What's been going on behind my back

What's been going on behind my back

Thursday, July 19, 2012 Sara Hassan , 71 Comments

 Girls, something's been going on behind my back and today, I am sharing with you all.

A few weeks earlier, I got an email from a company trying to verify if I had requested for samples. I was surprised since I did not email them at all. I didn't pay attention and never got back to them but a just a few days back, I got another email from another seller on Etsy.com who asked me if I had sent her a request for samples. Again, I didn't do it but this time I got very suspicious, got back to the seller and told her that I did not email her requesting for any samples. The seller was very kind and disclosed the whole conversation of the person who was pretending to be ME by using a fake email id: sarahassanblog@yahoo.com. YES ladies! there's someone out there contacting companies using my name.

Please note that I use these ids:
info@sarahassansblog.com and sarahassansblog@yahoo.com

The fake id looks very similar to my id. My id has an "s" after "Hassan" and the fake one doesn't have an "s". If you get any email from someone who's pretending to be me, please ask for blog stats or Google Analytics screen shots of my blog right away. You can also contact me through Facebook and Twitter.

The Etsy seller gave me the imposter's mailing details which were an exact match to a beauty blogger that I know (from my own country unfortunately). Today, I got another email from FedEx saying a package was shipped to me but the destination address was incorrect and matched the one that Etsy seller gave me.

I immediately contacted some very trusted fellow bloggers and told them about this. They were very supportive and one of them (who's also working for a PR company) confirmed that it's that beauty blogger.

I thought long and hard about this and even though I do not enjoy exposing people, I am afraid, I have to take this step and expose the blogger who's been trying to deceive companies by pretending to be me.

It's Hina Naz from Beauty Drugs. (PLEASE ALL BE AWARE OF THIS SCAM BLOGGER)
She lives in Vehari, Punjab.

I have also heard that this person has been using fake ids on facebook.

Of course I warned that swindler on email to confess to this whole thing. HE replied confessing that it's not HER but HIM. He said there's a gang of guys doing this to many other bloggers just to collect free samples.

I dont know if I should believe that person. Maybe Hina Naz doesn't exist or maybe she's lying, who knows. But I wanted to inform you girls (and companies if they're reading this) to be wary of this person.

Beauty blogging in Pakistan is relatively new and even though many countries do not trust Pakistan, they trusted in my blog. I am so thankful to the companies of  the U.S,  U.K and Australia for believing in me and my blog.

My blog is not just a beauty blog; I have a goal, and the goal is to show you the REAL Pakistan -- it's a peaceful and friendly nation.

I am so grateful to all you guys from different countries especially the U.S, U.K, E.U, India and Australia for visiting my blog and appreciating the effort I put into my work. It means a lot to me.

To my Pakistani readers, I love you all from the core of my heart. You made this blog a success. Thank you for your undying love and support.

Even though the scam blogger is giving a bad name to the beauty blogging community of Pakistan but let me tell you, my girls (beauty bloggers) and I will put an end to this.

I also request companies to PLEASE visit the blogs and do some research. Ask for screen-shots of Blogger Stats or Google Analytics to be sure.

It's time that I need your help and support.

71 comments :

  1. Hey this is so sad really. I have myself seen a girl Hina Naz with same profile picture at Facebook. Winning different contests with fake ids on Facebook. I didnt say a thing because that only provoke people using fake id for contests to abuse you in public.
    I hope everything resolves soon for you sara.

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  2. It is tooo much really shocking but good the scam is unveiled, we all have to be ONE and protect Pakistan's and Pakistani beauty bloggers image, Thanx Sara for being our strength and role model..LOve u really<3

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  3. Now this is so scary because that person is on Facebook commenting all the time.. its so weird. Who would do that????? really bad thing to do!

    Thanks for this post.

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  4. Wow this is a new low! I am sorry you had to go through this. And its commendable that you are being so civil about it. I probably would have just poked her eyes out! Way to go Sara..... keep up the good the good work and let everyone know that at least some of us are decent people!

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  5. do you know why it is like that? there are so many people from pakistan who are starting new blogs just to win giveaways and get samples. and they don't even provide valid product reviews.
    many of the Good bloggers out there, make giveaways in which they have this condition that you have to be the follower of their blog and so many fake people from facebook have come to the blogging world just because of that. they never read our reviews or anything but show up when you hold a giveaway!
    that's a way of bloggers to gain followers but they don't get readers and unfortunately pakistani people are indulged in these kind of things!

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  6. I'm outraged that someone can stoop so low! Sara we have your back.

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  7. That's really sad. Don't know whay people stoop to such low levels!...Great job in putting up this post Sara.. You and all other Pakistani bloggers have my support - love, a fellow blogger from India.

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  8. this is so sad... don't give up <3

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  9. That's awful, your blog is so awesome and it's not right that someone is taking advantage of your hard work and the name you built up. I'm glad that you caught them and I hope you are able to put a stop to this.

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  10. you have all our support, stay strong stay focused! x

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  11. I am so sorry for you. People like these give a bad name to Pakistan. They don't understand that the actual meaning of blogging is not freebies and fame.

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  12. ohh My God! it is such a pathetic attitude:) but one can not hide truth :: God knows the truth but story is very strong against such ids. Even i have stated to receive request with the name of Mahrukh so I decided to add my real name with my blog name .(As I was not comfortable with disclosing my real name) but I have to. Such stalkers should be banned and condemned strongly . As blogging is not a piece of cake . Bloggers have to work hard and specially Sara you you worked so hard it is really illegal to do such activity but unfortunately we do not have any law against stalkers. Anyhow I am with you sara :)

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  13. That was really shameful of Hina Naz or who ever it was! Why do people portray a negative image of Pakistan..very sad! :(
    xo

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  14. the same thing happened with another blogger a while back. cant believe what some people can do!

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  15. My image of the Pakistani beauty bloggers' community is based on you, since you're the only Pakistani beauty blogger I follow. There's always a few bad ones, but you're awesome as a beauty blogger and that's what counts. Much love from all your overseas readers! Especially from New Zealand :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the support Christine. :) I feel so blessed :) <3

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    2. You're more than welcome! With everything you do through this blog for all of us I guess you could say we have a soft spot for you ;) Just look at all those comments! :D

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  16. That's terrible, I have seen this girl on a lot of FB pages. And no this can't be a group of guys. Along with being a greedy scammer, she's also a big fat liar. Shame on you Hina Naz.

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  17. Omg that is so sad. I have talked to her a couple of times, she seems like a nice person, but I can't believe she could be so low! Thanks Sara for giving the info, we should all be aware of these big fat liars! You have our support <3

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  18. omg why would anyone stoop soo low? hina naz should be ashamed of herself! you should stay strong sara!

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  19. OMG! Sara even I got several mails from fed ex services that my parcel has been shipped and i dint even notice it. I will take care of such mails next time...

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  20. & we love you Sara! you just keep on doing your good work...

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  21. That's really low! And she's also giving away a fake naked palette on her blog :s
    I hardly think a gang or group of BOYS would be interested in scamming companies for free samples of beauty products. That doesn't make sense to me. What a stupid cover up! You did the right thing exposing her.

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  22. oh dear, I cant believe how awful people can be! I think you did the right thing! I checked her blog or his, whatever, is that a fake NAKED palette for a giveaway there? The box of the palette is just not right at all. wtf...
    Too bad it happened to you :(((

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  23. That is really some b.s.! I agree, why would it be a man, makes no sense. Seems like this person really has something to be ashamed of! I'm not always in the same country but you're on my blog roll and I read your content all the time, this is soooo bad it happened to you but in a way it shows your successes too :)

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  24. Apparently on her blog she is giving away a FAKE naked palette...

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  25. thanks sara for informing us?what do u say about makeup craves by sara gulzaib?i have read a blog post about her that she is doing fraud..is that true?

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  26. That's so sad, on the net there's a lot of bad guys who steal and lie!
    I understand you, last year I had the misfortune to know an Italian girl who stole entire posts O_o
    It was the first time I saw the other face of the blogging world.
    But don't worry, your followers know that you are very serious and professional, those are things I love about your work.
    Keep up the great work, Sara!!!
    xoxo

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  27. thats really unfortunate..and it doesn't matter which country she belongs to..fraudulence is a crime anyways..and using others name to get free samples..that's just cheap..

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear about that. It's crazy the lengths that people would go through.

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  29. thats sad , really sad , although im am not that big of a blogger but happens with me all the time(scam emails and stuff) , but i know that at this point why would be anyone be doing that one particular thing thats strange and goes against the situation. Everyone needs to be alert especially people who deal with stuff on the net at all times, hope you get over with it soon and hope the best for you Sara and you will always remain my idol ... regards
    Fariya Khan(youngforeverism)

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  30. This is is cheapest thing a blogger can do. I had her in my list before she started blogging and I was really suspicious about her that one day I asked her if she was real or not. She showed me all her pictures and activities and for some time believed her. A few days back I had to delete her because first I heard that she in not an honest blogger and then I saw that fake giveaway. I cannot stand a blogger who is not honest to her readers.
    She forgot the values, ethics and norms for the sake of a few free products? This is the limit!
    You did right thing by exposing her and from now on all those fake bloggers out there should know that we are not going to give a second thought before exposing them. If they will know that we are united and strong, they will think twice before doing something like Hina Naz did... I am feeling so ashamed that she is from Pakistan... We have been working too hard to build up our Pakistani Beauty Blogging Community and people like her are just trying to ruin it.

    You have and you always had my support and trust in you. I love your work and truly respect it. Keep up the good work Sara <3 xxx

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  31. Thats really bad.Not fair for the followers and to the other bloggers

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  32. Sara, I must say you have always been an inspiration for all the Pakistani Beauty Bloggers. The way you have handled this situation has increased my self respect for you and your work. Situations like this make you stronger!
    Stay Blessed :)

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  33. OMGGGG !!!! I cant believe how one can be so low just to gather the beauty samples on someone else behalf ?? You did a wonderful job Sara by putting a real face infront of all of us and I guess whoever HE/SHE is should be ashamed of him/herself by doing such outrageous acts and deeds on the name of BLOGGING .. It literally feels like they are BEGGING for the free samples ... This is seriously a limit & I think WE (All Beauty Bloggers) should take stand about it and have to un-veil the CORRUPT faces of those who are ruining the IMAGE & CORE of the beauty blogging ...I feel so ashamed that shes from Pakistan , Anyone now should have to think twice before doing such scams .. We ALL are with you Sara <3 <3 Keep up the good work <3 xxx

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  34. I am so sorry you had go through all this. i can totally understand how traumatic it must have been when your image and ur hard work is at stake and all due to some AH. Thankyou so much for highlighting this issue. We bloggers really need to stay united.... Good work Sara keep it up. I am with you

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  35. Lol i read all the crap hina naz or whoever it was wrote and was laughing to death... crazy crap she wrote

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  36. Oh gosh! i recently joined that fake blog=@@
    thanks a lot Sara for making us all aware. we love you a lot Sara as Ur the bestest blogger of Pakistan. You have done a brave task abt exposing the fake person=) and nobody can ever take your place. God bless you and good luck,

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  37. This is really a bad news...she often visit my blog and ask about free samples. I asked her about the mess, but she is not replaying. It's really shocking to visit her blog that she is now blaming sara and talking nonsense about our religion that she is happy to be a non Muslim girl also she belong to richest family, but I really wonder what is the relation between Islam and blog?

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  38. OMG..crap Fakers..they'll be punished for sure one day..

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  39. Omgosh! Sara u need to read the come back she came up with.. I cant stop laughing. A kinnaird graduate would ATLEAST know how to speak english. Stay strong. Ur a true inspiration for all of us! And her posts say "saba amjad" Its definitely a girl. I doubt men would be interested in free beauty samples.

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  40. I just saw a whole blog post about her saying she didnt do it?????
    and she says her FB page has vanished..

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  41. yes i also read what she wrote about Sara Hassan , and i was also laughing really hard. Just a few posts and a few page hits and she thinks that Sara is jealous of her, that is too funny .

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  42. Ouch!! that is a REALLY cheap stunt!
    I don't understand how people start blogging just for the sake of FREE products that they think they might get.
    But this one was a low blow..........keep cheating aside, this is fraud in a manner.
    Just read the most hilarious post that's there on her/his blog .........lol "Sara Hassan you really made me ashamed" :O
    Its funny how people's minds work. Anyhoo, all of us love you Sara so keep up the good work!

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  43. OMG !! this is soo sad that people go to such extent just to get free samples.. :(
    we all love you Sara !! Thanks for bringing this to our notice !!

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  44. People should stop behaving like kids, she called you the "Veena Malik" of bloggers. Blogging was the only place where we Pakistanis proved our talent. Loving your determination and we all true Pakistani bloggers will be always with you.

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  45. This is absolutely insane. It`s a good thing you got to the bottom of it & warned fellow bloggers & companies. So sorry this happened to you Sara!

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  46. This is way too kiddish. Seriously? For free samples you'd do that? Think about it, what image would have been drawn in the mind of that etsy seller. She would now be least interested in dealing with someone from pakistan. You've done a good thing by exposing her. Pakistan and Pakistanis are misunderstood all around the globe just because of people like this. I just hope this is a warning for all those fakers trying to take advantage of your success and name. But know that you are much loved by us, the bloggers and the readers. You'll always have us to back you up. :) <3

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  47. ohhh 0_o

    u know sara there are lots of companies which do verify first...
    the company names La minerals mailed me to sponsor me...but first they leaved a msg on my both pages and ask me to reply there to confirm my identification...i think this is safer way :)

    we are wid u !!!

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  48. I just read the "reply" to all this in her blog.... and wow! she really is some small-minded creature. Its great that she is too "heart broken" to blog any more! or only God knows the kinda hate-spun lies we'd all have to hear.
    i pity the fool who'll buy her blog!

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  49. sorry i didnt noticed i posted a comment from my other google account lol

    ohhh 0_o

    u know sara there are lots of companies which do verify first...
    the company names La minerals mailed me to sponsor me...but first they leaved a msg on my both pages and ask me to reply there to confirm my identification...i think this is safer way :)

    we are wid u !!!


    i also read what she just posted on her blog...its depressing :/

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  50. veena malik in bloggers!! hahah that funny!

    I can not believe that someone can do such childish thing only to receive free samples!! :O

    I do not understand WHY girls try to cheat you all the time!!! I mean this is ridiculous, they copy your images to win giveaway now they are using your name for free samples!!

    You have been so helpful and kind to everyone. They are simply jealous of your success

    We all are with you Sara, and Sara you are one of the best beauty blogger we have in our country you shouldn't worry about these kids playing dirty games.We truly love you and can not thank you enough for your informative reviews. <3

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  51. Thatz really cheap...Sara its good that you expose that name people should know there are such people out there...we are with you :)

    Regards
    Aleena

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  52. People have started behaving fraudulently everywhere in Pakistan. You people are talking about facebook pages and blogs, I was the victim of a scam of RadioOne FM 91. Last August I won a gift Voucher worth Rs. 10000/= for Chester Bernard at one of their shows but sorrily it never arrived. I visited their office in Karachi THRICE, their Pr and Marketing Manager contacted me and assured me but to no avail and they kept on stalling me and to date I have still not received my prize.

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  53. I'm so sorry to hear that you had to go through this Sara. That is just horrible, I'm so happy to hear that you found out who was behind all of it :)

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  54. What happened is terrible . Did you read her reply ? My God . How can people stoop so low.

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  55. oh my God ... ! i know this lady even we often exchange msgs .. but reality is so different . :/ .. surprised ! anyways May Allah bless u sarah , am glad that at the end u caught the thief !! Best Wishes

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  56. This is ridiculous! Glad you took it well Sara and hope it's sorted out soon. Regardless, I have to say I LOVE your blog, reviews and your fantastic pictures :)

    Shifa
    xx

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  57. I'm kinda shocked.. :s Didn't know people would actually do such a thing to get free samples! How lame. :/ Anyways, atleast we know you're successful since you made some enemies. Lol. Keep up the hard work gurl.

    Sarah

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  58. i usually google reviews of products before purchasing them n i found ur blog n bookmarked it after reading few reviews...its good to know that u give honest reviews of the products keeping in view the benefits of readers....great work... :)God bless n happy ramdaan....

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  59. wow and the tragedy is that she actually receive free samples from companies with all this fraud...companies are so dump:/ its a shame some people can get so despo for free sample.thanks sara for sharing this.This happens a lot with bloggers.

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  60. wow some nerve this lady has... desperate and downright shallow!

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  61. This is nasty! i thought this is only sara gulzaib into such practices, but here comes more ugly faces

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