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Scammer Threatens Site Owners for Backlinks


So you’ve landed on this page- that means you’ve probably been receiving emails from people claiming to work for Bizcope, demanding backlinks or a five-star review.

Unfortunately, these emails are nothing more than a scam, designed to hurt the reputation of Bizcope.

This could be a framing from a competitor because no one would be that “smart” to openly admit this kind of email scam.

This morning we received an email from a website owner who seems to be unhappy with this message.

The scammer introduces himself as Dusyanthan Balasubramanian from our company Bizcope.

So we’ve started seeing negative feedbacks on our Google Maps and Facebook page.

We would like to inform you that Bizcope has no connection with this guy and we are not responsible for those emails you receive.

Please don’t consider any email as our official message if it is not sent from the domain name Bizcope such as “*@bizcope.com”.

One of our team members has also shared his concern on “Google Search Help“.

We have noticed some other similar posts as well against this bad guy:

  1. Post on Topicnews
  2. Post on LinkedIn
  3. Post on BleepingComputer
  4. Post on Search Console Help

 

He has taken our brand name to hide himself or to damage our reputation.

We have already contacted our cyber security department and addressed this incident. They are working to identify the person who is playing these dirty tricks. 

We hope you’ll understand that these emails have no connection with us, and as such we cannot be held liable in any way whatsoever!


 

Update: 22.04.2022

In order to track this person, kindly share the email’s full headers with us.

For details, watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  • From a browser, open Gmail.
  • Open the email you want to check the headers for.
  • Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
  • Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
  • Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

 

40 Responses

  1. We at BPM Professional Web Design, received the same email just a day ago, therefore we contact Bizcope for clarification and they promptly respond our email explaining that they have been target by this scammer.

    As we see it, it isn’t far fetch to think that this scammer is being paid by someone with a grudge or a business competitor to hurt Biz Scope by spamming companies and individuals, pushing them to complain or give negative reviews to Biz Scope in particular, as they seem to be the sole target.

    As business owners, we all must be always on alert regarding such attacks online, as unfortunately, there is no relevant authorities to track and punish such offenders. Google itself has no department to address such problems.

    Be vigilant is all we can do to mitigate such problems.
    Hopefully one day, tools and agencies will be created to bring such individuals to justice.

    Best Regards
    David from BlackPearlMatrix

  2. These emails are starting to pile up on us, so I thought I’d check to see what kind of company it is that is being used in this spam.

    Aside from the fact that the threats to destroy our ranking is ridiculous, I am very sorry that your company has to experience this kind of scam.

    I sincerely hope that you do not suffer any major damage.
    Best regards from Germany

  3. Thanks, bizcope, for clearing this.

    We have got this mail some time ago and knocked on your FB page. When we investigate the link you provided, it gets a clear crystal answer.

    Regards,
    Mahedi
    On be half of Textile Details

  4. Thank you for your clarification, in one of our sites in Spain we have received the same threat email. We hope it does not affect your reputation. Have a nice day.

  5. I have just received the same email. I myself am in digital marketing and I knew immediately this was not Bizcope doing this because the email address was random and not from Bizcope. Bizcope was just in the email signature. Always check email signatures against the actual receiver email address.

    After doing some snooping around and doing my own backlink analyis on these chain and scam CBD sites he is running a I am really sad to see that this has scam has worked on some people and I can see they have linked to the requestd URL in un-natural ways.

    Here is one of his victims URLs. I have tried to contact mens health to let them know its safe to remove the link

    https:// www. menshealth.com.au /king-of-the-hill-ultra-runner-lee-grantham-defies-the-odds/

    The scammer is running these chains of sites that I have found

    naturecan. com. au
    uk.naturecan. com

    Rest assured. I’m about to his site much more than a million spam links. The law and Google won’t help ups. So stay tuned while I destroy his sites.

    1. Hi MrX, he always asks for backlinks for different sites. Probably he has a large network of websites, not only these two you have mentioned. Thank you.

    2. I got the same email today, I’m shocked and angry at the same time. Why the FUC someone would think they can get links this way. I wish someone takes this guy down.

    3. Someone on Google forums said they contacted Naturecan and they said they had nothing to do with what was going on.

      Here’s what they posted:

      “I sent an email to naturecan and got this reply:
      Hi Monica,

      Thanks a lot for getting in touch with us.

      I firstly want to assure you that the email you received was not from us, or any of our partners. We would never engage in that sort of activity and can only imagine how unpleasant it is to receive such an email, we are equally frustrated that someone is using our name in this manner.

      It appears the message you received is part of a wider attempt by someone with a grievance against Bizcope to damage their reputation, and Naturecan along with many other CBD businesses, have been dragged into it despite having no connection to Bizcope.

      Here is a link to Google Support where you can see other businesses like yourself, have received the identical email but with other CBD brands mentioned.

      https://support.google.com/webmasters/thread/139901988/someone-is-using-our-company-name-to-blackmail-other-website-owners-for-backlinks

      We are aware that many other major CBD businesses have been referenced in identical emails sent over the last few days. Examples of other brands we often see mentioned are Blessed and Vitality CBD. We, and others in the industry, are closely monitoring the situation.

      If you do want to have a call on the situation, please let me know. We are taking the matter very seriously and have reported it to all the major email providers. It would be great if you could mark the email you received as Junk or Phishing, to help ensure other people don’t receive similar contacts.

      Thanks
      Mary

      Mary
      UK.naturecan.com
      Number: +44 20 3808 6988
      Bank Chambers, Stockport, SK1 1AR”

      They actually look like a legit company with many reviews on Trustpilot, so most likely the spammer’s goal is not to actually create any backlinks, just destroy Bizcope’s reputation.

    4. Hi Mr X
      Have you had any update after your counter attack? We received the same threat with uk.naturecan as the client

    1. Hi Kristin, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  6. My company received the same thing. When I copied and pasted it in the Google thread just now I received a warning regarding personal information and this email came up which must have been embedded in the header. It is not visible in the email.

    [email protected]

    1. Hi Monica, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  7. Thank you, I am one of the websites that received the email from the scammer.
    I have informed everyone in the email so that they are aware of it….
    thanks again for replying so quickly

    1. Hi Esperanza, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

    1. Hi Ibrahim, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  8. I obviously knew there’s a scammer on the prowl trying to kill two birds with one stone.

    For whatsoever reasons, I don’t give a rat’s ass what he plans to do, but I know for certain I’d be sending a million bad links to the site he asked me to link to.

    Hardluck to whoever owns the said site.

    1. Hi Charsty, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  9. Another recipient of the threatening email here, based in the UK. I suspected the email was fake having looked at your website, and Tariq, I appreciate your clarification, and for pointing me towards this blog post. I hope you manage to track down the culprit.

    1. Hi Bill, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

    1. Hi Brad, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  10. We just received the same type of email so I had to google the company, try to figure out more about this and ended up right on this place. Glad you had published this for clarification. Hopefully, this will be sorted out for you soon.

    1. Hi Jade, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the scam email’s full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  11. We receive it too, what will be your action on this person, he leaves you a bad reputation, hope they can nail the person soon.

    here a copy what we receive 23.03.2022

    Hello Sir!
    I working for Bizcope SEO company in Bangladesh. My client needing backlinks urgently. So sir, I requesting that you give me a do follow, permanent backlink on your blog. When you are done, please sending me email to confirming. Here is my client website:
    Plz also creating a 5 star GMB and Trust Pilot reviewings too.
    If I do not seeing a backlink in one week, I am create million toxic blog comment spam and redirect backlink to ewins.asia and you can saying goodbye to your Google rankings for 1 year or more.
    I trust you making correct decision Sir. I giving you 7 days. If I getting link from you, I will also add a back-link to ewins.asia on
    Best wishes from sunny Bangladesh
    Dusyanthan Balasubramanian
    Bizcope | SEO, Web Design & Digital Marketing Company
    Address: 89/7 Gopibag Biswa Road, Nadian Tower, Level 3 Dhaka, 1203, Bangladesh

    1. Hi Stefan, Probably we can track this person if you cooperate with us. Can you please share the email full-headers information? Here is the way:

      – From a browser, open the scam email.
      – Next to Reply, click More. Show original.
      – Click Show original. A page with the email headers will open in a new tab or window.
      – Click the “Download Original” button and share the file with us

      For details, please watch this video: https://www.loom.com/share/db55d4e66a6743ae9a811e531033c105

  12. Just received same threat trough the contact form on my web, straight away discarded as a scam and not from Bizcope, many red flags as a gmail contact email and other obvious things, the person contacting was suppose to be Aisha Polglaze ( if this help you on the investigation)
    Best of Luck from Ireland

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