A Mild Scam

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 14.472% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

The other day, I got an offer from [COMPANY REDACTED] in an email entitled “[REDACTED] Sponsoring,” where they said they were fans of my blog and offered to give me a $50 Amazon gift certificate if only I mentioned their company here, on my blog.
It was a friendly-sounding email, and continued to sound friendly right up until I discovered three of my friends also got this same email.  (Except they got offered a $25 gift certificate.  I guess it’s done by Google Page Rank, or summat.)  So I was tilting towards saying “Thanks but no thanks” before, and now definitely am off.
So.  If you got that email?  They’re casting it wide in order to get the word out on their software.  Don’t feel flattered, and I’d wonder if the gift certificate would arrive, myself.
(Though I feel bad!  The guy said he wanted to have coffee with me!  And everything!)


  1. Lisa Nohealani Morton
    Jun 7, 2013

    They offered you $50? Dang, I only got offered $10. Then again, I don’t actually *have* a blog (which was one of my first tip-offs that all was not right), so I guess that’s fair.

  2. Felicity
    Jun 7, 2013

    Me too, $25!
    Being a cynic, my first impulse was to search twitter to see how wide the net was. 🙁

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