Scammers that use my name

Scammers have long used my name for phishing attempts and other scams, and it seems that this practice is on the rise.

If you receive an email message that puports to be from me, please verify the sender’s email address to ensure it originates from one of my known addresses, typically those associated with,,, or

I do not send text messages, Signal, or WhatsApp messages to individuals I do not know.

I never request financial information or ask anyone to purchase gift cards on my behalf or for Mongabay.

If you doubt the legitimacy of any message purportedly from me, please do not reply directly to it. Instead, compose a new email and send it to my known email address to confirm its authenticity.

Fake dating profiles

I have been notified several times that my likeness is being used on dating apps and websites. I am not active on any of these platforms, so any profiles featuring my image are fake and likely part of a scam.

By Rhett Ayers Butler

Rhett Ayers Butler is the Founder and CEO of Mongabay, a non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform. He started Mongabay in 1999 with the mission of raising interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife.