It’s not exclusive to the escort industry. You’re on a website purchasing, say, flowers for your mom for mother’s day, and you click on a membership button that’s supposed to save you 20% on your order, so you click it. Months go by, and you realize the site has been charging you $20 each month for services you don’t want, need or even really know how to cancel.
Or you purposely join a site that guarantees it will help you increase online traffic or marketing for your business, but then leaves you with monthly charges and no results.
Escort agency scams are unique in that they aim to rip off both escorts and clients.
Or you’re told that if you just take this workshop or attend this class, the business world will open up for you.
Scams, all of them. Whether or not the company and product is legit, they’re all using the ease of the internet to get you to shell out, and making it practically impossible for you to detach after.
In the escort world, scams can be similarly tricky to spot and can end up costing you time and money. Here’s some ways to stay one step ahead.
Signs an escort agency is a scam
- Most of them say there’s a huge market for escorts opening up, sometimes specific to a “type”, others completely general (male escorts for women, women in their forties etc.). The client base is so huge that they need to troll for new talent!
- You have to sign up and pay before you can see what’s on the site. Would you buy a dress before you could see it? Tickets to a concert before you knew what the sound was like? If you can’t see the kind of escorts on the site to begin with, then look into their profiles and fact-check them to make sure they’re real, you’re not going to be able to figure out the kind of people you’ll be working with / for.
- Clients have to pay before they can see who’s on the site. Clients (good ones) will pay for verification checks on themselves to make booking the escort they want easier on the agency, but with so many agencies and escorts online for free, why would they pay before even seeing what is offered?
- They want you to pay them for insurance, background checks or drug tests before they start booking you. These are things any company hiring employees takes on as an office expense, and the cost should never come down to you.
If they require you to get new photos and pay a lot for them, proceed with caution. Many industries require pictures for their websites, and often they want consistency with the images. But if an agency requires you to get pictures taken through their in-house photographer, test them by saying you have one you’d like to use. Ask what the price is for theirs and compare it with the going rate in your neighborhood: chances are it will be significantly less, as they’re trying to make it an obvious choice. Check in with other escorts at the agency and proceed with caution if the agency hasn’t sent you any red flags thus far. If you have great images to begin with and they still want you to get new ones, leave without any further talking.
- They want a freebie to assess your potential. Fall for that and you’ll never see them again, as they just want a free date. And why would you want to see them again anyway? Escorting is not about sex—it’s about communication and providing a special period of time with someone. This they can figure out by meeting you—how you speak, what you wear, your personal resume etc. Never work for free.
Even more signs of a scam escort agency
- They say they have you booked with a client without having any specific information on you, they just need you to pay for this or that before they can proceed.
- You have to pay for advertising, but the site isn’t free to clients (which means you’re both double paying and no one’s really seeing anyone).
- You have no way to contact them and no way of telling who is running the business.
- You can get neigher referrals of their business nor testimonials from past escorts and clients.
Just like MLM or work-from-home schemes: if it’s so good and everyone succeeds, why would they want you to pay up front? No matter how desperately you need work, don’t let your emotions reign, or your troubles will multiply. Every shop that wants you to pay for something you disagree with is a vulture: instead of helping you solve a specific problem, they are after every last piece of meat off your bones. Trust your head, not their words, no matter how sweet.