I was approached on Messenger by a guy named Calvin Williams who claimed to ghostwrite for screenwriters and was successful at getting them picked up by Netflix for which he took a 3% royalty. Right away, I smelled scam, but decided to ask more questions. By the way, IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL AT GETTING TONS OF STUFF ON NETFLIX YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TROLLING FOR WORK ON FACEBOOK. We had that conversation, of why was he looking for a gig if he was so “busy.” I will post the screenshots of our conversation below, but I went searching on Google for this guy and there are similar names on IMDB (International Movie Database) but none of them are writers. But it’s because he is a “ghostwriter.” Then, later, I found someone on a Scriptwring forum who got approached similarly by a Cally Williams.
She posted the eerily similar thread of their conversation here: https://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-writingopportunities/m-1606263847/
The upshot is he got nasty when she repeatedly declined saying this had to be a scam. Later another person on the forum board said his FB profile was removed and he had started another under Carl Williams.
My conversation stayed civil as you can read, but as you can see this doesn’t make sense. One moment he says he is really busy and won’t be able to get to my project until January, but why is he soliciting work then? He comes back with a decent answer but because I am a developmental editor and writing coach as well as writer, I know if I have three months of work, I, in no way have time to troll for business and I am not going to be doing it on FB. In fact, I don’t have to because if you have a good reputation, biz comes to you via referrals and I can pick and choose. A point I mention to him: he has no referral to me from someone I know. I also wanted to know how he got money without doing work. I never or rarely ask for money up front, and never big money. Well I tested that with him. A big FAIL. He did want, at the very least, half up front.
I am about to report him on FB. But he will pop up under another name, so BEWARE IF YOU USE FACEBOOK AND POST IN WRITING GROUPS (PRIVATE OR PUBLIC) BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE SCAMMERS WILL FIND YOU.