Skip navigation! Story from Fashion. The number of teenage girls being exploited by fake model scouts has increased drastically in the last few years because of social media, according to leading model agencies. Scammers are using Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat to extract explicit photos from vulnerable young people, which are later used against them to extort money. Leading model agencies, including Storm Model Management and BMA Models, have warned young people and their parents or guardians to be "vigilant and defensive" in such instances, The Guardian reports. Typically, fraudsters will contact girls by claiming to be recruiting for a modeling agency and ask them for topless photos or to remove their clothes during a Skype interview. Storm Model Management said it now receives messages every day about scam agents, up from one a week two years ago. Secondly, fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated because of social media generally," she added. She had been approached by a fraudster claiming to know me. BMA Models director Alex Haddad said they now receive around 10 calls and 20 emails about fake model scouts each week — nearly double as many as last year.
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