This post is a little off the regular track of postings here, but it’s entirely necessary that I cover it.
My parents run a restaurant and I was given the task to create and maintain a website for them since “I’m good with computers.” This also means that I am given the lovely opportunity to handle all incoming customer emails. Well, today an interesting email came in announcing we’ve won the “Best Restaurant” award for our town…
The US Commerce Association (USCA) Scam
The email came from a group called the US Commerce Association and they claimed that our restaurant was top in its category for our town. Along with recognition of our achievement in a press release, they wanted to send us a crystal award with the name of our restaurant etched into it. To be honest, I was extremely excited while reading the email. The award looks really nice and the email was very flattering.
That excitement quickly washed away when I actually took the time to carefully reread the email. Not only did they not have the right city of our restaurant, but they also spelled THE NAME of the restaurant wrong. And then, I clicked through to the website, where they wanted us to pay $179.99 plus an additional $20 in handling costs. It became pretty clear that this whole was just to get me to buy a plaque.
I didn’t buy it because it’s really no different than some random guy on the street telling random passerbys that…
You’re a Winner!
You’ve won Steve’s Award of Excellence!
Yes, YOU WON!
You’re in shock, I know, but it’s true! In recognition of your achievement, I’ve created this lovely plaque for you to put on display.
This is a very prestigious award that not just anyone can receive. In fact, I rarely give these away. However, one look at you and I knew in my heart that you were a winner and now you can prove it to all of your friends with this lovely plaque!
Best of all, the award is FREE! All you need to do is pay $79 in shipping costs, plus an additional $20 handling fee and that’s it!!!
Act now and claim your award before I select someone else!
And I think I prove my point.
On an entirely serious note, I’ll mail the above award complete with confetti to the first person to send their name and address to Steve@IveTriedThat.com. Really. I spent a lot of time making that award and I’d hate to just throw it out.
The race is on!