In the world of patterns, DIYPatterns.com has been accused of stealing patterns and photographs from websites such as ETSY and are selling them on their website. This action removes the authors and designers from being compensated for their work and completely benefiting DIYPatterns.com.
Though I have just received notice of this fraudulent act this morning, numerous complaints from many ETSY users have surfaced in The Crochet Crowd Inbox over night. Great people like Lianka Azulay, owner of BonitaPatterns.com has been directly affected as her designs and photographs were stolen. They are selling her patterns putting the money in their own pockets.
In several reports, the website was pulled offline yesterday but resurfaced by a new host today. This company is definitely in this for the cash bypassing any morals to play fair. This is the ugly face of fraud. In one complaint given to me, they are not delivering the patterns upon purchase. You might as well just throw your money into the wind.
Reports have been filed with the FBI, Paypal, The new website hosting company that has this website on their server as well as with Google. There is also allegations of this website ‘tampering with legitimate owners’ Paypal Accounts.
There is a notice to spread the word to save people from being scammed by this website. If you know of someone that has patterns on ETSY, you might want them to be on notice and see if their work is also on this website.
Please leave your comments below if you have something more to add. Thanks… On a personal note… this sucks and I am sorry to everyone that is affected by this non-sense!