• Report: #1027062

Complaint Review: AbFab Management

  • Submitted: Mon, March 11, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, March 13, 2013

  • Reported By: Ripped off and Angry — Orlando, Florida United States of America
AbFab Management
1121 N. Mills - 1680 Michigan Ave Suite 700 Orlando, Florida United States of America

AbFab Management AbFab Models, Jane Rooney, Jane Rooney Rost, Abfab, AbFab Miami 1680 Michigan Ave Ste 700 Ripoff scam/model scam BEWARE!!! Jane Rooney owner of AbFab Management is a known liar and a thief! Orlando, Florida

*Consumer Suggestion: Come Together and Take Action


*Consumer Comment: I was Scammed!


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I was contacted by AbFab's assistant Stephanie to meet with the owner Jane Rooney for an interview.  Thinking this was a reputable agency I went to the interview hopeful that I would get accepted and eventually would get work.  Little did I know that she is willing to take ANYONE and EVERYONE who is willing to pay her ridiculous fees.  I had to reschedule the interview several times because of school exams but eventually made it in to the interview.  Jane came acrsoss as credible at first and then the letgthy sales pitch began.  During the interview she asked me if I interviewed anywhere else.  I told her that I was also going to BMG and another agency for interviews and that's when the hard sell came on.  I model regularly for Neiman Marcus and have been in shows like Winter Park Fashion Week and a few other shows plus I did some print work before my interview with Jane so I know the business somewhat and I know how to recognize scams!  She went on to tell me that my pictures were crap and that she couldn't secure work for me unless I paid her to hire photographers and makeup artists etc to take good quality pictures, also a very popular scam amongst shady agencies.  

After talking to several people who have worked with her (a photographer, a makeup artist and a stylist as well as other models) they told me not to sign her contract and filled me in on the photography scam.  Here is the scam for those of you who are not in the know:  You pay her $400 to pay for the photographer and makeup artist and rent studio.  When you show up there are other models (as amany as  5 - 10 people) who also paid for the shoot.  For those who can't pay she agrees to take the shooting fees out of your checks until paid in full. Out of all of that money everyone pays her she pays the makeup artist $50-$100 and the photographer $200 or so.  Plus she overcharges you for comp card you can get for $75 and SHE pockets the rest, plus the pictures are rarely good quality or rarely any better than ones you can take yourself.  The shoots are all done in that Orange Studio where her office is located.   So essentially you are not paying for the shoot or photographers you are lining her pockets with your hard earned money.  Second part of the scam she charges you to be on her website and for some people I spoke to it took MONTHS to get their pictures on the site and she has the nerve to get aggravated if you call to ask where your photos are and why your pictures aren't on her website.

Here are some clues that made me really suspicious of her first the hard sell, secondly all of her claims to fame and experience (where's the proof?). Thirdly the fact that her office has moved all over Orlando  in a very short period of time.  Fourth, if you look through the window to her office its very messy and disorganized. Fifth, she talks about having an office in Miami and it isn't really her office it a temporary office.  Sixth, most legitimate agencies won't ask you for money if they think you will work if not they won't sign you she asks for money immediately! Seventh she wants you to sign an exclusive contract, mother agency, so she can get paid off of work she doesn't secure for you.  Seventh, I spoke to a model who works with her regularly and did a show for her down in Miami fo her and was told that it takes MONTHS to get paid for jobs that she (model friend) works and that for that show she saw the designer pay Jane for the models services but Jane said she didn't get paid and THEN when Jane admitted to being paid she said my firend owed her money for shoots and kept the check! Plus my firend pointed out that Jane keeps 20 percent PLUS she charges the clients an agency fee of 40% PLUS she figures out a way not to pay you what she owes you.  So why does it take so long to get paid when she does pay you?  Also a well known scam amongst disreputable agencies.  They get paid for a job you worked, hold the money, pay people who worked jobs prior to the one you worked and then when they get paid for more recent jobs(after the one you worked ) they will eventually pay you but in the meantime they tell you they haven't been paid by the client.  A simple phone call to the client will resolve that!  Eighth, I found out that she used to partner with a well known scam artist and crook called Azwah Abdus Saddiq who is infamous for ripping people off.  (He has several complaints on Ripp off Report)  Also I know people who know her personally and they even confirmed her flakiness, intability, lack of ethics, near destitute personal life (the reason for all of the scams)and untrustworthiness.  Additionally I was told she will charge you to attend these runway workshops she holds occasionally and will charge everyone and have one of her other models run the class and she keeps the money. If you want to be a model there are very reputable agencies out there and in Florida you don't need to sign an exclusivity agreement (mother agency agreement) to get work, you don't even need to be with an agency for that matter.  A reputable ageny will not try to sell you photoshoots, and comp cards, classes etc.  If they believe you will work they will sign you.  AbFab is a rip off and a scam and Jane Rooney is a thief and should not be trusted. If they contact you tell them no way and to stop contacting you and what ever you do do not fill out the inquiry on their website.  She wanted to sign me and I luckliy found all of this out before I signed her riculous contract and now she and her assistant are constantly bugging me to bring in the contract.  BEWARE of Jane and AbFab, one day she is going to wind up in prison or soemone is going to shut her down! 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/11/2013 02:12 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AbFab-Management/Orlando-Florida-32803/AbFab-Management-AbFab-Models-Jane-Rooney-Jane-Rooney-Rost-Abfab-AbFab-Miami-1680-Mich-1027062. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Come Together and Take Action

AUTHOR: honestrealreviews - ()

Unless models take REAL action, things will never change. You must file a formal complaint with each and every overseeing government department (federal, state, county and city). You should start with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. 

These types of agency problems are NOT new and are NOT exclusive to the agency that you are referring to; it happens every single day, all over the country. Until an agency gets in trouble for what they are doing, and are splashed in the newspaper when their license is revoked, other agencies will not take notice nor bother to change their policies. 

Relying on an Internet "complaint" site does nothing in the long run...these posts will soon drop down on major search engine results. And when readers see that the agency is STILL up and running, without having endured any major fallout, they will assume that these posts were merely the rants of scorned models.
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AUTHOR: upset model - ()

Abfab was my agency for over a year and Jane seemed to legit at first. But, after months of not getting any jobs I showed up at her office which at that time was above a doctors office on edgewater drive.  Jane and I talked and she suggested that I update my images and get a comp card.  I told her I needed to talk with my husband about it and I would call her soon.  But, later that evening Jane sent me a paypal invoice for a photo shoot I hadn't agree to. But, I paid the invoice to ABFAB and she set up the photo shoot.  

As I remember two weeks passed sense the photo shoot and I contacted Jane only to get the run around so I decided to wait another week.  Now, three weeks has passed and still no pictures so I started to get concerned and I contacted Jane again.  

She told me that the photographer had stolen the pictures and she was trying to pay for another photo shoot with a different photographer.  I was very confused, concerned and pissed because he seemed like a good person but I didnt know.  Weeks late I did another shoot with a not so good photographer and I was very disappointed with the pictures!

I told Jane but she sent me another invoice for the comp cards.  And I paid the second paypal invoice to Abfab for my comp cards.  But, another four months passed, no comp cards and still no work so I contacted Jane again.  She told me that needed to pay her to be in the website and thats why I wasn't getting any jobs. Again, later that evening I got another paypal invoice from Jane.  My husband warned me out of concerned so I decided to ask around before paying that invoice.

And as faith would have it I met a model who knew (Azwah) and she gave me his contact info. I sent him a email and he responded right away telling me exactly what happened with Abfab and Jane. Amongst may things he told me about Jane and Abfab he did say that she did not pay him for his efforts and that she stole the money for her personal use!  He said that if she had paid him all the models he photographed would have their print ready pictures. He also said that Jane inflated the cost of the comp cards and charged every model 3x the actual cost.  

After speaking with him and sharing our conversation with my husband I felt like a fool!  Because I finally realized what Jane had been doing.  She lied to me and other models about the photographer to keep from paying him and to keep us from contacting him.  I didn't want to believe that I had been scammed so I asked Jane about what (Azwah) had told me and she looked shocked but continued lie!

Her assistant 
(Carlye) at the time called me a few days later and told me the same thing the photographer said about the pictures and money.  She said that Jane just didn't pay him and he got really pissed and refused to to give her any pictures until he got paid.  She said she felt bad for him but didn't want to get involved.  She said that Jane was liar with tons of personal problems and a bad drinking problem.  

After reading other scam reviews about Jane Rooney and Abfab I seriously hope she gets just what's coming to her soon most likely JAIL time!!  Models please BEWARE!

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I was Scammed!

AUTHOR: Concerned Mom - ()

I was told about that photgrapher too. So she and not the photographer who did the stealing.  Jane said he ran off with the pictures, stole from her and intimidated her staff.  She even paid for a new photoshoot for my daughter and other models who were supposedly ripped off by Azwah.  At first I was shocked because she and Azwah were best of friends.  All she did was talk about his wonderful credentials and professionalism as opposed to the photgrapher working in Orlando. Then one day he was a thief and her worst enemy.  She has several other friends in the area who no longer associate with her I am wondering if similar things have happened. I am going to ask the ones I know. I do know she bad mouths a couple of well known people in our area including a very nice stylist my daughter has worked with as well as a couple of local photographers.  It seems like if people don't want to be part of her scam she bad mouths them and speaks negatively about them including slandering their character.  It is funny because she has been really bad mouthing the particular stylist and the stylists photographer friend a lot and when Jane sees them she hugs and kisses them like they are her best friends.  I have been avoiding these people based on what Jane has said about them. That should have made me suspicious. I am seeing her more for what she is.
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AUTHOR: Amber - (United States of America)

I think everyone who has been SCAMMED by ABFAB MANAGEMENT and its BRITISH SCAM ARTIST owner JANE ROONEY, JANE ROONEY-ROST, JANE HUMPHREYS needs to file police reports on her.  I heard so much negative information about JANE ROONEY from models, make up artists and even a few photographers. I was also was told that she said the reason some of models didnt get pictures was because one of the photographers who took them (Azwah) disappeared with those pictures and didn't give them to her.  

But, I found out that JANE ROONEY lied about that.  The real truth is that JANE ROONEY STOLE the money that the models and their parents paid her to pay the photographer for photo shots so to my understanding he never got paid.  I am sure you'll get an ear full if you just call or send him a email I found his email and number on his website.  He was really pissed but honest and told me some surprising details about that SCAM ARTIST JANE ROONEY I am still shocked but I believe him WOW!! JANE ROONEY REALLY NEEDS TO BE STOPPED ASAP!! 
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