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Deceptive Marketing Practices

Have You Been a Victim of Deceptive Marketing?

If you have a website, you have probably received one of these in the mail. If you did, I hope you did not send these people any money. This is a marketing mailer that looks a lot like an invoice for $289. It’s not! It’s purely marketing. We received this in the mail and wondered how many unsuspecting people would open this and simply send a check for $289.

Deceptive Marketing
Deceptive Marketing

The company behind this particular mailer is Domain Networks out of North Carolina. If you check out the FAQ on their website it says: “What you received in the mail is not a bill. This is an advertisement for our domain listing services.” So what do you get for your $289? According to their website, “We offer a premium listing service that helps your business rank higher on search engines. We use unique and updated white-hat tactics to help drive more traffic and customers to your website or local business.” Yeah, I think I’ll pass. Even if that were true I am turned way off thanks to the way they try to scam you into sending them payment.

Deceptive Marketing? We sure think so.

What do you think? It sure looks like a bill to me. It even has a perforation so you can tear off the bottom portion and return it along with your payment. This is wrong and not ethical. Don’t fall for it.

If you get mail asking you for payment, please – do some checking before sending any money. If you’re not sure, call us or use our Contact Form. We’ll be happy to help sort it out with you.

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Team 218 Web ServicesHi, I'm Chuck Hersey, a partner at Team 218 Web Services and I created this content. I've been building websites and working with SEO projects for over 20 years. I started Team 218 in 2014 with a goal of offering quality, affordable websites to Iowa small businesses and nonprofit organizations. I wanted to provide a complete website package solution to make getting a website easy, fun and affordable.

You can contact me by email (puhpx@grnz218.pbz), our Contact Form or by text or phone at 319-333-0815.

 

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