SCAM ALERT: A CHANCE TO STAR IN THE NEXT SPIDER-MAN FILM? NOT SO FAST

Local talent agency warns of online scam preying on aspiring actors

Catherine Mensour of the Mensour Agency is warning that aspiring actors seeking their 'big break' shouldn't fall for an Instagram scam promising an audition next month for two Hollywood blockbusters. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

A local talent agency is warning aspiring actors that an offer to audition for a pair of upcoming blockbusters is a scam.

The Mensour Agency recently discovered a fake Instagram account claiming the Ottawa company was recruiting actors for two Hollywood movies — but that big break would come with a price.

Catherine Mensour said she was settling in to watch the Oscars on Feb. 9 when another agency contacted her about the announcement, which appeared to have been posted by Xavier Sotelo, an actor she represents.

The announcement said the agency “has been tasked with bringing in fresh actors for new roles in the upcoming SpiderMan 3 and Tomb Raider 2,” with auditions slated for next month.

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Mensour knew the post was a lie because her agency doesn’t cast movies. She soon learned from Sotelo that someone had copied his Instagram account and was impersonating him online.

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