Model Safety Alert
Model Scout Imposters
WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH MODEL-SCOUTS.NYC, MODELSCOUTERS.COM, MANHATTAN-MODELS, WEST-38, OR ANY OTHER SITES
ModelScouts.com is in no way affiliated with the websites modelscouters.com, model-scouts.nyc, nycmodelscouts.com, manhattan-models.com, midtown-models, west-38.com, modelscouts.miami, the model factory, or any other websites or companies.
To our knowledge all of these websites are owned by a photo studio called West 38.
West 38 uses “feeder” websites to give models the impression they are getting seen by modeling scouts but, in fact, their only purpose is to sell photoshoots. New models never need professional photos to be seen by modeling agencies and scouts. Professional agencies are always willing to review basic snapshots, and, in fact, agents prefer snapshots over professional photos.
Regardless of what their websites claim, they do nothing to assist models in finding legitimate representation or bookings.
ModelScouters.com, Model-Scouts.nyc, West-38 and Manhattan-Models stole photos, testimonials, copyrighted content and trademarks from our website
We first became aware of modelscouters.com, model-scouts.nyc, and its other feeder sites, when we discovered they had stolen photos, testimonials, copyrighted content, and trademarks from our website. They fraudulently misrepresented our material as theirs in order to mislead models into believing they were either affiliated with ModelScouts.com, or that the testimonials and photos were the result of their work when they were not.
At no time did modelscouters.com, model-scouts.nyc, manhattan-models, or west-38 have permission to use our copyrighted and trademarked material. Our legal department sent several cease and desist letters to model-scouts.nyc, manhattan-models.com, west-38.com, and their web hosting companies, demanding the removal of our copyright and trademarked material, and to cease their fraudulent misrepresentation.
In an emailed letter from the operators of these websites to our legal department, they admitted, in writing, their fraudulent misrepresentation to the public, and their copyright and trademark infringement. They eventually removed most of our material. However, remnants of our content still remains on their sites.
Professional Photos Are Not Required to Get Scouted by Agencies
We Do Not Have Scouts Named Katie Ford, Karen Ford, Valentina Casablancas or Tina Cas
We have received reports of individuals using the names Katie Ford, Karen Ford, Valentina Casablancas, and Tina Cas on social media and through WhatsApp. They may use the screen name “modelscouts.international”, “Modelscouts USA”, “ModelScouts SA”, or “south africa model makers” and send you a link to our website. They are an imposter and are in no way affiliated with us. If you’ve received a message from them please report them to your social media platform, block them, and/or notify your local police. From the messages we have seen from them we believe they have the potential to be very dangerous.
We Do Not Have Agencies in South Africa or Anywhere Outside of New York
We have received reports of individuals claiming to be scouts from affiliate offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and other locations outside of New York. They often use our company logos along with our website address on social media and through WhatsApp. They may use the screen name “ModelScouts SA”. They are an imposter and are in no way affiliated with us. If you’ve received a message from them please report them to your social media platform, block them, and/or notify your local police. From the messages we have seen from them we believe they have the potential to be very dangerous.
MODEL SAFETY TIPS
Model scout imposters will often contact you directly through social media and email, therefore, you must be very careful before engaging in conversations with them.
- ModelScouts.com will NEVER contact you first through social media.
- Any email that you receive from ModelScouts.com will be from the email domain @ModelScouts.com only. We will only contact you if you contacted us first.
- Real agents do not conduct interviews online through webcam, Skype, Facetime, Instagram, Snapchat, or other apps. ModelScouts.com NEVER conducts interviews using these applications.
- ModelScouts.com never requests photos in the nude or lingerie.
- Real agents do not charge a fee for you to book an appointment.
- Always independently verify the identity of any individual claiming to be a representative of ModelScouts.com, or any other modeling company, by sending us an email through our contact page or by phone at 1.646.530.8333.
If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be a ModelScouts.com representative, please contact our office immediately.
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