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Ms. Richson

Have you ever heard of Elizabeth Richson? I guess you have received a mail or two from her. She is a spammer. I don't know if she's real. Someone else may assume her name. The email got into my inbox two or three weeks ago. It's well written, because it's one of the few emails that have gotten through K9's might-be-powerful filter. I took a copy of the message since I was a bit interested in the content.

I'm a web master, and I was just searching Google for bed wetting for kid. I found your domain, hatano-es.com ranked 40, which is pretty cool.

My site is all about Home / Garden, too . Maybe we should link up? I wouldn't be stealing any of your sales, because all I do is write informational articles...not selling anything on my site at all. And most of my visitors write back to say that they love the fact that I only write good, quality info. As a matter of fact, I've got a pretty loyal following of people that come back over and over again (they use the site as a reference), so if you link to me, you should get some pretty good traffic from it -- which is always nice.

Anyway, let me know if you'd like to swap links. I've already linked to you, and will keep it up there for a few days until I hear back. Hope to hear from you soon!

Elizabeth Richson

My domain is ranked 40 in the category of "bed wetting for kid." Sure, I remember blogging about "bed wetting" a while back ago. I don't know if I should feel honored for getting the 40th standing, though.

The interesting thing is that there's no URL written in the message even though she asks for a link exchange. No links, which made me wonder what in the world she wanted by spamming me.

I googled the name and found that she's around. Would it be a new type of spamming or something?

Comments

I had never heard of this kind of spam before. I don't own my domain name, so I probably wouldn't get one from her. I like the part about the bedwetting Google search that led her to you.

I guess she wants you to reply to her, asking for her URL. Then she'll put your email in a database of real email addresses, sell them to other companies, and become rich.

I think it is a semi-creative way to cash in on other's ignorance, but I think they should at least avoid upsetting people by choosing better search topics.

In my opinion, and based on a slew of similar e-mails I've received, it's spam. Think about it for a second...you receive this e-mail from someone out of the blue regarding some topic that clearly is not an on-going topic of your site requesting to swap links but there are no links to swap. So what does this inspire you to do? Go to Google and look her up to find her site. If you didn't find her site specifically, you probably found some related sites. As a result, you have a) googled her, adding to the number of people searching for her (not exactly sure how this benefits her or her site specifically, but it is a reaction that otherwise would not have occurred without the the e-mail b) as a result of the google you may have ended up on her site, thus increasing her site traffic and increasing her number of referrals (also helpful in site ranking on some search engines) and c) you've posted on your blog about it so now viral marketing is in effect.

Another key giveaway in her message is "I wouldn't be stealing any of your sales." If she really was interested in your site and the info on it, she would know that you aren't selling anything (at least I haven't seen the link to buy Kiyo's underwear).

So yeah, I think you've been spammed. They're getting awful creative these days, making their message look like a "real" message from a long lost friend, only to find that that long lost friend wants to expose you to his mother's uncle's horse on the family farm who has taken viagra for the low low price of 16 monthly payments of $19.99.

Of course, this is all speculation on my part based on my own experiences, so if this woman really is legit and all that, good for her, but somebody should tell her to a) read what's in people's sites that she's sending mail to and b) include a link in her e-mail if she wants a link-exchange.

Although, now that I think about it, did her e-mail's domain name go to a vanity domain, or to some generic place like Yahoo or Hotmail? Hmm...ok, I'm done taking up space here.

I agree. Tis spam. Though what I get, and have been getting quite regularly of late, is comments from people who then put a viagra site as their blog site, so I can only assume it's been put there to lure others to come to their 'sale' site. It's annoying, as I have to block the IP and delete the comment, but this sort of spamming is quite different.

What are you going to do Kiyo? Will you write back or simply ignore her? I'd be interested to hear how you dealt with this and what the result was.

Don't write back!!!

Then she'll[the company] know it's a real email address and just sell it to other spammers. As a result, you'll get even more spam :-(.

weirdness. The ones I get are also strange too..

it's always about how someone died or from a corrupt accountant and how i can participate in some money laundering and reap a % of the profits

I simply ignored the mail. But I still wonder what the real intention of the spam was.

Here's one I received today on behalf of one of my customers... seems pretty similar!!!
Appears to have come from bethperry@bethperry.com I'm not sure of it's purpose either...

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I'm a web master, and I was just searching Google for napa ridge winery. I found your domain, theboxtree.co.uk ranked 23, which is pretty cool.

My site is all about Food - Beverages, too . Maybe we should link up? I wouldn't be stealing any of your sales, because all I do is write informational articles...not selling anything on my site at all. And most of my visitors write back to say that they love the fact that I only write good, quality info. As a matter of fact, I've got a pretty loyal following of people that come back over and over again (they use the site as a reference), so if you link to me, you should get some pretty good traffic from it -- which is always nice.

Anyway, let me know if you'd like to swap links. I've already linked to you, and will keep it up there for a few days until I hear back. Hope to hear from you soon!

Beth Perry
RAC IM: 1318014.
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If anyone does find out the reason I'd sure like to know.

Here's the message I got from "Elizabeth". It's been sitting in my inbox a long time because it didn't make any sense. Out of curiosity I decided to do a search on her name today and found all of your messages. Now I can delete it and not worry about missing out on something useful.

Thanks for posting your comments.


> I'm a web master, and I was just searching Google for positive
affirmation. I found your domain, hidden-wealth-keys.com ranked 4, which is
pretty cool.
>
> My site is all about Health - Beauty, too . Maybe we should link up? I
wouldn't be stealing any of your sales, because all I do is write
informational articles...not selling anything on my site at all. And most of
my visitors write back to say that they love the fact that I only write
good, quality info. As a matter of fact, I've got a pretty loyal following
of people that come back over and over again (they use the site as a
reference), so if you link to me, you should get some pretty good traffic
from it -- which is always nice.
>
> Anyway, let me know if you'd like to swap links. I've already linked to
you, and will keep it up there for a few days until I hear back. Hope to
hear from you soon!
>
> Elizabeth Richson
> RAC IM: 302364.
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