Community Awareness - There are leeches among us

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Guys, if you ever see what appears to be two broken images in your thread please report these post ASAP. These are criminals trying to scrape profits by "stuffing cookies" into our threads.

See example below. This happened in my thread just moments ago for the second time this week.

#awareness #community #leaches
  • Profile picture of the author sooner918
    Not certain how that works,but thanks for the heads up Burton! Seems like these practices would be counterproductive to one's business in the long run.
    Anyway thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibacklinkpro
    Freaking spammers are always stealing crap!!! Like I've said before, if they would only apply some of that creativity to legit stuff, they would make so much more than they do spamming!
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      I don't know how it works Diane but something I do everyday is report these noncebags.

      I often look at posts from new members when they seem very "Thanks for the share" style or something else gets my suspicious bells ringing.

      I often do this by clicking on their user name and clicking the "see more posts by..." bit. When I get there, if they're cookie stuffing, you will see one, two or three jpg urls in the posts that you can't see when you visit the post in the thread (Unless, I believe, you're on Safari?)

      Another way to spot them is that they copy and paste posts from other people. This can be easy to spot because each post looks like a different person has done it.

      Either way I should think there are several here now, so best to keep your eyes peeled.

      Originally Posted by ibacklinkpro View Post

      Freaking spammers are always stealing crap!!! Like I've said before, if they would only apply some of that creativity to legit stuff, they would make so much more than they do spamming!
      Hi Ibacklinkpro,

      Sorry we had a bad start in here.

      I'm in complete agreement with what you said, I especially don't understand the technology they use - all these bots, urls and stuff that I've no idea about. However, they fail to execute it well.

      I regularly get spam in my email with one of those dodgy exe. files. I've no idea how they create these but I know one thing though. My dogs could create a better and more convincing email to make me click the attachment.

      My fear is they one day they will start to think like the people they attempt to con because right now most of the attempts are pretty amateur.

      EDIT - For those that want to see what I mean, after about thirty seconds of looking, I've found one - HERE - All report now please. Chances are this one will be banned very shortly.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheJustWarrior
        How it works?

        They get their url posted in the thread, but purposely make the <img> a broken tag so they have backlinks? Idea is they look like some poor noob who doesnt know how to present images on posts?

        Hard to understand why.. when they can contribute openly and use their sigs for links to their dodgy offers.

        Ive seen them everywhere, just thought it was some noob trying to post an image <shrugs>
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Originally Posted by TheJustWarrior View Post

          How it works?

          They get their url posted in the thread, but purposely make the <img> a broken tag so they have backlinks? Idea is they look like some poor noob who doesnt know how to present images on posts?

          Hard to understand why.. when they can contribute openly and use their sigs for links to their dodgy offers.

          Ive seen them everywhere, just thought it was some noob trying to post an image <shrugs>
          It's deeper than that I think and certainly nothing to do with backlinks. These people know exactly what they're doing. They're stuffing cookies on your computer so they get commission when you buy off CB or wherever it is they want the cookie to give them commission for. I'm no techie so someone else could explain it better but it's definately not a noob trying to post an image. In fact I believe Paul told people to turn off all third party cookies recently to protect you from them.

          Have a look at the link in the last bit of my last post - We have one briefly in action right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheJustWarrior
    heh you can't stuff cookies in a forum post
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by TheJustWarrior View Post

      heh you can't stuff cookies in a forum post
      I'll let the moderators correct you on that one then.

      This has been discussed extensively here. Good to know you're not bothering to report them though.

      Tell you what, re-read the opening thread and the bit about cookie stuffing then notice Paul Myers has thanked the OP.

      You sure you know what you're talking about?
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    For all who are interested in cookie stuffing lets remember that is bad and frowned apon by many. In the end all you will get is a banned account from a great forum and frozen funds. It is best to just take note of the awareness and be glad you don't have stoop to the levels of spamming a forum to make money online. I don't mean to offend anyone who's doing it, but we are all honest and legit marketers here, I'm sure many can agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    In Firefox, I don't see broken images, but I've caught a few cookie stuffers in three ways.

    1. If you're subscribed to the thread, you can see the image code in the email notification of the post.

    2. If you reply with quotes to someone, you can see the image code in the quoted section.

    3. If you're looking at their profile and click on view all posts, you can see the image codes in their posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I'm not totally sure how it works either but I was reading that some people are doing something like this to get their amazon affiliate cookies on your PC. Seems to be a really popular BH method this Christmas season.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by AmandaT View Post

      I'm not totally sure how it works either but I was reading that some people are doing something like this to get their amazon affiliate cookies on your PC. Seems to be a really popular BH method this Christmas season.
      Yes Amanda, that would also explain why it's happening so frequently with Amazons cookies only lasting 24 hours.

      I can't remember which but one url means, for example, CB, 2 is Amazon, 3 is...whatever etc. That's not the actual thing, I just seem to remember the amount of jpg urls's indicate where they are stuffing the cookies from.

      At least I think that's what I read.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by blillard View Post

      [...]I don't mean to offend anyone who's doing it,[...]
      , why not? I would like to offend them as much as I possibly can!

      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      Burton,

      Pardon my ignorance but how exactly does cookie stuffing work?

      Di
      Originally Posted by AmandaT View Post

      I'm not totally sure how it works either but I was reading that some people are doing something like this to get their amazon affiliate cookies on your PC. Seems to be a really popular BH method this Christmas season.
      Cookie stuffing is actually pretty simple. The bluefarter posts an image tag, but the source address is bogus. In the end, your browser is led to load something from the selling site - Amazon, hosting company, whatever - and as soon as it tries, the cookie is set.

      Disallowing third-party cookies in your browser preferences will stop it, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Wow...just...wow.

    When it's so much easier to build for the long-term, I just don't get why people still have an insane desire to take short-cuts that will end up being deleted anywhos. Sigh.....


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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      I just don't get why people still have an insane desire to take short-cuts that will end up being deleted anywhos.
      They don't care if the posts get deleted, as long as those cookies are set first.

      The typical run sees one account getting 20 to 40 posts up with the IMG tags set before they end up being removed. We get at least 10 such accounts created here every day. Hit a few high-visibility threads, do it every day for a month, and that's one big box of cookies.

      And those are just the ones that hit here. You can be sure they're hitting a lot of other sites, too.

      These are mostly posted by the same "contractors" that do forum backlinking and "SEO" posting. The affiliates can get a lot of cookies set for a small amount of money.

      The most common "targets" here are JustHost, Bluehost and Hostgator. Amazon was taking the lead for a while, but they seem to have died down.

      Consider how long those cookies last and what percentage of people here buy hosting from one or more of those companies (or buy from Amazon). We ain't talking chump change...

      That's why they do it.


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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        The typical run sees one account getting 20 to 40 posts up with the IMG tags set before they end up being removed. We get at least 10 such accounts created here every day. Hit a few high-visibility threads, do it every day for a month, and that's one big box of cookies.
        Another thing I've noticed as well is the person posts the usual nonsense or they copy other peoples posts, you see them rapidly get up to around 20 posts and then it stops.

        At this point you can look at their profile page and all you see is "modifying post" as they busily go about putting all the IMG tags in their posts.

        I reckon they're modifying their ways. Like I said earlier though, be grateful these people don't know how to pull wool over eyes very well.

        Originally Posted by TheJustWarrior View Post

        heh you can't stuff cookies in a forum post
        See post above mine.
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        • Profile picture of the author TheJustWarrior
          Sorry for the belated reply Richard was on the road all day.

          Im actually genuinely surprised after doing a google. Its theft.

          Will be happy to report any broken images I notice reading the forums going forward. thanks for the heads up op
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  • Profile picture of the author Burton Lancaster
    Intentions are probably well, but its better to not even know how this stuff works folks. It can land you behind bars (seriously). Up to 20 years to be exact.

    Do a quick google search "cookie stuffing + prison"
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Burton Lancaster View Post

      Intentions are probably well, but its better to not even know how this stuff works folks. It can land you behind bars (seriously). Up to 20 years to be exact.

      Do a quick google search "cookie stuffing + prison"
      If that is the case I wish they found a better way of actually catching them because I haven't noticed any going to prison.

      I'm not saying you're wrong at all, just that I personally haven't seen a lot of action taken. Having said that, I live under a stone at times and probably haven't been looking hard enough.

      Thanks for that though, I had no idea of the consequences.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    I may have found another one:

    View Profile: Jeremiah452

    http: // www newothermix info / / 2.jpg

    Is appearing in all his posts
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    • Profile picture of the author barbling
      Originally Posted by Nicola Lane View Post

      I may have found another one:

      View Profile: Jeremiah452

      http: // www newothermix info / / 2.jpg

      Is appearing in all his posts
      That's interesting - when you click in a controlled environment on the jpg, you get sent to:

      Web Hosting : Professional Web Hosting from Just Host

      I'll bet the affiliate cookie gets stuffed as well......
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      Originally Posted by Nicola Lane View Post

      I may have found another one:

      View Profile: Jeremiah452
      Here's the deal...a lot of the usernames doing this have 452 at the end of their name. Watch for the pattern.

      The other pattern is they copy/paste an earlier post from the thread. But the real give-away is the broken image.

      When you log on look down the threads list at the last poster and if you see a few sequential posts by the same person, and especially if you see "452" in their name you know the forum was attacked.

      If enough people report those posts they will be deleted. When that doesn't happen, what does happen is that everyone who visits one of those threads after the stuffing is a potential source of commissions for that creep.

      The apparent time delay between the attacks and the eventual nuking of the perp needs to be shortened. Ideally what would be nice is if we just made this place known as a forum that "doesn't pay off". Is that possible? I don't know, but perhaps the effort to send the message and eradicate this problem will at least put a dent in whatever monies they make from stuffing.

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      • Profile picture of the author hovirag
        [QUOTE=Bill Farnham;5082719]Here's the deal...a lot of the usernames doing this have 452 at the end of their name. Watch for the pattern.

        The other pattern is they copy/paste an earlier post from the thread. But the real give-away is the broken image.

        I still don't understand this broken image stuff. I went to the profile page listed here and couldn't see where that link is or how you find their posts if on the profile page it says they have 0 posts ( both profiles mentioned here).

        Can someone enlighten me please? I'd like to be able to spot them as well but somehow I don't get what you are talking about...

        thank you

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        • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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          I've been reporting them for months, Richard Van I know too does the same.

          You can usually spot them pretty quickly.

          Invariably they will never be a full War Room member, the username will always have numbers in it or won't be an actual name.

          They aim for the most popular threads on the forum but not always. Often you'll catch them posting on the banner ad threads at the top of the forum because they know these threads will be receiving a higher than normal number of visitors. On the other hand, quite often you'll catch them in the much quieter parts of the forum.

          Another thing to look out for...

          When you see an unusual username posting in the same section of the forum replying to several threads in very quick succession, almost guaranteed... it's a cookie stuffer.

          Click on their Username, click on Statistics, go to Posts and look through their posting history.

          Most of their posts will be one liners of no value to anyone.

          This is what I do...
          I copy and paste the link from their Statistics profile page and then go to one of their posts in a thread, click on the Red Triangle to report their post and in the comments section, I might put something like this...

          Has posted up (#?) posts in very quick succession one minute after the other, all one liners - moderator you might want to check out their posting history here (insert link to the spammers profile page)

          Invariably the mods will be onto them pretty quickly and will delete all of their posts before banning their account altogether.

          The exception to this sadly seems to be at around 8am to 11am UK time when most of North America is still horizontal, fast asleep. Perhaps this could be solved with a few more UK mods who are awake during this time. What the forum needs are moderators who can deal with these spammers 24/7 without let up.

          Myself? I must spend at least an hour a day reporting these posters. A thankless task but I think it's important to keep the forum as clean as possible for everyone's overall benefit.

          Best,


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          • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
            Look, there's one now, busily putting cookies in the WSO section.
            View Profile: Selena 85

            This is getting ridiculous.
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            • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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              • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
                Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

                Check out their posting history and now and again you'll hit the jackpot. If nothing else they do provide excellent stress relief. There's a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained seeing them on the forum one second and gone the next. Daft I know but it works lol.
                LOL, for me it's like doing Sudoku or one of those logic puzzles. How quickly can you find the clues and pick out the spammers?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Nicola Lane View Post

      I may have found another one:

      View Profile: Jeremiah452

      http: // www newothermix info / / 2.jpg
      Ooh, I guessed right, for once, then - I reported that one earlier today: I didn't know it was cookie-stuffing but I knew something didn't look right, because when you checked the list of his other posts, the text appeared different in them from how they actually looked on the board, which always makes me suspicious ... I wondered if it was a "bot", or something. :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    Cookie stuffing is still alive then ....oh dear !!
    When I see a relatively new member post a 'junk comment' such as this, I always check their other posts to see what they are contributing to the forum.

    If it is typical of most of their other posts, I report them. The OP and WF members deserve better than this. Posts like this contribute zero to the discussion and only serve to increase the junk posters post count numbers.

    Rant over - this is a good thread - I learned something new today. I've often seen those broken images and had no idea what they meant. I always assumed that the poster didn't know how to correctly post images. Thanks for the heads-up. It's great to come here and learn something new, which thankfully, happens with just about every visit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Damn

    They're on to me.....

    LOL no I'm kidding. But seriously, good lookin out.

    I knew what cookie stuffing IS but I've never actually seen it happen before. Now I know what signs to look out for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jun Balona
    Lucky for me I haven't got a home computer as of yet. However, is it possible that cookie stuffing could affect smartphones as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    The problem is that you cannot report the post unless you read it which means you get loaded with the cookie.

    It would be great to have a report button on the user's profile when you click on the user's latest post list.

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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Wow... that was a mindful. Never really understood the whole "cookie stuffing" bit either, nor will I condone it.

    This is just exposed another area I need to spend a bit of time trying to wrap my head around, as I noticed a thread the other day where this was evident, and at the time didn't have a clue the broken image tag was a 'red flag'?

    Thanks for the heads-up... definitely be on the look-out from this point forward.

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul200
    For those who dont know what cookie stuffing is, It is basicaly a script which stuffs cookies into your browser for websites other than the one you are visiting, and beleive it or not you could buy cookie stuffing scripts right here on the warrior forum back in 2009.
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  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    The apparent time delay between the attacks and the eventual nuking of the perp needs to be shortened.
    If you give an infraction to the poster, does this 'slow them down' for a while until a mod can check the post?

    I was under the impression that giving an infraction stops a poster from making a post for an hour. Is that true or am I imagining things? I hate giving infractions but have started doing so for blatant spam posts - regardless if the post is by a first-time newbie or not.

    I also don't particularly like being 'a better moderator' as I come here to read and learn, not to moderate. However, when I see things going on, including what is being discussed here, or junk posts, or spam - I do report them. The WF is a good thing, as Martha would say, so I try to do my part to keep it that way, even though it's not something I particularly like doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      Originally Posted by Val.S. View Post

      If you give an infraction to the poster, does this 'slow them down' for a while until a mod can check the post?
      No, infractions don't do that. It's best to just report the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeanne Lovely
    Boy do I learn allot of things in these forum posts - I never even knew about cookie stuffing - amazing how people will go to any lengths not to create a product - I would think that dreaming up all of these hacks would take more energy that making an honest effort
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Val.S. View Post

      If you give an infraction to the poster, does this 'slow them down' for a while until a mod can check the post?
      Infractions are just a warning that don't hold much weight unless a mod sees them and there's a ton of them. Report posts that violate the terms. It only takes seconds and this forum that you enjoy so much is a better and safer place for it.

      Originally Posted by Jeanne Lovely View Post

      Boy do I learn allot of things in these forum posts - I never even knew about cookie stuffing - amazing how people will go to any lengths not to create a product - I would think that dreaming up all of these hacks would take more energy that making an honest effort
      That's the truth. So many people spend so much time on short term solutions. They'd do anything to avoid getting down to the business of creating a business. They aren't marketers. For the most part, their nothing but scammers. Making a fast buck is the rule they live by. Making it without working is even better to them. They're pests.
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  • Profile picture of the author flocon
    I did not know about that. That broken images (what appears as) could be used to profit from someone else effort. Thanks for the info.
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    Why don't you just follow the link, get the referral ID and report them to Amazon, HostGator, eBay or wherever the link is going?

    It obviously violates the TOS of every affiliate program.

    Or has this been tried with no results?
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    I use CCleaner to delete privacy data in browser after finishing work. This is a good practice to prevent these kind of malfunctions.
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Between the spammers, scammers, and cookie monsters... we have our work cut out for us. I reported 4 threads last night for a serial spammer blatantly posting links to buy some affiliate drug.

    My question was already answered regarding whether we should 'report' the post(?) or give an 'infraction'(?) and I though did both not knowing which served the greater purpose, thanks for answering that above. I'll simply 'report' them from this point forward.

    What throws me, is the 'spammer' started with their very first post, and proceeded until they randomly hit 3 separate threads. Meanwhile, I was kindly following them to see where they'd post next and reported each thread...

    I'd assume the mods tackled it after that, as I didn't see anymore 'spammed' posts.

    I was under the impression new members had to reach a certain post count before posting 'links' were allowed?

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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I found out about this because of my reflex to poke at people who make stupid, out-of-context posts.

    I hit reply on their threads, then see the hidden images.

    Basically for those who want to understand the how, they are loading jpg urls into the posts as images.

    But those images are redirected to a page that loads their cookie on an affiliate program.

    From their server, it is a simple redirect link, matching an image url to an affiliate link.

    The thread requests the image, which redirects to the affiliate url. No image appears in the post, but the cookie is dropped on the browsers of whomever views that thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author steven sanderson
    Thankyou Burton for making us aware of this, it is the first i have heard of the matter but i will certainly be keeping an eye out from now on.

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    • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
      Thank God I was here to read this report today. I just wonder why some someone would like to play smart on other peoples, just to make some quick cash, when they can learn how things that work and put them into practice. Thanks for post and responses here.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRedPill
    Thank you for the tutorial on cookie stuffing. I will watch for and report any instances that I see.
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  • Profile picture of the author imback
    Thanks for the heads up appreciate it!


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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I've often wondered, is there any reason why new people to the forum would need to be posting images? I mean, they aren't allowed to PM until they have accumulated 50 posts - maybe posting of images is something else to consider. I can't see it causing a big deal EXCEPT for those people we are trying to get rid off.

    As another alternative, only allowing the posting of images to those who have War Room memberships. I'd like to see how many new accounts these idiots create if that were the case. Some of you might say they would still pay for the War Room membership because of the money they make from the cookie stuffing, but they can only have a certain number of Paypal accounts so it would be easy for the mods to see which Paypal account paid for that War Room membership and stop them from joining in the future.

    Just thinking out loud.
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  • Profile picture of the author dealguy
    Thanks Burton for bringing light to a subject I never heard of before until now.
    That's the great thing about the Warrior Family always on it's game and keeping it real.

    Best,

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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    Wow, this is a surprise at the WF. Never see this happen before. Thanks man for the heads up!

    Just a quick question.....are these scammers starting threads and posting around with these images?
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Osman_M View Post

      Wow, this is a surprise at the WF. Never see this happen before. Thanks man for the heads up!

      Just a quick question.....are these scammers starting threads and posting around with these images?

      They are responding to threads, not starting them. And they tend to jump into threads with a lot of activity.
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  • Profile picture of the author yako
    Hey guys, is it OK to delete cookies from warriorforum.com or I have to delete them all??

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
    I was wondering, I delete cookies on my system almost everyday. Does that help or do I need to do something more? Also how does that affect legit affiliates whose links I click?
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Looks like this one is under the radar more than most: View Profile: ekginaSpieagel
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    Bill Platt, Oklahoma USA, PlattPublishing.com
    Publish Coloring Books for Profit (WSOTD 7-30-2015)
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It's unfortunate that there are always individuals trying to steal an edge
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  • Profile picture of the author Burton Lancaster
    Watch out for the new phenomena "Thanks a lot" Stuffing

    The perpetrators apparently are trying to instill a false sense of gratitude to win over your hearts and minds.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Ramintjoo,

      That was my post d***head.

      You couldn't even spin it properly.

      Bye bye. :p
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      Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by ramintjoo View Post

      I'm not sure how it operates Diane but something I actually do everyday is report these noncebags.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      To point out the brilliance of the mind of a spammer ... spamming the anti-spam thread. lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
        To point out the brilliance of the mind of a spammer ... spamming the anti-spam thread. lol.
        Exactly. Noncebags is one of my favourite words. Never seen it said here before.

        Spun the odd word so it looks a bit unreadable and then posts it - as I'm looking at the thread!
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        Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

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  • Profile picture of the author Burton Lancaster
    caught this one before they added the image links ... reported... make sure you keep an eye out for low post counts, and duplicate post (like this was)

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  • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
    Just for the sake of better protecting yourself from it, here's how cookie stuffing works and why it shows up as broken images.

    What they are doing is posting an image into the forum, but the image URL is simply a redirect to their affiliate link. By posting it as an image, when it redirects to the affiliate link, it automatically puts the cookie on the viewer's computer. It shows up as a broken image because the post is structured to display an image, but obviously the url it's redirected to (the aff link) is not going to show up as an image, hence broken image.

    Example: Someone posts theirsite.com/cookie.jpg as an image in this forum. However, on theirsite.com they've redirected cookie.jpg to affiliatelink.com/id

    Hope that helps some people better understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrislangley
    It's sad that people will always find loop holes to exploit
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