ATTN WRITERS (and others): SCAM ALERT!!!

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I guess this is the right section for this thread.

I won't mention names as I don't wish to get myself in trouble but I feel people should be warned.

This warning is specifically directed to writers in here and also to all members as a whole.

I received a pm from a new member asking me to write/rewrite a series of email messages concerning the sale of a caravan or a boat.

My job was to write emails as specified and to write them as though I am female (I am male).
The purpose is to run ads selling one or both of these big ticket items.

Then the story goes that the seller is working on an oil rig and isn't ashore very often. However, they desperately need to sell the item to pay urgent bills.

I won't go into the whole explanation but the idea is that you, as a buyer, would need to pay for something, whether it's shipping, delivery or whatever. You pay via wire transfer or some other method where you can't easily get your money back (if at all).

At first the person is very accommodating but slowly becomes harder to communicate with and yet they push you to pay whatever amount they ask (on top of a purchase price if there is one).

NEVER PAY A CENT! You're being scammed.

I know this for a fact as 3 friends almost fell for the ruse but they know if they ever see something dodgy, to contact me first.
I even took over the email conversation with one person and proved it with some questions I asked.

If anybody wants extra info, please fell free to pm me in here.
I am not mentioning any names as I don't want to be banned.

BUT PLEASE TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY!
Even as a writer, I'm sure they won't pay you for the job. They will probably say to do it and they will pay you extra for having to wait. I got told "money is no object."

Thanks for reading.
#boat #caravan #scam #warning
  • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
    So, let me get this straight: The Nigerian 419 scammer wants you, as a professional writer, to write better versions of their standard email sequence? And they're claiming that they'll pay you, that "money is no object"?

    They're actually concerned about their conversion rate.

    ROTFLMAO!!

    That is the best thing I've heard all week!

    I'd suggest a counter-attack, finding ways to extract money from them, with the promise that they'll get an email sequence that will convert 25 times better... except I'm sure you've already thought of that.

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I didn't reply to a spam email. I got a pm out of the blue, asking me if I could do the job, and their English was not so bad...but fortunately (or not) I have friends who have experienced this scam so I knew what they were up to and I was not going to help them in any way.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      I didn't reply to a spam email. I got a pm out of the blue, asking me if I could do the job, and their English was not so bad...but fortunately (or not) I have friends who have experienced this scam so I knew what they were up to and I was not going to help them in any way.
      Right, Laurence; I totally understood this!!

      What I'm saying is that they were looking to use you (or some other random writer who does fall for this) to write more effective scam ad copy, to improve their conversion rate, and thus reduce their costs and increase their net income. Otherwise, why would they even bother?
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I believe that was their exact intention. That is why I posted about it. I don't want some other writer to fall for it and be complicit in an illegal activity.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
    Of course. And just to make it very clear: I was laughing at them, the perps, not at you!!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Thanks for that...I knew you were laughing at the clowns and not me (although I have been known to be a clown in my younger days).
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  • Profile picture of the author irawr
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    This thread is less entertaining than watching my sites dance around in Google.

    So I'm on page 1 for keywords I'm not targetting but are competitive, but not showing up on the less competitive term, that I was targetting at all. OK. That's a new one for me.

    As far as this thread, as soon as I read "I received a pm from a new member" I would have walked on that unless I got a payment up front.

    As soon as it became obvious that I was writing copy for a scam, I would have just taken a random spam email, spun it with a spinner 10 times (so it's really high quality), delivered that, then never responded to them.

    What are they going to do, call the police?
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I wouldn't waste a second doing work for them. I'm merely warning others about the scam itself and that writers shouldn't do the work. Simple.
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    • Profile picture of the author irawr
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      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      I wouldn't waste a second doing work for them. I'm merely warning others about the scam itself and that writers shouldn't do the work. Simple.
      Oh, I see. When you said "My Job" it sounded like you actually took it. Like, that's what you were doing... Writing these scam emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    No I didn't take the job as I'm not as silly as I look.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      No I didn't take the job as I'm not as silly as I look.
      Dunno you are from Melbourne
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I was about to write something evil and then I saw you're from Sydney. I can't insult you. You already have enough problems
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