Scam Alert??

  • coolarmydude

    Posts: 9190

    Jul 30, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    I got this link on my browser. I didn't click for it nor did I see it pop up. So I'm reading through thinking it's a news article and realize that it's some kind of solicitation. I've seen other advertisements appear as web or newspaper articles, but this one is good. It doesn't have an advertisement notice and I wonder if it's illegal to be presented this way. The link I got is as follows (I suggest not adhering to its instructions). http://www.losangeles-tribunes.com/finance/ Notice how the link "Google Home Profits" is trademarked. Additionally, if you place the mouse cursor over the link, without clicking on it, it reads http://www.jartrack.com/click.track?CID=20154&AFID=35794&ADID=88141&SID=vpmd_ctrl

    Is anyone familiar with this or other solicitations?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 30, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    I can assure that there's no such publication here called the "Los Angeles Tribunes". icon_lol.gif

    Yes, it's a scam. But it doesn't really target individuals. It's click fraud. They're basically getting paid by Google and other advertisers for every unique click they get on their bogus website. From reading the description, it sounds like they're setting up a network of sites, and basically linking to each other to boost clicks and to increase page rank.

    There are lot of them out there. They either present themselves as fake news. Or personal blogs. And some are just paragraphs that are randomly generated. And others just copy/paste content from other legit websites.