Negative SEO & Extortion Emails

Thought I would share this as discussion about negative SEO has increased in this forum. I'm curious as to what you are all seeing out there these days.

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and here are a few things you can do to protect yourself against negative SEO

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NOTE from Linda - See Negative SEO Extortion Emails below
 
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Linda Buquet

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Actually since you brought up negative SEO attacks Justin - check this...

WARNING: this extortion email is going out to TONS of SEOs and LOCAL SEOs TOO!

PAY $1500 or I'll Nuke Your Site.
<a href="http://searchengineland.com/google-responds-mass-negative-seo-extortion-emails-200689">Google Responds To Mass Negative SEO Extortion Emails</a>

I've been remotely involved...

One of my new local search consultants that just started training with me, sent me a copy of that exact same extortion email and asked me what to do.

I alerted Jade, Matt Cutts, John Mueller and a couple of Webmaster Top Contributors. Then Dejan SEO and a couple others started reporting getting the same email.

1st he emails asking for an SEO quote. Then after you reply (and he knows he has a live person on the hook) he follows up with the extortion email, demanding $1500.

Here is a post from Dejan SEO with a copy of the same email threat:
<a href="http://dejanseo.com.au/hello-extortion-email/">Hello, this is an extortion email.</a>

So if you get the email, follow the suggestions at the SEland post.

Have you gotten the email?
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<meta property="og:image" content="http://nowscape.com/scams/Scam_images/scam_alert.jpg">
 

Linda Buquet

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You guys only see what I'm doing on the public side.

I sometimes end up investing an entire day going back and forth with Google or consultants, doing vigilante work like this, because of some kind of scam. (And folks wonder why I don't have time to get the new advanced course finished.) :eek:

Would be nice if everyone was just honest!
 
Lol. Doesn't this guy know this was going to happen sooner or later? Oh man...

I imagine his identity will be found out and this will be one of the more embarrassing moments of his life. No one would bite on that anyway.

I don't think he thought this one through...
 

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