How Low Can You Go? New Community Web Site Is Doing You No Favors

Beware e-mails warning you that someone has filed a report on you. Supersite Editor Larry Seltzer says that all indications are that it's a sucker play.

I take it as a positive trait in myself that Im constantly appalled at the gall of some people conducting scams on the Internet. It would be sad to take such things in stride.

The latest cheap trick comes as an automated e-mail from a site called word-of-mouth.org. Purporting to come from the "Word-of-Mouth.Org Report Awareness System" it informs the reader that some unnamed person has posted information about them at the web site for others to see. It doesnt say what that information is. Couched in pseudo-legalisms it implies that the e-mail is some sort of legally-required disclosure.

Heres an example:

Word-of-Mouth.Org Report Awareness SystemTo add this e-mail address to our Do Not E-mail List click here - http://www.Word-of-Mouth.Org/DNEL.asp?EA=sample_e-mail@sample_isp.comWord-of-Mouth.Org is obligated to inform you via e-mail (if possible) that a report has just been submitted about the person or persons associated with this e-mail address (sample_e-mail@sample_isp.com). *Please find a link to the report below. The Word-of-Mouth.Org Report Awareness System will continue to inform you when and if reports regarding this e-mail address are submitted in the future unless you add this e-mail address to our Do Not E-mail List and, in doing so, agree to give up any right you may or may not have to be informed when reports are submitted in the future.Word-of-Mouth.Org is a background research tool that allows users to access the valuable information source known as "word-of-mouth" on an International scale.Do not reply to this e-mail; it has been automatically generated.********************************************************Click here to view all reports in our system regarding this e-mail address - http://www.Word-of-Mouth.Org/srea.asp?ea=sample_e-mail@sample_isp.com********************************************************Word-of-Mouth.Org is an online meeting place where users from around the world can perform background research on individuals and businesses using the powerful information source known as "word-of-mouth". A user that has had experience with or has opinions regarding an individual or business will submit an "Identification Report" whose purpose is only to identify the individual or business in question. Other users are then immediately able to search through and review these "Identification Reports." When an interesting report (typically regarding an individual or business that the user knows) is found by a user, he/she may then begin to communicate with the report author through our Anonymous E-mail System to learn the experiences and opinions of the report author regarding the report subject.*Important! - Word-of-Mouth.Org "Identification Reports" are only for the purpose of identifying the report subject. They do not contain information additional to that which is viewable at no charge by any and all users. "Identification Reports" do not contain fields into which report authors can possibly enter any information aside from that which is for the purpose of identification. "Identification Reports" do not contain and cannot possibly contain any potentially defamatory information and "Identification Reports" are not to be construed as positive or negative.If you decide to contact the report author through our Anonymous E-mail System, do so by using the links that clearly appear in each report.For additonal information regarding how our site works please our FAQ at - http://Word-of-Mouth.Org/FAQ.aspIf you have any questions or comments please e-mail us at - http://www.Word-of-Mouth.Org/ContactUs.aspLegal Disclaimer: Word-of-Mouth.Org is only a meeting place for its users. Word-of-Mouth.Org has no control over the content of reports nor the actions of its users. Reports found at Word-of-Mouth.Org should not be construed as positive or negative. Use our Anonymous E-mail System to contact report authors and find out what they know. Each report author owns his/her reports as well as the pages on which said reports are published.

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