) Banner Ad Scams And How To Spot Them To Be Safe
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Bloggers Beware Of Banner Ad Scams

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Silke Jager

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Having numerous email accounts and several blogs with contact forms, I get more than a few weird emails every day.

Just last night I received an email from the contact page on this site. It made my heart beat faster for just a few seconds and then I realized what it was. This particular email wasn’t flagged by spam and ended up straight in my inbox looking like any other legitimate message.

Fellow bloggers beware! There are all sorts of different ways to get you in trouble online and ‘Banner Advertising’ is just one of many.

Banner Ad Scams

Here is what the email from josephine.bergson@lltconsulting.net said:

Hello! My name is Josephine Bergson representing the advertising department of the LLT Consulting company. We are interested to place ads (banners), of your choice, on your websites.

Design and sizes can be seen on our website at www.lltconsulting.net/…
Depending on the banner size you choose we can pay up to $950.00/month.

If you are interested to become an advertising partner please let me hear from you.

Kind Regards,
Josephine Bergson

How did I know this email was a banner ad scam?

Like I said earlier, when I read this message my heart started racing for a second or two, then I realized “Who in their right mind would pay $900+ a month for advertising on this site?”. Don’t get me wrong, I think my website is the bomb, but without knowing how much and what kind of traffic the site gets it would be hardly worth anywhere near that kind of money to any advertiser.

So, instead of clicking on the link, ‘Never Click On A Link In An Email You Have Doubts About’, I googled the website address and found out that this particular scam has been around for a while now. If you visit the link on a Windows PC that is not up to date you would be infected with some sort of Trojan. It gets worse, once you arrive on the site a pop up window urges you to update, which is an obvious Java exploit.

Common sense goes a long way for keeping you and your computer safe. If in doubt, ask Google or do a “who is” search request using Who.is.

If the domain name is new, is located in a foreign country, has been renewed recently, and does not belong to a legitimate sounding company you can be sure that the email has malicious intentions. In this particular case, the domain was registered in 2013, was renewed just a few days ago and is registered to someone in Doksy, Czechoslovakia. Red flags all around!

Stay safe fellow bloggers and small business owners!

As with anything else in life the old adage, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is” holds true once again. Too bad, I could have really used the extra monthly income.

Have you been receiving any banner ad scam emails lately? Leave me your comments below.

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6 Responses to Bloggers Beware Of Banner Ad Scams

  • I received one of these emails a week or so ago. I actually clicked on the link (oops), luckily nothing bad happened as far as I can tell and I was smart enough not to click on the update button.

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    • You were lucky that your computer was up to date and that you knew better than to click on the update link. I thought it was pretty obviously a scam but not everybody will know that.

      Please help me spread the message to as many bloggers and website owners as we can (especially newbies).

  • Hi Silke,

    Thanks for letting your readers know about this. Personally, I haven’t had anyone ask to put up banner ads on my site…yet. I have had businesses contact me to do some shady guest posting on their behalf (dropping links and all), but I always decline.

    Great post!
    Elna

    • Thank you Elna!

      Banner ad scams have been around for many years now. Since the scammers are still going through all the trouble of sending these emails from contact pages (I even have a captcha on my email form) there has to be a fair amount of people clicking on the links and pop ups to make it worth their while.

      Shady guest posts (even paid ones) with links to gambling sites, etc. are very bad for your site as well. Good for you for not falling for any of it.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend.
      Silke

  • Thanks for the heads up! I get tons of emails like this all the time, most of which get deleted.

    • You are very welcome Heather! I’m glad you found this article helpful.

      I hear you about the insane amount of emails we all get these days, usually I just skim over them and hit delete.

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