(I'm not sure this is the correct forum to to post this to, feel free to move it to the appropriate forum as needed.)
I've seen it before, but lately an email has been circulating and is being sent to various bee related websites (honey producers, beekeeping associations), asking you to post a link to a students beekeeping related web project. The link is on a commercial site and the page does have beekeeping information on it. However, the information is stolen from another source and there are hundreds of links to products on the commercial site. In short it's an attempt to boost rankings with the search engines by building links to their site.
The most recent version of the letter I've received from one of our local association in the state is as followed (URL mangled so adding it here doesn't give them another link)
Hello and greetings from Delaware and Ms. Ward's classroom!
I hope you don't mind me contacting you like this. I'm currently working with my class to revamp my classroom website with new sections and information for students, parents, educators, etc. (in desperate need of an update). One of my
students, Anna, came across your page, (insert your website here) while searching for resources for our "Outdoor Activities" section and found some great information there that we will most likely be adding to my site.
As part of the project, the kids are required to find and share a resource with the people that we have borrowed information from for "using their stuff," as
one student put it (haha). This is something that Anna thought would go well on your website (I thought beekeeping was such a cool and unique idea!):
"The Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids"
My hope is that if you find it useful at all that you might consider posting this along with the other links on your site. When I get to show the kids that someone actually posted their link, I think it acts as a mini-motivator and keeps them engaged in the project (which is obviously awesome).
Anyway, if you are able to post it just shoot me an email and let me know so I can show her and her group and thanks ahead of time for playing a small role in this
I hope to hear from you soon!
Ms. Deborah Ward (and Anna)
This of course is fraudulent and an attempt to get you to help market their online store. The real source of this information (so far as I can tell) is http://www.ssibeekeepers.com/the-gui...dults-and-kids
which is a valid beekeeping association website and isn't full of hidden links to online stores.
So please check your association, your state association and your own websites for the bad link. Googling "The Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids" shows a lot of hits, most of which are for the fraudulent site.