Another Scam to Look Out For
I moderate a romance reader list, AARlist2
(it's called AARlist2 because YahooGroups "broke" the original list, AARlist, so we had to move). To keep out spammers, we have it set so that new members have to be approved by me. If they join through the YahooGroups web site, they have to enter a comment in order to be allowed in. If they join through e-mail, there is no way for them to enter a comment.
One member joined through e-mail -- with what looked like a real e-mail address. So I approved the membership. More than a day went through without a post, so I thought the member was legit. (Usually, when spammers join, they spam right away and then skitter away like scared little crabs at the beach.)
But then, when I came home today, what did I have in my inbox but a post from this spammer? He had posted to the whole list. You could tell it was spam because it started out with "Just saw this - looks interesting and thought I'd pass it along." Oh, riiiight. What are the odds that someone joining the list just happened
to have run across a site that looked interesting enough to post it to the list he had just joined? It didn't help his cause that the list had nothing to do with romance reading, and only the barest relation to writing. Nope. It was a site called BookstoFilm.com -- a commercial site where writers can pay a fee to get their books listed in a catalog, in the hope that some eager studio exec would see their ad and decide to write a film based on their book. Scant hope indeed. That's just not how studio execs work. They're already getting scripts sent to them in large numbers, ideas pitched to them, etc. Why look for more when they have too many?
The name sounded familiar to me, so I checked the Absolute Write board. Sure enough, there was a thread
identifying it as a scam. Not only that, but BookstoFilm had apparently been "emailing authors with an offer." In other words, they were spammers. Vile vile spammer pukes.