Illicitly Stolen Images on your Website SCAM

Email scam checklist

Did you get this email or blog comment?

“Hello there!

This is Melissa and I am a experienced photographer.

I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I came across my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without my approval, you must be aware that you could be sued by the owner.

It’s illicitly to use stolen images and it’s so mean!

Check out this document with the links to my images you used at <insert your domain> and my earlier publications to get evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself: <Link to some file on Google Drive – removed>

If you don’t delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I’ll write a complaint on you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.

And if it doesn’t work, you may be pretty damn sure I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.”

First step – Don’t click any links and don’t worry about. It’s a scam!

How to identify scam or bogus email checklist?

  1. Check if the message contains any grammar errors.
  2. Search on google the email of the sender to see if she what she/he says to be.
  3. Search on google part of the email in quotations, to see if someone else report the message online
  4. Never click links on email by unknown senders

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