Model scams are a common thing on the Internet. If you suspect you've been approached by a model scammer, check our tutorial to be sure and stay safe.

Learn how to unmask a model scam

How scammers usually work?

They pretend to be a photographer, a model agency representative, a casting director, a scouter, a personal trainer ...

They signup at modeling sites, web communities and forums with fake names and photos.

They contact you about some great modelling job or casting, sometimes they even offer you some juicy contract, money, or the promise of being published in some well-known magazine.

They talk like a real photographer or a model agency representative.

What makes it look like a scam?

You're an amateur model and someone is offering you a dream modeling job? Very suspicious!

Serious model agencies do not use free email accounts like,,, ... etc.

Some scammers create web pages that resemble a real agency. Look for verifiable information on the page: Land-line contact phone numbers, postal address of their offices, their clients information ... If it lacks any of this information, you've most probably found a scammer.

A nude casting via webcam? You really thought this is the way professionals hire models?

Here's a really useful and simple rule of thumb: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

What they really want?

Sometimes, they just want to flirt with girls, or take some photos of nude girls for their own use. Nothing to do with a real job or a genuine, artistic approach to photography, you know what we mean.

Other times, they ask you for nude photos for some casting, or they try to make you some photos for an inexistent job. Those photos could easily end in a porn site for everybody to see even without you knowing.

In some cases, scammers work in the pornography or prostitution industry and try to cast new girls with fake modeling jobs.

How to be sure when in doubt?

Ask for detailed information: Brand names, agency names, land-line phone numbers, anything you can check for yourself ... If he avoids giving you this information, that's a scammer!

Google the agency or the photographer and find their real phone numbers and ask them if they know of that guy that contacted you and his proposal.

On websites with that functionality, find profiles whose users have completed an identity verification process by sending some sort of ID documentation.

Always come with a friend to a first casting or shooting. If he doesn't agrees with that, run away from that scammer!

If you're still in doubt, reject the job. Any real professional will be happy to give you real, verifiable information.

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