It’s just human nature that allows us to think that we can get something for nothing. That’s the way of the world, and human environmental psychology.
Scam artists of course, count on this human failing to increase the chances that their constantly evolving criminal schemes will succeed with enough people to make their efforts economically worthwhile.
Again this morning, I received another carefully crafted email scam; this one aimed at the 120 million strong Blogging community. I have to wonder however, if the people who write these emails have ever heard of a “spell checker”. It boggles my mind as to how the creative minds who can devise these essentially brilliant schemes, can’t spell!
In any event, the following is the email that I received; notice the spelling mistakes.
Subject: Advertising Inquiry
We have reviewed your blogger.com blog on behalf of one of our
clients that would be interested in placing advertising with you.
Client profile :
We’d like either a 150×150 button, 160×600 skyscraper or 468×60 full banner (or footer). Alternatively, we may be interested in text-only advertising.
This would be a weekly, monthly or yearly arrangement. In either case we will require a one time, one day (24 hours) free placement in order to test the quality and quantity of traffic your website can actually provide*. Within this interval, we will make a final determination, based on the traffic volume, quality, and your asking price. Should we find your terms acceptable, this trial day will count towards the agreed interval.
Kindly let us know if you would be interested, which arrangement best suits your editorial needs, and what rates you would like to charge. We prefer using PayPal but may be able to accomodate alternative payment methods.
*Please note that we employ software that reliably detects autoclick and autosurf bots, pay per click and paid to surf type traffic, and other such non-human traffic. This may be a concern for you, especially if you are buying “bulk traffic”, or employing the services of dubious “SEO experts”
So can you see the problems with this email, other than just the spelling errors?
Well in the first place, they are looking to place a “one time, one day (24 hours) free placement in order to test the quality and quantity of traffic your website can actually provide”. But in reality, there are a fair number of SEO services such as Website Grader, that provide this service and more, at no cost. So the question is: why wouldn’t a professional advertising organization not have this type of information at hand? This doesn’t make sense.
While I despise the objectives of these scams, it’s difficult for me not to have some degree of admiration for the creativity, and the audacity, of these scam artists.
As ever, we need to be security conscious while dealing with web related issues and to be sure to always practice the following: Stop – Think – Click.
A great web site which is dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues is Hoax-Slayer. Check it out.