Rich Hanson did not win the Powerball

Rich Hanson did not win the Powerball

Rich Hanson is the name of yet another prankster who claims to have won the Powerball on January 13th, 2015. However, Rich Hanson did not win the Powerball. Rich Hanson has taken to social media and even created a change.org petition claiming that he was won the Powerball and will be giving away $10,000 to people who share his “winning” Facebook post. Obviously this is not true since Rich Hanson did not win the Powerball.

Rich Hanson powerball

Rich Hanson created a Facebook page called “An act of Kindness – lotto giveaway” and even started an online petition (that currently has no content on it) which claims that he will give away $10,000. Rich Hanson claims that if you share his post that you will receive $10,000 from him. The post he wants people to share is an edited image of Rich Hanson holding a Powerball ticket with the winning numbers. The image was obviously edited with software like Photoshop. The ticket does not contain lines B through E which is an immediate confirmation that the image is doctored. Rich Hanson also has many random images that look Photoshopped, including an image of him standing next to a lion. Even though the winning Powerball ticket image is obviously a fake the fact that Rich Hanson is comfortable with Photoshop helps debunk the Rich Hanson hoax even further.

Rich Hanson

UPDATE: And then there’s this:

real Rich Hanson photo

And this:

Rich Hanson hoax

Rich Hanson does not live in a state where winning tickets were purchased. Rich Hanson lives in Virginia and the winning tickets are from California, Tennessee, and Florida. Some of the winners including John and Lisa Robinson have already been identified.

The Rich Hanson hoax is simply a joke by Rich Hanson. It is not a malicious like-farming scam, survey-scam, or other type of scam that hijacks your Facebook account and posts on your behalf like the JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam. Rich Hanson purely wants to prank people and have a few laughs at the expense of others. It is unethical, deceptive, weird, and crazy, but it is also harmless compared to other similar hoaxes and scams.

There have been many Powerball hoaxes with people like Matthew Kimball and Rickstarr Ferragamo also claiming to have won the Powerball. These people also fraudulently state that they will give away their earnings to people who share their posts.

Don’t be fooled by the latest round of Powerball scams and hoaxes. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is! Do your research before you like, share, promote, or comment on anything. Do not share your personal information or fill out online surveys.

JohnAndLisaGiveBack Powerball Scam

JohnAndLisaGiveBack Powerball Scam

JohnAndLisaGiveBack is a scam. There is a website set up called JohnAndLisaGiveBack.com that claims confirmed Powerball winners John and Lisa Robinson will be giving back money through the website. However, this is entirely false. John and Lisa Robinson did not set this website up and you will not receive $10,000 by visiting the website or following any type of instructions.

JohnAndLisaGiveBack Powerball Scam

When you visit JohnAndLisaGiveBack.com you will notice a compelling “people remaining” counter. This is done to make a sense of urgency in order to persuade visitors to share links on the website to their social media friends and followers. If you follow instructions on the website or simply visit the website while logged into Facebook or another social media account your account will become compromised by what is technically called a manual share web attack, or Facebook manual share web attack.

A manual share web attack usually adds a rogue app or gains access to your social media account automatically by other means. Once this is done your social media account such as Facebook will begin to post links to the JohnAndLisaGiveBack.com website on your behalf. It will also tag your friends in the post. This is known as a Facebook tag-jacking scam and is very common with these types of social media scams.

When I was investigating the JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam I noticed that it had a few fake testimonials from obviously fake people. I actually recognized the images and names of these people from other Facebook scams including one last month that claimed you could get a free Six Flags season pass if you visit a website and share a link.

This finding leads me to conclude that the people who crafted the JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam have had their noses in various similar Facebook scams for quite some time.

  • The JohnAndLisaGiveBack scam has been debunked by various websites.
  • The people countdown timer is fake. This usually starts at around 97. As you’re on the website, reading the page, the countdown timer quickly runs down to say “People Remaining: 6.” If you clear your cache, including all your browser’s cookies, and refresh the page, the counter magically starts up at 97 all over again.
  • Testimonials are fake and have been used for other Facebook scams.
  • People who have tried the website said that it does not work. The website claims that if you invite 2 friends and after the 2 friends click your link that you will get your cash instantly. People on Facebook and Twitter reported that they never got the cash they were supposedly supposed to get.
  • There are many Powerball scams. Also see: Matthew Kimball and Rickstarr Ferragamo.

If your social media account has been affected by this scam or you visited the malicious website you will need to clean your computer and change your social media passwords, as well as remove any rogue social media apps that may have been installed.

  • To remove malware from your computer download Malwarebytes and scan your computer for any threats.
  • To change your Facebook password go to Settings and click Password. Make sure to log out of any devices when promoted to do so.
  • To remove rogue Facebook apps go to Settings and click Apps on the side menu. Hover over a rogue Facebook app with your mouse and click the “x” next to it to remove it.

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

There are many Powerball hoaxes and scams since the winning numbers were announced on January 13th. One of the recent Powerball hoaxes is by a man named Matthew Kimball from Florida. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball but is claiming otherwise on Facebook. Matthew Kimball posted a message on Facebook that claims he will give away $15,000 to anyone who shares and likes his post. The post has an image of Matthew Kimball holding a Powerball ticket with the winning numbers; However, the date of the Powerball ticket in the image is covered with this finger. This suggests that Matthew Kimball printed out a new Powerball ticket with the old winning numbers.

Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball

The Matthew Kimball hoax can be debunked because all reputable news outlets have stated that the Florida winner has not been identified. In Matthew Kimball’s Facebook post he claims that he took the winning Powerball ticket back to the store and the woman there almost had a heart attack. This is actually did happen to the real winner and has been published in various news reports. Matthew Kimball took this information and used it in his post to make it seem more realistic.

Do not be fooled by the Matthew Kimball hoax. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. This is a common hoax/scam that has been spreading like wildfire. Recently a man named Rickstarr Ferragamo also claimed to win the Powerball and said he would give money away to people who shared his picture.

These types of hoaxes are usually done in order to gain attention. It is relevant to a like-farming scam where Facebook scammers share dubious information in order to generate Facebook likes for their pages and create potential customers. Satire web publications also do this in order to acquire web traffic and generate revenue from advertisements. Some malicious websites do this to phish personal information or spread malware.

In conclusion, Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. You will not get $15,000 for sharing his silly post. Do not be fooled!

Example

Matthew Kimball

OMG I CAN NOT BELIEVE I WON!!!!

I TOOK IT INTO THE STORE TO CONFIRM AND THE LADY ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK!!!

IM GIVING HER A MILLION DOLLARS!! TIME TO GIVE BACK TO MY COUNTRY!!!

ANYONE WHO SHARES AND LIKES THIS POST I WILL BE GIVING YOU $15,000 DOLLARS!!

Kat.cr is down

Kat.cr is down

Update: KickassTorrents seized by feds and owner arrested

Popular torrent website kat.cr (KickassTorrents) is currently down. If you visit kat.cr you will be directed to a blank webpage that says “This webpage is not available” and shows a ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED error. There is no specified reason as to why kat.cr is down. Websites that contain torrents and streaming videos are commonly down for various reasons.

kat.cr is down

A ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED error is usually associated with client side DNS errors; However, many internet users are experiencing issues accessing kat.cr which suggest that the website has moved, been removed, or is experiencing server issues.

More information will be added to this post when available.

UPDATE: Kat.cr is back up and accessible to some. Reports indicate that the website may load very slowly and will only show HTML text.

Rickstarr Ferragamo did not win the Powerball

Rickstarr Ferragamo did not win the Powerball

Rickstarr Ferragamo is the name of an amateur filmmaker and internet personality who claims to have won the Powerball. The Rickstarr Ferragamo Facebook page has various posts that claim the 23 year old won the Powerball. He claims that he will share $10,000 with 10 random people who share the image he posted. The image posted by Rickstarr Ferragamo is an edited image of the winning Powerball numbers. This fake information has also been published by a notorious satire publication who also have articles stating that Donald Trump bought every Powerball ticket number combination.

Rickstarr Ferragamo

Rickstarr Ferragamo did not win the Powerball. Rickstarr Ferragamo lives in New York according to his Facebook page and the ticket in the image clearly says “New York” above the Powerball logo. His posts also originate from New York. The winning Powerball tickets are from California, Tennessee, and Florida.

Do not be fooled by the Rickstarr Ferragamo Powerball scam. This has been fully researched as an internet hoax and Facebook like-farming scam. The Rickstarr Ferragamo is performing this misleading hoax in order to promote his Facebook page and acquire more likes. Satire web publications are also sharing this fake news in order to generate revenue via cost-per-click advertisements. The more visitors the website get, the more money they can generate.

Weekly Spam Report: Dec 27 – Jan 02

Weekly Spam Report: Dec 27 – Jan 02

weekly spam report

Last week was a very interesting week for referrer spam. Many new referrer spam domain names came into play with provocative URL strings like “happy.new.year” and “build-a-better-business.” These types of referrer spam URLs could potentially garnish a lot of attention in Google Analytics.

с.новым.годом.рф

If you visit this referrer spam URL in your browser you will be forwarded to http://xn--q1a.xn--b1aube0e.xn--c1acygb.xn--p1ai/ which contains the words “Happy New Year” on it.

happy.new.yeartwit.com

If you visit this referrer spam URL in your browser you will be forwarded to Twitter. If you are logged into your Twitter account a compose window will appear with Happy New Year! ❄*:.。.゜゚・*ヽ🎅丿*・゜゚.。.:*❄ ☃🎄 С.Новым.Годом.РФ #HappyNewYear in it.

new-look.for-your.website

If you visit this referrer spam URL in your browser you will be forwarded to teslathemes.com; a WordPress theme and plugin publisher.

build-a-better-business.2your.site

If you visit this referrer spam URL in your browser you will be directed forwarded to ontraport.com. They provide paid website and marketing automation services.

build-audience.for-your.website

If you visit this referrer spam URL in your browser you will be forwarded to easyvideosuite.com and other landing pages.

Several Pirate Bay domains are down, suspended by registrar

Several Pirate Bay domains are down, suspended by registrar

Several Pirate Bay domains are down

Some of The Pirate Bay’s websites are currently down. They were suspended by the domain registrar and essentially seized for good. ThePirateBay.LA, .GD, .MN and .VG were all suspended by their registrar, along with several other TPB related domains. Currently ThePirateBay.SE (.org) is up and running although the website did have issues earlier in the day.

This morning ThePirateBay.la, ThePirateBay.gd, ThePirateBay.mn, ThePirateBay.vg, and other associated FM, .SH, .MU and .TW domain names were all listed as “clienthold” by the registry. This means that the domains are no longer accessible.

At this point there is no official statement from TPB or any source close to the situation on the reason for the seizing several of TPB’s domain names. The registrar responsible for the domain seizures appears to be Idotz.net;  1api/Hexonet reseller based in the United States.

Nosvideo is offline due to gateway time-out error

Nosvideo is offline due to gateway time-out error

Nosvideo is offline due to gateway time-out error

Popular video streaming website nosvideo.com is currently offline due to a gateway time-out error (also referred to as a 504 error). If you try to visit the nosvideo website you will be presented with a CloudFlare webpage that says “Website is offline No cached version of this page is available.”

A gateway time-out error indicates that a server did not receive a timely response from another server that it was accessing while attempting to load the web page or fill another request by the browser. Most of the time this simply means that the server is down or not working accordingly.

Referrer spam URLs are now using “website-stealer” and “website-stealer-warning” strings

Referrer spam URLs are now using “website-stealer” and “website-stealer-warning” strings

website-stealer and website-stealer-warning referrals

Referrer spam URLs are have recently started using new strings in their URLs such as website-stealer-warning and website-stealer in order to cause anxiety, shock, and fear, which can provoke data enthusiasts and professionals to visit the spam websites. An example of these new websites are website-stealer-warning.hdmoviecamera.net and website-stealer.nufaq.com. These domains target Google Analytics data with deceptive ghost traffic that never actually lands on the websites they target, but instead points at the user’s Google Analytics ID and tracking number.

Related: Fake copyright claims are targeting your Google Analytics data with referrals

The deceptive URL strings might make a website owner or webmaster believe that “website stealer” software may be used against their websites or that the website owner may have been caught stealing content from a third-party source. “Website stealer” software is a real thing. However, this is not the case with these new lines of referrer spam strings. The new website-stealer strings are simply designed to gain attention and bait users into visiting the referrer spam websites.

The deceptive URLs help the spam websites gain attention and website visitors and in doing so this can help the spam websites get popular and boost their search engine rank.

How to block “website-stealer” and “website-stealer-warning” referrals

If you notice referral traffic in Google Analytics with website-stealer or website-stealer-warning in the domain do not be alarmed. This data will not harm your website or affect your website’s rank, but it will ruin your appropriate Google Analytics data. If you value your website’s appropriate Google Analytics data we recommend to view our guide to help you block referrer spam from affecting your data.

Here are some helpful links to help you combat this deceptive referral traffic:

“Money Carlo” Match to Win Car Dealership Scam

“Money Carlo” Match to Win Car Dealership Scam

Don’t get too excited if you receive a “winning” Money Carlo Match to Win voucher in the mail that promotes your local car dealership. The Money Carlo Match to Win game is a marketing scheme utilized by various desperate car dealerships across the United States. The Money Carlo game will claim recipients won a certain amount of cash by peeling game piece tabs and matching objects like oranges, cherries, and 7’s. The Money Carlo game piece will usually arrive in the mail alongside advertisements, promotions, and coupons.

money carlo

The way the Money Carlo “scam” works is that a person will receive the Money Carlo game card and voucher in the mail from a local car dealership. The Money Carlo game card and attached invitation or voucher states that if you match a pair you will win $25,000, $5,000, $2,000, or $100 cash; However, this does not actually mean that you won anything. A simple way to determine if you are potentially being tricked is to know that most/all of the Money Carlo game cards will typically match the numbers 777 – 777. This can sometimes be an alleged $5,000 or $100 cash prize. The Money Carlo game will state that winners must call the car dealership and supply them with a confirmation number, as well as visit the location to compare the confirmation code to the car dealership’s prize board. The game voucher claims that the prize board at your local car dealership will determine if you have won – not the actual game piece that already says that you won.

The game also states that there is a 1:45,000 chance to win but we are unable to find any reports of real Money Carlo winners. We have noticed that car dealerships who utilize this tactic have many bad reviews by frustrated potentially customers who feel duped and lied to.

We spoke with several employees and ex-employees of certain car dealerships online who strongly suggest that this as a scam and deceptive marketing ploy. They described it as a deceptive marketing scheme used to acquire potential customers. The car dealerships that utilize this tactic want you to visit their location and sell you a car. In order to get you to do this you must visit the location with your game piece in hand.

I would not go as far as most people to classify the Money Carlo game as a “full-blown” scam, but I would say that it is a very unethical marketing technique and car dealerships who participate in this marketing scheme should be punished. Telling people that they won a large amount of cash when they did not is dishonest and unethical. It’s a terrible thing to do to people, and these bad car dealerships should be ashamed of themselves. If you receive these types of games in the mail in the future you may want to throw them away before you end up wasting your time visiting a dishonest and greedy car dealership. I also recommend to leave the car dealership a bad review online, on various websites like Yelp and Google, in order to put an end to this type of marketing scheme once and for all.


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