Watch out – there’s a scammer about!

Earlier today two designers – Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie were separately approached by the same avatar – a male called kellycrowed Resident.  He claimed to represent the Kitschy Cliche blog – and asked Cain for L$13,500 for reviewing.  He also asked Froukje for items.

Cain Maven's Sorrento house - requested fully furnished
Cain Maven's Sorrento house - requested fully furnished

Both Cain and Froukje are pretty savvy and both said at once that they would check this with the blog’s owner – Makenzie Irling. At which point, Mr Resident made his excuses and left.

Needless to say, Makenzie Irling has never heard of kellycrowed Resident and was shocked to hear that he was soliciting goods in the name of her blog.  Kitschy Cliche has not featured any posts for a while (except a rather understandably irritated disassociation with kellycrowed Resident), but when it does, they will be written by Makenzie alone.

It is possible that this scammer may try this one again, with other designers – although the fact that he has been named and shamed in several designer forums, such as the popular social network Plurk and the inworld Contents Creators Group might have discouraged him.

I should probably add in passing that no-one representing Prim Perfect magazine or blog or The Primgraph blog will solicit copies for reviews.  If you EVER have any doubts about someone claiming to be from Prim Perfect, the Primgraph or the TV shows Designing Worlds, Metaverse Arts or Happy Hunting!, please contact Saffia Widdershins, Ceejay Writer or Aisling Sinclair or (for Metaverse Arts) Tricia Aferdita.  We can vouch for all our writers and photographers – and tell you who isn’t on the team.

We’ve heard of various scams that designers have been subjected to – a common one (and one note affecting designers only) seems to be “squatting”.  The other day, Evie Miles of Evie’s Closet found a complete (and furnished) castle rezzed at 2361 metres on Oubliette. The owner announced he’d done it by mistake.  I’m sure he’d have appreciated his mistake all the more when, 30 minutes later, everything was auto-returned.

Even more cheeky was the avatar who established a business renting out homes to newbies. What’s wrong with that, I hear you ask? Well, these just happened to be fully furnished prefabs in a designer’s store. At first perplexed by the numbers of new avatars hanging around her place, she soon learned that they had handed over Lindens as “rent” to an avatar – and they were now wondering why they didn’t have any permissions to move the furntiture – or to set banlines to prevent lots of people walking in and looking around (i.e. the people who were quite legitimately wandering around the store to buy things).

The lesson from all this seems to be – be vigilant.  Check About Land regularly for Objects that have no business being there.  Check unusual crowd patterns at your stores. Check the provenance of people and web sites wanting things from you. General internet safety rules, brought in to Second Life.

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