My earnest hope is that the more reports that appear in RIPOFF, the greater the chances that David Samson Rhys - Beauregar (?) can be apprehended or, at the very least, halted in his scam activities. He will likely organize another scamming operation either in British Columbia or elsewhere - he is the compulsive, cunning "gambler" in this arena.
I began to work for David on August 6th in an administrative role, assisting with Craigslist ads. for models, and providing salesmen with lists of aspiring contestants. Sales staff contacted models with the objective of selling portfolios, stipulating that $1000 be paid upfront to secure their entry on the TV show.
After a week /two, it became apparent that the operation was a scam - however, I persevered for 2 reasons : -
a) to continue until I had sufficient proof that Motionstudios.TV was indeed a scam
b) should the business prove to be a scam, I would subsequently endeavour to do all in my power to expose and halt these activities.
My salary( $20/hr - 8 hours per day) was due on September 1st - David sent an email explaining there had been a misunderstanding, and I would definitely be paid on 15th September. On said date, I queried the question of payment -David repeatedly asked for my banking information. On September 21st, I demanded an explanation. David became abusive, accusing me of neglecting my duties and what's more, I owed the company thousands of dollars in losses. He also asked whether I could perhaps invest $10,000 in the company and/or consider another month without pay.
When David realised I was not disappearing quietly, he hacked into my computer removing my personal email account, which contained company information, but I had taken the precaution of storing Motionstudios.TV data elsewhere. Several threatening emails followed, verbally abusive, but cleverly not implying physical assault.
This is a despicable scam, and has caused considerable distress to both employees and models. Mr. Michael Reid exposed this scam in his local newspaper the Times Colonist, (Victoria) in September.
Employees and scammed models post warning notices regularly in major cities on Craigslist. This case has been reported to the RCMP, the Ant-Fraud division in Canada, The British Columbia Association of Crime Prevention, the Federal Trade Commission in the US. NEVER consider employment without a personal interview.