Some Small Sense

Shopping experiences and store reviews by a very petite woman. Indeed, it sucks. 4'10", 87 pounds, and full grown - is it a surprise I have trouble finding clothes?

September 05, 2006

Model Casting Scam?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a petite modeling ad I found in Craigslist. I've been somewhat embarrassed and reluctant to admit that I went, but I figured - where else could I air out my most embarrassing moments to a bunch of complete strangers, if not here? Also, I figure some of you may be able to comment on whether my bizarre experience was unique or typical. Somewhat against my own judgment, I stopped by the model agency anyway to have a look - I figured I'd meet some other petite women at the very least, and maybe learn a bit about the industry.

The first thing that was odd was that the office was in Newark, NJ. When I got out, I was surprised at how economically depressed the area seemed for a location of a modeling agency - 99 cent type stores were all over the place. When I got to 744 Broad Street in downtown Newark, the whole situation struck me as...sketchy. The company, supposedly called Models and Talent (or something like that), seemed to be renting a temporary tiny office in another company's office. Aside from one other petite woman who was not conducive to conversation, it was empty of visitors. I guess not many aspiring models go running to New Jersey to get a gig! No surprises there.

The agent came out to 'greet' me. She was probably in her mid-forties and had the look of a more modestly dressed hooker. I'm not kidding here - super tight clothes, too much make-up, and a voice that obviously croaked out 'smoker'. She didn't bother with any pleasantries, but got straight to the point. Somehow, I expected to be visually skewered, but she barely glanced at me.

Pretty much the first thing out of her mouth was that my small hands would be good for cigarette (ugh) and jewelry ads. Ah yes, bigger is, of course, always better. Apparently, small hands make cigarettes and bling look more impressive. Immediately, I wondered why they didn't just use children - but I guess that sort of thing can't really fly. (Just picture it - 'diamonds are forever' ads with gorgeous 30 year old men proposing to...14 year old girls, or Joe Camel lighting up with a horde of giggly, but scantily clad, teenagers.)

She asked me if I had photos. I told her that I didn't. She gave me the "are you an idiot or what" look, and I hastily mentioned that the woman I spoke to on the phone mentioned that it'd be ok - they were looking for new talent after all. At this point, she decided to mention that the company was actually a photo agency that contracts out its models. Kinda like a brothel, I guess. When I hesitantly inquired what companies used its services, the shrew of a woman snapped back that of course she can't disclose the list of clients...ever! Er...ok, sorry to ask where my winsome face (or I guess, hands) will be plastered. Clients are shown a photo set of 'girls' and if I have what it takes, the client will hire me through the agency. How fabulous!!!

I was given the marvelous privilege of plunking down $300 for shots by the agency's photographer. Who happened to be in Manhattan. It was implicitly understood that had I brought photos, I would have to do the same thing anyway. At this point, I was just completely incredulous about the whole thing. I mean, was this a joke? I was given no contract to sign, no paperwork, no nothing. At this point, enough was enough. I asked for a business card, but she had none with her. (Strange and convenient, wasn't it?)

So, this entire thing seemed to be a scam. But maybe I'm wrong about that. If this is how models are treated all the time, what a horrible way to work! I knew that the modeling industry isn't kind, but this was just outright crazy. I can see plenty of young naive girls not asking any questions, and putting down the dough, never to hear from anyone connected to the agency again.

When I told her that I wasn't ready to put down the cash, I could see the moment she wrote me off. Mentioning that they were only doing open calls for another day, she brusquely escorted me out of the office and gestured for the petite blond woman that was waiting. I wonder if blondie had $300 cash on her, ready to be dropped down the rabbit hole.

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106 Comments:

Anonymous Steven Swain said...

Interesting post. I can't believe you went, and I'm glad you came out okay :-)

September 07, 2006 10:51 PM  
Anonymous misedventures said...

thanks for posting! your blog saved me from making a ridiculous trip out there tommorrow. - i think you're right about thinking it's a scam. i've been to casting calls before & if you have to fork over any money it usually isn't legit. also, places with notable clients tend to want to tell everyone about how successful they are.

next time bring someone with you! just incase.

September 20, 2006 8:12 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I'm glad you didn't make the trip out! I actually found it educational as a field trip. I've never been in Newark and took an accidental side trip to Hoboken (and a quick ride home on the PATH).

September 20, 2006 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Hey guys! I was dumb enough to give her a $100 deposit cause I felt so awkward I just wanted to leave. ANy thoughts on getting the money back or do I live and learn? How can this be legal? I knew that 300 was too much for h/s but I panicked and wanted to get out of there. Please e-mail wolfdscf@comcast.net to help!
-Sarah

September 22, 2006 12:45 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hey Sarah -

I'm sorry to hear about what happened! I'm very happy that I actually posted about this, because honestly, someone who's inexperienced will have no clue about what's supposed to happen and what isn't. I luckily had no intention of following through, so I only took a bit of a trip to learn.

I have no idea how to handle this sort of thing, but perhaps you should at least inform the police. The Newark police department is reachable here: 973.733.6000. I can't report anything, as I have no evidence and don't even count as an injured party under any circumstances. At the very least, you can ask them to get in touch with the landlords of the building to see if they can get these guys to leave (I know, not the best thing, but at least they won't be praying on anyone until they set up shop again).

I'll just assume you don't have a receipt? I don't even have their phone number any more, but luckily, all the phone companies now have to keep records. Again, you may want to have the police track down who owns the number you called.

Good luck! Keep us all posted!

September 22, 2006 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Rachel Yarmosh said...

Omg, this happened to me too! i'm such a sucker and i left a $100 deposit...i drove over an hour to get there, she sat me down for 5 min, gave me no info about the company what-so-ever, and told me it was $200, i left a $100 there and she told me i could mail the rest tomorrow...def a sketchy lady and the biggest scam. i am calling the police tomorrow, i want my money back...

September 29, 2006 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to this "audition" also. It's definitely a scam! It seems that she has switched it up a bit but there were some signs beforehand now that I really think of it! Firstly, she called me from a private number and after giving me the directions she told me there was an 11:07A.M. train. She said if you want I can see you at 11:30. Then before we hung up I asked her for her name she stated that she was just answering service!

December 10, 2006 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..cont I had all the same thoughts about the shady part of town on my way there.After realizing she gave me no contact number I really thought it was weird.When I went into the office she showered w/ me compliments...she was really laying it on thick.She told me if I was prepared to give her 200 today she would put me in their "book"& could send me on jobs by the time I got back to NY.I knew that was BS & a desperate attempt to get the money.

December 10, 2006 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had already told her that I couldn't give it to her today (eventhough I had no plans to give it to her at all)and asked her for a business card.She of course conveniently...had none and suggested I just come back next week. I couldn't believe how brazen it was!I think mainly when an ad asks for amateurs only they're assuming that you have absolutely no knowledge of this business..they're banking on it and hoping they can scam u

December 10, 2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow! I'm just amazed that such a racket is still going on. Again, I'm so glad that I actually posting about it, since it's really pretty outrageous (but happens all the time I bet). Shame on them, although I can't help but feel some level of admiration that they can keep a front like this going and going and going....

December 10, 2006 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Amy for the post! I have an appointment with them for Thursday, so I'm glad that I found your story before I wasted any time going over there! You saved me a lot of trouble.

April 24, 2007 12:58 AM  
Blogger Jessi said...

Thank you for posting this.. the bitch called me and tried scamming me too. Luckily, I found this blog and someone else's scam complaint so I didn't pay a cent. How do we stop her? I have two of her phone numbers, three websites, an address, and two names that she uses.

June 30, 2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Hey Guys!

The smoker lady is at it again! Two of my friends just got a call from her and unfortunately one of them fell for it! He will be calling his CC company shortly to cancel the transaction but should you need dragon ladys new cell number, here it is 212-920-7013. Also here is the website www.petitemodels.com If you sound like you know what you are talking about, she will hang up on you! LOL Good luck!

September 26, 2007 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So guys, I just gave her a call and first thing out of her mouth was "are you in front of a computer and how tall are you?" She told me she is not a modeling agency but a scount and that she has a photoshoot for $1500 next week am I intrested (considering she has never seen me before or knows where Im from) If I am interested, there is a $39.99 fee - am I interested! I said I was interested but I didnt have $40 on me right now .... SHE HUNG UP ON ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 26, 2007 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone needs to report this lady to the local news company...i know here in ga they have a team that investigates fraudulant people like this, so maybe you should try that...good luck

November 21, 2007 3:43 PM  
Anonymous not an idiot said...

HA! I was contacted by this company just a minute ago. She asked if i was by a computer and directed me to the www.petitecasting.com site.

First thing i noticed was how cheap this site looked. Then she immediately told me to click join the site for one time fee of $39.99 so she can submit me for immediate work. I then googled scam petite casting and found this blog.

How dumb does she think people are? I just told her my credit card and paypal aren't working and told her I would call her back. lol

December 04, 2007 4:12 PM  
Anonymous An idiot said...

Yep I was the idiot who paid her. I called for a refund and she hung up on me. I feel like a jackass. I am totally up for trying to bring this lady down. Email me at turbob17delsol@aol.com for some help.

December 14, 2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Elizabethaspiremodel said...

Thank you so much for this posting! I guess I got scammed today! I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that it was and she started saying how I can have all these jobs and all I have to do is pay 39.99 through paypal! I was skeptical at first and I told her that I was uncomfortable putting my credit card number on the computer but she started saying oh no its safe and secure, and you'll have your receipt! I wonder if I could get a refund and what we can do to stop that lady from scamming anybody else!!!

January 16, 2008 1:55 AM  
OpenID zmarock said...

I got scammed today too!!!! I got her call last Sunday night but I was not on the computer so she hung up and told me to call her again when I have the chance to be on the computer. I called her today to find out what it was all about and she asked me to go to http://www.petitecasting.com. The website looked weak. Although I paid the sign up fee of 39.99 I am calling my CC company to cancel the transaction. Her phone is 2129207013.

January 16, 2008 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was scammed by her too. When I read all these blog comments, I called my bank, had them cancel the transaction and change my bank account info, and a month later, she calls me 212 920 7013, doesn't even give an intro, just jumps right in to say "why did you cancel your membership?" and I asked who it was..."Lynn."
She continued to grill me on why I cancelled without saying anything and I asked who it was because I wanted her to realize she hadn't even told me. "Oh, petite casting." I said I did cancel. "Well why'd you do that? What name did you use?" to which I hung up.
Then she called me repeatedly, 6 times, once from withheld, left two voicemails which say the following, regarding my mockery of religion prompt on my voicemail:
VM 1: "Is this a prostitution thing? I don't get it. It sounds like prostitution. Is that what you're into? Well I'm glad you got off the website. I don't want prostitutes working for me. And I WILL find out what name you used and I will take down my own matters to my hands. Ok? Bye."
VM 2: "Man you are insane. You're one of those crazy Jesus people. Oh my God, how did you get like that? wow, you must've had a real disturbing childhood to do that. whoa."
And I recorded it and put the latter VM on my personal VM so if she calls again, she hears her crazy self!
:)

January 19, 2008 2:54 PM  
Anonymous zeezee516 said...

I always do my research when It comes to being hired with people i havnt met. When a got a voicemail today, I was a bit excited, but also wary becasue she didnt give a name, or company name, anything... so i called back.. where she also immediatly asked me "how tall are you, and are you by a computer". I played along, although i know that anyone who really is about there business, does NOT handle it this way. I asked if i could do this tommorrow because i was at work, and she gruffly said "NO. We are only casting for today only"...strange..then why would you call me at 5pm. So i did some more research, and found this blog! Advice to ANY ONE, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do your research, get references... there are so many scam artists and dangerous people out there. One man contacted me from a "pretigious agency" and had all the glitz and glamour for a Car Show in Japan... A few things he said caught me off gaurd.. so i didnt reply. LAPD called me 2 days later asking if i had talked with that person, that they has just arrested him, that he was kidnapping woman.some were still missing. So to All, be wary about putting yourself out there. Keep that head on your shoulders and ask questions..trust your gut.

January 19, 2008 6:25 PM  
Anonymous NekuH said...

Lol.. A lady just called me from a 646 649 3772, voice is no longer rasphy. I also responded to a craigslist post. It seemed strange because an agent or company could just take that fee out of your income, sooo why should I pay..... Plus the pictures looked old. There wasn't a really explanation of when where or how. But the shoots were tomorrow and next week. I asked if I was garunteed a shoot even though she hadn't seen me and she said " right now we have more clients than models" Hmmmm I an experienced to know to always check....

Plus this is the third time I have been contacted by a scammer.
Fake European magazinesm etc. Always double check! I do and world is tooo dangerous abd dishonest.

This lady contacted me for Baltimore, Washington DC and Delaware.

Im going back on Craigslist to report the post before someone falls for it.

Soooooo Models beware!!!!! And Becareful!

January 29, 2008 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I just received a phone call from that agency. This very rude unsophisticated lady asked me to log on her website petitcasting.com. She was very pushy and wanted me to sign up right away... ofcourse, she wanted me to pay the $40 dollar payment to sign up to the website. When she realized I wasn't buying it she told me that Cadillac was very interested in me, and thats why she wanted me to pay the subscription. I told her I wanted to think about it or at least read the info on the website. She told me that I had to make the payment now. Finally, she got frustrated and told me that it was noticeable I wasn't interested and she hanged up the phone. She was very rude and unprofessional. The creigs posting is gigs-563635176@craigslist.org. Do not fall into a scam!!!

February 09, 2008 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

called me today too but this time I pissed her off LOL she called but I wasnt at a comp before I could ask the name of the co she hung up I called back repeatedly b/c I wanted to know the name of the co and how she got my number after a few times she picked up and went off on me so thats motivation for me to keep calling when I got to a pc i googled the number and thanks to u guys sent repeated texts that im at the computer now and see shes a scam its pathetic and she should find a real job, maybe she should do it from a different number LOL so this time she called me back repeatedly I picked up n she sd shed post my pics on all kinds of sites I sd when she does send me the link so I can have my dad who works for the FBI to investigate - she called back more and I picked up telling her to leave a crazy msg so itd be easier to find her

Needless to say she stopped calling plus all she has is a comp card so whatever, b safe out here

February 18, 2008 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a call from that lady (smoker voice lady) and immediately did a Google search... come to find out there's like 150 posts about that number being a scam. Thank goodness for Google!

February 21, 2008 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG do your homework before looking into casting/modeling "companies" or whatever. i did this today and now thats $40 down the drain i knew it was a scam because none ask you to pay $$$ up front its just u send your pics and then they take it from there.


her NEWWW NUMBER IS !!!!!


1-347-603-4535





maybe we can cancel the transaction.

March 01, 2008 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Vinnie said...

I fell for her scam as well. Got all excited for something that I should have been more careful with. YOU CAN GET YOUR MONEY BACK!! Call your bank immediately if you've paid her. Dispute your transaction. This lady told me that I had very nice pictures and that I was cute. Do not be fooled by her "fake acting". She uses those 2 numbers.


Also be careful with another agency called JRP Talent Management. I lost 500 dollars to them that I can't get back. They are fake as well.


Remeber to do your research and please please be careful. Learn from our mistakes!!

March 04, 2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I received a call from this scamjob today as well. Apparently, I had replied to an online ad for a catalog shoot, and someone named "Lynn" called me while I was on my way to work and asked me if I was in front of a computer. I couldn't even get the name of the company from her or what the "job" entailed; she was just very gruff and instructed me to call her back in the evening when I could get to a computer. I thought it was a little odd that she couldn't even provide me with even any basic info, such as the name of the company, at that point. When I called, she asked me where I lived, if I spoke any foreign languages, and then proceeded to tell me that I would have to pay a one time fee to be on a website to submit my info to clients. I laughed and said, "oh, this is one of those". She said, "so, you don't want to be on the website?" I was like, "uhm, no?" and hung up. Nice try, "Lynn"! I hope everyone you call also has the good sense to Google your number and realize that you are not offering legitimate jobs. I am not sure about the state of NY, but where I live at least, it is ILLEGAL to charge an upfront fee to represent talent before booking them for work.

April 17, 2008 9:22 PM  
Blogger Agency Help Line said...

We have the same model agency scams on our side of the pond...

See my website http//www.anactor.net to read what we are doing to make such activity illegal...

Best,

Clive

June 24, 2008 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fell for her scam as well. I think she has now moved to NYC and renting an office there on Park Avenue 100...or maybe that is just another place she uses. From what you all describe here it seems to be the same lady. Short, smoker voice, blondish...goes by Lynn. She seems to be in a big hurry to just get as much money as possible out of you. She has been using: 917-515-7279 or calling from a blocked ID.

August 07, 2008 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just got that call from her today but I have been in the modeling agency before and I knew it was a scam the minute i asked for a website there was none..asked what the name of the agency is. didn't get an answer and asked where they are located.. seems like they move around and scam people, sad. very sad. I hope those people get caught soon

September 15, 2008 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found this blog post searching for "917-515-7279"

I got a call earlier today from a woman s asking if I'd be interested in coming to the casting tomorrow. (I had sent photos out to a few listings on craigslist the other day just for fun). I said I'd responded to a few ads on craigslist and could she remind me which one was hers. She said "I'm just a call service, I don't know." And I said, "Well if you don't know, how would I know where to go tomorrow?" And she said, "Well when you sign up I'll tell you the address." And then I said something like, "Well, I'm just trying to figure out who this is because sometimes ads on craigslist are scams." And she mumbled something about "I'll have them call you back and tell you if it's a scam" and then hung up. I was 98 percent sure that something very weird was going on...this confirms it. Thanks!

October 14, 2008 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very naive and foolish to hand in 330 in cash, I assume it was the same woman you guys were talking about, blond hair, bangs, short, about 5'3 or 5'2, dressed kind of fashionable...
her new number is 212-340-1199, everytime I call the number the number is being transfered...
her new office is in 14 wall street, it was so fancy, I didn't know it was a scam until I handed in the 330...
my money...
what can I do to get my money back?

July 15, 2009 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

She has a new number to add to the 212-340-1199, she also calls from 212-618-1794. She called and a friend of mine answered. She said she was looking to see me and asked if I was interested in modeling. My friend asked her name and she hung up. Anytime someone doesn't give you their name, that is an immediate red flag. I googled the 2 numbers to see if this was a scam, and what a shock, it is!

July 21, 2009 3:55 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Just got the same voice mail. Sounds like a younger lady. She says they're calling from 'Look Models'. Her number she called me from was 212-618-1794 . Good work everyone, keep posting so this scammer can't take advantage of anyone else.

Thanks Internet!
Research, research research

July 27, 2009 2:59 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

Great work guys! THANK YOU AMY!

Here's what I got:

Models On Wall
14 Wall Street
212-340-1199
212-618-1794

It seems like they pull this stunt for a couple weeks every few months with different places, names and numbers. So keep posting for the next person's google search!

Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they keep an eye on this blog- it's THE only place I found info on them.

July 29, 2009 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't fall for it!! Same deal, first time they called me some young guy left me an incoherent msg, then raspy voice lady took the call...so unprofessional...I had to ask the name of the agency and her name...which she mumbled "models on wall". She ended up hanging up on me when she found out I wasn't 14!! They were looking for 14 year olds so parents with their kids starting out--BEWARE! She just called me again today, left a msg, same thing---no name, no agency...the only way I'm calling back is to scream at them to drop dead!! Call comes in @212-618-1794 but they want you to call back 212-340-1199. DON'T FALL!!!!

August 19, 2009 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god for the internet!

After responding to a craigslist posting yesterday, I received a phone call from 212-618-1794. Not recognizing the number, I let it go to voicemail, where I received a terse message with just a phone number, and the woman said "modeling", and that was the end of the message.

Skeptical and suspicious, I called the number she gave--which, lo and behold, was 212-340-1199. I called, was briefly put on hold, and when a female voice barked "hello" on the other end of the line I said "Hi, I got a phonecall earlier today and they gave me this number...who are you?"

And she said something about "I already sent out three girls" or something like that, which didn't make any sense, and then she hung up.

My curiosity piqued, I googled the number, and found this blog post. Nicely done!

Yes, watch out for this person!!!

August 26, 2009 3:19 PM  
Anonymous molly said...

She's still at it.... tried to get my roommate. I'm gathering info and researching, pretty much had the same experience on the phone with repeated calls and such as you guys. We are going to try to bust her with "help me howard" on the news, or something. We can't just sit here and complain and post things online, or call our banks just get money back- she needs to be STOPPED. so if anyone wants to write in or call into the local NYC newstation with us, please email me at mollywadzeckallen@gmail.com and help! help us stop her please :)

the number she gave me today was the 618 1794 one and the address 14 wall street.

September 04, 2009 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks everyone for posting about this! so many sketchy casting/modeling agencies... i'm definitely not calling her back!

September 26, 2009 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Was almost a victim this morning/afternoon. "Sandy' called yesterday in reponse to me query about a coat catalog job.

She was abrupt on the phone, but not entirely rude, and didn't offer any detailed information except to come to 14 Wall st and call her when I arrive. I was in a hurry and figured oh she is just a busy casting person.

This morning my gut told me to call there to get some further details; I mean what company tells you to call her first!? Normally reputable places have receptionists and offices! Good thing I did because just upon attempting to get information the "Answering serving" woman snapped at me and told me to just come in person and hung up.

I called back and asked to speak with Sandy. Well then she really let me have it. Told me I was very annoying and to not come in because I was just too annoying anyway!

This woman, who I presume was 'the sandy' is CRAZY. Glad I am smart enough to know that this is NOT the behavior of a legit casting company or any company for that matter, BUT unfortunately I can see how hopeful people could fall for it.. this woman should be ashamed of herself.... someone needs to capture her and lock her up!

October 01, 2009 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Females 5'0" - 5'7"
Sizes 0 - 8
Ages 15 - 27
No Experience Necessary
Sportswear Fashion Show October 30th
$900 3 Hours
Send A Recent Photo Or Snap Shot
Please Send Phone Numbers Where You Can Be Reached Daytime

^^ do you think this is a scam by the same person too? it says no experience needed and a daytime number is needed... i submitted to it today, then came across this blog. we'll see if the same lady calls. if she does, what should i say? should i call her out?
thanks

October 15, 2009 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous, October 15 - Yes, I think it's the same person. I responded to the ad and met "Madison," a short blonde who was somewhat fashionably dressed. She had the raspy smoker voice but was relatively chatty/friendly, although in a big hurry.

Anyway, I met her down on 14 Wall Street after I got a call from her assistant "Alex," whose name I'm pretty sure changed to "Chris" later on. There are two new numbers though. I received the call from (212) 618-1926 and have her cell phone number as being (212) 576-8811. I did fork over $200 cash (ugh) even though I was uneasy about it the whole time. They are also claiming to be part of the site models4web.com.

I'm just shocked 14 Wall St is willing to rent to these scammers! It's a very nice office building which makes this seem legit at first. I'm thinking about hassling the building management but they probably don't care as long as they're getting their rent money.

November 11, 2009 4:28 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I recently responded to a craig's list ad about a modeling job for a hair shampoo commercial. I got a call back and they gave me the same address, 14 Wall Street. They told me they were with Models.com and gave me a different phone number. How do I know this is legit? Thanks!

November 30, 2009 2:42 PM  
Blogger Diamandi said...

The first posts about this are from 2006. It is the end of 2009 now and this is still going on! Mr. Answering Service, who's name is Alex, called me from (212) 618-1926 but left another number on my voicemail to call him back, (212) 576-8811. These people have moved from NJ to NYC, that must mean they are making more money!!!! Let's stop other people from paying any more time or attention to these scammers!

Alex called me and left a message. My Google voice account conveniently transcribed the whole thing:

"Good afternoon, This is Alex. I contacted us regarding catalog modeling. Call (212) 576-8811 just schedule an appointment."

I called Alex back on the number he called me on and he told me he was calling to set up an appointment for me about catalog modeling. I asked him who the job was for and what the name of the agency was and what the name of the person I would be meeting with was. He replied that he did not know because he only set the appointments and he worked for an agenct that provided this service. RED FLAG! Even if he only set the appointments he should be able to tell me the name of the company and the name of the person I would be meeting with.

He wanted to set up a meeting for that week but I told him that I would have to call back when I had free time. The whole conversation was very rushed. It almost seemed as if I caught him as he was getting ready to leave the house.

I really intended to call him back to schedule a meeting but I got busy then forgot. Just remembering now, I decided to google the numbers to do some research before I called back. That is when I found this blog. Amy, thank you for sharing your experience and allowing others to shair theirs'.

Needless to say, after reading this blog I will NOT be calling Alex back. He got my number when I responded to a craigslist posting about catalog modeling that said no experience necessary. I should have known better.

I have been modeling for a while now and some things to stay away from in ads are: no experience necessary and 18 and over. Also be wary of generic email address such as talentscout@gmail.com or info@newmodels.com. Professionals put their names in their email addresses. Also legit ads have details! This does not just mean a listed payment for the job. An ad for a real job will have a date or time or time frame, a location or city, the name of the agency or staffing company, a website for the staffing company or agency.

There are 2 types of legit jobs that may say no experience necessary: promotional modeling jobs and modeling that involves nudity or fetishes. Promotions are so easy and fun that usually the only requirement is that you have all of your teeth. Jobs in the adult industry may say no experience necessary, 18 and older, and paid. They usually pay well but money is not worth your dignity and those types of jobs will not lead to any more serious modeling jobs. As a matter of fact they may harm you career in the long run.

Sorry for the long post but hopefully this will help someone.

December 01, 2009 2:14 PM  
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December 04, 2009 3:55 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

She's still there on the 14 Wall St
I saw her yesterday, approx. 5.2 petit fashionable around 50 years old women. She's in the building somewhere, but she asked me to meet her in the lobby, so I have no idea where is her "office". She asked me to pay $330 immediately. But I didn't.
Her new number just in case: 212-618-1926 and 212-576-8818
Her "new name"is Madison. Beware of the ...Madison.

January 15, 2010 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...thankfully i googled this before going. i'm supposed to be there in 45 minutes.

don't i feel like a fool!

February 08, 2010 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I responded to a Sunglasses add on craigslist for February 22. I was supposed to meet her thursday, thanks for saving me the trip. I'm going to call "Madison" and give her a piece of my mind

February 10, 2010 12:42 AM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

Thank God You created this post. I looked up the number and found this. I had to be speaking to that same smoker voice lady. I even put a link of this post on my blog so that people become more aware of this. Today, I received another call from what sounded like the same lady and it seems she has a new number.

Here's yet another number from this scam. 347-722-9437.

Any of these model/casting ads on craiglists are scams. Just don't respond to them.

February 10, 2010 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i almost got scammed by the 14 wall street lady until i googled 14 wall street and saw this blog !!! she will ask for 330$ !! i didn't give her anything thankfully.

February 11, 2010 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

I have another interesting story...and another number as well. So I got a call from another woman. This one sounds like she's young. I ask her who she works for and she starts to stutter and say some other crap about how she's just an answering service and she's getting info for the people who are interested and then they would give me a call. I had to ask her about three more times who she worked for.

She finally told me something like...1800Calls. unfortunately I didn't get her name but whatever.

Then I told her that I would need the number of the people that might call me because I receive a lot of calls.

So she gave it to me.

I now have 2 new numbers.

The "1800 calls" girl
718-339-0650

The number she gave me
646-266-2932

I want someone to get to this blog when they google these numbers.

February 17, 2010 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got a call from 347-722-9437 a couple days ago regarding a casting for a catalog shoot after I had responded to a craigslist ad. The woman on the phone had a raspy voice, but seemed pleasant. Asked if I would be interested in making an appointment. When I asked the name of the company she said "Models" and to make sure I had heard correctly I asked,"The name of the company is models? That's it? Just "Models"? Assuming that any real agency would have an actual name. Anyway, she responded yes that the name of the company was "Models." I figured what the hell, I'll make the appointment and then do research as to whether or not its worth going. She said the address was 140 Broadway, NY on the 46th floor and to make sure that I brought a photo. If I had to cancel or reschedule I was to call "Madison" at 212-576-8811.

It seems like this lady has moved again and this is without a doubt a scam. So beware she is now out of 140 Broadway.

February 18, 2010 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im so glad I looked this up.

14 wall street
smoker lady called from 347 722 9437
call 2125768811 when you get to the door and ask for madison.........

not doin it

March 01, 2010 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HmD

i was on craigslist when i came across this add "shoe models" no experience needed. send your phone number and a picture. so i got excited and emailed them. 3 days later on a monday a women calls me smoker voice at 7pm. saying that her name is Amy and when did i want to make an appointment for the shoe modeling place.i told her Wednesday at 11am.She gave me a weird address 14 way street broadway wall street 2345 phone number 212-576-8811.and to call that number when i got to the lobby so she can tell me the floor number ( kind of odd). But she original called me from a 347-722-9437 number.i didnt pay to much mind to it i figured she was a hard working lady maybe at home reading her emails and decided to contact me asap. my father had warned me not to go alone "might be a scam", so i asked my bf but he said he couldn't go unless it was a Thursday. so the modeling place calls me back tuesday this time 212-618-1926 reminding me about my appointment the next day, i tell the lady may i come in thursday. Shes like fine and hangs up rudely.On wednesday the modeling place calls me back very rudely smoker lady voice and is like "its 11am and you are not here you have an appointment did you forget?"..im like i reschedule for thursday and shes like ok and hangs up not even saying good bye. since tomorrow is thursday i do my hair taking me about 2 hours and trying to find a cute outfit. i go online to find the place and google transit cannot find this weird address. so knowing that sometimes addresses can be found by phone numbers i type in 14 wall street 212-576-8811 and i find this website. in disbelief i go thru my phone and i find "Amys" original number 347-722-9437 still didnt believe the complaints, then i looked up the number they had called me from yesterday 212 618 1926..all these numbers match up everyones complaint on this blog!! thank god i didnt waste my time on going there.. i love google.thanks everyone who posted about these scammers!!

March 04, 2010 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

917-674-7606 is her new number!!! Beware.

March 09, 2010 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not waste your time. After reading comments online i cancelled my appointment a day prior. Then the day I was supposed to have my appointment ( which I was kind enough to cancel, instead of just blowing it off) the woman with a raspy voice, called & said, "I am calling to confirm your appointment today" I told her, "Oh, I actually called & cancelled it yesterday" she said "why?" I responded politely that I was no longer interested and she replied, "You shouldnt waste peoples f***ing time. B****! and hung up. wow, ok anger issues. So i called the number back of the company, she answered and hung up on me. then i left her a kind voicemail telling her she has no right to disrespect anyone like that, and she should have a great day! haha. do not waste your time on this "company"

March 11, 2010 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Websites:
casting4web.com
Models4web.com
Judithmodels.com

Phone Numbers:
212-576-8811
212-618-1926

Current Address:
14 Wall Street 20th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Goes by Madison Taylor

She should be reported to the better business bureau.

Advertised as a Sportswear Catalogue Modeling Job.

ANY MODELING AGENCY THAT IS LEGIT WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR MONEY UPFRONT!!

March 14, 2010 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for saving my time, now this bitch attempts to make an offer on american-polish website to advertise Kelvin Klein (!!!) jeans

March 16, 2010 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is crazy ridiculous that this woman has been able to do "business" for the last 4 years!

I responded to the ad on Craigslist about a week ago that said they needed models for CK JEANS. She left a voicemail on my phone tonight. Her name was "AMY". And yes, her new number is 917.674.7606.

Be ballsy (don't get pushed around) guys and gals if you're trying to model for the first time...ask a lot of questions and go with your instincts (your stronger feelings) -- if it feels like a scam then don't waste your time

March 18, 2010 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a call from this lady at 9PM! seemed odd... but like others i still made the appointment for later this week and came home to do my research... came across this blog, thank goodness.. I'm really glad there are ppl who take the time to spread the word! My appointment is in two days but im not planning on being as nice as to call and actually cancel, I really want to hear this woman react when I tell her I'm not coming and that I'm reporting her to the better business bureau!
I def. will report her, her address and all her phone numbers (I have the 347 722 9437 and 212-618 1681) to the BBB I think if each of us reports her than maybe we'll put a stop to this crazy b****!!
Thanks.

March 29, 2010 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BEWARE!!!! This lady is still on the prowl! I just received a call at 9:30 pm from this lady called "Amy". At first I thought it was kind of odd for an agency to call so late, but I said "hey, let me see what's going on". I neglected to pick up the call on the first try, considering I didn't know the number and it was very late in the evening. The person left a message and said her name is "Amy" representing "Castings Agency" (Yeah, odd name I know), and she was replying to my email reply from craigslist for a print ad. (Funny thing is, I never emailed anyone for a print ad....only films...RED FLAG).

So, I called back to see what the person on the other line was saying, and basically the same initial situation that everyone else stated, was happening to me. The lady had a raspy/smoker type voice, set me up for an appointment this friday at 1:30 pm, and said to bring a picture to the given address. I told her I had some questions first, she said go ahead and ask her, and when I did ask her-she said "Oh...I don't know, I'm just an operator." (Ummm...ok. Then why did you tell me I could ask).
After the appt was set up, she told me that I would have to enter the lobby of the given address and call from there so I can be buzzed up, or someone can come down and get me. (hmmm....weird....why wouldn't security buzz me up?)

Anywho, After the appointment was set I decided to look up the information she gave me....When I did, I came across this blog. THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH for posting this information!!! This is going to save me time from having to travel there and waste my time. EVERYONE BEWARE. Here is her information below:

Name: AMY

Address: 300 Park Ave (Not park ave south). It's between park ave and 50th street.

Numbers: 212-252-3700, 917-674-7606


BEWARE, AND BE SAFE!!!!

April 21, 2010 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I JUST WENT THROUGH THE SAME THING.
'amy' asked me if i had an agent or representation, i said no.

she proceeded to say the photographer is shooting tomorrow and that he only charges 330 dollars. she goes 'you've got a great look'

i said, well i have professional photos already...
she goes we don't work with other photos (wtf?)
so i said, i'm not available tomorrow but i will let you know

she immediately says, "okay, grab your stuff"
and she escorted me out immediately.

i called her on the way down and said 'you are a fucking scam, and i will report you to the police'

her name is AMY and her phone number is 212-252-3700 and she asks to meet you at 14 wall st.

although, i'm pretty sure she's ditched that number by now

April 30, 2010 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You described almost word for word what just happened to be today. Just change the address to 300 Park we've got a winner.

How do this scum bags even rent these places? Or is 300 Park a joke?

Here's the CL link that nearly fooled me:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/tfr/1741042541.html

May 18, 2010 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a similar experience but was lucky to be a paranoid at heart and did my research BEFORE going to the place.

It was a craiglist ad for extras for the tv show fringe..and it looked fine..nothing tooo suspicious.So i sent an email.

The phone call WAS suspicious.
The lady who answer asked whether I was interested in being a model/actor..but never mentioned the name of the show.(and was vague as hell)
I had trouble understanding a word she said.
And usually "extras"agencies would be a separate thing of itself...and not branching out to modeling.

I took down the address and phone number...and did my research on these guys.

224 west 36st(or 35?) rm 216

212-224-4483

BEWARE!It's is a SCAM guys!

May 22, 2010 1:48 AM  
Anonymous CR said...

I just received a phone call from her today after responding to some ads on craigslist. The number was 917-674-7606, her name was Amy and she had a raspy smokers voice like everyone said. Since i didn't recognize the number and it is so late I didn't answer and just let it go to voicemail. She left a message about setting up an appointment and said that she represented www.models.com. I wish there was a way to set up a sting on her and have her and her filthy business tactics shut down.

June 08, 2010 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right, and that's what I thought, so I called the couple of police station in Manhattan near by her "office" but they don't care at all. Unbeleivable, but because nobody knows her name, the cops can't do anything, even check if she's the criminal or not, or if anybody ever pressed charges on her, because she's keep changing her name. If couple of people riported her already, it was on her .... some other name. And nobody knows.

June 09, 2010 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprisingly, Amy has a new number. She called me from a 646-524-6006 at 7p.m. (Strange)!!! Then I asked, where are you located, she said 40 Wall Street (in the Trump building) ha! (new way to pull a bait and switch)...I then went along with the conversation and said, let me call you back as I have to check my calendar. I said to Amy where can I reach you. Amy said in a smoker voice "Call me at 917-674-7606" Like I was going to return her call after that. What a scam artist... Beware ALL!!!!

September 29, 2010 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, thank you so much. I just got a call from Amy and she wanted me to come in. I'm in Pittsburgh and considered it because of the $1500 8/hr pay for the "sweater ad" on Craigslist. Thanks! You saved me a lot of gas money. : )

October 04, 2010 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SH TRIED TO SCAM ME TOO!! HER NEW ADDRESS IS 40 WALL STREET HER NEW NUMBER AND NAME IS AMY 212 440

November 20, 2010 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Hi everyone
Actually she just called me)))))
It,s so funny cause when i asked her who it is ))))))))))))))))just a simple question)))and she said..Well i,m just the front desk and u should just come to the office to get answer..we have a good ob for you))))))))))))))))))is she ok?
her number is 2124007169..
Good luck

December 29, 2010 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks guys- I was wary when it was in trump tower and googled- this blog saved me
Amy's new # is: 212 330 0383

January 14, 2011 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did a lot of research. She has been doing this for years, her name is Judith Delong(But goes by aMY AND ALL THESE OTHER NAMES SHE SAYS SHE IS!) her numbers change constantly and the one I got a call from is: 212-400-7193

I hope people google more often, it really helps shut these scams down!

January 17, 2011 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She called me today -- this is how the conversation went:
The lady: "Hi, you responded to an commercial print ad"
Me: "Yes, which one"
The lady: "Uggh, I don't know there's so many
::another phone is ringing::
The lady: "hold on"
::hold music plays::
The lady: "can you come in to see us now"
Me: "What time are you there until"
The lady: "until 2pm, what time can you come? We're at 40 Wall St"
Me: "hold on I gotta write down the address...have to find a pen, hold on please"
The lady: "it's 40 wall street, I've got a lot of people calling me"
Me: "Ok, 40 wall st"
The lady: "see you at 2pm"


20 minutes later she calls again
The lady: "wanted to make sure you got the address"
Me: "Yes, 40 Wall St"
The lady: "you know to call me when you're downstairs"
Me: "Yes"
The lady: "you got my number right?"
Me: "Yes, 12124007193"
The lady: "Thank you, see you at 2pm"

-YF

ps: thank you to the creator of this blog - i should start the same to help others out there..i've been a victim to several scams and I'm grateful that today I wasn't!

January 22, 2011 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Klaudia said...

Unbeleivable!!!
She's still "working".
The same thing happened to me last summer.
Petit size women, very agressive, (smoker I think) same address, etc. I called her when I was downstairs, she came from ... somewhere, and she said, she can give me a job almost immediately, I ONLY have to pay $400 NOW!
I said "I don't have in cash, maybe in my bank" so she said fine, so you MUST give me your debit card number, and we can charge right away. I said, "I'm sorry, but I have to think about" (it was amazing) she's got very frustrated !!!!!!!!!!!!
And she said "than you must come back in one hour with the money!"
So I said "fine" and I had a very bad feeling about her.
There is NO OFFICE for her. Few minutes leather I walked back, and I asked the guard if she know her.
He said: "NO, she's form outside he guess, because he saw her numerous times to talk with people, but after I left, she left" Her name is NOT on the LIST!" OMG! So I was sure about the SCAM. Than I'll found this blog!!! I'll called the police, but they said I need somebody who PAID for her, and have a reciept to report her. So she's keep going! I wish to do something.
I need proof. If you have one, or if youv'e been scammed, please email me. Klaudia

January 22, 2011 1:08 PM  
Anonymous YF said...

...continued from my last post.

Me: "Hey, I'm downstairs"
The lady: "Who is this"
Me: -- says name --
The lady: "Who??"
Me: -- says name -- "about the ad"
The lady: "ohhh, ok have them let you in, i'll be downstairs"
Me: "ok"
2 mins later
The lady: ::calls from (917) 912-9927::
Me: ::Don't pick up::
The lady: ::voicemail, hey I'm here but I don't see you, it's 40 Wall St, 4 - 0 wall street, it's right across the Tiffany's, please come back because I'm waiting"
Me: ::blocks both her numbers and now she gets the following message "the number you are calling is no longer in service"

YEAAAA! Take that -- hopefully this has pissed her off a whole lot :)

January 22, 2011 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a total scam. She wanted $250 to be on the site, and our meeting was VERY brief. She said her name was "Suzette," and she did not have a card. When I asked, "so, it's Suzette, correct?" She stuttered and said "well, uh. That's who I am today."

That one line was enough for me to say no, she kept asking if I could do the $250 today or at least throw down a deposit. WTF, no way. she called me from (212) 400 - 7193 and is located at 40 Wall street on the 28th floor. This is the fricken' TRUMP BUILDING people! But don't be fooled.

February 07, 2011 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, usually I double check things on Craigslist before replying but I forgot to do it this time. Definitly a scam. I have an appointment for tomorrow...not going! A lady left a message on my VM saying that she was calling me back in regard to a 'Print Ad' I'd responded to. First, I responded to a 'Trade Show Model' position. Second, I called the number back and a guy (who was quite nice) couldn't answer any questions I had.

40 Wall St
212-330-0383

No one said or would give me their name. Good luck!

February 16, 2011 9:40 PM  
Blogger Nickname unavailable said...

ANY place that wants you to pay for pictures is a scam. ANY place. Period. If you can model (and just suck it in if it's not your thing...you have to be practically anorexic for some agencies), they will do everything they can to facilitate for you. You do not have to pay for ANYTHING. You just do what they say.


P.S. One Source Talent/ OSTlink/ OST is the same thing. Don't pay for anything up front. Period.

February 22, 2011 12:16 PM  
Blogger Виктория said...

hey guys! thank you so much! I am the victim of this "little monster too"! i payed for the shooting 360 immidiately and then she asked me for 250$. i gave her just 150$ and i have to meet her on tuesday to give the rest! now i know who is she!omg! thanks guys!!!! someone needs to catch her!

February 28, 2011 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Chris, the Idiot said...

She's still at 40 Wall st. She still goes by "Suzette" and I lost over $300 because of her. I was completely blinded and being very dumb during the entire evening. I never gave any of it a second thought, because I have no experience in how things work in modeling. I was a fool and want to warn others to not be duped.

She is posting on craiglist with the email: bigapplecasting@gmail.com

She took my money and said she'd be setting up a shoot Saturday (tomorrow) with a paid gig later that day. I looked into the photographer once I got home (which goes by the name of Silver Studios at silverstudioproductions@gmail.com) and couldn't find a single thing online about the "studio". I received an email confirming my appointment, but ignored it. I received a call from "Marco" the photographer who seemed surprised that I decided to cancel my appointment. I emailed the big apple email and said that I wanted out and wanted my money back because. I got no response. Just a few minutes ago I received a call from "Suzette". She asked if I got the photographer's email for my appointment and I simply said I wasn't interested anymore. I, of course, wanted to just start screaming at her, but I kept my composure. She asked why and I said I just wasn't interested. She said that my money was not refundable and before I could say anything else, she just said "that's a shame, bye" and hung up on me.

This is her cell:
(917)912-9927

This is Marco's:
(212)594-5262


If you feel like having some words with her, give her a ring.

I did sign a document saying I could not get a refund, so I don't know if I can actually do anything else.

March 11, 2011 10:20 PM  
Blogger hair said...

Got a call from her today! (212) 920-7013. She hung up on me and said oh dear you must not be interested in modeling...no I'm just not interested in flushing my hard earned money down the toilet! And she wanted me to go to 40 wall st. nyc to meet suzette as well. The way she talks is hilarious. But I would like it if we all could find a way to expose her!

Thank you all for posting your comments. If anyone knows any other scams let me know thanks! hairmodels2011@gmail.com

March 25, 2011 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should be getting last names of these people and go to the attorney general in NYC!

March 25, 2011 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contact these people that run the building.....
google 40 Wall Street, LLC

http://www.officelinks.com/wall-st/

http://www.davincivirtual.com/loc/us/new-york/new-york-city-virtual-offices/facility-677

March 25, 2011 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judith Delong
185 Hester Street
Apt 5R
New York, NY

March 25, 2011 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wall Street
Wall Street
40 Wall St
28th Floor
New York, NY 10005 Phone: (646) 512-5600
Fax: (646) 237-7932
Center Email: contact@officelinks.com Main

Contact: Antuanet Concha
antuanet@officelinks.com

Sales: (877) 265-4657
Sales Fax: (646) 237-7942

March 25, 2011 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now the woman's name is Sandy!

March 26, 2011 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a call from the same number after I responded to casting notice on nowcasting. The casting notice itself was odd in that it asks only for hard copy submission but doesn't give any contact info other than an email address for written submission thecollaborativenyc@gmail.com.
Anyway, a day after I sent in my H&R I got a call from 212-400..The person i spoke with sounded pleasant enough. H@R asked me a bunch of questions regarding my experience in the industry, whether or not I have representation, and wanted to set up a meeting at 40 Wall St anytime before 1:30 tomorrow. I asked the girl for her name, she said it was candy but that she wouldn't be the person I meet tomorrow.
I thought the while thing sounded a little fishy and googled the address and phone #, lo and behold, I see this site.
I decided to call Candy at the same number to really confirm my suspicions. The response i got was, like what many posters have already described, rude and abrupt. I asked to speak with Candy (she stepped out was the reply), asked for their modeling agency's name, the girl said ModelStats and hung up immediately. Well, at least they have a live website, but it's laughable how fake it is. Guess I'll be saving myself a trip tomorrow.
Thanks to all the posters for sharing their experiences.

March 30, 2011 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG I'm so glad I read this post and the comments I got a call fron her to the number was 212 400 7193 ...when I told her I couldn't make it to the interview on saturday at 12 and ask if they had interviews earlier she hang up on me! Haha...I'm glad I google the phone and found this post, thanks for writing it, it really helps people like us not to get scamed :D

April 07, 2011 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well folks, I went to 40 wall St. today and from the Craig 's list ad was led to believe this was a casting for a protein bar advertisement. Got there, no hand shake, the women then started to blow smoke up my ass saying what great potential I had etc. Then, hit me with the $350 demand for getting photos done. No mention of thew protein bar ad as seen on Craig's list.
When I said no, she got pissed and could not get me out of there fast enough. My pleasure! Wasted 5 bucks on subway fare. Misleading assholes!!!

April 09, 2011 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you all for sharing your experiences. I'm sorry for all of you that wasted time and money in the scam, but you are helping new potential victims steer clear of it.

I recieved a call from 'Candy' today. I was thinking of driving down... I am definitely not now.

Keep trying people! There are plenty of opportunities out there, just be careful!!

April 12, 2011 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was there today. Still operating in 40 wall street. Says she represents Lane Bryant models now. There has to be legal implications for misrepresenting a brand like that!!

April 15, 2011 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the same here: 40 wall street.

has anybody contacted the police or anything? I mean she is playing her game since 2007 now...

April 21, 2011 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2124007193 - IT'S A SCAM!!! she clams she is from modelling agency. Guys BE CAREFUL!!! Thank you for all your comments.

April 21, 2011 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this crook is my long-unseen cousin, Judith DeLong. I'm not surprised that she turned criminal; her father was a real dirt bag. She may be working with a cousin of hers. Apparently, this scam has been going on since at least 2004. How is she not in prison by now?? I think she tried her scam out in Santa Monica, CA, and then moved back to New York. Maybe the authorities in Santa Monica had gotten wise to her. JUDY, JUDY, JUDY . . . .!!!

December 09, 2011 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7183620218 this is the most recent number that she had called me from! Just today as a matter of fact. She claims she is just an answering service but to meet up at 100 park ave. I dont know how to report her... I just wrote to the nyc gov.com website...raspy voice... I believe this is that judith delong woman. I met her in 2004/2005. She found her way back to me after taking $300 from me. She had a photographer take pcs of me and I got the pics but not worth $300. I know more now since I'm older. Would someone report her as well?

January 31, 2012 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is December 2012 and my 20 year old son just got sucked into this same scam. (not aimed at "Petites" this time). He had his photos done for just under $400, which were emailed to him. And was getting talked into the next $200 fee. Ms. raspy voice has a new phone number, new name -- Taylor Compton. No business cards, terribly cheap web site: Promotionalmodelsandtalent.com. No real business name. Beware!

December 31, 2012 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is now going by the name Carol in an office by time square. She asked for 250 from me but I only had 40 on me and she said she would consider it a deposit. I wish I read this blog first!! I actually gave her the 40 :(

February 01, 2013 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please fill out this form for the attorey general to have her stopped!! They will only do somehting if enough people complain.
http://www.ag.ny.gov/internet-bureau-online-complaint-form

February 05, 2013 9:12 AM  
Blogger Oxana Lukyanchenko said...

what to do? I think i got scammed today.It's very stupid but since it's a fashion week I thought it is real. I gave the money to one lady. I felt I'm doing something wrong but you always hope I guess. The site is www.nymodelcastings.com Her number is 646 830 35 94. IDK what to do((

February 05, 2016 9:33 PM  
Blogger xsweetestsinx1 said...

Hi Rachel... If you see this message i might be able to help you text me 6313845897

February 12, 2016 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oxana, call this number:(631) 384-5897. A case is being built vs her.

March 08, 2016 2:23 PM  
Blogger i'maidakarimova said...

Oxana, I had the same situation. I paid upfront for a photoshoot which was yesterday. She goes by Dylan. The photographer's name is Marco. I received the pictures but now she called me and said photos need to be retouched for additional 200. This is when it struck me that it is scamming.

March 16, 2016 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her new number is 646-217-1791.
She is working out of Cowork.RS in 115 e 23rd street. Using the name Dylon.
File a complaint with 311 online and the Department of Consumer Affairs. They have shut down her business in the past so they know who she is. They also fined her $6,400.
If anyone has scheduled a photo shoot, do not let them know you know and go there and take pictures of them just don't give them more money. Here is an article about her - http://nypost.com/2004/11/24/scam-model-agency-shut-down/

October 08, 2016 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know if she ever texted anyone? That number just called and texted me about a casting audition.

October 24, 2016 11:46 PM  
Blogger Oxana Lukyanchenko said...

If anyone trying to get money out of you for anything, it is scam! She was calling and texting.

October 25, 2016 3:09 PM  

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