Scam ads using my photos

pips

Novice Member
I'm forever finding adverts online for African Grey parrots, using photos of Mojo and Shinda. The scammers clearly go through my Flickr and 'steal' whatever pics they wish to use, then advertise 'their' parrots for ridiculously cheap prices (usually about £200, the average Grey costs at least £600).

The deal is always that the buyer pays upfront and the seller sends the (non-existent) birds by courier. I've no doubt some people DO fall for it too.

We were discussing this on a PARROT FORUM last night, here's just one of the ads I found:

http://www.birdtrader.co.uk/pair_of_talking_african_grey_parrots/advert/243305

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipflopip/4647683340/in/set-72157623843085665/

Found eight others but those have all been taken down already.

Anyway, there's nothing I can do if I wish to keep my photos public, which I do as so many people like to see them, other than report the ads as and when I (or other people) find them.

Yesterday, a friend found this though! I was initially a bit :eek::eek::eek: but then I just laughed!

http://uk.efreeclassifiedads.com/for-sale/pets/african-grey-parrots-377.htm

That's the first time I've come across one using a photo with ME in it! They've got some bloody front!
 

Delvey

Distinguished Member
I noticed on the second one there is a report/spam button. I'd use this with the link from your flickr in there

I'd also email the seller and state you want royalty fees etc for them to use your photo

There is a google chrome app that searches the web for your pictures as well. May be worth looking into
 

pips

Novice Member
I noticed on the second one there is a report/spam button. I'd use this with the link from your flickr in there

I'd also email the seller and state you want royalty fees etc for them to use your photo

There is a google chrome app that searches the web for your pictures as well. May be worth looking into

Oh don't worry, I report each and every one I find! :thumbsup:

The scammers are generally from Cameroon, asking them to pay royalties would be a complete waste of time, they are totally lacking in scruples!

Someone recommended this:

http://www.tineye.com/

Trouble is, I have literally thousands of photos of my parrots! I've just accepted over the years that this will continue to happen and all I can do is continue to report them when I find them :)
 

mucca_D

Well-known Member
Trouble is, I have literally thousands of photos of my parrots! I've just accepted over the years that this will continue to happen and all I can do is continue to report them when I find them :)

Or you could have some fun with a bit of scambaiting:D

some of ths stories on http://www.419eater.com/ will make you laugh for rather a long time :D
 

pips

Novice Member
You could consider putting a watermark across your image. Would probably deter most scammers

I did wonder about that but I assume this can't be done retrospectively to photos already in my Flickr account (that'll be thousands then! :eek::laugh: )?

Also, I'd only consider having a watermark/signature in the bottom corner of photos (I appreciate serious photographers use watermarks for a good reason but I really dislike them) so I expect the scammers would just save and crop the images! :thumbsdow :facepalm:
 

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