Frank Rogala

Spotting A Scammer “SEO problem” Email You May Receive From Hackers

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I don't know whether these guys are sloppy or just don't care - but when you check the email web site from a purported "SEO" (Search Engine Optimization) company and you see this - you know something is wrong!

A hacker site

This was where the "SEO company's" email URL went to.

That URL is this (mocking and arrogant) hacker site.

When one of my companies get's an email that says there is something wrong with our site, and offers help - as a veteran website creator and SEO expert I know something is wrong.

The email is reprinted in full below - beware if you get one and tell your staff not to click on anything.  Do not reply to it.  One easy way to spot that this email is not legit from the beginning is there is no "unsubscribe" link.  It is illegal to send unsolicited emails marketing anything without this link in the United States.  However, if there was one, I would recommend you don't click on it.  

The mangled grammar is also a way to spot one of these.  You can see that English must not be the writer's first language. Other than stripping out any possible behind the scenes code, I have reprinted it in full here:


Hi  _____.Com Team,
Hope this email finds you well.
I am Nancy Smith

I visited your website and found that your website has been diagnosed with many coding issues, which affects your ranking.
promote your website online and increase sales by putting your website top in all search engines.

As per the trends in your industry – over 80% of people search for your products/services online and buy the same. These rankings also influence other channels of sales as well.

It is simple maths—the more people who come to your website, the more potential customers you attract. Don’t wait another moment to drive more traffic, increase sales, and improve your visual appearance.
1. We have all the best expertise to take the risk and give you what we commit.
2. If you are willing to have more business online and more Return on Investment (ROI) we are just an Email /Phone away.
3. We can increase the number of visitors to your website, and get you on the top searches of all the search engines.
4. Affordable way to market website and get online business.
I also prepared a free website audit report for your website.If you are interested i can show you the report.

I'd be happy to send you our package, pricing and past work details, if you'd like to assess our work.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Best Regards,

Nancy Smith


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