by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
UNION COUNTY, N.C. - A Union County teen is speaking out after she said a modeling agency asked her to send nude photos.
The 16-year-old asked not to be identified, but spoke to Eyewitness News because she wanted to share her story of caution with other girls.
Eyewitness News is not naming the agency because it's legitimacy cannot be verified.
The teen said a man messaged her on Facebook last week and asked her if she modeled. She said the man then referred her to a woman he called his aunt, "Jennifer," who he said worked for the agency.
The agency claims to be based in Charlotte and Atlanta, according to its website.
After the teen emailed Jennifer, Jennifer emailed back, asking for pictures in clothing and a bathing suit, raising a red flag with the 16-year-old.
"In the back of my mind, there was kind of suspicion, like, 'I don't know these people,'" the girl told Eyewitness News.
Further emails concerned her.
In one, Jennifer asked how the teen felt about "changing/showering" in front of other girls.
Another email, filled with typos and grammatical errors, asked the teen to send multiple photos in states of "dress and undress," in a "variety of poses to show that flexibility of your body."
It also promised the pictures "will be deleted," and cautioned her to "keep our discussion between us."
"Just thinking about, if like another girl fell for it, I mean, it's scary to think what could happen to her," the teen told Channel 9.
She told her parents about the emails, and they reported it to the Union County Sheriff's Office, which is now investigating.
Channel 9 tried emailing "Jennifer," the modeling agency and calling the number listed on the website, which was disconnected.
A visit to the office address listed on the website was also a dead end, as the office suite did not exist.
The teen said her high school principal is also now looking into the matter, as she believes some of her classmates may also have been contacted about modeling through Facebook.