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Spoof website attracts 3,000 hits

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A SPOOF website set up to reveal how easy it is to be ripped off, attracted more than 3,000 hits in a month from people looking to work from home.

The site was set up by Borough of Poole in a bid to beat fraudsters at their own game and reveal how vigilant people need to be against home working scams aimed at stealing money for work that may never arrive.

The environmental and protection services authentic-looking fake website offered potentially high earnings for vague promises of home working jobs, complete with “success stories”.

Nearly 2,500 people were prepared to click through the site for more details or to sign up, having been told that a fee was payable.

Peter Haikin, regulatory services manager said: “Trading standards officers were concerned that consumers were becoming increasingly targeted with online scams through social media, search engines etc.

“We decided to set up our own fake website at home workingdreams.co.uk – and we made it clear that a £10 fee would have to be paid up front to join the scheme. When people tried to join up they were directed to a page explaining that the website, although typical of the sort of approach used by scammers to attract potential victims, was actually ours and directed them to sources of advice on protecting themselves when looking for work online.”

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole said: “We often think of scam victims as being elderly or vulnerable but this shows how sophisticated some scams are.

“Our website was very professional looking but quick and cheap to set up and any of us could be at risk if we don’t keep constantly alert against fraud.

“Technology is such these days that it’s possible to steal from consumers or businesses with too good to be true opportunities without even being in the same country, leaving the victim out of pocket and likely to be targeted again.”

Trading Standards advice is to be very wary of any home working offer that requires you to pay an upfront fee to apply or obtain a ‘starter kit’.

Never give out banking details to a potential employer during the application phase or on a cv. Mass marketing scams are estimated to cost the UK economy £3.5billion annually.

Contact Action Fraud, actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 for more information.

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11:15am Mon 5 May 14

twynham says...

If it sounds too good to be true ....................
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If it sounds too good to be true .................... .................... .................... ...! twynham
  • Score: 19

11:40am Mon 5 May 14

Tripod says...

So, Borough of Poole have admitted to false advertising...
So, Borough of Poole have admitted to false advertising... Tripod
  • Score: -39

11:55am Mon 5 May 14

Mindvor says...

Tripod wrote:
So, Borough of Poole have admitted to false advertising...
Get burnt did we? If you can just pass me your bank acc and sort code I'd be happy to try to recoup your losses ;)
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: So, Borough of Poole have admitted to false advertising...[/p][/quote]Get burnt did we? If you can just pass me your bank acc and sort code I'd be happy to try to recoup your losses ;) Mindvor
  • Score: 31

12:31pm Mon 5 May 14

Adrian XX says...

I wonder how many people were seriously considering joining. Browsing around scam sites doesn't mean you are gullible enough to sign up.

Perhaps the site should have gone as far as to take a credit card number before explaining what it was with a message stating "your card has not been debited".
I wonder how many people were seriously considering joining. Browsing around scam sites doesn't mean you are gullible enough to sign up. Perhaps the site should have gone as far as to take a credit card number before explaining what it was with a message stating "your card has not been debited". Adrian XX
  • Score: -15

12:36pm Mon 5 May 14

Adrian XX says...

Also, was that the actual URL? Domaintools reports no history for that domain.
Also, was that the actual URL? Domaintools reports no history for that domain. Adrian XX
  • Score: -7

12:45pm Mon 5 May 14

Horridbloke says...

The "Turn you're dreams into GOLD!" line visible in the photo is a nice touch. Anyone who saw that and kept reading the site shouldn't be allowed out on their own.
The "Turn you're dreams into GOLD!" line visible in the photo is a nice touch. Anyone who saw that and kept reading the site shouldn't be allowed out on their own. Horridbloke
  • Score: 22

12:49pm Mon 5 May 14

steveatbournemouth says...

Good work by BoP. Officers should be congratulated.
Good work by BoP. Officers should be congratulated. steveatbournemouth
  • Score: 24

12:57pm Mon 5 May 14

the_voice_of_reason says...

ONLY 3000 hits???? Clearly they haven't a clue about how to promote a website!
ONLY 3000 hits???? Clearly they haven't a clue about how to promote a website! the_voice_of_reason
  • Score: -11

12:59pm Mon 5 May 14

typ nowhere says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Also, was that the actual URL? Domaintools reports no history for that domain.
Yes see here http://www.nominet.o
rg.uk/whois/lookup?q
uery=homeworkingdrea
ms.co.uk
Nominet are the uk`s internet registry company.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: Also, was that the actual URL? Domaintools reports no history for that domain.[/p][/quote]Yes see here http://www.nominet.o rg.uk/whois/lookup?q uery=homeworkingdrea ms.co.uk Nominet are the uk`s internet registry company. typ nowhere
  • Score: 8

1:03pm Mon 5 May 14

typ nowhere says...

the_voice_of_reason wrote:
ONLY 3000 hits???? Clearly they haven't a clue about how to promote a website!
3000 is not to bad for a website only just over 2 months old.
[quote][p][bold]the_voice_of_reason[/bold] wrote: ONLY 3000 hits???? Clearly they haven't a clue about how to promote a website![/p][/quote]3000 is not to bad for a website only just over 2 months old. typ nowhere
  • Score: 13

1:10pm Mon 5 May 14

Gonetothebeach says...

Very glad to see this being done. It's all too easy to mock those people who get caught by scams. I thought I was a pretty savvy web user but I, too, got caught by one of those sites that take your money for 'helping' you to acquire (in my case) an EHIC card. I searched on EHIC but then didn't click far enough down the page to find the real NHS site. Public sector websites don't generally pay for optimisation on web search results - scammers and the borderline-legal 'services' such as the EHIC site and similar tax, passport and other paid for services operated from abroad do.
Very glad to see this being done. It's all too easy to mock those people who get caught by scams. I thought I was a pretty savvy web user but I, too, got caught by one of those sites that take your money for 'helping' you to acquire (in my case) an EHIC card. I searched on EHIC but then didn't click far enough down the page to find the real NHS site. Public sector websites don't generally pay for optimisation on web search results - scammers and the borderline-legal 'services' such as the EHIC site and similar tax, passport and other paid for services operated from abroad do. Gonetothebeach
  • Score: 12

1:20pm Mon 5 May 14

Ralph Horris says...

Give me my twenty grand back !
Give me my twenty grand back ! Ralph Horris
  • Score: 3

1:34pm Mon 5 May 14

Adrian XX says...

typ nowhere wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
Also, was that the actual URL? Domaintools reports no history for that domain.
Yes see here http://www.nominet.o

rg.uk/whois/lookup?q

uery=homeworkingdrea

ms.co.uk
Nominet are the uk`s internet registry company.
Thanks - I completely misread! "We decided to set up our own fake website at home workingdreams.co.uk" - I read it like there was a comma after home!
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: Also, was that the actual URL? Domaintools reports no history for that domain.[/p][/quote]Yes see here http://www.nominet.o rg.uk/whois/lookup?q uery=homeworkingdrea ms.co.uk Nominet are the uk`s internet registry company.[/p][/quote]Thanks - I completely misread! "We decided to set up our own fake website at home workingdreams.co.uk" - I read it like there was a comma after home! Adrian XX
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Mon 5 May 14

BournemouthMum says...

Adrian XX wrote:
I wonder how many people were seriously considering joining. Browsing around scam sites doesn't mean you are gullible enough to sign up.

Perhaps the site should have gone as far as to take a credit card number before explaining what it was with a message stating "your card has not been debited".
Exactly what I was thinking. They should have set up a credit card page then put the 'scam warning' on the 'confirm and pay' page. That would have given a more realistic idea of how many people were actually prepared to pay.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many people were seriously considering joining. Browsing around scam sites doesn't mean you are gullible enough to sign up. Perhaps the site should have gone as far as to take a credit card number before explaining what it was with a message stating "your card has not been debited".[/p][/quote]Exactly what I was thinking. They should have set up a credit card page then put the 'scam warning' on the 'confirm and pay' page. That would have given a more realistic idea of how many people were actually prepared to pay. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Mon 5 May 14

alasdair1967 says...

Really echo ,this local story has been In circulation nationally for the past few days and you have only just picked up on it !!
Really echo ,this local story has been In circulation nationally for the past few days and you have only just picked up on it !! alasdair1967
  • Score: -4

2:52pm Mon 5 May 14

dvdr says...

Oh dear! The Borough of Poole set up a website with the message "Turn you're dreams into gold". The author may be good at websites, but basic English grammar has escaped him, and Poole go out to the world as being a local authority not quite literate. It should have been "Turn your dreams into gold". Does Poole have no-one in authority capable of checking things like this before going public in a big way?
Oh dear! The Borough of Poole set up a website with the message "Turn you're dreams into gold". The author may be good at websites, but basic English grammar has escaped him, and Poole go out to the world as being a local authority not quite literate. It should have been "Turn your dreams into gold". Does Poole have no-one in authority capable of checking things like this before going public in a big way? dvdr
  • Score: 2

3:30pm Mon 5 May 14

apop3d says...

Horridbloke wrote:
The "Turn you're dreams into GOLD!" line visible in the photo is a nice touch. Anyone who saw that and kept reading the site shouldn't be allowed out on their own.
It's a sad commentary on our times when 99 percent of the people who see grammatical or spelling errors don't catch them. It's also sad that Borough of Poole published the web site, spoof or not, with such a glaring error.

Spelling and grammar really do count. I feel sorry for those who disagree.
[quote][p][bold]Horridbloke[/bold] wrote: The "Turn you're dreams into GOLD!" line visible in the photo is a nice touch. Anyone who saw that and kept reading the site shouldn't be allowed out on their own.[/p][/quote]It's a sad commentary on our times when 99 percent of the people who see grammatical or spelling errors don't catch them. It's also sad that Borough of Poole published the web site, spoof or not, with such a glaring error. Spelling and grammar really do count. I feel sorry for those who disagree. apop3d
  • Score: 7

5:33pm Mon 5 May 14

Mindvor says...

dvdr wrote:
Oh dear! The Borough of Poole set up a website with the message "Turn you're dreams into gold". The author may be good at websites, but basic English grammar has escaped him, and Poole go out to the world as being a local authority not quite literate. It should have been "Turn your dreams into gold". Does Poole have no-one in authority capable of checking things like this before going public in a big way?
Fair point....but many scam emails have less than perfect grammar and they still get plenty of takers (despite it being an obvious warning sign).
[quote][p][bold]dvdr[/bold] wrote: Oh dear! The Borough of Poole set up a website with the message "Turn you're dreams into gold". The author may be good at websites, but basic English grammar has escaped him, and Poole go out to the world as being a local authority not quite literate. It should have been "Turn your dreams into gold". Does Poole have no-one in authority capable of checking things like this before going public in a big way?[/p][/quote]Fair point....but many scam emails have less than perfect grammar and they still get plenty of takers (despite it being an obvious warning sign). Mindvor
  • Score: 16

9:11pm Mon 5 May 14

fairandsquared says...

I think this is a good bit do work by the council. They are doing their job in protecting people. Does it matter how they do it, or if there is less than perfect grammar. Jeez, my mum got badly scammed through a website advert as it just hit the right note for her at a time she was particularly vulnerable, and anything that the council does to highlight the problems and the types of scams around has got to be a god thing. Why do people always want to see the negative in what people are trying to do to help us??
I think this is a good bit do work by the council. They are doing their job in protecting people. Does it matter how they do it, or if there is less than perfect grammar. Jeez, my mum got badly scammed through a website advert as it just hit the right note for her at a time she was particularly vulnerable, and anything that the council does to highlight the problems and the types of scams around has got to be a god thing. Why do people always want to see the negative in what people are trying to do to help us?? fairandsquared
  • Score: 3

10:09pm Mon 5 May 14

whataboutthat says...

rubbish hits/stats. should do ****
rubbish hits/stats. should do **** whataboutthat
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Mon 5 May 14

RM says...

Perhaps the grammar error was intentional - to see if users would notice it & leave the site because of it? As frequently the real scam sites - if there's such a thing - have bad spelling & grammar.
Perhaps the grammar error was intentional - to see if users would notice it & leave the site because of it? As frequently the real scam sites - if there's such a thing - have bad spelling & grammar. RM
  • Score: 1

10:25pm Mon 5 May 14

Bournefre says...

apop3d wrote:
Horridbloke wrote:
The "Turn you're dreams into GOLD!" line visible in the photo is a nice touch. Anyone who saw that and kept reading the site shouldn't be allowed out on their own.
It's a sad commentary on our times when 99 percent of the people who see grammatical or spelling errors don't catch them. It's also sad that Borough of Poole published the web site, spoof or not, with such a glaring error.

Spelling and grammar really do count. I feel sorry for those who disagree.
I agree - people who use poor spelling and grammar tend to argue things "aren't a spelling test", but the fact is that spelling and grammar are good indicators of professionalism.
You wouldn't buy a bottle of wine with a spelling mistake on the label so why give your bank details with spelling mistakes on a website?
[quote][p][bold]apop3d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horridbloke[/bold] wrote: The "Turn you're dreams into GOLD!" line visible in the photo is a nice touch. Anyone who saw that and kept reading the site shouldn't be allowed out on their own.[/p][/quote]It's a sad commentary on our times when 99 percent of the people who see grammatical or spelling errors don't catch them. It's also sad that Borough of Poole published the web site, spoof or not, with such a glaring error. Spelling and grammar really do count. I feel sorry for those who disagree.[/p][/quote]I agree - people who use poor spelling and grammar tend to argue things "aren't a spelling test", but the fact is that spelling and grammar are good indicators of professionalism. You wouldn't buy a bottle of wine with a spelling mistake on the label so why give your bank details with spelling mistakes on a website? Bournefre
  • Score: 5

8:54am Tue 6 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website
Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: -3

10:23am Tue 6 May 14

speedy231278 says...

If a [potential employer cannot even proofread their advert and/or understand the difference between "your" and "you're", then I'm not applying for the job!!
If a [potential employer cannot even proofread their advert and/or understand the difference between "your" and "you're", then I'm not applying for the job!! speedy231278
  • Score: -1

10:24am Tue 6 May 14

speedy231278 says...

dvdr wrote:
Oh dear! The Borough of Poole set up a website with the message "Turn you're dreams into gold". The author may be good at websites, but basic English grammar has escaped him, and Poole go out to the world as being a local authority not quite literate. It should have been "Turn your dreams into gold". Does Poole have no-one in authority capable of checking things like this before going public in a big way?
Perhaps it was proofread by someone from the Ohec?
[quote][p][bold]dvdr[/bold] wrote: Oh dear! The Borough of Poole set up a website with the message "Turn you're dreams into gold". The author may be good at websites, but basic English grammar has escaped him, and Poole go out to the world as being a local authority not quite literate. It should have been "Turn your dreams into gold". Does Poole have no-one in authority capable of checking things like this before going public in a big way?[/p][/quote]Perhaps it was proofread by someone from the Ohec? speedy231278
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Tue 6 May 14

Azphreal says...

With the amount of people who are unemployed,the sanctions placed on them by the job centre for not applying for enough jobs and the rise in zero hour contracts is it any surprise that people are looking at sites like these,the government does not like to admit it but most of the 'new jobs' they hark on about are people who now class themselves as self employed (as some employers class people on zero hour contracts) or have their own business (which to be honest could be selling tat on ebay). Its true what some posters say that the people who 'looked' at the site may have realised it was a scam and maybe they should have had a warning on the 'join up' page.
With the amount of people who are unemployed,the sanctions placed on them by the job centre for not applying for enough jobs and the rise in zero hour contracts is it any surprise that people are looking at sites like these,the government does not like to admit it but most of the 'new jobs' they hark on about are people who now class themselves as self employed (as some employers class people on zero hour contracts) or have their own business (which to be honest could be selling tat on ebay). Its true what some posters say that the people who 'looked' at the site may have realised it was a scam and maybe they should have had a warning on the 'join up' page. Azphreal
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Tue 6 May 14

Mindvor says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website
Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money!
We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website[/p][/quote]Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money! We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;) Mindvor
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Tue 6 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Mindvor wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website
Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money!
We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)
Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't.

Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed.

So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.
[quote][p][bold]Mindvor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website[/p][/quote]Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money! We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)[/p][/quote]Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't. Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed. So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: -2

3:16pm Tue 6 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Mindvor wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website
Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money!
We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)
Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't.

Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed.

So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.
CORRECTION: BoP did purchase the domain in Feb 2014 www.homeworkingdream
s.co.uk

Registered on: 25-Feb-2014
Expiry date: 25-Feb-2015
Last updated: 25-Feb-2014

Which I found through another checking site, my original search showed this http://postimg.org/i
mage/oasl6v0yr/

This doesn't alter the fact that 3,000 people would be extremely lucky to find that site on any search engine
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mindvor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website[/p][/quote]Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money! We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)[/p][/quote]Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't. Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed. So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.[/p][/quote]CORRECTION: BoP did purchase the domain in Feb 2014 www.homeworkingdream s.co.uk Registered on: 25-Feb-2014 Expiry date: 25-Feb-2015 Last updated: 25-Feb-2014 Which I found through another checking site, my original search showed this http://postimg.org/i mage/oasl6v0yr/ This doesn't alter the fact that 3,000 people would be extremely lucky to find that site on any search engine Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: -1

9:40pm Tue 6 May 14

Mindvor says...

Yet here it is...continuing to serve its purpose by educating those less savvy on the dangers of online scams, its message now reaching an even wider audience. I'd humbly suggest that it's still worth a good old pat on the back and certainly as a political points scoring exercise, wouldn't you say?
Yet here it is...continuing to serve its purpose by educating those less savvy on the dangers of online scams, its message now reaching an even wider audience. I'd humbly suggest that it's still worth a good old pat on the back and certainly as a political points scoring exercise, wouldn't you say? Mindvor
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Tue 6 May 14

Baysider says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Mindvor wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website
Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money!
We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)
Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't.

Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed.

So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.
CORRECTION: BoP did purchase the domain in Feb 2014 www.homeworkingdream

s.co.uk

Registered on: 25-Feb-2014
Expiry date: 25-Feb-2015
Last updated: 25-Feb-2014

Which I found through another checking site, my original search showed this http://postimg.org/i

mage/oasl6v0yr/

This doesn't alter the fact that 3,000 people would be extremely lucky to find that site on any search engine
What on earth are you on about Marty? The fact is that 2500 people in one month thought it was sufficiently professional looking to click on more details having been told it would cost them money to sign up. You're...sorry...you
r pathological need to criticise the public sector whenever you can, even when they've done a good job is ridiculous.

...at least we should be grateful you haven't blamed the EU or immigration for it!
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mindvor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website[/p][/quote]Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money! We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)[/p][/quote]Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't. Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed. So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.[/p][/quote]CORRECTION: BoP did purchase the domain in Feb 2014 www.homeworkingdream s.co.uk Registered on: 25-Feb-2014 Expiry date: 25-Feb-2015 Last updated: 25-Feb-2014 Which I found through another checking site, my original search showed this http://postimg.org/i mage/oasl6v0yr/ This doesn't alter the fact that 3,000 people would be extremely lucky to find that site on any search engine[/p][/quote]What on earth are you on about Marty? The fact is that 2500 people in one month thought it was sufficiently professional looking to click on more details having been told it would cost them money to sign up. You're...sorry...you r pathological need to criticise the public sector whenever you can, even when they've done a good job is ridiculous. ...at least we should be grateful you haven't blamed the EU or immigration for it! Baysider
  • Score: 2

9:58pm Tue 6 May 14

Mindvor says...

Sorry, I got curious...I'm even more impressed with the 3000 hits now that I've seen that UKIPs local Poole page has had just 137 more hits than it...despite it being registered 3 months earlier and no doubt had far more effort and money spent on it and getting it higher up the search listings.
Good work BOP - I cant help but think that next should be lessons in how to spot scam emails for local Academy admin staff? ;)
Sorry, I got curious...I'm even more impressed with the 3000 hits now that I've seen that UKIPs local Poole page has had just 137 more hits than it...despite it being registered 3 months earlier and no doubt had far more effort and money spent on it and getting it higher up the search listings. Good work BOP - I cant help but think that next should be lessons in how to spot scam emails for local Academy admin staff? ;) Mindvor
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10:17pm Tue 6 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Mindvor wrote:
Yet here it is...continuing to serve its purpose by educating those less savvy on the dangers of online scams, its message now reaching an even wider audience. I'd humbly suggest that it's still worth a good old pat on the back and certainly as a political points scoring exercise, wouldn't you say?
I'd say the idea is a very good one but the chance of it getting 3k hits in the first month is somewhat remote to say the least, especially with the 16 keywords in the meta tags on that site, so I'll let you do the back patting.
[quote][p][bold]Mindvor[/bold] wrote: Yet here it is...continuing to serve its purpose by educating those less savvy on the dangers of online scams, its message now reaching an even wider audience. I'd humbly suggest that it's still worth a good old pat on the back and certainly as a political points scoring exercise, wouldn't you say?[/p][/quote]I'd say the idea is a very good one but the chance of it getting 3k hits in the first month is somewhat remote to say the least, especially with the 16 keywords in the meta tags on that site, so I'll let you do the back patting. Marty Caine UKIP
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12:19am Wed 7 May 14

bella99 says...

Are council employees really paid to do this ? What an absolute waste of tax payers money? At a loose end were they? Bored? I suggest you sack a few of these useless council members to put tax payers money to better use. Absolutely rediculous. The best way for people to learn about these scams is to lose £10 of their not so hard earned dole money, provided by us tax payers. Once bitten twice shy as they say
Are council employees really paid to do this ? What an absolute waste of tax payers money? At a loose end were they? Bored? I suggest you sack a few of these useless council members to put tax payers money to better use. Absolutely rediculous. The best way for people to learn about these scams is to lose £10 of their not so hard earned dole money, provided by us tax payers. Once bitten twice shy as they say bella99
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12:56am Wed 7 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Baysider wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Mindvor wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website
Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money!
We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)
Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't.

Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed.

So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.
CORRECTION: BoP did purchase the domain in Feb 2014 www.homeworkingdream


s.co.uk

Registered on: 25-Feb-2014
Expiry date: 25-Feb-2015
Last updated: 25-Feb-2014

Which I found through another checking site, my original search showed this http://postimg.org/i


mage/oasl6v0yr/

This doesn't alter the fact that 3,000 people would be extremely lucky to find that site on any search engine
What on earth are you on about Marty? The fact is that 2500 people in one month thought it was sufficiently professional looking to click on more details having been told it would cost them money to sign up. You're...sorry...you

r pathological need to criticise the public sector whenever you can, even when they've done a good job is ridiculous.

...at least we should be grateful you haven't blamed the EU or immigration for it!
Are you a web designer Baysider? Do you actually know anything about how SEO actually works or how long it can take for search engines to recognise your site once you have put it on the net?

Why don't you just do a search on Google for "Jobs at home Poole" and try different things to search for it to see if you can find that site in a listing, other than putting in the actual name of it, you might just get a clue to what I am saying and realise the limited possibilities of 3k people in one month finding that site, that has to be much better fun than being the usual anonymous troll criticizing my every post.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mindvor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: Well done to BoP on the idea but to be honest it is far from a professional looking website[/p][/quote]Isn't that part of the point? Despite it being clearly knocked up on the back of a fag packet 3000 people still felt like sending them their money! We're totally screwed when the scammers finally cotton onto this and start issuing/creating grammatically correct emails/websites. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take this call...its Microsoft, they need to remote into my PC ;)[/p][/quote]Well the point I was making was the article stated it was a very professional looking website, which it isn't. Also Poole Council are spinning a bit of yarn here as the site was actually created in February 1995, it was last updated in May last year and the SEO is so poor that if you don't search for the 'Home Working Dreams' you still won't find it today. Try Home Jobs Poole and it will not be listed. So I will take back my initial "Well done BoP" and change it to, Please Poole Council can not try to scam the public into thinking you have done a good job on this.[/p][/quote]CORRECTION: BoP did purchase the domain in Feb 2014 www.homeworkingdream s.co.uk Registered on: 25-Feb-2014 Expiry date: 25-Feb-2015 Last updated: 25-Feb-2014 Which I found through another checking site, my original search showed this http://postimg.org/i mage/oasl6v0yr/ This doesn't alter the fact that 3,000 people would be extremely lucky to find that site on any search engine[/p][/quote]What on earth are you on about Marty? The fact is that 2500 people in one month thought it was sufficiently professional looking to click on more details having been told it would cost them money to sign up. You're...sorry...you r pathological need to criticise the public sector whenever you can, even when they've done a good job is ridiculous. ...at least we should be grateful you haven't blamed the EU or immigration for it![/p][/quote]Are you a web designer Baysider? Do you actually know anything about how SEO actually works or how long it can take for search engines to recognise your site once you have put it on the net? Why don't you just do a search on Google for "Jobs at home Poole" and try different things to search for it to see if you can find that site in a listing, other than putting in the actual name of it, you might just get a clue to what I am saying and realise the limited possibilities of 3k people in one month finding that site, that has to be much better fun than being the usual anonymous troll criticizing my every post. Marty Caine UKIP
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1:31pm Wed 7 May 14

Mindvor says...

..must...get...last word in...
..must...get...last word in... Mindvor
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5:48pm Wed 7 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Mindvor wrote:
..must...get...last word in...
+1 :)
[quote][p][bold]Mindvor[/bold] wrote: ..must...get...last word in...[/p][/quote]+1 :) Marty Caine UKIP
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