An elderly family friend, thinking it was talking about genuine job opportunities, sent me this link.*
Eve Tahmincioglu is a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and she must be an Internet Marketer Doing It Right… as she has an affiliate link to a money making opportunity and writes for NBC News? Or not…
…the money making opportunity being http://online-inc-now.com
But Eve wrote this in September:
exposing the article as a spoof article. Meanwhile the scammers have changed the spoof URL from
http://msnbc.msn.com-articles8.us to http://msn.msnbc.com-december18.net and continue the scam…
As http://msn.msnbc.com-december18.net is a spoof, and NBC will probably manage to take this particular one down… here is an image of the spoofed article:
an image of the original article below:
The link to the original article is below:
The truly astonishing thing is that NBC has failed in every way to stop whoever “aff_sub=58″ is from running these fake pages on newly created domain names since September.
The current domain name for the spoof post – http://msn.msnbc.com-december18.net – is registered at ukrnames.com – aka the “Center of Ukrainian Internet Names”, along with fake registrant details…
NBC could try a little harder – it might be difficult to stop a scammer from registering a new URL and re-publishing the same spoof, using different affiliate IDs etc – but still, maybe NBC could buy the product from the website, find out who the credit card account is with, and then get to the account holder directly. Not rocket science.
The credit card companies illustrated below might up their game a bit more: they are supposed to protect the consumer, rather than act as cash machines for scammers:
* But what is almost worse is that my friend’s Yahoo email account was in fact hacked by the scammers. It looks like they use a program to lift stored passwords and user IDs from the user’s internet browser. Plus they are also hacking Facebook accounts, to spam links. Really something to be wary of if you, like most of us, use your internet browser to log in to your favorite sites automatically, without entering a password.