Beware the SEO and website scams: and report them

Number one on Google graphic

Hardly a day goes past without me getting an email from somebody claiming to be able to guarantee that they can get my site to number one position on Google or wanting access to my site so they can do a ‘review’.

Beware if you get these emails, and report them: they are not just spam, but will almost certainly be phishing attempts — an attempt to get your personal details so they can carry out fraud or infect your computer.

Typically this is what you’ll get:

Dear Web Owner,

Want more clients and customers?

If yes, it is best opportunity for you, We Provide SEO Services for search engines (Google Yahoo and Bing) for most of the keywords relating to your business.

We will help them find you by putting you on the 1st page of Google.

I am affiliated with an SEO company that has helped over 200 businesses rank on the 1st Page of GOOGLE for even the most competitive Industries.

Let me know if you are interested and I will send you our company details or create a proposal so you can see exactly where you rank compared to your competitors.

Contact us for the best quote for your website & we will guarantee to Rank you 1st positions in Google ranking.

I look forward to your mail.

Regards
Neeru Chauhan
Business Development Manager

Here’s why this can’t genuine

  1. There’s no company name
  2. They don’t have a website — hardly reassuring for a company that claims to offer specialist website and search engine optimisation services!
  3. Nobody, but nobody can guarantee number one position on Google — there are even some genuine companies that I’ve seen at exhibitions making this claim. Just read what Google has to say about this promise:

No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google.

Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings, allege a “special relationship” with Google, or advertise a “priority submit” to Google. There is no priority submit for Google. In fact, the only way to submit a site to Google directly is through our Add URL page or by submitting a Sitemap and you can do this yourself at no cost whatsoever.

Source:Google Webmaster Tools

Report these scammers

If you get one of these emails:

  • Do not open it, and absolutely do not reply: you’ll just get more and more
  • Report it as a phishing scam to Action Fraud, which is a website run by the police in the UK — they don’t reply individually to each case reported but it provides them with the evidence and statistics to try to put these scammers out of business
  • Mark it as spam or phishing attempt, depending on what facilities your email provider has for fighting spam and phishing
  • Delete it
  • And absolutely do not reply and supply any details: they will probably want passwords to your website and/or email and at that point you’re sunk!

Get Safe Online Week

This is Get Safe Online Week. The Get Safe Online website has a lot of useful information about how you can stay safe online and so of the many scams going around.

More information


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