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Complaint Review: Wilhelmina Scouting Network - Transcontinental Talent - Options - Model Search America

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  • Submitted: Sat, September 13, 2003
  • Updated: Wed, October 27, 2004

  • Reported By:Seal Beach California
Wilhelmina Scouting Network - Transcontinental Talent - Options - Model Search America
www.wscouts.com Orlando, Florida U.S.A.

Wilhelmina Scouting Network /Transcontinental Talent /eTalent, Options Talent, NOW Model Search America! Etc... ripoff- false advertising, empty promises Orlando Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: More than one child has been abused, Alec, (Ayman Ahmed El Defrawi)has also abused my childen.

*Consumer Comment: Orlando Federal Judge declares no Jurisdiction in Pearlman's lawsuit againt Rip-off Report, My 4 year old nephew was abused by Alec Defrawy AKA Michael El-Difrawi

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As all other victims of this scam -i paid lots of money and got NOT was I was PROMISED - I don't think I look like a MODEL, I went to the "Open call" because I wanted to be an EXTRA/ACTOR, I told them I want to act and tehy assured me acting jobs are en-masse on their site. -well, I have not gotten any request, and I did work as an extra years ago in NY - so I know how that works, WSN/TCT simply does not have anyone requesting extras from tehm, and tehy continue to say tehy do!

When they told me how great I look for print-work-and i didn't believe them and said-quote"Are you bullshitting me? I know I am not that good-looking and way too heavy" (-ok, I wear a 7/8 - but that's huge for a model) - these guys (three of them) looked me straight in the eye and said "You are the best we've seen in today, I am not kidding you" -several times, because I refused to believe it, but then I couldn't believe that people would lie like that into my face and though "Whio knows, maybe i get lucky " and remember, I still thought I could do jobs as an extra like I did with A+Models, NY - whom I didn't pay anything... I should have known...)

Talk about being LIED TO - what kind of people are that? How do they sleep at night??? The next day I get the call from the office, and when I told tehm I want to take 6 months to loose the weight I put on during my recent pregnancy and just start in 6 months that was not possible. I didn't want to spend the money and actually told her I didn't have it , but after 30 min on the phone with her, I cracked and paid! She was "GOOD"! She didn't mind taking my money -away from my baby-with nothing coming my way in return! My charachter is to say "well- I was dumb enough to fall for it, I have to take it as a lesson and get on" - so I have been contemplating what to do next...only by COINCIDENCE did I find the reports on TCT/WSN on the net tonight - and decided to file the report and help get these people out of the business -

Steffi
Seal Beach, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/13/2003 11:21 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Wilhelmina-Scouting-Network-Transcontinental-Talent-Options-Model-Search-America/Orlando-Florida/Wilhelmina-Scouting-Network-Transcontinental-Talent-eTalent-Options-Talent-NOW-Model-S-66934. 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 EX-employee responds

More than one child has been abused, Alec, (Ayman Ahmed El Defrawi)has also abused my childen.

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

I am writing in reponse to posting of child abuse which occured to the man's nephew. Alec, (Ayman Ahmed El Defrawi)has also abused my childen. Time has passed before my oldest child had courage enough to confront me about the disgusting behavior of this inhumane being. He is quite the cunning monster by influencing even the purest of minds to believe he will inflict further anguish and discomfort if they disclose his inappropriate behavior.

I dated this man, who has proposed to me twice, for three and a half years. We have broken up three times all because of his lack of bonding with my children. I recently was approached by my daughter who courageously asked if she told me something, which may come back to harm her, would she be protected by the police. I told her she could trust me to protect her, she explained how the man who supposedly loved me and would "grow to love my children because they were an extension of me" had scared her, hurt her, and hurt her 3 year old brother. She explained that Alec would cover her mouth and nose until she could barely see from loss of oxygen and how he did the same to my fragile three-year old until his little legs would kick in the air from pain. She gave other horrible incidences of how he would harm her brother and scare her, but Alec professed that if she ever told, he would hurt her mommy and then be able to do whatever he wanted to her and her brother.

He is a dangerous person--child abuser--and has no place near children. I never would have guessed he held the potential to pose such a threat to innocent children, but I guess I know why he has never bonded with them.

This rebuttel will probably not make it on the posting board, thanks to Alec's hacking job he has done to my computer. My last posting was removed--probably because Alec got into my email and requested it get taken down.

I hope I can warn others of his potential harm, I would never strike out against anyone with this level of accusations, no matter how bitter the break-up. Truth be told, I broke things off with him after his inability to commit to my children. He has since pulled out all the stops to invade my life and threaten me in ways that might influence me to take him back. He has bugged my home, car, phone and places spyware on my computer. I hope he sees no further success from his career of deciet.
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Orlando Federal Judge declares no Jurisdiction in Pearlman's lawsuit againt Rip-off Report, My 4 year old nephew was abused by Alec Defrawy AKA Michael El-Difrawi

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

I wanted to include this article as part of the documentation of this huge rip-off.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-biztranscon13091303sep13.story

Internet site to keep operating

A federal judge said she doesn't have jurisdiction in a case brought by a Lou Pearlman company.

By Tim Barker | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted September 13, 2003


Lou Pearlman's Wilhelmina Scouting Network has suffered a setback in its bid to shut down a Web site that warns consumers to stay away from his Internet-based model-scouting company.

A lawsuit against Badbusinessbureau, filed in federal court in Orlando, was dismissed by Judge Anne Conway, who ruled that she did not have jurisdiction.

Ed Magedson, the Web site's creator, said the legal maneuvering by Wilhelmina was little more than an effort to silence a critic.

"They knew they didn't have jurisdiction. They just wanted to cost us money," Magedson said. "They have in-house lawyers who pump out these boilerplate lawsuits."

Wilhelmina officials could not be reached for comment.

It isn't known whether the company will pursue the lawsuit elsewhere.

"If they do, it would be absolutely ridiculous. It would just draw more negative publicity for themselves," said Frank Torelli, an investigator for the Web site who also was named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleged trademark infringement, unfair competition and defamation.

Badbusinessbureau operates the ripoffreport, which includes scathing commentary about Pearlman's company, known both as Trans Continental Talent and Wilhelmina Scouting Network.

The lawsuit asked the court to prohibit the Web site from using the Trans Continental name anywhere on its pages.

"Defendants, by improperly using this trademark, are misleading the public into believing that their services are connected with" Trans Continental Talent, according to the lawsuit.

The suit also alleged that there are numerous false statements published on the site.

Web sites like this have long been a source of irritation for the company, which has said "slanderous Internet postings" are one of the reasons for its problems with customers. Such sites have convinced many customers that something could be wrong with the services sold by Wilhelmina/Trans Continental. The company puts would-be models on the Internet, where they have a chance of being seen by casting agents and modeling agencies.

The company has been under investigation for more than a year by the Florida Attorney General's Office, which has received some 1,300 complaints from consumers. Among other things, customers have complained they were misled with promises that work in the fashion industry would be easy to find.

The company says it makes no such promises.

Tim Barker can be reached at tbarker@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5022.

Copyright 2003, Orlando Sentinel

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I have been watching those who have been writing about being victimized by this scam because I am relative of another kind of victim; those who have the misfortune of developing relationships with these horrible people.

My nephew was abused by Michael El-Difrawi, who I understand now goes by the name of Alec Defrawy. He attacked my nephew about 13 years ago. He was only 4 years old at the time. Michael hit him in the stomach and scared him so badly that he messed his pants, which is not unusual for a grown-up. Michael was not even supposed to be around him either.

Michael shamed him and ordered him into the bathtub and then proceeded to scald him so badly that the skin fell of his bottom and genitals. My nephew is still if affected by the incident today. Shortly after Michael was arrested, David B. Elliot showed up on the doorstep and told T***** not to testify and make sure my nephew didn't either. When she refused, he offered to bribe her. He said, "How much will it take to make this all go away."

T***** and my nephew testified and Michael got off real easy. They should have cut off Michael's balls! Nothing happened to David Elliot. The legal system here stinks. The victims are punished for eternity, while the perps get off (pardon the pun).

These people are monsters and I can't believe that the newspapers and media in Orlando aren't covering the criminal pasts of ALL those involved more aggressively. I feel badly for all these models who were victimized by them, but the FBI should have known about them and protected wannabe's from these scum. Just my opinion.
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