Ouch! Internet Marketer Fined $163 million dollars :O

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I just came across this:
Pop-up ad queen caught by the U.S. government, fined $163 million | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News

Hopefully she earned more then that much!

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  • Profile picture of the author jimmyjackson
    NO way! My parents computer has that sh$tty fake virus scan thing on it at the moment. Dam thing pops up everytime you open the browser. Anyone know how to get rid of it?
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  • Profile picture of the author GaurabBorah
    I hate those softwares. I once fallen victim to it and I was not even able to access to my files without paying for it. I had to reinstall my windows.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Ouch! Internet Marketer Fined $163 million dollars


    I'd hardly call her an "Internet marketer". I do have a few other choice words for her, though.
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    • Profile picture of the author cbader
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      [/B]

      I'd hardly call her an "Internet marketer". I do have a few other choice words for her, though.
      I was going to say the same thing. This is not Internet Marketing. It's ransomware and its obviously illegal and immoral.
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    • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

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      I'd hardly call her an "Internet marketer". I do have a few other choice words for her, though.
      Well said!

      Definitely not a real internet marketer, more like a huge internet scammer.

      I would be embarrassed to use internet marketer with anything related to her.

      Use Internet criminal when describing someone like that.

      What honest internet marketers due is 100% legal, what she does is 100% illegal.

      She should do jail time her and Bernie madoff would be good together.

      I am sure most of use here have had the pleasure of her glorious popups, trying to sell us antivirus software, that you have a hard time getting rid off.

      Great catch, glad they caught up to her!
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  • Profile picture of the author iRunThis
    Wow.

    2 things I noticed. The article mentioned nothing about how much time she got... surely she should be in jail if she's in the U.S.?

    Also, the government just got $163 million dollars? What about the people that she scammed?

    Gotta love the U.S. Gov't.

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  • Profile picture of the author Paid2Learn
    This just show that what goes around comes around. Do unethical things, sooner or later we will need to pay for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author OfflineKing
      Originally Posted by Paid2Learn View Post

      This just show that what goes around comes around. Do unethical things, sooner or later we will need to pay for it.
      I completely agree, pop ups are not considered internet marketing in my book.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by pbp1955 View Post

        Mmm really, come on, be honest, would you really not be tempted to do it it if you knew how. Really be honest about it. The fine represent 363 sales per week for 5 years. You can get free email or you can pay for it, same with hosting and of course virus protection. It was the lie of you are infected that was the mistake - a pretty costly one but wow what an income. By telling the truth, I wonder how big a fortune she would have made and managed to keep. Just a tweak in the wording.#
        A "tweak in the wording"? Are you serious?

        She made those sales based on a scaremongering lie that preyed on the ignorant. I think that if she had been forced to tell the truth from the beginning, she would likely be here somewhere whining about how affiliate marketing is dead or doesn't work.

        Originally Posted by OfflineKing View Post

        I completely agree, pop ups are not considered internet marketing in my book.
        King, this isn't even about pop-ups. They are annoying, but not illegal.

        It was the deceptive phony infection warning used to scare people into buying that got her into trouble.

        I read a news story (can't link, it's deep in the paid archives of the paper) where the reporter took a new, out of the box computer, had a certified shop strip it of everything but the bare necessities, and ran the phony virus check. Imagine her shock and surprise when the scan found infections and recommended buying the software to rescue the computer.

        As another poster said, sometimes karma is a beautiful thing...
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    Depends on how long she has been doing it. But that 163 million got to hurt.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Johns
    I would hesitate to call this person an Internet Marketer ... not unless you want Internet Marketers to be tarred with the same brush!
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  • Profile picture of the author alina855
    Originally Posted by Justin Mandel View Post

    Hopefully she earned more then that much!
    Yeah... same here. Hopefully she has earned more than the fined money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jordan Kovats
      Originally Posted by alina855 View Post

      Yeah... same here. Hopefully she has earned more than the fined money.
      Excuse me? More like hopefully she loses everything she had, can't file for bankruptcy and has to repay everyone she ever scammed. That would be a more fitting punishment.
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  • Profile picture of the author bonniecolvin
    Woah..I hate those fake virus software's. I like how the article said she's prohibited from selling computer security software in the future, so does that mean she's allowed to keep selling, as long as it isn't computer security software? Hmm. She should write a blog on how she managed to scam so many people.. maybe people would learn tips on how to avoid getting scammed by getting to learn the mind of a scam artist.
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  • Profile picture of the author JakeAng
    maybe people would learn tips on how to avoid getting scammed by getting to learn the mind of a scam artist.
    Like Frank Abagnale from Catch Me If You Can? Damn I love that film.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charanjit
    honestly 163 million to her is probably like 10%, if she is cleaver enough to make it she is cleaver enough to hide it.
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    • The judgment has been assessed but not paid. From what I've read, $163 million is far in excess of any assets Kristy Ross and her co-conspirators are known to possess. Plus there are state charges against them as well as federal.

      I believe the large amount serves two purposes: 1) it gets headlines and serves to deter potential wrongdoers, and 2) the feds can in the future seize any assets Ross et al are stupid enough to accumulate.

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      • Profile picture of the author arrrrgon
        I'm not even sure how people fall for this. A virus asks you to pay to have it removed and you think "great idea!"??? Anyways, these viruses aren't all that difficult to remove. Most of them can be removed in safe mode with free automated programs like Malwarebytes. The rest can be removed in safe mode by tracking down the files that were created and deleting them. Usually you can check msconfig for new files added to startup to find the root of the virus. I'm not writing the whole thing up here, but basically run old timer's temp file cleaner in safe mode and then run malwarebytes to clean up the viruses. This will get rid of most viruses (If it doesn't work, the next steps are best left to a professional).
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      • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        The judgment has been assessed but not paid. From what I've read, $163 million is far in excess of any assets Kristy Ross and her co-conspirators are known to possess. Plus there are state charges against them as well as federal.

        I believe the large amount serves two purposes: 1) it gets headlines and serves to deter potential wrongdoers, and 2) the feds can in the future seize any assets Ross et al are stupid enough to accumulate.

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        if this is the same person I remember those ads poping up since the 90s they've definitely made way more than 163 mil
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    She is not an Internet Marketer. She is a scammer and swindler.
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    • Profile picture of the author ej2
      I have this happen to me, my kid downloaded one of those fake virus protection software. Very time I did a search a pop up would appear. paid $150 to geek squad to get it removed.
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      • Profile picture of the author GobBluthJD
        Originally Posted by ej2 View Post

        I have this happen to me, my kid downloaded one of those fake virus protection software. Very time I did a search a pop up would appear. paid $150 to geek squad to get it removed.
        Came here to say exactly this!
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  • Profile picture of the author Berkinb
    I really can't say I'm sorry for her. What comes around goes around.

    Just wish something was done to compensate the losses of innocent surfers who were victims of such malicious stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author patselby
    It is like the ad software that I see on allot of peoples' computers. It underlines text and an ad pops up every time the user hovers over the text.

    I wish that add ons weren't allowed when downloading programs, etc. New users don''t know that they are giving the software permission to download by not unticking the box that tells them that they are installing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ledux
    Now that's a big fine. Not sure did I have gotten one of her "software" on my computer or just a similar thing, but it was very annoying, I'm glad I managed to remove it.
    Personally I think she got what she deserved for using these kind of "marketing" strategies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    That is a misleading title. She was a scamer and cheat... not an Internet Marketer
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    • Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      That is a misleading title. She was a scamer and cheat... not an Internet Marketer
      The OP is the one who wrote the misleading title. None of the news reports are calling her an internet marketer.

      Question is: Was the misleading title effective? I guess we won't know if it led to any sales for him.

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      • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
        I'm not 100% sure what you mean "effective", but if you meant any sales for me the answer is no.

        Technically the point could be argued IF this was Internet Marketing...

        An offer went up albeit it in a coercive (and probably immoral way) and millions of people paid money. No, I did not personally get swindled but saw it dozens upon dozens of times.

        Sounds like internet marketing to me although not in the common sense of the word



        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        The OP is the one who wrote the misleading title. None of the news reports are calling her an internet marketer.

        Question is: Was the misleading title effective? I guess we won't know if it led to any sales for him.

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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Justin Mandel View Post

          I just came across this:
          Pop-up ad queen caught by the U.S. government, fined $163 million | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News

          Hopefully she earned more then that much!

          Sounds like you sympathize with her. She didn't earn anything, she ran a con and got caught.

          Why is it that every time there's a headline about some online grifter getting fined and/or jailed, someone wants to portray the grifter as some kind of IM victim?

          Just because someone runs their con on the Internet does not make them an "Internet Marketer"...
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          • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
            Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

            Just because someone runs their con on the Internet does not make them an "Internet Marketer"...
            It makes them an "Internet Con Artist."



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        • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
          Originally Posted by Justin Mandel View Post

          I'm not 100% sure what you mean "effective", but if you meant any sales for me the answer is no.

          Technically the point could be argued IF this was Internet Marketing...

          An offer went up albeit it in a coercive (and probably immoral way) and millions of people paid money. No, I did not personally get swindled but saw it dozens upon dozens of times.

          Sounds like internet marketing to me although not in the common sense of the word
          I suppose it's internet marketing in the same way that
          hacking into someone's checking account is online banking...
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  • Profile picture of the author GorillazGoods
    Thank goodness she was caught. I used to have those things pop up on my screen all the time. Of course with one down, many more will take her place regardless of her charge. Much like the illegal drug industry, if there's money to be had, there will always be people out to get it.
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    • Profile picture of the author WFAlex
      holy crap, I tried pushing a CPA back-up solution with similar pop-ups on lead impact...glad it didn't work and I had to stop the campaign
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    • Profile picture of the author arrrrgon
      Originally Posted by Steve Longoria View Post

      install Linux!
      I just setup my Windows 7 users with a standard account so that they have to type their password to install anything. This generally makes people think twice before installing random programs. Generally people get a virus because they don't keep their antivirus up to date or they visit a questionable site (the second case being more common)

      Anyways, this woman is a con artist plain and simple. An internet marketer would be someone who set up a website selling instructions to remove the virus, not someone who actually put the virus on a machine.
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      • Profile picture of the author xparte
        Originally Posted by arrrrgon View Post

        I just setup my Windows 7 users with a standard account so that they have to type their password to install anything. This generally makes people think twice before installing random programs. Generally people get a virus because they don't keep their antivirus up to date or they visit a questionable site (the second case being more common)

        Anyways, this woman is a con artist plain and simple. An internet marketer would be someone who set up a website selling instructions to remove the virus, not someone who actually put the virus on a machine.
        Agree. She is a criminal. Calling her an internet marketeer is as logical as calling Don Carleone a businessman.

        As to viruses, the part about "questionable sites" used to be true, but not anymore. They can be picked up anywhere nowadays.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gorgasm
    Harsh... I guess that's 5 dollars for each person she annoyed! Never got any type of virus like that tho.
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    • Profile picture of the author Carol_A
      --> "Hopefully she earned more then that much!" <-- Um.....excuse me?

      I'm GLAD she was caught and gets what she deserves!

      Nothing but a liar and a thief!
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I would not consider her even close ti being an Internet marketer - more like a scammer.
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      • Profile picture of the author bonniecolvin
        Originally Posted by cashp0wer View Post

        I would not consider her even close ti being an Internet marketer - more like a scammer.
        Same here. Yes, an Internet Marketer deals with sales, but what she did was a scam and I don't consider it selling. She wasn't trying to find a solution to people's problems or even anything remotely useful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

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      I'd hardly call her an "Internet marketer". I do have a few other choice words for her, though.
      Eeeezactly! We've all seen this stuff. My day job is doing tech support and it's so frustrating to deal with customers who don't know beans about the Internet and are all worried and don't know how to get around it/get rid of it.

      Then ISP's take the heat. Same goes for spam. Grrrr!

      She is NOT an Internet marketer. She's a con artist, period.

      I did some research. Apparently, she was just an employee of a company who did this and is one of several people who were indicted. She's disputing the judgement, basically saying "I just worked there. I didn't make the decisions."

      Maybe so. But integrity is integrity, whether you're the employee or the boss.

      These people should be the subject of a good old-fashioned lynching.

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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Nightengale View Post

        These people should be the subject of a good old-fashioned lynching.

        Michelle
        Nah, lynching is over way too quick.

        I say send 'em all down here to Florida for a honey bath and seat on a fire ant hill...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan J
    Well... I bet that will leave a whole in her bank. Ouch.

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  • Profile picture of the author Larry Leggett
    POP up ads are always very annoying. 99% people hates pop ups and hardly take a look over such ads. Sometimes they causes to hang the browser. This type of scammers should get such punishment.
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  • Profile picture of the author CoolitDown
    Should be a capital offense
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  • Profile picture of the author rockong
    hahah wowzers..that's insane..! although you have to admit it's a little witty to do what she did haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    Not sure if anyone else noticed, but it's funny how they advertise antivirus software at the end of the article :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I was a victim of this a while back. Luckily I got it removed ASAP.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Wow. My mom was actually going to buy the software to remove the "fake" viruses from her computer the other day and i had to tell her not to. I really hate this scam.
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  • Profile picture of the author ps2home
    They wasn't an 'Internet Marketer', they were a scam artist. Two different things!
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  • Profile picture of the author WebsiteForSell
    Yeah that $163MM has to hurt unless she's been doing it like 5+ years

    Her profit after taxes and costs to operate surely ate away a lot of that money she made + just probably living a luxury life

    she's TOAST
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  • Profile picture of the author pbp1955
    Mmm really, come on, be honest, would you really not be tempted to do it it if you knew how. Really be honest about it. The fine represent 363 sales per week for 5 years. You can get free email or you can pay for it, same with hosting and of course virus protection. It was the lie of you are infected that was the mistake - a pretty costly one but wow what an income. By telling the truth, I wonder how big a fortune she would have made and managed to keep. Just a tweak in the wording.#
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by pbp1955 View Post

      Mmm really, come on, be honest, would you really not be tempted to do it it if you knew how. Really be honest about it. The fine represent 363 sales per week for 5 years. You can get free email or you can pay for it, same with hosting and of course virus protection. It was the lie of you are infected that was the mistake - a pretty costly one but wow what an income. By telling the truth, I wonder how big a fortune she would have made and managed to keep. Just a tweak in the wording.#
      Sure it's tempting to do what that lady and her associates did. I'm not so sure if
      it's a good idea to tempt fate like what happened to them, though.

      While there are various reasons and ways to make money, history will maybe tell
      you that providing (actual) value people are willing to pay for wins over time. Or,
      something along those lines.

      (Now, are you engaged in this sort of thing? Come on, be honest, don't be shy.)
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    • Karma people, karma. Keep it clean. She should be ashamed of herself. No discussion necessary!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tessa Holmes
      Originally Posted by pbp1955 View Post

      Mmm really, come on, be honest, would you really not be tempted to do it it if you knew how. Really be honest about it. The fine represent 363 sales per week for 5 years. You can get free email or you can pay for it, same with hosting and of course virus protection. It was the lie of you are infected that was the mistake - a pretty costly one but wow what an income. By telling the truth, I wonder how big a fortune she would have made and managed to keep. Just a tweak in the wording.#
      Let me think for a moment.... This is easy, no, I would not do it. Yes, I am honest here. Scam is not the type of business I can respect or want to imitate.
      I have heard about some nice people from Nigeria who are practicing something very similar to that and I would not feel sorry if they loose all they money as well and spend some quality time in jail.
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  • Profile picture of the author eugenedm
    Should we consider anyone an internet marketer if they're doing cyber crimes? I don't think so. But that fine, $163 million that's definitely a lot of money. How would she work her way around that fine?
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Irvine
    Absolutely no sympathy for this person, at all.
    I have had this **** on my system more than once or twice over the years.
    I'm lucky enough to know how to get rid of it permanently, but for all those poor folk who needlessly forked out money when there should have been no need to...THAT is why I am pleased that this has happened.

    Do IM ethically and you can grow your business, have a happy customer base and establish authority within your chosen area.

    Do it the way she did, and 9 times out of 10, Karma will hunt you down without mercy.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoexperttools
    Now that serves her right. Of course because i always use Adblock so i did not see any of it :yaoming:
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    I haven't fallen for this, but have wasted many hours fixing my comp because of it.

    This is welcome news.
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Originally Posted by Justin Mandel View Post

    I just came across this:
    Pop-up ad queen caught by the U.S. government, fined $163 million | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News

    Hopefully she earned more then that much!

    We have a saying in Australia for this -Suck S**T!

    Seriously anyone that needs to lie to get business especially to the extent of making p a complete load of crap like this just to get peoples money deserve to be imprisoned.

    And seriously why the hell would you run a scam like this out of the USA your better off some place else.

    EDIT; double standards too, big companies get away with similar stuff ALL THE TIME!
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  • Profile picture of the author jiantastic
    Good for her. scamming people for money over the internet is just wrong. If you want to make money online, teach something real, offer something that works, build tools that don't betray someone's trust.
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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      I got nailed several times by something similar - there used to be one that would put up a dialog that looked like a Windows Antivirus warning, and if you clicked on it, you were either sent to a sales page, or you were hit with a ton of scumware

      That crap caused me to loose several clients when I was doing freelance work - it hit me twice while I was working some tight deadlines - I didn't fall for it, but it still loaded scumware that I had to remove - couldn't even get online with all the popups and redirects. After all the dust settled, I had missed a couple deadlines and gotten lousy feedback on the site - really screwed me. Hit me a couple of times at my 9-5 job also

      The courts are far too lenient - these jerks deserve jail time!
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGuna
    I wasted enough time with this crap and I won't get that time back. Wonder how the US government is going to pay back a fellow Canadian...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimachaerus
    Anti-virus programs have caused me a lot of grief lol, so I cannot really feel bad for her......
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  • Profile picture of the author Teapen
    I believe quotation marks are in need for the title as she can hardly be called an internet marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
    An Internet Marketer would have put "YOUR HARD DRIVE COULD BE INFECTED WITH AMOHA VIRUS! CLICK HERE TO BE SURE!" and then proceed to tell the user that they got away this time but next time may not be so lucky. $7.99 to be protected. Sign-up email for updates.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    That's a serious fine!
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  • Profile picture of the author ejullya
    By definition she was an Internet Marketer. Wikipedia defines Internet marketing as:

    Internet marketing
    , also known as web marketing, online marketing, webvertising, or e-marketing, is referred to as the marketing (generally promotion) of products or services over the Internet. Internet marketing is considered to be broad in scope because it not only refers to marketing on the Internet, but also includes marketing done via e-mail and wireless media....Wikipedia

    A stock broker who scams his clients of millions is still a stock broker.

    But, she is a scummy Internet Marketer. She scammed a lot of people on a large scale and caught attention of the government. She deserves all the punishment she gets.

    Let's be honest, among Internet Marketers there are a lot of scammers that tarnish our names. Just take a small example of those who steal our content and end up ranking better than we do. Most of us have been affected. These scams make money on our backs. And if their rankings beat yours they in effect steal our potential income. You cannot even fight them (well you could but it is very difficult).

    Don't kid yourselves, she is/was an internet marketer and I wish all the other scammy Internet Marketers were caught too.

    Just my two cents worth.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
      Originally Posted by ejullya View Post

      By definition she was an Internet Marketer. Wikipedia defines Internet marketing as:

      Internet marketing
      , also known as web marketing, online marketing, webvertising, or e-marketing, is referred to as the marketing (generally promotion) of products or services over the Internet. Internet marketing is considered to be broad in scope because it not only refers to marketing on the Internet, but also includes marketing done via e-mail and wireless media....Wikipedia

      A stock broker who scams his clients of millions is still a stock broker.

      But, she is a scummy Internet Marketer. She scammed a lot of people on a large scale and caught attention of the government. She deserves all the punishment she gets.

      Let's be honest, among Internet Marketers there are a lot of scammers that tarnish our names. Just take a small example of those who steal our content and end up ranking better than we do. Most of us have been affected. These scams make money on our backs. And if their rankings beat yours they in effect steal our potential income. You cannot even fight them (well you could but it is very difficult).

      Don't kid yourselves, she is/was an internet marketer and I wish all the other scammy Internet Marketers were caught too.

      Just my two cents worth.
      You got a point there. But the same goes for all industries where money is involved ... there will always be people who resort to scamming ...
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    • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
      Originally Posted by ejullya View Post

      By definition she was an Internet Marketer. Wikipedia defines Internet marketing as:

      Internet marketing
      , also known as web marketing, online marketing, webvertising, or e-marketing, is referred to as the marketing (generally promotion) of products or services over the Internet. Internet marketing is considered to be broad in scope because it not only refers to marketing on the Internet, but also includes marketing done via e-mail and wireless media....Wikipedia

      A stock broker who scams his clients of millions is still a stock broker.

      But, she is a scummy Internet Marketer. She scammed a lot of people on a large scale and caught attention of the government. She deserves all the punishment she gets.

      Let's be honest, among Internet Marketers there are a lot of scammers that tarnish our names. Just take a small example of those who steal our content and end up ranking better than we do. Most of us have been affected. These scams make money on our backs. And if their rankings beat yours they in effect steal our potential income. You cannot even fight them (well you could but it is very difficult).

      Don't kid yourselves, she is/was an internet marketer and I wish all the other scammy Internet Marketers were caught too.

      Just my two cents worth.
      lol I wouldn't exactly call those marketing or promotions.

      Imagine a popup message telling you there's an emergency one of your relatives is in critical condition and then taking you to a site where you have to pay 40 to 60 bucks to get more information.

      That's not marketing at all that's a SCAM
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  • Profile picture of the author maz1207
    Wow! That's a brilliant ideas of her to make people worried about the viruses and buy her antivirus. That's irritating to know that it's not real and wasted money to buy her antivirus. I didn't remember having one of those pop up on my PC, luckily she got caught otherwise i would be the next victim in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claybrooks
    She is not an Internet Marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author nav123
    I would rather regard a person as internet marketer who really put his efforts to make at least 1usd online then this scammer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    That is great! I'm so glad that justice was at least somewhat served.
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  • Profile picture of the author CBGraphics
    he better option is to reinstall the Windows
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