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Got an ad deal offer but i feel it's fake

How do you handle this kind of emails

     
1:14 pm on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I had an email today which only says

"Hello,

I am interested in having a text link to my site on yours - blawidgets.com . Could you please tell me how much will that cost for a period of 1 month?

Thank you"

Now this is the first time i got an email like this but i don't want to reply cause of;

Senders has no name, just a thanks
It comes from a gmail domain
Their website didn't mentioned
Ad place they want didn't mentioned
Sender contacted me via my whois info not from my website contact form .

Would you waste your time to answer this kind of emails or what ?

Thanks

4:44 pm on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I received similar emails in the past. They simply want to buy links for SEO purposes and are afraid to reveal their identity.
5:05 pm on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Would you waste your time to answer this kind of emails or what ?

No.

For all the reasons you listed.

5:12 pm on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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No. You have to have some idea who you're dealing with, and if they're using your whois contact it might as well be spammers fishing for live addresses.
8:00 pm on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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@chrisv1963
My that website is PR 0 , seems i forget to add that info sorry.

@ Rosalind
Thats what i thought first, i keep my whois info private and its forwarded to my main email addy.

As i thought first which i am sure now by all your input i will not answer that.

Thanks all for your answers

11:10 pm on Aug 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If I get any fishy emails for advertising I ask them to pay upfront. They will normally show their true colors at that point.
11:04 am on Aug 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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One should not generalize.

In the same way a decent client ( no meds / casinos / debts etc ) had sent a request for a textlink which earns monthly and in advance more than 1/3 of what adsense generates on the entire site.

Simply wish, there would be more like them.