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I don't need spelling, do I?

by: Romany Howes (23 July 2014)

I think I'm pretty good at spotting scams. I get emails all the time from obvious scammers I am not gullible enough to believe that all I have to do to claim a share of $3m from a long-lost relative is send a few hundred dollars to an unknown and untraceable bank account. However, scammers are getting cleverer.

I very nearly fell for the Microsoft scam last year where someone rang me allegedly from the company to say that my computer was at risk. It seemed and sounded legitimate: I even accessed what I thought was the genuine Microsoft website from the URL I was given. What alerted me? Two things; one, the lady I spoke to with the strong Indian accent gave her name as Shirley Temple, and two, the pooer spelling and grammar on the site! And yes, it turned out to be a very elaborate scam to gain access to my computer.

The moral of the story is that spelling and grammar DO matter in business. If your website is badly spelt or grammatically incorrect, people will notice and will be reluctant to do business with you. Here's an example of an email I received just this morning from Amazon regarding my (non-existent) order:

"Thank you for your order. We'll let you know once your item(s) have despatched. Open the attached file to check order."

Ill let you find the grammatical errors.

The moral of the story is that as a customer, always check the spelling and grammar on a website or email: as a business owner, make sure that your correspondence and website are checked thoroughly, preferably by a professional company such as www.writeitclearly.com.

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Comments...

Ref: 93 Any advice to spot scams is useful.
Garry - 08:19 25-07-2014
Ref: 92 This is a sure way to spot a scam as the spelling and grammar often leave much to be desired!
Marilyn - 12:34 24-07-2014

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