A buddy of mine is in a very local indie band. They have no hopes/intentions of persuing a serious career in music. It’s something the guys have been doing for fun since high school.
They got a request for an autographed photo from some “sick guy in the hospital”. It was a really inspiring, heart-wrenching plea. But the guy is in another province where they have never played, and they thought it was weird and scammy. Checking a few indie-music message boards, a few other musicians have had similar experiences. Someone in a different state, requesting an autographed photo with some kind of heartfelt sob story. Most people agreed it sounded like a scam, so the requests were ignored.
Now with things like Myspace, general internet marketing, and indie compilation CDs it’s possible that someone heard of my buddies, or these other artists. But everyone thinks it’s pretty unlikely and it positively reeks of “scamminess”.
But I’m wondering what the scammers could get out of it? Trying to get a signature for identity theft? Plausible, except that a lot of musicians don’t use their real names professionally.
How useful is an autographed photo of Johnny Bravo who is really Greg Brady? Or what could someone do with an autograph like: “Love and rock, XOXO…Venom Kitty!”…? Or even if Kathy Jones signs her photo “Kathy Jones”, would it be useful to scammers, considering her “official” signature that she uses for banking is “Katherine Jones-Smith”…?
We all think it’s a scam, but what kind of scam is it?