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whoisvirginiawulf
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:34 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yeah, another scam where they have a gold company and blah blah. The somewhat interesting part is that they created a very good supposed "news" story regarding it, including ads.

http://business.theage.com.au/business/gold-and-guns-how-a-south-african-murder-led-to-perth-20080601-2khs.html

What was really funny to me was that this is supposedly a newspaper outside the USA, but they had an ad for the company I work for in California!! Only based in California. I clicked on the ad and got a copy of one of our affiliates web sites, not the main site, and certainly NOT the real website address.
Gosh, this seems like a sign to me to bait....

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Whois:

The article is real (google the names and you will see many supporting stories), and the site you linked to is a real business news website. The scammers are just using a real article to back a fake story--they have been known to use news articles and/or wikipedia to lend credibility to stories before.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Well I understand that its a real back story that they are using...Im just not understanding the ad in a country the business doesnt exist in (unless they are just pulling random ads). What I saw was Sutter Health, close to the top right, big ad. Again, not our address...but it started with "click"...so maybe its just random advertising?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:27 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The Age is a respected newspaper here in Australia and it looks like the ads may be placed using an ad rotator script and some geolocation, ie an American sees US ads, an Australian sees Oz ads.

I am currently seeing ads for American Express and Citibank, both large corporations in the US and Australia as well as ads for NAB, a large Australian bank.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I get flights from my country to Montreal, and a chance to get a job in Australia so I can return - obviously aimed at expats.

A certain dating site keeps popping up on my internet travels, offering me desperate housewives in my town, but if I use a German proxy it offers me fraulines in Dusseldorf...

No way lads are clever enough to make this site, as has been said, they hijack real news items to give credibility to their back story, like if your 'relative' perished in the Concorde crasf, you get a link to an old (real) BBC article on that.

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