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This sound like a scam? How are they meking money?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by AlanWatts33, Apr 21, 2017.

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  1. AlanWatts33

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    I see this all over facebook right now, not sure what to think about. Basically you get a free laptop if you have a gmail account 2 years or older. I messaged about it and this is what was sent to me -

    "Thanks for your interest in our CASE STUDY. The purpose of our studies is to test public interest in different styles of ad concepts. We do this by utilizing Google Ads, and tracking the responses of what draws the public's attention to click on an ad. The qualifications are listed below to be able to participate ... If you qualify and complete the study till the end, the laptop we send is yours to keep! This study runs 4 - 6 months. (sometimes less) Must be 18+ Must live in the USA Must have reliable, stable unlimited internet connection Must have stable living conditions (not moving in the next 6 months) Must have active Gmail account for over 2 years Must provide valid phone number & address (these will be verified) Do you meet these qualifications? I must get a response or I'll move on to the next person, limited spots at this time! --------------------------------------

    Perfect! Here's how it works.. We will run an ad threw your google ads section. We do this by sending you out a laptop that will need plugged up An turned on for the entire study! We would ask for your gmail log in info so we can access this section. We do not access anything else but the ad section on your google account. Once again. The laptop that we send must be plugged in and left on the entire time we do the case study. Once you receive the laptop we will go over how to do everything. Once the study is completed...YOU KEEP THE LAP TOP, OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU! The following is a must.. Must provide Gmail login information (gmail address & password) Must provide copy of State Issued ID or Driver License with your current mailing address. ( Must be available or have someone available to check the laptop during the day should we lose connection. Note, you may not use the laptop for personal use until the case study is completed! Do you agree to these terms? --------------------------------------

    Wonderful! Plz remember to use the correct info... Just a few reminders. Once you completely agree...submit this application. Laptop can only be used for personal use after the study is up..4-6 moths. It must be left on at all times. Must provide copy of State Issued ID or Driver License with your current mailing address. Must be available or have someone available to check the laptop during the day should we lose connection. Plz let me know once this application is completed.. <<<< YOUR APP LINK HERE >>>> --------------------------------------

    Plz allow up to 1-2 weeks for your application An shipping to take place. I'll keep you posted on this. I have requested to add you to our fb support group, A2z adz google. Plz locate this group an read all info on the wall once you are in. You will be accepted once my boss verifies your application is done. Very important info is on the wall!! Plz also download telegram app before trying to join in the chat. Invite link is provided in this group also."
     
  2. Ftr

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    By not sending the laptop and just using the lead details maybe lol
    Then selling the 2 year old+ gmail to someone on BHW
    Solid.
     
  3. javabro

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    This is what i think.
    You give all the ids license before getting the laptop.
    They take your google account. (They have ids incase they want to verify it with google)
    you never receive the laptop
    they disappear with your account. (They might use it for running adwords with cloaking maybe)
     
  4. BassTrackerBoats

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    My guess.

    Essentially they are renting your adwords account for the cost of the laptop.

    Odds are they are running ads that are not permitted on adwords (pharma, TS and what not) and cloaking.

    That can be very profitable and sending you a 400.00 laptop is nothing compared to the revenue those niches can earn in a short period of time.

    It's an interesting twist thought.
     
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    By the gullibles who believe this is legit.
     
  6. javabro

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    why not simply buy old accounts ? and some private proxies ?
     
  7. BassTrackerBoats

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    We see guys wanting to rent FB accounts for this same purpose. I think the location of the account on the same IP has something to do with the account being able to spend enough to bank... again that is speculation as I'm not involved in that sort of thing.
     
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  8. AlanWatts33

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    Yeah I'm guessing they are doing some blackhat ads as suggested here. They want a gmail that is in good standing for some reason, probably so they can get away with some kind of method they use.
     
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    And the laptop you are going to get is something that you would give your 6 year old granddaughter.
     
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    this is similar to renting out your fb account. Reason for the labtop is so they can remote connect. This is why it has to stay on the full length of time.

    I mean its a pretty good set up on their end tbh. As @BassTrackerBoats said, its most likely used to run very aggressive ads and these will make profits in the range of xx,xxx or maybe even more for the cost of a $400 labtop.
     
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    I have a bunch of aged Gmails so maybe the thing to do is to get a pile of those crappy Lappys and open a BST.

    Laptops for Sale - they suck but they come with an opportunity to get a free Walmart card.

    I could sell them for 200.00 (half price) and give them a link to a Maxbounty CPA offer.

    Multitasking on my BST!
     
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    Anyone that goes for this might as well say goodbye to their identities. There is so much they could potentially do with your gmail account info and copies of your ID.
     
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    I'd bet money the laptops are loaded with all kinds of goodies like keyloggers. I wouldn't trust this at all.
     
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    That was one of my thoughts as well, but it says you can't use the laptop for the 4-6 months of the "study"
     
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    The long cons are more believable.

     
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    It's a good point but I still see this as more of an elaborate phishing scam than anything else.
     
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    Thanks guys, wanted to get a new laptop for my wife but not worth it. I plan on using ad spending in the future so this isn't for me lol.

    Oh and I saw the "picture" of the laptop before, it was super cheap, hp, notebook style, and very blocky design
     
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    Presumably your application includes your Gmail info and your ID. So next thing you will hear from them will be something like.....

    "Thank you for your interest in taking part in our case study, unfortunately on this occasion you have been unsuccessful."

    Voila, you've just had your identity stolen.
     
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    Not sure what she's looking for, but Chromebooks are amazing deals for the average internet user. Seriously. $175 bucks and you get a great little computer. Don't be fooled comparing the specs of a Chromebook VS a Windows machine. Chrome runs a lot lighter so you don't need the same kind of specs for similar performance. The freaking things boot up in like 20 seconds. Hahaha. Oh, and battery life is upwards of 7 - 12 hours depending on which one you buy and how you use it.
     
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