POLICE have issued a warning after a 15-year-old Cumbernauld schoolgirl was targeted online by a man, posing as a modelling agent, who tried to get her to expose herself.
The girl was contacted by a male via Instagram claiming to be from “Base Models”, a modelling agency in London.
The man claimed he was interested in hiring the girl to work as a model.
Base Models is a legitimate company. However, the man involved in this incident is not an employee of the firm.
Police Scotland said the man asked the girl to expose herself to him via Skype and asked her inappropriate sexual questions during the exchange on Monday.
Base Models, who supply male and female models to the advertising industry, said they had been made aware of a number of incidents of people posing as representatives of their company.
They urge anyone contacted by someone claiming to be one of their employees to call their offices and verify if their caller is genuine or a potential criminal.
In a statement, the company said: “Be aware there are many individuals, fake photographers and scouts using the internet claiming to be affiliated or members of Base Models.
“Should you be contacted by anyone claiming to be any of the above, you should first contact our office immediately so we can verify their identity.
“Base Models never conducts interviews via Skype, never requests nude or lingerie photos and never requires any money from applicants.
“If at any time someone claiming to be a booker, scout or manager of ANY model agency contacts you, inform your parents or a responsible adult.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “If you have been the victim of indecent communication by anyone online please contact us via 101.
“You can also attend your local police office to report the matter and seek advice.”