Complaint Review: Aquila Media - Nationwide
Aquila Media, Alex Serrano, Aleksandr Sharapova ALMOST Scammed by Cashier's Check Fraud Nationwide
I was contacted by Aquila Media after applying to a commercial on castingfrontier.com. They informed me I was not selected for what I applied for, but would be contact for another opportunity. All of which happens in the entertainment world... so nothing unusual there.
After doing a TON of research on this company, the sponsor, this type of work/compensation, etc, I honestly couldn't find anything wrong (these guys are gooooood scammers) so I responded with everything they asked for (ONLY because no really personal information was asked for--bank info, SS #, etc... so they shouldn't be be able to hack me, so I hope...) After sending them the info, they sent me a simple contract, that seemed to protect me pretty well, so I researched even more, into modeling scams, into their names specifically, and nothing came up. In fact, some things said that models often have to buy their wardrobe... so I decided "why not" and signed it. Emailed it back, and the next day they apparently sent a check out, without confirming the shoot date, location, etc, and having never spoken to me on the phone. Well, obviously my gut started to say NO!!! and I wrote them immediately, and said I was uncomfortable with how this was being handled. No response. I asked for them to call me. No response. I received the check, that was addressed from Aleksandr Sharapova (a person whom I had ZERO knowledge of during my contact with Aquila Media... he's not listed anywhere on their website, not in the contract, nothing) and that's when I was finally able to track that this was a scam. He has several scam reports here on this site and elsewhere. I looked at the check, and it only had 6 numbers for the routing number, and no phone number for the bank it was "from"... it did have security features, so well done, boys! You nearly had me. I truly hope no one else falls for this. I will send a copy of this report to Casting Frontier as well.
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