Scams and Unethical Practises

Scams and Unethical Practises

Scare Tactics For The Unknown

Modern day business is defiantly getting harder, and as more and more businesss start up, inevitably a small percentage of these businesss will resort to unethical practise to get what they consider to be their share. However this by any interpretation is a scam and should be judged as such.

If your advertisement is misleading and taking advantage of people who are not experts in an industry then you are a scammer!

Real Example
In the image to the right you will see an email that was received by dataNdesigns in relation to one of our clients websites, the problem is that if the client received this email they may have just paid it as they are not experts in the field and could easily think this is legitimate.
It isnt!

This particular marketing method gets by because they have stated they are search engine software providers, however the key here is how they deliver the information.

"Failure to complete this order by 05/27/2017 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you, using search engines on the web)."

This is misleading and untrue, in this particular clients case, the website is ranking in Google position #1 and has done for years, this company has had nothing to do with this provider and they have not only never been engaged by dataNdesigns or its clients, but we actively discourage its use due to these unethical practises.

Quite simply it is a scam to get site owners to pay for a service they dont need or want, think of it this way:

If the business was any good at its job, then why would they need to use scam tactics to get clients?


Unfortunately this one is one of the more light weight versions, we have seen hundreds of examples of scamming and poor practise, here are some examples:

Website Unsecured
Warning we have accessed your site, this is your sites database name, contact us to fix your site.

Domain Renewal
 Your domain is about to expire, pay today or loose your domain, this is a very common one where a company pretends to be the company you registered your domain name with, they they ask you to renew it. They charge up to 5 times more than the actual cost, and during the process they take over your domain name so you are locked in with them ongoing.

Paying for Service You Dont Have
One of the more popular ones is to pretend you have a service (that you actually dont) and asking you to renew or loose it.

Pretending To Be Someone Else 
This one happened to another client of ours, they received an email from the President of the club asking the secretary to pay a provider, and included the payment details. Luckily the club in question has great processs in place and identified that it was not the president that sent the email.

The email address from the scammer was the same as the presidents email, the only give away was the "Reply To" address, which was a random Gmail account.

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Publisher: Stu
Date Published: Jul 13 2017 11:26AM
Date Edited: Oct 24 2017 6:22PM