How do I spot a modeling scam?

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If you got a random email from someone you never heard of offering you a high paying job or offering to sign you, it's a scam. Models don't get hired or signed that way. A classic Nigerian scam involves someone offering you a job with a prepayment and you are asked to wire back the overpayment via Western Union. The cashier's check you get will be fake and the money you wire will be very real. There are hundreds of variations of the advance fee check scams. Instead of focusing on who sent the email, who they use as a fake client, or how it's worded, it's best to learn how things work in the real world. In the real world, obscure unqualified models with a profile on a modeling site do not get random offers for high paying jobs, especially jobs moving you from a small market to a large market. Most scams can be avoided by standing in front of the mirror and looking at your reflection. Now look at the offer and ask yourself this question: "Are you serious?" Here are some examples:

I'm 5'4" and 140 pounds and someone wants to put me in a fashion spread in a magazine. Are you serious?
I'm in Juno, Alaska and someone wants to fly me to London for a runway show. Are you serious?
I'm a nude model and have nudes in my profile but someone wants me to get naked on webcam for evaluation. Are you serious?
I'm a no name model with 4 cell phone pictures on a modeling site and someone wants to prepay me. Are you serious?

See how that work? Use your common sense. You're not hot enough or good enough to be prepaid. If you think you are, you deserve to lose your money to a scammer.

Here's a collection of scammer emails. It was created mainly to allow Goggle to index it. Don't rely on it to test if your email is listed. There are literally thousands of variations.

This article addresses businesses which are technically not scams but should still be avoided.