Is TravelAdBuyers.com a Scam Website?
I currently received an email from www.traveladbuyers.com asking if they may advertise on my website. At first, I was excited, but I noticed that the sender’s name was questionable. I then realized I might be dealing with some sort of scam, and that the website traveladbuyers.com might be trying to scam bloggers, publishers, and advertisers. I then decided to investigate. (At the same time, I emailed back to wait for their reply.)
In my response email, I asked the email sender, a certain Etsuko K., to send me a detailed proposal. I wanted to know what exactly they are offering bloggers so that I know the mechanics of their scam (if it is indeed one).
Etsuko K. is a Marketing Administrator of traveladbuyers.com, according to the email sent to me. However, I found it highly suspect that this marketing administrator had to use the first letter of his surname instead of his entire surname. (I remember reading somewhere that transparency is one of the signs of a legit company – and using initials instead of complete names shows, to a degree, a lack of transparency.)
I then did a little sleuthing. I found a few complaints about Traveladbuyers.com showing how their website and several others have the exact same format and pictures – and even their hotlines are identical.
See for yourself. Here’s a screenshot of Traveladbuyers.com:
And here’s a screenshot of Adbuyersgroup.com:
See the uncanny similarity? Rather, do you see any difference other than in the website name?
Here are other websites that have the exact same home page as Travel Ad Buyers:
To all fellow bloggers, always be wary of advertisers – make sure you “test” and “investigate” them before you spend time writing blog posts for would-be clients.
I hope this blog post of mine becomes useful to other bloggers out there. If you have additional information on Travel Ad Buyers (traveladbuyers.com) and how it may indeed be a scam, do drop a comment.