Thursday, July 03, 2008

On not being scammed

In the past month, I've received a couple of emails from "Fiona King" asking me to write about some library-related content on two different web sites that both focus on distance ed. I didn't pay much attention to those email messages, the like of which I mostly receive from vendors hoping that I'll mention their product on my blog (which, by the way, I never do).

I noticed that a few bloggers, though, had decided to post links to the blog posts that Fiona had suggested. Wondering who was behind the distance ed sites where those blog posts resided, I did a little investigating and discovered:
  • neither site has any sort of "about us" or "who we are" content (first red flag)
  • each site had a different person who registered it (learned this by doing a whois lookup)
  • after googling the two people who registered the sites, learned that they are in business together and hope to get "fabulously rich" through SEO efforts and viral marketing of their blog network
  • after searching the web for info on "Fiona King," I came to the conclusion that she is the creation of the two bottomfeeders who created the distance ed sites
Although the content that "Fiona" asks us to link to is somewhat interesting, the methods that are being used to get us to link to it and the ulterior motives of the folks behind these emails is troubling at best. I have no interest in linking to their content just to help them "monetize" blogs under their control. They'll have to find other ways to make money not involving me.


At 12:01 PM , OpenID deepening said...

Thanks so much for doing the detective work on this!

At 2:01 PM , Blogger Talking Books Librarian said...

I have gotten two emails like this too from the same "person", one about youtube videos/librarians, and the other about special needs teaching. Spam indeed!

At 10:14 PM , Anonymous Lori Reed said...

Thank you posting this. I've been feeling guilty for not responding to "her."


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