The Business of Fraud: What I Learned Tracking A Credit Card Fraud Ring

I made an abrupt career change about ten years ago during the first dot-com recession, moving from a marketing role to working on credit card fraud detection projects. At the time I thought I was basically treading water – my old client was going away and I needed a job that would let me stay in Atlanta while my girlfriend and I got married. They needed an analytics guy and I needed a job.

Before I started working on the credit card fraud team, I imagined the fraudsters were unsophisticated criminals – high tech purse snatchers. What I discovered that summer surprised me.

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Blog Comment Spam vs. Effective Marketing – Managing The Balance

Every day or so, I perform a little ritual on one of my projects that those of you who have blogs are well familiar with. I log into the admin console and moderate comments.

Which brings me face-to-face with THEM. Spammers, in overwhelming numbers. It has gotten to the point where I actually “grade” them on the quality of their blog comment spam. There is a definite hierarchy in terms of blog comment spam quality.

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