In 2014 back I received a SPAM email from an Elizabeth Mulligan representing a company called DLH Web Consultancy Ltd that’s based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire UK, specifically: DLH Web Consultancy Ltd based at Boho One – F05, Bridge Street West, Middlesbrough, England TS2 1AE, owned by a Stephen Hall.

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Note: Elizabeth Mulligan was the Marketing Director at DLH Web Consultancy Ltd.

Elizabeth Mulligan Marketing Director at DLH Web Consultancy

Elizabeth Mulligan Marketing Director at DLH Web Consultancy

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Sometimes email SPAM annoys me, so I review it.

I added the DLH Web Consultancy review as a WordPress comment (with title “DLH Web Consultancy Ltd Review”) to one of the articles on one of my sited and after gaining high Google SERPs related to “DLH Web Consultancy Ltd Review” it generated a response from the owner of the business Stephen Hall.

Stephen Hall wasn’t happy, he even threatened me via Facebook with a negative SEO attack (see screenshot below)!

Unethical: Stephen Hall Negative SEO Threat

Unethical: Stephen Hall Negative SEO Threat

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Forgot all about it until a couple of months back I noticed another SPAM email from what appeared to be the same company (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07924238). They appear to change their business name and sometimes their URL, but always the same business location (same area, this time 21 Gosford St, Middlesbrough, TS2 1BB and same people).

If I understand things correctly, technically/legally these are different businesses: “DLH Web Consultancy Ltd” is NOT technically/legally “Web Consultancy Group Ltd” even though they were run at the same address and by the same people and offer the same web design and SEO services in Middlesbrough. I believe this is how they managed to successfully generate a Lumen defamation complaint to Google (see below). I’d made the honest mistake of stating “DLH Web Consultancy Ltd” (the old business, now closed) is the same business as “Web Consultancy Group Ltd” (the new business).

Web Consultancy Group LTD Defamation Complaint

I checked how my review comment was performing in Google and found a “Defamation Complaint to Google” (https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13378139), Google had removed the comment and some of the other comments related to the article from Google!!!

Lumen Defamation Claim to Google

Lumen Defamation Claim to Google

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Legal Complaint

The articles contain several falsehoods. It relates to the company called DLH Web Consultancy Ltd, which is a totally separate company also this company has also legally closed. The author has, however, updated the articles to feature “AKA Web Consultancy Group”. As it is a different company and has nothing to do with the matters he refers to we believe this to be prejudicial against our business and request that they be removed from the website. We have contacted Fasthosts, where the server is and they provided us with an email for the host master, 3 email have since been sent with no reply. Further, the articles feature personal attacks against a lady, [redacted]and seek to embarrass her. The publication of certain information by [redacted] has caused [redacted] a great deal of anxiety and stress. Fact is, I work at Web Consultancy Group Limited, this is a totally separate company and has never been known as DLH Web Consultancy. This s …

This is far from honest.

Stephen Hall did NOT send me 3 emails regarding the “AKA Web Consultancy Group” error, I did receive a lot of unsolicited SPAM emails from his businesses.

Though DLH Web Consultancy Ltd is a separate limited business to Web Consultancy Group Limited, they were both owned by Stephen Hall, had the same people working for them, used the same Google review page, used the same website content and sent the same unsolicited email SPAM!

Basically Stephen Hall stopped trading web design and SEO services in Middlesbrough via DLH Web Consultancy Ltd and started trading web design and SEO services in Middlesbrough via Web Consultancy Group Limited.

My only error was believing DLH Web Consultancy Ltd had been RENAMED Web Consultancy Group Limited, that’s it, everything else I wrote was true.

Due to the successful Google defamation claim I no longer had the relevant Web Consultancy review SERPs, the people behind DLH Web Consultancy Ltd (Stephen Hall) had managed to hide a bad review!

See How I Fell Foul of a Google Defamation Claim for more details. SEO training tip, be very careful when reviewing limited companies, really annoying having your content blocked from Google organic search!

New Web Consultancy Group LTD Review

Let’s write a new Web Consultancy Group Ltd review, but this time as an article rather than a comment and for the new company. As it happens earlier today I received another SPAM email from the new business Web Consultancy Group LTD from Elizabeth Mulligan: so she is still working in Middlesbrough for the new business with the very similar business name and still email SPAMMING.

If these people were even close to competent they’d have searched through their b2b-data.co.uk SPAM email databases and removed ALL .co.uk email addresses owned by me (David Law). Talk about idiots!

Middlesbrough Web Design Company Unsolicited SPAM Email

Middlesbrough Web Design Company Unsolicited SPAM Email

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Email Title: New Enquiry

Hello, my name is Elizabeth.

I didn’t want to cold call your business as we all find that annoying if
we’re busy; instead I was hoping this email would make it possible to
arrange a quick chat at your convenience?

I’m hoping to discuss how, if at all, you would like to improve your website?

I’m sure you receive many emails offering similar, meaning I need to try
and stand out. I’m from North Yorkshire, I pride myself on the service we
provide, I always go the extra mile for customers and I have many testimonials
to back this up.

I’d like to offer you a free in-depth website audit that will cover many important
factors on how to improve your conversion. This audit is completely free and will
benefit any website owner, all reports will be sent directly to you via email.

If you would like to see the report on your website just let me know and they will
be run straight away (no obligation).

Kind Regards,
Elizabeth Mulligan
Web Consultancy
21 Gosford Street
Middlesbrough
North Yorkshire
TS2 1BB

01642 049 410
# www.webconsultancyltd.co.uk

We always strive to email businesses that we feel could benefit from our services; unsubscribe
your details will be blocked from our server permanently, you will not receive any future correspondence.

This is an unsolicited email to an email address from a domain I no longer use (it doesn’t have a website, redirects to another site). This is a clear cut unsolicited SPAM email, they’ve probably harvested the email address.

Here’s the email with the header information, slightly modified to remove my email address and server details.

X-Account-Key: account4
X-UIDL: 0000f5604abbaf9d
X-Mozilla-Status: 0001
X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
X-Mozilla-Keys:
Return-Path:
X-Original-To: ######@######.co.uk
Delivered-To: ######.######.net
Received: from puck1190.dedicatedpanel.com (puck1190.dedicatedpanel.com [85.25.155.26])
by ######.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id 9BF5EC031E
for <######@######.co.uk>; Tue, 23 May 2017 04:28:47 -0700 (MST)
Received: from b2b-data.co.uk (puck1190 [85.25.155.26])
by puck1190.dedicatedpanel.com (Postfix) with ESMTPA id C97ED19C854
for <######@######.co.uk>; Tue, 23 May 2017 11:03:01 +0000 (UTC)
To: ######@######.co.uk
Subject: New Enquiry
Message-ID: <71f36ac263575568b8b5b17926232298@b2b-data.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 09:15:09 +0000
From: “Elizabeth Mulligan”
Reply-To: elizabeth@webconsultancyltd.co.uk
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer-LID: 14
List-Unsubscribe: p://b2b-data.co.uk/interspire/unsubscribe.php?M=######&C=######=14&N=20>
X-Mailer-RecptId: ######
X-Mailer-SID: 20
X-Mailer-Sent-By: 1
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; charset=”UTF-8″; boundary=”b1_c3ac0f5b69700447817345cdb00003c3″
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
X-Antivirus: Avast (VPS 170523-0, 23/05/2017), Inbound message
X-Antivirus-Status: Clean

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Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset=”UTF-8″
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

Hello, my name is Elizabeth.

I didn’t want to cold call your business as we all find that annoying if
we’re busy; instead I was hoping this email would make it possible to
arrange a quick chat at your convenience?

I’m hoping to discuss how, if at all, you would like to improve your
website?

I’m sure you receive many emails offering similar, meaning I need to try
and stand out. I’m from North Yorkshire, I pride myself on the service we
provide, I always go the extra mile for customers and I have many
testimonials
to back this up.

I’d like to offer you a free in-depth website audit that will cover many
important
factors on how to improve your conversion. This audit is completely free
and will
benefit any website owner, all reports will be sent directly to you via
email.

If you would like to see the report on your website just let me know and
they will
be run straight away (no obligation).

Kind Regards,
Elizabeth Mulligan
Web Consultancy
21 Gosford Street
Middlesbrough
North Yorkshire
TS2 1BB

01642 049 410
# www.webconsultancyltd.co.uk

We always strive to email businesses that we feel could benefit from our
services;
# http://b2b-data.co.uk/interspire/unsubscribe.php?M=######&C=######=14&N=20
your details will be blocked from our server permanently, you will not
receive any future correspondence.

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Content-Type: text/html; charset=”UTF-8″
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
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Interestingly if you check the domain b2b-data.co.uk (the B2B Data domain is to unsubscribe users from the unsolicited SPAM emails) it appears to be owned by the same people. Note the copyright notice: Web Consultancy Group trading as b2b-data.co.uk.

They not only send out unsolicited SPAM emails, they sell the ability to send unsolicited SPAM emails to others.

Middlesbrough B2B Data Review

Middlesbrough B2B Data Review

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If you are considering using B2B Data to SPAM potential leads consider my email address is on the list and if an email catches my attention I review it. Also note the quality of the email addresses, the email address they are sending SPAM emails to is from a domain that’s not had a website for over 5 years.

In my opinion a company that uses SPAM email are low quality and should be avoided like the plague, what do you think of Web Consultancy Group LTD tactics in gaining business leads and attempting to remove bad reviews?

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Visibility Group Ltd Owned by Stephen Hall

Visibility Group Ltd Owned by Stephen Hall

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Update December 2019: It looks like Stephen Hall is in the process of closing down Web Consultancy Group LTD (which has been renamed to Web Consultancy LTD) and plans to trade under a separate limited company called Visibility Group Ltd.

I wasn’t planning on adding Visibility Group Ltd information directly to my review article, but Stephen Hall has made a complaint to Middlesbrough police that I’m harassing him via Facebook!

SEO Expert Questioned by Police

SEO Expert Questioned by Police

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This is a spurious claim, he sent me 6 Facebook messages, I replied only once and this was roughly 5 years ago in December 2014!

There is no harassment on my part, I simply share the truth about his unethical business activities on my websites in the form of articles and comments. There would be no needs for my honest reviews if his employees hadn’t sent me lots of unsolicited SPAM emails trying to sell me web design services, SEO services and AdWords management services.

David Law

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