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    Default MARKETERS UNLIMITED - SCAMMERS or SIMPLY USELESS?

    Any idea?


    Some of you have more experience than me dealing with such (see mail below), so i guess this is asking what's the point?


    Markets unlimited must have contacted me 15 times for a blog post, which we don’t do. Being friendly i answered a few times, and told them we don’t like ‘’do follow’’ links (and nor do we promote others this way). However, that’s never enough, and they come back through another name then another and so on. This time i spent 15 minutes doing a few checks:


    Management team


    Emmanuel Duggan - linked in profile - 0 contacts


    Mark Smith - linked in profile - 0 contacts


    Michael Cooper - linked in profile - 2 contacts


    The person who contacted me below (Carla Fisher) gave a ‘’linked in profile - goo.gl/pYCDm8


    Their website has a copyright date from 2012. Their are no pictures and the people don’t appear real!


    They claim to be over a decade in this business and specialise in working with the gambling industry.


    I even tried to play along with them this time, and asked them a few questions (no answer).


    MAIL BELOW - Any idea of the legitimacy of these people?






    Hi there,


    My name is Carla Fisher. Correct me if this is the wrong email address for this subject. I work for Marketers Unlimited which is a marketing agency affiliated to online gambling industry.


    I saw your website. I was wondering of you offer writing a news/article on your section of anything about horse racing with one link pointing to an online betting site. I have seen that you have article/news section on your site where you can place the news/article with my client's link on it.


    My client prefer this kind of advertisement (preview post)


    Please let me know so that I can discuss with you the details.


    I'm looking forward to your positive response.


    Regards,


    --
    Carla Fisher
    Marketing Account Manager
    LinkedIn Profile




    xxhttp://www.marketersunlimited.com/
    GMAIL: carla.fisher.mu@gmail.com
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    It has horrible buzzword name + gmail domain!!! both is a flag. But it is possible it is not a scam (in a way they will not pay you - yes, everything else will is fake, it will be one man project and that man will have most likely a lot of similar projects). It is certainly a sPam. Getting tons of those emails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syndicate View Post
    Emmanuel Duggan - linked in profile - 0 contacts
    ...

    Any idea of the legitimacy of these people?
    Well that is unlikely to be a real name, a real linked in profile, or a real picture.

    15 MINUTES INVESTIGATION
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    Three of those names are very generic Western names, so Mark Smith, Michael Cooper and Carla Fisher will be impossible to identify their sources but there are suspiciously US/ UK generics.

    I did a google search of the name and of the image used in Emmanuel Duggan's Linked in Profile and found this Linked in Profile for :

    Emmanuel Carjat -- xxhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/emmanuelcarjat

    Emannuel Carjat looks genuine - so by inference Emmanuel Duggan does not look like that.

    There is an Emmanuel Duggan on Twitter ... 43 posts in 3 years ... and they seem some sort of bot scrape scam ... with much of the posts matching the first few words of the article linked. There are a few original posts about SEO.
    xxhttps://twitter.com/emmanuelduggan

    SUMMARY OF FACTS
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    The three under-people names (Mark Smith, Michael Cooper and Carla Fisher) are generic Western, too Western which means that the person contacting you is hiding their ethnicity, making their likely base India, Israel, China or Russia. (Yes I am sterotyping).

    The Emmanuel Duggan Linkedin Profile picture is bogus, and the whole profile is also non-active making it a irrelevant page too.

    The Emmanuel Duggan name might be genuine, or an alias, but based on the Twitter profile with a few SEO posts it's been active for 3 years, but there is little of value in there to suggest that Mr Duggan is management team material.

    The use of gmail in a business proposal is surprising for a tech company, they have not even bothered to set-up a domain and an email server, is that incompetence, or are they trying to hide their real location?


    CONCLUSION
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    Based on the quality of English, I would suspect that this is a disparate group of freelancers trying to get started (possibly Israeli freelancers) and they are trying hide their location.

    Whoever they are, they've spent very little on their start-up, they hide their real pictures, possibly hide their real names, and have not been honest with you in their initial email contact.

    I do not expect people / organisations like this to provide value and would avoid.
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    No brainer really as Gooner has pointed out.

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    Thank you ver much for the detailed reply!

    I never intended in working with them, because i don't take blog posts. However, i just wanted to hear what some of you lifers had to say.



    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooner View Post
    Well that is unlikely to be a real name, a real linked in profile, or a real picture.

    15 MINUTES INVESTIGATION
    -----------------------------------
    Three of those names are very generic Western names, so Mark Smith, Michael Cooper and Carla Fisher will be impossible to identify their sources but there are suspiciously US/ UK generics.

    I did a google search of the name and of the image used in Emmanuel Duggan's Linked in Profile and found this Linked in Profile for :

    Emmanuel Carjat -- xxhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/emmanuelcarjat

    Emannuel Carjat looks genuine - so by inference Emmanuel Duggan does not look like that.

    There is an Emmanuel Duggan on Twitter ... 43 posts in 3 years ... and they seem some sort of bot scrape scam ... with much of the posts matching the first few words of the article linked. There are a few original posts about SEO.
    xxhttps://twitter.com/emmanuelduggan

    SUMMARY OF FACTS
    -----------------
    The three under-people names (Mark Smith, Michael Cooper and Carla Fisher) are generic Western, too Western which means that the person contacting you is hiding their ethnicity, making their likely base India, Israel, China or Russia. (Yes I am sterotyping).

    The Emmanuel Duggan Linkedin Profile picture is bogus, and the whole profile is also non-active making it a irrelevant page too.

    The Emmanuel Duggan name might be genuine, or an alias, but based on the Twitter profile with a few SEO posts it's been active for 3 years, but there is little of value in there to suggest that Mr Duggan is management team material.

    The use of gmail in a business proposal is surprising for a tech company, they have not even bothered to set-up a domain and an email server, is that incompetence, or are they trying to hide their real location?


    CONCLUSION
    --------------------
    Based on the quality of English, I would suspect that this is a disparate group of freelancers trying to get started (possibly Israeli freelancers) and they are trying hide their location.

    Whoever they are, they've spent very little on their start-up, they hide their real pictures, possibly hide their real names, and have not been honest with you in their initial email contact.

    I do not expect people / organisations like this to provide value and would avoid.

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    I never respond to these types of unsolicited email queries and offers, especially if they contact me 15+ times

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