ENTRIES

MEDIA DISCOVERY SCAM - SHAME ON YOU!

I don't normally post to zee blog about scams, but after my mom believed she had won "the Spanish lottery" via an e-mail from a company that is "sponsored by Microsoft," I think it is worth getting the word out about the Media Discovery scam.

Media Discovery is all, "yo, look at my website -- I am so legit. I use expensive stock photography images!" BUT MEDIA DISCOVERY IS A SCAM!

Media Discovery is all, "yo, look at my website -- I am so legit. I use expensive stock photography images!" BUT MEDIA DISCOVERY IS A SCAM!

First off, it sounds legit: Media Discovery is a company that "discovers media online" and helps "brand your online presence." Doesn't sound like a scam... until Media Discovery mentions the free money bit.

Here is the e-mail I received:

 

SUBJECT: Editorial content for Naomihall.com
Kathy Gonzales <kathy.gonzales@mediadiscovery.org>
Reply-To: Kathy Gonzales <kathy.gonzales@mediadiscovery.org>
To: Naomi Hall

Hi Naomi,

We are interested in providing/contributing content to your site, is this something that might interest you?

If this sounds good, we will send you an article that has been specifically written to suit the topic and style of your site that also references our client. You will receive an administration fee, worth 100$ per annum, for your time and effort.

Our client is one of the world's largest online gaming companies. We will pay you promptly by PayPal or Moneybookers.

I hope this offer looks attractive. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours,
Kathy Gonzales
kathy.gonzales@mediadiscovery.org

Media Discovery (a New Web Ltd company)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This email (including any attachments) is meant only for the intended recipient. It may also contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, any reliance on, use, disclosure, distribution or copying of this email or attachments is strictly prohibited. Republishing or distribution of this email is also strictly prohibited by all parties. Please notify the sender immediately by email if you have received this message by mistake and delete the email and all attachments. New Web Ltd respects your privacy and is registered under the Data Protection Act in United Kingdom. As a participant in the EU OECD Spam Task Force initiative, New Web Ltd has voluntarily provided the ability to stop emails through an unsubscribe service. By clicking this unsubscribe link, New Web Ltd will be prevented from sending any emails to this address.

 

Now, why is a company like Media Discovery a scam if they are giving you a lump sum of money to advertise stuff on your website?

BECAUSE IT GOES AGAINST ZEE RULES OF ZEE INTERNET!

Let's get a few things straight: yes, I am a musician but I also enjoy a career as a Database Engineer in the eCommerce industry (on a side note, I get as excited writing SQL queries as I do songs -- not sure how they are connected). Additionally, I'm an avid fan of analytic tools and happily immerse myself every day in data regarding user behavior on websites, SEO rankings, and other online conversion statistics.

Bottom line: even if/when Media Discovery pays you, Media Discovery is a Black Hat SEO scam and they are in the wrong because they are attempting to improve their "editorial content" rankings by using your website's current search engine visibility.

Just like a Klingon Bird of Prey...
Media Discovery's scam is a form of cloaking!

DON'T GIVE SCAM CAT YOUR MONEY!

DON'T GIVE SCAM CAT YOUR MONEY!

Anyway, I decided not to reply because you know, I don't want them to verify that my e-mail address is real.

Well, they send me another e-mail a couple days later:

 

Hi Nao

Just a quick follow-up regarding an email I sent to you recently, regarding content for your site. Have you read the email and had time to think about it?

You would get a page of well-written content that references our client and is crafted specifically for your site. You will also receive an annual payment for your effort. This will be paid promptly by PayPal or Moneybookers.

Thank you for your time.

Yours,
Kathy Gonzales
kathy.gonzales@mediadiscovery.org

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This email (including any attachments) is meant only for the intended recipient. It may also contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, any reliance on, use, disclosure, distribution or copying of this email or attachments is strictly prohibited. Republishing or distribution of this email is also strictly prohibited by all parties. Please notify the sender immediately by email if you have received this message by mistake and delete the email and all attachments. New Web Ltd respects your privacy and is registered under the Data Protection Act in United Kingdom. As a participant in the EU OECD Spam Task Force initiative, New Web Ltd has voluntarily provided the ability to stop emails through an unsubscribe service. By clicking this unsubscribe link, New Web Ltd will be prevented from sending any emails to this address.

 

They didn't have time to type my full name! PFFT!

Media Discovery's persistence annoys me, so I decide to send them the following reply:

 

Hi Kathy!

Thank you for showing interest in advertising on my website.

Based on the impressions my website currently receives plus the revenue my blog currently generates, I only have room for advertising that can payout $3,600 per month.

Knowing that the annual payment will amount to $43,200 before taxes, if you still wish to provide editorial content to my website, please let me know. I will arrange for my attorney in the UK (that is where your website says you are located) to meet with you in-person to discuss all details with legal contracts and how to properly deposit funds.

This offer is non-negotiable and if this is not feasible for your company, then no pressure at all.


Thank you again for showing interest in advertising with me,
Naomi

 

At this point, I figured I had angered the scam bot that is Media Discovery and they wouldn't reply to me. OR if they were to reply to me, it would be something nasty and cruel. Like, "OMFG! Why are you trying to do to us what we are trying to do to you? That is no bueno!"

Surprisingly, for being a gimmick, I received the politest reply (with my full first name typed!):

 

Hi Naomi,

Thank you for getting back to me. Sadly, you quoted a fee that was more than we could afford for this campaign. Thank you for taking time in reviewing our proposal and we wish you all the best for the future.

Kind Regards,
Kathy

 

Despite the polite reply and well wishes, Media Discovery (even "Kathy") is a scam. Agreeing to do anything for them is just bad news for you and your website. So if you see an e-mail from them -- run far, far away!

 
Anything that is free and easy will always be awesome and great for you.
— said no intelligent person ever.
 

Cheers,
Naomi