rish3 - 10:35 pm on Apr 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
You built a lousy site. Made money off it. Then Google penalized the site and now you're trying to make money off a dead site by charging people to remove links from it. Walk away, the body is cold. No need to keep flogging it. Create something better. Charging people to remove a link is parasitic, indecent, and dishonorable.
That's one of many possibilities. However, there are also plenty of legit sites getting these requests.
Also plenty of sellers using 'toxic link removal' style automated services to send the emails. Input a url, click a button, and thousands of webmasters get a link removal request. All based on someone else's rough guesstimate of what Google might consider to be a "bad link".
Personally, I see both sides, and I don't find the "click and email thousands of people a link removal request" guy any less objectionable than the "I'm monetizing my crappy directory with removal fees" guy.