I've been pretty much going "door-to-door" on the internet to try and get reviews for my e-book that helps people focus better in exchange for a testimonial.
About three days ago, I came across a man who said he would be willing to review my e-book.
His name was (Blank, Blank).
He had a common American name. He seemed very nice and wrote me a glowing testimonial. His grammar was a bit off, but I figured that he just had trouble writing.
I enthusiastically thanked him for helping me with the testimonial, and he enthusiastically thanked me back. He was always eagerly waiting for my next response.
Before going on with my way, he made an offer to me. He offered to do a banner advertisement on his health blog for 7 months for only USD $47.
Since he helped me out, I decided to go for it. After all, I had made a few sales in the past days, and wanted to help another person out. Plus $47 for 7 months of advertisement wasn't so bad.
I asked him two questions next.
How much traffic was he getting to his website and if he could make a banner advertisement for me.
Within a few hours, he responded, saying that he was receiving 30+ visitors per day with a chance of getting 150 to 300 daily visitors. He also said that he could do the banner advertisement for me, but that it would cost an extra $10, coming out to $57 total.
I sort of cringed at all of this, but I was pretty much "pot committed" at this point. So I thought what the heck, just go with it. I asked him to send me a PayPal invoice because I wanted to pay by credit card.
After taking a shower, and coming back to the computer (which is now), I opened up my email.
I get a message from "him".
He says he doesn't know what a PayPal invoice is because he usually just gives his PayPal address to his clients for them to make a payment.
He kindly asks me to help him with this and thanks me again. He adds a smiley face at the end of his last sentence.
A few minutes later there is another email address.
I open it up. It's a PayPal invoice.
Hello How To Focus Better,
(Blank, Blank, Blank) has sent you an invoice for $57.00 USD.
Note from (Blank, Blank, Blank)
It is me, Blank Blank from website.com. Thank you (my name).
The only thing is Blank, Blank and Blank, Blank, Blank are two completely different names. What's even more weird, is that Blank, Blank, Blank does not sound like an American name -- at all.
Should I trust this guy and pay him the $57? What would you do next?