Although I run Parlour Design, I’m also involved with a number of other businesses too. One of these businesses has a generic info@ email address (which will get spam, regardless of how well the email address is encrypted on your website). I’ve advised the client to remove all traces of it, but historically it is still used by some genuine clients.
They’ve ensured that everywhere the email address was published, is now changed, including the main client website. However, I do also know that this info@ email address appears on a number of spam mailing lists people can buy into. It was therefore humorous to receive the following email today:
HiHope you are well.My Name is Joy, and I am a web consultant with a website design/development firm with offices in the US/UK, and development center in India.I was browsing websites from your domain and came across “www.client-domain-hidden.com“. From what I could notice, your current website does not have an appealing design that visually caters to your client demographic.One of the great things about the Internet is that it has leveled the playing field when it comes to competing with the big boys. You have one shot at making a good first impression. With a well- designed site, your little operation can project the image and professionalism of a much larger company. The inverse is also true. I’ve seen many big company websites that were so badly designed and hard to navigate that they completely lacked professionalism and credibility. Good for you, too bad for them.Do let me know if you are willing to discuss a possible redesigning of your website, to make it more appealing and comply with the International web standards. In fact, it would be best if you could send in your phone number, location (city) and a convenient time for you to speak.Before I end, I thought it may help for you to know that our pricing packages start at USD 199 with no monthly fee and that, we have delivered more than 5000 websites over the past 6 years.I look forward to your mail and to speak with you.Kind RegardsJoyEmail: email@example.comPS A call now could get you our inaugural discounts.Disclaimer: The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act) establishes requirements for those who send commercial email, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them. The above mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we ensure you will not receive any such mails
So, apparently, Joy has had a look at the website, and now wishes to help us make it more appealing to web design standards (even though the site has been completely redesigned, optimised, made accessible, etc. in the last two months).
However, even though she’s apparently ‘seen’ the website, she didn’t use any of the contact details from the website (as the email address she contacted the client on, isn’t listed anywhere on the website), similarly, all the other questions are also answered clearly on the contact page!
I thought I’d do a quick check on how many times this email has been sent out.. (by taking a copy of a big bulk of text, and putting it in quote marks into Google)… however, rather than finding websites showing this email, I actually found 14 web design companies from around the world, using the same exact words on their own website! I doubt all these web design companies are the offices mentioned in the email.
So these guys apparently redesign websites around 1,000 times a year, but they don’t look at them first but want you to contact them with your own details so they can sell you things. It’s true that the gist of their email is correct. But for them to claim to be part of the CAN-SPAM movement, send spam themselves, and not actually read anything of the people they contact (just send a generic email to people on a spammers list).. doesn’t give me the impression of an honourable business, just yet more people out to make money on the internet from people who don’t know any better!