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    • Former MSE Megan
    • By Former MSE Megan 2nd Jul 15, 3:29 PM
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    Former MSE Megan
    Fake MSE sites
    • #1
    • 2nd Jul 15, 3:29 PM
    Fake MSE sites 2nd Jul 15 at 3:29 PM
    Update 5 Feb 2018:

    Please see our guide for the latest updates:

    Fake Martin Lewis Ads


    Back to the original post...

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    Hi everyone,

    In light of recent sites mirroring or closely copying our site and forum, we're setting up this thread for you to come and tell us about any more that pop up.

    To do this can you please include...

    Name/URL of the site:
    Any other info (Does it have nasty looking pop ups? etc):

    We'll keep an eye on this thread and let the Tech team know about any fake sites.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 05-02-2018 at 11:46 AM.
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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 24th Aug 15, 5:55 PM
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    JJ Egan
    I wonder do the fake MSE sites get fake spammers ??
    • Tarian
    • By Tarian 16th Sep 15, 11:34 AM
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    Tarian
    It doesn't help that the new MSE "skin" looks a bit "fake" - but that's a result of following the recent fad for re-designing websites to look minimalist.

    Surely "Fisher Price" style "First Websites" with large, monotone panels/slabs and white space are easier to copy ?

    Minimalism might please arty types, but lack of detail, colour, borders, rounded buttons, shading etc looks lazy and unsophisticated.

    NatWest and RBS customers said that their website redesigns look "fake" - and one can see why.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 15th Nov 15, 12:21 AM
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    Nick_C
    I think this site is fake. It's a poor imitation of the MSE forums that I used to know.
    Last edited by Nick_C; 15-11-2015 at 12:32 AM.
    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 24th Nov 15, 4:19 PM
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    Former MSE Helen
    MSE News: Warning: Money-Saver.net is NOT MoneySavingExpert.com we don't take...
    Some have voiced concerns about an unknown transaction being taken by a firm they wrongly believe to be MSE...

    Read the full story:

    Warning: Money-Saver.net is NOT MoneySavingExpert.com !!!8211; we don't take your cash




    Click reply below to discuss. If you haven!!!8217;t already, join the forum to reply. If you aren!!!8217;t sure how it all works, read our New to Forum? Intro Guide.

    Last edited by Former MSE Helen; 24-11-2015 at 5:23 PM.
    • TrustyOven
    • By TrustyOven 24th Nov 15, 11:27 PM
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    TrustyOven
    Some have voiced concerns about an unknown transaction being taken by a firm they wrongly believe to be MSE...
    Originally posted by MSE Helen
    How??
    The other website doesn't even look like MSE and doesn't even have the same name...
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    • fermi
    • By fermi 9th Dec 15, 4:06 PM
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    fermi
    Not a clone, but at the very least scraping the forum's content for their own ends,

    http://www.donotlink.com/hkjv
    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Bankruptcy, Credit Cards and Loans boards. I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Any views are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com. Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com

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    • StaffsSW
    • By StaffsSW 25th May 16, 2:47 PM
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    StaffsSW
    It's terrible when somebody copies your hard work and passes it off as their own.

    I can't imagine that MSE or Martin would ever condone such activity.
    <--- Nothing to see here - move along --->
    • Tiggeronlytig
    • By Tiggeronlytig 10th Aug 16, 6:32 PM
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    Tiggeronlytig
    Fake Link Being Advertised On Facebook
    Hi

    Found this link on Facebook. Looks like you are endorsing this scheme? I think its a fake. Please advise.

    Can't post the link because I'm new !!!!!!!!!!

    Which links to this website

    Magnum Options

    Again I can't post the link because I'm new.

    The links goes to an exact copy on the MSE forum endorsing the scheme.

    Anyway looks like a money making scheme being endorsed by Martin and MSE forum. Thought you should know a get the advert removed from Facebook.
    • Reaper
    • By Reaper 6th Sep 17, 9:23 AM
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    Reaper
    Blantant ad scam
    Spotted by Nodding Donkey
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 17th Jan 18, 12:47 PM
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    Browntoa
    https://life-cover1.co.uk/?money-saving-expert&keyword=money%20saving%20expert&gclid=EAIaI %20%20QobChMI04r4y9ze2AIVg7ftCh3SHA5DEAAYAiAAEgLgb vD_BwE

    using full logo and "endorsement"

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    Last edited by Browntoa; 17-01-2018 at 12:53 PM.
    I'm the Board Guide of the Referrers ,Telephones, Pensions , Shop Don't drop ,over 50's and Discount Code boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum runnning smoothly .However, please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 17th Jan 18, 12:56 PM
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    Browntoa
    Spotted by this user

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=73730932#post73730932
    I'm the Board Guide of the Referrers ,Telephones, Pensions , Shop Don't drop ,over 50's and Discount Code boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum runnning smoothly .However, please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 17th Jan 18, 12:59 PM
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    spadoosh
    If you google the license number (ZA235733) it comes up with a few more results.

    insurancealert.co.uk

    quotes123.co.uk

    and life cover above.
    Don't be angry!
    • Reaper
    • By Reaper 5th Feb 18, 8:45 AM
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    Reaper
    Martin promoting Bitcoins again, complete with twitter posts from him saying how great it is.
    https://hrsumo.com/debt-free-wannabe-collection-inspiring-true-stories-help-beat-debts-uks-1-money-saving-expert/
    It's a particularly bad one as it imitates a page from MSE itself.

    Originally spotted by DemiDee

    EDIT: Odd. A moment ago it was showing a fake MSE page. Now it's showing a fake Mirror page for the same thing.
    Last edited by Reaper; 05-02-2018 at 9:57 AM.
    • redfox
    • By redfox 5th Feb 18, 9:23 AM
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    redfox
    there is an MSE guide on the issue of fake sites on the main site.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Quick Grabbit, Food Shopping & Groceries, Shop but don't drop, Loans and Cutting Tax boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

    • coastal5
    • By coastal5 16th Feb 18, 5:43 PM
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    coastal5
    Martin promoting Bitcoins again, complete with twitter posts from him saying how great it is.

    EDIT: Odd. A moment ago it was showing a fake MSE page. Now it's showing a fake Mirror page for the same thing.
    Originally posted by Reaper
    Same story different link - bizpandaa.com/debt-free-wannabe-collection-inspiring-true-stories-help-beat-debts-uks-1-money-saving-expert/?adset=Adset+1+30+W&adid=ad002&int=noint&gender=W
    Appeared as a sponsored post on my Facebook feed (I reported it as a scam).
    • Anon
    • By Anon 26th Feb 18, 12:04 AM
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    Anon
    There is an advertorial appearing on MailOnline app (I saw it this evening when reading the story about Emma Chambers who died yesterday) using a photo of Martin Lewis. The content is flagged From The Web sponsored content by Taboola. The author is Money Saver Report with an article title !!!8220;Bank!!!8217;s can!!!8217;t stop you doing this ...!!!8221;. It links to an article effectively advertising Clever ISA.

    HTH
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 7th Apr 18, 8:51 AM
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    Wizard of Id
    Not a fake site but Martin's picture and name are being used on a top banner advert on Yahoo mail for USANewsgroup promting an article about savings for children of $800.

    Unless Martin has sold his soul to the adman I think they must be doing something wrong.

    If I see it again I will try to get the link.

    eta
    link for ad
    Last edited by Wizard of Id; 07-04-2018 at 8:57 AM.
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    • Reaper
    • By Reaper 26th Apr 18, 2:24 PM
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    Reaper
    A forum using cloned MSE forum posts to fill it up. Typically this is done to make the forum look legitimate and well informed, then a scam site adds a few posts about themselves which get glowing reviews, though I couldn't be bothered to go looking for it.

    Sample page from the site:
    http://wongatalk.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=552

    Compare that to this MSE page:
    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5615871
    • bobbiz22
    • By bobbiz22 18th Jun 18, 3:33 PM
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    bobbiz22
    Hi,
    When Googling Martin Lewis - this comes up top

    https://freepricecompare.com/home-energy/money-saving/?utm_source=mse-ppc&utm_medium=cpc-google&utm_campaign=FPC+-+UK+-+EN+-+Generics+-+Money+Saving+Expert+-+Exact&utm_term=martin%20lewis&utm_content=Martin+ Lewis&h1={h1}&gclid=CjwKCAjwsJ3ZBRBJEiwAtuvtlJ6SyE 2fG_dA5LINh4kYfoGp3BSUhGtIkqSU1qloFDaD7BA0r_CCdxoC n9cQAvD_BwE&aff_sub=google&aff_sub2=FPC+-+UK+-+EN+-+Generics+-+Money+Saving+Expert+-+Exact&aff_sub3=Martin+Lewis&aff_sub4=martin%20lew is&aff_sub5=

    They also use his names LOADS on the page, including Money Saving Expert numerous times, It's very confusing. They have also used it in the URL as seen above. Looks like they are trying to boost their ranking on Google by using his name and MoneySAvingExpert

    • shreyu
    • By shreyu 19th Jun 18, 12:27 PM
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    shreyu
    Reliable site
    I believe MSE is the most reliable and trust worthy site.
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