W.I.S.H. Shopping Network
To Whom It May Concern:
Recently I sent in my picture for a website called W.I.S.H.
SHOPPING NETWORK, LLC. (www.modelrep.com)
They claimed to be a legitimate organization. They contacted
me shortly after sending me a contract via postal mail
saying I've been "SELECTED" as one of their
professional fashion print models because of my "SUPER
They mentioned on the contract that they are a member
in good standing of the BBB. They indeed offer many guarantees
which, to me, seems too good to be true.
They also want me to pay a one-time service fee of $289
which made my mom very skeptical.
W.I.S.H. claimed not to be a modeling agency, but rather
a Worldwide Shopping Network hiring models directly to
represent their work.
I would really want to have this opportunity if they
are a legitimate organization. After viewing your website
with all the warning signs, I am very lost and skeptical;
I do not know who I should trust when I'm offered something
Any information you could provide me about this organization
as soon as possible would very much be appreciated. Thanks
It looks as if the most research and information about W.I.S.H.
Shopping Network is on a website devoted exclusively to W.I.S.H. (What
more could you wish for?)
You and your mother may want to read the letters of
people who have experiences with the company.
Excerpt from the home page:
- W.I.S.H. Network
- Testimonies About the W.I.S.H. Network -
- Before you sign up with this too-good-to-be-true
company we thought you should read up a little about
them so you choose the right decision. Below you will
find many links to what other people have to say about
the W.I.S.H. Network so you don't have to take our
word from it. If you would like to see one of their
past contracts and/or [you are] looking for more information,
Gross and Colleen Gross operate several websites: Worldwide
Internet Shopping Network, modelrep.com, and modelportfolios.com. They
promise that for a fee of $289 they will send you a camera
and designer clothes so that you can have pictures taken
and then they will post them on a website. They
specifically claim they work with Target, J.C. Penney,
and Walmart. They list the Better Business Bureau
as giving them a favorable commendation.
This is patently not true. The BBB in Pennsylvania
(at the time of writing) lists 25 complaints against
them. The camera is a pocket camera worth about
$20. They don't send designer clothes, just junk
items like packets of health drinks. The pictures
never appear on any website.
After doing some research, we were able to get my daughter's
money back from the credit card company because they
agreed that Gross was a [. . .]er. If you want
to gather ammunition against him in order to plead your
case with your credit card company, you should do the
1. Send back the camera and any items he sent you via
certified, return receipt mail. Demand he return
2. Go to www.readthehook.com as
well as this site and print out the complaints people
have made against him.
3. Gross made threats to 'ruin' my daughter with modeling
agencies but the legitimate ones will have nothing to
do with him so that is an empty threat. However, he tends
to be stupid enough to email his threats, so print them
4. Send copies of the return receipt showing you sent
back his stuff, copies of letters from the websites exposing
him, any threatening emails he sends, and type up a nice
cover letter to your credit card company explaining why
you believe you have been scammed and would they consider
reimbursing your money back to your credit card.
My daughter and I did this and it took the credit card
company less than a week to follow through and credit
the $289 to her account. Gross can be exposed for
who he is and you stand a good chance of getting back
And, file a complaint with the BBB letting them know
you were scammed and that part of the reason was his
using their organization to lie about his business.
For $289 it is worth the hassle. If enough credit
card companies start to hear about this guy, they will
put him on their own lists and he will eventually go
out of business. Of course, a snake like him will
just find another rock to crawl out from under but the
more of us that follow through on websites like this
that are doing the great public service of exposing these
folks, the less people he will be able to scam in the
My daughter has learned a big lesson and will never
again sign up for any modeling gig without checking out
their reputation with modelingscams. com.
Thank God for you folks.
a Question about W.I.S.H.