If that name does not ring a bell you can catch up here: https://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/e-books-super-shilling/ and read the comments.
This was posted today:
Hello everyone from a former “Gwen Dickinson”.
My name is Jennifer and I was hired by a bogus company to fill in for an apparently bogus person and “maintain contact” with her contact list while she was in the hospital being treated for her lupus (which they later referred to as “a type of cancer” not the autoimmune disease that it is).
I was given a list of contacts here on Etsy and told to just talk with them, chit-chat, talk about the weather, ask questions, etc.
While it might seem like a strange request to you guys, I’m a ghostwriter, and “pretending” to be other people is kind of what I do.
I was given only the most rudimentary background on Gwen, so when you guys started asking me about what I was working on next, and other details, I emailed both the company and their “fake” Gwen at another fake email address. They never responded, so I decided to do a Google search and stumbled upon this thread.
While I get into detail about how I handled this in my blog (http://shoestringsolutions.blogspot.com/2010/04/why-you-absolutely-must-google.html), now that I’ve ended my association with the company I wanted to personally apologize to all of you on the behalf of anyone who got rooked into contacting you guys and maintaining this charade.
As far as a I know, Gwen Dickinson has been retired. Her new identity is Gwendale Richards and her new website is http://www.mereinay.com.
If you here from anyone in this capacity, call them out and run!
As far as I know, they haven’t actually done anything illegal (yet, anyhow), but whatever they’re up to, it’s highly unethical and you should guard yourself against it.
For those of you pretending to be Gwen, understand that you’ll never get paid for your efforts. If you get contacted by a John Mitchel or a Rebecca Jameson from ASIB.org, you’ll wish it had never happened!
I wrote under the handle “email@example.com”. If I messaged you, I’m sorry, but I did really enjoy talking with all of you, and Stumbled your items so that you could hopefully get some sales and exposure. I tried to give good advice and inspiration.
If any of you want to continue talking with the real me, the one that LOVES Etsy and it’s artists, follow my blog or send me a message…