Warwickshire Trading Standard has been receiving complaints from young people about bogus photographic/modelling agencies. These businesses who often advertise on social media, claim to be able to get their clients modelling jobs.
The agencies offer to create a portfolio of photographs for their clients in return for payments which can total several thousand pounds. The young people are initially drawn in by being offered a few photos for a low price before being pressured in to signing a contract for a vastly more expensive portfolio.
However, having paid their money, clients have claimed that the modelling jobs never materialise and that they are simply fobbed off.
See below for some advice on avoiding being scammed.
- Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service website or call them on 034 5404 0506.
- To keep up to date on scamming issues keep an eye on the Warwickshire Trading Standards Website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
- Sign up to scam alerts from Warwickshire County Council here.
- Avoid rogue traders. Use the Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Hereapproved trader scheme.