December 30th, 2013 | Nigel Jaquiss News | Posted In: Media, Business, Tech

Portland Writer Profiles Prolific Internet "Belly Fat" Scammer

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Portland writer Taylor Clark's got a fascinating profile of the alleged wildly prolific Internet scammer Jesse Willms in the current edition of the Atlantic Monthly. Clark, a former WW staff writer, has never met Willms, but his reporting answers one of the basic questions many regular Internet users have:


If you’ve used the Internet at all in the past six years, your cursor has probably lingered over ads for Willms’s Web sites more times than you’d suspect. His pitches generally fit in nicely with what have become the classics of the dubious-ad genre: tropes like photos of comely newscasters alongside fake headlines such as “Shocking Diet Secrets Exposed!”; too-good-to-be-true stories of a “local mom” who “earns $629/day working from home”; clusters of text links for miracle teeth whiteners and “loopholes” entitling you to government grants; and most notorious of all, eye-grabbing animations of disappearing “belly fat” coupled with a tagline promising the same results if you follow “1 weird old trick.” (A clue: the “trick” involves typing in 16 digits and an expiration date.)
 
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