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Purestorm regularly has to block fake Agency profile creation attempts by both fraudsters and 419 sca mmers. For the last few months the Team has been clamping down on attempts to register in the Agency section and we have not been approving applications unless the Registrant is verifiably trading as a bonafide Model Agency. We are sure the bulk of the membership will understand this course of action, which is intended primarily to protect inexperienced models from exploitation.
Additionally, we have noted that over the last few weeks several UK-based members (mostly models) have attempted to create Agency profiles without them actually trading as a Model Agency under BERR (what was formerly the DTI) guidelines.
We are therefore asking those new registrants attempting to claim Agent or Model Agency status, unless this is easily verifiable from initial sign-up information, to provide full business details (including Limited Company number, registered trading address, VAT number and landline telephone number) before we approve the profile.
Please note that creation of a website domain is not regarded as being an indication of bonafide Model Agency trading status.
Those intending to trade as a Model Agency should be aware that as of April 2008 BERR (the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform), following consultation on protecting vulnerable agency workers, introduced important changes to the legislation governing the private recruitment industry,
which includes agencies supplying workers to the entertainment and modelling industries.
The Purestorm Team