The Boston Diaries

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Odd spam

Sometimes I'll get a spam that intrigues me, and this one received several days ago was one of those:

From
Milo Dlacour <milo@blue-note.co>
To
sean@conman.org
Subject
Great idea for you and your website conman.org
Date
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:51:07 +0000

Hello, lovely to meet you.

My name is Milo,I have visited conman.org for some time now and have only just plucked up the courage to ask if you would ever like to host any content written by me, I would love to hear if you are interested.

I am not asking to be paid for this work in factit would be quite the opposite. If you would like to discuss this further please do get back to me.

Kind Regards

Milo Dlacour

Marketing Manager

Blue-Note Marketing

milo@blue-note.co

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It's not often I get email asking to write content for my site for seemingly nothing in return. Well, most likely it's a link back to their website or something, but still, something about this made me check out the website.

Milo Dlacour does not appear to warrant a mention on their website. How odd.

I would have put this out of my mind as a “random semi-odd piece of spam” if it wasn't for this spam the next day:

From
Ryan Atkin <ryan@pink-dog.eu>
To
sean@conman.org
Subject
Great idea for you and your website conman.org
Date
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:09:12 +0000

Good Morning!

It's nice to meet you, we are a fairly new company built up of really experienced writers and some other people who specialise in Technical Website things such as Rankings.

I have a really great article and would love to know if you would be able to host it for me. Drop me a mail when you see this and we can go into more detail!

Regards.

Ryan Atkin

Digital Outreach Agent

ryan@pink-dog.eu

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Again, the free offer for content for my site, the call to “discuss things” but this time, Ryan Atkin is listed on their website.

While the two websites certainly look different, to me, they feel the same. The spams are very similar to each other, so much that I'm wondering if it's the same company. And I can't quite figure out the angle they're going for here. It's very strange.

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