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scludge
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I was at a website that looks pretty useful, but they had an ad with this text:

Cut down 3lbs of your belly every week using this 1 weird old tip.

I was too nervous to follow the link.


(Ok, I'm joking, and this site looks great, but I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of the first ad I saw).
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manbiteslion
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Heh, Eater gets served up all sorts of adverts by Google (advertising agency) in order to contribute towards the cost of the servers and bandwidth, etc. Rover and Lotta, our admins, don't get any say in what gets served up, but you're right, oh the irony!

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scludge
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for the reply. As you mentioned, I'm sure the admins here have no say in the ad content, only the ad providers. And, no doubt, the ad providers (google in this case), don't want to get involved in verifying their customers legitimacy, and only will remove blatent problems.

It's just more evidence that everyone needs to be careful and use good judgement.

Now the ad below has this text:
419 Scam in Nigeria
1000's of products - Sale! Compare Prices and Save
www . shopping . com

Wow, I wonder who really does have the best Nigerian scam prices? Razz

Obviously this site (shopping . com) takes any key words it can find and then generates a sale on the items, regardless of whether those items make any sense.

I'm sure none of this is new to anybody but me, but hey, I just love irony (which I heard is now on Sale! Save Big!)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

scludge wrote:

Now the ad below has this text:
419 Scam in Nigeria
1000's of products - Sale! Compare Prices and Save
www . shopping . com

<snip>

I just love irony (which I heard is now on Sale! Save Big!)

Genius! 419 scams at 50% off!!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^

We're shooting for 100% off Smile That way the scammers get nothing.

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