With her top ratings and world-wide recognition, you'd think she'd be a bit unapproachable, but Jane is, in fact, a real sweetie.
This lovely lady took time from her packed schedule to check out some information for a complete and utter stranger who approached her out of the blue. She not only answered in detail, but added a couple of great bits of advice (complete with info and links).
I know this for a fact because I was the complete stranger.
It was a Tweet - and a Blog Post
A while back, a tweet about a scam beauty blogger caught my attention and brought me to a blog post about a certain freebie-beauty-product-seeking-scam-blogger who was 'on the loose' in the UK. No names were mentioned, but there was a detailed description of the scammers 'modus operandi'. I added a comment to that post.
Ironically, it was a comment along the lines of 'wow I had no idea, I'll be on my guard now - thanks for the heads up'.
But I Promptly Forgot
A few days later, I was approached by a UK beauty blogger who was interested in doing a feature on my products. Flattered, I proceeded to make the following mistakes:
- not ask for her blog's web stats
- allow her flattery to overshadow my common sense
- formulate products personally for her
- send them to her
A fortnight later, I wrote to ask how the products were working out. I received a reply along the lines of 'the products never arrived and could I possibly re-send?'
A bit of detective work brought me to the source blog post. I wrote the author with a description of my story and the name of 'my beauty blogger', asking if this was the scammer she had written about.
Not only did I receive a swift reply, but was also given some excellent advice about how to avoid this situation in future.
Thank you British Beauty Blogger for being such a class act!
So, Was She the One?
As it turned out, 'my' beauty blogger was not the scammer from the original post. In hindsight though, I think she may have been a copycat.
You live. You learn.