I need to make you aware of possible Identity Thieves.
If you look for my book(s) and search out reviews, you may stumble across a growing number of Phishing sites that very likely will use your Sign-In information to do you harm. I don’t want that for you. Or for anyone, actually. Life is complicated enough without some dunderhead taking advantage of your good intentions, making your life miserable.
I stumbled upon several bogus sites claiming to have free ebooks, audiobooks, or .PDFs whereby you could read / listen to Chasing the Dragon for free. I have NOT authorized any .PDF versions of the novel for the public domain. I have also NOT produced an audio version of the story. If you go puttering around on these sites, you may well suffer identity theft, credit card fraud, or Trojan virus incursion to your home computer. Please…beware!
These are the offending sites I found:
This link redirects to [http://cheapmybooks.co/single.php?url=chasing_the_dragon_a_kaworld_novel_pdf.pdf] and is blocked by good antivirus software. If you don’t have any, don’t go there.
This appears to be a Russian site (by the URL) with a Brasilia Books logo attached. Beware. It looks almost legitimate, but none of the links or buttons appear to route to the original Amazon sales location.
The title on this one is “A novel multiple marker bioassay utilizing HE4 and CA125 for the kindle”, but the content paragraph has bits and pieces of my book’s cover info interspersed with info from “Ruth Robson” and her book “A/K/A”. Note the misspelling of ‘market’ and of ‘essay’, that Kindle isn’t capitalized, AND that Free-Ebooks.net seems to be tied to a bogus URL for criminal defense. ??? Do NOT provide any Sign-In info to these folks.
Unfortunately, more and more hackers are finding a lucrative business at spoofing URLs, websites, and—in my case—possible free content such as books. Don’t fall prey to them. Look for warning signs that can tip you off.
- Misspelled words or odd syntax / phrasing
- http:// versus https:// in the web address URL (unsecured vs. secured)
- A site listing that doesn’t seem to match with the URL
- Links that redirect to unfamiliar sites
- A mish-mash of oddly juxtaposed content
- Click buttons labeled one thing, but show a different destination in the lower Status Bar
Take a little time to acquaint yourself with the wide variety of ‘social engineering’ attempts to get you to divulge information. There are plenty of trusted companies on the internet with lots of experience and examples; read through what they can offer as cautionary insights. Above and beyond anything else, be safe as you navigate this sometimes tangled web…