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Spot the scam

I get these periodically. Usually, they manage to address it to “Dear Sweasel” showing they’ve at least scraped the site. Sometimes they pretend to be another blogger trading posts, often on wildly inappropriate topics. Like cosmetics. I’ve never responded (this one has an unsubscribe link at the bottom, which is a novelty).

I honestly can’t work out what the scam is. It isn’t a genuine offer – a link back to a client from a low traffic blog like this isn’t worth effort, and it certainly isn’t worth money.

Any ideas?

Back here tomorrow for the Dead Pool, y’all!


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: October 5, 2023, 7:43 pm

I never respond OR “unsubscribe” to a site I have never subscribed – that response just verifies that the address is valid and not a dead drop for outbound only notifications.

This may be a phishing email to subscribe you to all kinds of garbage which will never be of interest to you.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 5, 2023, 9:07 pm

perhaps it’s the weirdo from Steam who had clicked one of my game screen shots and wanted me to add them because they “needed to talk to me for some reason”.

yeah, no.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: October 6, 2023, 6:08 am

Forget the scam, I want to know what your niche is.
Your stuff is all over the place so unless ‘eclectic eccentricity’ is a niche, I got nothing.

Comment from Jon
Time: October 6, 2023, 4:50 pm

Could be trying to see if your email is attached to an actual person rather than a bot, so they can sell it to other crims.

Comment from LavenderGirl
Time: October 6, 2023, 4:55 pm

Always be aware of these attempts.

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