There are numerous directory scams where the scammer wants to sucker you into making a free entry on their directory. The small print hides the charges that you agree to by accepting a ’free’ post.
And there are scammers trying to get you to access their links or wanting to swap links with you. Usually these appear innocuous but once you have created the link they can change what that link accesses and include carious types of malware. You don’t want your website unintentionally helping the scammers to download malware onto innocent users.
This latest scam is a combination of the two and is well written i.e. no spelling or grammar mistakes as are common in scam emails.
The scammer claims to be Head of Customer Services at Fridayisforever but uses a personal MSN email account so that’s fake.
She says she has received numerous requests from our staff and customers to have our business listed on their business directory.
Total lies of course – the scammer is just hoping to get lucky with the tiny percentage of recipients of the email that might be interested in a business listing and believe her email.
She asks us to accept a free listing and in return we just have to add links on our site to hers – which turn out to be for Cannabis products and a series of unknown products.
The Cannabis products are legal in many countries but are not desirable on most business websites and there are huge numbers of scammers in this market, so it’s better avoided.
There is no such business directory – it’s all just a scam by someone trying to get free backlinks to sites they are no doubt being paid to promote.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.