Bloggers Beware Of Banner Ad Scams
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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.
Here is what the email from josephine.bergson@
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.
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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