A few month in the past I printed a video and weblog submit wherein I defined the method that I used to unravel an e mail rip-off wherein somebody claimed to be an mental property lawyer pursuing a case towards me. That weblog submit turned out to be one the most well-liked issues that I’ve printed this yr so I assumed that I would supply an replace on what has occurred since then.
I replied to the e-mail with an evidence of why the declare was bogus and that they might get misplaced. I by no means heard again after that. However for the reason that web site was nonetheless saved my Chrome profile and predicted every time I entered URLs starting with the letter A, I stored an eye fixed on the location. Yesterday morning the location went useless.
Different Individuals Who Uncovered the Rip-off
After seeing that the location had gone offline my curiosity received the very best of me and I went down a rabbit gap of trying to see if there are different individuals like me who received the identical rip-off e mail and determined to eviscerate the scammers. I did a search on Twitter and rapidly discovered a number of others who got here to the identical conclusion that I did.
Shawna Newman was the recipient of the identical rip-off e mail again in February. Apparently, when she referred to as them out on it they modified the deal with on their web site from New York to Boston. This is her Tweet about it.
Ray Alexander received the identical rip-off e mail and took the strategy that I did. He wrote a prolonged weblog submit detailing how he unraveled the rip-off. This is his Tweet and this is his weblog submit.
Ben Dickson additionally acquired the e-mail and determined to publish an unraveling of the rip-off. This is his Twitter thread on the subject.
Classes for Everybody
1. Do not be a lame search engine marketing backlink scammer.
2. In case you do get an e mail from somebody claiming to be an lawyer (or equally tries to look authoritative) and it does not appear proper, have a look at all the context clues. On this case there have been a variety of context clues that made it pretty apparent that there was a rip-off at play. The primary of these clues being that the e-mail was addressed to “proprietor of web site” and to not any explicit particular person.
3. Do not click on on hyperlinks in emails that you simply weren’t anticipating.