Google Scholar is Filled with Junk

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Spam

The University Library of the University of Illinois describes Google Scholar as a “freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles”. They go on to describe some of the advantages of using Google Scholar but also suggest that there are better alternatives to Google Scholar and encourage […]

YouTube Spam

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in CPL, Spam

Spend some time on YouTube and you may run into comments like Make money working from home, get paid $$$ to fill in surveys. Go here… Needless to say, the comments bring no value to the context of the video that you may be watching. More often than not it is exactly the same comment […]

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 [] Sent: […]

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 […]

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 […]

FBI Warns of Mystery Shopper Scam

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Mystery Shopper, Spam, Work From Home

Here’s a quick summary of the Mystery Shopper Scam, courtesy of the FBI, as they warn Dayton-area residents of the potential dangers. A snippet: In other versions of mystery shopper scams reported to IC3, victims were contacted via e-mail and U.S. mail to apply to be a mystery shopper. Applicants were asked to send resumes and […]

The Work From Home Scam

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Money Laundering, Mystery Shopper, Spam, Work From Home

The Work From Home (WFH) scam is also known as the Mystery Shopper or Personal Assistant scam. It’s not new on the scene, but enough people get caught by it every day that it’s worth taking a deeper look at. The primary objective of the scam is to get people (usually the honest ones) to send […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Mad Monday, Spam

Today’s advertiser is exploiting free software and users of Microsoft’s online advertising network (AdCenter) to harvest emails and cell phone numbers for spam. Point your browser to and you will find a blank page. Search for “Download Yahoo Messenger” on though, and you may find an ad (link) which routes you through to […]