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    Analytics Dude Kevin's Avatar
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    Phishing and the Internet Mentality
    I'm starting to worry a little bit about my visitors. With even myself receiving 6 or 8 phishing efforts every day, I suspect that people's attitudes towards email marketing (which I don't use), and even "page-jumping" when clicking one of my affiliate links is clearly becoming negative.

    Do any of you suspect that folks are becoming MORE uncomfortbale with affiliates, in as much as they are concerned about what page they are actually sitting on? As in, "why am I purchasing this here if I clicked on it on a site that looks nothing like this?"

    I'm not phrasing this exactly right, but I'm hoping, gentle reader, that you know what I mean.

    Any thoughts?

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    Noth, why would you think that your visitors/customers feel unfomfortable being redirected to another website? You display the same picture, the same description, the same price, etc... It would also help making the "buy now" link look like this: "buy from MerchantName.com". Then I would not think anyone would have a problem with being redirected.

    Geno

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    I don't see any relationship between phishing and redirecting people to other sites, either. As long as you have credibility, I don't see that consumers would have any problem with it.
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    Analytics Dude Kevin's Avatar
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    I suppose you're both right...

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    Noth - turn the PHISHING sites into their Hosting Providers..
    I have been chasing someone from host to host for about two weeks now..
    I have gotten the person shut down three times already and they are running out of hosting providers..

    It only takes a minute or two and it's fun!

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    It only takes a minute or two and it's fun!
    How can a person quickly find the hosting provider of a phisher? When I do a tracert it only comes up sometimes. Sometimes it may reveal a datacenter, but not the actual host...
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    I suppose you're both right...
    Glad to be of help.

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    Leader - this is what I have done..

    I look at the source of the email and get the domain or ip that the fake link is pointing to.. then I do a WhoIs ( http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jhtml )and find out who is hosting them. I send them a message and include the original e-mail. I tell them that I will check back in 24 hours to see if it's still active. If it is I will report it to the FTC FBI and take further action.

    I have shut 5 down this way in the past week..
    I check the URL or IP within 24 hours and it leads no where...

    Sorry I don't know what a "tracert" is..
    maybe you could let me know so I - know...

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    tracert- is a lttle gig you run in the DOS prompt command window... Only time I've used it is when I have trouble with my ISP. I use it to see where (at what IP) the connection is slow or broken...

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