Making money online, avoiding the scams

By | 05/05/2009

Making money online…

Making money online is one of the most researched topics for many of web developpers, bloggers and website owners. It takes a lot of efforts to produce quality content and get enough traffic, to be able to rank better in search results and improve your different ranking factors. After a while of being online, website owners will get advertising offers from different companies, which might be interesting at first.

Well, this is a good sign, as it means that your site is getting some interest and attention; but it’s also an alert, warning you to be cautious.


There are lots of scams out there, which try to fool you by offering great business opportunities and make you run some ads or malicious scripts on your website. They (the scammers) will try to get detailed information about you, your website, personal details and even your bank account(s). scam


You Should be carefull…

You would get an email, from an unknown party, who shows interest in your website and usually represents himself as an advertising company who wants to buy some ad space, or publish some content on your website (or blog) for one of his clients.

First thing to do is : DO NOT reply with your personal information and  DO NOT show that you’re very interested!

Second, start to gather some information about the company who sent you the email. See its WHOIS record (you can use InterNIC WHOIS ) to find out more about the website owner, registrar, their address, and phone numbers if any.

Use your favorite search engine to find out more about the company, visit their website, check their “About us” page, check their portfolio, recent clients, latest works…

Look for user reviews on the company, search to find out if ” {the company name} + scam ” returns anything in your search engine? Search and investigate a little bit to keep your website (blog) safe from advertisement scams.

Use SiteAdvisor form McAffee to check if the website is a safe website or not.

If you come across any types of scams, just DO NOT reply to their emails and ignore them. You would help other website owners and bloggers if you write a post on how to identify scams and spams and how to avoid scams.

You can share this post and link back to it from your website (given that you mention the source).


Recently I’ve came across a scam from Production-Time.com . They’ve sent me an email in French, in which they shown interest in Gibni.com and asked me to reply if I wanted some more information.

I’ve done a WHOIS research and some investigation and found out that the email, even if it was well personalised, has been sent to thousands of people and some website owners have already announced Promotion-Time.com as a scam. I’ve found a detailed article about this scam in EPN.dk, which I translated to English to be able to understand it.

Here’s the a part of the email they’ve sent me:


Bonjour,
J’aimerais vous faire part d’une proposition commerciale à propos de votre site Web, qui pourrait très fort vous intéresser.
En effet, ma société Promotion-Time, souhaiterait vous rémunérer pour la publication d’une petite publication textuelle sur votre site pour un de nos clients.
Il s’agit d’une annonce francophone ciblée qui convient à certaines pages de votre site.
N’hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez besoin de plus amples informations.

Sincèrement,
Francq Petit
francqp@promotion-time.com

Si vous ne souhaitez plus recevoir d’emails de Promotion-Time, répondez à cet email avec comme sujet : STOP.
It is possible to continue this correspondence in English, if you prefer to do so.


Here in this post, you can help the community by letting other know about the scams you faced and also know about scams already running on the internet. Type in the information you have in the comments section (Be carefull not to spam the comments section) .


Making money online, avoiding the scams, aims to help you avoid scams, help spread the word and show your support.

7 thoughts on “Making money online, avoiding the scams

  1. liz

    Thanks for posting this information. I just received the same exact email verbatim from the same possibly fake name. I suspected it was a scam since their site looked suspicious. Thanks for confirming that it is a scam.

    Regards
    Liz

    Reply
  2. Anonymous

    I have looked at many sites and not come accross such a site as yours that tells everyone, everything they need to know.

    Reply
  3. advanced advertising

    Nice post! Very complete and detail information. That?s what i need! Well done!

    Reply
  4. Alec

    Well thanks for great post i have received same email and offer from them but i got doubt and Googled domain name and i came and read truth now i am not going to collaboration with anyone.

    Reply
  5. Flory Brown

    Thank’s for this precious article that helped me to avoid a scam. The text of my message is the same, but with a different contact e-mail. First I looked at the site of promotion-time, it was so poor that I thought it was very suspicious, then I came here.
    Good job!
    Flory

    Reply
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