Scammers Victimize Kids with Twilight’s Next ‘Movie Casting’
The sequel of movie 'Twilight' has become teenagers' sensation ever since the announcements of apparent cast selection for the subsequent film through fake e-mails. These e-mails have started to inundate fans' inboxes throughout the USA.
In one instance, one such fake e-mail came to Becky Overall (USA) for her 7-year-old granddaughter.
The sender of the e-mail writes that he has seen the kid's (Becky granddaughter) profile on the Net and is contacting her in connection with opportunities currently available for extras in the next Twilight movie "Breaking Dawn" to be shot in Portland. The sender then writes that no experience is required as all kinds and appearances are wanted. The remuneration would be between $80 and $250 daily according to whether the shooting time is full or partial.
The e-mail them urges children interested to apply to do so instantly. It also provides a web-link that takes to a site which asks for a monthly $39.99 for referring to a directory enlisting the cast selection across USA.
However, the e-mail made Becky Overall suspicious, so she contacted the modeling agent of her granddaughter who in turn contacted Casting Director Lana Veenker for Twilight's first movie, with a hope that she would be aware.
But Veenker was surprised following which she traced the source of fake e-mails. She found that the company had been rated "F" on the blacklist of the Better Business Bureau.
Veenker then opined that she was sure that the e-mail was false, as 'Breaking Dawn' didn't conduct its production work over many months; therefore, there wasn't any chance of hiring a casting director as yet, as reported by Msnbc on December 4, 2009. Veenker added that the location for shooting too hadn't been announced, so how could any person even know the country's or city's name where the casting would be done.
However, cautioning teens to remain vigilant of such e-mails that make cast calls for any movie sequel, Veenker said that if and when 'Breaking Dawn' would think of hiring extras, its production team would widely release advertisements, adding that no paid registration with a cast directory website would be required.
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