Advertising SCAM.....IMPORTANT!!!

by kaluuu
45 replies
Didnt knew where to put this topic.

A few days back i recieved this email:
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Message Body:
Hi,

We are looking for new advertisement platforms and we are interested in your site xxx.com.
Is it possible to place banner on your site on a fee basis?

Best regards,
Julien Fontaine
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I responded to it and i got another email:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hello,

Thanks for reply to our proposal!

I represent Lego Agency. At the moment we are preparing an advertising campaign for Lacoste Company (it is a French company producing clothes, footwear, perfumery etc.) We already have designed banners for the campaign, they are the following sizes: 160x600, 240x400, 300x250, 336x280, 468x60, 728x90.
What can be your price for one banner (banner should appear at ALL pages of your site) of abovementioned sizes (please specify the place for the banner - top, bottom, left, right)? Please mention a normal link for banner, without javascript code and set prices in US dollars per month.

Best regards,
Julien Fontaine.
site: www.lego-agency.com
e-mail: jfontaine@lego-agency.com
phone: + (0)9 78 62 78 88
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

After i responded again I recieved a last message :

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hi!

Thanks for reply to our proposal!
We like your price. Banner will lead to one of Lacoste sites.

To pass to the banner control system follow the link http://webmaster.lego-agency.com
To enter use the following data:

login: xxx.com
password: xxxxxxxxxx


You should install and activate the plugin in order to display advertisement. Before making payment, advertiser must approve location of the banner. The banner will be shown on your site when you add special code to your web- address (for example: http://xxx.com/?adv_test=1). It means, that visitors will see the banner only if it is approved and payment made.

To get installation instruction for your site type pass to: Lego Agency /
To activate your site you have to enter the code: xxx-xxx-xxx


What way of payment is suitable for you?
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


After i installed the plugin and did everything. I didnt recieved an answer.

That was suspicios and i uninstaled and deleted the plugin.

And checked on Google for more information about this. (thing that i should do in the first time).

And a lot of people fall into this scam, but the problem is that nobody knows what that script will do...... what was its purpose.

Does anybody know more about this? What are they after?
#advertising #scamimportant
  • Profile picture of the author godinu
    I too have thought a recent request to place a banner ad on my site was a scam. It was from a different company which appeared to be a legit French advertising agency. The main reason I was suspicious is because the site of mine which they wanted to advertise on gets minimal traffic and has had a header error for quite some time due to a bad wordpress upgrade. No legit agency would want to spend money on my site looking when it looks as it does.
    What came to my mind was a similar thing: there's probably malicious code in the "ad" they want to place, stealing clicks or user info, or infecting computers.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286467].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      If you receive an odd email like that, it's a good idea to take a line from the email and search it in Google (before you do anything else). If it shows up, you know for certain that it's a scam.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286689].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author RutledgeGroup
    Thanks for posting. I had the same situation happen to me. From the same company I believe. It was on a site that I hadn't been doing much with, so I figured, might as well. They told me to upload their plugin, so I did. Then after that they didn't want to pay. I forgot all about it and never uninstalled it. I was just looking for that plugin and the only one I can find that don't look familiar is titled adv. Do you remember what they called the plugin? Is that the right one I need to uninstall?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286781].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author kaluuu
      Originally Posted by RutledgeGroup View Post

      Thanks for posting. I had the same situation happen to me. From the same company I believe. It was on a site that I hadn't been doing much with, so I figured, might as well. They told me to upload their plugin, so I did. Then after that they didn't want to pay. I forgot all about it and never uninstalled it. I was just looking for that plugin and the only one I can find that don't look familiar is titled adv. Do you remember what they called the plugin? Is that the right one I need to uninstall?
      Here is the "SCAM PLUGIN" LINK http://webmaster.lego-agency.com/download?type=wp

      Yes "adv" is called.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286831].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author kaluuu
    Usually I do not fall into such traps, But Never Say Never.

    Now i am fearful because i dont know what that script did or will do.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286791].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    Got the same email a while back. Replied back and was actually interested but they never got back to me. Thanks for letting me know about this scam. Who knows what could have happened.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286879].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Kaluuu - that link doesn't work. It asks for a login.
    Signature

    Sal
    When the Roads and Paths end, learn to guide yourself through the wilderness
    Beyond the Path

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5286886].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    They might be trying to exploit your site to take it over or probably to load a virus on it
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5287398].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author lawyer2warrior
    Hey - thanks for the advice. I've been getting slightly different types of pitches. I went so far as to email with one outfit a time or two. But, thankfully, I got busy and never followed thru!!!

    Take care,
    Scott
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5287411].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author OO
    Wow I think I've seen that thank goodness I didn't click on it.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5287412].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author warriorjeterboy
    Whoa!! same situation happen to me here, 13 days ago I received a message from this email sleclercq@mana-agency[.]com, same as above I was asked to install the plugin and here's the message I got after installing the plugin.

    "Hi!

    Unfortunately, the advertiser rejected your site. He has already gained the required number of advertising platforms for this season. Sorry for trouble you. You can remove plug-in. As soon as our client resumes an advertising campaign we will contact you. Thank you and hope to cooperate with you in the future!"
    I don't know what that plugin can do but after installing the plugin they send me that message above..... This is a scam....

    Anyone here could carefully check the adv plugin? I know how to code but not much expert. Thanks.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5287984].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author adammaxum
    thanks for the heads up!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5288058].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Don Luis
      Banned
      Why would you install some unknown plugin or script on your site just because someone wants to buy ad space on your site? That's like giving a stranger the keys to your house. LOL
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5288157].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Dann Vicker
    There has been a flurry of such pranks lately.
    Signature

    Looking for high quality solo ad traffic? 200-2000 clicks available/day. Testimonials here. PM me

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5288547].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author samyindia
      Thank you for informing us about it mate! You should not download something from sources which are unknown to you. It could contain a virus or something else what can harm your website.
      It is sad that people do something like this to others
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5288587].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    I've had a quick look at the PHP code, and it's all appears to be completely fine, ie: no malware, or suspicious links.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5288669].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
      Banned
      [DELETED]
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5289379].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Nevermetpress
        Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

        Same here...however, it does access remote files (images presumably), so it could potentially be doing something more.
        Images hosted on remote sites could easily include malicious code. The point is... You are. Giving them permission to a) create a directory on your computer, and b) installed whatever files they want into the directory. The code itself looks harmless, but that file could be an executable file that can be accessed remotely (world readable) and executed on your host server.

        Not a good thing.

        The so called Lacoste advertising campaign emailed me as well, I got the exact same replies listed above. As soon as they asked me to install their own plugin ( Not from Wordpress.com repository) I was very suspicious, looked at their code and then realized that this was a total scam. I'm sure we'll he about something in the future regarding sites who unfortunately installed their ad campaign.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5304172].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author kaluuu
      Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      I've had a quick look at the PHP code, and it's all appears to be completely fine, ie: no malware, or suspicious links.
      Thank You UMS for having a look.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5293018].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ErikNilsson
    I heard that plugin will rip off a site database can alter/lock when it needs.
    Signature
    USA Bank Account + ATM Card for Non-USA Residents Service PM me
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5289130].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    Thanks for the information about this I haven't received such email, but it is definitely useful for future reference in case something like this might show up in my inbox!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5289365].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    Too many scammers, using ad services would avoid getting with such scammers simply because they need to pay to use and no communication directly with the website admin.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5289446].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Thanks for the heads up.

      I'm sure I got one of these a few months ago.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5290160].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Newbieee
    there will forever be scammers and cheaters, they will always think of new ways to do it.

    their methods evolve over time and over what people are aware.

    so u are aware of "a" they do "b", then when "b" is expose they do "c" and so on.

    u must be one up on them. if they offer u one up on what u dont know then u might be at risk.

    but anything u dont understand , ASK , why is this plugin necessary, then google it.
    and if u still feel uncomfortable and not logical to do certain things then dont..

    that is the rule of the thumb.

    hope it helps.
    Signature
    Pain is a perception, so is defeat & happiness!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5290304].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author mopreme
    be careful about such
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5290385].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Thierry Samuel
    thanks for the info, stay careful..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5290732].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author achukuttan
    Hey, Really thanks for the alert. I heard the same days back from my friend...
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5290844].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Careful Webmaster 101:

    • Never install anything others deliver in my sites.
    • Never deal with "new" companies - unless they prove they are trusted.
    • Don't believe in SantaClaus - even in Christmas.
    We manage the advertising for a lot of our network sites and since 2004 we always develop the banners inhouse. There are exceptions (Young and Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, Sapo, SIC, etc) but 99% of the ads are created here. But install a plugin from a random company? That beats me, honestly. It's like giving your house keys to a random guy!!
    Signature
    People make good money selling to the rich. But the rich got rich selling to the masses.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5290929].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    This type of scam has been around since 2007 , so unless you knows them don't Install anything or you will join the threads " help my site has been hacked"

    Jason
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5291137].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Stephens
    I read about this on another site. I suggest avoiding.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5304182].message }}
  • {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5304203].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Bassam1982
    Its obvious that its computerized like any other email scam especially when you receive an instant reply.
    real clients normally compare prices and reply later

    thanks for the warning
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5304329].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author nushi
      I knew it had to be too 'odd' to be remotely true. I received the same request and responded once. The response from Mr. Julien is the same as pasted above. I thought it very strange that an ad agency would want an ad on a site that barely has traffic. I am very glad I researched this!

      Thanks for posting this!
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5346691].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Aha moment
    thx man .. we don't like scam .. it wastes our money ...
    Signature
    5 Friends to join for FREE for doing NOTHING
    =
    $5,000/m passive income!

    Less than 90 days until launch!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5347843].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author jwee
      Thanks goodness I stumbled on this thread.

      Got the same offer from Nettero and the domain was just set up on 1 April 2012!
      Signature
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5972019].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author elf25
        We just got an offer from Nettero Agency also. I don't seem to be able to post the code from the plug-in.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5990261].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    First off. This is your site. Why would you let them dictate the process?

    You simply tell them what locations you have available .. the minimum amount of time you will price.... the method of payment .. paid in full .. before placement. There is no need to use any plug ins. All you need is the banner image and the tracking url to attach to it.

    Legitimate media placements are requested from a lot of marketers everyday .. most of them you have never heard from before. As long as you test the tracking code to assure it is redirecting o the point agreed upon .. get the money and provide the service.

    If they have a problem with paying upfront .. explain to them you take pay pal and they have the ability to get their money back if you do not follow through but you have limited means to collect if you put their banner up and you don't get paid for a couple of days. If they have a problem with standard operating procedure .. skip them and go to the next one.
    Signature

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5990389].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    Thanks for posting! It's almost scary how these guys keep getting better and better. Did you ever find out what the script would have done?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5990422].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author aaronblevins


    Definitely something fishy with that. Let us know what you find out.
    Signature

    College dropout turned community builder. In 2 years, I've built a community of over 250k raving fans and monetized them for thousands of dollars. Want me to help you do that too? Hit me up. www.WorkingWithBlevins.com

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[5990438].message }}

Trending Topics