One Way of Dealing With Spammers
These days, our email seems to be littered with assorted spam mail. Among them, I regularly get a large selection of people offering to help my business by building me a new, improved website, improving my SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and creating better content for my website and social media. Many are obvious scams, coming from emails such as firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. My first rule is, if you don’t have a proper business email, connected to a website, don’t tell me how you are going to improve mine. Occasionally, I get one that actually looks legitimate. That doesn’t mean it is, it only means that they have put in some effort. Here is an example of one I received and how I dealt with it.
From: James Parker[firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: highhopescommunications.ca domain errors
Dear Team at highhopescommunications.ca
Not sure if you knew this but your websitehighhopescommunications.ca has some problems that you might want to consider looking into. I spent 2-3 minutes looking around and found:
- It doesn’t work properly on Mobile Phones, at all (which is how people browse the web these days).
- It doesn’t adjust properly when you resize the screen (Google recommends RESPONSIVE Websites rather than ADAPTIVE)
- It’s hard to read on larger displays
- The design looks really, really dated compared to some of your competitors.
I actually do web design as a living so I figured I’d reach out and let you know there’s serious room for dead easy(and affordable) improvement. If you would like, I can send you some of my previous work samples.
I can develop the website on a more advanced platform at an affordable price. That price also includes making it complete mobile responsive which will support all modern devices including all ranges of screen sizes.
Is that something you’d be interested in?
Thanks & Regards,
James Parker | Business Development Manager Brandenic USA LLC, CA
Call: +1 (760)284 3365
I reviewed the Brandenic website and while I was at it, their Aeosys Digital website, then sent the following response:
Dear James Parker,
I know for a fact that you have never been on my website, because if you did you would have seen my name written four times on the home page alone, and had the chance to watch a video of me telling you about my company.
You would also know that I offer content creation services to my customers. Which brings me to my next point.
Unlike you, I have actually reviewed your website and I have noted the following typos and grammatical errors, which I have underlined and highlighted in red.
- Brandenic is one of those most innovative and trusted Digital service providing company in USA and serving many overseas clients globally.
- Don’t miss to subscribe to our new feeds.
- If you’re worried about a well-supported campaign, Brandenic has all the resources necessary to ensure that your strategy is the best it can me.
- It no matter if you are running a small-size, mid-size or big-size
- We know that hitting these goals is what moves businesses forward,
If you need help rewriting this content or going through the rest of your website for accuracy, I would be happy to do it, for a reasonable fee.
By the way, from your email, I gather that you are connected with Aelosys Digital. I have also reviewed that site and found a number of errors that need correcting.
Maybe you should get in touch with me, so I can work out an appropriate price for my services.
Content Creator/ Freelance Writer/ Storyteller
High Hopes Communications
I don’t recommend that everyone try this the next time someone sends you a scam email. You take a risk any time you respond to these crooks. But I will tell you that it can be fun to play with them. I have yet to receive a response. Do you think I’ll get one?