Scam Alert: My Trending Stories

I don’t normally post twice in one day, but I felt compelled to, this time.

I got a message through my blog’s contact form last year, but didn’t respond until last month. This is what it read:

On 17 August 2016 at 21:21, Admin <donotreply@wordpress.com> wrote:

Hi Ken,

We have come across your blog https://mrmultilingual.wordpress.com and strongly admire the content. Your writing abilities and ability to engage readers is remarkable and a very rare asset in this days and age oversaturated blogging community. We would love to have your content on various topics displayed on our website MyTrendingStories.com in order to display your creative work to a large platform.

My Trending Stories is a new website who prides itself on one specific value: giving back the power to the writers through freedom of speech and expression. Several blogging websites support a specific political view, ideology or mindset. Over at My Trending Stories no content is restricted as long as it does not contribute to racism, discrimination or anything that violates an individual’s human rights. Through this, we aim to be one of the top 5 biggest blogging websites on the internet.

We strongly believe that your writing aligns with our core value, and would love to have your content displayed so that it can reach an even broader audience. As a contributor on MTS, your creative work will remain yours at all times and we even encourage that you promote your personal blog on the website. Feel free to even post work that was originally on your blog, the most important thing is that your message and story gets out to the world.

Furthermore, we place importance in seeing our writers grow. We keep in contact with our writers in order to provide mentorship and personal growth. We will also be having our first annual convention in 2017 where writers will have the ability to network and learn tips from people in the industry. This includes media, journalism, editors, authors and publishers!

We also have several interesting features such as a video section, and will soon be expanding in French and Spanish.

We would truly love to have you be a part of this team. If you are interested in this opportunity email us back at: admin@mytrendingstories.com

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
My Trending Stories Team

I responded, and asked for more info, but… something didn’t seem right. It seemed that if they were truly a professional/high quality blogging site, they would have offered some sort of payment. But nope. Nothing of the sort.

So, I told my friend about it, and she said, “Oh, that. It’s a scam. Google them. I’ve heard of them before.”

Google, I did. And found another blogger (Opinionated Man) had received exactly the same e-mail, with just minor differences (the URL for his site, and his name). (See his blog post about it here.)

Imagine my disappointment that the only message I’ve ever received through my contact page was a scam. So, I thought I’d post this for any other bloggers who might fall prey to these scammers who want to get writers to basically work for free. Your writing is valuable, guys. Your time is valuable. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you.

To close, I quote Opinionated Man: “Be smart bloggers. Don’t take things at face value.”

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