WARNING: Be Careful with Google Ads!

jenaywins

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When searching for a particular style today via Google, I came across some very odd banner ads toward the top of the page where the paid search results are. I've included a screen shot of a few, but these ads make it appear as if you are clicking on reputable resellers' sites - bergdorfgoodman.com being one of them. You are then redirected to a replica site. I have reported these ads to Google Adsense, but I wanted to throw a general word of caution out there... These sites are NOT legit. Beware!

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yazziestarr

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I saw that today too! I tried clicking the BG to see if it would take me to a fake site just to see what was up because it looked off and it didnt take me anywhere...I guess my comp blocked it. one is even christianlouboutin.com
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jenaywins

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Thanks for the heads up! I wonder how the scammers managed that... you'd think Google would only allow links to direct to where they say they're going.

Setting up a Google Adsense account is cake, and the nuances of creating paid search/contextual ads allow for the redirection to basically any URL. I won't go into boring details, but it's definitely possible. Basically, Google cannot monitor every single paid search ad, or even organic search terms, that exists, KWIM? We are talking in the *billions.*
 

aoqtpi

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Setting up a Google Adsense account is cake, and the nuances of creating paid search/contextual ads allow for the redirection to basically any URL. I won't go into boring details, but it's definitely possible. Basically, Google cannot monitor every single paid search ad, or even organic search terms, that exists, KWIM? We are talking in the *billions.*

You educate me so much :biggrin: I thought the URL displayed in the ad and the URL to which you are directed would have to be the same; thanks for clearing that up!
 
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