– In the March 2015 update of the Australian Puppy Scams Hall of Shame, we feature Truebuy, a site which should really be called Fakebuy.
This parasite on the body of the Internet is laden chock-full of puppy scams, as our accompanying video demonstrates. Not one canine ad on the site was legitimate, and looking at the number of fake puppy ads as a percentage of total ads on the site. very few ads in other categories are legitimate also.
Truebuy is yet another MFA (Made For Adsense) site that exists solely to extract money out of the Google Adsense program. In short, legitimate advertisers on the Google network pay money to Google to advertise for them, with their ads popping up on relevant sites – regardless of the quality of such sites. Truebuy and other pirate’s lairs make their money this way, and they don’t give two hoots how many scam ads are on their pages.
In the accompanying video we show you not only how the scams are run, but also a handy little tip you can use to do an initial check to see if an advertiser is suspect. This tip is not the be-all and end-all, but it is a good start, and if the results of applying this tip come up as dodgy, you need investigate no further.
At pups4sale we are regularly contacted by people who think they may have been scammed (or are about to be) by a puppy advertiser on another website. It is amazing just how many sites out there are loaded with scams, or have been completely taken over by the scammers. In fact we already have enough sites on our list to expose, that we will easily be able to update the Hall of Shame each month right through to the end of 2015 and beyond.
If you have any sites and/or ads you are suspicious of, always feel free to contact admin via our Contact page and we will gladly give such sites/ads the once-over for you.
In summary, stay away from Fakebuy…sorry…Truebuy, if you want to keep your money from falling into the hands of the scammers.