Few days ago, I receive an email with an offer that I can’t refuse. Of course I was very much suspicious at first but I don’t see anything posted about it when I googled it. Assuming that this might be legit gig, I decided to write an article for submission two days later. I just realized that there’s no full name of the one who’s in charge of the recruitment. Halfway through writing the article, I decide to google platehead once again. Lo and behold, they posted on their frontpage that some spammer has hacked into their email account.
Well, I have reasons to be suspicious about this whole shindig.
- How did the spammer know my “real name”, I never posted my real name on my blogs and even on my domain whois.
- Why did the spammer target mostly bloggers located in Philippines.
- How unusual that they ask the applicants “Information Security” topic? I bet this is some ploy to get people to submit articles for free and use it on other sites.
- I’m pretty sure that this isn’t just some random spamming. Obviously people know exactly what they got themselves into.
- What do they plan to accomplish with this stunt? Is it to gain backlink to this unfortunate scam? Is it to gain traffic?
To be sure guys, do not give backlink to the site. Prevent some numbskulls to use scams like this to gain backlink. That’s all, and as the saying goes. If it’s too good to be true, chances are it’s not.
Here’s the dodgy email I got.
We are looking for committed individuals to add to our team as internet marketing assistants/Virtual Assistants/Web content writers/copywriters
You will be given a wide array of internet marketing related tasks and projects, especially search engine optimization work.
Tasks would include writing blog posts, publishing articles, web development, creating joint ventures with other websites, etc.
You must be fluent in written and conversant in the English language
You must be proficient with web-mailing, browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.
Experience with building/managing websites and HTML,CSS,PHP, etc. are preferred.
Internet marketing experience preferred, but not required.
College degree preferred, but not required.
“Willingness to learn new skills useful for Internet marketing”
13000-14000 per month starting pay.
How to apply:
Please submit atleast 1 article about “Information Security & Techonology” to firstname.lastname@example.org
This job is 3 hours a day and 5 days a week we offer high compensation for qualified employees.
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