(this is an excerpt from Craig Crumpton ” Craig’s Craiglist Guide for Performers“)
One site in particular is a repeat offender in using this method of deceit: ExploreTalent.com. Just a quick Google search for “Explore Talent Scam” yields over 29,000 results with red flags galore: fraud reports with BBB.org, ripoffreport.com and many related sites and forums, including a well-researched blog report that was created just to warn others about this site and how to avoid getting ripped off by them.
Explore Talent masks their identity in Craigslist postings under various domains they have registered and other redirect URLs:
In December 2009, Explore Talent appears to have launched a massive web
marketing propaganda campaign via Twitter and every single blog service and social networking site available in attempt to discredit sources which have cited them for fraud and other unscrupulous practices, including BBB.org.
Each “blog” contains the same exact post, and like the ads they post on Craigslist, they’re full of crap.