Parent warning: bogus modeling companies on Instagram

We have become aware of reports that students at a number of secondary schools across Staffordshire, Stoke and Cheshire East have been contacted by a bogus modelling company, ‘Starlett’ or ‘Scarlett Bookings Agency’.

Students are contacted through the Instagram app and pressured into sending inappropriate images. Initially victims are asked to send photos of themselves wearing their favourite outfits. Afterwards the bogus company makes requests to send images containing nudity, with threats being made against children who do not comply. We have not verified the authenticity of these reports but felt it is important to inform parents. If anyone has any concerns regarding this matter please contact Mr S Burns, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, at st-burns-s@st-thomasmore.walsall.sch.uk