New SCAM Dropped For Authors - Be Very, Very Wary of Adaptation Offers - Bad Grammar, Vauge Emails
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Hello! My wonderful viewers! Guess who just got sent what is almost certianly a scam email! This one preys on author pride, a plentiful resource to be sure.
I can't find the exact scam online, but the concept, a fake email account claiming to be from some movie company or anther offering to option one of yourbooks for a movie is a well known scam. Usually they make you pay fees to have your movie supposedly produced and when you try to get your money back the company dissapears and of course the real studio never heard of you.
However there is a new scam where people are stealing manscripts themselves so don't be sending random email accounts your unprotected manuscript.
Anyway here is the email I got.
Where talent meets success!
Equity, diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility are both moral and business imperatives. A good organization understands that addressing fundamental concerns of equity and justice is not only the rational thing to do, but also the rational thing to do. We consider advocacy and inclusion to be fundamental components of our success, and our approach to these critical topics is built in how we address our employees, programs, content, suppliers, and community.
We'd like to notify your agency that your book has been chosen as one of the Content Titles that we'd want to adapt into a film. As a result of our collaboration with Netflix, we'd like to tell your office that we are offering you a contract for film rights acquisition as one of our Pioneering Projects.
The budget and production team are now prepared for the project to begin. The film's production budget has been approximated by the promoter. Please keep in mind that the author will be under contract with our organization, Icon Productions. Any information concerning this project will be subject to the contract's non-disclosure provision.
To get a quick transition, you will be necessary to handle all licenses, permissions, registrations, and signing of papers only with Icon Productions as the Author representing the rights owner and Icon Productions as the acquirer. A separate contract will be completed and agreed upon both your agency and Icon Productions. Upon your confirmation, we will deliver the papers together with the film agreement to your office.
We would be requiring you to send the following materials:
Soft Copy or PDF format of your manuscript
We need your confirmation as soon as possible.
NOTE: Any communication as regards this endorsement should only be between your office and Icon Productions. Any unsolicited emails or calls from the writer/author will not be entertained by Icon Productions. The Writer shall not, at any time, directly or Indirectly, disseminate, duplicate or in any other manner disclose any Information of any kind dealing with or in any way relating to the development, production, or exploitation of the film as stipulated in the Acquisition Agreement signed by our legal representative. That you acknowledge and agree that the Confidential Information derives independent economic value from not being generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use. You acknowledge that any breach by either your Agency or the Writer with respect to the Confidential Information will cause Irreparable Injury to the Producer, not readily measurable in money, and for which Producer, without waiving any other rights or remedies, shall be entitled to
They put the real name of the CEO here but I removed it.
CEO of Icon Productions
They put the real physical address of the company here so I removed that.
The content of this email is confidential and intended for the recipient specified in the message only. It is strictly forbidden to share any part of this message with any third party, without the written consent of the sender. If you received this message by mistake, please reply to this message and follow with its deletion, so that we can ensure such a mistake does not occur in the future.
Now, the grammar alone is a clue. This looks like a Chat GPT script, but the fact that it doesn't mention any specific book of mine is another clue that something is fishy.
In addition the nature of my stories means that they would be effects heavy scifi movies so any interest would be more involved than this.
But anyway, don't click on suspicious links, don't send your manuscript to anyone, and don't foot the bill to turn your book into a movie.
If a legitimate studio wants your book they will be paying you, not having you drop money on liscenses and such.
Peace out my wonderful viewers.