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"I clicked your ads!"

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11:03 pm on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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!".
It could be real, or it could be a hoax, but from their email I suspect they really did.

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...

12:12 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would get HAPPY instead of angry for free money...
12:34 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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sounds like scam spam to me

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.

12:37 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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/me wonders what cws3di is talking about.
1:09 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would send an email to Adsense support and inform them as to what is going on. It may save your account.
1:19 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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sorry, I guess my previous comment didn't make any sense?

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.

3:01 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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yeah, they could blackmail you.

"send us some money or we keep on clicking on your ads and throw you out of adsense".

ok, ugly imagination..

3:26 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think bts111 got it exactly right. I would just add one more thing: forward the email to AdSense support exactly as it arrived under your explanation.
3:49 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are you people kidding?
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No, we are not kidding.

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.

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How could my account be in trouble? If that's the case, then everyone's account is as competitors would just come and click your ads and get you disabled.

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?

4:44 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And what if they "loved your site, saw that you had Google ads, clicked them a bunch of times!" but then forget to send you an email about it? Are you in trouble then as well?
4:56 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Good point Free.
I don't even know for sure that they *did* click the ads.
I'm sure this happens to websites all the time. Isn't that why Google can detect 'invalid clicks'?
5:07 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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KimmoA is, obviously, not in the habit of reading up before he comments.
5:10 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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...but he made me laugh hard :-)
6:48 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You both seem to have more than one screw loose.
6:51 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google can be pretty pro active when it comes to kicking people out and it can be hard to get reinstated.

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 :)

6:53 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Doesn't Google detect things like this anyway?
9:31 am on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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> Doesn't Google detect things like this anyway?

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.

1:44 pm on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google can detect such stuff, and may or not bother. No one knows.

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.

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> What we know is that people with good standing over years too were kicked out.

so they say...

7:40 pm on Sept 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've had days when I earn 7 bucks, and only a dollar the day before, 50 cents the day after.
If I'm contacting G everytime this happens, then it is paranoia.
Many of us work hard to generate traffic to our sites.
Once in awhile we catch a break and they show up in droves...it should be expected.
Radio shows, newpaper articles...these things all spike traffic, essentially bringing people interested in the content of the page, and the content of the ads if they are working the way they are designed to work.
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If the money you make from AdSense is important to you (and I have made important money there at times) then being paranoid about it is just good sense...

If the money is not important then just blow it off...

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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.

7:24 am on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"That may not matter to someone whos dream is making ten dollars a day or hundred"

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.

10:22 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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uhwebs -

You should email adsense-support@google.com 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.

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