My husband and my son were approached in the Queens Mall sometime in January 2012. The agent told my husband that my son could be a model and took all of my husbands information. A week passed and we received a called from Jennifer asking us to bring my son in and that we must come both of the parents for an interview. On January 27, 2012 we had an interview with Omar Tovar who showed us pictures of kids who made it to the magazines and told us that our son looked very cute and he does not hesitate he would be able to get a contract. We were unsure, but he convinced us and gives a discount from $700 to $500 for the photo shots and for one year contract with GigaComp. We also paid $45 to get the pictures in a cd. My husband and I totally understood that modeling is a risky industry and we agreed to take the chance for one year. We figured at least we got pictures if he does not get a contract.
In March we start receiving calls from Jennifer saying that my son out of five more kids have been chosen by Childrens Place for a four year contract and he will have to go for a photo shot once a month and that it usually takes two days in which he will be paid $200 an hour. She also said that the photo shot with Childrens Place will take place in two weeks from the day she called me. However, she said in order to get this contract I needed to extend my contract with them for one year to 4 years contract so they can keep his pictures in the internet so other companies can call him. She told me that the extension cost was $2250, but I needed to do it fast otherwise Childrens Place will choose one of the other five kids.
On April 5, 2012 we went to Hicksville and we were convinced to sign the extension for four more years. At this point we were very hesitant with Jennifer. Jennifer decided to have us talk to Michelle Smith who supposedly is the second in command after James. I expressed my concerns to Jennifer I told her that I was willing to risk the money for one year, but $2,250 sounded bizarre and we were not willing to expend that much more money. She said that she will commit herself that even if Childrens Place will not work out there are hundreds of other companies out there that will be interested in our son. Jennifer said to us that if my son will not get any contract within one month of the extension of it; she will refund us the money. After reading the contract extension it did not mentioned at all that a refund will be done in case of dissatisfaction; however, Jennifer said I give you my word there is nobody higher than me other than James. I am also a mother and I will not do that.
Well she did it. One year has passed and I have been trying to reach her by phone and email and I never heard from her. E-mails she will not answer and my phone calls will go straight to her voice mail. I finally decided to write to email@example.com and got an answer from Nicky and I also spoke with her. She sent a contract like where it said that they will refund my money $2,250.00 in 21 days from the date that I signed. It also said that with this I will commit myself not to seek for an attorney or do any formal complaints against the company and/or dispute any charges with my credit card company.
In my last email sent to them I told them that this is no longer valid since no reimbursement has been done. I am willing to go all the way with this and take them to court. My first step has been to inform of this scam to the Office of the Attorney General and I will post my dissatisfaction in any website about them. I hope this was useful for all those parents who like us had a dream. Dont let them scam you like that take your kid to Disney instead or open a savings account for college.
Will be happy if other parents with the same issue can reach me. It will be great to stop them to scam more families like us.