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Old 02-25-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Exclamation Blog Giveaway listings being targeted w/scam links

Keep your security programs updated and functional. Be wary of clicking on any links!

There are a number of blogs that allow visitors to post promotional links to giveaways. The point is, these listings let anyone post any link. Unfortunately the bad guys have taken note and started salting the lists with spam links trolling for unsuspecting sweepers that are focused on finding good giveaways. Spam links are being posted that trigger autodownloads that you do not want on your computer. They are targeting sweepers and getting smart about what prizes gets us excited and careless. Beware - an open list is an open list. The blogger may have just cleaned the list out, but all it takes is seconds for the bad guys to add more scam links.

Hover your cursor over every link to check out the URL before you click. URL can be seen in bottom left corner. There is no good reason for a blog to disguise the URL. If you cannot see a clear URL, then type in the blog direct to get to home page and then link to their promotions. Be safe - be very suspicious especially of the latest entries. Hover over several of the links and use your head. A good link should not start out with unusual letters or a series of numbers
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up, Betty.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #3
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Thanks Betty and I think there are a few new "kids" on the block that are really just targeting sweepers without the sneakiness -- by that I mean advertising sweeps but not really going to be providing any prizes, just looking for names/addresses/email addresses.

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a few bloggers have posted in their newsletters about this issue. Some are upfront that they are removing bad links, but don't get that they could set to moderate the postings before they go live. Some you have to read between the lines as they complain about getting complaints, complaints they insist are not their problem. Well ya, but still it's there blog and these bogus links could do serious damage.

Every day there is some blog that sets off a security warning for me and I'm not getting that many entries in.

Johannah - I was doing the H&R block FB daily and ended up playing a little game. If I said, 'I want to use the refund to go on a cruise" or 'I wanted to put a pool in the backyard' guess what messages I got that day? It was amazing how many cruise offers or patio/pool options I'd get within 24 hrs of that entry. Certain blogs do seem to ask questions that sort us into contstructing interest lists that could be sold.
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Thanks Betty and I think there are a few new "kids" on the block that are really just targeting sweepers without the sneakiness -- by that I mean advertising sweeps but not really going to be providing any prizes, just looking for names/addresses/email addresses.

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do you think the trend to ask ahead of time for name/address/phone ... for convenience of claiming the prize is just constructing lists?
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do you think the trend to ask ahead of time for name/address/phone ... for convenience of claiming the prize is just constructing lists?
Not sure about that, but always skeptical (?) about why they need it in advance. I mean we all know that some of them never intend to actually give the prize to a random winner -- but why store everyones info, if you are just going to have ONE winner?

Also .. mail chimp. They take the lists from all the contests people run using their free software and put the info in their data base. Otherwise how could they BAN me from entering on Choban Yogurt site, and Tween Waters, etc. I get banned "immediately"... and it's not Choban or Tween Waters doing it. It's because I wanted off of mail chimps spam mail LISTS. Which you absolutely know they sell.... to make up for the free program they are giving people to use.

Ok, off my soap box. We should all ... always be careful... better safe than sorry as they say.
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OH OH just one more thing...

Do you notice you are being redirected to more sites, or more pop ups are coming up, that you cannot "close" right away. That they are forcing you to stay for a period of time before you can even close the darn annoying thing and move on????
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