When WatchdogNation.com found out 16 kids and their teacher lost more than $2,000 to a fictitious publishing company, we leapt into action. The middle school authors had written a book, but the book never arrived. Quickly, our creative team helped the teacher get the book out. The book signing was yesterday at a Borders book store. The original “publisher” still has the money. But the kids are happy.
With about one million books published each year, Watchdog Nation founder Dave Lieber notes that one of the easiest ways to scam people is to create a bogus publishing company, take their money — and run! Here, he shows how some innocent middle school students watched as their publishing dreams were shattered by an Indiana publishing company that never kept its promise to them.