Starmaker Mitch – The modeling scam strikes again

13-year-old Newton County girl victim of online predator:

The parents of a 13-year-old girl from Newton County, Georgia got police involved when they thought their daughter was having improper conversations with a boy online. When police talked to her it turns out she was talking with a 22-year-old fashion photographer who could get her into modeling. The man who called himself Starmaker Mitch said that he was looking for models for a line of clothing aimed at teens. Then Starmaker Mitch started requesting pictures of the girl which included the girl in various states of undress, you know for ‘modeling purposes’.

22-year-old Starmaker Mitch is actually 61-year-old Martin Friedman of Woodbridge, Virginia. Police believe that Friedman may have scores of other victims and are asking that if anyone had contact with Starmaker Mitch to contact the Covington, Georgia Police Department at (770) 385-2144.

Friedman had several e-mail addresses and several accounts at such social sites like MySpace, Tagged and Netlog.

Luckily the girl’s parents got involved but they made the crucial mistake when it comes to teens and computers. They allowed the computer to be in the girl’s room. I can’t stress how important it is to keep the computers that your kids use in a common area where it can be monitored closely. You may think that you don’t have to worry about that with your kid but I bet these parents did too.

And like I’ve said before, this modeling ploy seems to be a trend among sexual predators. Parents, you need to tell your kids to be aware of this and anyone who is promising your kids some kind of Hollywood career online is more than likely a predator. Tell them that real talent or modeling agents don’t use MySpace and the like and they would go through the child’s parent(s) and not approach them directly. Even if you think that your kids are too smart to fall for something like that tell them anyway.