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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:10 am 
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How are these controlled by the forum? Is everything allowed? In Sweden, those "you're the millionth user and have been chosen the winner of a gift card" is only click-bait and if you click the wrong link - you're screwed. Often you have to pay a small fee to get the gift card but the only thing that happens is that you reveal you credit card details, pay the fee but never see the gift card.

I haven't clicked on the "WILLY:s ad" that appears in Sweden but I doubt that every other time I log on to the WIX, I get chosen the winner and that I honestly will get a SEK 5,000 gift card (approximately $500). Just think of it, either you get chosen or you win, never both at the same time. It's a scam and probably has nothing to do with WILLY:s (a supermarket chain)!


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 Post subject: Re: Localized ads
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:47 am 
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... and now it's from ICA, another supermarket chain ...


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 Post subject: Re: Localized ads
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:02 am 
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The ads are populated by some algorithm at Google based upon cookies on your personal machine. Same thing with Facebook.

Funny story, a WIXer (who shall remain nameless) was upset with me over all the dating/escort type ads that were appearing. I explained that those were out of my control and based on his own surfing habits. I never heard from him again :)

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 Post subject: Re: Localized ads
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 Post subject: Re: Localized ads
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:13 am 
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I too have received "friend requests" from scantily clad ladies on FaceBook. They must all be working at WILLY:s or ICA :lol: !

On a more serious note, too bad that Google is spreading crap around. Many sites arent advertisers, they are scammers hiding behind a well known company. If I were in a managing position on WILLY:s or ICA, I would come down like a ton of bricks on Google or the actual scammers. Maybe it's not that simple :? ?


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 Post subject: Re: Localized ads
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:31 am 
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My company (a large corporation) contracts with a service for employee recreational opportunities which includes advertising for recreational marijuana, which is an activity that would get you terminated instantly. I mentioned this to the company and they said it wasn't their problem because it was a subcontractor.


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