Friday, 7 September 2012

Caution new bloggers!

Hey guys,

Ever since I started blogging I got requests from two companies to try their products and do a blog post. They emailed me religiously, replied to all my queries and asked for some information. Today I thought I would share my experience with you guys. But first let me name these companies.

The first one is VIVIANA, some Indian makeup brand or something.

So these companies themselves approached me, I never asked them to contact me or something. They emailed me regularly, solved all my queries and took my address for sending the samples. I was pretty new to blogging and did not really know that this might just be an attempt to take my data, since in today's world any database is also worth a lot. I have no idea how they might have used it but they definitely just took my data and all of this sample thing was a scam to just obtain that.

Worried that there was no reply back or anything, I emailed them but have not gotten any reply. Index trading I did not expect much because that is not even an Indian company but I had no expected such experience with Viviana India. I would definitely not purchase anything from such a company which only emails to obtain some data, neither would I recommend them to any of you.

So I thought I would just share my experience with you all and caution you too against such scams. Be careful who you release your data to and make sure not to provide them the address, rather just give them a phone number and ask them to confirm through that.

Have any of you had such experiences too? I am just worried about the data. I dont care about any of their samples, since I did not start my blog to receive some products rather to share my opinions and views with you all!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Have a great weekend :)

16 comments:

Niesha said...

hey Harman, the same viviana company emailed me as well however, i only gave them my ph no. no other details.
and after that there was no reply and i did not even contacted them proactively.:) I agree to get one's data can be their sole purpose.

Goga said...

yeah, that is why I thought that it should be discussed so that people can be cautious. I just wonder what they did with our data :-/

Nivedita said...

Thanks for the head up. They took mine as well and now I am worried :(

Preetha Karthik said...

Harman..it happened to me too..Viviana mailed me but i did not give them my address until they confirmed that they would send the products..now i feel it is much better to invest in products that we wud like to try rather than doing it for these companies sake..

♥CrazyPopLock a.k.a Bharti♥ said...

Viviana took my phone number and my address. Now I am worried. *rolls eyes* these weird fishy companies. >_<

www.crazypoplock.com

Pout Pretty said...

me too! Gosh!..Viviana has a fb page..maybe we should post something there??

Goga said...

@Nivedita- I have no idea why these people do that. I am definitely going to be more cautious next time onwards :)

Goga said...

@Preetha- I dont know why these people do that. Even I feel it is better to have less products that you will use rather than having many average or bad quality that you would not even use

Goga said...

@Bharti- I know. I am not giving them my address again! Stupid people

Goga said...

@Dolon- I am thinking we should go ahead and do something so that these people get to know that it is bad to take the data of people like this.

Ritu said...

viviana is spamming everyone's blogs... they say they'll give out free samples, and they write irrelevant comments like 'I have read all your blog posts and they are very useful' on all the posts... infact this is that one thing which forced me to moderate comments on the blog...and I never entertained them, not even on fb.. somehow the vibe was always too cold!

nice post... :) we should be careful all the time!

Goga said...

hii Ritu! I was so new that time and was easily mislead. I dont know why they re doing so. Its not even a company that I would ever buy from. I am definitely going to be so much careful next time on :)

Pooja_G said...

me too gave my contact number, but never heard back from them. They also posted self promoting posts on my FB page :(

Goga said...

Thats so mean of them! If they're products are really good then I dont think they need to use such cheap publicity, right?

dr_rashmi said...

hey . . not to worry girls . . . they took my address and number and sent me products worth more than a thousand buck .... compact, inkliner, kajal, facewash, and body lotion .. . . i dont know if they mean to spam . . .sooner or later they'll send you the products . . just try mailing them once more !!!!

http://healthybeamy.blogspot.in/

Goga said...

I dont think so because I did email them but they have nt even sent any reply and it has been about 2 months now.

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