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Complaint Review: Fashion Rock - Talent Rock, Founder: Lou Pearlman

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  • Submitted: Mon, November 08, 2010
  • Updated: Tue, November 09, 2010

  • Reported By: grace — Darlington United States of America
Fashion Rock - Talent Rock, Founder: Lou Pearlman
Internet United States of America

Fashion Rock Talent Rock, Founder: Lou Pearlman Ripped me off out of OVER $3000.00!!! Internet

*Consumer Comment: Always be aware

*Consumer Comment: Anything is possible..

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Back in 2005 I thought that I had recieved the opportunity of a lifetime when I was contacted by Fashion Rock/ Talent Rock!!!! I was pursuing a career in the gospel music industry and they PROMISED me that they had such a category that existed, and how it was such a great and broad opportunity, and how Lou Pearlman had helped soooo much talent get thier break through! Needless to say that I was younger, excited, and dumb enough to pay the price they asked me for! Believing that it was a great new beginning for me I paid them over $3000.00, and to put the cherry on the icing... at the time I was a single mom and that was a huge sacrafice for me thinking that I was on the road to a better life for my son I. I COULD OF USED THAT MONEY... I think that was the hardest year I had ever had there after believing I had made a wise investment!!! When I arrived in Orlando, Florida for the (so called) talent scouting I was mortified after I found out that there  was no such category for christian/ gospel music, and on top of that there we're several other girls who left angry and disappointed because they were looking for thier 'Plus Size' modeling category only to be told WHEN THEY GOT THERE that it was eliminated about 2 years earlier! WHAT A RIP OFF!! Of course when I made it back home I inquired getting my money back for 'breach of a verbal contract' ,and 'breach of trust', but of course I was told 'NO REFUNDS ALLOWED'... and for some reason I could'nt get in touch with anyone with FR/ TR after that. I did not pursue it any further because I had no money left for an attorney and I did'nt know what else to do. The only reason I am trying again now is because I saw an article online about the scams of Lou Pearlman; sooo I thought there may be some hope. Is it possible to get my money back after 5 years? 

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#1 Consumer Comment

Always be aware

AUTHOR: California Girl - (U.S.A.)

First off, it's almost 6 years later. Statute of limitations.

NEVER EVER pay anyone up front for anything! Real modeling agencies only get paid when they get YOU work.

As an adult, you should of done your research about how real agencies work before handing out $3,000 when you couldn't afford it.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Anything is possible..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

..I do know there are statue of limitations on rip offs like this but it most likely varies from state to state.

As well, it may depend on the contract. A verbal agreement in some cases can hold up in court..but a written contract is always admissible. Do you have any kind of a contract? I understand by the report you were younger and made some decisions that were not the smartest..we all have done that one time or another..but this was an expensive one. I hope you didn't pay this scammer $3000.00 without a written contract.

You should have done this sooner but I imagine you thought it would cost you money. You need to find out if you can still take this clown to court by checking your state laws. Granted this would be easier to have an attorney do, but you should be able to find something online or by asking around. The public library may be able to help you look up the specific laws regarding fraud and breach of contract.

Next..the contract. In layman's terms if there is something in the contract that is blatantly unfair to you (well one party or the other), the contract can be deemed void and you would have some recourse. That would require someone steeped in contract law to determine, and then a Judge would have to agree. This decision is often up for interpretation and can be subjective. But typically it will help win a case if it is obvious and the Judge is unbiased.

If there is no contract at all..things get more difficult, especially as time goes on. If you can contact others who were ripped off by the company/person and you might be able to pool some money together for a lawyer. Class Action is always an option but then you sign away any rights to sue the company/individual personally, and the lawyer(s) get a hefty chunk. You can always consider a small claims suit..but once again if there is no contract, or the contract was written in a way that it was not breached by the other party, or was not unfair (does show good faith) to both parties, you may not have a chance of winning. It does not however cost much to file for a small claims.

You might want to click this link Can you collect on a verbal agreement? as well as internet search the same on your own..and see if your case meets the requirements to hold up in court in your state.

Of course the best and easiest thing to happen would be for this person to have a change of heart and repent by making good. I imagine this can happen, but probably one in a million chance if that.
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