Victim Location 90013
Type of a scam Employment
I received a text message that this particular company was casting an automobile commercial. I responded via email, as requested, and was "cast" today by the following email.
We have received your submission and book you for the upcoming commercial. We’ll be responsible for your make up at the studio except for your wardrobe/costume that will be shipped to you directly from a contracted fashion stylist. The total pay for the jobs is $5,000 and you will get $500 as your advance booking fee to insure your engagement on the upcoming cast with us and balance of $4,500 will be payed immediately after the session and this is stated on the model release contract you’ll receive.
Your booking fee and payment for your wardrobe will be made available to you this week from our client we’re shooting the commercial for and your clothing measurements has to be forwarded to the fashion stylist, reason being that, the payment for your wardrobe has to be made or billed to your name as requested and acceptable business terms by the Fashion stylist, to ensure a tallied customization and label to be printed on your costumes. Ace Model Management and Universal *** will provide all financial materials as regards this event is concerned.
Actors/Models may attend the shoot with their choice of Friends/Parents/Manager/Spouse/Guardian (maximum of two) and should not arrive venue not later than 10:30am to attend a brief introductory class about the proposed project. Attached to this email is a modeling contract agreement i need you to endorse by printing it out, review and sign it, then email me back with a copy of the signed contract so i can commence with further arrangements.
The second paragraph immediately seemed suspicious and I found a few examples through an online search of this same MO. I emailed the sender and asked for a phone number so that I could verify that this was not a scam and the email was unanswered, of course.