Scammer/Spam “Heads up”

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I received an email through the contact page from my blog today.  It looked innocent enough:

“It looks like you’ve misspelled the word “Blart” (I was talking about the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop) on your website.  I thought you would like to know :).  Silly mistakes can ruin your site’s credibility.  I’ve used a tool called SpellScan.com in the past to keep mistakes off my website.

-Kerri”

It came from a gmail address “gseller@gmail.com, which If you try to email, it comes back as “undeliverable”.

I am not even going to attempt to surf to the site, but simply entering the name of the site in a Google search brought caused it to auto fill with “SpellScan.com – Spam”.  Not really sure what to think as some posts claim the site contains “many viruses”, while others say the site is “genuine and safe”.  Surf there AT YOUR OWN RISK!  I thought I would post this so that my fellow bloggers were aware of the potential danger.

It looks like this has been going on since 2018.

Have you had this happen to you?  Does your site get this stuff?  Any others I should be watching for?

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20 thoughts on “Scammer/Spam “Heads up”

  1. The contact form sends stuff that is very like spam comments. So you need to watch out for the same telltale signs, such as ‘your site’ or ‘your website’ and any recommendations to use an app or visit a link. Never ever visit a link that you haven’t heard of. Spammers thrive on links – their aim is to get you to visit bad sites, and never email them. Another thing they want is your email address. Also watch out for whole sentences or paragraphs lifted out of your (and other people’s) posts. All comments and contact emails should relate to your blog content or something specific to do with you, not generic content.

    I’ve been blogging on and off since 2004 (not all on wordpress) and this stuff has been going on a long time.

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    1. I had no idea. It just seemed very odd.

      Early on in my blogging days, I kept getting these mortgage companies who were following my blog. I kept wondering why they would be following. I deleted them over and over again and they finally stopped. I still get an occasional “obscure” follow and I try to weed them out, too.

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      1. I delete unwanted followers on both my blogs, most are spammers, some are a kind of narcissist blogger who only want to get attention to themselves, they’re easy to spot. The trick with those types of follower is never to comment in their blogs or they’ve instantly got your email address – just what they want!

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  2. I’ve had the exact same email from a different address and different misspelled word.
    Name: Kerri Taylor
    Email: taylorfam44@gmail.com
    Subject: Error on your website
    It looks like you’ve misspelled the word “infront” on your website. I thought you would like to know :). Silly mistakes can ruin your site’s credibility. I’ve used a tool called SpellScan.com in the past to keep mistakes off of my website.
    -Kerri

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  3. I have had the same today, and made some search on the web with the whole sentence….. and I found your blog and notice ! What sounds odd (and now scary) to me is that I ask a verification number on my website form, and the answer was “N/A”, so, not a number……… the name is Kerry Reynolds with an gmail address…. I deleted of course, but I have to investigate further !! thanks for your attention Sorry for bother you LOL And I will have a look to your blog now, I love Italy 😉

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  4. I just got this email with same text as you indicate. I Googled spellscam and funnily enough, there is such a company, it has a website, but google says “no information on this site” which made suspicious. So walking out of it!!

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