Public Service Announcement: Scam Alert
There is a person out there selling copies of books she has no right to sell. She apparently downloaded books from illegal file sharing sites without paying for them, and yesterday, she was selling copies of the PDF files of the books. And charging $5 to ship a PDF file!?!?
Several of the authors whose books she was selling contacted her site’s host, and made complaints of violations of Terms of Service, and copyright infringement, so the site is down right now. However, we all know that people like this always find another way to continue scamming others. Her site used to be here —> msdivabookstore.yolasite.com <—, but has been taken down.
I’m sure there are dozens, if not hundreds, of others out there using the same, or similar, scams – though perhaps not on the same scale (this one claimed to have 5000 different titles for sale!). Please be aware that buying Ebooks though E-bay or paying through PayPal does NOT mean the seller has the right to sell you the book (this one actually *bragged* about only taking payment through PayPal, as if she’s *protecting* her victims!). They could be scamming you, selling you stolen property, just like the person mentioned above scammed countless others, and no doubt will do so again.
To protect yourself from this kind of scuzz, purchase your books through actual retailers – there are tons of them – or through the publisher’s or author’s websites. If you’re going to pay for something, be sure the person getting your money is the one who actually has the right to it.
Okay, back to your regularly scheduled Smex Beam and G.O.E. worship. Enjoy!