Spamming Blog comments and Forums

by Rudolf Faix 21. June 2015 11:49

No SpamSpammers have tried to post their stupid content 143 times since June 8, 2015 as comments to my articles at the Affiliates Marketing Reviews blog. More than 70% from this postings got automatically deleted.

Spamming blog comments and forums does not help you in SEO or brings you more visitors to your page. All the CMS (Content Management Systems) are adding by default the attribute 'nofollow' to the links entered in the comments area. This is telling to the search engine crawlers that they should not follow the link. It can even happen that you get exact the opposite result then you like if your links got collected to many times with a 'nofollow' attribute and the search engine interprets them as spam. In such a case your ranking will get lower instead of higher.

By following the links from the spammer I have seen a lot of suspicious sites, which are it even not worth to write a negative review about them because they are a big secret in the world wide web. With an Alexa global ranking of 3 million and above would be even a negative review a promotion for the site which is bringing more visitors in one week than they have during one year.

The most of this spammer are only looking how to get as much money as possible during a short time. For this they are trying to sell some useless products. This spammer are so stupid that they even don't know it, that as higher the promised earnings per sale is as more difficult is it to sell the product. They are still dreaming from "getting rich quick".

The scammer would have more success if they would invest the time for writing SEO or quality content for their site instead of searching for forums and blogs where they could drop their content.

In any case they should make first a product background check if the offered product itself is not already a scam. It is hard to sell something if the sales page gets already blocked from a Virus security system like 360 Total Security, Adguard/Adblock plus, Web Of Trust or some other browser filter. This makes the sales page not really trustful and keeps potential customers away. The ad blockers are already coming to a problem for the advertisers. A lot of people are already using such ad blocker.

There are enough good solutions for promoting a good product. If a product is already listed as useless in forums or blogs, then you need not promote it. In such a case it would be better to search for a better product and which you are able to handle. If you know nothing about the product, then you would not be able to promote and sell it. You need not try to sell dubious male enhancer, anti aging products, body building helpers, etc. if you are not able to present the product. Making a single webpage is not enough to attract visitors or get a good position at the search engines.

 

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Affiliates & MLM Marketing

Scammer: trafficmonsoon.com - a site with a hidden domain ownership

by Rudolf Faix 18. June 2015 12:47

TrafficMonsoonNot only the business model from Trafficmonsoon is suspect. Their behavior seems to be very strange too, Yesterday I have made a free sign-up at Trafficmonsoon and got a two confirmation emails.

Yesterday I have taken a look around in the membership area and viewed a few advertisements - more then 10. As the membership site from Trafficmonsoon is not very user friendly and I needed to leave for an appointment, I decided to continue today. At the login process today I got the message "There is no rfaix in our database.".

If you are thinking logical then you'll get it that trafficmonsoon.com is only a time-wasting and/or money-wasting system. Each advertiser or advertising agency likes to get clicks because the user is interested into the product. Such user will get easier to be a customer then someone, which clicks only for the reason for getting paid or to get some clicks on his own advertisement. Such one will even not read the content of the site. He will automatize the clicks or wait until he will be able to take the next opportunity for getting more. For this is the scam already included into the system from TrafficMonsoon. 

Even Scamadviser reports about trafficmonsoon.com:

Low Trust Rating. This Site May Not Be Safe to Use.
Site is United States based, But The Real Location Is Being Hidden
Alert Result: The owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity
Alert Result: This website is 288 Days old

If we take a look at their business model, then we see that this system will not last long. On one side they like to sell traffic to advertisers and on the other side they give a little bit traffic in exchange to users for viewing the advertisements from their advertisers. The user does this only for getting something in exchange and not because he is interested watching advertisements. As soon the advertiser will know this system they will avoid it.

For the advertisers is such a system not making any sense. Advertisements should get viewed if a user is interested in the product and not for getting something in exchange. The click rate for such advertisements is nearly zero. Even if the user need to click on the advertisement the advertising will not make any profit for the advertiser. Alone for this fact is the business model from Trafficmonsoon already nothing else then scam. It is only adjusted to make money for the owner of Trafficmonsoon and give nothing in exchange to the advertising companies.

If we take a look at the user ratings in WOT (Web Of Trust) about Trafficmonsoon then we can see the source from Trafficmonsoon. From 28 user ratings are 27 in Russian language. This shows too which kind of advertising you'll get from them

The one user rating, which is in English written, is negative too;

User picture
I haven't rated

Poor customer experience

Scam

Spam

Im Work On This Site But After Collect 1$ The Site Delete My Account
Dont Sign Up In This Site Please Be Safe "

 

 

 

 

 

This shows that others made the same experience like me with a deleted account!!!

The email including the header sent to me, where my account got activated:

Delivered-To: rudolffaix@gmail.com
Received: by 10.36.32.195 with SMTP id t186csp469192itt;
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:47:38 -0700 (PDT)
X-Received: by 10.170.36.131 with SMTP id 125mr6159981yke.1.1434538058584;
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:47:38 -0700 (PDT)
Return-Path: <nobody@server1.trafficmonsoon.com>
Received: from server1.trafficmonsoon.com (server1.trafficmonsoon.com. [69.61.21.50])
by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id m5si1403689yka.70.2015.06.17.03.47.38
for <rudolffaix@gmail.com>
(version=TLSv1.2 cipher=ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 bits=128/128);
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:47:38 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: best guess record for domain of nobody@server1.trafficmonsoon.com designates 69.61.21.50 as permitted sender) client-ip=69.61.21.50;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
spf=pass (google.com: best guess record for domain of nobody@server1.trafficmonsoon.com designates 69.61.21.50 as permitted sender) smtp.mail=nobody@server1.trafficmonsoon.com
Received: from nobody by server1.trafficmonsoon.com with local (Exim 4.85)
(envelope-from <nobody@server1.trafficmonsoon.com>)
id 1Z5Asb-0000a0-DN
for rudolffaix@gmail.com; Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:47:37 -0400
To: rudolffaix@gmail.com
Subject: From Trafficmonsoon: Your account has been successfully verified
X-PHP-Script: trafficmonsoon.com/activation.php for 120.29.65.57
From: Trafficmonsoon <admin@trafficmonsoon.com>
Message-Id: <e1z5asb-0000a0-dn@server1.trafficmonsoon.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:47:37 -0400
X-AntiAbuse: This header was added to track abuse, please include it with any abuse report
X-AntiAbuse: Primary Hostname - server1.trafficmonsoon.com
X-AntiAbuse: Original Domain - gmail.com
X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID - [99 501] / [47 12]
X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain - server1.trafficmonsoon.com
X-Get-Message-Sender-Via: server1.trafficmonsoon.com: uid via acl_c_vhost_owner from authenticated_id: nobody from /only user confirmed/virtual account not confirmed
X-Source:
X-Source-Args: /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL
X-Source-Dir: trafficmonsoon.com:/public_html

Rudolf Faix,

Thank you for registering for an account at Trafficmonsoon.

New Sign-Up Checklist:
Have you setup your account profile?
Have you created a secondary password and transaction pin?
Have you purchased advertising service with a sharing position?
Have you clicked a minimum of 10 ads to qualify for sharing today?
Have you tried a traffic monsoon package?
Have you referred anyone to use the services to receive 10% of their purchases?

So login and get started with these steps today ! You're going to love this !

Your Trafficmonsoon login is: rfaix
Your Trafficmonsoon password is: *********
Your Trafficmonsoon transaction PIN is [TPin],

Your Trafficmonsoon Referral Link is: https://trafficmonsoon.com/?ref=rfaix

Regards,
Trafficmonsoon

 

Domain registration data from trafficmonsoon.com:

Domain Name: TRAFFICMONSOON.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1873436151_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: WHOIS.ENOM.COM
Registrar URL: WWW.ENOM.COM
Update Date: 2015-05-16T17:43:47.00Z
Creation Date: 2014-08-30T16:11:00.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-08-30T16:11:00.00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 48
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: ABUSE@ENOM.COM
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252982646
Domain Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: WHOIS AGENT
Registrant Organization: WHOIS PRIVACY PROTECTION SERVICE, INC.
Registrant Street: PO BOX 639
Registrant Street: C/O TRAFFICMONSOON.COM
Registrant City: KIRKLAND
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98083
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4252740657
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.4259744730
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email:
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: WHOIS AGENT
Admin Organization: WHOIS PRIVACY PROTECTION SERVICE, INC.
Admin Street: PO BOX 639
Admin Street: C/O TRAFFICMONSOON.COM
Admin City: KIRKLAND
Admin State/Province: WA
Admin Postal Code: 98083
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.4252740657
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +1.4259744730
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email:
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: WHOIS AGENT
Tech Organization: WHOIS PRIVACY PROTECTION SERVICE, INC.
Tech Street: PO BOX 639
Tech Street: C/O TRAFFICMONSOON.COM
Tech City: KIRKLAND
Tech State/Province: WA
Tech Postal Code: 98083
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.4252740657
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.4259744730
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email:
Name Server: DNS1.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS2.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS3.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS4.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS5.NAME-SERVICES.COM
DNSSEC:UNSIGNED
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
HTTP://WDPRS.INTERNIC.NET/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database:2015-05-16T10:43:49.00Z <<<

 

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Fraud & Scam

paidviewpoint.com - aytm.com - Umongous Inc, - David Handel - Genuine or Scam?

by Rudolf Faix 18. June 2015 07:22

PaidViewPointpaidviewpoint.com is a survey site where you need to get invitated for participating on surveys. As paidviewpoint.com did not ask for any membership fees I have signed up on June 17, 2016. During the signing up process I need to answer a lot of private questions like living area, income and household members, etc. For this I received $0.85.

It seems that the answers to these questions are getting used for selecting the participants for the surveys, but if the system is not trustful such information can get traded too.

After the signup process has been completed there has not been one survey available on which I could participate. After signing up you have to wait for getting an invitation for a survey. At this time you have no other possibility to earn money as to promote the service from paidviewpoint.com to others for signing up too. They are promising:

Earn up to $25 for each new member which gets invited from you

EVERY TIME THEY CASH OUT – YOU’LL GET 20% OF EVERY BIZ SURVEY REWARD

THEY’VE ACCUMULATED. INVITE AS MANY AS YOU WANT. EARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

Become a VIP community builder and collect your 20% on the fly if you don't want to wait for them to cash out.

To apply for the program you need to have 100+ active friends.

 

Negative points are for me their conditions. Whenever you change your phone number or Paypal address your accounts cash balance gets zeroed:

Why do you need my phone number?

When you validate your account with your phone and then again at the first cash-out, you help prevent the possibility of someone stealing your earnings. Additionally, validating your phone number is one of the methods our system uses to enforce the one-account-per-member rule.

 

Can I change my registered phone number?

You can change your registered phone number at any time. However, each time you change your number, your account cash balance will be zeroed. Alternatively, you can freeze your earnings for 180 days at which time you’ll be asked to validate the same new number to unfreeze them. This helps prevent people from attempting to break the rules and operate more than one PaidViewpoint account. We suggest that you only change your registered phone number following a cash-out when your account balance is back to zero. If you have changed your registered phone number, you are permitted to change back to the original number at any time. No member can use a number that has ever been used by another member.

 

Can I change my PayPal email address?

You can change your registered PayPal email address at any time. However, each time you change your PayPal email address, your account cash balance will be zeroed. Alternatively, you can freeze your earnings for 180 days. This helps prevent people from attempting to break the rules and operate more than one PaidViewpoint account. We suggest that you only change your registered PayPal email address following a cash-out when your account balance is back to zero. If you have changed your registered PayPal email address, you are permitted to change back to the original email address at any time. No member can use a PayPal email address that has ever been used by another member.

At the page About us we can find the information:

PaidViewpoint is operated by aytm.com Ask Your Target Market. AYTM, with your help, is revolutionizing the market research industry by making quality market research easily accessible and affordable to businesses large and small everywhere. AYTM is enabling today's entrepreneurs to succeed in building the businesses that create jobs for all of us. Visit AYTM to learn more about our team. We'd love to hear any ideas you have to improve the PaidViewpoint experience.

 

Paidviewpoint and AYTM have a good WOT (Web Of Trust) reputation:

WOT rating of aytm.com WOT rating from paidviewpoint.com

 

The Alexa ranking for aytm.com and paidviewpoint.com is good too. It shows that the site gets a lot of traffic:

Alexa ranking of aytm.com Alexa ranking of paidviewpoint.com

 

Summary: paidviewpoint.com makes the impression of a serious site. As they are already many years on the market and there are not really negative comments with proves is it a site where you can some extra money. Paidviewpoint makes a serious and better impression then other sites, which are promoting their service with dream income. Please use the following link if you like to sign-up http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=rwoasd

It seems that they have nothing to hide at their domain registration. Here are the data for the domain registration of aytm.com:

Domain Name: AYTM.COM
Registry Domain ID: 50126446_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: WHOIS.ENOM.COM
Registrar URL: WWW.ENOM.COM
Update Date: 2014-11-27T09:26:02.00Z
Creation Date: 2000-12-26T21:58:50.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-12-26T21:58:00.00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 48
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: ABUSE@ENOM.COM
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252982646
Domain Status: OK
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: DAVID HANDEL
Registrant Organization: UMONGOUS, INC
Registrant Street: 542 S SEAVIEW AVE
Registrant Street:
Registrant City: GALLOWAY
Registrant State/Province: NJ
Registrant Postal Code: 08205
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.6092045666
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: david@aytm.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: DAVID HANDEL
Admin Organization: UMONGOUS, INC
Admin Street: 542 S SEAVIEW AVE
Admin Street:
Admin City: GALLOWAY
Admin State/Province: NJ
Admin Postal Code: 08205
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.6092045666
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: david@aytm.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: DAVID HANDEL
Tech Organization: UMONGOUS, INC
Tech Street: 542 S SEAVIEW AVE
Tech Street:
Tech City: GALLOWAY
Tech State/Province: NJ
Tech Postal Code: 08205
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.6092045666
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: david@aytm.com
Name Server: NS10.SPEEDYRAILS.COM
Name Server: NS11.SPEEDYRAILS.COM
Name Server: NS12.SPEEDYRAILS.COM
DNSSEC:UNSIGNED
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
HTTP://WDPRS.INTERNIC.NET/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database:2014-11-27T01:26:05.00Z <<<

Paidviewpoint has a clean domain registration too:

Domain Name: paidviewpoint.com
Registry Domain ID:
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.1and1.com
Registrar URL: http://1and1.com
Updated Date: 2013-04-19T00:04:47Z
Creation Date: 2009-09-21T03:08:58Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-09-21T03:08:58Z
Registrar: 1&1 Internet AG
Registrar IANA ID: 83
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@1and1.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8774612631
Reseller:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: David Handel
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: PO Box 1741
Registrant City: Absecon
Registrant State/Province: NJ
Registrant Postal Code: 08201
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.6097486622
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: admin@paidviewpoint.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: David Handel
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: PO Box 1741
Admin City: Absecon
Admin State/Province: NJ
Admin Postal Code: 08201
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.6097486622
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: admin@paidviewpoint.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Hostmaster ONEANDONE
Tech Organization: 1&1 Internet Inc.
Tech Street: 701 Lee Rd.
Tech Street: Suite 300
Tech City: Chesterbrook
Tech State/Province: PA
Tech Postal Code: 19087
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.8774612631
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.6105601501
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: hostmaster@1and1.com
Nameserver: ns1.digitalocean.com
Nameserver: ns2.digitalocean.com
Nameserver: ns3.digitalocean.com
DNSSEC: Unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-06-18T00:47:13Z <<<

The membership site of paidviewpoint:

PaidViewPoint Dashboard

 

Update June 28, 2015: Until now is not one survey for me available. All surveys for not getting bored at this system are for getting more personal data. This makes the site more suspicious because it seems that you can earn only by inviting others to the site.

 

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Suspicious Sites

mansioncasino.com - a casino with a bad reputation and a hidden ownership

by Rudolf Faix 14. June 2015 12:37

MansionCasino.comThe online casino affiliates have been years ago a good business for affiliates. More then 20 years ago one of my friends in Austria earned very good by promoting online casinos. It seems the time has changed a lot and/or the casino owners have been coming too greedy that they need to use spyware and adware in their own software for spying their users. Whatever the real reason is, we can only guess it.

My opinion that someone, which hides his name at the domain registration data by using a proxy service, has something more to hide then only his privacy gets confirmed in this case.

Fact is that I got the following warning by opening the site from mansioncasino.com:

Warning! Could be unsafe!
 

Adguard has blocked access to this page

This web page at www.mansioncasino.com, has been reported as a phishing page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Adguard has found that this page may be a forgery or imitation of another website, designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other abuse.

As one warning comes seldom alone I got immediately the next one after proceeding to the page:

WOT reputation of mansioncasino.com

I have one comment picked from the the comments at Web Of Trust for the site mansioncasino.com:

User picture

Malware or viruses

Spam

Distributes Adware see
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/dda8fbf57f9ddc8c2b04ed65d59c59d054d89...
Hidden Registrant related to / owned by same company as Casino.com.
Affiliates / Microworkers posting Fake comments on Site Advisor see https://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/msgpage/mansioncasino.com/postid "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Especially the adware link inside the above message is interesting:

VirusTotal

All these adware and trojans are built for stealing information from your computer and deliver promotion to you.

Win.Adware.Agent-6597 is a malicious application that is designed to circumvent computer security, compromise a system, and deploy various advertising elements. These can include pop-up windows, browser redirects, and other problems. Some Win.Adware.Agent-6597 poses an additional threat by allowing personal information and computing activity to be collected and tracked.

The dangerous virus Win32.Troj.Undef(kcloud) is developed by the hackers to get the remote access to your computer, and steal your confidential data. This information may include the passwords, username, credit card numbers, and browsing history. The hackers use this data in the online frauds, and resultantly you lose your hard earned money. Besides that, this deadly dangerous virus modifies the windows registry by adding corrupt entries that cause regular crashes. Once installed, the Win32.Troj.Undef(kcloud) make your computer extremely slow by occupying the resources installed on the system.

I don't really like to test if they have removed or replaced the trojans and adware already. Such a report makes the site only more worse then only hiding their identity in the domain registration:

Domain Name: mansioncasino.com
Registry Domain ID: 101010471_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.ipmirror.com
Registrar URL: http://www.ipmirror.com
Updated Date: 2015-06-10T04:15:49Z
Creation Date: 2003-07-25T00:32:47Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-07-25T00:32:47Z
Registrar: IP Mirror Pte Ltd
Registrar IANA ID: 890
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: TLDSupport@cscglobal.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8887802723
Reseller: 
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: 
Registrant Name: c/o Premium Registration Service
Registrant Organization: Corporation Service Company (UK) Ltd
Registrant Street: 1st Floor, 2-5 Benjamin Street 
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: 
Registrant Postal Code: EC1M 5QL
Registrant Country: United Kingdom
Registrant Phone: +44.2074604060
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +44.2075494101
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: whoisprivacy@cscglobal.com
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: c/o Premium Registration Service
Admin Organization: Corporation Service Company (UK) Ltd
Admin Street: 1st Floor, 2-5 Benjamin Street 
Admin City: London
Admin State/Province: 
Admin Postal Code: EC1M 5QL
Admin Country: United Kingdom
Admin Phone: +44.2074604060
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +44.2075494101
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: whoisprivacy@cscglobal.com
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: c/o Premium Registration Service
Tech Organization: Corporation Service Company (UK) Ltd
Tech Street: 1st Floor, 2-5 Benjamin Street 
Tech City: London
Tech State/Province: 
Tech Postal Code: EC1M 5QL
Tech Country: United Kingdom
Tech Phone: +44.2074604060
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +44.2075494101
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: whoisprivacy@cscglobal.com
Name Server: pdns1.ultradns.net
Name Server: pdns2.ultradns.net
Name Server: pdns3.ultradns.org
Name Server: pdns4.ultradns.org
Name Server: pdns5.ultradns.info
Name Server: pdns6.ultradns.co.uk
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-06-10T04:30:12Z <<<

The domain, which is managing the affiliate system from mansioncasino.com, is iaffiliates.com. iaffiliates.com is using the same proxy provider as mansioncasino.com. They are also managing the affiliate systems for the following brands: casino.com, lesacasino.com, club777.com and slotsheaven.com. 

All these domains have a bad reputation already, using the same proxy service and the same DNS servers for their internet service. For me it seems that they have the same owner.

Casino.comClub 777
LesACasino.comSlots Heaven

web-of-trust-report-mansioncasino.pdf (381.15 kb)

 

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Suspicious Sites

Shopping Sherlock - shoppingsherlock.com - a site with a bad reputation

by Rudolf Faix 14. June 2015 06:33

Shopping SherlockWilliam Taylor sent me an invitation on LinkedIn. As I accept all invitations I have accepted his too. The only purpose of the invitation from William Taylor has been to send me a spam message with an invitation for an affiliate system with the name Shopping Sherlock. I have replaced his affiliate code with the sign "x" in his message, because it is nothing else then a simple pyramid system:

William Taylor

"Thank you for accepting my invitation"!

William Taylor

13. Juni 2015 14:03

Sie haben diese Nachricht beantwortet:

What is my Goal? / Simple. 
I want to help you Save, by giving you "Absolutely Free" an invitation to Shop on an Invite Only Platform that allows you to Find the Absolute Lowest Prices on the Web!.. 
Check out the site / Enter your Email address / Choose a User Name & Password / Go Shopping 
Then Decide for Yourself / It’s Just That Simple! 

http://www.shoppingsherlock.com/xxxxxx

With my nearly 40 years of computer networks and security experience I know that spam leads very seldom to a good offer. In this case the offer has already a very bad reputation. The first warning by following the link comes from AdGuard:

Warning! Could be unsafe!
 

Adguard has blocked access to this page

This web page at www.shoppingsherlock.com, has been reported as a phishing page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Adguard has found that this page may be a forgery or imitation of another website, designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other abuse.

At the blog behind MLM we can read that Shopping Sherlock is nothing else then a copy of the crashed system from My Shopping Genie (closed May 2012) after they could not pay their affiliates. Each MLM or pyramid system, which is living only from membership fees, crashes as soon there are not enough new members joining the system are coming up. The same will happen to the system from Shopping Sherlock. There are enough free sites without any membership fees which are offering price comparing on the Internet available.

For a normal user is It not recommended to proceed after the first warning already. As I know that all my protection systems are up to date, I have continued visiting the page and got prompt the next warning from Web Of Trust - a system where user are rating the content of the sites:

WOT reputation of shoppingsherlock.com

Such a scam rating is interesting and I have followed for reading the comments about this ratings. You find at the site Web Of Trust like everywhere about Shopping Sherlock positive and negative ratings and you can decide which ratings you are more believing. I'm listing here only the ratings written in English. If someone likes to get the other ratings translated he can use Google translator. The comments from Web Of Trust:

User picture
I don't trust

Scam

Spam

This site's URL appeared in Disqus forum spam and should not be trusted. "

User picture
I don't trust

Scam

Potentially illegal

Misleading claims or unethical

A form of pyramid selling designed to fool the gullible and the stupid. As with all pyramid schemes this scam will eventually fail leaving its creators very rich and virtually everybody else out of pocket. "

If we verify these rating then we find out that they are true. The only possible earnings on the site Shopping Sherlock are done selling memberships for affiliates. With other words the affiliates have nothing to do as to work for Shopping Sherlock and pay for their work. This makes the site to SCAM. In the whole world is it usage that you get paid for your work and you need not pay for it. For this is the site nothing else then a simple pyramid system. Such systems are illegal in a lot of countries.

In such a system you are able to earn only if you are a member since the early start up time. As later you enter the system as harder it comes to earn by convincing new members. The system started in February 2012 (which wonder that is close to the time as My Shopping Genie has closed down on May 2012) and has reached now an Alexa global ranking of 105,934. That the site is growing slowly already as it get shown in the Alexa global ranking, where Shopping Sherlock has improved their rankings during the last 3 months only for 1,135 positions. That the lifetime of such systems is relative short get shown by the example of My shopping Genie. My Shopping Genie launched late 2007 and the reports that they could not pay their affiliates more than 6 months already, have been coming up during September 2011. With other words the system worked only 3.5 years. If we compare it with Shopping Sherlock then we can expect, as it is nothing else then a copy of Shopping Sherlock, a break down at the end of this year or during 2016. It is depending how fast they are growing with their affiliate structure until no new affiliates can get convinced. As soon as the new affiliates gets it that they cannot find some new members and they have to pay more as they are earning the break down of the system starts.

The actual Alexa ranking from shoppingsherlock.com:

Alexa ranking of shoppingsherlock.com

 

The domain registry data from shoppingsherlock.com:

Domain Name: SHOPPINGSHERLOCK.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1720468532_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2015-04-30T18:23:03Z
Creation Date: 2012-05-15T04:30:54Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-05-15T04:30:54Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: ok http://www.icann.org/epp#ok
Registry Registrant ID:
Michael Wiedder founder CEO shoppingsherlock.comRegistrant Name: Michael Wiedder
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 4912 Lemona
Registrant City: Sherman Oaks
Registrant State/Province: California
Registrant Postal Code: 91403
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Phone: (310) 428-9375
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: 
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: mwiedder@gmail.com
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: Michael Wiedder
Admin Organization: 
Admin Street: 4912 Lemona
Admin City: Sherman Oaks
Admin State/Province: California
Admin Postal Code: 91403
Admin Country: United States
Admin Phone: (310) 428-9375
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: 
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: mwiedder@gmail.com
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: Michael Wiedder
Tech Organization: 
Tech Street: 4912 Lemona
Tech City: Sherman Oaks
Tech State/Province: California
Tech Postal Code: 91403
Tech Country: United States
Tech Phone: (310) 428-9375
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: 
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: mwiedder@gmail.com
Name Server: NS05.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS06.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-06-13T23:00:00Z <<<

The story from the break down from My Shopping Genie

Web Of Trust - shoppingsherlock.pdf (403.95 kb)

 

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