You Could Be a Model!
Guess what? The "audition" is just a way to try to get you to buy modeling lessons or expensive photos for "your portfolio." Some teens and their parents have been pressured into signing contracts for a couple of thousand dollars worth of lessons. Afterwards, the school didn't help them get any modeling work.
Poet and Don't Know It?
It's flattering to be told that you have great talentexcept when it seems that everyone who enters is told the same thing. If you don't mind paying $59.95 for a book with your poem in it, go ahead. But think about it. You were hoping to get money from them, but instead -- they get money from you.
Mom: "What's this $25.99 on the phone bill?!"
You can't count on offers for "free" readings. The hotline might put you on hold, or waste a lot of time to make the phone call last a long time.
"The scholarship is guaranteed
or your money back."
FinAid: SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Don't fall for it! That's a chain letter. Chain letters that promise a reward are a scam, and they are against the law. People who get suckered into sending money just lose it.
Why chains and other kinds of "pyramid schemes" don't work:
You can see that in only 11 layers it would require 10 billion people to make it work, many more people than live on the entire earth! With no more recruits, the people at the bottom wouldn't get what was promised to them. Actually, pyramids fall apart long before then, because many people will not take part because they know it's a scam. But there are always some people who get fooled. Pyramid schemes keep making the rounds because of greed and wishful thinking.
Online Porn Traps
Or, maybe you snuck your parents' credit card number and typed it in so you could enter the site. The site said you could view for free, but then went ahead and charged the credit card! No fun explaining to your mom or dad.
Some porn sites appear when you didn't even enter their site. And some porn sites have URLs (addresses) that are misspelled versions of other popular sites. If you get onto their site by accident, it can be difficult to close the window, or it might install some cookie or "spyware" on your computer that bills your parent's phone line. If a porn site window appears on your computer and you can't close it, tell your mom or dad. They might need to un-install whatever was put on the computer.
Also, don't answer e-mails from people you don't know or that have "adults only" subject lines.