Over the past several months, w/ increasing frequency, we’ve seen emails from a malicious scammer named Mel (“Mellie”, “Melina”, “Melika”, and “Meleana”, et. al.) filling out a client’s website form, and very aggressively claiming copyright infringement. Recently ‘Mel’ changed her name or has a colleague named ‘Amber’.
The email arrives via your website contact form and accuses you of using copyrighted website images and tells you to click on a link to see the list of the images that are in violation. Even when think it’s a scam, you’ll be tempted to follow the link. (DON’T CLICK THE LINK) The writer threatens to file a complaint with your hosting company and sue you.
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