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I have been working with a Talent Agency in Florida and have spent about $2,000+ for a Showcase, Couple Classes (which i have attended online) and etc. I've already booked my ticket to go to the Showcase but now I'm a bit skeptical. I reached out to the agency owner requesting fewer classes due to a busy schedule and financial problems but the agent responded passive aggressively.

I cannot find any past information about the person that is running the talent agency nor can I find any advertisement about the Showcase itself.

I tried calling the Hotel that the Showcase will be presented but I would have to wait till tomorrow to call.

Does this seem like a scam?

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    Calling the hotel seems like a good idea, if there's an event booked and there were classes provided then it doesn't seem like a scam. Might not be a good value, but that's subjective.
    – Hart CO
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 2:59
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    I think there have been cases like this where fraud agents prey on people like you. I believe there are reports on news channels for such cases. I am assuming they have promised you the moon to entice you to spend the money. consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0071-look-out-modeling-scams scam-detector.com/article/…
    – DumbCoder
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 10:27
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    Yes, this seems like a scam.
    – Vicky
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 12:53
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    We would probably benefit from some more details, as it is we know you're out $2K and must book a ticket, but it's not clear what value can be attributed to what you already have and what you will receive. Looking up information and checking references is something you do first, not at the last minute. As to requesting fewer classes and being unable to pay for what you are requesting, should the agent be happy? Not getting what you pay for is as common as not paying for what you get. If they thought you are talented and gave you a discount, now you back out, whom is scammed in the end?
    – Rob
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 14:53
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    So, what happened on the call? Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 16:41

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Real talent agencies don’t charge you money. They find you a job and take a generous cut out of the pay. They will of course look at you and figure out if you are good enough to make money, and many people are not.

Scam talent agencies have been around for many, many years. Longer than the internet. They don’t car how you look, or whether they could ever find a job for you. They care about getting paid well over the odds for “services” they provide. How much did they charge for photos? Look at the number, and think whether a photographer would make that much money. If you paid over the odds, then 99% it is a scam.

And any hotel will host an event for let’s say 50 people if I pay say $100 per person. I suppose you are paying a bit more than that?

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There's not enough information here to say, but there's enough to make me suspicious.

The fake talent agency is a scam that goes back to many years before the Internet. There are lots of people who would like to be actors or musicians or the like. So these agencies pop up that tell you they will help you achieve your dreams ... for a fee, of course. They often promise to arrange auditions, sometimes get you classes on how to do whatever or how to present yourself. It's a very shady business, because you're giving them money on the promise that they will help you get jobs, but they don't really have any way to get you a job. They aren't producing a movie themselves, and they don't have any particular connections with movie producers. (Or whatever relevant industry.)

Frankly, any time somebody asks you for money up front in exchange for getting you a job or some other money-making opportunity, I'd strongly suspect scam. Legitimate agents get you a job and then take a commission out of your pay. If they demand cash up front with no real assurance that they will get you anything, that sounds like a scam.

And by the way, if they gushed over how talented you are, chances it's a scam go way up.

If they've already taken $2,000 from you and not given you anything substantive in return -- no auditions, no bookings, just vague promises and on-line classes ... it's very likely a scam.

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