Makeup artist’s horror after being focused


Brooke Luke, 29, became presented the “terrific acceptable” activity on the New York booklet Brides Magazine via electronic mail.

It requested her to work as a make-up artist for an upcoming picture shoot in Melbourne.

She now she claims to have helped expose a miles-reaching rip-off, reportedly concentrated on masses of humans.

Brooke to start with informed the sender she changed into interested in the activity offer however admits it appeared too accurate to be real, with them supplying so ship her an all expenses paid a trip.

A 2nd e mail insisted the activity turned into “legitimate” and the mag has “by no means been concerned in something illegitimate or fraudulent”, the Mail Online reports.


The messages were claiming she could be sent from Sydney to Melbourne as well as given extra than £1,000 for her make-up work and around £100 an hour for additional time.

But now she thinks the email is connected to a human trafficking scheme and Brides Magazine has issued a assertion pronouncing they have no involvement with the message.

The obvious rip-off could have been set up to trick aspiring make-up artists out of heaps of bucks of their cash or even entice them to hotel rooms.

It all started out whilst Brooke become despatched the message from a person describing themselves as the “editorial assistant Rosemary Leger”.

It read: “Brides Magazine is presently looking out for markup artists for its September 2019 problem.

“Your touch was determined through your social media web page whilst looking out for talents with the intention to fit the case.

“Our senior editor was quite inspired with your portfolio and mandated me to get in contact with you for you to recognize in case you would really like to paintings with us in this shoot, do now not hesitate to get back to me so that I can also offer you with similarly facts.”

Brooke says she knew the message from the Gmail account turned into a fake but the sender claimed she had “nothing to fear about”.

She said: “When I first acquired the email, I concept it became a touch extraordinary that they reached out to myself as I am no longer an editorial makeup artist, but I turned into nonetheless excited that a company from New York had reached out to me and I should possibly endeavor a brand new part of my career.”

Adding: “I was suspicious approximately the e-mail cope with because it changed into beneath a gmail.Com account, but the email resulted in a confidentiality agreement so I idea maybe this could be real.”

Hundreds of girls have now come ahead claiming to have received similar emails, telling them handy over their passport, driving force’s license, bank info or even make a $1,000 fee prematurely with Bitcoin.
“I decided to ask make-up organizations on Facebook if those emails have been actual or fake.

“I were given tonnes of feedback pronouncing it changed into fake, however one which stood out, particularly, informed me to search ‘Brides Magazine Scam’ on YouTube as others are speakme approximately it,” she said.

“I watched the movies that got here up and was so shocked to see that this became related to human trafficking. It definitely made me very disillusioned that I should have in all likelihood fallen into this entice and who knows what ought to have came about to me.

“I felt absolutely violated and in fact pretty risky as soon as I figured everything out.”

A real Editorial assistant referred to as Rosemary Leger has additionally come ahead, thanking Brooke for her work exposing the scam.