• Report: #812671

Complaint Review: Active Male Models

  • Submitted: Wed, December 21, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, February 01, 2012

  • Reported By: Joe — Louisville Kentucky United States of America
Active Male Models
P.O. Box 5011 Louisville, Kentucky United States of America

Active Male Models Don't be scammed by Active Male Models or its owner, Russell Claxon Louisville, Kentucky

*UPDATE Employee: Update Check Out The Site

*Consumer Comment: Pleased Model

*Consumer Comment: Pleased Model

*Consumer Comment: I-Models Promotions LLC

*Author of original report: My Blog is Reinstated / Website Pending Appeal

*Consumer Comment: Update Info on the Scam Spam Blogger Joe-Louisville

*Author of original report: Updated Information on Scam Artist Russell Claxon

*Consumer Comment: Crazy Poster Is found

*Consumer Comment: Malicious Comments By Joe-Louisville

*UPDATE Employee: Crazy Poster

*Author of original report: Link to Blog about Active Male Models / ActiveMaleModels

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Make sure to read the other RipOffReports on ActiveMaleModels!  I have made a blog about my experiences with Active Male Models / Models Today and Russell Claxon.  Here is the text of that blog if it should be removed for any reason:

Before I begin, you should know that Russell Claxon / Active Male Models uses the following aliases on the Internet:

AOL Instant Messenger:  guy4you2know1
AOL Instant Messenger:  sexy502beth (female decoy profile)
AOL Instant Messenger:  KYMODELGUY
Myspace:  Russ David (The Model Seeker), Profile ID 541239376  (A simple Google search of this information reveals that he is friends with many young men.)

If you have been contacted by ANY of the above parties, keep a record!

Also before I tell you my story, let me share with you some information on the company and its owner. Just Google his name, or his companies' names, and you'll come up with all of this stuff on your own. Think of this here as a clearinghouse with commentary. :) A judge in Kentucky summed it up best: "You've done nothing to show me you're running a legitimate business. I think you're running a scam." But it might be much more sinister than that, I'm afraid.


RUSSELL CLAXON (verified with the Kentucky Secretary of State)

Age 41, graying hair, morbidly obese, about 5'10"

CLAXON'S CRIMINAL HISTORY (verified by Kentucky PUBLIC records):

Promotion of Male Prostitution (FELONY)

Theft by Deception

Promoting Sexual Performance by a Minor (indicted but not convicted)


legal action


Active Male Models, LLC
Active Female Models
Models Today, LLC
MT Fitness, LLC




http://www.activefemalemodels.com (Notice how there are no female models?)



I'm a pretty smart guy. I even went to grad school -- a highly-respected one -- and got a Ph.D. Fortunately I'm older and wiser now, and have hopefully added experience to my knowledge which allows me to see through situations like the one I was in. But there was a time when I was down on my luck. I was vulnerable, I suppose, and I needed money. I wasn't thinking clearly. I was approached by someone on AOL Instant Messenger who called herself "sexy502beth." She said I had "the look" for modeling and wanted to put me in touch with her "agent," Russell Claxon. I corresponded with Russell for a bit, and he told me I should come to Louisville for him to take pictures of me and to sign me up for modeling. The fee? At the time, I believe it was $450. I didn't know at the time that it's unheard of to pay a fee for modeling and that legitimate modeling agencies rely on commissions from your work to make their money.  Oops.

Anyway, after talking to Russell, "Beth" signed back in and told me she would find it really exciting if I engaged in sexual acts with another male in front of my webcam, and also asked me for nude pictures of myself. Fortunately, I said NO to both.

Fast forward a few days later: I drove to Louisville and met with Russell at a McDonald's (yes, I should have known right then that I was being defrauded). Russell brought a young man with him and said that the young man had just come from working in New York and had made over $1,000 / hour. Then he pushed a contract in front of me, had me read it and sign it, and hand over a check for $450. Then we went to a Louisville park and he took photos of me. Those photos never made it to his website, and he never once found any sort of work for me. Furious, I demanded my
money back and threatened to report the incident to the Better Business Bureau. Russell said he had a paralegal agency who would sort me out if I caused trouble. I didn't relent, though. Ultimately, I just cut my losses and let it go.

My story seems to have ended a lot better than most, though. Fortunately for me, unfortunately for others. Check out these news stories from WHAS 11 in Louisville, where a reporter finally nailed Russell Claxon after a number of young men came forward with stories much more horrendous than my own:



(You'll notice that the comments in defense of Claxon/AMM/MT, LLC are curiously similar. Could it be that the same person is writing them, including "sexy502beth"? I would think so.)

When I saw these stories, I was horrified. That could have been me. When I thought I had just been scammed for money, I was angry, but when I realized what Claxon could have originally planned for me, I felt absolutely violated. Now that I'm older, I can't imagine how these young men must feel, and it infuriates me that little to nothing has been done about it. When I learned that Russell had been doing this since God-knows-when, I was speechless.

Let me link you to a few blogs where Claxon allegedly contacted other young men online:


and comments:

Claxon / AMM / MT, LLC absolutely despise the Better Business Bureau, and it's easy to see why:






... and so on. Apparently, Claxon and his "companies" made national news!

Don't feel threatened by Claxon or his "companies" when they threaten you with legal action. Stand your ground or ignore him altogether. And if anything has happened to you or your children because of him or his companies, you should keep a record of it and go to the police.

Stay safe!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/21/2011 08:59 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Active-Male-Models/Louisville-Kentucky-40255/Active-Male-Models-Dont-be-scammed-by-Active-Male-Models-or-its-owner-Russell-Claxon-L-812671. 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 UPDATE Employee

Update Check Out The Site

AUTHOR: Active Male Models - ()

Active Male Models has been harassed and scammed by blogger.\

He is a nut case and needs medical help.

We have turned http://activemalemodels.com/    into info you can find about the scam the BBB where congress spoke of there bad business and scam acts.

We also put up a letter sent to nut case blogger warning him of his unlawful acts he is doing and what charges he will face. He talks abad about the lawyer but this shows how pitful he really is.

PLease check it out for the real turth and not false and scam posting.

Knowledge is power, caveat emptor! :)

If caught the nut job blogger will face many charges by state $ federal laws.

He was warned to cease desist all his such contact immediately. His actions has been interpreted as in violation of the Federal Communications Decency Act and may as well violate federal/state laws against cyber stalking.

He claims he will not tell who he is because he fears harassment but what he fears most is court, jail and the charges he will face. He had said on his blog he would say who he was to the lawyers but he refused and sadly resorted to calling them names and saying how bad they are.

this nut job is sick sick sick

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#2 Consumer Comment

Pleased Model

AUTHOR: BlingModel - ()

I have enlisted the services of I - Models Promotions and find this post troubling. I have had no issues with the site or its mangers. I feel the site has done no worse then any other model site I have tried. I have gotten offers and feel pleased at the progress.

 I do not understand this post as how it relates to the original posted complaint on a total different company.I am under the understanding that a lady runs this company and site. So i am puzzled at this persons posting saying it is some Russell guy. I know other soldiers who have enlisted this site to do modeling jobs on the side and they all seem pleased and wonder what this person is after. It seems the person is not a model or can not be a model. If you were a model under another company and had a bad experience then you should not take it out on other companies when you know nothing about how the process works.

I just wanted others to know that I - Models Promotions is not the bad company that this person wants to lead you to believe. I have nothing but good things to say.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Pleased Model

AUTHOR: BlingModel - ()

I have enlisted the services of I - Models Promotions and find this post troubling. I have had no issues with the site or its mangers. I feel the site has done no worse then any other model site I have tried. I have gotten offers and feel pleased at the progress.

I do not understand this post as how it relates to the original posted complaint on a total different company.I am under the understanding that a lady runs this company and site. So i am puzzled at this persons posting saying it is some Russell guy. I know other soldiers who have enlisted this site to do modeling jobs on the side and they all seem pleased and wonder what this person is after. It seems the person is not a model or can not be a model. If you were a model under another company and had a bad experience then you should not take it out on other companies when you know nothing about how the process works.

I just wanted others to know that I - Models Promotions is not the bad company that this person wants to lead you to believe. I have nothing but good things to say.
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I-Models Promotions LLC

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Active Male Models, LLC, is now doing business as I-Models Promotions, LLC.  I set up a blog to report on my findings on AMM, and lo and behold, the AMM website was more or less shut down and a new entity arose called I-Models Promotions, LLC.  It's basically the same company under a new brand.  If you're just joining us, here is a blog about my experiences with Active Male Models/Models-Today /I-Models Promotions:


The "new" company's website is here:


And, of course, the "Rev." Russell Claxon is now operating a website called USAministries.org.  Some people just never give up!

I-Models Promotions LLC seems to be registered in New Mexico (can't be completely sure), which is unsurprising since New Mexico doesn't have a searchable, online database where consumers can anonymously look up business filing records.  Surprisingly smart, considering the moron we're dealing with.  It's okay, though, because the online trail with Claxon's name and business attached?  It's massive, as usual.

Watch out, everyone!  And if you're a young military serviceman, BE CAREFUL!!!!  I've heard stories of military careers being ended due to the shenanigans of these "companies" ...
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#5 Author of original report

My Blog is Reinstated / Website Pending Appeal

AUTHOR: Joe - (United States of America)

My blog has been unlocked again -- in its entirety, with all of the images, files, links, and documents.  I've also added  some things to it. I went through the appeal process and had my blog re-approved by Google. The truth hurts, but it's neither an insult nor  "slander" / "harassment."  My speech is protected.

My website is also in the process of being reinstated.  Bookmark it and check it frequently. It should be unlocked in a day or two.  I will be purchasing my own domain shortly so that my content
can't be taken down again.

I won't be silenced or censored on this matter, and I refuse to stand idly by and watch this modeling scam hurt  others.  I want to protect everyone who has contributed to this Rip-Off Report and help them to find any help they need.

The owner of Active Male Models continues to try to intimidate me.  It will not work.  I will not be silenced. 


Feel free to comment on it.  Even Russell Claxon can add his two cents, if he wants.

Also, Russell Claxon the owner of Active Male Models, LLC, and Models Today, LLC, now owns a bounty hunting firm with a person named Clayne C. Moss.  I do hope that person knows about his business partner's reputation.  The new companies owned by Russell Claxon and Clayne C. Moss are:

U.S. Security Agency, Ltd.
U.S. Fugitive Apprehension Agency (bounty hunting is illegal in the state registered)
U.S. Court Process Server Agency

http://ussecurityagency.net (copy and paste)

And here is a list of all of Claxon's businesses, from the Kentucky Secretary of State, listing him and Mr. Moss as owners for the three most recent operations:

https://app.sos.ky.gov/ftshow/%28S%28db4zp255zk2lx1y4aw5qb545%29%29/ioffsearch.aspx?search=RUSSELL+CLAXON  (copy and paste)

Isn't it ironic that a person like the owner of Active Male Models, LLC and Models Today, LLC would start up his own bounty hunting business?
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Update Info on the Scam Spam Blogger Joe-Louisville

AUTHOR: Important Read - (United States of America)

On his post he made a site to slander and give false info. As Google did by law they have taken down his spam scam site because they know Joe-Louisville is a  pathetic demeanored person. I am grateful that Google sees that Joe-Louisville is a LOSER and should be locked up for life for his BS posting and bogus claims.
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#7 Author of original report

Updated Information on Scam Artist Russell Claxon

AUTHOR: Joe - (United States of America)

Since writing that rip off report, I have created a user-friendly and much more comprehensive website:

Active Male Models Scam (link opens in new window, or copy and past the URL below)  The website contains information on Claxon's new business -- a bounty hunting agency called U.S. Fugitive Apprehension Agency.


Please consult it before doing business with Russell Claxon, Russ David "The Model Seeker" on myspace, or his businesses:  Active Male Models, LLC; Models Today, LLC; Active Female Models; U.S. Fugitive Apprehension Agency; U.S. Court Process Server Agency; U.S. Security Agency, Ltd.; or MT - Fitness.

And report any suspicious activity to law enforcement, the Louisville Better Business Bureau, State Attorney General; the media; and/or the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
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#8 Consumer Comment

Crazy Poster Is found

AUTHOR: Important Read - (United States of America)

We have found the crazy posters email he is using. If you have gotten emails from this nut job then please ignore him he is up to no good. He is out sending virus emails and spreading lies.


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Malicious Comments By Joe-Louisville

AUTHOR: Important Read - (United States of America)

This guy JOE-Louisville is a nut case. His accounts can not be true. If he is really from Louisville then why would he travel to Louisville and he stated. (Fast forward a few days later: I drove to Louisville and met with Russell at a McDonald's ) One would realize that this can not be true. AMM does not meet models to do pics. You have to submit your own pics.

If he paid $450 then why would he said the following. (The fee? At the time, I believe it was $450.) If he paid this with a check then he would not put believe. He would put I paid and would not have any questions of what he paid. But furthermore when I paid it was not $450 and the people I know who have paid since there paid less then $200.

He post stuff that the BBB has said but the BBB is a big scam as noted on ABC 20/20 News.



This guy is a known psycho and is gathering info from you guys to send out virus emails. Please watch yourself. He is in no way a good guy.

If he wants to prove his case better then he needs to show where he was part of either company. Step but and show who you are and not hide behind the screen. I know he will not but just read what he says and you will know his is a BIG LAIR.

Come to my blog and see the real side of Active Male Models.

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Crazy Poster

AUTHOR: master-agent - (United States of America)

I am sorry this poster is telling you a big lie. Active Male Models will never meet you at McDonalds. This person is telling you a lie because there is no $450.00 charge. He is talking about M0dels Today and what happened with him there. That company has nothing to do with Active Male Models. He is acting out just like a little kid would.

We have added a page on our site of comments to deal with some stuff this guy post.


Even one of our former models made his own blog about this guy and his dealings with us.


Please don't be scammed by this poster. He has yet to produce anything that he has had any dealings with either company. All he post is stuff that is on the internet and uses source that are not creditable.

Please do yourself a justice and ignore crazy people like this.
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#11 Author of original report

Link to Blog about Active Male Models / ActiveMaleModels

AUTHOR: Joe - (United States of America)

Follow this link to tell your story.  I promise Claxon won't be able to troll it, as I moderate the comments that come in:

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