7 Websites I Initially Thought Were Scams (but will not, apparently, hack into your computer and rob you blind)

Happy Friday, Cyberspace!

Remember last Tuesday when I said that I wasn’t going to just randomly disappear into thin air? Well, guess who just randomly disappeared into thin air this past week?

That’s right. This cookie right here.

But never you fear, my smol crumb, for I have returned to you with a thousand and one excuses as to my absence that I shall not be naming because A) they’re extremely lame and not at all worthy of my absence, and B) I only have like three excuses.

HOWEVER! I have not been completely MIA, as I actually wrote a guest post over on the wonderful Alex’s blog, Lord Of The Trekkies, which was posted yesterday! So technically I still posted something this week? Just…not on my own blog.


So if any of you would like to hop on over and check that out, I’m sure we’d both appreciate it very muchly!

However, I must inform you that I wrote this particular post whilst suffering from a severe allergy/cold mutation that would not be tempered by any form of medication, so the quality of the content in the post is highly debatable at this point in time.

Ye have been warned.

But anyway, now that I have insufficiently explained where I have been, I believe it is time for us to get on with the Smudge!

7 Websites I Initially Thought Were Scams (but will not, apparently, hack into your computer and rob you blind)

Ah, yes. There is something about myself that I don’t believe I have ever clearly addressed on this blog. It is odd. It is shameful.

It is the fact that–despite all my talk about the Great and Terrible Cyberspace–I have severe anxiety whenever it comes  to the internet.

Or, more specifically, websites.

But what do I mean by this, you may wonder? Allow me to explain.

There happens to be this wire in my brain, see, and it consistently tells me that any and all websites on the internet that I have not visited previously are a complete and utter SCAM and must therefore be treated with extreme caution lest there be a hacker on the other end of the screen trying to break into the computer’s database and steal my identity and all of the laptop’s information and all of our money and then promptly give the computer a virus.

This is a completely rational method of thinking, I assure you. It is perfectly natural to believe that a normal and frequently used website is a scam, to the point where you boycott it and try to delete your account before the hackers realize you’re there.


So today I have delved into the depths of my past (and shame) and compiled a list of websites that I–in my perfectly sane mind–once believed were scams that were out for my blood.

Beginning with–

Scam One– Canva

You know that wonderful designing website that allows you to create graphics to post on your blog for free?

Yep. I thought this was a scam. In fact, my password for the longest time was ‘pleasedonotbeascam’, if that gives you any indication of how deeply rooted my fear was.

(I have since changed this password, so trying to hack into my account is most futile, sir)

However, in my defense, their weird swirly log in screen is creepy and highly suspicious. It just screams HACKER, does it not?

Of course it does.

Scam Two– BookBub

A website where you can get daily deals on ebooks (some of which are best-sellers) and even some ebooks for free?

Totally a scam.

But also apparently not.

And now that I have properly tested this site and know that it is not–in fact–a scam, I would highly recommend it to all my fellow readers who are looking for daily ebook deals.

And though the site is wonderful for finding cheap ebooks, you must admit that its name is slightly disturbing.

I mean, Bookbub? Bub?


Scam Three– Goodreads

I have no shame.

I first heard of Goodreads a few years back and thought, “Hey! That sounds like fun! Perhaps I, a smol reader, shall try it!”

So, of course, I promptly made an account.

Only to discover that Goodreads wanted access to all of my Facebook information and my friend lists and all of their information and birthdates and credit card account numbers and safe passwords and basically was out to eat my soul and murder a man*. I tried in vain to delete my account, and even went so far as to ignore the verification email they sent me to start up my Goodreads experience (because the email said to ignore it if it had been sent in error), but then Goodreads just kept sending me emails about how I was officially part of their community now, even though I NEVER VERIFIED THE ACCOUNT.

It was quite a traumatic experience for me, really.

(*you should know by now that I exaggerate greatly whenever possible, dear bean)

Scam Four– Inlinkz

Now, Inlinkz is a site where you can find tons of neat tools–such as link-ups (which refuse to work on my blog???) and other nifty doodads that I care nothing about–to add to your blog.

I happened to find this particular site when searching for a way to host a monthly link-up, and the minute I found it, I knew it was a scam.

But of course it turned out that it wasn’t a scam after all, and it just so happens that a lot of bloggers actually use Inlinkz tools on their websites rather frequently.


Scam Five– WordPress.org

Now, this one is most definitely a scam.

Fraud! Fraud, I tell you!

I bet there are tons of hackers just waiting to get their hands on unsuspecting bloggers’ blogs the moment they sign up to this creepy site.

I mean, why are there two WordPress’s? WordPress.com is obviously the real thing.


Scam Six– NaNoWriMo

Once Upon A Time, back in the good ol’ year of 2015, when young Kenzie first heard about NaNoWriMo, she wanted so desperately to participate, yet refused to actually make an account and participate properly with all of the other NaNoers because the whole thing was obviously a giant SCAM.

So she decided to just go it alone and keep track of the 50,000 word goal herself. #smurt

Smol Kenzie, however, did not anticipate how difficult it is to write 50,000 words in one month without any motivation brought on by both the writing community and winner prizes, so by the middle of the month, she quit.

Her story, Reset, remains unfinished to this day.

The End.

Scam Seven– WordPress.com




And that’s all I’ve got for today, folks! What do you think? Are there any websites that you just knew were scams, but turned out to be relatively normal? Do you get anxious when it comes to trying new websites? Are there any websites you feel deserve more attention than they’re actually getting? Let us talk about all of the scammy-website-related things below!

And don’t forget to boycott any and all websites that seem suspicious, dear children! Better safe than sorry!

*flings cookies in the air and disappears*


19 thoughts on “7 Websites I Initially Thought Were Scams (but will not, apparently, hack into your computer and rob you blind)

  1. I often feel nervous trying new sites. I don’t surf the internet much, I just try sites that people I know recomend.

    Alas, I have no interesting websites to throw into the pile, not writing ones, anyway.

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  2. Ha! I totally do this too! (Maybe not to that extreme but…). I actually have thought (and still kind of think) that writeordie.com (which Nanowrimo recommends) is scam-like. I would be worrying in the back of my mind that they were going to steal my writing or something. :) Like out of all the people who use that website they’d want to use my novel where about five characters disappear for more than half the story. :)

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    • I AM NOT ALONE!!! This is joyous news, indeed!!! XD Oh! I’ve heard of Write Or Die! I’ve never used it before, though… Something about the fact that it will start to delete my words if I’m too slow just throws me off a wee bit. I mean, isn’t that even more counterproductive than just sitting idly at your keyboard? At least you’ve actually written SOMETHING before sitting idle, right? But then it just starts eating your words, so #FAIL. XD

      Ugh. I’m always terrified of story-stealing websites!!! I’m quite paranoid, but I never really stop to think about how my story is so lame no one would ever want it… XD


  3. Oh my word! I’m minorly horrified and amused, yet also relate to this XD. I agree, though, why do some sites just LOOK like they’re trying to steal all your information?

    (I incidentally over think *everything* I post on the internet, ie “I’m not going to post a picture of my room bc what if someone finds a real estate picture of it and tracks me down to where I live?” kind of irrational thinking. XD)

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    • YESSSSS! Relate to my madness!!!! XD And I have no idea!!! It’s so bizarre, isn’t it? It’s like they’re just shouting, “COME HITHER AND LET ME HACK YOUR COMPUTER, SIR!” What with the giant, fraudulent-looking buttons and the flashing logos and all the hackery things that make you just want to throw your laptop across the room and run away screaming…

      Oh my goodness!!! XD That is hilarious!!! I never thought of that before, but now I’m gonna be more cautious with the pictures I post on the internet, hahahahaha! XD

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  4. OMG THIS IS HILARIOUS. You are SO suspicious, aren’t you?!? Although I question how you had that Goodreads experience, because why the heck would GR ask for credit card info!? That definitely never happened for me when I signed up. 😳😳 I’d be worried about that too…so weird?? I’m actually usually pretty chill about trying new websites or apps or whatnot. I only absolutely HATE google+ though. 😂 I refuse to sign up. And I always back out of something if it says “enable this app to post to your twitter/facebook” and I’m like “Nope nope nope only *I* am allowed to post to my accounts”.😂😂 HEY BUT BETTER MISTRUSTFUL THAN SORRY, RIGHT?! ;) I’m glad you changed your mind about NaNo and wordpress though!

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    • Yesssss! I am a very suspicious person. If something even smells a tiny bit fishy, I run screaming in the other direction. XD

      Oh no, I was over-exaggerating with the credit card thing! Haha, sorry! I tend to go a bit overboard… OOPS!! XD It DID, however, ask for my friend information from Facebook, and as I am a very reclusive person when it comes to the internet, I was thoroughly terrified. XD

      I don’t believe I have a Google+ account either, haha! If I do, I don’t even remember it, which probably isn’t good… XD Oh goodness, I know, right??? When something wants to post FOR me, I turn right around right then and there, haha! Yes, exactly! All things are guilty until proven innocent. #completelylogicalthinking Same! WordPress and NaNo are SO much fun! I don’t know where I’d be without them, really. (probably not glazing my eyeballs with a screen all day, perhaps???)


  5. WELL YOU ARE A SUSPICIOUS BEAN. I judge scam based on if they ask for personal info or not, AAAAAND if it looks like it. Like dafont.com. I mean it doesn’t look like a scam — it looks like a VIRUS. But I’ve downloaded fonts to it and I’m fine??? Even though once I got a pop-up about a virus when I was on that site… 😯

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  6. Hmmmmmm. So this post gave me a bunch of sites I need to check out/start using???? BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY I CAN TRUST YOU. Especially since you are so paranoid!!!

    My problem tends to be the reverse, actually. I am too trusting of websites and stuff, so I have actually gotten a virus on my PARENTS computer… TWICE.

    Needless to say, I am MUCH more careful now!!!

    Anywho. I need to check out Canva and BookBub now??? I don’t really use widgets or things that much… WordPress.org DOES seem fishy!!!!! I WOULDN’T RISK IT, BOB!!!!

    This was a lovely post, Kenzie, and so different from the typical thing!!!

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    • I really am a paranoid little bean. It is quite terrible.

      But yes!!!! Canva is pretty cool, and BookBub is REALLY annoying with their emails, but it has some really good daily deals!!!

      I think I’m super paranoid because I’ve gotten weird viruses before. Like this one time when I went onto a cockatiel site, and this pop-up came on about a virus detection or something. THINGS LIKE THAT FREAK ME OUT. It’s like, do you REALLY have to blare a siren in my face and tell me you found a virus??????? REALLY?????


      Awww, thank you! I was kind of at a loss as to what to write, so #success

      (I replied to this comment completely out of order… That was odd…)


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