AmonsEssaysThreads: 2Posts: 201Joined: Dec 8, 2010 Nov 1, 11, 06:01PM | #1 Fellow writers: People impersonating Educate! America are out there trying to scam writers. I was personally targeted through one of my ads. http://sunoasis.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1443527%3ABlogPost%3A52599 has more information. The person or persons has (have) claimed to be John Maxwell and, in the past, Martha Benson. They have forged money orders and Federal Reserve bank checks. They claim to pay $30 a page.And, though I don't need to say this for the veterans, anyone new in the industry can benefit from learning the following:1) Be careful when someone offers to pay you after the completion of work. Sometimes, legitimate organizations will pay upon publication or receipt. But make sure such organizations can be trusted.2) Watch your receivables. If a Federal Reserve bank check can be forged, be very careful when you have money in the pipeline that has yet to hit your account.3) If someone claims to be from a legitimate organization, double-check their credentials. A simple Google check can see if anyone's impersonating them. Make sure their e-mail matches the domain name of the organization they claim to represent; if it doesn't, ask why.4) Watch for common scam tactics. The one this scam ring tries is claiming that their donors are sending more money to you, and asking you to send the extra over Western Union. It's a version of the classic cashier's check scam. Such arrangements are a red flag which should cause you to look again. If you do agree to such an arrangement, make sure the money has cleared to your account before sending anything, and record any MTCN or information in case things go sour.5) If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. These guys offered $30 a page and priced off a 225 word per page model. I've certainly made that much in the past, but it still warrants a double-check.6) Be careful about working with anyone who can't properly spell, use correct English grammar or syntax. There are certainly professionals who will occasionally drop a typo or two, but if you are routinely seeing capitalization errors, odd turns of phrase or word choices and non-traditional syntax, watch out.