I guess this might be a little old – rehashing the question of ‘what is art’ perhaps. But reminds me a little of a Konstfack project done last year where two students produced a fake catalogue filled with some genuine but mostly fake projects. Copystand was an event set up at the Freize Art Fair where people created counterfeit versions of the art on display at the Fair. The results were sold at a fraction of the price.


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Today I almost fell for this. I received an email from the HM Revenue & Customs at 9:11 in the morning saying I’d received a tax refund for £988.50. Now the timing here is important. In the morning my brain takes a while to start working. This morning was no different and I didn’t think twice about this emails ‘simple’ html layout and clicked the link. Now if the above page had not been there I would have ignorantly proceeded to ultimately entering in my bank details to regain my refund.

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Clicking through to the fake HM Revenue website, my addled morning brain wouldn’t have even noticed the dodgy design. Only the url – – would have given it away.

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Clicking on a bank icon takes you to a page that is skinned exactly like your bank’s page. Again it’s only the url that gives it away.

In a very similar way I did this with the notebooks project. However rather than designed for scamming someone, the person was scamming me.