(UPDATE) Thoughts on BP spammer e-mails

January 11, 2013

Technology

With so many companies and individuals getting on the BP claims bandwagon its little wonder that the story has become a “Gangnam Style” meme for the business world. Its like “Linsanity” with plaintiffs. The turgid call for more BP claims is even making the email rounds. Supposedly, anyone can get a free claim case review and know back in five days.

Careful what you click for…

Careful what you click for...

Careful what you click for…

Not so fast. One email from BPClaims.org with the subject line “BP Claims Notifications” is actually embedded with links leading to vpweb.com, an Internet marketing blog that appears to claim affiliation with Vistaprint, a publicly traded printing company.

Oh, and the BPClaims site itself? While claiming to be the “#1 BP Claims Site” an ominous banner at the top of the page reads, “This is not the official court authorized website.”

The real site for BP claims is www.deepwaterhorizonsettlements.com. Better yet, just call their listed number (866) 992-6174.

Always use extra caution when checking your inbox. If you get an email that looks suspicious (or even legitimate) asking you to “click here” you can always hover your mouse over the link to see where it actually goes. If you are using a smartphone or tablet then I’d be careful because if you touch the link it will probably connect anyway.

Phony emails can always be full of destructive malware or slimy spamming software so at the very least double check the links before wasting your time or giving your computer a nasty virus.

>>UPDATE

A blogger named Bill posted the following this morning on BPClaims.org.

BPCLAIMS.org staff just heard we are bulked in with some BPClaims phony sites via some news site.  We are not even in the least a phony site.  Our moral obligation has, and always will be, to the people and businesses that were hurt by the Oil Spill.

We have taken pot shots from all over and what we have determined is that when you are actually out to help people and expose the truth; this stuff happens.  Did we get an offer in 5 days?  Yes we did.  Do we fight our asses off for people? You bet ya.  Even folks that are not engaged with us.  Is the 5 day offer the  the norm?  Unfortunately, no.

We will continue to fight the good fight, we will continue to fight for peoples rights and we will  never stop.

To whoever is out there  to discredit us, I invite you to our office, anytime any day.

We are here for the people…always have been,  always will be.  We are not aligned with any specific law firms or processing groups, but absolutely help a ton of them better understand what is going on and how to help people.  We have one goal in mind and that’s to get people paid.  We have never received one dime from a client that did not receive a settlement themselves.

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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