One of our authors wrote to me last week:
Have I been receiving royalties from Booklocker? Let me know.
Of course he has! What in the world made him think he was not? I once again sent him his author account login link so he could see his royalties. Then, I looked further down in his email.
Under his message to me, he included an email he’d received the same day, which said he (the author) wasn’t receiving his royalties from his publisher.
Here is the previous article we wrote about this scammer:
EXTREME AUTHOR WARNING About AuthorUnit.com / PrimeChamber.com: You Won’t BELIEVE What We Dug Up on This Company!
If you don’t want to read the entire article, here are the highlights:
1. Their U.S. address is a Fedex store.
2. They also go by the name PrimeChamber.com. That domain was registered in NIGERIA.
3. The pictures of humans on their website, including their “customers,” featured alongside testimonials, were taken from stock photo websites.
4. They claimed to be working with Ingram (the largest distributor) on royalty tracking. That was and is a complete lie. Ingram had never heard of them until I alerted Ingram to the scam.
5. They incorrectly use asterisks all over their emails, which is extremely annoying.
6. They are actually convincing unsuspecting authors to hand over their bank account details!!!
Here is their latest SCAM EMAIL:
*Sent:* Monday, July 24, 2023 3:39 PM
*Subject:* [EXTERNAL]Ingram Royalty Tracker
*Hi (name removed), *
Great day! I hope all is well with you today.
I tried calling you but its unavailable. This is Noah Walker, Account Manager for your Book’s Royalty Login on both *Ingram and Amazon Book Sales for the Book Title: *.
I am notified that you are one of those authors who are NOT able to receive Royalties from your Publisher.
*We would like to know if you can still access your Ingram and Amazon Royalty Tracker.*
*Senior Manager / Royalty Account Specialist *
Notice this part:
“We would like to know if you can still access your Ingram and Amazon Royalty Tracker.”
There is no such thing!
“I am notified that you are one of those authors who are NOT able to receive Royalties from your Publisher.”
That statement led the author to believe he wasn’t getting his royalties from his publisher. If they weren’t located in NIGERIA, we could sue them for Tortious Interference.
Since this foreign outfit is continuing to try to scam authors here in the U.S., the only way to stop them is if we all share this information with our fellow authors, writer’s groups, and even publishers. Publishers need to be warning their authors about this scam. Please share the link to this article far and wide so we can all shut this scammer down for good.
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- We Owe Our Readers a HUGE Apology for Introducing Them to THIS ABUSIVE SCAMMER! – by Brian P. Whiddon, Managing Editor (a.k.a. “Secret Squirrel”)
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