SEO Fraud – Don’t Get Cheated!

SEO Fraud, Domain Fraud, Email Fraud

This is what SEO and Domain Fraud May Look in Your Inbox.

They tried to get me today. I get so ticked off when I get emails like this one! SEO Fraud and Domain Fraud is all too common, continue reading to learn how to spot a fake.

Every day someone gets an email like this and believes they have to take action. Immediate and expensive action. I am posting a copy of the misleading email I received this morning. I removed the client’s personal information and I highlighted what you should focus on when you receive emails like this.

Let’s Break It Down:

Strike One!
Well this looks really official and scary! But wait, is it official? The email came in from “Domain Service” but when you click on the actual from address, it displays as: ? Who the heck is that? It is certainly not my domain company.

Strike Two!
Let’s take a look at the dates. I went back to where I purchased the domain for this client and it does not expire until September of this year. They are trying to scare my into thinking my domain will expire, but in actually if you read it, it says this $61.00 fee is for SEO submission. First off, SEO is an ongoing and fluid task. Just like marketing, you cannot do it once and call it done. Anyone telling you that for $61.00 they will submit your SEO, well they are lying and stealing. Well maybe not lying, they may actually submit your website on your behalf. But, you don’ need that, you can list your website with a company like Google all by yourself! Here is the link to do just that: Guess, what it’s free! This is what that page looks like:

 SEO Fraud, Domain Fraud, Email Fraud
You can also do this for Bing. For more information on what is involved for being listed with a search engine check out this WP article.

Strike Three!
It says right in the tiny weenie small print that this is not a bill, that is is a proposal for services. Well is says proposal in a few spots, but it is not as clearly marked as it should be in my humble opinion.

You’re Outta Here! SEO Fraud detected and rejected. 

Never pay for anything that pops into your mailbox unsolicited. That Nigerian Prince may be one heck of a guy, but just like him, you don’t want these companies stealing your money. If you ever have a question about the legitimacy of a bill, go back to where you purchased the product or service. Call your web developer or webmaster and confirm all of your accounts are in good standing.

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