Feel like talking to the FBI about SEO?

Conor Treacy

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I just had a phone call from our local FBI office that needed information about SEO, how it works and what our opinions are about certain practices.

We had a great chat for about 30 minutes and he is now armed with quite a bit more information to put into his report on how something does or does not work. (one specific item was the Guaranteed Rankings, and how that works).

So, if anyone else would like to be a resource for this person in the SEO world, please send me a PM with your email address and I'll provide that to the agent so you two can talk.

It's always interesting to see "Federal Bureau of Investigation" show on the office Caller ID and the call starts with "I'm XXXX from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I'm wondering if you can talk to me about SEO. We're not investigating you or your company, I'm just looking to chat about SEO to help me write a report."

As always, if you see or hear of something that is shady, potentially illegal etc, report it to your local office and they'll send it up stream to the team that need to be involved.
 

Linda Buquet

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Very interesting Conor... Thanks for sharing that experience with us.

I was involved in a HUGE mail fraud scam that included money laundering and identity theft. I was a big ring of thugs from China. It was a really serious deal and I tracked it down to being nationwide, not just the location I was involved in.

Did tons of detective work. Got the Postal Annex to save and not forward all the checks to let them stack up for a few days so FBI could get a glimpse of how serious it was...

Both the lady at PA and I called FBI several times, different departments and it was like hitting a brick wall. No one seemed to care, understand or know what department to refer us to. Was frustrating.
 

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Interesting indeed. Keep us updated if there's any further developments from it. How in the world did they find/select you if you don't mind me asking?

Let me guess..they Google it? :D
 

Conor Treacy

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@linda - that's a bummer to hear that they couldn't put you in touch with the right people. I've heard others say the same thing with regards to varoius reportings that they've done on one thing or another. In todays day and age it seems there's just a ton of things to investigate and there's never enough people available to actually do the job :(

The person I talked to worked in "White-Collar Crimes" but said that anything I wanted to report about anything, I can contact him and he'd forward to the right divisions etc. I have a buddy in the IRS that is really good and digging and forwarding people to the right places - but I guess they all can't be stellar employees at the government :(

@Scott - you guessed it ;)

Oddly enough, I asked him if he talked to any of the other local SEO companies and if we were all on the same page with our answers and he said that he hadn't talked to any of the others yet. He opened several pages in his Google search, but the #1 reason why he called us first was that there was a picture of a person on the home page (and on the company info page) and he said to himself, I'll call them, I know they're real people.

Most of the local SEO companies, and I guess companies in general, have just their logo on their pages. But because our faces were the first thing he saw, that was a "conversion factor" for him.
 

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