Pirates stealing from publishers is a regrettably common occurrence in the video game industry, but something many people don't realize is theft can be a two way street. I'm not talking about pay-to-playtest-online schemes, nor simple MMO gold farming. "Creating confusion in the market place" is a polite way to put it. Regardless of the choice of words "game developers" do engage scams from time to time. Let's check out a few examples that happened in 2012, shall we?
here. Sufficed to say the project was canceled at the end of April after only reaching a little under $5k of it's $80k goal. I personally suspect that at least the one $2,500 backer was probably in on the con as well.