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This must be a common scam

A dodgy email I received

   
10:08 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I received an email which I forwarded on to the appropriate body.

It suggested joining a 'click ring', almost a primary school level scam ... I click on his adsense and vice verca.
We publish an article containing the highest paid keywords and other members of the 'click ring' click away!

Let's assume I got sucked in, how long do you think my relationship with Google would last?

10:13 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's already over with. They know all about you. The Black Chevy Suburban is coming for you. It's on your street. It's pulled up outside. Men in suits and sunglasses and short haircuts are getting out. Shut down the computer man! Shut it down. Smash the computer and run, run man! What are you still doing there? Get out of the house!

Uh oh, now they are at my house. I better get off the co................

10:15 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ask for his website and send Google a nice tip ;)
10:22 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm in the clear >>>I received an email which I forwarded on to the appropriate body. <<<

Scams are not us!

What amazes me is the gaul of someone to approach a total stranger with such a proposition!

11:02 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Abort Abort Abort!
11:26 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Better yet, make a WebRing of click rings, make it easy to follow ;)
5:55 am on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Surely there would be a pattern of clickers or the ability for Google to realise that they went directly to a url instead of conducting a search.
5:57 am on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's already over with. They know all about you. The Black Chevy Suburban is coming for you. It's on your street. It's pulled up outside. Men in suits and sunglasses and short haircuts are getting out.

I like this description :)

Although in England I have the feeling it would more likely be scruffy security guards on minimum wage, wearing cheap nylon corporate wear in an unfashionable colour. And they would all piled into a dirty, second hand Renault Trafic / Ford Transit with "Also available in white" written through the dirt on the back door by some wag :)

6:12 am on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)



If an email like this can "fly freely", I think there must be click rings/exchanges/clubs running just now; maybe some school kids, maybe some kind of online gang, and Google can't do anything but wait and detect some strange patterns few months later.
6:21 am on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Equally a lot of people will do what I did ... forward it to Google. Why would anyone risk a rvenue stream for a couple of 70p clicks?
11:25 am on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Although in England I have the feeling it would more likely be scruffy security guards on minimum wage, wearing cheap nylon corporate wear in an unfashionable colour. And they would all piled into a dirty, second hand Renault Trafic / Ford Transit with "Also available in white" written through the dirt on the back door by some wag :)

Too right :)

If you want to lose your account, go for it!
W.

12:08 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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WonderBoy >>>> Equally a lot of people will do what I did ... forward it to Google. Why would anyone risk a rvenue stream for a couple of 70p clicks? <<<<
2:18 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Before this thread goes off on a tangent, can I just repeat the original post
>>> I received an email which I forwarded on to the appropriate body.

It suggested joining a 'click ring', almost a primary school level scam ... I click on his adsense and vice verca.
We publish an article containing the highest paid keywords and other members of the 'click ring' click away!

Let's assume I got sucked in, how long do you think my relationship with Google would last? <<<<

I'm not seeking advice as to whether I should join the scam. I've done my bit by reporting it.

5:15 am on May 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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how long do you think my relationship with Google would last?

That's exactly the same as asking 'If I click my own Adsense links all day, how long will I stay in AdSense?' Gee, maybe just until Google finds out and sends you the click fraud E-mail. Exact same thing with joining that site. Until Google finds out about them, and hopefully joins them and makes a list of every affiliate they see show up in the ads!

There's your answer, happy?!

6:00 am on May 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There's your answer, happy?!

I wasn't seeking happiness, just throwing a topic into the forum!

In never fails to surprise me at the boldness of scammers. They clearly see a site with Ads by Goooooooooooooogle and wing off a scam email.

They probably take the view that getting caught is inevitable so make the most before it happens.

6:18 am on May 13, 2005 (gmt 0)



Google banned me for no reason :)

"Let's assume I got sucked in, how long do you think my relationship with Google would last? "

3:20 pm on May 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Like me, many others would have forwarded it to Google. It wouldn't take Google two seconds to 'join' and monitor. I dare say that it wouldn't be an instant splat, I'm pretty sure they would hang in there and cast the net far and wide. Softly siftly catchy monkey!
7:18 am on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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david_uk We (in the us) are still in most places allowed fire arms. Your guys would not stand a chance here of intimidating anyone.
7:26 am on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What are you trying to say ncwonline, that your tough because you carry a gun? Huh? Dont think so...
7:28 am on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How much you want to bet that the same people creating such things are the same people, perhaps some have even posted here, that got thrown out of adsense for clicking their own ads?

<edit>not here in this thread, but here on WebmasterWorld.com</edit>

9:36 am on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Although in England I have the feeling it would more likely be scruffy security guards on minimum wage, wearing cheap nylon corporate wear in an unfashionable colour.

Yeah but David, you're forgetting that over here there's only a 10% chance of 'em turning up; more likely to show up at your neighbour's 3 days later..

9:56 am on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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So Adsense have armed 'customer relations'?