SPOOKY PHISHING SCAM TARGETS TRADITIONALLY-PUBLISHED WRITERS – Written By Victoria Strauss

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Apparently not even traditionally published authors are safe from crooks. Victoria Strauss on her ‘Writer’s Beware’ blog describes one particular case on her blog. Please read it and be careful. Thank you.


Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®

The New York Times has published the story of a strange international phishing scam: unknown actors targeting traditionally-published writers, posing as their agents or editors to obtain copies of their unpublished manuscripts.
Earlier this month, the book industry website Publishers Marketplace announced that Little, Brown would be publishing “Re-Entry,” a novel by James Hannaham about a transgender woman paroled from a men’s prison. The book would be edited by Ben George.

Two days later, Mr. Hannaham got an email from Mr. George, asking him to send the latest draft of his manuscript. The email came to an address on Mr. Hannaham’s website that he rarely uses, so he opened up…

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5 thoughts on “SPOOKY PHISHING SCAM TARGETS TRADITIONALLY-PUBLISHED WRITERS – Written By Victoria Strauss

  1. Timely reminder – thanks Victoria. I had sent a few emails to various publishers who have responded using the title, however a few days ago I received an email and checked the e-address which seemed legit, but something was still niggling. In a generic worded email it just referred to ‘your book’ instead of its title.
    In the past I have googled for the sender’s website and if it is a genuine site I have sent a message via the Contact page – sometimes the return email to the Contact message I have received is genuine so I reply as normal; but there have been occasions when I have got a “not us” response so I block as spam the sender of the original email.

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