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Social network P1 sending out fake recommendation letters in my name?

P1 fake recommendation letter

This morning I went through my email and saw a mail from Chinese social network I decided a long time ago not to become a member of the site, so I almost deleted the mail. But then the title ‘your recommendation letter’ intrigued me, so I took a quick peek at the spam they were mailing. Turns out that the site is sending out recommendation letters to prospective members, probably to convince these people to sign up. Fine, except for the fact that this was a recommendation that was supposed to come from me!!!

I don’t know what happened, but I know I am not a member of P1 and I certainly don’t recommend the site to others. It looks like they are just using my name and send out a mass mail with my name on it, so people may think I recommend the site? But then they made the mistake to also send it to me… Not very smart guys!

I assume is not doing very well that they need to use this kind of tactics. I will check with P1 about what they are doing and why they are using my name for this. I have at least 2 of their board members in my network, Net Jacobsson and Curt Shi, I hope they can tell me in the comments or in an email what’s going on and why P1 is using this kind of spam mail?

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  1. Hi,

    This is Yu Wang, CEO of P1. A friend just told me about this. First of all sorry about the incident.

    But if you haven’t actually pressed a button to send recommendations to your contacts in either the activation process or the membership application process in the last few days, I don’t see how this could have happened. Maybe someone used your name?

    I’ll check it out tomorrow and get back to you.


  2. @Delboy: I am the only Marc vdC in the world (so far at least!), my last name is not very common
    @Yu: I appreciate your reply. I am not a member of P1, so I have not pressed any button on your site. Would like to know if someone is trying to impersonate me, wouldn’t be good…

  3. Hi Marc,

    I checked with them team and we haven’t seen something like this happen before.

    Could you forward me the email you got so I can trace it with the code in the link and the time you received it?

    My email is y[at]


  4. @Yu, thanks for looking into this. I just forwarded you the email, looking forward to hearing more.

  5. Hi Marc,

    Sorry for the wait, have been traveling a lot lately. I never got your email. Could you send it again? Otherwise you can add me on skype: yuwang81


  6. I sent it again to you, strange you never got my email.