Although scams happen on both sides of the camming equation – from members AND models, I will focus on the ways you can be scammed as a camgirl, and ways to prevent it, because unfortunately there are a lot of people wanting to take advantage of newbie and inexperienced models who are just entering the industry.
AGENCIES/STUDIOS/PROMOTERS: There is NO need for anyone starting out in camming to be signing up with an agency or a studio. Please remember this very important tip! You should be signing up with the cam sites directly, without anyone else’s interference, as these studios bind you to a contract and take a percentage of your earnings, for supposed “promotion” and assistance. You can do your OWN promotion on Twitter, Instagram, Manyvids, etc. There are a ton of avenues to bring in traffic, and none should include an agency or a promoter. You may also encounter some Twitter promoters who will ask you for naked photos or even free Skype shows(!) in order to promote you online. Don’t fall for this tactic and don’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Be completely independent. Take a look at this post to try out some sites and sign up with them directly and read up on some beginners guides to get started. Studios cannot give you any extra advice that you won’t find yourself online.
MEMBERS WHO SCAM: Unfortunately, there are a lot of members who frequent cam sites who are just looking for a freebie and have no desire to pay for your services, ever. At best, they will be merely annoying and ask for a free show, but at worst, they will promise to tip you or pay you with Amazon gift card or PayPal after you’ve done a show and never do, or will retract that payment. You should approach anyone offering to pay you *too* much for a Skype show with skepticism. It will almost always be over Skype, since they want to take you away from a cam site that would require them to tip for a show. They will always promise to tip you right after the show and then disappear and block you. OR they may pretend that they’ve sent a payment (such as sending a fake Amazon gift card email) or sending money through PayPal. With PayPal, that payment can always be reversed, so please only accept it from a member that you’ve known for a long time and one you trust. The bottom line is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are so many stories of girls being scammed this way: by giving a long, explicit show and never getting the payment. So, be very careful with Skype and only accept to do a show once the tokens have been deposited to your account, as that is the best method to ensure you’ll get paid.
MEMBERS WHO STALK: There is another type of member who will become enamored with you (in an unhealthy way) and try to get as much information from you as he can by pretending to be your friend. This can be done in a few ways. They can straight up ask you about things like where you live, what sort of events you go to in your city, etc. by acting friendly and curious. Be vigilant about answering these types of questions, as you don’t know how this information can be used and by whom. Read my post about camming safety and security for specific tips. What these members can also do is send you links to supposed funny images or videos that will lead them to get your specific IP address, which will reveal your city and potentially your approximate location in the city. They can then put these pieces of information together to find out who you are and then harass, blackmail, or stalk you.
Being a cam girl is not the easiest job in the world, because it comes with challenges like these and people who will want to take advantage of your inexperience. Be extra careful and use common sense, and when situations feel weird, never be afraid to say No.
CAMMING PRIVACY TIPS
Most cam sites, including Myfreecams and Chaturbate with allow you to geoblock your location, so you can be sure that your neighbor or that high school friend won’t be watching you. You can block anything from a state or province to a whole country! Unfortunately, some people can still get around the geoblock by having VPNs that change their IPs to look like they’re located in another country, which can give them access to your room.
Camming with Another Girl Precaution
If you decide to cam with another girl from out of state or country, be mindful of her geoblocks. She may have completely different locations blocked and is very likely to have your location unblocked leaving you visible to members from your state/province. Discuss this ahead of time and make sure you are on the same page regarding what you should do. Unless she has very high tippers in your location, I would suggest she block it for your visit to protect your privacy.
Removing Content/DMCA Takedowns
To further protect your safety and to make sure your recorded cam shows are not spread on the internet and visible to everyone, using a service like CamModelProtection can help you take down the stolen content and do DMCA takedowns on your behalf, automatically. There is no need to scour the internet to look for your screencaps and stolen videos, they provide this support in their package (Check out their free trial here). Remember to never file DMCAs yourself, because the forms require your real name and contact information, and you don’t want this information to be visible to the owners of those sites.
Be Careful about the Information you Share
Sometimes it’s really easy to slip up about where you live by mentioning a particular event you will be attending that is specific to your location, or maybe a restaurant that you loved, which can be easily googleable. Even quick views from your window can give things away if a member is familiar with the area. Be mindful of any items in your house that may have your name on it, like notebooks, picture frames, or even a Starbucks cup with your name written!
Don’t Open any Suspicious Links from Members
Any unfamiliar link that is sent in your chatroom, Twitter, or to your email can lead you to download a virus to your computer. With some links members can also find out your IP address and your exact location, so don’t open anything that looks off. Be especially cautious about any link-shortening URLs, like bit.ly.
SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY TIPS
Lock Down your Twitter and/or Instagram
First things first, make your Twitter and, if you use it, Instagram private and only accept people who are regulars in your chat. This way you not only prohibit people who live in your state/province from seeing you, but you also stop any images of you from being retweeted and spread on the internet. This will decrease your exposure in a big way, but of course also make it quite hard to market yourself online.
Use a Separate Email for Camming
This is a big one. Never use your personal email to sign up with cam sites, Amazon wishlist, or any social media accounts. Keep business and personal life separate. This will also prevent any issues with apps sharing your details with your full contact list.
Turn Off Location Information on Photos you Post Online
Be very careful about inadvertently sharing your exact location through the photos you post online. If you have an iPhone, go to to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Camera, and then select “Never” as the option, so that your phone will not store this info. Turn off your location on any social media that you use as well, so that no one will know where you’re posting from.
PHYSICAL SAFETY TIPS
Don’t Show your Address on Amazon Wishlist
When you go to make your wishlist, make sure you select the setting to hide/deselect your ship-to address from anyone looking through your list. This will mean that you might have to only accept giftcards or get a PO Box in another city, but it’s a great way to protect your exact location and not have someone showing up at your door! (This situation has happened).
Sending Mail and Gifts to Members
Girls who do raffles with physical prizes, like cookies or printed photos, need to be mindful of the fact that even when you don’t put your return address on the package, your city and post office address will still be visible on the mailing label. What you can do is either mail your packages from another city or only do digital prizes, like photosets and videos.
Meeting up in Person
While some girls are ok with meeting members, especially as raffle prizes, it can be a risky thing to do. There are many stories of camgirls being stalked, and by meeting up members in real life, you just open up that possibility even further. If you do decide to meet a member in person, always make your boundaries clear ahead of time, have someone around you, or at the very least, tell someone you trust about when and where you’re going. Not to say that every member you meet will turn out to be a stalker or cross boundaries, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Hope you found these safety tips helpful!