Sam Mason Models- AVOID!
I am Rosie, 27 years old from Essex. I have always had an interest in fashion, loved reading magazines and attending fashion events with my friends,so i thought why not try to be a model myself. Little did i know my journey would begin with being scammed. i went online and there are tones of different sights, its proper confusing my i registered with three blogs asking for info and one came back to me called Sam Mason models, they said they were a modelling agecny and could guarantee me paid work within a month, they then emailed me with more details, they asked for my phone and said they woud ring me, when they did the number was private but to be honest Ii didnt think much of it as i was more excited i was talking to someone in the industry. They explained the modelling industry and they seemed to know alot, they were really friendly and seemed so eager for me to sign up with me as they had seen my profile picture on a blog id signed up to, i was flattered if i am honest.
They asked me to pay a fee of £600 this was t secure my place on their books, organise a photo shoot for my portfolio and to cover admin fees, I did question it as it was a lot of money to me and it always concerns me they said to ease my concerns I should meet with them and discuss in person, so i did two days later in a coffee shop, i met a guy called andre and he was really nice, he explained to get going quickly i need to pay the fee in cash, i felt it was ok cause i met someone and i got a reciept. he explained he would call me to set up the test shoot for a weeks time, I left feeling really excited and that my career was beginning. four days later i had any phone call or emails, so i emailed the address i originally got contacted by, it bounced back, then alarm bells started ringing i had been scammed. still till this day i never heard back from so called sam mason models and i have had no way of retrieving my money as i have no contact details or address. I look back and it still makes me feel sick i have been scammed but the moral of story is i was stupid and left myself open for being scammed, i met someone i didnt know and handed over cash, i had no contact details and didnt resreahc the company. My advice to any model is do your research, never meet strangers and never pay any money just like that, i was stupid and have been scammed so trust me it hurts but you can avoid it by doing research. I have since got my success and done this through a great modelling platform. Be aware scams are very real. Avoid Sam mason, they are scammers!