Consumer experts warn Bronx teens about phony model agencies

Consumer experts are warning Bronx teens about phony model agencies in the city.

The City and State Department of Consumer Affairs recently closed a phony agency called Willemina Scouting Network. However, the officials say that agency reopened under another name. Consumer experts also say that there are hundreds of other phony agencies out there.

One Bronx resident says she was approached on the street by a so-called model agency. She says she received nothing for her $900 payment to the agency. Ford Models spokesperson Neal Hamil says if an agency asks for money up front it is not a legitimate company. Consumer experts urge residents to do research before paying an agency.

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