Modeling scam involves counterfeit check

Alarming trend: College students, younger now potential targets

Published On: Mar 04 2013 10:10:04 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 05 2013 06:20:00 AM EST

It's just another reason to ignore emails from people or companies you don't know.   In this case, a young woman who wants a modeling career, was the target.

“The modeling agency sent this young girl an email stating that she could start modeling classes which could help her start modeling professionally,” explained Lori McCallister, a U.S. postal inspector.

In the email, the girl was asked for her weight, waist size and three photographs.

“She received a check for $2,500. They said all she had to do was pay the royalties and the taxes on that check and that would help her get introduced into the modeling agency,” said McCallister.

Postal inspectors found this was all a scam.

“This was a counterfeit check and thankfully the mother realized her daughter was being scammed,” said McCallister.

Investigators say this scam reflects an alarming trend.

“It shows now that the suspects and people committing these crimes; they are now going after college students and even younger potentially,” warned McCallister.

Fraudsters are often trolling to see who is visiting various websites and then target them with a scam.

“If you have a passion for anything, you should be the one that is reaching out to these types of schools. Whether it is modeling school, art school, or anything like that you should be the one looking online requesting further information,” said McCallister.

Postal Inspectors say to be weary of websites you don't know or that don't appear to be legitimate.  And never open emails from unknown addresses.