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Old May 2, 2013, 06:35 AM   #1
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Scam ad spotted.

I was browsing the MacRumors mobile site on my iPhone and was informed I had a message. Clicking it took me to the "Apple Reward Centre" so I could claim my new iPad, if I enter a few details...

I've attached screencaps. Is this a normal ad or has your hosting service been compromised?
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Old May 2, 2013, 07:00 AM   #2
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I was browsing the MacRumors mobile site on my iPhone and was informed I had a message. Clicking it took me to the "Apple Reward Centre" so I could claim my new iPad, if I enter a few details...

I've attached screencaps. Is this a normal ad or has your hosting service been compromised?
I doubt the ad service has been compromised. But that this ad would be classified as an annoying or inappropriate one.

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If you find all ads annoying, remember that ads support the site and allow us to provide free news, rumors, and discussion, and that ads are suppressed for paid members. See How do I contribute to MacRumors.com? above.
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Old May 7, 2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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I as well experienced something like this.

I wasn't sure if it was Macrumors or malware I had gotten on my system. Either way luckily I recognized it looked fishy.
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Old May 8, 2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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I doubt the ad service has been compromised. But that this ad would be classified as an annoying or inappropriate one.

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If you find all ads annoying, remember that ads support the site and allow us to provide free news, rumors, and discussion, and that ads are suppressed for paid members. See How do I contribute to MacRumors.com? above.
I wouldn't classify it as an 'annoying ad', since the issue is not that it blocks his viewing of the site, but instead is a fake banner from a renown site so that you are enticed to click it. I would classify it as a scam ad since it's clearly trying to get his apple login information for malicious intent.
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I wouldn't classify it as an 'annoying ad', since the issue is not that it blocks his viewing of the site, but instead is a fake banner from a renown site so that you are enticed to click it. I would classify it as a scam ad since it's clearly trying to get his apple login information for malicious intent.
I understand completely. Either way, the administrators can have it pulled from the ad pool so it doesn't appear on the site again.
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Old May 17, 2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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I keep getting the facebook bar one - clearly a questionable advert (in a legal sense, not an annoying sense).
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