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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've recently run across a quite sophisticated work at home scam. Basically, it's a fake news website:

which tells the story of one Kelly Richards, who it just so conveniently happens, lives in your home city [it appears to use your IP address to say where she lives]. We are treated to a heartwarming tale of how an unfortunate woman who had just lost her job managed to turn her fortunes around, by joining this lovely little online scheme that allows her to make large sums of money for very little work. Underneath the 'headline' there's an 'as seen on' banner listing several legitimate news networks. The site also has a fake comments section, with lots of 'people' talking about how they were skeptical at first, but now they're really happy because they're making tonnes of money. Of course, the 'leave a reply' bit is fake, though I did try leaving a comment of "this is a scam" - the 'submit comment' button unsurprisingly does nothing. All the links on the page, even those purporting to link to other 'news' stories, link to the sign up page for the scam. Then when you give them your details, they want around $100 or so for some sort of start up kit. Also, I should note that rather conveniently, the offer always ends tomorrow; a nice way to pressure people into signing up without investigating too much.

What can be done about this? I'm rather new to scambaiting, but it doesn't look like the sort of thing that would be vulnerable to the same sorts of techniques used on email scammers. Someone has clearly put a lot of work into making this look legitimate and convincing, and there are ads for it all over the place. I know a few people who were nearly taken in by this thing - it's how it came to my attention. How are these sorts of scams usually dealt with?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good work spotting a fake site - our site killers will love it:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Welcome to Eater, Apophis!

Good job in spotting the scam and for posting it up here so others can see it and be warned. However, this is not something we would kill in the fake bank forum. (Sorry, Jeannette. Sad )

These fake/scam work-at-home scams are littering the internet and there is no way would could possibly try to kill them all. Doing a Copyscape search of the page shows many, many identical sites: . And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

You can also run some of the images through TinEye and see they are used on other pages too:

You can see that clicking will take you to . Not necessarily fake, but who is to say that it works or not? These companies just walk the line between being legit and being a rip-off.

What can be done about it? Well education is the best defense. Telling others about these types of scams and posting them up in this forum is a good start. And remember the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Wink

(In the FB forum, we work on killing fake AFF 419 scam sites primarily.)

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