Couponsuniversity targets Amazon

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

The last time we discussed couponsuniversity.com they were targeting a number of ShareASale merchants. Since then it appears that they have shifted their focus to an easier target: Amazon. Load up this couponsuniversity page, click on View then Source and scroll down to line 1798: <img src=http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative= 390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=couponuniver-20  onerror=”this.style.display=’none'”  alt=”Coupons”/> The line in question sets the source […]

fraudster targets amazon et al via qvc

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Unbeknownst to qvc.com, they are being used to target Amazon and other merchants in today’s MAD Monday. Load up this qvc.com community page and scroll down until you find what looks to be broken images posted by jasica1: The HTML responsible for these images is: <img src=”http://www.mypictureshare.com/img/V/W.gif” alt=””/><br/> <img src=”http://www.mypictureshare.com/img/H/W.gif” alt=””/> Seemingly harmless upon first inspection, […]

PPC and the Mystery Shopper Scam

In affiliate marketing, the Pay Per Call (PPC) model has advertisers paying publishers for calls from potential buyers. The way it works is simple: Advertiser signs up to the PPC program with an affiliate network Publisher applies to join the program Advertiser reviews the publisher’s marketing strategy Advertiser accepts the publisher into the program Affiliate […]

tvshowsondvd.com targets amazon.com

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

With a global Alexa traffic rank of 30,154, tvshowsondvd.com has opted not to compete with fellow Amazon affiliates on a level playing field, i.e., this site is defrauding Amazon by forcing affiliate cookies upon its users. If these users make a purchase from Amazon within the next day or so, then Amazon will pay the […]

catwalkqueen.tv and friends target johnlewis.com

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

* Please note the update at the bottom of this post * I am attending the AM Days conference this week, so MAD Monday comes a day early. If you are also attending AM Days, be sure to say hi. If you’re a blackhat incognito, hold onto your hat, for you may just feature during […]

Amazon Typosquatter

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Mad Monday, Typosquatting

Typosquatting is not solved. Merchants may know that typosquatters are out there, but I must disagree with anyone who says that most merchants know who they are and what they are up to. For example, consider affiliate “travelinfor07-21” from Amazon’s Associates program. Amazon probably thinks that this affiliate is sending them organic traffic from http://grimaced.com/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime/. […]

Hostgator.com Affiliate Fraudster

Hostgatortrial.com is Cookie-Stuffing their visitors and abusing the Hostgator.com affiliate program. Load the site in your favorite browser, then open up the source HTML of the page (View->Source in IE) and scroll down to line #173: <iframe src=”http://hostgatortrial.com/go” frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ hspace=”0″ vspace=”0″ style=”position:absolute; width:100%; z-index:1; overflow: visible; visibility: visible; height: 0; left: -10px; top: […]

Cheshirecycleway.co.uk defrauds greatmagazines.co.uk (and a few others)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Cheshirecycleway.co.uk is defrauding merchants through a scheme known as cookie-stuffing. You won’t see anything out of the ordinary when you point your browser to one of Cheshirecycleway’s pages: Look a little closer by opening up the HTML source for the page and scrolling down to line 538: What we have here is an iframe that is configured […]

Rogue Amazon Affiliates

In this post I will step you through four incidents involving rogue Amazon affilates. Most of the time, every incident that I post about can be verified or reproduced by yourself. If you experience problems in reproducing any incident, keep in mind that the more careful rogue affiliates may use some of the following techniques: […]