Friday, May 10, 2013

Photogs beware: phishing attempt (AHG or Art Hunters Group)



I'm posting this warning so some of my photog friends who run online galleries don't get trapped by this suspicious attempt to get your personal information.  I LOL'd at this attempt as they tried to phish for my info.  ;-)  

A new domain (arthuntersgroup.com) created just a couple days ago is representing itself to be some sort of art consortium.  The email starts out like the one pasted below and the URLs bring  you through somewhere in Poland. The arthuntersgroup.com web site is hosted somewhere in Provo, Utah using hostmonster.com.  

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Please let me introduce myself. I am Elizabeth Longdale, Art&Design Blog Research Coordinator at the AHG (Art Hunters Group). We specialize in head-hunting services for businesses from the field of graphics, design and photography.
Currently we are gathering the artists, designers and photographers for one of our clients, a newly launched art startup specializing in releasing handpicked artworks on metal plates.
We believe that your blog  XXXXX has the potential to be published there.

The site is currently closed and "members only". If you are interested please use the following invitation url (usable only once):  XXXXX
Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Best Regards
Elizabeth Longdale
Art&Design Blog Research Coordinator @ AHG

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16 comments:

Peter Schmidt said...

I just received an email from these people. Glad you posted this, as I was trying to determine if it was a scam.

Rob said...

Just got the exact same email myself. Thanks for posting.

Rob said...

Just got the exact same email. Thanks for posting.

Josh Williams said...

Also just received this. Looked very suspicious

therese_flanagan said...

Thank you! I just received this, too.

therese_flanagan said...

Thank you! I just received one, too.

carol said...

I wonder if this has anything to do with the photo democracy contest? anybody?

Todd Cliff said...

I got one as well. I knew something was up. Thanks!

Yoni said...

Just received this email.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Don, I was pretty sure it was a scam, but I appreciate finding your confirmation.

SushiiGirl said...

Got the same e-mail!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Got the email. It kind of looked a bit dodgy so I'm glad to get this confirmed. Also, there are a few typos on their website ;)

Lisa Christine said...

I also received this exact email. I assumed it was a scam. Delete delete delete!!!

Jazz J said...


hi. i have been trying to identify a bird i had a glimpse of. i chanced upon your site on tropical birds today but i can't find the bird i am looking for.

i noticed most of your pictures were taken in negros. here in iloilo, the local name of the bird i am trying to identify is 'saguksok'. it has red and black feathers, mostly red.

would you know its English or scientific name?

thank you very much.

witt said...

Really thanks for the post. We just received this email and you saved us a headache.

Sullivan J Photography said...

Thanks for the info...I received this too! So frustrating!!