Staff at Bais Rivkah School in Crown Heights are warning parents of a suspicious text message received by at least two young high school girls inviting them to be part of an alleged video filmed by the comedian and film producer Mendy Pellin. Whole story
By the COLlive journalist
Staff at Bais Rivkah School in Crown Heights are warning parents of a bizarre text message received by at least two young high school girls inviting them to be part of an alleged video filmed by the comedian and film producer Mendy Pellin.
The suspicious message received by the teenage girls claimed to be from a “Sara Goldberg” in Mendy Pellin’s office.
“We would like to know if you would be interested in participating in our next video. Here is some additional information: our video will take place in New Jersey in two months. We will be filming at a few different stores in Lakewood. Our office is currently in Crown Heights. We will organize your arrival by train or bus and cover the costs. If you don’t feel comfortable coming alone, you can bring a friend and we’ll cover their travel expenses as well. Please let us know if you are interested and we will get back to you with more information as soon as possible,” the post read.
The girl’s parent contacted Mendy Pellin, who said the message was a hoax and that he was not planning a video shoot at this time. Pellin confirmed to COLlive.com that the post was fake. He also told COLlive that he knows at least two girls who received the fake message, the other a student at a Connecticut school.
The parent of one of the girls said that when his daughter asked where the person got her number, one of the replies was sent after Shabbat had started, another sign that the message did not come from Mendy Pellin .
Bais Rivkah teachers warn parents to beware of such messages and suggest that they advise their children to be on the lookout for similar messages or invitations that could be a hoax.
“I think it’s important for parents to be aware,” they said.