Lead Scammers: Don’t get Caught, eh!
We tend to mind our own business pretty well for the most part…it’s not often anymore that I feel the need to “out” scam what with the whole general internet user base getting so much more knowledgeable about same. And as I’ve noticed more and more folks are learning about the rewards of dealing with companies that email you first with what looks like a real live “free lunch – get rich quick” type of scheme…and then after you PayPal payment goest thru, you’re left with nothing at all. Been there, done that and yup, got the T-Shirt on those kinda scams and yes we’ve often been asked by clients for counsel on what appears to them to be a great opportunity…but not really.
That said, I get about 50+ offers daily in some email accounts looking for me to “buy” someones products or services….and after the back-n-forth emails with this idiot, I thought it fair to show you one of the latest (but oh so poorly done) marketing scams…someone tries to sell you “hot leads” for your channel….at only $9 a piece!
It began with a simple text only email from an unknown company and here’s what it looked like.
As you can see I’ve Gaussianed out the names to protect the stupid, but the sender asks if I want marketing leads, interested in SEO, at $9 a piece…and I thought, hey I wonder if this could actually be “true?” I figured right off the top – can’t be, but I also thought I’d at least ask for a test of same…so I responded on my iPhone with this email -
As you can see, I offered up some terms in that I’d test what he sent first….and pay AFTER I got the leads and contacted all 10 and in doing so, validate his claims…and yes, it didn’t take 5 minutes till he answered tho….
And yes, that’s a “LOL” that you see! And my reply was very direct (even missspelled too) and all I had to say was….
His answer was even quicker. Scammier. And yup….had an F-bomb in it too…sigh…what an idiot!
Not the best kind of “customer service” type of email now is it? I never called him a name. I never made any remarks at all about him, but I did note that he immediately took the “low road” when it came to his reply….sigh….so I emailed him back with this -
Yup, plain and simple and yes a Google for his company name (or old company name) shows tons of bad reviews from sites like ripoffreports and complaintsboard etc etc….sigh…why do these idiots never learn that all anyone would ever do is to run their company name thru Google first – before even ever thinking about hiring them..sigh…
Yup, we got the “that’s not us….” excuse but hey I’m not buying it in any event….the scam company is in the exact same business you are; has the same name; offers up the same pricing and packages as you do…nope…I’m pretty sure that this “was” you….so nope I’m not buying….
And then the “piece de resistance“…..two days later I get this email from that same idiot at that same scam company….
Does make one wonder….in that I know why I got that email as scammers have no real “process” when it comes to contacting the B2B marketplace….they spam us all with their scam offers…and follow up even tho they’ve just been outed by one of those contacts.
Seems dumb to me too…but hey, it takes all types…just don’t you be caught by this kind of a scam B2B offer….Google everyone first!Google