If it turns out to be legit, just get an EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS (I assume you’re in the states?) and give them that. Then your privacy is protected. It takes maybe five minutes to apply and you get your number instantly upon completion of application. Great for all sorts of taxpayer purposes - it links to your SSN for tax filing purposes without giving it to anyone.
You don’t need to be an employer.
> On Apr 13, 2017, at 10:53 AM, Natalya Zahn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm wondering if anyone on this list has experience with the below and can verify authenticity:
> I have received in the mail an envelope from the Authors Coalition of America, LLC - a letter informs me that I have royalties due to me, collected from a handful of foreign sources that have reproduced a number of my copyrighted works. The letter is actually hand signed by ballpoint pen and there is an attached list noting specifically what artworks were reproduced. There is a form for me to enter an address to which I want a check mailed, or change recipient (to an authorized representative of the work), and a W9 for me to return.
> The ACA appears to have a legitimate website and be affiliated with organizations like GAG, SOI, and SCBWI, I've just never heard of them, and I'm wary of putting all my contact info and SS# (on the W9) into the mail for an entity I did not have a previous relationship with.
> Is this legit?
> Many thanks!
> Natalya Zahn
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