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Illinois AG: Two modeling agencies defraud consumers

Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed two lawsuits today against two different modeling agencies, alleging the agencies violated the Consumer Fraud Act.

The complaint against Glamour Model Talent states that the agency engaged in the following:

- Represented to consumers over the telephone that there are no up-front fees charged when in fact it charges up-front photography fees.
- Represented to consumers that they have "the look" for modeling and the agency should easily be able to obtain modeling jobs for them.
- Represented to consumers, in some instances, that it had a large client base, including Sears and The Gap.
- Required consumers to take a set of "test photos" for $99.
- Represented to consumers that a portfolio of photos, costing between $400 and $500, was needed to properly market them for modeling jobs. 
- Failed to respond to consumers' telephone calls and, in many instances, when asked for the names of clients to which their portfolios were marketed, failed to provide.

The complaint against Latte Model and Talent Agency states that the agency engaged in the following:

- Routinely cancelled modeling and acting classes, after taking payments from consumers for the classes, and failed to provide refunds.

Continue reading, including both complaints, after the jump.

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- Selected some consumers who signed a contract to attend the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) at a cost of $5,295.00.
- Failed to return consumers' money when the IMTA was cancelled.
- Failed to respond to consumers' telephone calls and emails.

Both complaints seek, among other things, civil penalties.


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