Friday, 16 November 2012

Sofia's Choice 2, Scam... beware!

Howde folks,

Hi, hope you enjoyed my first choice last week. Have you started your bucket list yet? Don't leave it too late! My second choice is the article she posted in March of this year having been targeted by scammers. She knows that several people have seen this post and have been saved from losing money as a result of it. So, it is my second choice, in the hope of helping more people.


Sofia here, I hope you've all had a great week. Our Lady M is recovering from having all that work done last week and so Donald and I are still here. However, she has asked us to warn you about a scam which arrived in her email.

Hello, We are quite interested in using your face/picture for a billboard/calling card advert. We presently have a billboard advert and your profile is chosen to do the job. Please reply with your approval,so we could move on with further details. All replies should be emailed to . Regards. Daniela.

Well, it sounds interesting... intriguing. Lady M requested more details.

Subject: billboard advert update
Good day

The profile we selected was sent by a third party company. They look through sites like Facebook, MySpace and MM to identify a profile for suitable for billboard advertising. We do not involved in erotic images. We explained in our previous email that our client who contracted this job to us produces international telephone cards.

This is a serious offer and to demonstrate how serious we are, you wouldn't pay any money. However, as this is a paid job you would get paid for this assignment, the photo session would hold in a photographer's studio close to your city. Let us know if you are interested,so we can send you more information.

Best regards

It sounds good. They are serious and they do not want any money. They are going to pay her. People have looked through FB and found her photograph. They WANT her. Wow. She is interested. Wouldn't you be? Next email.

Good day,

Thanks for getting back to us. This is an advert job, so you do not need to be a model in order to qualify, anyone can do an advert job, provided that your face match what we are looking for.

The total contract package for this Advertisement job is $30,000. We would want your face to appear in our client (Global Link International) advert campaign. The company is involved in international calling cards around UK and Europe. If you are accepted, your picture would be one of the faces for their new International calling cards and billboards. Find all details for the job below.


Since we can not use the pictures from the social network website, we would need to take fresh photos. The photo shoot will be held at a rented photographer’s studio near you, so you don’t have to worry about travelling abroad, the name and address of the studio would be forwarded to you before the date of the shoot, all make up will be taken care of at the studio. You can also come along with any body of your choice on the day of the shoot, your family or personal manager.


You have 4 different outfits to wear; this would be provided by our client on the day of the shoot. Note that your hair would need to be without any artificial hair colour.




An advert job can be done by anybody, it all depends on if your picture matchthe kind of look we are searching for. Do get in touch with us if you will take the job so that we can start up from there. You would pay absolutely no commission, no personal cost to yourself.

So, with such information and extremely curious our Lady M goes to the next stage. Alarm bells are ringing but...
We appreciate your co-opration in theis project. Candimodels was founded in 2000 by David McDonald and Tracie Rowleys. Within this period of time we have grown into one of the most well-known and respected agencies of it's kind in UK and Nationwide. We have worked hard to ensure that we have the most comprehensive selection picture agency based in United kingdom. We acknowledge gorgeous pictures for commercial billboard advertisement.
Moreover,you have been selected for the billboard advertisement for our clients "Global Link INT". A copy of the picture will be sent to you. You also will have the opportunity to attend the launching of the billboard.
We require the following:





NAME OF YOUR BANK:( This is necessary, in other for the financier to know upon which bank cheque we to issue your salary)


Wow! It is all so impressive.
But wait a minute, not once have they mentioned her by name. The original email is a generalised one. If they are a UK company why are they dealing in dollars? Next stage...

Hello Marilyn,

I am happy to inform you that the photo shoot for the billboard/calling card advert is due on the 14TH and 15TH Of April 2012. The amount payable for this advert job is $30,000
(or its equivalent),because you are not registered with us you are entitled to 35%($10,500) of the total contract amount. You will receive your payment in two separate installments.First payment that will be made out to you by the financier would be for $5,000.You are to take out $1,000(being 20% of the first payment, as your part payment)the balance is meant for Studio fees and Legal Documentation. and "Sign up fee" with us,in case of future jobs.

A contract will be sent out to you via e-mail,the hard copy would be signed on the final day of shoot,the second installment payment of ($9,500 being your balance take home) would be paid to you in cash or be transferred to your bank on the shooting date immediately after the shoot. Candimodel members benefits include; being scouted by most of the top agencies in the world, from one place, at one time. Its just that simple. Candimodels, Scouts, backs up this claim by giving the potential model the opportunity to see which agencies/companies express an interest in them.
* Your portfolio is added to our agency database for 1 year.
* Agencies routinely search the database to find new faces.
* Agencies have access to your portfolio at anytime and can email it to clients.
* Agencies can find you by location, age, height, eye color, bust & more.
* Agencies can add your portfolio to their personal call back list.
* Agencies can add your portfolio to a global callback list (used by all the agencies).
Portfolio membership

Pls, do let us know if you are okay with this payment plan,so that we can move with other shoot arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


This is fantastic. For at least 5 minutes our Lady M was spending her $10,500 and she was going to be on their books for twelve months. Thank goodness her hair is still the natural colour. She may take someone with her to a professional photo shoot, the four outfits were to be provided by the agency. She would be invited to the launch. Her face would be on billboards, just how lucky can a girl get?
We would like to point out that there is a Candi Model Agency and a company called Global Link Int, but they may not be associated with this scam or even aware of it.

Why should she have to pay $4,000 out of her first payment? Why do this third party not pay it directly to the agency? Does a photo shoot with make up and hair being done by professionals for ONE photograph really take two days? Aren't contracts normally signed before the work and not at the end? Do professional agencies really pay out such large sums in cash? Why are we still discussing dollars in the UK? Why hasn't it been changed into sterling?

Lady M played around on Google and sure enough there were people around the world who had received this email during the last twelve months. Someone replied that it was a scam originating in Nigeria and they would send the cheque, but you would be obliged to pay the fees before the cheque was cleared. It would bounce all the way back. There would be no photo shoot. Our Lady M pulled out before she found out where the fictitious shoot was going to be. You have got to admit, it is a sophisticated scam. It has plenty of detail, is attractive and looks, until you scrutinise it, as if it is genuine. Strangely, after Lady M pulled out, the company made no effort to persuade her to reconsider.

If anyone can identify these fraudsters, knows who to contact re scams or wishes to publicise other scams please leave a comment. Thank you.

My mantra this week, IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.. IT IS NOT TRUE!


  1. Happened to me. I was skeptical. So happy to get proven here. Same exact details. Sent in a bit different order. Differen name.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Anon! Scams are getting more and more sophisticated and I'm sure it would be easy to get caught out particularly if you were desperate to make money. They play on the vulnerable. I just hope I can prevent others getting caught; I have to confess I was tempted because it looked so good; like the offer you CAN'T refuse.

  2. I just got the same email and the same back and forth except Lady M went further than I did. I found your site because I'm researching the names that were mentioned in the email. Thanks si much for posting this!

  3. Thanks Regina; it's nice to know that I have helped preventing someone from getting caught by it.

  4. I just got one too. Just searched scams and came across your page. Thanks for sharing your experience Which has enabled myself and hopefully others not to get caught up in this. :)

    1. Thank you for your comments. Nice to know I've saved you from the fiasco. If you know of anywhere I can publicise this or if you are in a position to forward this info on. Please do. Ideally, I'd like to be able to catch the scammers!

  5. I just got the same messages and did a google search before going further.

    I posted the copies of what I wrote and what they replied to my facebook:

    Thanks for posting this. It's easier to believe that there is no point replying to the e-mail message when I see others are getting the exact same mail. They can't even personalize it. Makes me wonder if the people sending these messages can even read/speak English at all.

    1. Thanks Phoenix. Glad you didn't get caught!

  6. Ive been getting them for the past week and replied till I noticed it seemed a Bit dodgey! thankyou xx

  7. Been getting these emails for the past week, been replying also till t seemed dodgey, words spelt wrong etc so I searched the names mentioned and glad I Did, thankyou xx

    1. Thanks for your comments Bekki. Glad you got suspicious and did a check. You've got to admit that at first it looks pretty good and it would be easy to get taken in by it. In fact, the only good thing about it is that people seem to be finding my blog as a result of it. I just hope the scammers get caught soon.

  8. omg! im so glad i found this site thankyou! I have just recently recieved an email with the exact same contents as the one listed here. I replied and therefore have just now 5 minuts ago recieved another reply, the emails sent to me so far have stated very clearly that in no way is any cost involved for me that everything is paid for, they are offering a contract for an advert job to use my face for billboard and calling cards in the UK and europe with the contract being worth $45,000 to me. My gut was telling me to look into this a little more as you say, it sounds too good to be true! at first after finding the website for i thought it may be legit, but now im convinced it is not. they also have a facebook page candi models, how do they get away with having a website and a facebook profile and what can we do to expose them!? thankyou again for making this info available :)

    1. Glad you weren't caught out by it. Thanks for leaving a reply. I haven't seen the FB profile, have you reported it as scam?

  9. Just recieved one of these messages, now deleted. Thanks for the warning.

    1. You're welcome. Glad you were saved!

  10. I got an email this week and it sounded really good until a second appeared with identical wording from a different sender

  11. i just got this same email i went all the to the point were they told me who founded it so i googled there names and i found this thanks lady m for saving me from those sorry a** people ohh and buy the way they changed there company name to wolfmodels but they still used the same M.O.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. Glad you were saved. Please pass this info on. Merry Christmas. Lady M

  12. Thank you for this post! My scam alert went off when I received their e-mail and I was just trying to google up as much information as possible when I came across your post.

    My reply to their e-mail was the following:

    Thank you for your e-mail.

    I am at the moment having trouble understanding some of the figures you sent.

    If I understand well, the fact of not being registered with you would mean being entitled to 45% of the total contract amount. This raises a few questions which I'd most appreciate if you'd be so kind as to clarify:

    How much would I be getting in case I was registered with you?

    As not being registered with you does not seem to be a problem since I am being offered registration for a "Sign up fee" my question then is: why not sign up with you now and then be paid the full amount to which I am entitled minus agency fees? If as you say the job is due before the end of June 2016, we have plenty of time to register!

    Then you go on to say I will be receiving a first payment of €9.950 and again I am only to keep 20% as my part payment and the balance will be used to pay for Studio fees and make up. So that means that as an employee model/actor I have to foot the bill for Studio fees and make up? I must say I have never come across a job where I had to pay for Studio fees and make up. That is always arranged between the client and the studio/photographer. Otherwise I would be acting as an employer resulting in tax liability in my country!

    Anyway, €9.950 minus €1.990 equals €7.960. How many days of studio time do you need?
    I would be very happy to help you hire a fully professional studio in Madrid for a fraction of that should I really need to pay for it. So, please let me know.

    Another thing is registration fees. I am represented in Spain by one of the top agencies in the country, with whom I have been working for over 10 years and I have never been asked to pay for any registration fees. How much exactly are we talking about in registration fees? Please send me your comments.

    Many thanks

    Best regard

    To which I received the following reply:


    We appreciate your co-operation in this project. Dieselmodels was founded in 2000 by David McDonald and Tracie Rowleys. Within this period, we have grown into a well renowned and respected agency in UK and Nationwide.

    We have worked hard to ensure that we have the most comprehensive selection picture agency based in United kingdom.

    You have been selected to appear for the Telephone calling card advertisement for our client "Global Link INT".

    To proceed with negotiations, you would need to send us the following requirements below.

    FIRST NAME: _____________________

    LAST NAME: _____________________

    FULL POSTAL ADDRESS: _____________________


    PHONE: _____________________

    AGE: _____________________

    OCCUPATION: _____________________

    EMAIL ADDRESS___________________________

    NAME OF YOUR BANK: _____________________ (Do not send us your bank

    Awaiting your quick response.

    Best Regards,
    Steve Randy.

    They had not even read my e-mail!
    I thought the whole thing sounded quite fishy from the start, but not reading my e-mail put the cherry on the cake.
    Thanks again for sharing!

  13. So, they are still operating! Glad you were not taken in by it. I guess we both have a 'scam alert' when these things land in our mail boxes. Thanks for replying.

  14. Thank you for posting this to expose these kind of scams to the public.... I received the exact same email..... Which means they are still continuing their fraud activity....

  15. Yeah, they're definitely still operating. I've been emailing them back and forth but my red alarms have been going and sure enough I was right. It seemed way too good to be true.