Is this Spam? Somebody wants to buy my blog?

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I started an affliliate marketing website as a bit for a test site a while back, it is an Amazon afflite site which does product reviews. It never really got off the ground, only made a few sales, I moved on to other bigger and better things. That being said it is a very nice looking website with some (not very much) good content on it, and could function as a great aflliate site if someone put some time into it.

I recieve spam comments on it just like any blog, but a comment I recieved today stuck out to me.

This is the comment:

"Hey, my name is jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited. We’re interested in buying your blog, would you sell for $3,000? Please contact me asap so that we can arrange it at BigBloggerJake (@) gmail.com"

The url listed with the comment was google.com, so not the standard spam URL post. I searched for WebAcquisitionsUnited and found nothing.

What should I think of this? Is this spam? Or is there some chance that somebody actually wants to buy it....?
#blog #buy #spam
  • Profile picture of the author ak1lz
    That would be spam my friend!

    If you are interested in selling your website you should scout the websites where you can post them up for sale and figure out how much your website is worth. Flippa, and forums.digitalpoint are really simple to use.
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    • Profile picture of the author MIRENGE
      It looks like a spam, but try and follow it your will soon know the truth.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matrixguru
        Extra info for the interested?


        Author : Jake Worthing IP: 69.147.252.181 , wtfast dot Com
        E-mail : BigBloggerJake at gmail dot com
        URL : google Dot com
        Whois :
        Comment: Hey, my name is jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited. We're interested in buying your blog, would you sell for $3,000? Please contact me asap so that we can arrange it at BigBloggerJake at gmail Dot com


        Reply:


        Hi *****,

        Thank you for getting back to me so fast. Just a brief introduction, I'm the site acquisitions manager and I'm responsible for finding any potential blogs that are in our area of expertise. Yes, this is a serious offer ($3000 cash) so we had a few questions, primarily:

        1. How long have you had the blog?
        2. Are you generating any income from it?
        3. Have you received any additional offers to it?

        We pay via bank wire, check or paypal and so far your site looks really good. If possible we would like to close this deal within the next few days. Please stay in touch.

        Sincerely,

        Jake
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I'd be very wary of this. They are operating under a company name, but there is no evidence that such a company actually exists? It very well could be a scam, where they tell you they will put the money into one of their "trusted escrow services". They send you to a real enough looking site, you transfer ownership and find the money and the escrow service were not real.

    I wouldn't risk it.
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    • Profile picture of the author jleavitt13
      Sounds intersting haha, I think I will act as a interested buyer until the point where any "real" information and or money needs to exchange hands to see what how thier scam exactly works.

      It always is interesting to me how people try and scam...
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
    Yeah it seems a little weird. Id use caution.
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    the gmail account alone screams spam.

    A google search for "BigBloggerJake (@) gmail.com" confirms it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Newbie11
    The fact that they offered the price upfront in a blog comment is suspicious to me.
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  • Sorry.

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    • Profile picture of the author abhijeet024
      I found the same comment on one of my affiliate website. I was shocked to see it how come someone was offering me $3000 straight away for a small website.

      My website is ranking high on the search engine. I think he is targeting websites with high rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    Now, have some fun and report him to gmail.

    If the guy is an idiot and uses the same account for multiple purposes you could really mess up his game.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    It doesn't sound legitimate to me it may be a way to get you on their list or just respond to send you an offer. I know there is a craigslist scam where people want to send you money for a service but they are fake checks and then they ask for a refund.

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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    be aware of spam or even scams...you have to reply and know if its a real human person
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I'd delete it. Go to Google and type in with quotes
    "jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited"

    Lots of results ...all the same price. No way this is legit.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrcool2012
    Annoying! I got the email as well, I thought I was going to get some cash but then I saw this post!
    As far as a scam it must be either escrow service scam or maybe just trying to get a database on people who read comments, or maybe just a list of people who own websites. Anyway I regret having replied now but Aksimet plugin should keep me safe (I might have to update my email spam filters as well now!)
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Smale
    This is a new one to me... wonder what it's all about
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    • Originally Posted by Thomas Smale View Post

      Lol...

      He's just trying to get you to approve the comment. The fact he doesn't exist is mostly irrelevant as he'll be getting a link from the comment once approved.
      There isn't a URL in the comment, only a mailto:bigbloggerjake@gmail.com. So I assume he's harvesting the email addresses of those hapless enough to reply.

      I might respond to it with a throwaway address just to find out what the scam is.

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      • Profile picture of the author Thomas Smale
        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        There isn't a URL in the comment, only a mailto:bigbloggerjake@gmail.com. So I assume he's harvesting the email addresses of those hapless enough to reply.

        I might respond to it with a throwaway address just to find out what the scam is.

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        Ah yes, I didn't read it properly

        Interesting... never seen this one before.

        I'd imagine it will go something like:

        "Please get the site valued here: [valuation site owned by scammer] and once verified we will buy the site"
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanJohnson
    someone wanting to buy a website most likely isn't going to leave a post comment anyway. On my small "niche" sites, I'm even leery of things that come through the contact form. Usually, someone is smart enough to find you .... whether that is through privacy/whois/whatever if they are serious about buying.
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  • Profile picture of the author jleavitt13
    I replied with a junk email I have acting like I was very excited about the idea of selling to Jake. Got nothing back yet....
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  • Profile picture of the author RobCopywriter
    Yeah it's most likely just another spam comment. I personally wouldn't bother with it.

    Tell us if he replies to your e-mail though.
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  • Profile picture of the author phowell23
    So far got that same exact comment on 3 of my sites. He's been busy!
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  • Profile picture of the author RobCopywriter
    Yeah it's most likely just another spam comment. I personally wouldn't bother with it.

    Tell us if he replies to your e-mail though.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRohades
    Definitely a spam, $3000 is too good to be true. Never trust such.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sapan Verma
      I received one of those emails 4-5 months back and no doubt it is spam. If the person or company approaching you doesn't even have a website, I'd do nothing more than delete their email.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author pcpupil
    I just received the same thing today.
    I went ahead and replied back from a different email addy,and isp.
    I will mess with him,then report him.
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  • Profile picture of the author phpdev
    Thanks for the information guys. I also received such offer but I am developer myself, so its not easy to trap like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author PromoDirect
    This seems to be spam. There is a trick to find out Spam messages & comments. Copy a part/sentence of the message and enter it for Google search.... if you find too many similar results for that comment then it is something which is fake & unreal.

    I did same with your comment... When I use a part of it for Google search it shows up dozens of results for exactly the same piece of text, so its spam... ignore it!!
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  • Profile picture of the author 2011profit
    It's totally a spam dude. Don't risk on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    This is nothing but spam...lol...
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  • Profile picture of the author SirAlex
    What fun!

    I got the same comment too - akismet had trapped it!

    I can confirm Matrixgurus data above too...

    Keep us updated huh?

    :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author tehnolife
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    Okay, guys and gals...this isn't SPAM, is SCAM!

    Is a difference between these 2.

    I am interested to see what will be his reply to your email. Please update us when you get the chance!

    MatrixGuru, have you replied to his email??
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    I'm pretty sure it's spam. First off, you couldn't find the company, secondly he's using a gmail as his email account. One word; spam.

    Ben
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  • Profile picture of the author mrcool2012
    Update: I just checked into my wordpress blog and I find that akismet is having problems not working properly, being blocked by my host supposedly. Maybe the spammer has been messing around with it somehow.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I bet gmail is getting sick of this, in fact they are trying to stop this outright someone was telling me, but obviously having a hard time doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifebuilders
    Originally Posted by jleavitt13 View Post

    I started an affliliate marketing website as a bit for a test site a while back, it is an Amazon afflite site which does product reviews. It never really got off the ground, only made a few sales, I moved on to other bigger and better things. That being said it is a very nice looking website with some (not very much) good content on it, and could function as a great aflliate site if someone put some time into it.

    I recieve spam comments on it just like any blog, but a comment I recieved today stuck out to me.

    This is the comment:

    "Hey, my name is jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited. We're interested in buying your blog, would you sell for $3,000? Please contact me asap so that we can arrange it at BigBloggerJake (@) gmail.com"

    The url listed with the comment was google.com, so not the standard spam URL post. I searched for WebAcquisitionsUnited and found nothing.

    What should I think of this? Is this spam? Or is there some chance that somebody actually wants to buy it....?
    Hello David here from Japan,
    I have received the same post on my blog...I dumped the info. No web site about who he is or the company he works for or is he a business owner. It is kind of shady and probably wants your info, and then you will land up being scammed..Hope this helped...
    David
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    • Profile picture of the author Matrixguru
      Update:

      This person uses Multiple usernames male and female currently using Jake Worthing spamming blogs to buy plus this standard message below,


      Hi, I couldn't find a contact form and it's really important that I reach you so I hope you don't mind me posting here. WOW, what an interesting little blog you have here ! I also run one similar to *** Target website ***, I guess great haha. I've been following your site for a while now and I've got some bad news - you're wasting your time if you're only making a couple hundred bucks or even a few thousand a month. You can be doing SO much more. There are a lot of tips and tricks that will help you improve your google and yahoo ranking, just some stuff I've learned over the ages. It's easy! It shouldn't take you more than 5-10 minutes. Please reach me today at BigBloggerJake [at] gmail.com. I'll check my spam folder and you should too, I know email filters are crazy these days. Looking forward to boucing ideas with you!



      If you put BigBloggerJake [at] gmail.com in Google you will see how many websites this person is Spamming or Scamming take your pick
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  • Profile picture of the author anindian
    Ran a google search for "webacquisitionsunited"- found similar comments on multiple sites

    A search for bigbloggerjake also shows up multiple such comments

    I'd call it spam; if you do intend to reply, get yourself a throwaway email account so that you can avoid getting burnt...
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    I also think it is a spam message.So be careful about such network.Search on Google too to find whether there are any reviews available about this agency.
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    • Profile picture of the author danaprince
      I got the same message/offer (for a 1 year old blog with just a handful of posts) and the same reply when I asked for more info. I, too, searched the name/email address, etc.

      That was two days ago and nothing has come through since. I was skeptical from the start but wanted to see where it'd go.
      Oh well
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  • Profile picture of the author Chrioni
    I got this same exact email a couple days ago.:confused:
    Originally Posted by jleavitt13 View Post

    I started an affliliate marketing website as a bit for a test site a while back, it is an Amazon afflite site which does product reviews. It never really got off the ground, only made a few sales, I moved on to other bigger and better things. That being said it is a very nice looking website with some (not very much) good content on it, and could function as a great aflliate site if someone put some time into it.

    I recieve spam comments on it just like any blog, but a comment I recieved today stuck out to me.

    This is the comment:

    "Hey, my name is jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited. We're interested in buying your blog, would you sell for $3,000? Please contact me asap so that we can arrange it at BigBloggerJake (@) gmail.com"

    The url listed with the comment was google.com, so not the standard spam URL post. I searched for WebAcquisitionsUnited and found nothing.

    What should I think of this? Is this spam? Or is there some chance that somebody actually wants to buy it....?
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  • Profile picture of the author monere
    Originally Posted by jleavitt13 View Post

    I started an affliliate marketing website as a bit for a test site a while back, it is an Amazon afflite site which does product reviews. It never really got off the ground, only made a few sales, I moved on to other bigger and better things. That being said it is a very nice looking website with some (not very much) good content on it, and could function as a great aflliate site if someone put some time into it.

    I recieve spam comments on it just like any blog, but a comment I recieved today stuck out to me.

    This is the comment:

    "Hey, my name is jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited. We're interested in buying your blog, would you sell for $3,000? Please contact me asap so that we can arrange it at BigBloggerJake (@) gmail.com"

    The url listed with the comment was google.com, so not the standard spam URL post. I searched for WebAcquisitionsUnited and found nothing.

    What should I think of this? Is this spam? Or is there some chance that somebody actually wants to buy it....?
    This is the exact same message I received a few days ago

    I would say definitely scam
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    • Profile picture of the author Mel White
      I also got the same message on my blog.

      What made me suspicious was that I'd had the blog up for a mere week when this "offer" came through. There's NO way that the site could be valued at that much since I'm in the process of tweaking the design before launch. Like everyone else, I checked Google to see if this guy had been posting all over the place.

      I wonder if this is some sort of overpayment scam. I didn't have time to play "response-footsie" with the guy, and the fact that in the response email he asks for your blog name suggests that he's using some sort of blog-crawling script.

      I'm not biting.
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  • Profile picture of the author texasmom64
    I just received the same comment on my blog.....I sent an email, and told them that I was interested, although I'm not, but haven't heard back from them. I wanted to see just how far they would go. So beware.

    Hey, my name is jake from WebAcquisitionsUnited. We're interested in buying your blog, would you sell for $3,000? Please contact me asap so that we can arrange it at BigBloggerJake@gmail.com
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