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A New Web Scam

I’m not sure how new the scam itself is, but this incarnation seems to have begun in mid-July. A person presenting himself as Martin Dumont leaves a comment on your site saying that he is an advertising agent for Lacoste. Here is the first part of the comment

Hi!

Sorry I write you via comments. But I could not find contact e-mail or feedback form on your site.

My name is Martin Dumont and I represent PAKBB Agency. We are making an advertising campaign for Lacoste Company (it is a French company producing clothes, footwear, perfumery etc.) and we would like to place their banner at your site www.mikeschubert.com. We are interested in banners of the following sizes: 160×600, 240×400, 300×250, 336×280, 468×60, 728×90. What can be your price for one banner (banner should appear at ALL pages of your site) of abovementioned sizes (please specify the place for the banner – top, bottom, left, right)? Please mention a normal link for banner, without javascript code and set prices in US dollars per month.

P.S. Please, delete this comment.

Looking up his domain info takes you to a Ukrainian web host. And an initial Google search turns up a couple of others that he has contacted as well. Clearly this is an opening to a scam. A few reports indicate that after some back-and-forth, Mr. Dumont points you to a zip file download that is no doubt malware.

Well, Mr. Dumont – I did as you asked and deleted your comment. Folks, steer clear of this.

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  1. Yep, got this too and as the old rule says, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. Marked it as spam and deleted.

    November 8, 2011

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