SEO SCAM ALERT
Beware The 'Jump Media' Guy
Who's Really Not From Google ...
March 20, 2013
By Kirsty Gillmore
I was cold-contacted on my mobile recently by a person who introduced himself as "Calum," calling from the UK number 02071839633. He addressed me by my first name, claimed to be from Google, and offered a deal for me as a voice over artist:
top ranking of my website on Google for 5 keyword phrases at the price of £99 for 30 days.He suggested key phrases like "radio voice over" and "British female voice artist," but said I could specify my own.
It was a classic hard-sell marketing pitch:
I haven't had much experience with SEO, AdWords or the like, but it didn't ring true for me, especially the part about Peter Dickson. I said I didn't think the voice of X Factor (and one of the best-known voices in the UK) needed to use SEO rankings to boost his career!
I said I didn't think it was for me, that it sounded like a lot for what I'd be getting, and that I'd like to see some statistics about conversions, clicks etc. so I could judge my return on investment.
He said he'd talk to his manager and call me back in 20 minutes.
HE CALLED BACK!
I did some some questioning and research, and found a blog post from another small business owner, who had been scammed by the same company.
By the time "Calum" called back, I knew what he was offering and I declined, saying politely that I wasn't interested.
He became insistent and pushy, asking me repeatedly why I thought that, suggesting that I was missing out on a big opportunity to boost my business, and telling me that it was "only £99, which you can make back in one job, easily."
He became quite aggressive and surly, to the point where I hung up.
BEWARE THE 'JUMP'
Although "Calum" insisted he was from Google, the blog post I found, and other searches, show the number he called is listed to Jump Media, Jump Up Media or Talkingfast Ltd.
They're-UK based, but they've also approached people in Spain and the U.S.
BE WARNED: They were rude to me, but the blog post I found reports they can also be charming, and several people have been taken in.
They will ask for your bank or credit card details over the phone - if you reach this point, hang up straight away!
HAPPENED TO YOU, TOO?
Please feel free to share my experience, as they appear to target small business owners and sole operators.
And since they specifically targeted me as a voice artist, I think anyone in our community could be at risk. Voice over work can be up and down as we all know, and it's easy to be tempted by dodgy marketing schemes when the work's not rolling in.
Kirsty Gillmore is a professional Kiwi/British voice artist, sound designer, sound engineer and voice reel producer. Born and bred in New Zealand and living in London, UK for the past 10 years (including 8 years at the BBC), she records voice overs in both a genuine relaxed Kiwi accent and a neutral British accent for a range of projects and international clients. She is a sound designer for cabaret and theatre productions across the UK. She likes good whiskey, vintage microphones and sunshine and hopes one day to be able to afford copious amounts of all three.
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