Goodreads Ransom Scam by Alina Leonova


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Goodreads Ransom Scam And The Platform’s Astonishing Indifference

January 13th, 2021

A number of authors are being attacked by scammers who first post multiple fake 1-star reviews and ratings on Goodreads and then demand ransom to take them down.

If you are not a book geek, you might not be familiar with Goodreads. They are ‘the largest site for readers and book recommendations’ as they claim on Twitter. They are, essentially, a social network built around books. People track their reading, write reviews, discuss books, etc.

A lot of folks have criticized Goodreads because the website is obsolete and unituitive and hasn’t been improved in years. It was also bought by Amazon several years ago, which is viewed by many as a conflict of interest. All of it is true, but despite that, it still has millions of users who create all the value the website provides. It…

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2 thoughts on “Goodreads Ransom Scam by Alina Leonova

  1. Thanks for reposting this! The perpetrators can’t be too smart – going after authors, more than likely indie authors. Like we are just rolling in the KDP royalties…

    Just my 2 cents. Literally…(well maybe a bit more than that.)

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  2. Wish our government were as creative a problem solver as the scammers are at finding ways to make a quick buck. Recently people associated with our government have also been as adept at scamming the gullible.



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