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Craigslist Vehicle History Report VinInsights Scam

Craigslist Vehicle History Report VinInsights Scam

I purchased a new vehicle this week, and the old one went up for sale on Craigslist. I’m used to Internet scams but this one was pretty good. Here’s how it went down. Vehicle History Report Scam The “buyer” began a conversation and asked if the vehicle

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Previous Examiner Writers Who Have Started Their Own Blog

Previous Examiner Writers Who Have Started Their Own Blog

Sometime in July 2016, Examiner.com shut down, and the site was redirected over to AXS. I wrote about how some authors could get their content back from Examiner and have since spoken to hundreds of Examiners. Most told me they enjoy writing and have moved on to

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Amazon PrimeDay Users Can’t Checkout – #PrimeDayFail 2018

Amazon PrimeDay Users Can't Checkout - #PrimeDayFail 2018

Here is the screen that people are getting when they can’t check out: I have been waiting quite some time for PrimeDay to get here to pick up some deals on Amazon. 3PM Eastern, July 16, 2018 finally arrived. I went over to Amazon to find the

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YouTube Subscription Feed Algorithm Change May 2018

YouTube Subscription Feed Algorithm Change May 2018

One of the most frustrating things people have to deal with on the Internet in 2018 is algorithms ruining their feeds. Log on to Facebook or many other networks and instead of seeing content from friends and pages you’re subscribed to in a nice, chronological order, you

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Steel RX Male Testosterone Fake CNN News Site [Scam]

Steel RX Male Testosterone Fake CNN News Site [Scam]

As of 2018, many legitimate news websites are displaying advertisements on their site which blend in with the rest of their website. Unfortunately, the advertisements appear to be legit news stories, but they aren’t. They usually appear to be a promoted story. The user clicks on the

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Elon Musk’s “Prehensile Eyebrows” Tweet is About Snapchat’s Eyebrow Weightlifting Game

Elon Musk's "Prehensile Eyebrows" Tweet is About Snapchat's Eyebrow Weightlifting Game

Dear Internet, I have solved the mystery; Elon Musk’s mysterious “Prehensile Eyebrows” Tweet is About Snapchat’s Eyebrow Weightlifting Game. It clicked today when I was goofing around with Snapchat’s new “Snappable” games which can be found in the selfie filters section after the most recent update. In

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Google Unveils Special Online Exhibition Of Monet’s Work

Google Unveils Special Online Exhibition Of Monet’s Work

Even if you’re not an art buff, you’ve probably seen French Impressionist Claude Monet’s water lily paintings before. Have you ever wondered why these seemingly simplistic paintings have become so iconic? If so, then you need to check out Google’s brand new Monet exhibition. In a recent

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What Happened to Google Finance? 2018 Change Upsets Users

What Happened to Google Finance? 2018 Change Upsets Users

Today I opened up my web browser and headed on over to Google Finance (finance.google.com) and I was not happy and users are sure to be upset as well. Everything was in the red, but to make matter much, much worse, the Google Finance page has undergone

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News Publisher Websites Struggling to Monetize in 2018

News Publisher Websites Struggling to Monetize in 2018

It’s tough being a news publisher. Even large, well known sites like Fox or CNN are forced to fight over small scraps of traffic and produce headlines which would literally make you think the sky is falling if you visit them. No expense is spared and I

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Ad Networks on News Publisher Sites are Serving Spam, Malware and Fake News

Ad Networks on News Publisher Sites are Serving Spam, Malware and Fake News

News organizations are allowing ad networks to display Fake News and fraudulent website scams on their sites via content delivery platforms and ad networks. Will the FTC take action against these publishers and advertising platforms, or continue to allow Americans to be scammed out of millions of

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Rob Gronkowski Fake News Primal XL [Scam]

Rob Gronkowski Fake News Primal XL [Scam]

People everywhere are being redirected to fake, lookalike websites from legitimate news websites. They click on a link which appears to be part of the news website and next thing you know, they’re on a fake site reading a fake story by companies and affiliate marketers trying

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Super Bowl LII Poll in Google Search: Google Polls?

In August 2017 I noticed something new in Google’s search results. A poll! I had not seen one before. Just like Super Bowl LII, the poll was for a highly anticipated sporting event: Connor Vs McGregor. You can see the screenshots of the Connor Vs McGregor Google

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Congratulations Amazon User – Amazon Pop Up and iPhone X or Gift Card [SCAM]

Congratulations Amazon User - Amazon Pop Up and iPhone X or Gift Card [SCAM]

I was on a legitimate news website the other day in early 2018 on my Android phone (this also affects iPhone and desktop computer users) and up popped up a message for “Amazon Membership Rewards”. This is NOT a legitimate message; the website is impersonating Amazon. The

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Where Did the HuffPost Contributor Network Go?

Where Did the HuffPost Contributor Network Go?

If you are unable to log in to the HuffPost Contibutor Network blogging platform, you should know that the system has shut down. Most people think it shut down due to a pending lawsuit and so that HuffPost could control the direction of their content. Where do

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Wayback Machine Losing Website Content After 301 Redirect

Wayback Machine Losing Website Content After 301 Redirect

I love the Wayback Machine but it has some bizarre and crippling flaws which make it incapable of preserving the web’s content. In fact, the last 5 or 6 times I went to recover old content via the Wayback Machine, the Internet Archive had lost all of

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Is Yahoo Advertising Search Result and PPC Advertisements via Outbrain?

Is Yahoo Advertising Search Result and PPC Advertisements via Outbrain?

I was on CNN.com earlier today and saw an ad which interested me. No, thankfully I do not have psoriatic arthritis, I was just curious about the ad as I’ve been studying misleading ads lately. So I clicked it. I was surprised to see a search engine

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TestX Core Testosterone Booster [Scam]

TestX Core Testosterone Booster [Scam]

Today I was reading the news on BGDailyNews.com, a news website for Bowling Green, Kentucky. Then I noticed an interesting advertisement which looked like a scam. I have been documenting Internet scams for a while here on this blog. I have been seeing lots of scams, fake

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Google Adsense Ads are Displaying Fake News and Distributing Malware – October 2017

Google Adsense Ads are Displaying Fake News and Distributing Malware - October 2017

In January 2017 I wrote about how Legit News Websites Accidentally Showing Fake News. Shortly after I realized that the “content boxes” distributing the fake news and malicious software we not Outbrain or Taboola but were Google Adsense “Display Ads”. In most cases, when you click on

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What is a Stream Store? Introducing Kaan’s Amazing Online Buying Experience

What is a Stream Store? Introducing Kaan's Amazing Online Buying Experience

Kaan’s Stream Store! I bumped into this online the other day and was blown away. So cool. This is one of those things that made me say “Wow, this is the future of the web”. (Telapost is Latin for the future of the web, too). What is

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Jolique Cream Skin Care – Prayers for Sally Field [Scam]

Jolique Cream Skin Care - Prayers for Sally Field [Scam]

Tonight I headed over to my local news site, WRAL to see what the deceptive ad of the day is. Front and center was a box which said “Prayers for Sally Field”. I figured this would be a weight loss pill scam like is usually there. But,

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