Scam ad spotted.

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by cal6n, May 2, 2013.

  1. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    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... :rolleyes:

    I've attached screencaps. Is this a normal ad or has your hosting service been compromised?

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  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I doubt the ad service has been compromised. But that this ad would be classified as an annoying or inappropriate one.

    From the FAQ

    What do I do about annoying ads?
    MacRumors uses an advertising service that supplies ads from a pool. We do not select the specific ads shown or the specific advertisers who participate.

    If you find a particular ad especially annoying (e.g., an ad that is oversized, obscures the page, moves around, or has sound), let us know by posting a screenshot in our Site and Forum Feedback forum and telling us the URL it links to. Using this information we can ask to have it removed from the ad pool.

    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 above.
  3. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    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.
  4. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    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.
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I understand completely. Either way, the administrators can have it pulled from the ad pool so it doesn't appear on the site again.
  6. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    I keep getting the facebook bar one - clearly a questionable advert (in a legal sense, not an annoying sense).

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