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    Someone please explain to me how all these messages are making money for the people sending them.

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    Impressions. They get paid for impressions.

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    So the link includes a code so the 'sponsor' knows it was their work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    So the link includes a code so the 'sponsor' knows it was their work?
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    So the link includes a code so the 'sponsor' knows it was their work?
    That's one possible way, but mostly it's just the link to the website without any code or referral link. There's different types of spam so it really depends.

    SEO manipulation spam. Trying to spam a website or business as much as possible over the internet so that it gets picked up by search engine crawler bots and the theory is that the website gets ranked higher in google search results. You'll see a lot of mum and pop stores being advertised like "Mike's Mechanics in New York" or "Steve's Plumbing in Nebraska" It's almost all spammers out of India or Pakistan, but the businesses they're promoting are often real. The businesses have just paid someone (spammers) to "advertise" their business and boost their search engine rankings, most likely without realising that it's just someone spamming a bunch of internet forums making their company look bad.

    There's also spam where they're advertising their own site or being paid to attract attention to a website. Online gambling websites is pretty common as is stuff like adult sites and escort services.
    Then there's spam for dodgy products. Pills to make your penis bigger, weight loss pills, illegal drugs, and so on. Also stuff like fake IDs, fake passports, and other stuff is pretty common. The hope is that someone is dumb enough to hand over money for whatever bullshit product they're advertising, and quite often being something illegal or embarrassing people are less likely to report it to their bank or police once they realise they've been scammed.

    Tech support scam spams is common on tech forums. The "Do you need help resetting your router? Visit out website dellrouterhelpsupport247techsupport-notascam.com and we can provide assistance" and it's just for some dodgy call centre in India. Same thing with everything from PCs to printers to routers to Microsoft Office help.

    Dodgy software. See a lot of file conversion software, driver updater software, anti virus software, etc that promises to do something but really it's just malware. Usually either ransomware which will encrypt your files and demand a ransom or scamware where once you install it you will get popups saying you have a virus on your PC and you need to call "Microsoft support line" or whatever which is really just the scammers call centre. Or other things like keyloggers trying to catch your online banking password.

    Training/accreditation spam and essay writing services. Spamming fake training courses where you pay to get an online course in some field or where you pay someone to write you an essay for college or high school. They're all junk, fake certificates that aren't worth the paper you would have to print them out on and the essays will most likely get flagged by the software universities use to detect plagiarism, assuming they even deliver anything in the first place and don't just run off with your money.

    Spam for fake tech review sites is getting more common, especially now with Amazon affiliate programs. The spammers will set up a basic wordpress website that takes a few minutes to set up and just copy and paste other reviews or information from the product page and create a "review article" listing the "Top 10 gaming laptops of 2020" or "top 10 smart phones for 2020" or "Top 10 fitness watches" or basically anything that people are likely to search for. In reality all the article is is just a bunch of junk with big amazon affiliate links to as many products they can find on amazon, with the hope that if someone reading the article clicks on the link and proceeds to amazon and buys something they will earn a few dollars from the sale. They just make as many websites as they can and spam them on forums. They'll just search for forum posts asking "What laptop should I buy?" and then they'll reply like "Hey you can find a list of the best laptops to buy here at this website....." This is essentially just affiliate spam but instead of putting the affiliate links directly on the website that they're spamming they are putting the affiliate links on their own website and then directing traffic to that.

    There's a million different ways they try to profit from spamming. You also have to keep in mind that a lot of the spammers are coming from extremely poor countries with poor job opportunities or low wages where earning only a few dollars a day might be worth it to them.

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