Email Spam: SEO Optimization Offer

I got the email below this month.  I consider it spam because I did not subscribe to it so it’s unsolicited = SPAM. I am just not sure whether I will be annoyed or flattered. Annoyed because spam mails are annoying (that’s why I blog and tag them here). Flattered because it seems something is working (with the website) and it is attracting some attention with some SEO folks out there 🙂 .

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I remember Matt Cutts of Google blogged some related encounters in one of his recent post so I am taking it lightly and looking at it more from the positive side of things…

Read on:

Subject: SEO Optimization Local and Global Search

Message:

Hi

My name is (Name Removed) and working with a reputed leading SEO Company in INDIA having the experience of getting our customer’s websites top in Google, Yahoo, and MSN and other search engine rankings producing high revenue with top page rank.

Monthly task and Responsibilities:

1.  Directory submissions
2.  Social Book marking Submissions
3.  Article Submissions
4.  Press Release Submissions release websites
5.  10 Blog Submissions
6.  1 Unique, 400-word article written
7.  1 Unique, 400-word press releases
8.  15 One Way back links with mix PR
9.  Meta tags changes suggestions
10. Keyword research
11. Competitor Analysis
12. Heading tag changes
13. Alt tag changes
14. Interlinking wherever required
15. Keyword Density in site content
16. HTML Site Map and XML site map and Submission in webmaster tool

Let me know if you are interested and I would happy to send you more details on this.
Kind Regards

(Name Removed)
Online Marketing Executive

***
Note: We are not spammers and are against spamming of any kind. If you are not interested then you can reply with a simple “NO”,We will never contact you again.

Let me take this opportunity to give a short reply:

Hi (Name Removed),

Thank you for the offer.

Sorry. NO. Not interested
Regards,

Menard Osena

Website Owner [website-name-removed].com

Some additional things worth mentioning here:

  • I will not reply via email. That warning/note at the footer is kinda lame and I am not biting the bait. I did not publish that email add but I guess they are resourceful (They probably got the address from whois services and that workaround make sense).
  • Email Subject: “SEO Optimization” Local and Global Search – Isn’t that redundant?
  • “Reputed leading SEO Company” = Reputable? White hat? Black Hat? Gray hat? Email is full of bullwords and buzzwords (Uh-oh!)
  • Why use gmail add, a legit dot.com or dot.net add will add some reputation (and reputation checks 🙂 )
  •  Their services are either “basic (read: I can DIY easily)” or “tricky (read: bordering from gray hat to questionable practices)” or “fishy/phishy”. Decision: I’d rather stay on the safe side.
  • I am not a grammar police, but to be fair this email got some better English (grammar and spelling). Unlike my previous encounters with Mr. Dan Maha and Mr. Basham Marliza) 🙂
  •  To the sender: Don’t push it further. Else I might elevate the rating to SCAM.

Do you also get interesting spam emails? How about SEO offer spam? Kindly share your experience here.

On Cybercrime and Interpol

I am re-posting some news release from Interpol related to Trend Micro. This is about the collaborative efforts between the two organizations to support global law enforcement programs and combat cybercrime.

24 June 2013 – Media release
INTERPOL and Trend Micro to collaborate against cybercrime

LYON, France – INTERPOL and Trend Micro Inc. have announced that the security software leader is to collaborate with the world police body to support global law enforcement programmes to combat cybercrime. The announcement is the latest in INTERPOL’s efforts to boost the global fight against cybercrime by engaging with private sector leaders.

Following talks on Friday at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters between INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Trend Micro’s Chief Executive Officer, Eva Chen, Trend Micro is set to deliver training programmes to INTERPOL, government and police agencies in various participating countries to address emerging digital crime at the national and international level.

Including expertise and best practices, training will encompass e-learning modules, classroom-based training sessions, workshops and professional certifications.

“We are honoured to have earned the trust of INTERPOL to provide our expertise to keep digital information safe while exposing illegal activities,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. “Our team is on the frontlines of the quickly-evolving threat landscape and we look forward to sharing our analysis and insight to support global law enforcement. Alignment between public and private organizations will play a critical role against cybercrime and it will take collaboration such as this to be successful.”

Trend Micro will also help support the development of an INTERPOL cyber alert by providing expert cyber-threat analysis at INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) when it opens in Singapore in 2014. This cyber-specific alert created by the IGCI will be used to share information on cybercrime with not only the law enforcement community but also the general public.

“Due to the complexity of the cyber-threat landscape, investigation of cybercrimes is profoundly different in nature to traditional crime, requiring high-level technical expertise and large-scale cross-jurisdictional investigations,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“It is essential that law enforcement collaborate across sectors with Internet security experts such as Trend Micro so as to develop the technical expertise, tools and infrastructure necessary to effectively combat cybercrime and enhance digital security.”

“INTERPOL’s collaboration with Trend Micro therefore marks another significant step towards forging a global alliance against cybercrime,” added Secretary General Noble.

The IGCI will act as an international hub against cyber-threats to identify trends, build capacity in cybercrime units, and facilitate international cooperation through a multi-stakeholder alliance, bringing together the respective expertise and resources from specialists in law enforcement, public institutions, the private sector and academia.

“An essential element of this strategy is the creation of strategic alliances with the information technology sector to help national law enforcement keep abreast of technology trends and develop effective countermeasures,” said IGCI Executive Director Noboru Nakatani.

As a research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals, the state-of-the-art IGCI will provide innovative training and operational support for each of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.

Maybe I will post some additional personal commentaries here at menardconnect.com in the next few days. But for now let me just congratulate Trend Micro and INTERPOL for these wonderful collaborative efforts.

Related Stories:
Interpol Press Release
Trend Micro Press Release

Lastly some disclosure:

I work at Trend Micro. My posts here in menardconnect.com are my own personal views and does not necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions. To know more about me, kindly visit my about page. To know about this blog’s disclosure policy kindly visit my disclosure page.

Manila Bankers SMS Spam

I got this SMS spam over the weekend. I consider this as SMS SPAM because I did not subscribe to anything related to MANILA BANKERS.

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Sender’s Number: +639998886367

Message from:
MANILA BANKERS

FINAL NOTIFICATION:
Good day!
As part of our THANKSGIVING PROGRAM, you are entitled to receive EXCLUSIVE REWARDS and PRIVILEGES from MANILA BANKERS.

For further information, call:
(02) 5776949
(02) 5708339
(02) 5776972
from 9am-5pm only and look for Ms. Grace Laza for assistance. Thank you and God Bless.

The text message have the classic “enticing reward” bait but sorry MANILA BANKERS spammer, it was a epic fail sms spam. Try it again so that I may consider upgrading your classification to sms scam.

It is interesting to note that with my previous mobile service provider, I got tons of these sms spam and scam but with my new mobile service provider this was the first SMS spam in about six months of subscription.

And speaking of sms spams, I got some replies from twitter that it seems Sam Mendoza SMS spam and scam is making rounds again in 2013? Maybe I need to do an update post here at menardconnect.com soon…

Free Six Pictures: The RBC Tower 3 Project

There is a construction project going on near my workplace. They are building this Tower 3 for Rockwell Business Center and Spiderham shared some idea for a secret project he is planning for his photo blog. As I’m not a photoblogger but I do occasionally post some interesting pics here at menardconnect.com but I still I would like to do a similar project because this RBC Tower 3 construction is an interesting project (more on this “interesting” stuff in a future post). So I will do this picture project with a twist: do it the free six way (just like my free six video and other free six posts) and publish pics faster (so that crawlers can do their stuff) 🙂 .

So here are six pictures for my RBC Tower 3 Project:

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Week 1 Day 5

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Week 2 Day 2

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Week 2 Day 3

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Week 2 Day 5