• Report: #51756

Complaint Review: TCT Wilhelmina Scouting Network

  • Submitted: Sat, April 05, 2003
  • Updated: Mon, April 07, 2003

  • Reported By:RB California
TCT Wilhelmina Scouting Network
1701 Park Center Drive Orlando, Florida U.S.A.

TCT Trans Continental Options Talent Wilhelmina Scouting Network deceptive company rip off scam con artists Orlando Florida

*UPDATE Employee: PUT THEM IN JAIL

*Author of original report: GOT MY MONEY BACK! WILHELMINA/TRANS CONTINENTAL TALENT FRAUD RIP OFF BUSINESS FROM HELL THEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!

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TCT, Trans Continental Talent, Options Talent, Wilhelmina Scouting Network, Tctalent, Options, Transcontinental Talent ripoff ripoff business from hell cheated employees and screwed the customers even more deceptive company rip off scam con artists ripped off and scammed victimized many consumers fraudulent ripoff business Orlando Florida ..... GOT MY MONEY BACK! WILHELMINA / TRANS CONTINENTAL TALENT FRAUD RIP OFF BUSINESS FROM HELL.. THEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!! Thank you so much for the guide on getting a refund and filing a complaint against this scam. I am so disgusted with this entire fraud and all the lies that I was told and nothing they said was anywhere close to the truth! I have disputed all the charges for this bogus service and am filing all the complaints with the proper government agencies. I am sick that they do this to people! This company needs to be shut down, everyone needs to get their money back and they need to be put in prison! == Trans Continental Talent, Wilhelmina Scouting Network, Tctalent, Options, Transcontinental Talent FASHION ROCK RIP-OFF FRAUD how to go about Getting your Refund! Orlando Florida Trans Continental Talent Address: 1701 Park Center Drive Orlando Florida 32835 U.S.A. Phone: 888-590-9994 Fax: - Everything about Trans Continental Talent (now switching their name yet again to Wilhelmina Scouting Network) or their previous incarnations Options Talent Group, Emodel has been and continues to be a deception, scam, fraud and downright wrong. Their latest attempt to try and legitimize themselves (at least in their delusional eyes) is to drag Wilhelmina into this. It looks like Trans Con Talent is going to take Wilhelmina down with them. No one I spoke with after the absolute disastrous Orlando Fashion Rock Fraud wants anything to do with this worldwide scam and rip off. My girlfriends and all those I spoke with down there are going to take action against these jerks and want our money back for this deceptive fraud perpetrated on over 3,000 people at the Orlando event and 115,000 people that Trans Con claims to have as models and talent, which I will call victims of this very slick fraud. We have now done our research about how to get refunds and file complaints to the right people and we want to share that so they will be stopped and cannot deceive more good people. How to get a refund when you have been defrauded and deceived and action steps to help stop this company from continuing to commit fraud. Upon doing a lot of research, we found out that you need to do all these steps for the best results! 1) Credit Cards VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & DISCOVER Disputing a charge Call the toll-free phone number on the back of your credit card. A credit card protects YOU the consumer from fraudulent activities and deceptive companies, which is EXACTLY what this is. Tell the customer service rep that you need to put a charge in dispute. For example, if you went to Fashion Rock Fraud, you have 6 months from the time of the trip to put this charge in dispute. It does not matter if they charged your card in December 2002, the clock starts ticking for your consumer rights at the time of the trip! Great protection! The credit card company will either send you a dispute resolution form or some are on the back of your monthly statement. There is one option on the Dispute Form that says we did not get what we were promised. That is the one you want to check. In other words, DECEPTION and FRAUD! Make sure you keep all your documents and correspondence. You will need to write out a statement and send that back to the credit card company. They may ask you to send some evidence and documentation. I would go find the plethora of articles about the fraud and print them out along with a statement about the official investigation this company is under by the Florida Attorney General. What about my web sign up fee and monthly charges? I would put those in dispute too if you got deceived just like everyone else we talked to. ALL the people we spoke to down in Orlando and we could not find ANYONE who had gotten work thorough Trans Con Talent. It is like not only being lied to, but then forking over your money and paying to be spammed with junk mail. Nothing they have ever stated has come true or held any bit of credibility in the real world, NOTHING!!! The bank that issues your VISA or MASTERCARD will allow you to dispute deceptive business practices usually for up to 4 to 6 months. If they balk or you got screwed over by this company before that window of time, you may want to just skip to the next step of action that needs to be taken. What if my credit card is a debit card? Debit cards draw directly from your bank account and there is protection, but it is different than a regular credit card. Check with your bank to see what protection is. You should also be able to put this in dispute and file the paperwork. It does not offer the length of protection going backwards that a credit card does from our understanding, but check and they will tell you. Let them know the extent of this situation and perhaps there is additional guidance they can give you. What if I paid by check by phone? Call your bank, file a complaint with your transaction records in hand. What if I have paid by money order? Skip to step 2. Lastly, if you are afraid they have your account number now you may want to ask the bank to close out your account and create a new one. We have heard of people who have had money just disappear out of their account from these scam artists. 2)Filing an Affidavit with the Florida Attorney General This is VERY IMPORTANT. The next step in the process to help put a stop to this is to file an affidavit with the Attorney Generals office in Florida where they are headquartered. There has been an investigation into this company since last August (2002). The phone number for the Florida AG office is 1-407-245-0833. When you call up ask for an affidavit regarding Trans Continental Talent. What is an affidavit? An affidavit is a legally admissible statement in a court of law. It must be thorough, you must make copies of the correspondence from Trans Continental Talent or Options talent or Emodel etc and write down a very complete description of what happened from the moment of first contact to the present. Consider it your master statement regarding any and all involvement with this company. Again, be thorough to time, dates, what was promised and what was not delivered. You need to send your statement, which must be notarized along with all documents and correspondence back to the Florida AG office. What is notarization? Who is a notary? A notary public is a public official appointed by the Secretary of State to administer oaths and affirmations, witness signatures, and perform other duties as permitted by state law. Notaries are most commonly called upon to attest to the validity of signatures, especially on court papers such as affidavits. Although notaries are public officials, most work in private industry. Often, one or more employees of large institutions that process a lot of paperwork (such as banks, insurance companies, real estate brokers, and large law offices) are notaries public. Also, many people who work at courthouses are notaries. Where do I find one? Try your bank first! If no luck there, look in the yellow pages under Notary. They may charge a nominal fee of $10, but it is well worth it. The banks may be free, just check with them. 3)Filing a complaint with your state Attorney General Also very important Who is my state Attorney General? This site has a list of all Attorneys General. Assuming you do not live in Florida, this step is necessary http://www.naag.org/ag/full_ag_table.php Next go to the web site if they have one or call the phone number and ask for the Consumer Protection or Consumer Fraud Division. Some Attorneys General have an online complaint form, some may send you one in the mail. Make sure you make a few copies of the documents and correspondence to send to them as well. They may just ask for a written statement, but it is better to check first and be prepared so you can make the amount of copies you need right off the bat. If you make an online complaint to the attorney general, we suggest that you write up ONE master word document you can print out or copy and paste easily to this or any other governmental online complaint forms. Why is this step important? Since this company operates in numerous states in the US, it is important that other states have a record of what is going on that impacts the well-being of residents of their state. It allows a formal record for any necessary action that your state may need to take as well. 4)Filing a complaint with the FTC - The FTC has a great online form for filing complaints. Go here and fill out your information. Make it ease and copy your master complaint and paste it into the form they have online https://rn.ftc.gov/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01 5)File your report on Rip Off Report! What an important and excellent consumer resource this site is. Keep up the fantastic work ROR! Other Links: For talent scouts and other Wilhelmina Scouting Network/Trans Continental Talent employees. It looks like they have used and abused a lot of these people to in the employment fraud they are committing. Here are some helpful links for you as well. You may have scammed us, but that does not mean you cannot wake up and smell the coffee too. Local IRS Offices http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/ FBI White Collar Crime Unit Tampa/Orlando Office http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm#t Department Of Labor http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm Monster.com Call to complain about fraudulent job listings for Trans Continental Talent/Wilhelmina Scouting This has been going on for a long time while Monster.com ignores complaints and rakes in the ill gotten gains from this scouting fraud 1-800-MONSTER We hope people found this helpful. Do not be a victim! Take action!! Do not be embarrassed by falling for this, get even! We are victims turned consumer advocates against this type of fraud. We as much as many of you want to pursue modeling, acting and music, but not through deception and fraud of those who just want our money, lie to us and then think they will steamroller their own fraudulent past and we will remain quiet. NOT ANYMORE and NEVER AGAIN! All these so-called audited opportunities turn out to be publicly available and/or spam junk mail from low life agents that are just as corrupt! Give us your feedback and how things went in your effort for justice. Warmest regards, The Angels Helpful DC, U.S.A. Lxxx RB, California
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#1 UPDATE Employee

PUT THEM IN JAIL

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

I THINK THAT MORE PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THIS SITE! MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT IT EXSISTS AND THAT IS A SHAME. I WORK AT THE CORPORATE OFFICE IN ORLANDO.

BELIEVE ME, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY NIGHTS THAT I CAN NOT SLEEP. I HAVE BEEN WITH THIS COMPANY FOR QUITE A WHILE THOUGH AND MY POSITION IS FAIRLY HIGH.

THESE PEOPLE TRUST ME AND I HAVE REALLY JUST BECOME AN INFORMATION GATHERER. AS FOR THE JAIL STATEMENT YOU HAVE MADE, ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS YOU ARE CORRECT (IN A SENSE).

SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT RUN TCT OR WILHELMINA, HAVE BEEN IN FEDERAL PRISON. IN FACT, THE MAN THAT REALLY RUNS THE SHOW BUT YOU DON'T HERE ABOUT HIM, IS ALEC DEFRAWY A.K.A. MOHAMMED EL-DEFRAWI, BRAIN ENDERSON AND OTHER NAMES HE IS KNOWN TO USE.

HE IS LISTED AS A CONSULTANT BUT HE IS THE MAN RUNNING IT! ALEC IS (BY FEDERAL LAW) NOT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ALLOWED TO BE INVOLVED WITH ANY TYPE OF INDUSTRY AS SUCH. THERE ARE MORE THEN HIM. THESE PEOPLE ARE SCAMMING, MONEY HUNGRY PIGS.

IF YOU SAW OR NEW WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING, IT WOULD BREAK YOUR HEART, IF IT ALREADY HASN'T! WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED A NEW RULE HERE. THE TEs ARE ONLY TO TAKE $995.00(JOKE) FROM THOSE WHO LOOK LIKE THEY COULD POSSIBLY MODEL. THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY ARE REALLY DOING.

THEY ALL LAUGH WHEN THEY SEE YOUR PICTURES AND WILL STILL TELL YOU THAT YOU FIT THE MOLD. THIS IS HOW THEY ARE TAUGHT. MOST OF THE TEs (talent executives) ARE YOUNG AND HAVE NO EDUCATION OR THEY ARE OLDER WITH NO EDUCATION. THEY ARE NOT TRAINED IN THE TALENT FIELD.

THE COMPANY AND ALL OF THE COMPANIES INVOLVED, ARE A JOKE. JAY WALLACE A.K.A JASON HOFFMAN, DAVE ELLIOTT, ERIN CAMERON, ALEC (THE STINKY, FAT EGYPTIAN, JOAN RANDALL AND MANY OTHERS PREY ON ALL OF YOU. THE REST OF THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THIS ARE A JOKE.

ALL I KNOW IS THAT WILHELMINA HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY. TOO BAD, I WORKED FOR THEM WHEN THEY WERE LEGIT. I KNOW I MUST CONTINUE TO WORK HERE BECAUSE OF ECONOMY. I WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE SOMETHING ELSE SOON! LOU...YOU REALLY ARE RUINING YOUR REPUTATION EVEN MORE THEN BEFORE.
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GOT MY MONEY BACK! WILHELMINA/TRANS CONTINENTAL TALENT FRAUD RIP OFF BUSINESS FROM HELL THEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!

AUTHOR: L - (U.S.A.)

Thank you so much for the guide on getting a refund and filing a complaint against this scam. I am so disgusted with this entire fraud and all the lies that I was told and nothing they said was anywhere close to the truth! I have disputed all the charges for this bogus service and am filing all the complaints with the proper government agencies. I am sick that they do this to people! This company needs to be shut down, everyone needs to get their money back and they need to be put in prison!

Trans Continental Talent, Wilhelmina Scouting Network, Tctalent, Options, Transcontinental Talent FASHION ROCK RIP-OFF FRAUD how to go about Getting your Refund! Orlando Florida

Trans Continental Talent
Address:
1701 Park Center Drive
Orlando Florida 32835
U.S.A.
Phone:
888-590-9994
Fax: -

Everything about Trans Continental Talent (now switching their name yet again to Wilhelmina Scouting Network) or their previous incarnations Options Talent Group, Emodel has been and continues to be a deception, scam, fraud and downright wrong.

Their latest attempt to try and legitimize themselves (at least in their delusional eyes) is to drag Wilhelmina into this. It looks like Trans Con Talent is going to take Wilhelmina down with them. No one I spoke with after the absolute disastrous Orlando Fashion Rock Fraud wants anything to do with this worldwide scam and rip off.

My girlfriends and all those I spoke with down there are going to take action against these jerks and want our money back for this deceptive fraud perpetrated on over 3,000 people at the Orlando event and 115,000 people that Trans Con claims to have as models and talent, which I will call victims of this very slick fraud.

We have now done our research about how to get refunds and file complaints to the right people and we want to share that so they will be stopped and cannot deceive more good people.

How to get a refund when you have been defrauded and deceived and action steps to help stop this company from continuing to commit fraud.

Upon doing a lot of research, we found out that you need to do all these steps for the best results!

1) Credit Cards VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & DISCOVER Disputing a charge

Call the toll-free phone number on the back of your credit card. A credit card protects YOU the consumer from fraudulent activities and deceptive companies, which is EXACTLY what this is. Tell the customer service rep that you need to put a charge in dispute.

For example, if you went to Fashion Rock Fraud, you have 6 months from the time of the trip to put this charge in dispute. It does not matter if they charged your card in December 2002, the clock starts ticking for your consumer rights at the time of the trip! Great protection! The credit card company will either send you a dispute resolution form or some are on the back of your monthly statement. There is one option on the Dispute Form that says we did not get what we were promised. That is the one you want to check.

In other words, DECEPTION and FRAUD! Make sure you keep all your documents and correspondence. You will need to write out a statement and send that back to the credit card company. They may ask you to send some evidence and documentation. I would go find the plethora of articles about the fraud and print them out along with a statement about the official investigation this company is under by the Florida Attorney General.

What about my web sign up fee and monthly charges? I would put those in dispute too if you got deceived just like everyone else we talked to. ALL the people we spoke to down in Orlando and we could not find ANYONE who had gotten work thorough Trans Con Talent.

It is like not only being lied to, but then forking over your money and paying to be spammed with junk mail. Nothing they have ever stated has come true or held any bit of credibility in the real world, NOTHING!!! The bank that issues your VISA or MASTERCARD will allow you to dispute deceptive business practices usually for up to 4 to 6 months. If they balk or you got screwed over by this company before that window of time, you may want to just skip to the next step of action that needs to be taken.

What if my credit card is a debit card?

Debit cards draw directly from your bank account and there is protection, but it is different than a regular credit card. Check with your bank to see what protection is. You should also be able to put this in dispute and file the paperwork. It does not offer the length of protection going backwards that a credit card does from our understanding, but check and they will tell you. Let them know the extent of this situation and perhaps there is additional guidance they can give you.

What if I paid by check by phone? Call your bank, file a complaint with your transaction records in hand.

What if I have paid by money order? Skip to step 2.

Lastly, if you are afraid they have your account number now you may want to ask the bank to close out your account and create a new one. We have heard of people who have had money just disappear out of their account from these scam artists.

2)Filing an Affidavit with the Florida Attorney General This is VERY IMPORTANT.

The next step in the process to help put a stop to this is to file an affidavit with the Attorney Generals office in Florida where they are headquartered. There has been an investigation into this company since last August (2002). The phone number for the Florida AG office is 1-407-245-0833. When you call up ask for an affidavit regarding Trans Continental Talent. What is an affidavit?

An affidavit is a legally admissible statement in a court of law. It must be thorough, you must make copies of the correspondence from Trans Continental Talent or Options talent or Emodel etc and write down a very complete description of what happened from the moment of first contact to the present. Consider it your master statement regarding any and all involvement with this company.

Again, be thorough to time, dates, what was promised and what was not delivered. You need to send your statement, which must be notarized along with all documents and correspondence back to the Florida AG office. What is notarization? Who is a notary?

A notary public is a public official appointed by the Secretary of State to administer oaths and affirmations, witness signatures, and perform other duties as permitted by state law. Notaries are most commonly called upon to attest to the validity of signatures, especially on court papers such as affidavits.

Although notaries are public officials, most work in private industry. Often, one or more employees of large institutions that process a lot of paperwork (such as banks, insurance companies, real estate brokers, and large law offices) are notaries public. Also, many people who work at courthouses are notaries.

Where do I find one? Try your bank first! If no luck there, look in the yellow pages under Notary. They may charge a nominal fee of $10, but it is well worth it. The banks may be free, just check with them.

3)Filing a complaint with your state Attorney General Also very important

Who is my state Attorney General? This site has a list of all Attorneys General. Assuming you do not live in Florida, this step is necessary
http://www.naag.org/ag/full_ag_table.php

Next go to the web site if they have one or call the phone number and ask for the Consumer Protection or Consumer Fraud Division. Some Attorneys General have an online complaint form, some may send you one in the mail. Make sure you make a few copies of the documents and correspondence to send to them as well. They may just ask for a written statement, but it is better to check first and be prepared so you can make the amount of copies you need right off the bat.

If you make an online complaint to the attorney general, we suggest that you write up ONE master word document you can print out or copy and paste easily to this or any other governmental online complaint forms.

Why is this step important? Since this company operates in numerous states in the US, it is important that other states have a record of what is going on that impacts the well-being of residents of their state. It allows a formal record for any necessary action that your state may need to take as well.

4)Filing a complaint with the FTC -

The FTC has a great online form for filing complaints. Go here and fill out your information. Make it ease and copy your master complaint and paste it into the form they have online

https://rn.ftc.gov/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

5)File your report on Rip Off Report! What an important and excellent consumer resource this site is. Keep up the fantastic work ROR!

Other Links: For talent scouts and other Wilhelmina Scouting Network/Trans Continental Talent employees. It looks like they have used and abused a lot of these people to in the employment fraud they are committing. Here are some helpful links for you as well. You may have scammed us, but that does not mean you cannot wake up and smell the coffee too.

Local IRS Offices

http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/

FBI White Collar Crime Unit Tampa/Orlando Office

http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm#t

Department Of Labor

http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm

Monster.com Call to complain about fraudulent job listings for Trans Continental Talent/Wilhelmina Scouting This has been going on for a long time while Monster.com ignores complaints and rakes in the ill gotten gains from this scouting fraud

1-800-MONSTER

We hope people found this helpful. Do not be a victim! Take action!! Do not be embarrassed by falling for this, get even! We are victims turned consumer advocates against this type of fraud. We as much as many of you want to pursue modeling, acting and music, but not through deception and fraud of those who just want our money, lie to us and then think they will steamroller their own fraudulent past and we will remain quiet.

NOT ANYMORE and NEVER AGAIN! All these so-called audited opportunities turn out to be publicly available and/or spam junk mail from low life agents that are just as corrupt!

Give us your feedback and how things went in your effort for justice.


Warmest regards,

The Angels

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