Model scams are all the fashion

Graham Cluley

My brother-in-law John Bacon is a good-looking young chap, and recently started working as a model while he was living in Costa Rica.

He’s back in the UK now, and received an email from a London-based modelling agency offering him work:

Hello , Hope you are having a great time?

Your profile was seen and scrutinized on and I am emailing to seek your interest on a 7 day Photo-Shoot session which is billed to start 22nd of June 2009 here in the United Kingdom. If you are interested, email me on for all the detailed info.

Best Regards,
Bruce Brand.
Creative Talent Agency.

Clearly they thought he was still based in South America.

A later email confirmed that the agency was offering “6 International Talents/Models a 7 day Photo-Shoot contract”. In fact, the agency said that they would pay John an astonishing £40,000 for the week’s work, plus a generous travel…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.