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The Modeling Scheme: Consumer Alert Says Schemers Look At Websites Young People Visit

6:33 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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You know to be on alert when you check your email, but you also need to tell your kids to be on alert too because schemers are trying to take their money.

One known scheme out there is known as the "modeling scheme." Schemers sent a young girl an email stating that she could start modeling classes. The email asked for her weight, waist size and three photographs. She then received a check for $2,500 and a message that said all she had to do was pay the royalties and the taxes on that check will help her get introduced to the modeling agency.

The problem: postal inspectors found it was a scheme. Investigators said this scheme reflects an alarming trend.

"It shows the suspects and people committing these crimes are now going after college students and even younger potentially," said U.S. Postal Inspector Lori McCallister."

Schemers are often trolling to see "who" is visiting various websites and then target them with a scheme.

"If you have a passion for anything, you should be the one that is reaching out to these types of schools," McCallister added. "Whether it is modeling school, art school, or anything like that you should be the one looking online requesting further information."

Postal inspectors said never open emails from an email address you do not recognize.

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