Monday, May 27, 2013

Fraud Emails

I would like to inform everyone of an email that has been floating around. When I first read this I was excited, but then quickly was told that they had heard something similar to this email that I had received. I also learned that my Best Friend had received the same email a week after I did.

This is the exact email that I received in my inbox from Homeschool Mamma website.....

Hey Jennifer,

I'm going to be a father, and - while I know it's a little bit early to be worrying about this - was incredibly anxious about public education. Homeschooling seemed unrealistic, who was I to challenge the official government schools? Your blog has been incredibly helpful over the past few months. At first all it did was sow the seed of doubt, but I'm now 100% confident in our ability to provide our child with a challenging, loving and nurturing homeschooled education. All thanks to you! Your posts just really hit home, it's the perfect balance between casual, actionable advice and foundational principles. From now on, every time someone looks at me with furrowed brows, questioning the personal choices of my family, I'll point them to your site.

We don't have a lot of money so it took me a few weeks to come up with a way to support you with something other than gratitude, but here goes: I work at an internet company that sponsors posts on blogs from time to time. It's usually for published authors or university blogs, but I've convinced my friend at marketing to make an exception. The way it works is that you start off your next post with a little note saying something like "This post is supported by X" publish it, send me the link and you get a $25 gift voucher from the Amazon online shop in your email (I think they also do paypal)! How cool is that?

Anyways, just wanted to give back a fraction of what you've given me, hope this email has made you smile :)

Now, I cannot lie, I did get a smile reading this email, but however, it did cross my mind that it was too good to be true. So, I responded back with a few questions and never heard anything back from the sender. My advice is that even in our world of homeschooling, we can be victims of these type of people, but I'm not sure what we could possibly be a victim of at this point because the email was so unclear as to the name of the internet company.

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  1. I got this one too. Glad to know I wasn't being rude by ignoring it :)

    1. Thank you Courtney for reading our blog! It's sad that they don't have anything productive to do in their lives.