What does Pay Per Click Fraud, Fake Leads and Identity Theft have in common? Answer: The Google AdWords Display Network
Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to read is true. Not even the names have been changed to protect the innocent. What follows is an account of what at first seemed like a few fraudulent leads, but upon closer inspection included stolen personal information, unscrupulous AdSense publishers and a blind eye turned by those making money through these deceptive means.
Google AdWords Display Network (formerly the Content Network)
Following, are just the facts…
The purpose of this post is to draw attention to a fraudulent and deceptive practice that WebRanking has recently been a victim of involving:
the Google AdWords Display Network – the advertising platform that this fraud manipulated on.
a Google AdSense affiliate – google_ad_client = “pub-7355375012544009”; who utilized and connected to sites such as worldtool.net and bikini-wall.com.
Ngoc Ha Nguyen, WorldTool.net and server4vn.com – The alleged offending entities.
Blogspot.com (aka Blogger.com) – a Google owned property that facilitated and hosted some of the AdWords ads that generated Fraudulent Clicks and Leads.
Click Fraud – the manner in which We, and most likely other AdWords advertisers, have been defrauded.
Identity Theft – Stolen personal information of identity theft victims were used to generate fake web leads through this scam.
WebRanking has made an honest and sincere attempt to understand this scam, connect as many of the details together as possible, and make this information available in it’s true form.
However, only Google has the data regarding the true identities of AdSense publishers, Blogspot account holders, fraudulent visitors’ IP addresses and the parties whom benefit financially from this fraud.
If you believe that you may have been a victim of click-fraud through the Google Display Network that resulted in fraudulent leads, please contact Google directly.
Leads for top level, well known brands, at least for our boutique search agency, don’t come around every day. Or even every month for that matter. And when they do, they usually don’t fill out the “Free Consultation” request form.
And you certainly don’t get 9 in a one week time period.
In The Beginning…