Modelling is thought of by many as a glamorous industry to work in. For some people, especially younger people it can an option to chase after.
One latest scam targets these people.
“Are You Ready To Start Your Modelling Career?”
“New Faces Urgently Required”
“Male and Female”
The email promises to fast track your career.
Step 1. Take a picture of yourself
Step 2. Fill in the simple form
Step 3. Send in the form
Is this really a model agency looking for new recruits?
There are Marketing companies looking to attract a list of people which they can then send on to photographic studios telling them these people want a professional photoshoot or to agencies telling them these people are keen to sign up and so on. That one list gets sold many times for many reasons.
Some of the messages are pure scam of course – they want your personal information to sell on the dark web to criminals and identity thieves in particular.
If you want a life in modelling – research how to get that and never reply to such emails.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.
Title says “Join an exclusive community for free to test new to market luxury goods”
That’s a good ‘hook’ – who wouldn’t want to test luxury items for free.
It goes on to explain
“We’re looking for the most discerning members of the UK public to join our exclusive luxury research community. Our clients (major global banks and luxury companies) are looking for luxury minded people like yourself to join LuxuryOpinions.com in order to help them better understand the UK’s most affluent consumers”.
“discerning” and “luxury minded” are good phrases – used in this case to make me feel special.
“Members of LuxuryOpinions participate in occasional online luxury/wealth surveys in exchange for amazing incentives (up to £100 for a short survey).
On top of that:
Earn your first £20 just for signing up today.
100% Privacy protection
No marketing / sales, just honest market research”
Sounds too good to be true because of course it’s just a scam.
£20 just for joining – so you have to give bank details for the payment.
OOPS – that would be your bank account emptied.
Don’t be fooled by wonderful offers – they are always a con.
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This scam takes advantage of the many people desperate to find a job working from home.
You search online and find what appears to be an ideal opportunity.
It involves accepting parcels from an overseas company then putting a new delivery label on and sending the parcel off to its intended destination. Sounds straightforward.
There is a convoluted story about why this is necessary rather than the company shipping the items to the desired destination themselves. The story makes no real sense but you are so keen to get a job working at home that you accept the premise.
The scammer promises to pay per item or maybe a flat monthly salary.
You are then happy to accept the incoming items, attach pre-paid postage labels and send them off to a new destination – likely to be in a different country.
For some victims, things progress smoothly receiving and sending out packages. For others things go wrong straightaway. The problems can start with the first delivery you receive. Seems a normal small package and you add the delivery label you’ve been sent and drop the package off at the Post Office.
But then it is returned you to because the delivery label was a fake.
You email the scammer and are told it was a mistake and she sends you another label to use. Maybe that works or is another fake and so on until one does work.
Sometimes the package receiving and sending goes on for a month then you expect to be paid but of course that doesn’t happen – the scammer has disappeared.
The worrying part is that the packages may well be illegal and the Police may get around to investigating your part in this re-shipping scam which is of course illegal.
The package may contain anything from drugs to weapons.
You then have to prove you were duped or face being prosecuted for a criminal offence.
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The idea of being paid to work at home trying out new products such as iPhones and then being allowed to keep the products free of charge, is very appealing.
It is clearly not going to happen, but large numbers of people are attracted to these sorts of adverts.
These adverts can appear on any social media platform and in the press but are mostly seen on Facebook currently.
There are Marketing companies that will on occasion pay people to try products, but this is very limited, pays very little and you don’t get to keep anything valuable. Plus, the demand for such ‘work’ is so high that the companies involved don’t need to put out mass advertising – they generally have a list of people they trust to do such testing according to the rules they set.
So, almost all such adverts (possibly above 99%) you will see asking for product testers are scams.
Typically, the scammers ask for personal information as part of registration e.g. name, address, contact numbers, date of birth, bank details etc.
They can sell this to other criminals for identity theft purposes or get you to pay a registration fee or similar small charge then keep you hanging on, while they do everything they can to make money from you.
Some of these scammers are Marketing companies who try to stay just inside the law by occasionally giving a free gift to someone.
They make the money – they win. You lose.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.
Fake Work at Home jobs are commonly scams and arrive by email, through fake websites, social media posts etc.
One class of these scams is the supposedly highly paid data entry jobs.
Most emails etc. will make it clear they are about data entry but some use the word ‘typing’ instead.
A typical email title might be ‘Typing Jobs – Highest Paid in LA’.
Could someone really be trying to advertise typing jobs in a world where typewriters are only found in museums? More likely it’s a mis-translation that is supposed to say ‘data entry jobs’ or ‘keyboard work’.
The email talks about how easy it is make Facebook posts and claims people are being paid up to $500 per day for such tasks while working from home.
The scammers may quote Jenny Lewis of the Home Trust Network as its expert on these work at home jobs.
But Jenny Lewis is just a seller of these kinds of ‘opportunities’ so she isn’t really the best person to trust.
Of course, there are some jobs keying in data of some kind – whether it’s making Facebook posts or keying data into a database or typing tweets or articles etc. But, by their nature most of these tasks are very dull and repetitive and don’t pay highly because there’s any number of temp agencies happy to provide people to do these tasks quickly and efficiently.
However, there is a huge demand for work at home jobs that pay reasonably and can be done at the person’s convenience. There’s far more demand than there are such jobs and that’s where then scammers jump in to take advantage of people’s hopes.
Be very wary if you are looking for a work at home job as on average 59 out of 60 advertised online are scams.