***Recently, Gumtree adverts for "undraped models" were being used to try lure unsuspecting women into sending topless or nude photos.
A victim of this scam, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent us the following information:"About a month ago I replied to an ad on Gumtree looking for “undraped models” for an art exam, the pay being R1000 for 3 hours of work.
"If the employer states that he/she runs a home-based business, elect to meet in a public place, such as a coffee shop.
"Not only are we having money problems, but I have done nude modelling before and really enjoyed it, as long as I don’t feel exploited or manipulated etc.
"I don’t have a problem with nudity generally, so I replied and mentioned I had done some alternative modelling, and would be interested."The full text of the ad was the following: "" Below is a screenshot of one of these ads, which has since been deleted: The model who reported this ad later discovered that it had been posted in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg, but, at the time, was not aware of this. I was also to discover that they meant nude photographs."So two nights ago I received a whatsapp message from a number I did not recognise.
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