Another Classic Case Of SEO Spam



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This week we received another classic case of SEO related spam in out inbox. A letter from  “a bit of a local pro” claiming he can help our website. Read it for yourself:

“Kia ora, my name is David McCullum,

I’m a bit of a local pro at helping New Zealand businesses get to the top of Google and get a whole lot more business coming in.

I’ve had a look at your website and I’m willing to send you a free report, valued at $750+GST, outlining what you can do better?

I’d like to follow up about this with a quick phone call. Can I call you this week to discuss your digital options?

David McCullum

Kia Ora Digital (KO Digital)

Auckland, NZ”

This is typical of people looking to generate business for themselves who most likely cannot do a thing for your site. Also, $750 for a report? This screams of spam. Be aware of spam like this in your inbox and if you do think you should follow up, always be sure to investigate the letter, the person and the company, as 9/10 out of 10, we are willing to bet that it’s a setup.

A quick investigation of the email above revealed the following details:

Return-path: <davidmcCullum@mail2.AUSSIESEOXPERTS.COM>
Envelope-to: xxx
Delivery-date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:57:20 -0600
Received: from [] (port=3880
by xxxx with xxx (Exim xxx)
(envelope-from <davidmcCullum@mail2.AUSSIESEOXPERTS.COM>)
id 1a961X-0042wE-EI
for xxx; Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:57:20 -0600
From: “David McCullum” <davidmcCullum@mail2.AUSSIESEOXPERTS.COM>
To: xxx
Subject: Re:Re:questions about your service
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

In this you can see that the origin email is faked, the reply email is faked and the IP is actually coming from China. Looking up the domain “”, you will find that the website doesn’t actually exist. Not only is the website a blank white page, which virus alerts going off like crazy, but a Who Is search and a Google search will reveal that it has been banned in both places. Clearly not a genuine and trustworthy “local pro” from Auckland. Keep far away from people like this.

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