Monday, November 08, 2010

ATTENTION: Someone Has Stolen My Blogging Identity (and I'm not kidding)

It was brought to my attention today by a publisher that someone has been using my blog url and my first name, Alea, in the attempts to request advance reader copies.

They are writing from their own email address and with their own mailing address. This is their information, please let me know if this person has contacted you as me.

Emily B. (not her email address)
from the domain name @insightbb.com 

Please email me if you are concerned this person has contacted you and I will confirm if that is them. 

All my emails come from aleareadsATgmail.com.

I just wanted to put this out in attempts to stop them and bring it to the attention of any publishers or publicists who have heard from them under my name.

Thank you for your help!

54 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Alea, that's crazy! Did she think she'd actually get away with this? I hope this post puts a stop to it!

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  2. wow that is LOW. whoever you are SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!

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  3. Makes me wonder if someone is pretending to be me to get review copies. What a lowlife.

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  4. That is ridiculous! What an ass! I hope she's reading this!

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  5. Wow! People never cease to amaze me with their nerve. At least the publisher was kind enough to let you know what was happening.

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  6. oh my gosh. That's crazy! what is this book blogging world coming to???

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  7. that is really creepy. you should get the publishers to report this and get their IP address for the email they are using.

    disgusting.

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  8. Wow, that really is fraud, isn't it?!

    So good that the publisher took the time to contact you about it!

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  9. That's horrible! I can't believe someone would sink so low and do that. I hope you get the issue resolved soon!

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  10. Wow, crazy! I guess she figured you were well established and your name would get her books. Tacky.

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  11. That's terrible! I hope it stops now.

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  12. Really glad the publisher let you know. Have you sent out an fyi email to your other contacts in the industry? It probably couldn't hurt.

    My email was recently hacked, and it was obviously spam, but it still felt so super weird. I can't imagine how this feels for you! Hugs!

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  13. I agree with Deborah - shame on whoever is doing this. How crazy! I hope you can sort this out soon.

    - Amber

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  14. That is crazy, I'm sorry you're going through this Alea! The nerve of some people!

    (((Hugs)))

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  15. Holy cow! That totally stinks. I'm glad the publisher was on top of things.

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  16. So not cool. And, um, rather illegal, don't you think?

    -Linds

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  17. Ugh, that's disgusting. How low will people sink for a free book?? I hope she didn't succeed, and that this post means they stop!

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  18. Thanks for your support everyone. Hopefully this will put an end to it.

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  19. So not cool. Sorry this happened to you.

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  20. Omgosh that's so awful! I'm so sorry! D:

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  21. Oh wow, that's so crazy and low! Hopefully you caught that before there was much harm done... Lenore said it well, what a lowlife!

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  22. Jeez! I once had a fake winner, but this is incredible! I can't believe the lengths people will go . . . Hope you get this cleared up soon.

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  23. what the eff? who would even THINK to do that? what a loser.

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  24. Wow, how insane! How hard is it to start their own blog and get ARCs by being legit? I hope she stops after seeing herself called out on it.

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  25. I do this all the time - you guys are bitches!

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  26. This is just disgusting! I agree with Dawn, thank goodness for a fantastic publisher who was kind enough to get in touch with you directly. Hopefully this will get sorted out soon! {{Hugs}}

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  27. Oh yeah that's horrible! We always say: Respect the ARC, but now "Respect the blogger!" needs to be added officially!

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  28. Oh my gosh!! I cannot believe someone would do that!

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  29. That is horrible! I hope this gets cleared up. Thank you for publishing this, though. The information is another thing to add to a submission page.

    Jennifer from Literate Housewife

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  30. Alea that is crazy. Thankfully you had a rep who was on top of the situation and made you aware of it.

    Hopefully this post will nip it in the butt and I am sure it will because she must be reading your blog to use you.

    it never ceases to amaze me to what extent some people will go to to get ahead in the world.

    Is there any way you can contact this person?

    Good luck Alea and I hope it gets sorted out soon.

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  31. That's ridiculous! Thank goodness someone told you. Hopefully you'll get it cleared up soon.

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  32. That's crazy! Poor you! Really hope this gets sorted for you. Definitely try to see if you can get hold of their IP address x

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  33. Oh my god, why on earth would anybody wanna do that?!? That's just low...and ONLY to request ARCs? Geezzz...the person really stooped that low... I hope that this will all pass by and you get everything back into place again! That is just horrible!

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  34. That is horrible! Hopefully whoever is doing this is caught soon! You must feel awful about it. :(

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  35. That is horrible! Hopefully whoever is doing this is caught soon! You must feel awful about it. :(

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  36. that is crazy. what kind of a person would do that? also, i hope this doesn't begin a trend!

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  37. How lame can a person be?! Incredible.

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  38. Goodness! How horrible of a person! I hope this was enough to discourage the person. And hopefully they aren't stealing other blogger identities!

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  39. Thanks again everyone. I was informed of one other person's identity that they have used and informed said person.

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  40. That is so wrong. I guess that it's good that you told us so that we can watch out for this sort of identity theft. Yuck. People gross me out sometimes.

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  41. God, that sucks! So good of the publisher to have let you know about it.

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  42. Oh no! And they are giving Emily B.s a bad name! I promise we are not all evil identity thieves!

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  43. That's so weird and creepy!!!

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  44. OMG -- I've been out of town and just saw this. How horrible.

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  45. That is just... creepy. =o

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  46. just heard about this. So sorry!

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  47. There is someone on Brent's post (@StephSuReads in the comments section) that gives this link and states that it was them using your name, just wanted to let you know... here is the link

    http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2010/11/friday-featured-blogger-26-brent-from.html

    Warning* There are some very tacky, tasteless comments on this post.

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  48. Hi Kelli- Thanks for your concern. I know that's her. :/

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  49. Wow. I just saw the comments on Steph Su's blog which led me to here. Do people really have nothing better to do with their lives then pretend to be others and write hateful messages on blogs? Geez.

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  50. Already tweeted about it.

    It's despicable. It's exploitation, deceitful, unfair to those who actually ARE working hard and don't run their blog just so they can get ARCs. It's majorly illegal too, and wastes publishers' time and money.

    It's cool that the perpetrator was caught out though. :)

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