How to spot a fake

Almost daily I hear reports of questionable photographers, or messages offering payment for some dodgy model shoot. Thankfully many model radars are becoming sensitive, so these concerns are being sent to industry professionals for further scrutiny.

More common than ever before, we find overseas scams looking to entice victims... generally for money, while many locals are looking to exploit naive females too. Isn't techcnology great!

We want to arm you with the power and activate your radar to go off when confronted by these potential fakes.

How to?? Firstly you need to be aware of the types of scams out there. The majority of these are happening from Facebook where models have a visible online profile, with the ability to direct message.

* Personal message from a stranger to do a Skype chat

* Personal message regarding a great job offer paying big

* Personal message from a photographer to do a shoot

* Personal message from a 'professional' who scouted you

Do you see the pattern here? A random person contacts you via a "personal message".  Very few of these would ever be legitimate, so read on to be empowered.

Ask yourself 'why me' every time a stranger contacts you? Of course you are pretty like the thousands of other models in Australia, but why you who they have never met? Surely if they are professionals, they would have personally met lots of other models before and have connections to model networks.

The professional casting process never singles out one random model to get the job. It’s competitive out there with many great models always interested, so this process is always about finding the most suitable from a selection.

Other scams can come from job advertisements or fake castings. We have seen these in classified pages and sites like Model Mayhem, Starnow, and model job groups on Facebook.

Some try boost their credibility by claiming to have worked with big names. Contact to check those references out!

So ask another question.... is this a professional business site, or a free for all group full of amateurs? If it's a public and unscrutinised group, then you need to be extra vigilant.

The AUSSIE MODELS (paid only) group is clearly labelled and part of the AUSSIE ELITE professional network. We only allow fair paid jobs and offer credible advice and support. Unlike any other group, we look at every member profile joining, block about 20 suspect ones per day, and examine every job posted.

What about agencies? Many small dodgy model agencies and illegitimate 'professionals' are out there too. Some are simply looking to extract money from joining fees or a photo shoot they are forcing you into, while others claiming to be professional photographers are simply not. How to check their profiles in a few steps...

No 1.  Check their Facebook profile - does it look credible? Do they even show their headshot several times in a personal page or hide their identity?

No 2.  How long has the profile been active - since what year?

No 3.  How many friends/followers do they have... any mutual?

No 4.  Do they get likes or comments on their posts? People can buy fake "likes" but it gives no interaction.

No 5.  Do they have a credible business page attached to their personal profile?

No 6.  Do they have a website and office details listed?

**Note that some fakes have been known to impersonate or use names and details from professional agencies overseas.

Don't take their word for it... you need to contact the referenced business direct, and on a number or email addresses listed on a professional website.

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