I received this to the FWG email address last week. Haven’t looked into this issue, so I should note that by posting it here I’m not endorsing it (either personally or as president of the guild), just passing this along to see if anyone else knows anything about the situation.
The email was as follows…
Hi - here’s a story tip.
A fraud operation has been ripping off geeky fans for 10 years from Northern California. It’s grown to an international movie tour happening now. Nobody has reported this.
The Last Unicorn is the movie, from the world classic fantasy book. It also has some ties to John Steinbeck, the Lord of the Rings, the Science Fiction Writer’s Association, and a lawyer who was disbarred.
Original source info – share freely:
A different take - share to people you know:
It has some ties to “furries” - the niche community of science fiction and anthropomorphic fantasy fans. Nobody deserves to be ripped off for treating a writer like a hero.
The long pattern of harm is being repeated on a national level right now. Unless it’s exposed and people are warned, it won’t stop. Please don’t let that happen.
Please share, and talk to me if you can do something to help.
(This was then followed by a list of emails and Twitter accounts that they’d sent this email to, which I’m omitting both for privacy reasons and so as not to encourage spam to those addresses.)