This is interesting. It seems that con artists are copy/pasting entire Kickstarter projects and running them on IndieGoGo and keeping the money.
It’s such an easy con to run that I’ll bet we’ll be seeing it more and more often.
This is nasty because not only is money being stolen, but also reputations are being ruined as the victims will blame the owner of the real project for the missing money.
So far this copy/paste scam has affected at least two comic artists.
- Here is a blog post by one of the affected artists :
“Somebody went and copy and pasted my Kickstarter Campaign to IndieGogo.”
- Here is an interview with another affected artist :
The Strange Case Of The ‘Like A Virus’ Kickstarter And Its Evil IndieGoGo Doppelganger
So far, I’m not aware of any other victims of this copy/paste scam, but I’d be interested in hearing about them, so if your project has been cloned, or you know someone who has, please leave a comment or send me an email.
(The project cards shown below are from the real projects.)