Sarah Kibbler wants me to try her Digital Marketing service for free on any 3 projects for 15 days. Now that’s desperation talking. She’d be out of business very quickly if she really did do that much free work for anyone who asked.
A NatWest phishing scam email. Tis one claims my account has been closed due to inactivity. I just have to click the button to reactivate my account (after I provide the necessary personal details to verify my account of course). Well it is true – there has been no activity on my NatWest account but because I don’t have such an account.
The new magic diet food, guarantees to cause huge weight loss – is apple juice. Let’s see. Apple juice is natural and healthy but loaded with sugar so only a very small glass is recommended. As a diet food – it’s not going to work.
“Here’s the spine chilling cut: an ancient end of the world prophecy talks about the coming of an unstoppable army led by an unholy force that will battle and destroy 80 armies. Click here to see how they plan to bring both the United States and Russian armies to their knees without even firing one bullet”. I think this scammer has a touch of Hollywood and loves big budget horror movies. What a sad fool.
Louvenia Ribush says she wants to write articles for the radio station website, starting from $10. There are many writers who make money by writing to spec for anyone who pays for their services. But this one has a “.ML”domain name which is the West African county of Mali and they give away domain names at no cost. Consequently, ML domain names are very popular with scammers, spammers and chancers, but not with legitimate businesses. Also her message starts with “Love the costume content on your website” which doesn’t exist hence the message is likely from a lying cheating scam artist.
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There are increasing numbers of emails flooding the UK from web developers, SEO experts, Digital Marketeers and similar from India and to a lesser extent from Eastern Europe.
Some of these are reputable businesses offering a quality service, but many are just individuals offering a cheap service. That is fine if they market themselves as individuals but many claim to have wide ranging skills, be part of a large organisation and to have worked with businesses across the globe.
This is the problem – the lies.
If someone has to lie to market themselves then you cannot trust anything they claim.
A fake sales letter is likely to contain some of the following indicators:-
No mention of the name of the business, not even in the sign off
A personal rather than business email address. A Yahoo or Hotmail, Outlook or Gmail address or similar generally means the email is from an individual, not a company
A claim to have all encompassing skills i.e. a list of too many technologies for one business to specialise in.
The tone of someone desperate for business e.g. offering to beat any price.
Typical emails offering website design, SEO and promotions contain claims on what they can achieve for you
Put you at the top of Google page 1 search for your selected keywords
Double your customer numbers
Bring in any amount of business you want
People will sometimes make these claims without any evidence to back them up, in the hope of getting business but cheats will do this all the more and have more exaggerated claims.
You may choose to take a chance on someone on the other side of the world with no proven skills, but a safer approach is to ignore all such emails and search on the Internet for established businesses or consultants and look at the work they have done, check any online ratings and if possible contact their previous customers.