I think that the SL community is trusting, and most people will just take your word that you are, who you say you are. Unfortunately, this is no longer possible due to some people misrepresenting themselves.
Recently, I’ve read more and more stories about avatars claiming to be the alt of known bloggers, affiliated with established blogs, or outright claiming to be a store manager for brands they do not work for, in order to scam people out of money or receive freebies from unsuspecting designers.
My friend Melanie had to deal with one person named kellycrowed resident, repeatedly scraping her blog content and telling designers that he/she blogged on Grid Expectations.
I have linked to Melanie’s post about kellycrowed, along with a post about The DNA of Fraud on Shopping Cart Disco, so you guys can read about it and be aware of this new scam!
All right, I only just started blogging again and already some jerk has been going around contacting designers and pretending that he is my fellow blogger on this website. His name is kellycrowed and he also uses the name/display name Kid Dope.
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A recent rash of complaints on Plurk, Flickr and other fora detail the proliferation of requests for promotional or review copies coming from what appears to be one or more people with several alts who misrepresent who they are and where they blog. Creators report refusing one person and minutes later getting another solicitation identical down to the errors in syntax from a second person. It seems reasonable to assume they are the same person operating multiple alts. One creator mentioned getting a request every hour for eight hours. This is frustrating and tiresome.
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