The emails appear to come from the winning authors, and to connect to Paypal accounts that could conceivably be associated with them. “Over the past year, at least five British book prizes have been targeted by the same swindle — and one has even paid out. In March 2020, the Rathbones Folio Prize paid £30,000, about $41,000, to a scammer posing as the author Valeria Luiselli, who had just won the award for her novel Lost Children Archive.” The organization had to come up with another £30,000 to pay the actual winner. – The New York Times

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