SCAM: MORE DETIALS FOR THE SHOOT

When scammers ask your age, they can search you on social networking sites such as FaceBook and Classmates.com to obtain other information pertinent to committing fraud or identity theft such as birthdays, mothers maiden names, hometowns, etc. 

Agencies are not going to offer transportation and accommodations to someone they just found off the Internet without meeting them. 

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Begin forwarded message:

From: edward curtis <cedward4u@gmail.com>
Date: February 2, 2011 13:22:39 EST
To: Florida Photography Projects <flphotoprojects@gmail.com>
Subject: MORE DETIALS FOR THE SHOOT

Hello ,
        Thanks for your quick response,the catalog is for my
client,The date is between 21th and 22th of February..Beside how much
is your charge for 4hrs in a day and you are gonna do that for just 2
days or 3 days.Transportation allowance will be included as we
continue to work together,you could be invited over to the company to
sign a contract with you if you do pretty well.To this effect i would
implore you provide me with your statistics so that what you need
would be taken care of.You will get $650 to start with which will be
sent to you immediately this is for your transportation allowance.
After payment has been received, the photo shoots will be taken and
sent to to the company.There will be a pre-arranged photographer that
will be coming over as well 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 payments to be
made to you on time,i would need you to
provide me with the following details
NAME:
ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
STATE:
CITY:
OCCUPATION:
AGE:
ZIP CODE:
I await your response


On 2/2/11, Florida Photographer wrote:
Please advise the pay rate, location, time frame, and other pertinent
details. Thank you.

On Feb 2, 2011, at 6:50, edward curtis <cedward4u@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,
      My name is Edward Curtis ,a freelance for OAKNYC fashion
outfit and you are one of the few people chosen out of the screening
exercise performed by Model-mayhem for our make up artist.I have a
paid (MUA)job for you if you are interested.My client needs to update
their Catalog with the upcoming December release Fashion outfits
www.oaknyc.com and I'm interested in you for my Photo Shoot.Hit me
back if you are interested.
Edward.

SCAM: we need your services

Below are types of questions you should keep in mind when reviewing potential scam solicitations for your services. 

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Begin forwarded message:

From: andrestockman <andrestockman@gmail.com>
Date: February 2, 2011 20:04:56 EST
To: Florida Photographer
Subject: Re: we need your services

Hello  thanks for getting back at me promptly  i really want the best for my daughter on her
happiest day.The date of the wedding is SAT  5TH OF MARCH 2011 you
will arrive in AL and check into your hotel accommodation which we
will have made available for you FRIDAY the 4TH so you can have much
rest and be in good shape for the next day which is the Wedding.Your
upfront payment would be made available by my lawyer i will instruct
him to write out a cheque for you in your name so you can cash your
upfront payment as soon as possible.Mail to me your(FULL NAMES,PHONE
NUMBER,HOME ADDRESS STATE AND CODE and your COMPANY NAME),So
  arrangements could start for your upfront as for your companions they could come too but i only have a budget for 1 person who would be the make up personnel As for my flight Agent he works with Virgin Atlantic and would make all your flight arrangements ready and send over to you before your travel date.Mail me back as soon as possible with all the details,Mr Andre Stockman

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM, Florida Photographer wrote:
What is the date of the wedding?

Which travel agency do you use?

Many of our clients do not travel alone. Are you willing to accommodate their travel companions?

What method of payment do you use?

A thorough background check is performed prior to referring our clients for work.


On Jan 23, 2011, at 17:49, andre stockman <andrestockman@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello am Mr Andre C.E.O (Stockman reseach engine C.E.O(Stockman
> reseach engine USA)am an American but work here in Canada where i have
> most of my business clients i went through  your profile on Model
> Mayhem and i was quite impressed with the pictures i saw.My Daughter
> Stacy is about to get married in the States (Allgood AL)and i want you
> to handle the make up session on that day.You going to be doing the
> make up for the bride, the groom the best man and brides maid.its a
> special day for her and i want to give her the best that's why am
> believing you to handle the job perfectly.I have a budget of $600
> which i intend to pay half of it ($300)to you before you fly over to
> us in AL and then pay the rest ($300)immediately you are done with the
> whole make up session that day.Your flight and hotel accommodation
> would be handled by me and would be made available to you by my flight
> agent.Mail me as back as soon as possible with all i need to know,the
> wedding is next month and preparation for the ceremony needs to start
> now.Hoping to hear from you soonest thanks.Andre Stockman


SCAM: Makeup artist job offer

Can you spot the red flags?

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Thomas Miller <michmiller47@yahoo.com>
Date: April 13, 2011 13:00:39 EDT
To: michmiller47@yahoo.com
Subject: Makeup artist job offer

Hello Makeup artist,

 My name is Thomas Miller from London United kingdom,am a Freelance
modeling agent working under FMH Magazine,i came across your profile
on Model Mayhem while surfing on internet it's really great and i will
like to do some work with you, I got a fashion outfit which will
be coming up in United States, this event will be holding in any photographic studio around your location between MAY 2011,get back to me for more details,if you are interested in this job opportunity.
i hope to read from you soon

 Regards

Thomas Miller

SCAM: Part 2 - Make-up Artist..Shoot

The inclusion of model information is an attempt to legitimize the scam as a makeup artist job. 

A legitimate agency with legitimate jobs will not ask you to pay anyone let alone in cash. These types of scams operate in the manner that they send you a check for more than what the agreed amount is. You cash the check. They ask for a refund for the overpayment. You send it with your bank checks for your personal account. Later you receive notification from the bank that the check from the alleged agency was bad (closed or phony account, fraudulent, etc.). At that point, your checking account is deducted the amount you refunded to the alleged agency as well as the bad check fee. Additionally, the check you sent to the agency has your bank account and routing numbers as well as your address, phone number, drivers license number, signature, and any other information you have. Scammers can replicate the checks fraudulently and practice tracing your signature to make it appear as if you really did author the check. 

Scammers request the below information: 

Name in full…. 
Residential address in full…. 
City.. 
State... 
Zip/postal code... 
Phone number...(cell and home) 
Age.... 
Sex... 
E-mail Address: 
Charges...$420 (3 hours) 
Any previous experience... 

If you are being hired as a makeup artist or photographer, agencies will not aak for your age or sex. They will nit hire you without meeting and/or interviewing you, because they do not want to put their models in danger. They must maintain their reputations along with their models safety. They do not need your full name or residential address. You should be licensed in your city and/or county to provide these services. You may have a separate mailing address and registered company name. Agencies will accept that for purposes of I-9s and other tax records. 

By releasing the aforementioned information, you are making it easy for scammers to steal your identity, stalk you, or even go to your home posing as a repair person to be let in your hoke for their surveillance. Once they inventory your possessions, they can burglarize your home!

Be smart, and be safe. For crime reports, contact local law enforcement. Orange and Seminole counties have web links wherein you can enter your address to find out which law enforcement agency covers your area. 


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From: Michael Russo <russomichael34@yahoo.com>
Date: April 26, 2011 6:44:19 EDT
To: Florida Photographer
Subject: Re: Make-up Artist..Shoot

Hello, 

 Nice reading from you back.I work with a newly opened clothing store in South Carolina named Exclusive Wears.Currently we are working on promotional sales and advert for the store; There are some models that are ready for the  publishing and posing of the Stores 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 has a professional Make-up Artist,Shots will be taken in different cities including your location to advertise the stores products ranging from casual wears,Dinner gowns,cooperate wears both for male and female. 
Two models will be assigned to you,here are some of their details to help you out in preparation.. 

1 : Melissa Wildes 
    Age : 22 
    Gender:Female 
    Height :5' 6" 
    Weight :117 lbs 
    Hair color :Brown 
    Hair length :Medium 
    Eye color :Blue 
    Ethnicity :Caucasian 
    Skin color :Tanned 

2 : Amber Marie
    Age : 23 
    Gender : Female 
    Height: 5' 6" 
    Weight: 125 lbs 
    Hair color: Brown 
    Hair length: Shoulder Length 
    Eye color: Brown 
    Ethnicity: Black 
    Skin color: Brown 



The models will be taking there shots for three hours meaning you will be needed for the same amount of time as well. Let me know your charging plan for 3 hours just for a day shoot.The shoot will be held on the 19th & 20th May 2011 and 23th &24th of June 2011 for those who are booked for the previous dates, the pictures will be used for the promotion sales and website designing.. 

 The Store will be responsible for the provision of getting you to the studio where the shoot will be taking.In order to incorporate different flavor into the magazine the shoot will be taking in different cities,as soon as we both agree, the photographer will make arrangement for a suitable location for the shoot and he will be coming over to meet you up so that the shooting can be done in good time. Let me know if you're ok with $420 for 3 hours of your time and service for all 2 models. 
In order to be certainly sure that i have you booked for that date,funds will be sent to you immediately on confirmation of your payment information as clearly outlined below this e-mail.Presently thewardrobe stylist is on a job and he will be working on this job with you,therefore the sponsor will draft out his payment along with yours so when you receive your check cash it out deduct your charges and have the balance sent to the wardrobe stylist,After payment has been received, the photo shoot will be taken and sent to the store. The whole crew (the photographer,the models,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 in full…. 
City.. 
State... 
Zip/postal code...

SCAM: Make-up Artist..Shoot

Makeup artists and photographers - beware of the scammers!

A legitimate agency will have agency license numbers, which are verifiable through licensing boards and divisions of corporations. Most likely the grammar of such solicitations is better, although not by much. 

Their follow up email will also be posted for viewers to notice red flags. 

If you are in the greater Orlando area, ignore these scammer emails! Never release your confidential information to those who are phishing. It leads to identity theft and fraud and compromises your safety, security, privacy, and confidentiality. If you have fallen victim to these and like scams, file a police report immediately! Keep original emails in tact along with any other documentation you may have. Provide these to the local or county law enforcement electronic and/or financial crimes unit. Some local agencies, such as those in Seminole county may defer to county law enforcement. They may also suggest you contact your financial institutions to report the incident in an effort to seek recovery of the stolen funds. Banks will required copies of the police reports. 

These types of crimes take time to monitor and investigate, so do not be dismayed if you do not see immediate results. Always remember to be safe, and be smart. 

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Michael Russo <russomichael.russoo@gmail.com>
Date: April 25, 2011 8:40:21 EDT
To: russomichael.russoo@gmail.com
Subject: Make-up Artist..Shoot
Reply-To: russomichael34@yahoo.com

Hello,

My name is Michael  Russo, I'm a freelance modeling agent.I e-mailed you regarding your post on model mayhem. I was thrilled when i saw your work and I appreciate it. I work with a newly opened clothing store in  South Carolina named Exclusive Wears.Currently we are working on promotional sales and advert for the store; There are some models that are ready for the  publishing and posing of the Stores 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 has a professional Make-up Artist,Shots will be taken in different cities including your location to advertise the stores products ranging from casual wears,Dinner gowns,cooperate wears both for male and female Please send an email to { russomichael34@yahoo.com }if you are interested .

Looking forward to read back from you in my email stated above before it's too late .

Thanks
Mr Michael  Russo.