Sneaky Affiliate Targets Multiple Merchants

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Travelpixel.com is ranked in the top 100,000 sites in the UK. From their About Us page: At TravelPixel we hand pick our deals by analysing individual sites one by one. The deals we select then go through our moderation checks to ensure they are valid, offer great value and are clearly displayed. So they hand pick their deals by […]

Search Arbitrage

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Arbitrage, Malvertising

Interesting article from BrandVerity on Search Arbitrage using parked domains. The gist of the tactic discussed is as follows: Unscrupulous publisher of an ad network sets himself up as an advertiser and buys low cost search traffic (sometimes from the very same ad Network). The landing page of the ads are configured to route through to the publisher’s own […]

Bargain Hunters, Craigslist and Google Wallet

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Bargain Hunters, Wire Fraud

Today’s scammer adds a little bit of a twist in step four of the Bargain Hunter scam, it’s not a game changer but it’s simple and interesting enough that I thought it deserves a post of its own. If you’re not familiar with the scam, do some quick reading and then let’s get down to […]

Cookie-stuffing Hostgator

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, PPV, Wire Fraud

Take a look at the following Web site which belongs to a Hostgator affiliate: templatesresourcehosting.com. With an Alexa rank of 2,432,681, this site clearly offers no meaningful content, ergo they have no meaningful presence on the Web. So how is it that this site sets themselves up as a Hostgator affiliate, which may actually make […]

Edeals.com – Typosquatting

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Typosquatting

Visit this edeals.com page and you’ll see nothing out of the ordinary: a couple of coupons for softsurroundings.com coupled with a variety of other deals (travel and otherwise). Check out their page on Facebook (w/ 8,500+ likes): Ranked in the top 50,000 US sites, all indications would have us believe that edeals.com is a legitimate […]

Amazon Payments Scam via Cars.com et al

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Bargain Hunters, Mad Monday, Wire Fraud

We look at another Bargain Hunter scammer today. I rate this chap higher than last week’s Bargain Hunter scammer because, as you’re about to see, today’s scammer puts a lot more effort into what he does. So here we go, the Bargain Hunter scam is a four pronged attack which starts at cars.com 1. Scammer Sets […]

Bargain Hunters, Amazon Payments and Cars.com

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Bargain Hunters, Wire Fraud

Today we introduce the Bargain Hunter scam. This scam relies mostly on victims thinking that they are getting an incredible deal for something that they found online, usually on a fairly popular site. Sometimes these scams are so well executed that one can easily be swayed away from the old saying that “if it’s too […]

Another Bad Mystery Shopper Score

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Mad Monday, Mystery Shopper, Spam, Wire Fraud

The Mystery Shopper scam is so popular that I have no problem covering it over and over again. Today’s fraudster tries to take me for a ride using the classic four pronged attack: 1. Scammer Baits a Victim On a mailbox that does not exist, I received the following spam: From: SSN 2013 [mailto:danela@sympatico.ca] Sent: […]

Orbitz Typosquatter

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Mad Monday, Typosquatting

We have discussed typosquatting enough to know that it is most definitely not a solved problem. Today’s example brings nothing new to the table, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Type orbuitz.com (a fat-fingered typo of orbitz.com) into your browser and you will be redirected through to orbitz.com via an affiliate link (Google Affiliate Network pubid=21000000000018829). Since the […]