Bloggers, Be Aware Of Scam

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There was an email sent to my personal email offering $100 to post a few posts about finance and would be relevant to my blog. See the message I quote here:

Hi,
We are interested in submitting a relevant and original article for publication on your website, wellroundedinvestor.com.
The piece will include references to one of our clients. In addition to providing you with a fresh article, we’re also willing to pay $100 through PayPal for your time and effort.
We are very excited to submit a draft for your review. Please let me know if this offer interests you or if you have any questions.
Hope to hear from you soon,

Olivia Wood

Senior Outreach Executive

olivia.wood@letsgetwise.co.uk

www.letsgetwise.com

The message looks legit, the website they provide looks pretty good. I was skeptical, but I responded anyway. I asked for details. They responded with promise of $100 paying through PayPal, and relevant article is coming.

The article was not anything exciting, the writing is mediocre. But what I noticed is about “forex” trading. Refer back to some random website about how to forex trading. How do I conclude this is a scam?

1. They wrote in such fashion that only “foreigner” would write (their website has .uk, that means they are native English speakers). I can’t pin point the exact word or sentence. But non-native English or the use of Google translation makes their sentences look weird to me.

2. There is no free money coming from the sky. You’d have to work for it. Certainly, it’s not a mediocre writing posting on my blog would give me $100. Hahah. Not to play down on my blog, but I don’t have enough traffic to get easy $100 from the sky.

3. I ask for details, a serious company would give me a legit contract, instruction, things that’s relevant to me. When they would go for the kill and asked for my paypal account, that’s when they draw money in and out of my banks.

4. I also notice recently there has been some bloggers having sponsor post about forex trading, where they are value investors or dividend growth investors through and through. Most people would not sell themselves short. I went back and check their blogs. Those  blog posts are now off their websites. That gave me the confirmation that they also facing the same scam.

5. Their article gave instruction on posting pictures, grabbing from Flickr not from their own company. A little “weird” off things.

Here is another quote from our email exchange. See of you can pin point the weirdness:

Hi,
I hope you are well. I’m back in touch because I have the article for you to put on your website.
You can make slight amendments if you feel the need, but please make sure the tone stays the same and you leave any anchor text as it is. The article has been specifically written for your site, so you do not have to worry that it is ‘duplicate copy’.
Simply publish the article as you would a normal post on your site, so it will initially appear on your home page before being replaced by a newer post.

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I write this hoping that my fellow readers don’t fall for the same scam.

Have a great day, everyone!

GA

32 Comments

    • They need your PayPal email, home address, other personal info because they are paying you. Then either send you money very quick, then revert the charge, send you fake PayPal address, so you input your user name and password by accident record that whole thing.

      Overpaid you, get you to refund, then revert the whole thing. Pay you with credit card, PayPal would get you 3%. Then call the credit card company and report “fraud”.

      Use stolen credit card to pay you, then revert. Either way, you’ll be out of the money at the end for these kind of schemes.

      I wonder by posting this, they’d use it to get more people.

    • Bro,
      I hope I didn’t offend you or anyone. The emails raised “red flags” because they had a sense of “robo”. They weren’t authentic. Your blogs and writings are authentic and personable. It made a huge different.

      Although, I could use some improvement in my writing and English vocabularies.

      Cheers!

  1. This same company has been hitting me up lately. I responded last week and they sent me the exact same reply email. However the article was different. I wrote back and asked who the author or site is so I can give attribution and they haven’t gotten back to me yet. So, I assume it’s a scam. Also they won’t pay until after posting; which is a red flag for me. I’ll let you know if they reply.

    • I emailed the company and declined their offer, citing bad online reviews. Let’s see what they come back with. I’m half tempted to post the story just to see if I get paid. If I don’t get paid, we can all push my blog post about it viral 😉

      • I bet you they would be super polite, and super patience. It’d be good to see. Please do give updates!

        With these schemes, they want you to get emotionally involved, then one by one they break down your defense. I hope you don’t give up your PayPal email account.

  2. I’ve received the same email and I have to say that this particular company is legit. They gave me an impressive article a month ago that is still giving me traffic up to now. Although I understand sentiments about cyber fraud, especially in today’s tech-advanced world where online crime is abundant, but I have to also share my own story of how this company was able to give me a credible, original content and a Paypal payment with just asking my email. Now, I’m not sure with other companies though as I’ve also received funny emails in the past from obvious Indian spammers. But, I’ve shared my other websites with this company (letsgetwise.co.uk) hoping to get more quality content and payment as they’ve never failed me once.

    Happy webmaster!

  3. oh wow thank you for sharing. I often considered making some extra income from sponsored posts like that but I’m never really sure that they were legitimate. I didn’t know about this scam though. I did get an offer where the post was about saving money…saving money at a casino! I passed on that cause I wasn’t down with that.

    • Kudos to you for standing up for what you believe. Financial bloggers make most of their money with their day jobs anyway with exception of some elite. LOL 🙂

      I personally have not monetized my blog, but it doesn’t mean I’ll be losing out to something you don’t believe in. LOL 🙂

      To update: I’ve done some google research, I saw at least 2 posted about this company. So, I remain skeptical.

  4. Hi – they contacted me (same email script as above) and I refused the article as it had no bearing in my niche (art for kids/creativity) and then out of the blue – she sent me another article. A pretty good one that I’m actually considering. I just sent them an email with something I’d like to add to it and use a photo of my choosing (their choice was ugly and bad – not my aesthetic). We’ll see what they say. I’ll take $100 for something relevant to my blog. I’ll update you on what happens!

  5. Just received a similar email myself, which is interesting because I run a travel blog which doesn’t have anything at all to do with investing. I’m curious as to what sort of “article” they would send me, but I’m not going to engage. Thanks so much for posting this. I immediately thought this must be a scam upon reading the email. A quick Google search later and your post confirms it.

    • That’s what I say, there is no free meal. I can make $100 somewhere else and not risk giving up my info.

      I bought a couple of phone card and Netflix gift card before. I paid with PayPal and all. Then I out in the number on my phone, it works, but the minutes “drained” very fast. At first, I thought it must be the cellphone company ripping me off, but a couple years later, when I try to buy minutes straight off from my cellphone company, they wouldn’t let me as my account is relate to “fraud”. What fraud? I asked. And they said people were stealing credit card, bought the gift card, then I bought it, put on my phone, they reversed it. That was why the minutes “drained” fast.

      Same goes with Netflix, but I immediately placed a reverse on PayPal after Netflix said my 1 year subscription didn’t go through after the initial acceptance.

  6. So reading all these comments there is one person who actually posted their content and got paid $100 as agreed. Everyone else is just assuming it is a scam or talking about irrelevant problems they’ve had elsewhere.

    There is no evidence this is a scam. Whether you want to post other people’s content is another debate …

    • I guess, as far as the content go, if it’s a true advertisement you might have to read posts from financialsamurai.com or affordanything.com when they try to sell you uber, amazon, or the landlord credit card processing system, they’d would write believable articles on how they “actually” use it and test it.

      I’m not sure I’d use or pay for amazon prime service or landlord or whatever the product that they are selling. The article they sent me didn’t have click bait, was not good writing, they can’t make money that way, let alone paying me $100 for a post.

      I’d rather stay grounded.

      You are proficient, you can read their article they send you and judge for yourself.

  7. Thanks for the tip. I received the same email this morning and decided to research the company first.

    Hi,

    We are interested in submitting a relevant and original article for publication on your website, natatia.com.

    The piece will include references to one of our clients. In addition to providing you with a fresh article, we’re also willing to pay $100 through PayPal for your time and effort.

    We are very excited to submit a draft for your review. Please let me know if this offer interests you or if you have any questions.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Elizabeth

  8. Thanks, I just got the same message. I became suspicious because.. why will a UK company be willing to give my Nigerian blog $100 for just one post!

    Thanks again

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