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07/12/2017

Warning Issued After Fake Agency Attempts To Get Pictures From Youths

The PSNI have issued a warning to young people to be vigilant after two females were contacted through social media by individuals pretending to act on behalf of a well-known modelling agency in Belfast.

The victims were asked to send photographs of themselves, which they refused to do.

They were also asked to send a payment, which they also refused to do.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "We have made enquiries with the modelling agency, which has no knowledge of this other alleged modelling agency. It appears this may be a bogus site.
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"Fraudsters have many ways of trying to convince young people to spend large sums of money on photographic portfolios that are worthless. Others seek to gather intimate photographs of young people for a more sinister purpose.

"No matter how convincing they are, do not engage on a social media forum with anyone claiming to be from a modelling agency. Genuine agencies have their own means of recruiting models. Never agree to meet anyone from a 'modelling agency' unless it is at the agency's registered office.

"Genuine agencies will never ask inexperienced young people to provide intimate photographs of themselves. For under 18s, such photographs may, in any case be illegal."

(CD/JP)

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