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Old 04-29-2008, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently received an e-mail from a company called ITGO Live Modeling Agency. http://itgolivemodelingagency.itgo.com/

It seems to be a direct e-mail to me as opposed to a generic e-mail to a bunch of photographers. They are looking for a photographer for a 10 day shoot in the UK. I looked them up but found nothing (initially there was no web site link in the e-mail). But I felt brave so I replied with a request for more informtation on both the company and the job.

I didn't expect anything to come back except maybe some more spam than I already get.

However, tonight I got a response. The job pays very nicely (with half up front once I show I haveall my paperwork in order) and I can bring my own gear or their client will provide gear for me to use. The client is Greg Tann Boutique UK, who I am also unable to find information on. A WHOIS lookup shows the gtb.com domain name is registered to a company Pleiades Enterprises in Virginia of which a Google search turns up a bunch of links to an energy company.

I could really use the money they are offering, but I don't want to end up stranded in the UK.


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Re: Curious about legitimacy
Old 04-30-2008, 01:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dave:

Their FAQ lists Vancouver 'If we are interested in you and you live in the Vancouver area', yet also says that their Head Office is in UK.

As I look over their site, I'd be a little concerned. And I'd also be asking why a UK based agency is not taking advantage of local talent to shoot for them.

I think this calls for more questions - perhaps best asked of the client themselves.

Still... if it's legit... it could be a good gig.

Tread carefully and Good Luck!

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Re: Curious about legitimacy
Old 04-30-2008, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is most likely a SCAM. The next thing they will tell you is that they will send you a check for more than the amount and ask you to send back the difference. Their check will turn out bad and your's will be cashed.
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Re: Curious about legitimacy
Old 04-30-2008, 11:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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SCAM!!!

check this out: http://aphotoeditor.com/2008/04/28/photographer-scam/
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Re: Curious about legitimacy
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Thanks for the link on the stories, good thing a photographer can ask questions like this and get help (and links to back it up) from others here!
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Re: Curious about legitimacy
Old 05-06-2008, 06:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Dave, it's a scam.

I know a model in Cranbrook that fell for it, unfortunately. Same company names, even.
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