Lately, I have been getting these weird SEO spammers asking me to contact them if I wish to increase traffic to my site(s). These e-mails sure look fishy, here is one of them that I received today.
Felicia Sams wrote:
We are interested to increase traffic to your website, please get back to us in
order to discuss the possibility in further detail.
The e-mail came from email@example.com. Certainly does not seem to come from a reputable SEO company. So I did a search for this Gmail address and I found out that the problem was not new.
According to the site that I visited, several indicators that this e-mail is spam are:
- The communication will normally come completely unsolicted via email or your website form
- The sender usually uses free non-professional email address (e.g. @gmail.com)
- They do not have their own website
- No telephone number (or not a UK number)
- No company name
I did one step further and made an IP lookup trace for the IP I got from that e-mail. Here was the result:
So do not reply to these types of e-mails. They want you to reply, because then they will add your e-mail to their harvest list and later spam you will all sorts of offers.