The Fokus-Foto Scam: Part 2.

Posted by candyposes on 20 Mar 2007 at 11:36 pm | Tagged as: Fokus-Foto

There is a scam in the Richmond, Virginia area involving a photographer who currently goes by “Fokus-Foto;” his real name is Jim.  He either books a gig with you and no-shows, or shoots you and then scrams without paying you.  The Richmond police are well aware of his actions- and who he is- but haven’t done anything about it.  He still does this to models.

He’s done this to a lot- and I mean a lot- of models.  So, how does he keep getting away with it?

There’s an amount of shame involved in admitting to someone that you’re a nude model who gets most of her work online to authorities; you think that people will judge you.  You worry that they’ll think you’re both stupid and a whore for being willing to do things like that on camera.

And, these fears are not entirely unfounded.  If the context was different, I’m guessing that the response would have been different from the police.  But, since it is nude/erotic models that are getting scammed, it puts things in a different and less than flattering light in some people’s eyes.

After all, you’re just a girl who took her clothes off for a stranger for money, right?




Mickle Design Werks, February 2007.

2 Responses to “The Fokus-Foto Scam: Part 2.”

  1. on 21 Mar 2007 at 10:05 am Ian

    It is so-called ‘photographers’ like this that give others who are trying to get into the industry a harder time. If more people write and talk about this guy Jim, the word will spread further and hopefully he will get whats coming to him.
    I understand the way people interpret your job. I get the other side of the coin, when I tell people I’m trying to focus mainly on nudes. They think I’m another ‘JIM’.
    Just remember that for every ‘Jim’ out there, there are people as dedicated as D. Brian Nelson and those that wish to aspire to his standard.

  2. on 21 Mar 2007 at 12:01 pm rob

    I guess that`s the guy.
    here on deviant

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