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message 1: by Anna (new)

Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) book spam

Greetings Space Opera Fans!

We all love free stuff, which is why our R2R read-to-review and free ebooks programs are so popular, but sometimes unethical people will use our love of a good bargain to SCAM us out of our personal information.

Such is the case with a black hat service posing as a free ebook newsletter called EbookStage.


Why do you care if some scammer 'farms' your email address? Well let me tell you something ... your Borg Queen deals with identity theft for her day-job. Do you want to know what a black-hat scammer can do with a curated list of emails ferreted from a known reputable source such as Goodreads?

1) They could do what they say they will do, send you a daily newsletter filled with free ebooks. No problem with that...

2) They could SELL that list to third-party market data services who will then also fill your email inbox with all kinds of legitimate offers for related services. Chances are, you'll unsubscribe, but a list of known power-readers such as people who frequent Goodreads communities is very valuable because they know you are probably:

a) female
b) age 35 to 55
c) with an above-average education or self-education
d) belong to that 8% of the population who love to read
e) if less than age 35, part of that 2% of the YA population who love to read
f) depending upon what genre you sign up for, are more likely than the average person to impulse-buy certain items, not just books, but things related to education, to educational improvement, to tutorials and camps for your kids, etc...
g) These resellers can feed your email addresses into algorithms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Adwords, Bing Adwords, Snapchat, Tumblr, and other social media advertising for businesses and get your PERSONAL social media accounts to target ads for these 'other services' at you in other places.
...i.e., Facebook 'custom audiences' -
....i.e., Twitter 'tailored audiences' -
....i.e., Pinterest 'existing audience' -

3) The bad guys could then RESELL that list to even more third-party market data services, only these ones NOT legitimate.

a) These ones won't have an 'unsubscribe' button;
b) These resellers will keep reselling to even more scammers;
c) With all of this information, they can also send out FAKE phishing requests saying they are from the social media service and that there is a problem with your account. It will look like the official website, but once they have that, they then have enough information to hack into your personal social media accounts, your bank accounts, your credit card accounts....
d) Anybody who uses sock-puppets to create posts in the middle of the night is probably from a known black-hat hacker haven such as Bangladesh, Russia, Malaysia, etc...

BEWARE!!! If somebody uses black-hat techniques such as a different fake sock-puppet account to gather emails from a single site, they are probably NOT legitimate!!!

Betsy and I have both been checking more frequently to delete this bad actor's spam posts, but they are here every single day, and they are hitting hundreds of other communities each day across Goodreads. This pattern of behavior raises both of our assimilation warning bells, and not in a good way. We've notified Goodreads Administration, but these guys are persistent.

If you want a reputable daily newsletter who won't abuse your personal information, I recommend:

The Fussy Librarian -
Betty Book Freak -

Be epic!

Anna Erishkigal
SOF Borg Queen

message 2: by Gem (new)

Gem Larkspur (gemsl) | 29 comments Thank you.

message 3: by Anna (new)

Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) I'm very protective of my peeps :-) And so is Betsy.

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