Friday, November 12, 2010

Oh do I have a giggle for Ya'll!!!

Now as you all know I do the occasional PR for companies who are willing to send me a free product to try out for them.
This means that I occasionally get a wack job with a bogus request!
Just like the email I woke up to this morning!

Click on it to make it big enough to read. Go ahead...I'll wait.
~Drinks Tea~
Now as you can see, Caroline Smith OBVIOUSLY thinks I am a retard easily taken in by a few kind words!
For the next few moments I am going to go over this email and point out Caroline Smith's BIGGEST mistakes!

Hi (This is where you should insert my name..Which is all over my blog.)
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed visiting (Oh please! If you know ANYTHING you would have used my blog name. Not my web address.) You've certainly put together a great blog with some really useful articles. (Useful....What  kinda crack do you smoke?) It's taken me at least an hour to drag myself away from the site (By the site you mean MY BLOG??)  and write this email! I particularly enjoyed reading the post "Big Sigh": (Let me get this straight...The post you loved the most...after an HOUR of reading is from a week ago where I talk about being alone all week with a sick kid and my grandfather is dying....You are one twisted chick!)
I am a professional writer and frugal living aficionado. (Professional writer...I'm not seeing it!)  I'm very thrifty by nature and love finding creative ways of how I can save money. I guess it's a belief that was installed upon me at an early age by my grandmother, whose favorite saying was "a penny saved is a penny earned"! (Wow talk about using THE most clich├ęd phrase in the English language.)
I was wondering if you would be interested in publishing one of my articles about money saving tips. (Not even close....Probly not even for cash at this point.) I have had my articles published on many websites relating to money saving and frugal living. Please see the link below for an example of my work: (Ok seriously...DO NOT send anyone to this link...It's an article on re-decorating and there is ONE comment posted....Oh and let's not forget that it takes people back to your "Slip cover website" not money saving...As you claim.)
In return for the free post, all I ask is that there are a couple of links back to one of my sites somewhere within the article. (Whoah Whoah Whoah! Hold the phone! You want me to post one of your articles FOR NOTHING and then I get to have some of your links back to your crappy website too!!! It's Christmas happening early!! Not.)
If you are interested in getting free content for your site, (I'm not...See above.)  just let me know and I will get to work brainstorming some ideas for article topics. (Ya I can see showcasing your ugly slip covers takes some brain cells.)
I look forward to hearing from you.
(Consider this hearing from me.)
Kind regards
Caroline Smith

Ya...I wish I could say this was the first time I have received an email like this. It's not.
This one just rubbed me the wrong way today. The sad thing is some people have actually let her guest post!!
Just Google "Caroline Smith".
Anywho...It's Friday...And this made me feel SO much better!!!
Hope you all have a great weekend!


Shell said...

I've gotten requests like this and they crack me up. "Free content for my site" um...I don't need that, thanks. Like they are doing us a huge favor by allowing us to post their junk on our sites. Ridiculous.

Tricia said...

That's right up there with the Indonesian IT bloggers who always want to cross-link with my 'informative' website. Yep, most people read my blog to learn about IT.

Sexxxay said...

I believe her; all the pros forego spellcheck.

Not that that really matters, as right now "forego" has a red, squiggly line underneath! Oh, the internet.

MichelleLCSW said...

I got one of these e-mails a couple of weeks ago - and I'd have to say, you're way braver than me to actually have clicked on the link because I went into panic mode and deleted the e-mail, thinking that it was some virus-laden link that would cause my computer to spontaneously combust! But now, thanks to you, I know where that link went! And HOW ANNOYING is that kind of spam?!!!!

SB said...

i think the funniest thing is she addressed you by your blog address. i dont even know your blog address i only know you as miss c. lol spam!

Joy said...

I get these ALL THE TIME and it drives me crazy.

Now I tell them they are welcome to buy advertising but I don't give free advertising, which is always what these are.

Velvet Over Steel said...

I got this Exact request from her. I email back with more questions... no response, then did some research & You are Right. Her only 'website' is the slip cover one that She runs. Wow...

I am still new to blogging and this was only my second scam.

Thank you for the Eye Opener on what to look our for.

~ Coreen