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To Whom This May Concern:
I found an ad both on Writers Weekly and Absolute Write outlining a
search for game strategy guide writers:
I received a response the next day by a Mr. Philip Hetherington who
claimed to be a ZES representative although in his e-mails he provided no
contact references or information about Zeta (beyond what is stated in
In daily correspondence, Mr. Hetherington and I discussed my skills and
whether they would fit with ZES. During this time, I began searching
for more information about ZES. Except for a website
- currently under construction) I could find no references to Zeta
Entertainment Software (Google, Yahoo!, Lycos, Ask, Live Search, et
cetera). I did find a reference to a German company called "Zeta
Software," a reference to a computer system on which you can play games called
"magnussoft Zeta," references to games that have "Zeta" titles, and a
reference to a "Zeta Entertainment," but again, no references to Zeta
Entertainment Software other than the webpage.
I became more concerned about the nature of the ad after Mr.
Hetherington repeatedly ignored my questions and instead fell back upon the
response that he would answer them only after I signed an NDA--later
responding that a form of identity would also be necessary.
Long story short, I responded on the 14th with a challenge to Mr.
Hetherington to answer my questions and, after a steady flow of e-mail
correspondence, he is now silent.
I will wait another day or two before filing my report with the FBI,
but I think you should consider pulling the ad from your forum and
opening an investigation.