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Word Of Mouth Scam

Summary:
Email claims that someone is filing anonymous reports about you (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted via email, 2003)
Subject: SOMEONE JUST PERFORMED A SEARCH FOR REPORTS ABOUT [your email address] AT WORD-OF-MOUTH.ORG

Word-of-Mouth.Org Search Awareness System

TO ADD THIS EMAIL ADDRESS TO OUR DO NOT EMAIL LIST CLICK HERE -

Word-of-Mouth.Org is obligated to inform you via email (if possible) that someone has just performed a search for "Word-of-Mouth Reports" about you (your email address) at our website. *Please see link below to view search results. The Word-of-Mouth.Org website will continue to inform you when searches are performed in reference to this email address unless you add this email address to our Do Not Email List.

*Do not reply to this email; it has been automatically generated.

*Important! - "Word-of-Mouth Reports" are only for the purpose of identifying the report subject. They do not contain information additional to that which is viewable at no charge by any and all users. "Word-of-Mouth Reports" do not contain fields into which report authors can possibly enter any information aside from that which is for the purpose of identification. "Word-of-Mouth Reports" do not contain and cannot possibly contain any potentially defamatory information and "Word-of-Mouth Reports" are not to be construed as positive or negative.

You may view the search results for this email address by using the following link -
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For additonal information regarding how our site works please our FAQ at - [LINK REMOVED]

If you have any questions or comments please email us at -
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Commentary:
Basically, this scam email is just a hook to entice people to sign up for the company's dubious "service".

The email warns recipients that people are filing anonymous reports about them. Since the author of the alleged report is anonymous, anybody could have filed it, including (and most likely) the owners of the website. To find out what the anonymous contributor has actually said you need to sign up and pay a fee. People who have been gullible enough to actually do this have reported that they ultimately find out nothing at all.

This is just another grubby little scam, and these emails should go directly to the bin where they belong.

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen