I guess that if you’ve been on the Internet for a few weeks, you have come across a little company called Web Form Trafficker. They claim to help companies find their next big customer, or in other words, start a speaking deal. These companies post their services like a banner, and would you be interested in what they have to offer?
As a customer, before you reply, consider this a hat tip. These banners do not ask you to make any commitment to your future. They do not even mention what the service is, except maybe your level of commitment will help them determine whether or not it is a right fit for you.
Now, with that said, let’s discuss the services a little. The first thing that you may want to know is that the company does not make a huge investment in Truth Servers. As a matter of fact, it is relatively low-risk to apply for membership. They do not want to feed frenzy like some spam companies do. They want YOU to piggy-back their service as long as you can still call them. Anywhere from three to five words is a good length for a first application. You may feel that five words is a little delay, but five words isn’t that long a wait when you are spending your own money.
Next, you’ll be asked to supply personal information, and given that you are dealing with strangers, you might feel that the information is fairly harmless. Unless you feel that the information is too much, then you don’t have to share it.
Somehow, you must have responded to one of the Initial Contact approaches, and an automated system has registered your contact details with them. Now, it’s time to think about how you can off your hook this person. If you are sensible, you won’t have to think too much. Just relax andsurvive until you feel obliged to make a formal complaint. In other words, if you saw this mailing list with the names of companies that you have done business with in the past, you might be able to simply hit the delete button and carry on with your life.
But I seriously recommend that you do not respond to this person. As mentioned before, never give out your name, address, phone number, e-mail address or other particulars until you have checked with the actual organization to which the list refers. Even if this is in another branch of your bank, and not your own, you are bound to hear from someone who is not quite satisfied with the terms and conditions of service offered by this bank (or indeed its parent company).
In addition, if you receive a request to click on a link to another site that thereafter asks you to make a payment to keep you advised of developments or other happenings within the group that you are mentioned in the mailing list, do not follow the link. At all times, enter the address details of the person or institution that these links would have referred to, and that is the same information that would now be posted on the list of possibilities to harass you.
in addition, let your friends and family members know about this scam; it only helps to spread the word.
Review all of your monthly statements every month as soon as they arrive. Checking your statement, you can see obvious signs of a fraudulent transaction; these include unauthorized deductions (from your account), excessive purchases paid from your account, and new accounts created. If you see anything of this kind, contact your bank immediately.