The London Extra Agency (LEA): A Big Money Scam?

I signed up a little less than a year ago for their services, as an agency supplying extras. They seemed to get a lot of jobs in, so I never found it strange that they should not have a phone number displayed on their website... However, after paying their yearly fee, and updating my details, my profile never showed up and the corresponding page always showed an "Error" message. I emailed and wrote to them several times, at least 10 times, including a Recorded delivery item. All those communications were met with stone silence, and I never ever got a reply, neither was my profile repaired. Upon calling Trading Standards, and Consumer Direct, I was told I would have to write further, and threaten to take them to Court; which obviously would cost far too much to be worth anybody's time or money. They therefore keep my money, and I wonder just how many people they have done this too. Do they just rely on the powerless stance of people who are just trying to get somewhere in life, to accumulate cash, whilst not fulfilling their side of the contract? Ignoble, dishonest, and despicable, especially in times of Recession, where people do not have money to waste in the first place.

Asked By: chubishu - 8/15/2011
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I have never heard of that agency but most extras agencies do require a registration fee. And an agency cannot guarantee anyone work. All they can do is provide casting directors with the headshots of people on their books that meet the casting director's physical requirements - age, ethnicity, hair colour, body type... More
Answered By: Kittysue - 8/15/2011
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Why would any genuine agency charge their extras? They would be making their money from those REQUIRING extras. Just went to their website. It's a very poorly designed site. It's an obvious scam.
Answered By: Robert D - 8/15/2011
Answer from the owner: Lisa Maria West... More
Answered By: Lisa - 8/17/2011
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