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Author Topic: The most persistent scammer  (Read 1605 times)


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The most persistent scammer
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:45 AM »
Hi all,

the internet if full of spammers and scammers and one of the best things we can do is to ignore them and focus our energy on more positive things. That's what I usually do, but I got dragged into this awkward situation concerning fake software awards (if you are not familiar with that topic, read for example this classic blog post by Andy Brice).

What is different in my case is the persistence the of people behind this particular fake award. If you feel you can deal with a bit of moral greyness today, go read about my year-long experience with fake awards.

What baffles me is the amount of people, who fall for this fake awards scam. Even these days, even software developers :-[, who should be familiar with how the web works. So, fellow programmers, how many fake awards are you displaying on your web sites? Did the people, who gave you that 5-star rating at least install your software?

« Last Edit: July 20, 2012, 07:25 AM by vlastimil »


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Re: The most persistent scammer
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 07:10 AM »
Nice one!

It's really bad with all those directory listing stuff :'(


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Re: The most persistent scammer
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2012, 07:39 AM »
Thanks for sharing this :)


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Re: The most persistent scammer
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012, 07:51 AM »
The thing is that spammers latch onto any possible source of content they can to make sites that they can have ads on. Download sites are a great way to spam.

But, there are some good ones. I wrote a quite review of Softoxi:

I was SHOCKED there. And I'm not the only one. Some other developer friends have commented to me about it.
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