I've seen many posts on here about modelling agencies and how to spot a scam one. Please read EACH link before parting with ANY money. These con artists only get away with it because they are not confronted. The more people the realise that they are scam and question their conduct the more people will be saved from falling victim to them.
Firstly DO NOT hand over money to anybody that invites you to a test shoot. You may be told that you need to pay a deposit for a test shoot - this is not how real agencies work. DO NOT hand over to anybody that says your child needs a portfolio. They DO NOT. Under no circumstances does a child need a portfolio to enter the modelling industry. A few professional snaps are always nice BUT a legitimate agency will sort that out for you or at least point you in the right direction. It certainly wouldn't EVER cost £2000, not even £1000, infact.... Not even £150! Do NOT give these con artists your card details or set up a direct debit for over priced, rubbish, unedited photographs that you DO NOT need.
These 'agencies' are simply photography studios, some don't even have professional photographers. They pray on dreams and hopes of children and parents. They make you think that your child has star potential and they use that to squeeze money from you. Real agencies do not conduct themselves like this.
If you have been scammed you can file a complaint with the EAI. The link is below, make sure you fill it out and send it. They will be investigated and shut down. The more people that know how a scam agency works, that know how to complain, the HARDER it is for these agencies to operate.
Please read each link and share with friends that are thinking about it too. These are government links - they are reliable, legitimate and trustworthy.