with a phone number and an address? Sell it to tele-marketers? lol



    I used to work for a Credit Bureau, and can tell you there are MANY ways just a name and address could get you into trouble. But, the key here for the scam was that they were going to pay you in advance. Once you hand over your bank info, they have access for a broader scam. Regulatory delays are your enemy in these kind of scenarios. They would've deposited invalid funds pending approval, and then retrieved them from your account in the mean time.
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    at some point in time he will ask you for money or ask you to go and pick up money and then forward it on to another party.

    I get these things through work all the time.
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    Apr 30, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    Googled for 'essentials magazine' and found this:

    http://starsearchcasting.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=107583

    Crafty way to push the Nigerian scam towards guys that are into working out and looking good!
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    Whatever he is paying you I will triple it!!!
    Just send me your address and when you will be home alone. YahhHaaHaaHaa!