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THIS ARTICLE IS NOT JUST RELEVANT TO WRITERS. also scams photographers and artists through websites like – which is ALSO A SCAM.

As hopefully many of you know already, are scammers. They rip people off intentionally. (There is more information about in the links at the bottom of the news article.)

Recently, they have even attempted to invade deviantART. They’ve spammed people with notes and comments, doing whatever they can to encourage people to submit poems to their contest in which everyone seems to achieve at least second place. The supposed prize for this contest is 100k. Some people, no doubt, are going to fall for their scam because of it all of the spamming they have done on They’re going to be so delighted that they’ve placed in the contest that they, or their parents, will give away money because of it.

That brings me to the point of this news article: Please, help heighten awareness of the fact that is a scam. Help stop innocent people losing their money for no good reason but to fill the pockets of greedy bastards who have no sense of morality. Does that sound like a fair thing to ask?

“How can I help?” I imagine you to be asking. Well… here’s how:


:bulletblue: Tell people. - If you see anyone talking about (on or off of dA) that seems as if they may seriously consider entering the contest, warn them away from Tell them it’s a scam.

:bulletpurple:Refer people. - Send people who might become interested in entering or to links with information about how are scammers – the ones at the bottom of the article are probably your best bet. Think of it like a referral scheme: Cheap, and it gets you something eventually. In this case, it gets you peace happiness in yourself.

:bulletblue: Add information to your journal.  - Add information to your deviantART journal warning people away from the website. If you have a chatroom, it would also help greatly if you add links to the topic/header of the chat! (especially if it’s a lit chatroom!)

:bulletpurple: Favourite this article. - As well as the ones at the bottom of the article.

:bulletblue: If you are subscribed, add the following stamp to your shoutboard collection/journal: Scamp by MaskedVengeance

:bulletpurple:Be innovative. Try and think of new ways to spread the word without sinking to the level of spamming. I know that some people have created poems about and added them to their journal.

:bulletblue: Be helpful. - Tell me if you are aware of any new spam accounts created on deviantART, so that I can add them to the list of account usernames I am gathering in <a href=”…>my dA journal.


Here’s some of the definite ‘must-not’s:


:bulletred: Fall for the scam yourself.

:bulletred: Recommend other people to in the hopes that they enter it and fall for the scam – no matter how much you might hate them. (Sorry for being a spoilsport. =p)

:bulletred: If you try to enter at all. enter the contest with your main email address – you can be sure that the email address you use to submit your poem will be added to so many mailing lists that it’s not remotely funny.

:bulletred: Try to do the right thing of spreading the word about how is a scam, but end up just spamming pages of people you don’t know with warnings.

:bulletred: Forget that the scam is not exclusive to deviantART, and that people outside of dA are just as likely to fall for the scam as members of dA.

:bulletred: Stop reading this article until you reach the end. There are still important bits left, y’know! spam accounts created on deviantART so far

I have been gathering a list of all of the spamming accounts that have (so far) been spamming scams on deviantART. If you know of any more, please note me with the links or comment them in my dA journal.

This list is hopefully helpful to people who have been spammed somehow and are not sure whether or not the account they have been spammed with is related to, or linked them to a scam. It also shows the large scale of the scam spamming that has been going on. Just think how many people have been noted/commented, altogether, by all of these accounts! (every account has probably commented/noted at least 1,000 people on average – some of which might be the same person.)

Here is the list so far:


I know that there are more accounts out there that have been used, but obviously I can’t exactly ask every member of dA if they have received a note/comment, and if so who it was from. I need people to tell me if they have received notes/comments so that I can add names to my list! =)


Believe it or not, I’m not the only one who’s been helping out with raising awareness of!

I know that a lot of people have helped, but some have done a lot – or a little that has gone a long way. Here’s a select few (four, to be exact) people who have helped massively at some point – that I am aware of:

bananaprincess - She posted a very informative article about around a year ago, which helped many people. A link to the article is at the bottom of this article!

salshep - Salshep has helped tremendously in terms of the recent scam spam on dA. She posted a warning news article about the scam spams – again, this is linked to at the bottom of the article – and warned one hellova’ lot of people away from by posting on spammers userpages stating was a scam – right from the start of the spams. This warned a lot of people who then went on to warn others!

realitysquared - Along with the rest of the Copyright and Etiquette administration team, for doing such a good job at dealing with the scam spammers!

hexentanz - For pretty much exactly the same reason as above: Doing such a good job at dealing with the scam spammers! As the community Help Desk manager, she’s done a great job dealing with all of the reports of spamming accounts, and dealing with them suitably!


Well… I’ve been talking about ‘the links at the bottom of the article’ for the rest of the article, and therefore, now you’ve just about reached the bottom of the article (if you’ve read it all so far… thanks!) here are the links I was talking about!

dA News Articles:

:bulletgreen: Bananaprincess’ article: “The scoop on”

:bulletgreen: Salshep’s article: “WARNING: SCAM-SPAMS!!!”

:bulletgreen: realitysquared’s article: “CEA Update for September 5th, 2007” - one note about this article: I am fairly sure that visiting will NOT give you viruses – see my long, boldened comment on the first page of comments of the article for more information as to why I am so sure of that.

Other links:

:bulletblue: Elite Skills: Scam details

:bulletblue: The story of two scam victims who discover that isn’t all it’s made out to be

:bulletblue: An interview of a disappointed attendee of the conference.

:bulletblue: How to have your work removed from

:bulletblue: The Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest

Well…That’s it! Hopefully you’ve found this article informative, useful, and will do whatever you can to help spread the word! :D

*Obviously, no-one can be expected to do all of the suggestions I have made, but doing even one of those things will help make a difference. Doing as many as you can will be all the more appreciated!
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TheAceInTheSleeve Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I fell for it in high school and was so excited when I got a certificate. Supposedly I was published in a book that I only needed to pay 45.00 to receive a copy for myself. I didn’t have it, and thus dodged the bullet that was the scam that preys on young artists like myself.
darkdeathnote Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I didnt fall for it but thanks ill make sure to tell me friends not to go their.
Tabikat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
I fell for it but I was too cheap to pay, I knew authors didn't have to pay to be published and figured out it was a scam.
Ashligh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fell for it. The letter arrived on my birthday last year. I didn't think authors had to pay $60 for their own books, but I was young and dumb. :/
Shuricel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
I entered it when I got a note about it, and realized it was a scam when I had to pay for the medal.

kit-kat-cayala Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
heres another scammer name :
Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I fell for it... =( thanks for letting me know. That's really mean of them, raising everyone's hopes and then it turns out it's a fucking scam.
316521 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
thanks :D
JesstheCougar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
lol, if only I had been on dA BEFORE I fell for it... XD at least they don't bug me anymore. I'll help spread the word! :D
Kyonama789 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Arg! I will spread the word with art!
Necron-cheese Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Ah...I recognise some of those banned deviants.
Good to see that people are being pro-active against this!
If that really is a scam, its a pretty damn good one because I fell for it. I just hope they don't do anything evil like use my mom credit card number for a bunch of stuff. I just got 2 plaques and 2 books tonight, of which I am on the first page. I mean you kinda did burst my bubble, but if it's a scam, I'm glad you did, so I won't participate in it anymore. Thanks a mill.
angelofplottwists Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007   Writer
I fell for it in the years before I joined dA, and I'm glad there's an effort being made to stop the scam-spam. I'll spread the word.
Spearstrike Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
If it helps, I got a note from :iconjuliemcdover: titled "I LOVE you", saying the following:

You're a GENIUS! Why don't you join the poetry contest from [link] I see that you don't do much poetry but I hear that free verse poems usually win. Free to enter, 100k prizes. You MUST win it!

Heh. good thing my friend told me about it. u.u
sonicrules22 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
i got that note too :angered:
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
Thanks, I've added their name to the list.

It's a very good thing your friend told you!

TheFlashMan1 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
!michelleyoshido just sent me a note about entering the contest. << Thank goodness I didn't enter it.
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Thanks. :)
TheFlashMan1 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
np :)
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
mrrhinchan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
I got one from someone named michelledawson...I don't even write poetry, so...Yeah.
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Thanks. :)
FrozenLillly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Student General Artist
I'm SOOO happy I did not go to that site.
KodiNaki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional Filmographer
~michelledawson sent me a note today saying I should enter. Luckily enough, I don't have poetry on my account, just a song parody. ;) And my old account that I logged into just to check on it had one, too, so I was quite aware.
LynMars Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Yep, got one from that account myself just a bit ago, and from the looks of their comment page, so have a lot of other people.
Tierra04 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
'calistathomas' is also a linkied to the website.
Trippynet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Hmm, this is troublesome,
I was a member of said site back in 2003 and submitted about 6 items to their site back then and i still have the letters they sent saying that i was a winner.
lucky i never went.
Also lucky i saw your note under the profile of the person spamming!
Thanks for warning all of us!
Those buggers had me fooled in 03 and i was thinking of submitting again.
XThe-PandaX Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Thanks!, wow, you saved my poetry~
I was really closew to joining, thanks a lot ^^
xoxGiant-Squidxox Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
omgg, im glad i found this in time =|
i jsut recieved a note from ~calistathomas [link] telling me to submit my poem to

Soar9 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I didn't know they were bothering other people too. I've been receiving solicitations and requests for me to buy things forever now. I'm glad that other people are just as fed up with it as I am.
--As a side note--
The books they ask you to buy for fifty some dollars are actually real, but that doesn't change the fact they're overpriced.:)
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
They're real, yeah, but they contain poems from anyone that is willing to pay for them, and are never distributed in book stores or anywhere like that. They're basically worthless collections of poems from anyone that might pay for them - if you don't pay to get the book, you definitely won't get published in it... after all, who's gonna' find out? And if they are... what can they do? Nothing.

Hehe. :)
Zaphy1415926 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
~calistathomas is one of the scammers.
TheSnowKid Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007   Writer
Hmm, this scam bullcrap is slowly awaking the internet troll withni me.

These damn spammers wanna play hardball, than lets play!
Sleepiful Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Another account is calistathomas
xShasha-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes he is.
WolfieKid Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Student Writer
Yeah, I got a note from one of the users listed... I clicked the link, but I was doubtful in the first place, as I don't even HAVE any poetry on DevArt for crying out loud!! Once I saw it was another site, I just deleted the note.

This is a really helpful post. Thanks for making it.
aaron-egg Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
As soon as I geta note about i'm on the blower to the staff, my frient fell for this scam and because they spent millions on finding loopholes they can't be arrested, jailed or finned for it, so they can keep doing it over and over, it really p**ses me off.
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
It's good that you're helping do something about it, and it is, indeed, terrible how they've evaded the law.
aaron-egg Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
thing is they spent millions on evading the law, only to be persued by the press :P
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Hehe, they probably prefer press to law, tho. ;p
TwilightRED7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
I would do if I had admin capabilities. =p
TwilightRED7 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
i would too :)
ZainAbidi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
Honestly I kind of fell for it..
Thanks for the notification now I will not believe what the hell they tell they even send me a letter home telling that I won an award or something but yeah...thanks

inspirational-dreams Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:salute: I always wondered about that website.. sadly I am one who fell for this stupid scam.. to remove your work though,.. the link provided it brings you to some customer service training. :wtf:

Is there really a way to delete all personal work off of their site?
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
I'm afraid I'm not entirely sure about whether or not you can, there should be some way to do it, but I've not actually ever submitted anything to them so I don't know for sure.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
jazblack009 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007   Writer
they spammed me to ._. bastards
sorry you fell such a foul thing
good on you for raising awareness
MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Oh, I didn't fall for it, I knew about it already. =p A lot of people, however, didn't know about it, which is why I'm trying to raise awareness. :D
jazblack009 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007   Writer
oh, well... where the fuck did i pull that fact from ._.
ZeppTokyoASK Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
This is a scam, losers. Learn that.

Don't favorite this shit.
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