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Issues with Affiliate fraud potential.

     
1:09 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Folks,

This issue has been bothering me for a while.

For affiliate programs (most of which are using client side JS and cookie based tracking methods)isn't it possible for a fraudster to cache the landing page and the post-checkout page and then create un-real transaction for extra affiliate (referral) bonus by loading these pages? Even if there is unique transaction code in the post-checkout page, its possible to create unique IDs through a clever script and update our server through page refreshes. Without requiring manual re-verification of each transaction code(automatic referral bonus approval), this could be a nightmare to deal with. Like one example, a simple JS is installed on the Merchant side and I wonder how its protected from (clever) page reload fraud.

Also, does anyone know if there is a way to pass a unique ID in CJ affiliate code and if the transaction happens, a way to track it? We are trying to target a certain demographics within our community and compare the returns. Any method that can help us? basically, our users login to our portal and if there was a way to track purchases made by each user, we can better target the affiliate programs.

Thanks a lot in advance.

[edited by: jatar_k at 1:39 pm (utc) on Mar 31, 2010]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]

3:16 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Any takers? Sorry for putting the URL but the idea was to express details from example.
 

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