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Giving book reviewers a bad name

Dutch man Peter Oosterbos, also known as Fred, has been scamming hundreds of books posing as a book reviewer for a fake magazine called Furore Magazine. Oosterbos has been running this scam for over 15 years and while most Dutch publishers are on to him, Oosterbos has reached out to British publishers like Penguin USA and Canongate. The export manager was a bit suspicious of this and called a customer in Holland for verification.

Via Media Bistro.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. A. Ellidge
    Nov 13, 2007 @ 09:40:01

    He does the same for CD’s.

    He faxes requests to musicians to get their record company to send review copies, after
    telling them he’s like to do an in depth interview.

  2. Anna Allen
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 22:08:37

    there are so many scams running on the internete so watch out-*;

  3. Reza Golani
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 10:11:49

    The said Peter Oosterbos is running the same scam for DVDs. He is always contacting everyone in my company for DVDs which he urgently needs for reviews for the upcoming issue of his alleged magazine. Never send this man anything!

  4. Amber Phillips
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:15:09

    there are literally tons of scam on the internet today so watch out,*”

  5. Piet Schreuders
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 05:10:41

    Furore is not a “fake magazine” — it was and is an irregularly published, eccentric, eclectic magazine, founded by me in 1975. Issue number 21 has just appeared (2012). In 1980 Peter Oosterbos worked briefly for Furore as book reviewer and “book review facilitator”, i.e., he got publishers to send him review copies of books, cds, etc. Soon the magazine couldn’t handle the amount of books he brought in and I asked him to stop, but Oosterbos has kept on ordering free books all over the place for over thirty years, thereby giving Furore a bad name.

  6. S. Birner
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 04:18:48

    Our german publishing house has received an review copy order from Oosterbos today ….

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