FAN MAIL

  • Louise Gubbay

    Actor

    Hi all

    I have had two of my actors contacted by email from people abroad requesting autographs - one of which was asked for a photo and signature on the back. They have so far come from Germany, Poland and China.

    Whilst it would be lovely to think these are genuine, I strongly feel that this is another scam to get signatures for whatever reason they would use them for.

    PLEASE be aware of this, and perhaps ensure others are knowledgable.

    My advice is to disregard any emails such as these.

    Best wishes

    Louise Gubbay

    • 28th Jul 2007
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    Oh come on now!!!

    Do you really think that celebrities use the same signature for fan memoriabilia as they do for signing their cheques or loan agreements!!

    My official and "legal" signature, i.e. the one on my passport, is totally illegible as me. The signature I have used on the 2-3 of these fan requests I have had (and before you start taking the pi$$ they were fans of the film I happended to have a miniscule part in not of me personally) is completely different so worthless to an identity fraudster.

    If some of your people have had fan mail then let them have their moment you spoil sport.

    ForbesKB

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I don't even have the same NAME on my bank account!

    Mind you...who the Hell wants MY autograph!!??

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Louise Gubbay

    Actor

    You would be surprised Forbes - some who are not so wise or experienced as you in this wonderful world would not have different signatures. And no, I doubt very much that celebs would use there 'legal signature' used as an autographs, but this is not aimed at them, its aimed at those who could possibly be naieve to it.

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    That's a point, I don't have the same name on my bank accounts either!!

    They have sent these requests through you as the actors agent so you should be having a chat with your people and advise them on how this should be handled not filtering out the ones you think 'could' be dodgy.

    To recommend to us actors to simply "ignore all such requests" is certainly not the best piece of advise I've ever seen offered in these pages.

    ForbesKB

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Louise Gubbay

    Actor

    No they haven't come through me - should have perhaps stated that initially. They are getting the actors details through their 'myspace' pages or websites.

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    OK...different game so different rules apply...MySpace, Facebook, Bebo etc. are crawling with the worlds freaks so caution is advised.

    Mine came through either my agent or my IMDb profile...the ones that came through my agent got very nice reply...the IMDb originating emails got binned!!

    ForbesKB

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Caroline Boulton

    Actor

    Ive had lots if these, from germany mainly and its a judgement call if you think they are real or not. Some were quite obviously dodgy. Most go to my agent but some arrive via email. God knows what they would use them for but they are always very specific about the requests and even provide printed labels for returning them. Its good for actors to be aware of the possibility they could be something else so thank you for highlighting this here.

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Leila Reid

    Actor

    well why don't you tell your actor to put on their myspace page that all autograph requests have to come through you.

    I use a different signature to the one that i have in my passport and on my bank account so I really don't see the problem.

    lilo x

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Louise Gubbay

    Actor

    I have obviously told my actors to do this - this isn't really about them, but just to make others aware of it.

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Kathryn Debbage

    Actor

    Alen, I want you autograph!!! Im your number one fan.

    Kathryn xx

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Simon Nader

    Actor

    I think it was good of you to post here actually so don't know why you're being flamed quite so vehemently. Young actors can be very naive and as we all know in this business, people will exploit you if they can. My Equity name is different from my given name so cheques etc aren't a problem, but there are companies who target actors for signatures then reproduce them for fans when the actors profile is deemed large enough. An email I've seen came from Germany and was quite obviously a gambled piece of flattery: "saw you on tv and loved your work" etc. Sh**e, as the person who received the letter had tv credits, but was cut from the final programmes. These emails are just from someone trying to get a "genuine" signature to pass off as real on the off chance you are enough of a name for someone to want one.

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    yeh ive had two or three wierdos contact me through myspace asking for MY autograph. I have no idea why, cos I havent done ANYTHING remotely big yet.

    I fobbed them off and said I had to wait until my agent releases my new photos. it worked.

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Not the sort of thing I have any personal experience with whatsoever, but I take Simon's point. It does seem to me highly unlikely that anyone would be hoping to break into your bank account by 'stealing your signature' this way (surely there's rather more to removing money than *just* being able to sign for something - like also having the requisite paperwork to prove you are who you are saying you are - knowledge of where the bank account is held etc.).

    But the idea that there are charlatans out there who might forge the signature, and then sell it off to a bidder at a high price, if you are deemed famous enough to warrant a high price being paid for your signature(!), strikes me as eminently possible. Of course, as Nathan suggests, that's pretty pointless in the case of someone who has never been in anything of any great note - we must assume these folk are storing up the signatures of anyone even faintly connected to a significant programme/project on the off chance that they may become valuable one day!

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    I hardly call "spoil sport" flaming if thats what you are referring to!!

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Kathryn..you are wonderful and I love all my fans!! But if you want my autograph you'll have to come to one of our meetings!

    XXX

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Graham Smith

    Actor

    I wish I was famous enough for someone to want MY autograph! I think 50p would be a fair price.....that's all I could afford to pay them at the moment:-)

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Louise Gubbay

    Actor

    Not offended in any way. This was predominatly a post to go out to the less experienced, in effect 'I got asked for an autograph', but I have done nothing - what are they going to do, delete or sign and feel great with the possibility of someone, somewhere in this world we live in, take that person for much more than their bank account.

    Why are they being asked for a photograph with the signature, oh sorry, autograph on the back. Unfortunately none of my actors are Brad Pitt/Jolie (yet!!!).

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Louise Gubbay

    Actor

    But also, that I look after people regardless of whether they are with me or not.......am I wrong - obviously?

    • 19th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Purely, please don't take any offence about us having a chuckle about autographs. Your posting and your concern are totally valid and I personally thank you for pointing out this fact to all those who would naively send off their signatures, bank account details for payment they haven't earned or overseas Lottery winner anouncements.

    A lot of the people in our business are straight out of Drama School and need guidance. We as experienced actors should, where relevant, point out the pit falls.

    I wholeheartedly support your posting and thank you for doing it.

    Alan

    • 19th Jul 2007
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