Scam Email to GeneaBloggers’ Members from Jamie Smith at Formswift.com – DISREGARD

Disregard any email about privacy policies from Jamie Smith at Formswift.com - it is a scam.

WARNING: As a member of GeneaBloggers you may have received an UNSOLICITED email from a “Jamie Smith” at formswift.com stating ACTION REQUIRED related to a lack of a privacy policy on your blog. This is not only SPAM but also a marketing SCAM which I will explain below.

Spam Email from Formswift.com about Privacy Policy

Imagine that I have steam coming out of my head right now since I’ve had to interrupt my vacation to deal with a spammer/scammer. I have had to respond to NO LESS THAN 30 EMAILS OR MESSAGES related to this issue. I’m so sorry that many members of GeneaBloggers were bombarded with the following email today:

From: “Jamie Smith” <Jamie_Smith@mail.vresp.com>
Date: May 18, 2015 10:11 AM
Subject: Action Required: ___________ Needs A Strong Privacy Policy
To: <____________>
Cc:

Hi __________,

I recently visited your site from GeneaBloggers’ list of top Genealogy blogs, and I noticed that it does not feature a well-written privacy policy. I am a part of the formswift.com team, a young startup dedicated to creating personal and legal templates that are customizable, easy to use and highly professional, and I wanted to let you know we can create a customized privacy policy for your site at absolutely no cost.

As an example of our work, check out the privacy policy we created for Saveur Magazine’s Best Cooking Blog of 2013, Not Without Salt:

http://notwithoutsalt.com/privacy/

We’re making this process completely free for you, because, as a small startup, we understand the difficulty of finding quality free resources to help manage and maintain a website.

Setting up your privacy policy is simple: just reply to this email with the preferred name and email address of your organization and we will send you a customized privacy policy that you can post on your website ASAP. Please do not hesitate to set up a phone call if you would like to further discuss privacy policies or how FormSwift can assist your website.

Sincerely,

Jamie

__________Jamie Smith

Formswift.com

Email: jamie@formswift.com

GeneaBloggers Does Not Sanction Formswift.com or Its Sleazy Marketing Practices

I want to reassure the members of GeneaBloggers – a group that I have worked hard to build over the past six years – that I have no involvement with formswift.com and was unaware of this marketing tactic until this afternoon. I have not provided a list of blogs, blog owners or email addresses to formswift.com at any time. In fact, I never sell or give away my list of emails of members of GeneaBloggers.  See below for our privacy policy here at GeneaBloggers and how you can get your own for FREE.

Why Do Sleazy Websites like Formswift.com Do This?

Here’s the reason: they basically want you to provide a link to their website in order to build their Google Page Rank and improve their SEO (search engine optimization). If you look closely at the sample privacy policy to which they refer in the email, it has a link back to formswift.com.

Is it illegal? No. Is it immoral? Some would say that is isn’t immoral, but LAZY. Rather than work hard and build a community – a tribe – like GeneaBloggers (which requires time, resources and money), they’d rather mooch off of my work and your work. Don’t fall for what looks like a “gift” of a free privacy policy.

FREE Privacy Policy for Bloggers from GeneaBloggers

Do you want a privacy policy like this one at GeneaBloggers? You have my permission to use it – for FREE.  No hoops to jump through. No spam emails. Nothing to buy or sign up for. No worries, no hassle and no Jamie Smith.

Report Formswift.com to the Federal Trade Commission for Spam Emails

What formswift.com is doing is ILLEGAL and contrary to the various spam email laws here in the United States. They also want you to believe that somehow I’ve approved their actions. You can FORWARD the email from Jamie Smith to spam@uce.gov and state that it is unsolicited spam OR use this link here to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

 

 

Scam Email from Olivia Ethan – USA International Seminar Invitation

And the scam emails just keep coming! This one is from an Olivia Ethan:

From: Olivia Ethan [mailto:wilcoxc@mail.med.upenn.edu]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:27 PM
To: yourmail@gmail.com
Subject: USA INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR INVITATION

Dear Sir/Madam,

It gives me a great pleasure to invite you to the forth coming international seminar which the American Institute for Human Right (AIHR) is excited to be hosting in August 18th to 20th 2011 first Phase at Elm Croft Manor New York City USA, And then from August 22nd to 26th 2011, Second phase at Lagasca Madrid Spain.

The theme of the forth coming seminar is; Racism and Human Right. Delegates who are interested in making a paper presentation are advice to make a summary presentation on the above subject.

Registration is open now! Contact the organizing secretary Mrs Grace J. Nicholas for more information. Email: grace.j.nicholas@globomail.com See you in the Seminar.
Regards

Miss Olivia Ethan

* * *

The poor use of grammar and punctuation should be a giveaway.  Also, why would you as a genealogist or a genealogy speaker be receiving an invite for such a conference?  These losers keep coming up with scams to steal your personal information and they play upon the gullibility of people who might receive these emails.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Scam Email – Speaking Request for University of Nottingham

Once again, just like last year’s scam email about a speaking engagement at Queen Mary University, we need to give the members of GeneaBloggers a heads up.  It appears that a new spam email has been sent to various members especially those listed on the GeneaBloggers Speakers Bureau and GeneaSpeak.  The email is an invitation to speak at a youth conference next month in London .  I would urge GeneaBloggers members to disregard the email and mark it as spam – mostly likely the person sending this email wants access to your personal information and bank accounts.

From: “Professor David Greenaway” <uknottinghamuniversity@gmail.com>
To: _________________________
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:45:26 AM
Subject: SPEAKING REQUEST

Dear _____________________,

My Name is Professor David Greenaway from the London Youth Community
Here in London UK. We want you to be our guest speaker at this Year
THE UNIVERSITY OF  NOTTINGHAM conference seminar, which will take
place here in UK.We are writing to invite and confirm your booking to
be our Speaker

VENUE: The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham,
NG7 2RD.
United Kingdom.
Email: uknottinghamuniversity@gmail.com
Expected audience: 1500
Duration of speech per speaker: 1 Hour
Name of Organization: THE UNIVERSITY OF  NOTTINGHAM
Tel Phone: (+44) 702406 1954
Topic: Genealogical
Date: 24th of July, 2011.

We came across your profile on http://www.genealogicalspeakers.com and
we say it’s up to standard and we will be very glad to have such an
outstanding personality in our mist for these overwhelming gathering.
With your multi talented speech more lives will come close , Sorry
about our late invitation it is due to the fact that our Speaker had
back out because of her sudden illness.

Arrangements to welcome you here will be discussed as soon as you
honor our invitation. If you have any more publicity material, please
do not hesitate to contact me. A formal Letter of invitation would be
sent to you as soon as you honor our invitation. We are taking care of
your traveling and Hotel Accommodation expenses including your Speaker
fees.

Stay Blessed

Professor David Greenaway

uknottinghamuniversity@gmail.com
THE UNIVERSITY OF  NOTTINGHAM
(+44) 702406 1954

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee