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July 26, 2012 / Rabeh Soofi

The Better Business Bureau Warns Consumers About Fraudulent “E-Books”


The Better Business Bureau has issued a new warning to consumers about fraudulent “e-books.” With the recent release of the iPad 4, a number of consumers are now purchasing iPads, tablets, and other e-readers like the Nook and Kindle Fire for a variety of entertainment purposes, including reading “e-books.”  The BBB warns consumers, however, that scammers have picked up on the popularity of electronic reading material and are preying on innocent purchasers of e-books in order to reap a windfall.

E-book scams come in two forms: farming and infringement.  Farming refers to the collection of fake content by scammers, who prepare junk material into e-book format, and then attempt to market it as legitimate reading content.  Infringement, on the other hand, involves the theft by scammers of legitimate and copyrighted reading material that either not available in e-book format, or peddled as a “low-cost” option.  Scammers create a bevy of false identities and fake “book reviews,” all in an effort to convince consumers to purchase the e-book.  This sort of e-book fraud, the functional equivalent to buying a knock-off product, not only infringes on the original authors’ copyright, but it deprives both author and publisher of the revenues of e-book sales.

BBB offers consumers several tips to avoid buying a fraudulent e-book:

  • Stick with Known Author
  • Purchase Through Known or Secure Websites
  • Be Wary of Cheap E-Books with Great Reviews
  • Avoid Clicking Links in E-Books

If you believe you have been the victim of e-book fraud, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation



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