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$40,000 Swindle Puts Spotlight on Literary Prize Scams

Apr 16, 2021 - The New York Times

The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

LONDON — The organizers of the Baillie Gifford Prize, a respected British award for nonfiction writing, woke up on Nov. 25 to an excited email signed by the author Craig Brown.

“Words cannot eve...