Avoiding Modeling Scams
Avoiding scams and fraud Personal Safety Tips
You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:
* DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on Model Pages.
* NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEY GRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
* FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
* Model Pages IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
* NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
* AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
* FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
* FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
* Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
* Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)
* Non-emergency number for your local police department.
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
* inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
* Western Union, Money Gram, cashier’s check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a “guarantee”
* inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction
Examples of Scams
1. Someone claims that Model Pages will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that Model Pages will handle or provide protection for a payment
* These claims are fraudulent, as Model Pages does not have any role in any transaction.
* Scammer will often send an official looking email that appears to come from Model Pages, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services — all such emails are fakes!
2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier’s check
* cashier’s check is offered for your services, or for just about anything else of value.
* banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
* Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money – this is FALSE, once you’ve wired money, it is GONE.
* Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Netherlands – but could be anywhere
* Deal often seems too good to be true, payment is in excess of your rate, etc
4. distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:
* this is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience – the cashier’s check is FAKE
* sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not
* scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check
* deal often seems too good to be true
5. distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service.
* most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers
* for more info, do a google search on “fake escrow” or “escrow fraud”
6. foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds
* foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly
* you are typically offered a percentage of payments received
* this kind of “position” may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email
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