Musicians Beware of the Venezuelan Musicologist SCAM!!!
It seems that lots of us musicians may have already or will eventually receive an email from a person calling themselves "Reinaldo Javier Sanchez".
This person claims to be a female musicologist and researcher, Ph.D., M.Sc. They go on to say that they're a professor of rock and pop music history at a university in Venezuela and that they'd like you to help them out by sending them a bunch of your cd's to be used for research purposes for their students of rock music.... YEAH SURE!!!
Beware!! This is a scam designed to make a quick buck...in fact lots of bucks!!
These people are possibly making somewhere in the region of $US 10,000 a year from this little scam...simply by selling the artist's cd on the black market and various music stalls etc as soon as it arrives in their mailbox....and it's costing them absolutely nothing to do this!! As it's trusting and gullible musicians like us who are graciously and through the kindness of our own hearts sending it to them (all postage paid!!) in the honest belief that they're actually interested in the music and using it for research purposes...for university students no less!
I have now received this email around 5 times...a couple of times with a different (scanned photo) of the supposed female musicologist and researcher, Ph.D., M.Sc... blah blah blah ...Once with the same photo.. but a different person!!
I haven't actually fallen for this one myself.... but it makes me mad as hell and I thought it's about time something should be done about it, as the life of a muso can already be hard enough, just having to deal with all the liars, ripoffs, conmen and shit talkers out there who have always freely operated within and will forever continue to clutter up our industry!! Some of us seem to attract these creeps like moths to a light bulb!!