Airbrush Tanning Scam Alert

scam_alertToday I wanted to write about an airbrush tanning scam that’s been going around and I am hoping to make everyone else in our airbrush tanning industry aware of this, hoping to stop those scammers.  Many of my previous students have been contacted by these scammers and we all discussed this in our private Facebook group.  I know that not everyone is always online so I am hoping it will bring additional awareness here through the website.

The scam starts out by someone texting you and asking if you do Bodybuilder spray tanning or Fitness competition tanning. In many cases it was with the name of “Jennifer Harbert”.  This picture here to the left, indicates the text message I received myself from the phone number 510-948-1118 and many of my other students reported receiving this same message but from a different phone number.  It appears that they get our contact information from Yelp.  I know this because one of my student told me that she just got registered on Yelp a few days prior to receiving this message.  Several of my previous students have reported this, so it appears it’s really going around all over.  Here is a snap shot of the message from one of my previous student:


What the scammer usually hope for is that you charge a credit card for an extreme large amount.  They will usually give you a stolen credit card and ask you to charge a bit more and then refund you the extra additional money that you charged in cash.  Then later on, after the credit card company finds out that it was a fraudulent charge, the credit card company will refund the money and take it away from you and then you will be responsible for paying everything back.  This has been going on in many different industries.  One of my previous student is also a nail technician and she reported that this was also in the nail industry.  So I am assuming that this is probably going on in the whole salon industry.  I hope that nobody has fallen for this.  So far I have not heard of any horror stories but this is why I wanted to write about it and hoping to alert everyone.

Here are also 2 more pictures of another previous student who was texting along just to get more information from the scammer and so that we could share more with everyone:













I hope that nobody falls for this and that we can put an end to this scam. Anyone who wishes to provide more or additional information to this may add below this blog post.




Simone is the founder and trainer of the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy. She is also a spray tanning business owner and has her own professional airbrush tanning location in Studio City, California. Studio City is located in Los Angeles and very close to Universal Studios. Simone's loves to help others have a successful spray tanning business and this is why she teaches every week. She also continuously enjoys keeping in contact with all students and hopes that one day, they will become trainers within their city/state. Prior to starting her own airbrush tanning business, Simone worked for over 18 years in Human Resources. She held Human Resources Director positions in several companies and was responsible for Training more then 800 employees. She feels that this background has prepared her to teach and give back to others.

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