Another model contacted us today to pass on some more information regarding the Samuel Williams case.
Upon confronting the scammer, pointing out that we’ve called him out for what he is, a fraud, the scammer sent the model the following message:
i am very happy to read from you regarding all the allegation level against me i want you to know that i am not the one somebody else have been using my similar email and be writing to models claiming to be Samuel and spoiling my reputation anyway i won’t blame you in any decision you make right now because a lot of things have gone wrong i have called fmtphotography and my client to alert them on this situation and they siad they will take of that publishing of the site before this week runs out more so i want you to understand that everything is real and legit and i will never try to hurt you in anyway because i am trying to make you achieve your arms and showcase your talent to the world at large god bears me witness if i have any plans to hurt your feelings please i want you to ignore the statement as i have explained things to you and lets work together go ahead and deposit the check into your account it takes 48hrs to clear when you have deposited it you get back to me so that more details will be given tamper justice with mercy
We can assure you that this scammer has never contacted us, nor will we ever stop publishing reports on his fraud.
You’ll note again, the scammer will do ANYTTHING to get you to deposit his check, and wire him the funds he wants.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DEPOSIT A CHECK FROM THIS SCAMMER OR HIS “CLIENT”.
If you have received a check from this scammer, and have deposited it and/or sent funds to the scammer, immediately contact your bank, and contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI.
For information on reaching your local office of the FBI visit: http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field
We previously had suggested contacting INTERPOL itself regarding this scam for models outside the United States. However, INTERPOL suggests that persons affected by these type of scams contact their local national law enforcement agency directly. Interpol publishes a list of member agencies, with links to their website.
International Law Enforcement Agencies: http://www.interpol.int/Public/Links/PolJust.asp
Additional research has shown that this scammer has been at this for quite some time. His email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been listed on a site that aggregates modeling scams for quite some time.
The text “template” he uses for contacting models, with exception to inclusion of our website address, has also been around for quite some time.
Here are some links:
An important note about how the modeling industry operates:
No legitimate company, client, magazine, fashion designer, etc, will ever ask you to take a check and then wire money to another company. Funds are paid either directly to a model, or paid to an agency, photographer, etc, who in turn will pay the model.