Nude photos sought for 'modelling work'

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 18:19 22/01/2014

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A man posing as a photographer for New Zealand magazines is soliciting nude photographs from women on the pretext he can get them modelling work.

Operating on Facebook under the name David Higgs, he has contacted at least one woman. He asked her if she was looking for modelling work, and claimed he worked for NZV8 and NZ Trucking magazines.

Higgs, who appears to live in Australia, offered to pay airfares and food for the woman.

He asked her to send him topless or full nude photographs - saying they would be copyrighted and no-one except him would see them.

Higgs' online conversations with the woman were posted to NZV8 magazine's Facebook page by editor Todd Wylie.

"So it looks like this guy has been posing as one of our photographers to try and get girls to send him nude pics. What do you think we should do?" Wylie posted.

The woman contacted NZV8 to ask if Higgs was its photographer after receiving messages from him.

"The screen grabs that I put up were from a girl he had contacted," Wylie told Fairfax Media.

"She came to us asking if he was legitimately with us.

"I went back saying he obviously wasn't, and asked did she have any details and she gave me those screen grabs."

NZV8 does not feature models or promo girls, Wylie said.

"And, obviously, if it were one of our staff, they'd have far better grammar, and legitimate business cards etc.

"The same thing has happened before to our sister magazine, NZ Performance Car, and I'm guessing that some girls sadly do fall for it."

Wylie said Higgs' deception extended to his Facebook profile, which he suspected was fake.

The profile was created in August 2013, and only a few updates have been posted.

One post from August 18 says: "Jus had this fb fr a few hours and allready found 3 girls 2 guys for up coming work guna be a bussy boy" [sic].

The magazine was unlikely to take the matter any further as it was not worth pursuing, Wylie said.

"It's a guy with a fake Facebook profile, and if we were to chase it up he could change his profile and just do it again.

"We thought it was better just to get the word out and create a bit of a stir."

The woman told Fairfax New Zealand that Higgs got a friend called Brad to contact her after he had sent her messages on Facebook.

She was told that all she needed was breast implants, and the pair offered to pay for the procedure - money which the woman could pay back.

Higgs also said she could live in a penthouse with him in Australia as she would need somewhere to stay. 

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The woman was also told to quit her job and fly there that weekend, when she would do a shoot for a surf magazine. 

She was also asked to do porn, she said. 

Higgs approached her via a modelling page where she is a member. About 70 females are members. 

She sent Higgs photos from her Facebook page before emailing and telling him she did not want to be involved in modelling for him. 

The woman said she is worried other women will send him naked photos not realising it was "dodgy".


- © Fairfax NZ News

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