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The information posted below is not verified by Florida Models. Florida Models is not responsible for what other people feel, think or say. The scam information is provided to you as links to other web resources. We have nothing to do with what other organizations publish. Whenever possible, you should check with the source linked below to verify the accuracy of any complaints.


Tampa Bay Modeling Modeling Scam Definition Database
Contains model scam activity patterns, scam countermeasures, and scam fighting tactics for the professional model.

Florida Talent Agency Laws | Help for Scam Victims

Under Investigation Under Investigation: The Inside Story of the Florida Attorney General's Investigation of Wilhelmina Scouting Network, the Largest Model and Talent Scam in America

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If You've Got The Look, Look Out! Avoiding Modeling Scams Facts for consumers from the Federal Trade Commission: If you've think you've been scammed by a bogus model or talent scout, contact your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General, or Better Business Bureau. They're in your local directory assistance.

In Florida: The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint (against a talent agency) visit MyFloridaLicense.com

Select from the list of the scams in the contents box below to view details.

Scams - Table of Contents
  • Allstar Models & Talent
  • American Child Actor and Modeling Association, www.acama.com
  • American Model Search, Scott Riddel
  • Bait & Switch Scam
  • Boom Talent & Model Agency, Hollywood Hotshots Photography
  • British/UK Modeling Work
  • Check Cashing Scam Used with Modeling Work
  • Damon Salvatore Agostino, Deez Photography
  • DMS Studios, Steve Ryan
  • Elite Model Management Company Name Used in Email Scam
  • Fake emails, "fashion modeling job for you" and similar titles.
  • Fashion Outfit Show/brownkelly1@yahoo.com
  • Fashion Rock
  • Joseph A. Friend, Cherish Beauty, LLC
  • Glamour Magazine/Essentials Magazine
  • Gold Coast Talent
  • LA Looks Model Contest
  • Mario J Mercado, photographer
  • Mickey Jaye, Omolodumare Elguerrerr, Joe Mickey Robinson, El Omolodumare Guerreos
  • Model 2000 (see also Studio V)
  • Modeling Scams - General  New!
  • Nick Reeve, using Christopher Reeve charitable organization
  • Options Talent (Formerly eModel.com)
  • Out of State Solicitations
  • Pacific Models and Talent
  • Pier Model Management
  • Premier Model Management name being fraudulently used
  • Reginald Foxx/RF Model Management
  • Show Biz Central of Southern Florida, Inc.
  • Screen Test U.S.A.
  • screentestusa.com
  • Studio V (Formerly Model 2000)
  • TCT, Trans Continental Talent (Formerly Options Talent/eModel.com)
  • Tomorrow's Stars, Inc.
  • Universal Entertainment, Steven Smith
  • Vogue UK, Fashion Expo Miami
  • Wilhelmina Scouting Network (Formerly TCT Talent)
  • WSN - Web Style Network (Formerly Wilhelmina Scouting Network)
  • Wizard Productions & Glenn Whitaker or William Glenn Whitaker
  • Xtreme Talent, Xtremetalent.biz, jobs.talentservices.biz



  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Unlicensed Search FL
    Select the county (such as Dade) and Office of Talent Agencies (next to Board) to search that area for individuals and companies operating without a talent license.
  • Licensed Search FL
    Select Search by License Type. In License Category select Talent Agents, License Type select Talent Agency, then select only the county for a list of licensed talent agencies in that area.
  • File a Complaint
    Select Talent Agents, and follow the instructions to fill out, print and mail the complaint and supporting documentation.


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    Florida Laws and Info:
    If you take the time to learn the laws, you'll be better equipped to avoid potential scams. The state licensing board has specific laws governing the conduct of talent agencies. Commercial agencies that are SAG-franchised also have rules they must follow, or be in violation of the Screen Actor's Guild code of conduct. Of course, there are always photographers, managers and other unscrupulous people that exist in the world, and on the Net. Although model searches and modeling/charm schools can be helpful, depending on one's circumstances, they are not necessary to enter the modeling profession. Fashion modeling agencies usually like to see a couple snapshots of potential models - it is never a requirement to have professional pictures or a portfolio. Commercial modeling agencies like to see comp cards, but also do not require a portfolio. If you are unsure what an agency would like to see for consideration, you can phone them and ask. Although usually quite busy, they are used to answering questions from those looking to get into the modeling industry, and are often very helpful. Please remember: an agent takes a percentage (usually 10-20%) off of work they book for you. You do not pay them to find you work. If an agency tells you that you need to pay a "registration fee," that is illegal in FL. They also cannot require you to subscribe to, purchase, or attend any publication, postcard service, advertisement, resume service, photography service, school, acting school, workshop, acting workshop, or buy video or audio tapes. That is also illegal in the state of Florida. If you run across someone who does this, please report them. There are enough scams already in existence. Check in with the Florida State Statutes, Ch 468, part VII (on sister site Tampa Bay Modeling)

    FYI: Each talent agency must maintain a permanent office and must maintain regular operating hours at that office. If they don't, they are in violation of Florida law. Please use a licensed talent/model agency.
    Florida Talent Agency Statute Information (on sister site Tampa Bay Modeling)
    468.412 Talent agency regulations.
    468.406 Fees to be charged by talent agencies; rates; display
    468.410 Prohibition against registration fees; referral.
    468.407 License; content; posting.
    468.408 Bond required.
    468.415 Sexual misconduct in the operation of a talent agency.
    468.411 Labor disputes; statements required.


    If you have had a problem, or want to check up on an agency, the FTC has a helpful article:  If You've Got "The Look"...Look Out! Avoiding Modeling Scams.

    You can also phone the FL state licensing board, or check out the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website. All that information is publicly available online, or by dialing information. It's a good way to check that someone is indeed licensed, possibly find out something about them, or be able to report them if they are operating without a license. You can use the DBPR database to search licensed Florida talent agents (TA) Online License Search. Of course, don't forget the Better Business Bureau, they are online too at www.bbb.org.
    We hope you never run into a modeling scam, but if you do, please report it! It helps make the world a safer place for everyone else.

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    Have you experienced a scam?

    Here is some information you might find helpful if you have been the victim of a scam. Of course, you can report anyone who has broken the law to your local law enforcement agency. Talent agencies that break the law can be reported to the state licensing bureau.

    If You've Got "The Look" . . . Look Out! Avoiding Modeling Scams
    The FTC published a helpful article, which also tells you where you can turn for help if you've been scammed.

    BBB Advises Caution When Dealing With Talent/Modeling Agencies
    The Better Business Bureau has an article as well, and can also be used to report a business.
    www.bbb.org

    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation FL
    Department of Business & Professional Regulation
    Bureau of Investigative & Consumer Services
    Office of Consumer Complaints
    1940 Monroe St.
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0782
    Find DBPR emails for each county in FL, Division of Professions, Talent Agencies. If you are going to email them to check on a license, use the Online License Search link above instead. If you have a complaint, you must provide specific information about what laws were violated, including facts, dates, etc. You should also consult an attorney and your local law enforcement agency if you feel the law has been broken.

    DBPR Online You can do an online search for a talent agency's license here.

    DBPR's online complaint form If you know of a licensed (or unlicensed) talent agency operating illegally in Florida, use this form to report them to the state. You must have specific information, dates, times, examples of violations, and witness information can also be provided.

    Fight Fraud in Florida
    Use the complaint form that goes to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation. The department investigates complaints against its licensees and, if necessary, brings administrative cases against them. If you have a complaint against a licensed talent agency, you could use their online complaint form. However, you must provide specific information, facts, dates, etc. that clearly shows how the agency violated the law.

    Economic Crimes Division, Office of Attorney General
    110 Southeast 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
    Phone: 954-712-4600 FAX: 954-712-4658
    For reporting civil, not criminal matters. The Attorney General's Office investigates and litigates civil cases involving certain Florida Statutes, including civil theft, misleading advertising, and deceptive trade practices.

    Miami/Dade Small Claims Court
    Documents and information/guidelines for those needing to resolve civil disputes with monetary damages less that $5000. Helpful if someone owes you money, and will not pay you or has your property and will not return it, and you have been unable to resolve the situation any other way. Similar listings for other counties in FL.

    The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service
    The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service provides referrals to attorneys who will conduct an initial one-half hour office consultation for no more than $25.

    Most areas in Florida also have legal aid and public defender offices which provide legal help without cost, or at a nominal fee to persons who cannot afford to pay a lawyer. Every citizen in Florida has the right to be represented by an attorney in a civil lawsuit. Civil lawsuits are cases other than those in which a citizen is charged with criminal activity by the state or local government. If you have a civil legal problem, but cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, you may be able to obtain an attorney through your local Legal Aid or Legal Services organization, which provides free legal services to those in need. Legal Aid agencies available to you will be listed in the yellow pages of your phone book under "Attorney--Legal Services" or in the white pages under "Legal Services and/or Legal Aid." If you cannot find your local agency in this manner, then you should call either the local bar association in the area in which you live (for instance, Seminole County Bar Association) or The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service in Tallahassee and ask for the number of the Legal Aid office closest to you. The Florida Bar toll free number is 1-800-342-8011. Remember, most lawsuits or legal problems with which you may be involved have time limits, after the expiration of which your rights may be lost. You should act quickly. Therefore, contact your local Legal Aid office should you need assistance.

    If you have had a problem, or experienced a scam, you need to do something about it. When you do not report something, the person or company who victimized you, is allowed to move on and scam the next person. If someone has broken the law, or done something you feel is not right, report them to the appropriate places listed above. Those resources are there to help you, and all the other people unscrupulous persons/companies may hurt in a similar manner. If you are a photographer or business being accused of something, listen and try to work the problem out. There have also been reports of photographers being scammed by models, demanding free reshoots and the like. We must all take responsibility for our actions, and our reactions. If you cannot work out a situation, please report it in an appropriate way, to someone who can help you get the issued resolved.

    Here is another great suggestion from one of our website users:
    In Tampa Bay, WFTS Channel 28 has an investigative team and they are looking for things to investigate. They have a website WFTS.com If EVERYONE would write to them and request an investigation of these scams, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE ADS ARE RUNNING ON TV perhaps we can keep the new aspiring actor/model from getting involved and losing their faith in our industry. Call and write any TV or Radio station running the ads and tell them what happened in their personal experience. I get phone calls all the time, from parents who went that route and are crying about all the $ invested with no results, and heartbroken kids. It breaks my heart as well. I also get calls from parents who have told their child "no," after turning down the scam, and the child is so angry at the parent for "ruining their life." Well, I try to encourage them to look for good reputable (acting) schools, consider their options and the cost, etc. But you can't stop people from hurting themselves. Anyway, my point is, if we can keep the TV and Radio stations from accepting this advertising, perhaps these people will stop coming to Florida to steal our money and hurt our kids.
    Corinne Broskette, Director
    Venue Actors Studio
    St Petersburg



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    Modeling/Talent Scams



     
    Allstar Models & Talent
    , Casselberry.
    Complaints made against this agency with the BBB were unanswered, and this company has an unsatisfactory record with the BBB of Central Florida. They do not appear to be licensed with the state.


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    Tomorrow's Stars, Inc.
    , 5301 North Federal Highway, Suite 180, Boca Raton, Florida 33487
    Screen Test U.S.A.
    Show Biz Central of Southern Florida, Inc.
    American Child Actor and Modeling Association ("ACAMA")
    screentestusa.com
    www.acama.com
    The above have promoted themselves via television, radio, newspaper, direct mail and the World Wide Web as Screen Test U.S.A. Were all operated to lure children and their parents into paying for "screen tests" and other goods and services to supposedly make them more marketable to agencies.
    Bogus "Talent Scouts" Use Smoke Screen To "Screen Test" Consumers
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    Screen Test U.S.A. Defendants Banned From Conducting Screen Tests or Assessing a Child's Acting or Modeling Abilities


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    American Model Search, Scott Riddel, Orlando.
    Article on Wftv9.com.
    Modeling Scam Suspect Accused Of Sex Crimes


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    Bait and Switch Scam
    This is a classic scam with many incarnations. In the modeling industry, it may be an ad for a job or modeling opportunity (such as a fashion show, magazine layout, or other type of modeling work). The model responds to the ad and is asked to come in for an interview, assessment, etc. Whether the model has experience, photos, composite cards, or not - the company or person offers training, photography services, requires a registration fee, etc. for which they want money. Do not pay anyone for a job! A legitimate agency makes their money by taking a commission (usually around 10-20%) off of the money you earn through them. They do not operate photography studios, require you to use a specific photographer, run training schools and classes, or operate model/talent pay websites. Check the Florida state statutes above for the laws regarding talent/model agencies in Florida.
    Boom Talent & Modeling Agency


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    Boom Talent & Model Agency, Hollywood Hotshots Photography, Tampa.
    Article in St. Petersburg Times gives full details of the alleged wrongdoings.
    Boom Talent & Modeling Agency


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    British/UK Modeling Work, Europe.
    Note: Read below for full details. If you receive spam solicitations from a yahoo.co.uk email address, you can report this in the following way:
    Forward the message WITH FULL HEADERS directly to uk-abuse@yahoo-inc.com, or use the form on: http://help.yahoo.com/l/uk/yahoo/abuse/general.html?from_url=. Yahoo cannot investigate scams, but will at least shut down the email address of the spammer.
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    New in September '08: Emails sent out are changing slightly: FAITH CASTING AGENCY and Kelvin Parkers have been added to KINGS TALENT AGENCY, and changed from Howard Quinton - but the content stays similar. The emails go out to various modeling industry people (photographers, makeup artists, models, etc.) offering work in the UK to persons (usually located in the US). The job generally is short-notice or time-sensitive, and may offer an amount of money above industry norm.
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    New in August '08: The latest incarnation of the UK modeling scam - An email titled PHOTO-SHOOT. is being sent to members of NowCasting.com to both actors and actor/models with the following text: "I am Howard Quinton of KINGS TALENT AGENCY and I went through your portfolio and nowcasting.com and I thought if I could seek your interest on a 10 day Photo shoot session in the UK? If yes email me back on kings.talent.agency@live.com and I will give you the full details. Regards, Howard Quinton. +44 704 576 5852." NowCasting.com has confirmed that the phone number does not work, and that talent who pursued further contact with this individual have been asked to send money to this person's "attorney." (Via a free email account, not a legit solicitor's office.) A Google search for the name of the talent agency (With the spelling Kings as well as King's Talent Agency) did not produce any results, nor did the email address: kings.talent.agency@live.com.
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    We have copies of an email warning sent out by Onemodelplace.com, as well as solicitations to Florida-Models.com models from persons/companies in the UK claiming to have work. Our suggestions: Do not respond to overseas or out-of-state solicitations. Get a reputable agent to handle your bookings.
    The following is from the OneModelPlace.com warning: "The following names/company names/email addresses were used to contact models on OMP and a number of other sources: Gerrad Curtis (UK) Middlesex Models Inc., middlesexmodels_inc@o2.co.uk | middlesexmodels_inc@02.co.uk, Justin Pratt (UK) Beauty Queen Models Inc., info@beautyqueensmodels.com | beautyqueensmodels_inc@yahoo.co.uk, David A Kibler (US) beautyqueensmodels_inc@yahoo.co.uk, Scott Sherwood (UK) Urban Models Inc., urbanmodels_inc@yahoo.co.uk. Please note: These "former member" names may be the real names of victims of credit card fraud or identity theft. The perpetrator of this fraud may be covering his/her tracks by using real peoples' identities and paying for websites, etc. with these names. We strongly suggest that you do not answer any emails you may have received from these accounts, or from anyone claiming to use these email addresses or names (company or personal names). Additionally, when receiving overseas offers; make sure you have FULL and reputable references about a company/person before traveling. Prostitution rings and the slave trade are still realities of this world, and models must take extra care when dealing with offers from countries that do not afford the protection of US laws. Make sure when you receive a "pre-payment" or deposit from a client, that you do so in a manner that does not reveal any personal business information (such as bank account info, etc) and never accept a deposit or payment via wire-transfer. Accepting payments via wire transfer can give a potential scammer the information needed to later access your bank account. Another common scam is the "cashier's check scam", where the victim is sent a cashiers check as a prepayment or deposit, is asked to deposit the check in their account, then asked to wire (via a service like Western Union) part of the money back to cover hotel, or other expenses. The cashier's check is fake or a forgery. The victim loses the money they sent and gets nothing in return. A bank's insurance will not cover a victim in these situations."
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    Common Modeling & Fashion Show Scam In The UK
    Email copy received by us echoed the same scam red flags as above: (Misspellings were left as they were written.) From British fashion advertiser, britishfashionadvertiser@yahoo.com - "hello warm greetings to you, this is a message coming to you from the british fashion advertiser, we are a fashion modeling company based in the united kingdom ,london with headquarter in liverpool, our job is based on contract to seek for beautiful young models around the world who are intrested in appearing on various magazines ad, tv advert, billboard advert, as well as various contract job on advertising and modelling,we are undergoing a current contract to get beautiful young talented models who are willing to appear on a magazine ad, commercial print, billboard ad,calendar,fashions, fitness we like to inquire from you if you will be willing to participate, all expences paid by the british fashion advertiser, including expenses on trip to the united kingdom, accomodation expences , feeding expences, clothing expence, we are paying out $30,000 out as payment. if you will be willing to participate. pls reply asap, if intrested thanks for your co-operation, British fashion advertiser, organising team mgt, mr kenneth rich"
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    Another incarnation of the UK modeling work scam: Agency Ghost Inc. Coca-cola Billboard/Heathrow Airport


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    Check Cashing Scam Used with Models
    So far, most of these check cashing scams have come from out-of-state (see Out of State Solicitations for additional information). A person who claims to be a representative of an "up-and-coming" clothing line or a photographer contacts models with the promise of modeling work: a magazine cover, a fashion shoot, etc. The model is sent a (large) check and asked to deposit it to their bank account, and wire part of it to someone, perhaps a makeup artist or the photographer. The rest of the funds are to be used for travel expenses and/or payment for the "modeling job." Warning: it is possible your bank will cash the bogus check for you, and you will be able to withdraw the portion of funds asked for. It can often take 24 hours or more until the bank discovers the check is a fraud, and YOU must not only return the amount posted to your account, but will also be short the portion wired to the scammer, and cover any fees, penalties and possibly have to explain to authorities why YOU are cashing a bad check.
    Here is how it happened to a local model: I was contacted by a man out of Fort Worth, TX. He claimed to be a rep for an up and coming clothing line. He FedExed me at check (drawn on a CA address) for $1,800 dollars. He then asked me to cash it and Western Union a "make up" artist $200 dollars. I contacted the bank the check was drawn on (Wells Fargo) and they told me the check was drawn on an invalid account number. I then contacted FedEx, and was told the shipping account was registered in GA.
    New twist on Nigerian scam targets aspiring models


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    Damon Salvatore Agostino, Deez Photography, New Port Richey
    Damon Salvatore Agostino, who purportedly operated as Deez Photography, was arrested and charged in Pinellas County on charges of lewd and lascivious battery, sexual performance by a child and lewd and lascivious conduct. His victim was a 15-year-old girl who had known him for more than a year, and who had modeled for him before. Allegedly, Agostino went into America Online chat rooms using fake names and pretended to be a teenage girl praising Agostino (apparently to get lure young girls into doing modeling photography with him). Detectives retrieved the pseudonyms Damon A, Skipper 15 and Swiper 1900 from his computer. You can read the archived article in the St. Pete Times:
    Archives: St. Petersburg Times


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    DMS Studios, Steve Ryan
    Multiple online and emailed reports of misrepresentation as well as a purported $150 fee requested from models he was allegedly hiring.
    Watch Out Scam! - ModelBrigade_com Forum - View Topic


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    Elite Model Management Company Name Wrongly Used
    Email solicitation going around that has nothing to do with the well-known and respected Elite Model Management Company. Typical red flags: Poor spelling and grammar, uses a free general email address, lists a cell phone number to Milwaukee, WI (not to NYC), sent to multiple recipients at once. Copy of false email from paul richardson (rpelitemodel999@gmail.com) below:
    Elitemodel Agency
    404 Park Avenue South
    New York
    United States
    rp.elitemodel@gmail.com
    414 614 0185
    Hello,
    We are looking for Models, Photographers, Make-up Artist and Hair stylist with any experience level.Elitemodel Agency works with many Agencies/ Companies all over the nation to book Models (Fashion Models, Print Models, and Promotional Models), Photographers, Make-up Artist and Hair stylist for Fashion Shows in the United states.
    If you have the desire to be a participate for Fashion Shows in the United states, then you are fit to go for this Fashion Show in New york, United state. It's going to hold in the month of October, 2008. If you are interested and you wish to participate for the contract, you can email the Consultant in charge of the Fashion Show:
    Paul Richardson
    rp.elitemodel@gmail.com


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    Fake Emails - Fashion Modeling Job for You (and similar titles)
    See also UK scam and out of state solicitations. Emails show up to multiple recipients, and are vague, misspelled, come from free email address accounts, and usually have no information that can be verified.
    Fashion Modeling Job Scam - Elite Casting Network Forums
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    These solicitations change the details only slightly as far as the amount of money, and the names involved. A copy of the original email is below, spelling left as it was written. In this case, the email was not addressed to anyone specific, (just email addresses) and was sent to multiple recipients.
    From: david donald (daviddon00@yahoo.com)
    Title: Hello A Model Job for you.....
    My name is (David Don),I have a $5,000 pay Fashion job (Assignment) for you,My client wants to update her Catalog with her new year release Fashion outfits and I'm interested in you for the shooting,i'm a photographer by profession with 6 years experience :). Find all details for the job below..
    Job Location
    The shooting will hold at a rented photographers studio in your location,so you don't have to worry about traveling,the name and address of the studio will be forwarded to you before the date of the shooting,all make up will be taken cared of in the studio.you can come along with any body of your choice on the day of the shooting,your mum,dad,friend,body-guard anybody you wish to come with just for you to feel more comfortable.
    Job details
    You have 12 different Fashion outfits to cover,which would be provided by our client on the day of the shooting.
    Types of cloths:Jeans and Jackets
    Name of client:Mrs Serah Martin
    Job percentage
    The total pay for the jobs is $5,000 and you get $1,000 as your percentage.
    Expectation
    You need to have good and attractive poses .(start practicing) Basically this is all required of you,please get in touch with me if you will take the job and we can go from there,just let me know if you will take the job and i will give you extra details.Contact me Back for more Details...
    Regard ---------------------------------------------


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    Fashion Outfit Show, brownkelly1@yahoo.com
    Emails and web posts from the Yahoo address are similar to the copies below. They used multiple locations in the US to solicit, as well as posting with the website for XCEL Talent Agency (www.xceltalent.com) which has nothing to do with fashion or modeling shows, much less "brown kelly."
    (Spelling left as it was.)
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    Hello i am brown kelly i will like to inform the public about our fashion outfit show coming up soon and any model that is interested should please email at us brownkelly1@yahoo.com for more information about the show and this show will see you earn $4000.
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    Fashion Outfit Show
    brownkelly1@yahoo.com
    I will like to inform the public about our fashion outfit show coming up soon and we need models for the show and also we need photographer and any interested model or photographer can email me at.....brownkelly1@yahoo.com for more information and this show will see the models earn $4000 and the photographer earn $3000.


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    Fashion Rock (part of Trans Continental Talent), Orlando.
    WFTV9.com story on Lou Pearlman and the company formerly operated as the Wilhelmina Scouting Network.
    NY Issues Warning Over Orlando Promoter's Talent Contest
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    WTEV.com Local Woman Victim of Scam


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    Joseph A. Friend, Cherish Beauty LLC, Tampa.
    Pictures Of Nude Girl, 17, Land Man In Jail
    Joseph A. Friend, 50, who the FDLE says is a computer technician freelancing as a photographer, faces five felony counts of using a child in a sexual performance. Each count could yield up to 15 years in prison.


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    Glamour Magazine, Essentials Magazine, email solicitation.
    Multiple emails using the names of Glamour (New York & UK), Essence Magazine. Sent lately from Koop Smith using a free email account (koopsmith1@gmail.com) with no information about that person, and no modeling connection to any of the various companies mentioned. The names of the magazines and senders change, but the core of the message is similar:
    "I saw your profile and pictures while surfing the internet, I appreciate them and I would like us to do some work together.I presently have a good offer for you. I want to know if you are interested in modeling because I need pictures of a good looking person who will be on the magazine cover of one of next month's edition.Please let me know if you are interested in the Job. You stand a chance of making a reasonable $600 from this deal to start,and even a noticeable fame."


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    Gold Coast Talent, North Miami Beach.
    Multiple complaints filed with the State Department of Business and Professional Regulation by talent alleging Gold Coast did not pay them for work performed.
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case with Larry Pesce and Gold Coast Talent Agency was in 6/20/03


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    LA Looks Model Contest, Nationwide.
    Lawsuit filed alleges fraud, breach of contract: Cases of Interest Index


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    Mario J. Mercado, Alias: Mario Mercado, Mario Juan Mercado.
    Mercado is a sex offender under Florida law, and currently in prison. He was convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation, with the victim 12-15 years old
    FL Dept. of Law Enforcement
    If you have information concerning this individual, please contact his probation officer: Robert Cascio at (813) 744-6313


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    Mickey Jaye, AKA Omolodumare Elguerrerr, Joe Mickey Robinson, El Omolodumare Guerreos. Dade County.
    Charged with false imprisonment, battery and aggravated assault with deadly weapon. He was released from Dade County jail out on a bond for $25,000. His court date was June 6, 2004. His Judge was scheduled to be Darrel Trawick: (305) 548-5110.
    'Looking for love in the wrong places' Former Miss TSU survives abduction, torture after online dating match.


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    Model 2000
    The Department of Business and Professional Regulations has filed formal charges against "Model 2000" in June of 2002 (case #2000-09392)
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    28 News - WFTS ABC 28 News Report 6/11/2002 Model agency owner faces charges
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    St. Pete Times 6/13/2002 Modeling agency owner charged
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    ABC Action News report 10/23/02 Former clients slam modeling agency in court
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    ABC Action News report 01/16/03 Embattled modeling agency owner must pay restitution
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    St. Pete Times 1/22/2003 Model agency faces penalties


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    Modeling Scams - General
    An AOL/Wallet Pop article by Linda Doell from September 2010: Modeling scams designed to tap into your cash, not talent


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    Nick Reeve, using Christopher Reeve charitable organization
    Multiple emails received from a free email account (nickreevemodeling.inc@gmail.com) looking for models/talent for "Pet model/Magazine cover, Tv advertisment" Copy below is as it was sent, without correcting spelling or grammar.
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    This is Nick Reeve from (nickreevemodeling.inc) ,i am a freelance agent looking for talented individuals to work with me on a new project powered by Christopher Reeve charity organization. (Dealing with all type of Bikes modeling and pet modeling,kids modeling, clothe modeling Magazine cover, Tv advertisment) This offer is ofcourse with attractive fee of $6,000.00. Interested individual should contact me via the above Email address.
    Regards,
    Nick Reeve
    nickreevemodeling.inc@gmail.com
    www.nickreevemodeling.inc
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    Since it's a free email address and the web link is incorrect, it is difficult to find out who "Nick Reeve" is. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation does not know who he is, nor do they have any such project as what he mentions.


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    Options Talent (Formerly eModel.com) See also TCT/Trans Continental Talent
    Report from WAGA-TV Fox 5 Atlanta Options Talent Group: An I-Team Investigation


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    Out-of-state solicitations
    Be aware that there have been a number of email spam blasts to models on Florida-Models.com. These solicitations include promises of modeling work that you are "perfect for" mailed out to multiple recipients at a time, with titles like "Model Job Opening", "Modeling Job Opening." "Modeling Job Offer" and the like. They usually come from outside the state of Florida, and if identifying information is used (such as the name of a store, magazine or photographer) the business either doesn't exist, or has never heard of or worked with the individual sending the solicitation. Obviously, if the email contains multiple misspellings, or if the person is offering a job to a model in Florida from outside the area, that can be a red flag. If the name of a business is given, verify that they are a real business, and they know the person who is sending out the email. If you are a 5'4 commercial print model, and the offer is for a fashion job, or you're an amateur and a magazine rep/photographer suddenly emails you out of the blue, again, that can be a red flag. Trust your instincts - if it sounds fishy to you or too good to be true - it probably is.
    More: Solicitations from Texas claiming to be from a rep or or photographer for of an "up-and-coming" clothing line is being used for the old check cashing scam.


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    Pacific Models and Talent, Tampa
    IF YOU WERE RIPPED OFF BY PACIFIC MODEL AND TALENT IN TAMPA, PLEASE CONTACT VENUE ACTORS STUDIO: VenueActorStudio@gmail.com
    From Corinne Broskette, Venue Actors Studio - I have been called by the FDLE (FL Dept of Law Enforcement) in Tampa to assist them in compiling a list of people who were taken in by this scam. We believe that there were at least 30 kids involved from an unknown number of families. There is no list of who was involved since the FDLE is still seeking the perps and have no records to go by. So if you were part of the damaged group, or know someone who was taken by them, PLEASE contact Venue Actors Studio so we can put these people where they belong (hopefully in jail and get the FBI involved). Thanks to everyone who helps to keep these criminals out of our state. Lets start a letter campaign to the Governor and the DBPR so that these criminals have to register and be licensed by the state before they can set up shop and advertise.


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    Pier Model Management
    Complaint filed with the BBB against "Pier Model Management" alleging that this company acted as a talent agency (they are not licensed as such by the state) and also took money for services (photos, etc.) that were not performed.


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    Premier Model Management
    From info on their website: www.premiermodelmanagement.com - We have become aware that fraudulent individuals are posing as Premier Model Management representatives and scouts... If you are asked to contact an email address that does not have the suffix@premiermodelmanagement.com this person does not work for this company... Remember, no professional model agency will ever ask you to part with fees for "professional photographs."
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    Also please note that Premier Model Management only has an office in London, England. They do not have and are not opening another office in any other part of the world at this time
    There are ads being posted to sites like Craigslist with titles such as "MODEL CASTING CALL * MALES AND FEMALES*" and "Model Scouts needed" in the Orlando area with the following information:
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    Talent Scout for reputable modeling agency looking for fresh new faces to come to open casting call Tuesday @ 7:30 pm.
    Looking for all levels of experience of fresh faces. Please email a picture.
    Dana Gibbs-Model Scout
    dashgibbs@yahoo.com
    Check out our website premiermodelmanagement.com
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    Models who have visited the open call have claimed that the persons they met with there held themselves out to be a modeling agency, and asked for $485 for a photo shoot (which is considered a conflict of interest in the state of Florida, and may violate the licensing rules for talent/model agencies.)


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    Reginald Foxx/RF Model Management
    Post from industryblacklist.com Reginald Foxx
    A person claiming to represent this company has been contacting models via email with a representation form for them to sign. He then asks for money to be wired to him.


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    Studio V - (Formerly Model 2000)
    Report from ABC Action News Tampa (10/31/02) Embattled modeling agency Model 2000 gets makeover
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    Report from ABC Action News Tampa (video 10/31/02) Model 2000 revamps


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    TCT - Trans Continental Talent (Formerly Options Talent)
    Numerous reports, charges and multiple lawsuits filed against this company when operating under the name eModel, then Options Talent. Now has changed it's name again to TCT (Trans Continental Talent), but continues to operate in the same manner. The FL Attorney General's office has a civil investigation against TCT.
    Fox 5 Atlanta news report Trans Continental Talent: An I-Team Investigation


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    Universal Entertainment, Steven Smith
    WFTV.com news report: Con Man Claims To Be Will Smith's Cousin


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    Vogue UK, Fashion Expo Miami
    Copy of email solititation sent to multiple recipients:
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    Invitation for paid assignment
    From: Michael Ross
    Hi,
    Do you aspire to be build your expand your portfolio and become a star someday?here comes a chance for you, I have seen your profile, and it was alright.Models are being invited from the following countries CANADA AND EUROPE.They will be joining other models in Miami beach,Florida,USA for a 2 days fashion expo.
    Dancers, Actors, Actresses, Voice Overs and Voice Actors will also be in attendance.This is a well paid job and all travel expenses are paid for. If interested to be in this fashion Expo kindly supply the requested information below to clear potential doubts. All travel and wardrobe expenses will be paid.
    www.vogue.co.uk
    Name :
    Height:
    Ethnicity:
    Skin color:
    Hair color:
    Hair length:
    Eye color:
    Regards
    Michael
    Talent scout
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    At least one of the persons this email was sent to is not a (fashion or other type of) model at all, much less one of the other occupations listed. Vogue UK has no affiliation with the fashion expo mentioned, or Mr. Michael Ross. If Mr. Ross did find the profile of the model this solicitation was addressed to, he would already have all the information he asks for. Nor have we heard of fashion expos hiring unknown freelance models, flying them across the globe and paying them to do... what exactly?
    And there's more:
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    Invitation to a fashion expo
    From: Nancy Goldsmith
    Hi, This is chance to expand your network and build your port.I have seen your profile, and it was alright.Models are being invited from the following countries CANADA AND EUROPE.They will be joining other models in Miami beach,Florida,USA for a 2 days fashion expo.
    Dancers, Actors, Actresses, Voice Overs and Voice Actors will also be in attendance.This is a well paid job and all travel expenses are paid for. If interested to be in this fashion Expo kindly supply the requested information below to clear potential doubts. All travel and wardrobe expenses will be paid. www.vogue.co.uk
    Name :
    Height:
    Ethnicity:
    Skin color:
    Hair color:
    Hair length:
    Eye color:
    Regards,
    Nancy
    +44871 503 1888
    The Conde Nast Publications Ltd
    Vogue House
    Hanover Square
    London W1S 1JU
    Registered in London No. 226900


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    Wilhelmina Scouting Network (Formerly TCT Talent)
    Reports that TCT Talent has changed it's name again, now is operating the same old modeling scam under this new name. Florida Attorney General: Active public consumer-related investigation of Options Talent, Inc. f/k/a eModels Inc. f/k/a Trans Continental Talent n/k/a Wilhelmina Scouting Network. Also, further references to news articles on TCT talent: Trans Continental Talent in The News.
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    Help for victims, and link to the FL Attny. General. SCAM WARNING-WILHELMINA SCOUTING NETWORK AKA TRANS CONTINENTAL TALENT
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    NY State Consumer Protection Board report on Wilhelmina Scouting Network: Young people need protection from modeling scams


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    WSN, the Web Style Network (Formerly Wilhelmina Scouting Network)
    Report from the New York State Consumer Protection Board on the latest name change of this long-running scam: New name for modeling scam is not so new.


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    Wizard Productions & Glenn Whitaker or William Glenn Whitaker
    A 28 Tampa Bay News report 02/01/02 and 02/15/02
    Talent/model agency may have been a front for child pornography. If you have dealt with Wizard Productions, you should call the sheriff's office.
    Man accused of child porn faces judge and
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    Talent agency may have been front for child pornography
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    St Pete Times article 02/02/02: Deputies say talent agency was phony
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    Xtreme Talent, Xtremetalent.biz, jobs.talentservices.biz, talentservices.biz
    We have received emails from companies who have posted jobs on Florida-Models.com, that the person(s) affiliated with jobs.talentservices.biz have been taking the jobs from our job board, and posting them (verbatim) to their website without permission or consent from either us, or the company originally posting the job to our board. In addition, these jobs then may show up as available on jobs.talentservices.biz to models/talent in areas outside of Florida. It is a waste of time for out-of-state models/talent applying to work that is unavailable to them, a waste of time to the original companies who are looking only for Florida-based models/talent, and we do not allow other websites to post information from this site without permission.
    From other info posted, it seems this company is also charging models/talent a fee to have access to the jobs: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/285/RipOff0285077.htm
    http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/263/RipOff0263071.htm
    Since this company is not a licensed model/talent agency, they can charge whatever they wish for seminars, photography, printing, website fees, or the like. They are not in violation of the laws in that respect. It is not appropriate nor appreciated that they "borrow" the job listings from our board and post it to theirs without asking us and/or the original companies posting these jobs.


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