When the spammer offers you to sell his ads

I received the spam below from a company called Media Discovery (a New Web Ltd company). They want me to sell them advertising space on this domain.

 

I was wondering whether you’d be interested in selling advertising space on sorin-mustaca.com?

Wow… but advertising for what?

 

The advertisement would be unobtrusive and we can pay you an annual upfront payment for the advertising space.

 

Wow #2 : payment upfront for a year… That’s too good to be true…

 

We can also provide guest blog posts from industry experts in many cases.

Wow #3: What industry? What experts?

 

This is the full message.
spam-ads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I replied to his email asking for more information.

Here is the answer:

 

 Hi Sorin,

Thank you for getting back to me.

After reviewing your website, we think that a new blog post would be the best and least intrusive option for you. We’ll pay $120 as an annual upfront payment and we will endeavour to make sure that you are paid within two working days, using PayPal or Moneybookers.

Take a look at our sample page: www.mycarreviews.co.uk/citroen-c4-review/ (The text advert here is “J.D. Power” located in the 3rd paragraph.)

Please let me know if you’re interested, so I can have your site assessed by our Technical team. I can then ask one of our client services team to send you a new article or ask our team of copywriters to craft an article to fit your site. This will include the advert details and client information.

Alternatively, if you have any more questions about this advert type, then please do let me know.

Thanks,
Ronnie

I answered that i need more details and an example. Here is his answer:

Hi Sorin,

I will now run your site by our client services team and drop you a line as soon as the assessment is completed and the article details for your website are ready.

Best Regards,
Ronnie

I’ve never heard from him since then…


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Sorin Mustaca

Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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