via entertainment / modeling jobs
I got scammed by a phoenix modeling agency
Via Entertainment a.k.a. www.viamodels.com
202 East Earl Drive Suite 185
Phoenix, AZ 85012
ERIC was a high pressure salesman. He built me up with complements, told me how young I looked, showed me some of the images in an photo album on his desk (which he stopped me from looking at a few pages in-now makes me wonder why) and that he would like to hire me.
But then, he said I needed a portfolio, which was going to cost $350
He wouldn’t "allow" me do any research for a photographer. He was very insistent that I pay now.
I told them I couldn’t afford to pay for their photographer today. He pushed and pushed -so I gave him the debit card.
He did not tell me could or allow me to make a small deposit-he just wrote in the amount.
I ended up paying the $350 (which over drafted my bank acct and cost me another $70 in NSF charges.)
In the mean time, they offered me some grocery store demo work for the weekend, I took 3 jobs.
Then when I found out about my account was overdrawn, I couldn’t afford the gas to get there.
I called them for a refund of the $350 and they said the money was NOT REFUNDABLE.
I told them I couldn’t do the jobs w/o gas. (Plus they won’t pay me for 3-6 weeks)
MIKE said someone would come pick up the demo items-instead they charged $1500 on my debit card (which again left my bank account in the negative)
Apparently THERE IS A FEE THEY CHARGE FOR NOT DOING A JOB(no matter the reason -$500 ea.)
They took this out before the date the jobs were scheduled.
I did the jobs and had to get my husband to go to the office and get the $1500 back
I don’t understand why they can demand their money up front and make me wait to be paid.
How the MONEY IS NOT REFUNDABLE since the service has not yet been performed yet.
I have discovered a blog on scams.com, I am not the only one! And I am sure there are many, many more that have been scammed
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