In the past few weeks, several lingerie retailers and manufacturers have been contacted by individuals claiming to work for Lingerie Talk and seeking free product samples for review on our site.
These requests are fraudulent and appear to be part of a scheme to acquire and resell luxury goods by posing as bloggers.
We haven’t seen this in the lingerie industry before, but similar scams involving consumer electronics, jewelry and luxury fashions have been around for years.
This week alone, Lingerie Talk was notified by four separate stores and/or designers of solicitations made in our name. The requests came by e-mail and targeted lingerie labels and retailers in both the U.S. and Britain.
For the record: We don’t know these people, they don’t work for us, and we never solicit free samples in exchange for editorial coverage. Likewise, we have never re-sold any product samples that have come to us through our normal interactions with the lingerie industry.
We have passed the matter onto our lawyers and sent cease-and-desist letters to individuals in California and the UK.
If you receive one of these lengthy solicitations, do NOT send product to the writer. Either ignore it or forward the e-mail to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll follow up. (You’ll know it’s fake because the author’s e-mail address is either a Hotmail or Yahoo Mail account, whereas all legitimate contact from us uses one of our @lingerietalk.com addresses.)