The New Goodreads Scam Seems Particularly Dumb

I’ve been getting a lot more friend requests from blank profiles on Goodreads. You know the ones, no picture and no books. Perhaps six friends. The names don’t make a whole lot of sense, but I wouldn’t judge that alone. They end up being scam profiles though. I couldn’t figure out what use those would be on Goodreads…until I looked at one of the emails I’d automatically deleted.

You see, I get requests simultaneously as an email, a notification on the web site if I actually visit that, and as a notice on the mobile app. Usually I just end up rejecting on the mobile app, which meant I didn’t see the message that went along with.

Why pay attention? Usually there isn’t one.

However, then I noticed that there was for ALL of these new blank profile ones that were showing up, a couple a day. They all included links to scam sites purportedly offering free (obviously pirate if it wasn’t just a scam to get credit card or other personal information in the first place) ebooks. The worst part? THEY WERE FOR BOOKS THAT GOODREADS SHOWED I ALREADY READ!

What the heck are the scammers doing? Looking to see who read a book and then trying to hook them for a free ecopy of the same thing? Isn’t it likely that the person is done with that book if they don’t already actually have a real copy? Who thought this up?

Now, it is possible that it is just a coincidence that I’ve read all the books they’ve tried to interest me in. Perhaps they don’t target and it’s just the fact I read a bit. I don’t know, but it just seems dumber than the average scam.

I hope Goodreads bothers to figure out a way to shut this down soon. It’s annoying.


About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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