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Phishing Scam Seeking Manuscripts Spreads Worldwide - Publishers Weekly

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Monday, the Association of American Representatives (AAR) sent out a letter warning about a phishing scam that has been plaguing publishing for the past two years; Penguin Random House sent out a similar letter just prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair. As described by the AAR alert, the scam, which has taken on a variety of iterations, initially started in continental Europe and Asia, but has recently spread to the U.K. and United States. It typically involves a literary agent, scout or publisher being asked for a manuscript by what appears to be a trusted party — another agent, scout or publisher— via email.

On October 11, The Bookseller in the U.K. identified scouting agency Eccles Fischer as one agency that has been targeted. As of this week, PW heard from several other agencies who report they too have been targeted, including the Greyhawk Agency in Taipei, the Kalem Agency in Istanbul, and the Pontas Agency in Barcelona, among others.

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