Apparently thousands of websites have fallen for this scam by posting their FAKE award press releases.
Here is the best part ... they gave my site an award "recognized as New York Best of Business 2010" and it's a Sedo parking page and has been for years.
I have removed the domain name, email address, and award code from their scam email .
But here you can see over 19, 000 sites that fell for this scam:
Here is the scam email
To: <<Email Address Removed>>
Subject: <<Domain Name Removed>> recognized as New York Best of Business 2010
Date: Mar 29, 2011 5:37 AM
Congratulations <<Domain Name Removed>>,
The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that <<Domain Name Removed>> has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Nonclassified Establishments category.
The SBCA Best of Business Award Program recognizes the best of small businesses throughout the country. Using consumer feedback and other research, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports . Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
A copy of your press release is available on the SBCA awards website listed below. SBCA herby grants <Domain Name Removed> a non-exclusive, revocable, license to use, copy, publish, stream, publicly display, reformat, excerpt, and distribute this press release. If you desire, a 2010 Best of Business Award has been designed for your place of business and can be obtained by pressing the receive awards tab while retrieving your press release from the SBCA awards website. Additionally, a Web Logo proclaiming your 2010 Best of Business Award selection can be obtained through our website as well.
As an award winner, you have been assigned the following award code: <<Award Code Removed>>.
This code may be used to redeem your award benefits by entering it into the SBCA Awards Claim page. Or, alternatively, you may use the following link:
http://main.smallbusinesscommerceassociation.org/2010-sbca-award-welcome/?awardCode=<<Award Code Removed>>
Once again, congratulations on your selection and we wish you the best of luck in the future.
The SBCA Selection Committee
This email contains special information intended only for the owners or operators of <Domain Name Removed>. To prevent further notifications and advertisements, please follow the steps outlined below. If you no longer wish to receive our emails please use the following link:
Or, you may send an Opt-Out request to the following address:
Attn: Compliance Manager
Small Business Commerce Association
548 Market St # 35785
San Francisco, CA 94104, USA