Polygraph: Russian cybercriminals manipulate American English teachers for click fraud schemes
Click The Fraud Prevention Society’s polygraph reveals how unsuspecting English teachers unwittingly become partners in crime.
BERLIN, GERMANY, March 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gangs of Russian cybercriminals have recruited unsuspecting American English teachers into a devious new variant of click-through fraud that rakes in tens of billions of dollars every year and unwittingly involves the professors in an illicit company likely to engage their penal responsibility.
Juniper Research has estimated that financial losses due to online click-through fraud total an incredible $68 billion worldwide, or more than $186 million lost every day due to false clicks. While there are a number of well-known techniques fraudsters use to divert traffic, one of the most recent and effective has been identified by Polygraph, a Berlin-based company that has developed detection and advanced click fraud prevention.
Broadly speaking, ad fraud constitutes non-consumer clicks on an advertisement, whether using bots, human-powered click farms, or tricking legitimate visitors with misdirection and veiled pop-ups to collect payment from advertisers. Today, Russian cyber gangs, using a mixture of old-fashioned scamming, high-tech data feeds and global commerce, pocket up to $200,000 a month – per website – with criminal affiliates who usually work on dozens of sites simultaneously to amplify prank ad clicks.
According to Polygraph, the click fraud detection company that uncovered the scheme, criminals are locating American English teachers living in Russia, using sources such as expat websites, job boards or even something like classified ads for a roommate. Fraudsters offer a typical job offer to native English speakers, which involves representing the “company” to its supposed English-speaking associates, and involves the teacher opening a publisher account with a US-based advertising network. United. With the English teacher serving as a liaison between the advertising network and the criminal organization, the group fills their sites with advertisements and directs traffic to them through various means.
Whether the teacher acknowledges that he is involved in criminal activities is a question. They may receive a fixed salary, but they may also receive a share of the proceeds – up to five figures per month.
“Tracking the machinations of the fraudulent scheme, Polygraph interviewed duped teachers who were collecting $40,000 each month,” said Trey Vanes, chief marketing officer of Polygraph. “This kind of money must certainly raise red flags with them. I can say that we have helped and advised many English teachers to cut their ties with criminals to stay safe. But of course there are hundreds of others who are probably looking elsewhere.
The polygraph is an invaluable tool for advertisers looking to stop ad fraud. The company goes beyond simple traffic analysis – like criminal investigators, it monitors dozens of click fraud gangs and works with fraud victims to implement emerging criminal strategies. Polygraph gives advertisers a comprehensive perspective on the ad fraud that affects them. The targeted keywords are identified; different advertising networks compared; robots and robot proxies can be stopped; and false click details provided so that advertisers can obtain reimbursements from ad networks.
They offer a free entry-level service that includes identifying up to 500 fraudulent clicks per month, with varying levels of protection and analysis available.
For more information, please visit https://polygraph.net
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Based in Berlin, Germany in 2021, Polygraph monitors the activities of click fraud gangs, including how they operate, who they target, the techniques they use and how to detect their fraud. We go way beyond bot detection to make sure your ad dollars aren’t stolen by cybercriminals.
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