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Saturday, May 23, 2009

How Does Money Mule Scam Affect Us?

money mule, money mule scam, money mule scammer, tournaments pro scam, internet scam, money scam, online scam, online money scamI have been writing here about money mule scam, especially regarding a personally experienced money mule scammer, Tournaments Pro. However, I have not cleared yet how do money mule scammers really affect us. Would it affect us? Why should we bother about money mule scams and money mule scammers? Why should we be careful and be aware of a potential money mule scammer ? What can it do to us? What is a money mule scam in the place, anyway?According to Wikipedia, a money mule is a person who transfers money and reships high value goods that have been fraudulently obtained in one country, usually via the internet, to another country, usually where the perpetrator of the fraud lives. The term money mule is formed by analogy with drug mules. Moreover, the need for money mules arises because while a criminal in a developing country/ base country can obtain the credit card numbers, bank account numbers, passwords and other financial details of a victim living in the first world/victim’s country via the internet through techniques such as malware and phishing, turning those details into money usable in the criminal's own country can be difficult. Many businesses will refuse to transfer money or ship goods to certain countries where there is a high likelihood that the transaction is fraudulent. The criminal therefore recruits a money mule in the victim's country who will receive money transfers and merchandise and resend them to the criminal in return for a commission.

This happens to millions of us every day. Sometimes spam mails are not filtered and some of us jump to conclusion believing that such offers are true. The case that I personally experienced was an international company offering a dream job, say that’s TournamentsPro. The offer is to be their agent or coordinator or anything that can connect you/me/us to that fake company. We/You/I would then become a financial intermediary, not really an agent, receiving payments for them and distributing such money or transferring such received amount of money to them, and, naturally, keeping a commission on each transaction or for the percentage of the amount transferred.

Sometimes, these scams can offer really a “too good to be true” kind of contract. Only credentials (they may even use these credentials later on for another scam) such as passport, signature, bank details, etcetera are required from the victim: no investment, plain and simple.
But what’s the problem with this? How can we be victims? We are only distributing assets, right? We don’t invest and no money wasted from our side so what’s the big deal?
At first, it really looks good and promising but it really is not good and promising and can compromise our dignity and damage our good name. The victim is the money mule now, a person that is involve in a fraudulent, or a lot of fraudulent activities.

In my
previous posts about this scam, we take this case as an example:
the Tournaments Pro, Limited Company. It’s a legitimate looking website, or a company’s website (pretending to be) and so they can fool people easily. The scammers behind tournaments pro has other websites claiming to be legitimate business: real estate, auto rental and sales, etc.

What the scammers do is try to sell their “non-existent” services with the payment sent to or deposited in the account of the victim: the money mule and there you are: the victim is involved! It is the victim who has the name, where the dirty money came in and where the authorities has tracks because of the payments and the names given to the other scammed individual: the buyer.

Usually, the scammer sells inexistent auto, or rent an inexistent apartment for a very low price and ask for a down payment. This very little down payment is the amount that goes to the money mule person (the victim) but this little amount can accumulate to big amounts and when the victim buyer finds out, it’s the money mule who’s having a big trouble: and that’s where the big trouble comes in if one gets into the hands and claw of the money mule scammer. Be careful then. Do not trust offers online.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

tradeMonster: The Answer to Traders' Needs

Venturing into a trading activity is like gambling. However, we should understand that these days, gambling is not only relying on luck but also on statistical probability and permutation techniques and other statistical and aritmetic applications. The same is actually true with trading. Without a proper and reliable trading simulator, a trader would be lost and success is an unclear image. I was researching about trading these past few months and I would like to share what I found out. I was actually impressed when I opened the web site of trading monster and with the flashing introduction with sophisticated introduction it has.

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Opening an account with trade monster is only a five-step simple process. The form is secure and takes between 5-10 minutes depending on the applicant's speed. And why should WE open an account with trademonster? Simple! Opening a free Paper Trading account would allow us to test out the platform without having to chip out cash. Paper trade is a stock market trading simulator. Open you account here!

And why should we choose tradeMonster? From my side, I do feel that the site is reliable enough. I did my little researcha nd I found out the following:
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Removing or Solving the Inline Text Problem and the Full Page PopUp from Adbrite Part 1.

Your WebbieLady here has a lot of things in mind about what to post. Honestly, I am thinking which post to make first among the following: 1. I received another payment from BidVertiser that made reinstate the blog that made me earn that amount; 2. Post on my recent problems with disappearing histats counters in all my sites; 3. Post about my discovery of removing inline text ads that are really destroying the beauty and dignity of the post, a site or a blog;
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4. Post about Webbielady's recent circussie planning and adventure with Netherlands' national circus, Renz.

5. Share how I solved the Adobe movie script popup problem causing one of my entrecard account from
my political blog to be deleted, and now it was reinstated due to that solution.

I cannot post all in a time as I have mentioned that this blog needs some pacing in its posts and so I have to break down the above listed topics in a couple of weeks to post them all.

I found the topic listed in number 3 to be more useful over the rest. Inline text ads from adbrite. I used adbrite that is why. I never earned anything yet, although I have some earnings in my account ($4 honestly) but have not received any payment yet, unlike in BidVertiser, where i received twice already. But I do run it (adbrite) the same as the image ads are so interesting that they just got clicked without reason by visitors at times.. I actually got many clicks only that the revenue per click is so little.

Talking about inline ads and that full page popup, which I believe the latter may also affect the site's readership and credibility plus it (a site) might get deleted from entrecard, I just found the reason behind the existence these two things. I divide the post into two parts, this part covering solely the inline text ads. The inline text ads actually cause the paid post entries from payperpost to be declined or disapproved. Only that time I knew that the problem existed. I googled and all but I did not find the reason for the occurence of such inline texts. They just show up for no reason, whatever keyword one has in the post. I even tried reviewing my html code, deleting this and that and it never worked.

There are two options to remove the inline text ads from Adbrite. I am not aware with other inline texts from other scripts or codes such as from AJAX, etcetera, for I only have used adbrite. These two are the possible solutions and they are so easy:

1.Remove all your adbrite ads (that is if you don't earn from it, that would not hurt).
This was the thing I did for this blog actually. Not much earnings, why not take it away? But of course, I am open to the idea that I might reinstall now that I know how to make the inline text not appear despite the running of the ads.

2. Disable that inline text option in your ads.
This is a more flexible option than the first if you are earning and want to retain the adbrite ads. This actually involves replacement of the current ad codes with a new one where the inline text option is disabled. It therefore involves signing in to the adbrite account, creating a new ad zone plus generating the codes and installing these codes as replacements to the just removed codes. See the short tutorial here and notice the red squares I used to emphasize stuffs:

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The default ptions are as what you see. It is therefore important to UNCHECK that inline ads option. That is the only problem actually that at least 90% of the publishers do not notice and we are excused for it especially if we are new. I have to admit I never even understood what inline texts or inline ads were until my paid post was disapproved because of these disturbing and awful texts around 3 months ago.

That image actually says it all. I have seen so much forums on this and yet, no one tried to go back to the basic. The reason why I preferred to post this first is the fact that when I googled this, I had difficulty looking for the real answer on how to disable the inline ads (underlined text ads from adbrite). I have read at least a dozen of forums on this topic with lots of people asking and having the same problem. I do hope then the next time someone has problem, this post can help them remove the inline ads or inline text ads from any code or script provider aside from adbrite.

Now that you know how to be safe with adbrite, you might wanna try running its ads. Just see what you can get by clicking the banner I support here:

or if you want to try BidVertiser, here it is!
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