Mystery Shopper & USPS

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Mad Monday, Mystery Shopper, Spam

It’s always surprising to me just how popular the Mystery Shopper scam is. If you’re a chap that has stumbled upon this site because you are investigating what this Mystery Shopper offer you’ve recently received is all about, know this: don’t take a chance, it’s probably a scam! From an earlier post, we already know […]

Cookie-stuffing Via barnesandnoble.com

If you are a legitimate Amazon affiliate, you stand absolutely no chance against today’s fraudster (he is probably stealing your commissions!). Having followed this fraudster for almost an entire year, I am of the opinion that he is laughing all the way to the bank when he receives his check from Amazon every month. Here’s what […]

Merry Xmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday, PPV

Here’s wishing all of my readers a merry christmas and a happy new year. Well, not all of my readers, to the fraudsters: if you thought iPensatori was a thorn in your side during 2012, hold as tight as you can onto those little black hats of yours, we’re just getting started! And now for […]

Flashstuffer.com

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Today we will be discussing Flashstuffer, a tool for running cookie-stuffing campaigns end to end. Who better to introduce Flashstuffer than the chap responsible for its development. Straight from the FlashStuffer Userguide: — Before you start using Flashstuffer there’s a couple of things you should take note of.  First, I seriously advise that you don’t […]

Fraudster on the Roof

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Fraudster on the Roof, Mad Monday

Today I would like to kick off the “Fraudster on the Roof” series. If you know of a scam or scheme that you believe readers of iPensatori would find interesting, send it along to me and I’ll post it up for everyone’s benefit. Just to be clear here, I intend for readers to learn from […]

More Amazon Typos

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Mad Monday, Typosquatting

In this post, I will present a few more Amazon typos. The trick with these is that the cunning typosquatter is not typosquatting around the Amazon domain. Instead, the fraudster squats on typos of other top internet retailers, surely redirecting them to Amazon for the probabilty of a conversion is that much higher (or perhaps […]

Remember remember the month of december

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Hurrah shirree for Christmas time is almost here! Not only is it a time for family and friends but it’s also a time for fraudsters and their dastardly trends. Since people are spending a lot of money this time of the year, it just makes sense that fraudsters are stealing a lot as well. They […]

Affiliate Fraud Basics

In today’s post, I will describe the affiliate marketing ecosystem and where fraud fits into the picture. Briefly, the online affiliate marketing system is setup as follows: Merchants have products to sell, but are not experts in marketing Affiliates are experts in marketing, but do not have their own products to sell Affiliate networks provide […]

Fraudsters exploiting WarriorForum.com

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Visit this warriorforum.com page, click on View then Source and scroll down to line #392: When it comes to <acronym title=”Search Engine Optimization”>SEO& lt;/acronym>, Daniel Tan is one of the topnotch expert, so why hesitate. <img src=”http://imgscld.com/oa.gif” border=”0″ alt=”” /> The highlighted image URL is malformed, it will bounce through a few redirects and then […]