It seems I’m always warning people about all types of scams. I’ve written about them here over the years, and at the bottom I’m going to link to those articles for edification.

Recently I’ve gotten a couple of scam correspondences, one email and one real mail. My way of thinking is that the people sending this stuff out must be generating a pretty good chunk of change, otherwise it wouldn’t be worth their time. Therefore, I’m going to share the two scams with you, how you should be able to tell, and hopefully you or others will never fall for something like this again.

scam email
Scam One

Lessons… why is this a scam?

First, because the idiots didn’t even know my name and let the form letter show it.

Second, because it assumes I’ve listed a resume somewhere, and even if I had, there’s not a single service that allows people to contact you except through them.

Third, there’s not a specific statement in the entire email.

Fourth, how many companies would have the executive assistant sending out an email like this?

Fifth… which you can’t see here but trust me on it, the link they’re showing isn’t the actual link and the one you’re supposed to click to unsubscribe also wasn’t the like you’re seeing (I have a program that highlights what the links actually are).

Sixth… because I do due diligence… the address listed is actually a law firm that specializes in placing lawyers at law firms across the country.

Yeah… scam… but not the only one, as you’ll see next…

regular mail scam
Scam two

Lesson two… why is this a scam?

This was sent to Mom.

First, notice the last name is spelled incorrectly.

Second, their records don’t show that Mom hasn’t updated the service contract because she hasn’t had a service contract is 18 years.

Third, because her warranty expired 18 years ago, being “at risk” is a reality, not a possibility.

Fourth, actually it isn’t because the car’s off the road, insurance is canceled and it’s been sold.

Fifth, the “no other notices will be sent” is a lie because she gets the same notice every month.

Sixth… everything’s to be determined; where can I sign up?

Seventh; there’s no business name

Eighth, due diligence… the address listed is actually a management consulting company that… well, there’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo double speak as to what it is they do (which probably explains why they have no rank, since no one can figure out what they do lol)

Don’t be suckered by unsolicited mail or email; question everything. Sometimes call them out as I just did… the weasels! lol

Now, here are some other articles I’ve written on the topic of scams:

Guest Posting Scams

Gera Agency Scam

Stop Falling For Scams

Determining A Scam Through Math

SEO Reputation Scam

Anatomy Of A Scam

Why My Scam Meter Goes Up

Do You Avoid Scams?

This last one is a bit different. It’s talking about scams where blog titles have the word “scam” in them but aren’t really scams…

When “Scam” Is A Scam Of Sorts

Here are some quick rules on how to avoid scams:

1. If it sounds too good, it’s a scam.

2. If it doesn’t really say anything, it’s a scam.

3. If your name isn’t on it, it’s a scam.

4. If you didn’t solicit it and you have to click on a link to learn more, it’s most probably a scam.

That’s it; protect yourselves! 🙂

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