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Autograph Scam?

I just got a very scary email this afternoon. It said this:

Greetings Geoff Marshall:

My name R.W. Martin I am a struggling actor and autograph collector I have a site here http://hometown.aol.com/h0llyw00dz/autograph.html where I put all my autographs with a link to an official site.

I am collecting autographs to be passed down to my 6 year old daughter someday, I saw you in the Guinness book of world records, I was hoping you’d send me yours for our collection.

Thanks, Peace and best wishes

He then gives his address, a link to that website again and some quotes from famous people.

Now .. why am I scared? I’ll tell you … Because about 3 months ago, I got an email from someone overseas asking for a similar sort of thing.

At first they were quite friendly saying “I saw your underground record, please may I have a photo as I am writing an article about it for my student magazine”. When I pressed for details, they were a bit sketchy, but I sent a better photo of me & Neil anyway.

Then after a couple of days I got an another email saying “Thank you for your photo, now to make it official, please may I have your autograph as well?”. And i’m like “Woah!”, how DUMB do you think I am?”

Signature scamming is nothing new, (go and type “autograph scam” or “signature fraud” into google) but it was the first time that I’d been asked over the internet before, and now it seems I’ve got my second request.

signatureThe slight giveaway was the fact that I don’t actually appear in the Guinness Book of World Records yet – either in the printed or online version, so saying that they’d seen my name there was a little obvious.

The website link does work, but that doesn’t mean that I believe it, and there’s no way that I’m going to be passing my signature on!

Apologies to R.W. if it is genuine request, but you just can’t tell these days – anyone else think I’m being overly paranoid?

Oh, and here’s a signature of mine that you can copy and use if you really want to …

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