I spotted a weird thread at DigitalPoint Forums with a new member of the forum claiming to be a Yahoo employee. The person said, "My name is Matthew, I am a Yahoo! employee who works with advertisers on both the search and display side. I came across this forum and wanted to introduce myself."
What made me suspicious of this person were a few things:
- He said his email is firstname.lastname@example.org, but if he really worked for Yahoo, he likely would not list his email in the forum.
- Yahoo employees do not use @yahoo.com as their work email, they use @yahoo-inc.com as their work emails.
- Plus it seemed more like a sales pitch then a help post.
- Yahoo already has a rep in that forum
I have emailed Yahoo to confirm or deny this person's identity. I have not yet received a confirmation yet, but initial thoughts are that this person is not a real Yahoo employee. I will update this post and the thread when I get final confirmation from Yahoo.
So beware of fake search engine reps, in any forum, pretending to be from any company.
Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.
Update: Yahoo has confirmed with me that this is not a real Yahoo employee.
Update 2: Turns out, Yahoo was wrong. This is a real Yahoo employee. But it seems like this employee did not have Yahoo's approval to post on their behalf. I hope to find out more and post a new article afterwards.
Update 3: I have some more details in this new post.