Category: Time-Wasters

Any time-wasters not normally classed as scammers or spammers

Stupidest Scam or Spam of the Week

This is an example of a lazy email rather than a particularly stupid one.

Supposedly from Gracie White of Mydigiserv.online for which there is no website.

The email is a typical sales pitch for Search Engine Optimisation i.e. modifying my website to make it more attractive to search engines such as Google and hence likely to get a higher placement on search results.

The email starts with

Hi. Can I call you and take just 15 minutes of your time without any obligation and run through some ideas I have in mind to help your business grow and get you more leads, more customers and more revenue”

Then it goes on to say that what they actually do is get businesses on the first page of Google for their products and services and that they specialise in helping local businesses.

They haven’t looked at our website otherwise they would know Brooklands Radio doesn’t sell anything on the website and has no wish to do so, hence you cannot increase sales.

The domain name is registered in India and the email contains Americanisms. They claim to help local businesses but clearly the spam email has gone out across the world – that’s not exactly local to us.

There’s no company name on the email so this is likely the work of an individual.

It costs basically nothing to flood the world with badly written, dull useless emails and people do so.

They certainly don’t deserve to get any business from such poor behaviour.

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Patriot Power Generator

There is a genuine product called a Patriot Power Generator and it’s for sale in America.

It is like it sounds but also things you don’t expect. The basic version contains:-

  • a power generator
  • Solar Panels
  • a 72 hour survival food kit
  • water filter
  • multi tool
  • reports about the power grid problems etc.

There are endless spam emails trying to sell these devices.

I can’t imagine these things selling well in the UK except for camping or caravans. But in America some people have the mind-set of not trusting the government and thereby wanting to take precautions against various extreme eventualities such as a long term power outage.

Californians already know what power outages are like – thanks to the days of the Enron Corporation.

The email selling these power generators focuses on creating paranoia

“It’s 8:47 am and people are panicking in the streets…

We are now in a state of emergency.

The look of fear in your family’s eyes hits you like a punch in the guts”

There’s lots more of this stuff.

Seems a very nasty way to sell power generators.

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Clickbank Causes Spam

For much of this year, there have been huge numbers of spam emails relating to a Flight Simulator game and to Wood Working plans.

These message seem crazy as they are so frequent and sent to the same people and surely if someone wants to buy a Flight Simulator package they will have done so and why would anyone in their right mind buy thousands of wood working plans, supposedly to instantly start a carpentry business.

But these two products are very very popular on Clickbank.

Clickbank is a marketplace for people selling products online (mostly digital products) and people wanting to make money by helping to sell those products as affiliates of the seller. These people earn commission for each product sold.

Typically an affiliate will use a website (their own or other people’s) and send out emails to attract people to a website that sells the product (sometimes  called a sales landing page).

This marketplace works well for a lot of people but sometimes very high commission is offered on stupid products and the world fills up with spam.

e.g. Ted’s Wood Working Product offers 75% commission to affiliates getting people to visit Teds sales page and buy the product.

The original sales pitch is for thousands of wood working plans for $69 but then there’s an upsell and more sells and the average purchaser ends up paying over $125 in total.

Ted’s Wood working claims to be number one 1 in Clickbank’s home and garden category for 5 years running, so people flock to try to sell the stuff and the world is full of stupid emails claiming you can make huge money making wooden objects within days of reading the plans.

e.g. 2. Virtual Pilot 3D Flight Simulator offers 70% commission on sales and claims sellers make an average of $88 per sale including upsells and more sells.  They claim to convert page views to sales at the rate of 8% so eight in every hundred people visiting the sales page go on to buy the product.

Again, people flock to sell this product and the world is full of stupid emails claiming this software can make you a real pilot or is good as actually visiting the places depicted etc. Idiots use any line to try to get people to the sales page.

Oh to rid the world of spam!

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Warning – Employer Match

Recently multiple emails are appearing every day from employermatch.co.uk and the same messages from careercandy.com and wherejobs.co.uk

The titles of the emails are strange, such as:-

  1. Help Requested
  2. Urgent Tesco Openings in Walton-on-Thames

There is no Tesco in Walton-on-Thames and there isn’t one planned.

  1. Urgent ASDA Employment in Weybridge

There is no ASDA in Weybridge – the nearest is about 10 miles away.

  1. Cabin Crew needed in Walton-on-Thames

No airplanes in Walton-on-Thames  that I know of.

Employer Match is not a recruitment agency and does not appear to have any jobs to advertise.

Instead they copy job adverts from recruitment agencies and present them as if their own and send out huge volumes of emails with misleading titles and misleading content.

e.g. one email had a Librarian Assistant as the first job vacancy but if you click on it then the site changes to Retail Choice advertising site, showing an assistant manager job vacancy – nothing to do with libraries.

On the Employer Match website there is a search facility – if you put Library assistant and press search – it tells you there are 1,355 Library Assistant jobs near Weybridge.  I would guess that there are at most half a dozen such job vacancies within the whole of Surrey and it would need hundreds of libraries to employ a total of 1,355 Library assistants.  Weybridge has just one library with only a handful of staff in total.

How does Employer Match make money from their spam emails and website?

That is unknown. It’s possible they get paid for every click from their messages to a recruitment website.

The website claims the company is registered in Poole, Dorset but the home page shows jobs in America and the website seems to be hosted from America.

It does seem to be a strange new form of Marketing that is producing huge amounts of misleading spam messages.

Best avoided.

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Stupidest Scam or Spam of the Week

An email titled ‘No More Veggies. Substitute This”

This is from Tyler Bramlett, who seems devoid of basic common sense.

He’s pushing a drink made of greens, that is called Organify and he seems to believe it is very healthy.

Not eating vegetables cannot possibly be a healthy action to take.

He goes on to claim he gets sent around 35 supplements each week by people wanting him to endorse their products but he only picks 1 or 2 to do so.

Drinking apple juice is not as healthy as eating apples. Drinking green vegetable water is not as healthy as eating green vegetables. It’s very simple really.

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