Below is a recent scam that we were alerted to. This is not a legitimate company, and has no affiliation with MuseCube:
Hi XXXXX here is Freddoagency,we went through your profile and would really like working with you,we have got a pay fashion job for you If you are intrested get back to us with your email so that we can email you with the details. on Freddoagency@yahoo.com MANAGEMENT FREDDO GILBERTS.
Follow up Message
Hi My name is Freddo Gilbert,you are one of the few people chosen out of the screening exercise performed by Musecube Admin for us saying you have got the physical features we need for our catalogue update,I have a pay Fashion job for you if you are intrested,My client wants to update her Catalog with her new year release Fashion outfits and i'm interested in you for the professional shooting no nudity, fetish, bondage, escort and other adult content stuff.. so if you are interested you can get back to me.The shooting will hold at a rented photographers studio in united kingdom,which we would be responsible for your travelling expenses and feeding and accommodation ,the invitation letter would be mailed with your ticket and permit,all make up will be taken cared of in the studio you have the opportunity to bring one person along with you either your mum,dad,friend,body-guard anybody you wish to come with just for you to feel comfortable.
You have 12 different Fashion outfits to cover,which would be provided by our client on the day of the shooting and you would be paid the initial payment of $500 based on section B of the form you are yet to review to guarantee your participation and send the rest to the wardrobe stylist to include your shoe and cloths size.
This problem has become so rampant, in its various forms, that the U.S. Postal Service has set up a Web sit, fakechecks.org, to help deal with it.
There are also commercials on TV with scruffy individuals approaching people in public places. The line: Things like this work better in e-mail than in person.
At the moment, there isn't much the government can do, because most of these scams originate overseas.
The brief answer to your question is that this type of scam, with thousands of variations, has been around for about 25 years. The Internet has superceded the mail. You can find reference to these, as listed below, or look up 419 scams on the Internet or United States Secret Service's web site. Typically, you would receive a check, or draft, which is in an amount way over the amount specified, with some story about using it for expenses and sending the remainder back, typically via Western Union. Once you deposit the funds with Western Union, and provide the related number, anyone, anywhere in the world can go to Western Union and retrieve the funds. The check you deposited will typically be returned against your bank account, and cause you to be overdrawn. The worst variation of these scams, requires you to complete a model information sheet, which lists your full name, address, DOB, SSN (for tax purposes of course) and often name of a relative and thier information in case of an emergency. Great way to do ID theft. Same with requesting your Routing and Transit number and account number from the bottom of a check, so they can "produce for you a draft of payment". Cleverly worded, they simply draft (debit) your checking acount, with your authorization, while all along you think they mean they are going to pay you. The laws and expectations we have, may not apply in other parts of the world. Sort of long; hope it helps.