Avoiding Modeling Scams Is Up To You!
They were scammed long before they arrived at the closed doors of the modeling school. The actual scam was the deceptive way that it was sold, and everyone needs to realize that. The closed-down business only served to make what happened obvious, and was a glaring mistake in an otherwise slick con. - Tampa Bay Modeling Director C. A. Passinault comments on the fallout of a radio-advertised modeling school scam reported by the news media in downtown Tampa
recent news of another large group of people becoming victims of a Tampa
modeling scam, we feel that we need to voice our opinion about this. How
do we feel about it? Disgusted, and in more ways than you might think.
1. Advertising on the radio, television, or in print does NOT make an offer legitimate. The media which carries the advertisement will NOT VERIFY if it is a legitimate offer or not; that is not their job- it is yours. Sure, they have to pull an ad if there is proof that it is a scam, but this would only happen after people had been scammed. The media makes money through advertisements. They will take the money of the modeling scam and run the ad.
The modeling scam will often drop the names of well-known celebrities
or businesses to add credibility to the offer and to serve as an enticement
for their marks to bite. Sure, they may send off information to those
jobs to avoid fraud charges, but what they will not tell you is that the
businesses may not know who they are and will simply discard the unsolicited
submissions. The modeling scam does not care, however, as it is not relevant
to book the models into jobs. They already did what they said that they
Offering a modeling job, or any job for that matter, and then telling
people that respond that they have to buy a service before they can be
considered is called "bait and switch". It is misleading, unethical,
and unprofessional. Fraud is also against the law!
4. In this case, an unique twist was that the closed modeling school scam referred their clients to ANOTHER well-known modeling school scam with the claim that they would make good on what their victims paid for (a referral / dumping scheme of a scam scapegoating another scam, which is something that we have not seen before!). While it is sad that the victims lost money, at least another modeling scam is being inconvenienced, and the more time that they are spent dealing with that, the less time that they are out scamming other aspiring models. Don't be surprised, however, if the other modeling scam tries to use the opportunity to attempt to scam the angry clients again by twisting the situation around and trying to market to the victims!
The well-known Tampa venue which the modeling scam was located at did
not bother checking out the legitimacy of the modeling school, either.
They really don't have to, too, just like the media outlets which broadcast
the modeling scam advertisements.
our staff at Tampa Bay Modeling is the simple fact that we are the leaders
of the Tampa modeling industry. This scam happened in our front yard,
and it shouldn't have.
That's all it takes to go online and find out that you are about to be
scammed by a modeling scam. You don't even have to know the name of the
Tampa Bay Modeling web site. Just go to any search engine, and you will
find us. In five minutes, and at no charge, we can save you lots of money
and time. You also won't have to explain to your crying daughter that
mommy made a mistake by jumping into something and not trying to find
out more about it first.
Oh, and we really need to start listing legitimate talent schools and programs so that there are ethical, professional alternatives to the modeling scam offers out there. While we won't name modeling scams, as you will know them by what they do, we will start naming the few good companies which are out there. Also, you do NOT need any modeling school in order to model. We do not know of a single legitimate modeling school which worked out for any model!
C. A. Passinault, Director
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