Talent6 – talent6.com Is A Scam

Disclaimer: Casting360 is not a talent agency, employer or a talent scout. The site is only a venue. Casting360 does not promise or facilitate employment. The number of casting calls available varies by location, roles available and the level of experience required. As with any business, results may vary, and will be based on individual capacity, experience, expertise, and level of desire. There are no guarantees concerning the level of income the user may experience

Talent6 – talent6.com Is A Scam – Here is Why and How To Cancel San Bruno California
Talent6                                                                                          
1100 Grundy Ln,Suite 110
San Bruno California 94066
United States of America
Phone:  415-840-1055
Web Address:  www.talent6.com

Talent 6

5419 Hollywood Blvd. Suite C727 
Hollywood, CA 90027
What is Talent6 and Who Am I?

Talent6 is a 100% Advance Fee Talent Scam. There is nothing legit about Talent6. If you have signed up, you have just been scammed. You need to take action right now.
I should know, I worked there for several years starting off in the sales and ending up in “Member Support”. The MS Department is anything but that, as the main function is to do anything and promise anything to get you to remain a member past the 14 day free trial. After that you get billed and the refund is denied on terms of service.
Who Owns Talent6?
Talent6 is owned by three Russians that operate call centers in Latvia, Moldolva and San Bruno, California.
  • Igor Reiant – CEO of Talent 6, Board Member
  • Alex Weinstein – Talent 6 Board Member, CEO of ITNCORP, Asaptickets.com
  • Sam Berzin – VP Talent6, Board Member
Talent6 Mode of Operation
Talent6 preys upon the very people that can afford it the least. The un-employed, the layed off and people desperate for work in this down economy. T6 employs a professional spam team (Marketing Department) that is very good at what they do. They run phony job ads on Craigslist, Careerbuilder, Employement Guide and in hundreds of daily newspapers. Advertising alone exceeds $100K per month.
You probably answered one of those ads looking for a job and had no idea it was a sales pitch till after you called. In a totally illogical move you went from job hunting to breaking out the credit card in less than 4 minutes! Completely irrational.
Don’t feel bad, Igor Reiant has spent tens thousands of dollars paying psychologist to develop the script with things like asking you “Does your card have a middle initial on it”. This is designed to make you pull out your CC and check, thus getting it in front of you and in your hand. (They actually brag about this little trick in the three day training to new agents)
The first three questions are designed to get you to say YES several times in a row, a subliminal setup for closing you. New sales agents are trained to speak in “Down Tones” in a directing way and constantly use “Go ahead” after key statements. I bet you can remember the following “Spell you name, go ahead” or “Read me the 16 digit number that apears on the front of your card, go ahead”. Every “Go Ahead is strategically placed to move you along in hurried fashion against your better judgement
Agents are trained and constantly reminded to control the conversation, to stick to a pre-scripted rebuttal and FORCE the client down the script. In the training this is referred to as “Stick and Move”.
Why is it a Scam?

Simple, the whole thing is a farce.
The 3000 casting calls per week you are paying for access to is ripped off dozens of sites by the T6 workforce overseas in Moldova and Lativia and placed on the Talent6 website. These listings mostly originate from Craigslist, Mandy, Free Casting Call and others. Talent 6 has no “exclusive casting calls”. None.
The 60,000+ Casting Directors is also a farce. When ever a casting call is stolen by Talent6 and placed on the site, an email with a login is sent to the original poster. They instantly become a “Casting Director” on Talent6 even if they aren’t aware. Real Casting Directors loathe Talent6 and demand their content and name be removed.
Getting paid to be a “Movie Extra” or “Reality TV Star” is a joke. There are a million unemployed Extras in Los Angeles alone. Very few to none ever get paid. There is no shortage of extra talent.
Talent6 also advertises nationwide and will tell you no matter where you are, i.e, Kearney, Nebraska that there is work right around the corner.
Talent6 cannot name a single person that has ever had success, or become famous after joining. It is a complete scam designed to get your monthly charge, plain and simple.
How Big is Talent6 and How Much Do They Steal?

In Mid February 2010 Talent6 had 100+ people working in two shifts from 5AM – 10PM on Weekdays and from 7AM – 7PM on Weekends. They have even more than that working at Call Centers in Riga, Lativia and Chinasau, Moldova.
I only know and had access to the San Bruno numbers but Talent6 was brining in right at 600+ sales per day on the US side.  Probably double if you throw in the overseas operation. You might also note that Igor Reiant, aka Search For Talent, ACT Network, Talent6 has been ripping off people like this for over 5 years now completely unchecked till now.
Talent6 grosses multi millions of dollars every year, it is a complex and well organized criminal activity that funnels most of it’s earnings back to Russia for safe keeping and out of reach of the US Authorities.
Talent6 is under investigation

Finally after years of complaints, BBB complaints, 1000’s of online complaints and chargebacks some one has paid attention.
Chuck Finney Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo County.
This is the county that Talent6 is located in. In reponse, The Talent6 Board has shifted most of the financial assets back to Russia and has laid off most the 100+ employees in San Bruno. Business hasn’t slowed down, they just shifted the calls to overseas. Kind of hard for Mr. Finney to reach all the way to Moldova. (Actually heard Igor Reiant say those words standing in our lobby on his cell)
On March 27 2010 Talent6 laid off myself as well as all of the US based member support staff and shifted it all to Moldova. Only the Marketing, Phony Casting Department and vital people remain in the USA, about 20 people.
It is plainly obvious to all this is an attempt to fool the San Mateo DA into thinking that T6 has folded and gone while actually just relocating back to a SF absed administrative operation and changing names. The pace and ripoff of Californians and people nationwide will not slow down though.
With Talent6 moving out of San Bruno by June 1st, laying off the US employees and transferrring all of its assets overseas they will probably escape any meaningful action and simply form a new company, rinse and repeat as they have done several times before.
Talent6 How To Cancel and Fight Back

If you have given Talent6 your credit card number, DO NOT bother calling the member support line. Even if they tell you they have cancelled your account, you will be “Force Billed” in an effort to gety your money. A limited number of accounts are indeed cancelled prior to the 14 day limit in order to show the DA that T6 complies. After a cycle or two of forced billing has occurred you will eventually close your account or initiate a chargeback and thgen and only then, will you not be charged further.
Steps:

1) Initiate a chrage back with your bank and not even bother with Talent6 Customer Service.
2) Contact Chuck Finney Deputy District Attorney for the San Mateo Co. District Attorney’s Office, Consumer Protection Unit at  cfinney [at] co.sanmateo.ca.us or call 650.363.4097
3) Contact Careerbuilder, Craigslsit or call any of the newspapers to complain and direct them to this site.
4) Add a “rebuttal” to this post. The bigger it gets, the more people will know.
Conclusion

If we work together we can bring this Criminal Organization down. Igor Reiant has made millions of dollars off ripping off the un-employed and abusing his employees. It is time we stop allowing this parasite to spend every weekend in Tahoe or Vegas off this venture.
and finally,
If  it ever seems to be too good to be true, it probably is!
Complainants allege misrepresentation of services offered, difficulty canceling and obtaining refunds, and dissatisfaction with employment opportunities and casting calls posted on the company’s website. Some complainants report they are told that they can cancel the initial trial subscription at any time during the initial two week period and receive a refund of the initial fee. However, when complainants call during this time period to cancel, they are told they cannot get a refund of their initial fee until after the 90 day period, and only if they have not been contacted by a director during this 90 day timeframe. Some complainants report that even though they cancelled the membership, the company continues to charge monthly membership fees. The company responds to most complaints by cancelling memberships and issuing refunds as requested for the initial membership fee and the monthly billing charges. In some cases, the company refers to their terms and conditions, which states that the initial membership fee is only refundable after 90 days and only if the customer is not contacted by a director during this time period.

12 thoughts on “Talent6 – talent6.com Is A Scam

  1. NeNe says:

    Talent 6 is a fraud..When I first signed up for it I gave one of the advisors my credit card number and she said that I would only have to pay a $56 fee for my profile..I asked her was that a one time fee that I have to pay and her response was YES and that I wouldn’t have to pay nothing else..She never said anything about me having to pay $56 monthly…So as 2 months went by, I stopped logging on my account with talent 6 because I wasn’t receiving any msgs or feedback from any casting directors or etc..(I only had a profile on talent 6 for only six months but only got on it the first 2 months.)

    As time went by I was getting overdrafts on my credit card not knowing where it came from until I talked to someone one at my bank and they showed me where talent6 was taking $56 fee out of my account every month so I called and talked to customer service at talent 6 and

  2. Christy B. says:

    Thank you so much for posting this very informative article. Aspiring actors/models and musicians read my publication, so I will make sure to write about the scammers at Talent 6 to inform the community!

  3. john says:

    I used Talent 6. weather or not you have to watch your acount or not i do not know. I opened up a small bank account then closed the bank account before the month was over if my memory is correct. But I did get to play a extra for a few hours of work and did get a 25 dollar check in the mail for that roll. Just for peoples information.

  4. KMerrill says:

    Many Thanks to the blogger who posted this information. I had subscribed to the former http://www.Talent6.com now called http://www.Talent360. Because of the “heat” I think I was provided with a confirmation number when I canceled today. The update I have is that I also tried to be proactive with my credit card company, Chase. I filed a Stop payment on any further tags from CASTING 1800#. I did log in and take screen shots of what the inside of their website looks like and former casting calls which I saved which depict what we are all seeing as fraudulent. I saw that Talent360 has updated their website with a Disclaimer now which states: Disclaimer: Casting360 is not a talent agency, employer or a talent scout; the site is only a venue. Casting360 does not promise or facilitate employment. The number of casting calls available varies by location, roles available and the level of experience required. As with any business, results may vary, and will be based on individual capacity, experience, expertise, and level of desire. There are no guarantees concerning the level of income the user may experience.

  5. Kaley Wu says:

    Casting360 aka Talent6 fined $45,000 for Fraud

    San Mateo County consumer protection authorities are warning aspiring actors around the nation to be extra careful when pursuing their dreams of stardom after they fined a South San Francisco talent agency Casting360 also known as Talent6 for breaking state laws.

    The District Attorney’s Office Consumer Protection Unit said it opened the investigation into the Casting360 and Talent6 websites, after about 200 would-be entertainers complained about the company to the Better Business Bureau.

    Casting360 aka Talent6 Fined $45, 000 for False Advertising, Misleading Ads & Fraud
    The website links actors to potential auditions and charges them a fee upfront, then automatically charges them nearly $30 per month if they do not cancel, said Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney. The site did not explain the contract to customers and in some cases advertised auditions that did not appear to exist, he said. The sites also used various employement sites advertising for actual jobs and then engaging in a “bait & switch” tactic.

    The DA’s office sued the company in San Mateo County Superior Court last month, claiming it violated two sections of state business and professions law that outline misrepresentation and unfair practices. Each violation comes with a $2, 500 fine per victim.

    Judge Stephen Hall issued a judgment Thursday in which the company will pay a $45, 000 fine to the DA’s office and its president will meet with Finney every four months for the next two years to discuss complaints against the company that consumers filed with authorities. The agency is also banned from advertising casting call opportunities “unless true” and from charging monthly fees without a customer’s consent. In Many cases the company made it nearly impossible to cancel the service and double billed thousands of victims.

    Finney said the company has paid back nearly everyone who complained. But his office was concerned the salespeople were working on commission and not divulging the full agreement to actors, or doing whatever they could to seal a sale. Casting360 and Talent6 Call Centers are located In Moldova, a former Soviet Bloc republic. The company maintains a small adminstrative presence in the USA.

    “Would-be actors need to really make sure that they understand what the relationship is, ” with talent managers, Finney said. “Young people are so star-struck that they think there is just a great opportunity out there.”

    Attorneys for the company did not return calls for comment Friday. In the ruling, the company and its president, Igor Reiant, agreed to pay the fine and meet the judge’s demands.

  6. Joy says:

    I need help in geting back my $119.60 plus the overdraft fee of $35 my bank charged me. In February 3, 2010,I saw their ad claiming one can earn up to $300/day just being an extra. At that time I was out of work and was open to any job available. A few minutes after signing up Talent 6 called me and the sales was
    saying the exact spiel above. She said I had to set up my portfolio online and will be charged $14.95/week. MY biggest mistake was giving my debit card no. for the so called $1.98 registration fee.

    I have totally forgotten about Talent 6 and have never accessed or set up my account online. More than 9 weeks (April 10, 2010) later I get a notice from my bank that I had overdrawn on my account by $59.80. Bad luck for me cause I just had auto debit on my account for my cellphone provider cancelled and my usual monthly bill for my cellphone use is around %59++. I made a complaint to my cellphone provider and my bank. Investigations were made and on April 18, 2010 another charge of %59.80 was billed to my account. I called back both my cellphone provider and bank and told them that maybe they made a mistake in adjusting my account (did they debit instead of credit bank my account?) My cellphone provider asked for a copy of my statement wherein I was billed because the amount never came in as payment for my cellphone bill. They told me to call a certain number cause that was the company that was billing me.

    I was surprised it was Talent 6 and now remembered registering with them I called Talent 6 and it was a total disaster. The lady just kept repeating her spiel. I had several questions but she would just answer with the same spiel (just like a robot!)

    I told her I have never accessed my account and have no portfolio or pictures online and never used their service. Why was my first billing more than 2 months after and biled in full month? If billing was done on time and weekly as I was told I would have be aware of these charges early on. Since the lady couldn’t answer me I asked to talk to her manager/supervisor. Her supervisor was in a meeting and I was asked to call back! I feel so frustrated and cheated. I am a studebt and that’s my hard-earned money. I do not like paying for service I never used! My bank was unable to do anything.

    I will get in touch with the San Mateo DA and will do anything to get my money back!

  7. Serhio says:

    That’s bullshit, somebody got fired(author of the article) and started throwing mud to his ex employers. I hate that, that can be done just by a “chicken” and mucha, normal man will search for another job. I don’t get it, You know what come to Mexico, and become a man, don’t die as a woman!

  8. Christine says:

    WOW, that’s EXACTLY what the representative said to me. I called them about 3 days after to discontinue my membership so I will not be billed the $59.80 but they already taken out $1.98. They sent me a e-mail with a confirmation of my cancellation. Do you think they will still take the $59.80 from my bank?

  9. S says:

    hey people, do y remember the script?…No?….Here it is….:)

    Talent6, is this our first time calling?
    You are calling about projects for movie extras, actors, models, and reality tv performers?
    R y at least 18?
    What’s yr Zip Code?

    Casting directors are always looking for people to appear on tv and in motion pictures. Acting, dancing, modeling and reality tv projects may also be available…
    Have y ever been an extra before? Movie extras r the actors in the background. They r there to make scenes lppk more natural and realistic. Normally they don’t have any lines of dialog, so the work is very simple. Keep in mind that y can make up to $300 per day depending on the project.

    What days r y normally available? That’s fine…When contacted by the casting director you will know when and where to show up, how lomg y will be needed on the set and what to where. We will provide you with yr own digital portfolio which will include yr photos, interests, skills and experients. Photos you submit don’t have to be professionally taken so whatever y have around the house will do just fine. Yr portfolio will be posted on our website for thousands of casting directors, filmmakers and magazines to view and contact y directly for the work available.
    it’s $1.98 for the portfolio, and we guarantee you will be contacted within 90 days, or you can get your money back…(no pause)
    Spell yr first name, go ahead…Spell yr last name, go ahead…
    Go ahead with yr phone nr with the area code first…..
    And yr e-mail address, go ahead….

    Ok, now grab a pen and paper and write down my name, so y know exactly who you spoke with….let me know when you’re ready..My name is…,if y have any questions or need any tips as y go, you can call our member support department directly at 1-800-710-4210; they r open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm PST and r there to help y out. For the $1.98 portfolio fee do y normally use Visa or MasterCard. What card do y normally use?
    Does yr middle name appear on the card?
    Ok, so the first name on the card is….
    Last name on the card is…

    And the Expiration date on the card, go ahead….
    Ok, so the nr on the card should start with…, go ahead and read off the numbers in groups of 4, and i’ll follow y along, go ahead
    Flip the card arround on the signature stripe you’ll see a 3 digit CVV#, read that off.

    Is the billing Zip code for yr card card the same as the zip code y gave me? OK if y can hold on for a second while i go this info, I just want to make sure y’re clear on everything. Go ahead and write this down…
    Today’s date is…. Yr username and password will be activated within 24 h. To begin using our service y will need to log into our website, the address is http://www.talent6.com You will need to enter yr username and password to log in. Yr username is yr first and last name in lowercase letters, all one word. Ihave it spelled… Yr password is yr 10 digit phone nr. Ihave it as….

    The toal is &1.98 for yr portfolio that’s billed to yr card today. To be proactive with our service, in addtion to y posting yr portfolio on our website and being contacted for work, we recommend that y submit to casting calls. Tipically we have 300-5000 new casting calls posted daily. Access to submit yr portfolio directly to all the casting calls is a subscription service we offer. As a new member y will receive 14 days of free access, after the trial this service will continue at $59.80 cents per month.

    This will be billed to yr card ending with……(last 4 numbers of the card) If y decide it’s not for y, simply call our member support department to discontinue and avoid any further billing. Keep in mind ou rmeber support is open Mo-Fr 6am-6pm PST and is ther to help y out.
    Do y have all that down?…….and after the confirmation the agent process the sale….interesting, isn’t it?…..
    S
    saska_senior@mail.ru
    89.41.66.117

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