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I logged into my AS account and my CTR is normal, so either it hasn't updated yet or they didn't click that many times.
Anyway, what do I do? I figure Google's smart enough to just filter out these kinds of things-- but should I email them?
I emailed this visitor back and asked how many times they clicked.... we'll see if I get a reply...
And now that thye have spidered your site and retrieved your e-mail address, panicked you, etc.
Then you answer them and they know your e-mail address is legit.
Now they can start using your address as the originator of their next wave of spam....
Be very careful of scams.
There are a lot of scams and hoaxes out there in the e-mail world. For instance the Nigerian general is gonna send you a billion...
I am always amazed that there are suckers that fall for this stuff, but then again, I am also amazed at the creativity of some of these scammers.
I guess I am just paranoid and suspicious, but this thing you have described sounds like a hoax. I call it "Scam Spam"
Now that you have answered them, they know that you have a legitimate e-mail address.
I would be intersted to see if they try to strike up more e-mail exchange with you, to "trap" you into sending them a Cashier's Check or something.
Like I say, I am just a suspicious type person when it come to e-mail spam these days.
The money that you can make from Adsense can set you up for life. I would not risk my account for anything, especially some desperate fool sending out these type of emails.
When you see anything that you feel is not right, send of an email to Adsense support.
It takes less than five minutes and may make a big difference to your life.
Anyway, I checked my stats tonight, everything looks normal. So it may have been a prank or something for all I know.
Is there really any reason to contact Google? Or would that just make me look suspicious or draw negative attention to my account?
It may not seem like much but a visitor repeadly clicking your adverts may be enough to trigger an alert at Google.
A well placed email to Google could help lessen the blow and may help protect your account :)
yes they do.. and if your account is in good standing there is nothing in the world that can get you booted from Adsense. they check records and see your account history.
i had a sudden spike in clicks a for a couple days and didn't bother emailing google because i didn't know if they were legit or not so i let google handle it because i knew my account never had problems, so i didn't worry., guess what? the clicks were deducted from my account and all was fine..
the only people that need to worry about getting booted is the people with a iffy history.
What we know is that people with good standing over years too were kicked out. (sometimes reinstated after a check too)
Point is, with Adsense, play it safe. That may not matter to someone whos dream is making ten dollars a day or hundred (or don't even know that anything better is even possible, such as buying a car, seaside bungalow, yacht.. :) ), but matters to those who make substantial sums.
Play safe, always.
If the money is not important then just blow it off...
Ok, I just got an email from someone I don't know, and they said something like "I loved your site, I saw that you had Google ads so I clicked them a bunch of times!".
uhwebs, can you imagine any scenario in which you would send an e-mail such as the one you received?
If not, that may shed some light on why most of the responses and advice to your post advise taking caution.
If I made 10 bucks a day on AdSense, my situation would be back to "surviving" from "total misery".
I make around 2 bucks at best as it is, and that's barely covering the hosting costs (co-location in Stockholm). This sum includes all my sites.
You should email firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation, just to be on the safe side. Whenever you notice something odd in your reports, or someone else admits to generating invalid clicks on your account, it's always best to let support know.
If possible, I'd include a copy of the email you received as well.