Poetry.com: What YOU can do!
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THIS ARTICLE IS NOT JUST RELEVANT TO WRITERS. Poetry.com also scams photographers and artists through websites like Picture.com – which is ALSO A SCAM.

As hopefully many of you know already, Poetry.com are scammers. They rip people off intentionally. (There is more information about Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com. 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 Poetry.com 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:

WHAT TO DO*

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

:bulletpurple:Refer people. - Send people who might become interested in entering poetry.com or picture.com to links with information about how Poetry.com 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:

Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com and added them to their journal.

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


WHAT NOT TO DO.</u>

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

DO NOT….

:bulletred: Fall for the poetry.com scam yourself.

:bulletred: Recommend other people to Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com is a scam, but end up just spamming pages of people you don’t know with warnings.

:bulletred: Forget that the Poetry.com 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!



Poetry.com spam accounts created on deviantART so far

I have been gathering a list of all of the spamming Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com, 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:

laurythompson
YouShouldWin
futureartcritic
jessicahammilton
misselliot
maryhalden
christinelawrer
tinatylert
alicebergen
michellepfeffer
elisajunberg
patriciakhoeler
norahuntelar
britneyrogers
christinakoller

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! =)



Appreciation

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

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 Poetry.com 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 Poetry.com by posting on spammers userpages stating Poetry.com 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!



THE LINKS!

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 Poetry.com”

: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 Poetry.com 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: Poetry.com Scam details

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

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

:bulletblue: How to have your work removed from Poetry.com

: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's avatar
TheAceInTheSleeveHobbyist 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's avatar
I didnt fall for it but thanks ill make sure to tell me friends not to go their.
Tabikat's avatar
TabikatProfessional 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's avatar
AshlighHobbyist 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's avatar
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's avatar
heres another scammer name :
!jessicamadison
Poison-Stripes's avatar
Poison-StripesHobbyist 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.
JesstheCougar's avatar
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's avatar
Arg! I will spread the word with art!
Necron-cheese's avatar
Ah...I recognise some of those banned deviants.
Good to see that people are being pro-active against this!
wielder-of-the-quill's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
i got that note too :angered:
MaskedVengeance's avatar
Thanks, I've added their name to the list.

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

:)
TheFlashMan1's avatar
TheFlashMan1Hobbyist General Artist
!michelleyoshido just sent me a note about entering the contest. << Thank goodness I didn't enter it.
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TheFlashMan1Hobbyist General Artist
np :)
mrrhinchan's avatar
I got one from someone named michelledawson...I don't even write poetry, so...Yeah.
FrozenLillly's avatar
FrozenLilllyStudent General Artist
I'm SOOO happy I did not go to that site.
KodiNaki's avatar
KodiNakiProfessional 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.
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