July 4, 2020

O Camgirl

The No-Nonsense Guide to Webcam Modeling

How To Recognize a Scam In The Camgirl Industry

O Camgirl is here to call out the liars and scum of the adult webcam modeling industry. Before I start listing them off, though, I’m going to give you the tools you need to recognize actual scams for yourself.

 

10 Red Flags to Watch Out For

 

Scam signs

 

1. A company, or individual claiming to represent a company (henceforth “they”), approaches you first.

 

If you are cold contacted through social media, email or instant messenger, it is most likely an attempted scam. At best, it is a studio or affiliate looking to recruit you so that they get a cut of your check.

 

Cam sites advertise but they do not contact you unless you contacted them first. Always go directly to the company you want to work with.

 

2. They request an interview via webcam.

 

They are trying to get a free show out of you, under the guise that you are “auditioning” for a modeling position. This is unfortunately a common scam in the sex industry and webcam modeling is no exception.

 

Legitimate companies do not “interview” prospective models. You don’t even need to send nude pictures with your application.

Webcam Interview means Scam

 

3. They request nude pictures.

 

See above. Legit companies will likely ask for a full body photo and a head shot. They won’t specify, but you’re free to keep your clothes on.

 

4. There is an application fee.

 

The only real start-up investment I can think of might be for your webcam or some novelty items. If they ask for some kind of processing fee, it’s a scam. [tweetthis]Legitimate cam sites pay their models. Models NEVER pay their cam sites.[/tweetthis]

Age verification documents

5. They don’t request identification to prove you are over 18.

 

This is an extremely important part of the application process. If they don’t verify your age, they either don’t know what they’re doing or they’re after something else. Either way, I would run lol.

 

6. They guarantee income.

 

If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. If they promise you’ll be making a certain amount per hour, it’s either not a cam site or it’s a scam. When customers spend money on you, you get paid. There are no guarantees in this business.

 

7. There is no contact information on their website.

 

If you can’t send them an email or give them a call, they don’t want to talk to you. I would wonder what they’re hiding and find a more professional company to work with.

Unavailable and Unprofessional

8. You contact them but never receive a response.

 

Most established sites will get back to you within a few days. If you never receive a response, it could either be bad customer service or illegitimate. Not a definite scam, but definitely not a good sign.

 

9. You receive a response from a free web-based email account (hotmail, gmail, etc.) and/or the response sounds like a recruiting ad and doesn’t answer all your questions.

 

If they are unprofessional, they aren’t going to be fun to work with even if they are legit. But if the email doesn’t come from the cam site’s domain or recruiting division, you’re looking at an attempted scam.

 

10. They offer to pay you through Paypal.

 

It’s against Paypal’s appropriate use policy to send or receive money for adult related services. I know of many models who have tried to use Paypal for this type of transaction and the result was a frozen account and surrendered funds. Paypal is not a payment option for cam sites.

 

Again, this could be a scam or it could be incompetence. Either way, I wouldn’t work with the company.

If you’ve encountered a scam in the webcam modeling business, I would love it if you’d share your story. If you’re looking at something and aren’t sure whether it is legit, I’ll gladly take a look for you. I appreciate all comments and questions posted below.

 

Take it easy.

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