WEB SITE SCAMS
modeling web sites are as reputable as ours is. Some are set up to scam
models, and some of those are the ones trying to steal our content. Are
we paranoid about people stealing our content and using it? No, not really.
We have proof that it has been done. Use common sense when taking advice
from web sites, and cross reference their information with that of industry
professionals. Our favorite kind of web site scam? Resource sites set
up within a business web site, giving advice that is taken from other
web sites like ours.
Lately, we have seen an increase of model and talent "help"
sites that claim to give career tips to models and talent. At least one
of these sites is openly against Tampa Bay Modeling, yet you will find
ideas from our site throughout their site and other content cut and pasted
from other sites. Most of the people talking badly about Tampa Bay Modeling
and legitimate resource sites such as ours are SCAMS and THEIVES who steal
information from our site. We find it ironic that the very people who
denounce us choose to steal from us. If the information is bad, then why
would they use it? One character even went so far as to state that we
are taking information from modeling books and posting it on our site.
If that's the case, then they should find those sources and report us
so they can take legal action against us. Additionally, if their claims
were true, then why would they steal the information from us, too? It's
not going to happen, as we write and create the content on this site,
and our models are working professionals who make a living by doing our
careers. They cannot accept the idea that there are more qualified people
in the industry voicing their opinions louder and more clearly than they
are capable of. Beware of fake model and talent help sites, and stick
to real deals like ours!
As of July, 2004, we are seeing another version of model resource sites
that are set up like Independent Modeling in respect to formatting themselves
as ONLINE MAGAZINES. While we like to see great modeling web sites that
help out the modeling industry, it is another story altogether when they
lack professional integrity by stealing content from sites such as ours
and associate with unprofessional people and model scams. In one case,
we are seeing an online magazine that is working with a sleazy scam photographer
and the site is geared to compete directly with Tampa Bay Modeling. While
we don't mind a little competition, in this case we have issues with this
because the photographer working with them has a reputation for stealing
ideas and content.
YOU MUST establish the professional credibility of any source BEFORE you
take any advice from them. When it comes to any advice or opinions, the
source must be considered! Here are some tips when dealing with online
modeling magazines and model resource sites.
You are who you associate with. They have a professional responsibility
to avoid working with so-called professionals who are unethical and otherwise
scam models. If they are working with a model scam, you need to watch
out, as they are probably out to scam you, too.
Don't take their word for it. If they start name dropping the names of
well established professionals and state that they have worked with credible
companies, you MUST check their claims out! If they lie to you, they will
do other dishonest things, too. Don't get scammed!
What is their motivation? Is it revenge against Tampa Bay Modeling because
we made them accountable for what they do? Are they trying to compete
against a reputable company because the company refused to work with them?
Are they trying to make a scam seem credible? You must consider their
motivation! If it is not honorable, then it can reflect badly on those
who associate with them.
their professional experience!
Are they really as experienced as they say that they are? Do they steal
from reputable web sites like Tampa Bay Modeling and try to pass off the
information as their own? Are they copying things out of modeling books?
Is the information that they are offering their own, or is it from another
web site? This is why it is very important, once again, to VERIFY their
references and to LOOK at and VERIFY the credibility of the "professionals"
that they work with!
RESPECT the property and the rights of others?
A no-brainer. If they try to walk over real professionals, take what they
please, do what they please, openly disrespect professionals, imply associations
with credible professionals where none exists, and bad mouth reputable
modeling industry professionals and their competition with no verifiable
basis, beware! If they do not respect the rights of others, then they
do not and will not respect your rights. If they think like this, they
will not hesitate to try and scam you!
if you see any site that has copied our content, is trying to rip us off,
or is bad- mouthing Tampa Bay Modeling, LET
here are not limited to models, and different types can be easily combined
for new types of scams. If you cannot CLARIFY their intentions and VERIFY
their references, go somewhere else to do business. It's professionally
responsible to do so and lowers your risk. There are lots of great companies
out there, like our advertisers and the companies in our resource sections,
who are not scams. You owe it to your career to shop around and be selective.
to relevant content on this site regarding this model scam are pending.
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