Irish Lottery Scam – Phishing and Internet Scams

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So I woke up this morning to a phone call from my sister. She left a message saying she had some really good news and to call her back! Apparently she won the Irish Lottery! Knowing I’ve won the Irish Lottery several times, I immediately called her.

My sister hasn’t had a lot of luck since moving down to Texas. She’s been in two car accidents, she lost custody of her kids for smoking pot, and now she’s living over her means, especially now since she has to pay $400 every two weeks to help take care of her kids while she takes parenting classes. Her husband is in Iraq.

But for the moment, she was happy

She went on with the disbelief she won millions! I asked her how she won, and she said she got an Email from Irish Lottery Officials.

I couldn’t believe she actually thought she won. How could she not know this was a scam? Then I remembered, she’s just experiencing new things in life. And now it’s time for internet scams.

I remember the time when I won millions online. All I had to do was give away my bank account information, and I would get two million dollars! After that I would have to transfer certain fees and what not, and I could keep the rest!

And the time when I found out I had a rich relative in Nigeria die, leaving me his fortune. Seventy-thousand isn’t like winning the lottery, but who cares, its money right!?

And what about the time I was asked to send $1500 via Western Union for a laptop I won off eBay! I can trust a guy who has 500+ positive feedback right? Why would he lie to me? It’s not like he stole someone’s account and is using it to scam people.

Oh! And what about the time, my Paypal account was going to be suspended if I didn’t update my contact information. All I had to do was login and correct a couple things. Why not follow the mysterious link with an IP address to a foreign website. It looked like Paypal to me!

Internet Scams –

My sister was so excited, I felt bad letting her know it was a scam. She told me her plans with the money, how she was going to make all the bad things in her life go away. I wanted to let her go on, but I just had to tell her. It was a scam. My sister still in disbelief, tried to let me know how it wasn’t a scam. She put all her hopes and dreams into this, and it was crashing down with every word I said.

It’s a scam. Sick people, who don’t have a lot of opportunity in the world try to make their money off gullible people, they prey on people’s desire to get rich quick, and the lack of caution when it comes to the internet. A lot of people who have money, especially in America and Europe have a sort of trust in people; they’ve never experienced a scam or fraud in their life. There are so many ways people try to scam you daily. The most popular ones are identity theft. All you have to do is log into the wrong website and scammers have all your information.

People don’t know that you can easily fake a website’s design to look like the original. People don’t know that once you send money by western union, there is nothing making the seller send your items. People don’t know winning online lotteries are fake; at least not my sister.

But then I remembered, just like driving, my sister is new to the internet. I can see how lucrative the fraud business is. Sadly I know a lot of people who’s been a victim of online fraud. I my self have lost thousands from Paypal and eBay.

Just remember never to click on a link from an email you receive asking you to update your account information. Always open a new browser, and enter the full address of the website you’re trying to reach. Many phishing emails ask you to follow a link within the email, which is a link to a fake eBay, or Paypal, or banking website that is meant to fool you. Everything about the site will look real, except the URL. You’ll notice an IP address where eBay, Paypal, or your bank name is supposed to be.

If you ever receive an email stating you won the lottery. It’s fake. I don’t see how my sister thought it was real, but most people should know this already. How do you win something you never knew existed? They’ll promise the world to you and more. It’s all lies, trying to draw you into their trap. These people are good. Just delete the email and move on.

Never send someone money through a payment system that makes it impossible to get a refund. Western Union is a very popular way scammers get their money. Once you give someone the call number to you Western Union money, it’s over. Unless you trust the person, there is nothing making the seller give you what you paid for.

When accepting funds from Paypal or any other payment processor, always be on the look out for things that don’t add up; this is how I lost a lot of money. Someone would pay for a product I sale. And since my items or virtual, they’re instantly transferred to the buyer with no luck of getting the item back. Most scammers take advantage of fast items like this because you can scam a website, get your item, and resale for profit within the hour. The only way to combat these types of scammers, are to verify each buyer first. Your best weapon is to do a phone call. Call the buyer to their confirmed address. If the buyers confirmed address is in Austin, Texas, but the area code for the buyer’s phone is in California, you might have a scammer. Another way to verify a buyer is to track their IP address. Every computer has an IP address. If you’re selling products from your own website, you can easily pull someone’s IP address every time they reach your website. If you can trace their ip to their confirmed address, that’s one more positive step in confirming them.

There are a bunch of little signs that tell you a buyer is legitimate or fraudulent. An email address is a sneaky way of seeing what the real person’s name is. Ask the buyer to send you an email, take notice of the name of the email address owner. Most people set this up with their real name. If their name doesn’t match up with their payment details you could have a scammer. Another way is to do a reverse phone look up. This works for most American and Canada buyers.

There are a lot of ways you can confirm a person is legit. These are just a few.

It’s a crappy world we live in. You’ll always find people trying to take advantage of other people. Stop and think before you take action next time. When in doubt, get the hell out of there! 🙂

I guess in short, when you receive an email from the Irish Lottery saying you won millions of dollars. Don’t be gullible, it’s fake.

Blog and Forum Updates?

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Changes in the blog and forums! So I decided I wanted to change the way the eBay forums looked, and so I ventured out to good old Google to find some great skins to replace the default theme. I came across an orange, Halloween looking style which I thought was perfect for the site! None the less no one liked it and I’m back to the default theme. 🙁

I guess I’ll keep the forum the way it is, and just do a logo update; something that says eBay Suspension Forums, with some crazy font of course. Maybe I’ll make one tonight. Blue and white are usually good combos!

And so I have a new blog theme going. What do you guys think of it? Except for the Jason foggy water up top, I think it’s clean and simple! I also added a gallery, which I got the idea from another internet marketer’s blog. Shoemoney!

I like it! What do you think?

How To Promote Clickbank!

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Geez! I’ve been busy lately! Since I discovered Clickbank, I’ve been busy promoting products on my niche websites. Once I saw that Clickbank actually worked and made me money I’ve turned hardcore affiliate marketer. I mean I don’t leave anything unaffiliated if you’ve noticed. Every blog post, every forum signature; every email message now or sooner or later will have an affiliate link targeted to that audience. It’s a rush to see real results after running with adsense for so long and going no where.

Check out these stats with Clickbank:


I know it’s not much, but I’ve only been with Clickbank for a couple months now, I haven’t yet paid for any PPC advertising for these commissions; they’re all from a few websites of mine that have banner advertisements, nothing special. But it’s a heck of a lot better then adsense and the sky is the limit with what you can do to increase sales! I was lucky if I saw a couple dollars a day with Adsense.

I’ve been reading a lot about Clickbank and affiliate marketing the past month, and it seems all the top Clickbank gurus making $1000 or more a day are primarily using adwords to promote products.

For example, one way an affiliate marketer would promote via adwords is by creating a comparison site that would compare similar Clickbank products. This way you show what the visitor came to see, and their competition! You have a better chance of making a sale. If you’re going as far as this, you might as well capture an email and promote more products later as well.

Another way would be to create a simple website promoting a product with an affiliate link. A presale before the squeeze page? This doesn’t seem like it would work well, but people are doing it.

Then some people do direct linking into the sellers squeeze page. In adwords when you’re making your advertisement, you can use your affiliate link – and then “display” the actual URL of the website you are promoting. The only problem with this is that Google only displays one ad per website at one time. So you’ll ad will have a hard time being shown if there is competition.

There are many other ways to promote a Clickbank product. It’s best to do research on a product you are promoting, if you find that someone is continually promoting the product the same way week after week, then there’s a good chance they’re making money doing it.

If you want to do something that doesn’t have you dealing with customers or full time maintenance. You should check out affiliate marketing. I’m loving it so far!

What do you know about internet marketing and SEO?

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  • Did you know half of all your online activity your checking your email?
  • Did you know simple blue and white websites dominate the internet?
  • Did you know the sooner you start an email list, the more money you’ll make in the long run?
  • Did you know pagerank is only one of 200+ ranking algorithms Google uses to judge you website?
  • Did you know the title of your webpage(s) is the most important part of that algorithm?
  • Did you know when promoting a product, the fewer clicks it takes to checkout the more likely you’ll sale that product?
  • Did you know a visitor judges your website in less then 3 seconds, and decides to trust you within 10 seconds?
  • Did you know color plays a very import role with checkout buttons? The more the stick out the better!
  • Did you know constant fresh content is a must if you want to succeed with any website?
  • Did you know you can automate most content using RSS?
  • Did you know auto responders are an Internet Marketers best friend?
  • Did you know having affiliates promote your product(s) is one of the most important strategies you can do?
  • Did you know diversification is a must if you want to survive online?
  • Did you know being top placed with Adwords is a waste of money when there is a lot of competition?
  • Did you know fresh targeted unique content with a healthy following of targeted inbound links is king?
  • Did you know static pages are favored over dynamic pages, believe it or not?
  • Did you know review websites convert like crazy?
  • Did you know Clickbank is one of the easiest affiliate networks to start out with?
  • Did you know small niche websites are better then large generic websites?
  • Did you know doing what you say you’re going to do for prospects, brings better results for leads?
  • Did you know having open affiliate links in personal websites can sometimes bring down your Google ratings?

What do you know about internet marketing and SEO?

Global 500: The world’s largest corporations

Posted on by Donald in China, Intresting Stuff, politics Leave a comment

Some intresting things on the world economy…

  • Six of the top ten companies on this year’s list are pumping petroleum, and three more are making vehicles that burn it.
  • But the big story was oil. Exxon Mobil (Charts, Fortune 500) (No. 2), fueled by high crude prices, was again the most profitable company in the world ($39.5 billion).
  • Not all of the old-economy companies are doing well. Ford Motor (Charts, Fortune 500) (No. 12) fell out of the top ten for the first time in the Global 500’s 13-year history. Its revenues shrank 10%, and losses totaled $12.6 billion, making it the losingest company on the list this year.
  • Growing global wealth also rewarded banks focused on high-net-worth individuals. The number of millionaires worldwide increased 8% last year, to 9.5 million, according to a Merrill Lynch and Capgemini survey.
  • While the U.S. remains the world’s locomotive of economic growth — its 162 companies on the Global 500 account for more than a third of total revenue — developing economies are increasingly driving growth in many sectors, including commodities, mining, and construction. “The U.S.’s role as an engine of growth might be overstated,” says Richard Iley, senior economist at BNP Paribas. “There’s an emerging maxim: If China needs it, you’re going to do well. If China makes it, you’re going to struggle.”
  • China, the world’s fourth-largest economy by GDP, added four companies to the list, more than any other country, bringing its total to 24.
  • There were some new-economy success stories. Samsung Electronics (No. 46) became Asia’s biggest consumer electronics firm, edging out Hitachi.

2007 Fortune 500 List

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