Elliott C. Back: Internet & Technology

Google Toolbar PPC Spam

Posted in Google,Spam by Elliott Back on April 22nd, 2007.

This is an interesting spam email I received recently, from an ip address ( registered to China Network Communications Group Corporation, No.156,Fu-Xing-Men-Nei Street, Beijing 100031 and the email address helolonihao@sina.com.cn, offering me a “letter from firefox:”

From: “a letter from firefox”
Subject: [spam] a mail from firefox

welcome to download firefox,It’s free and easy to use.Join the millions of people worldwide enjoying a better Web experience.please click the url to download it

The link itself is extremely complicated; it encodes two different Google PPC actions:

  1. Register a Google adsense click with publisher id ca-ref-pub-1379698615564904
  2. Takes the clicker of the ad to a referer page for the Google adsense / firefox bundle


It’s an interesting idea–using an email spam campaign to generate google clicks. I wonder if the Chinese spammer involved here is being naive, as Google should easily determine, from the lack of a referer field among other things, that the click is invalid.

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2 Responses to “Google Toolbar PPC Spam”

  1. Cgrand says:

    For people using a webmail, referer field will not be empty.

  2. Breaking news: Spammers are idiots!
    Something tells me that that particular account isn’t going to last long…

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