Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000)

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Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That sounds like spam.  I've been seeing some things like that and they look real, but usually one letter is replaced with a russian letter.  Often when you google it, you'll see others writing about this spam.  I've had a number of them over the last few months.  Each one is different.  One seemed to be from the Huffington post.  It's probably click bait wi/ GA.

Jan 18, 2017 04:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The tech world answers to techies...everyone else is prey

Jan 18, 2017 02:55 PM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

That's bizarre.

Jan 18, 2017 08:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

 get spam from people I know, even my bride, but ultimately it's not them, it's a MIMIC.

Jan 18, 2017 07:27 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The internet is like an alternative universe.

Jan 18, 2017 06:20 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Very odd indeed. Was the article anyway related to real estate? I link to other articles, too.

Jan 18, 2017 04:20 PM
Rainmaker
643,367
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

I agree with Richie Alan Naggar . We are prey.

Jan 18, 2017 02:59 PM
Rainmaker
625,067
Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

You've been spoofed - fake site not the real Post site.

Jan 19, 2017 06:30 AM
Rainmaker
2,284,554
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Jan 19, 2017 04:44 AM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

That question is above my pay grade, I'm afraid, Hella!

Jan 19, 2017 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Antonelli
NextHome Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty

If the Washington Post linked your websites, be greatful, be very greatful. Those back links are gold. 

Jan 19, 2017 04:00 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hella Mitschke Rothwell - well, you got a great answer from Debbie Gartner.

Jan 18, 2017 10:14 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

These sites have done this for years - they're mirror sites and don't really hurt anything at all.  I just ignore them!

Jan 18, 2017 08:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I was just on my analytics. I've never seen this before.

Jan 18, 2017 07:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Seems strange, scarey and like a scam.  I like what Richie Alan Naggar said ... The tech world answers to techies...everyone else is prey

Jan 18, 2017 05:53 PM
Rainmaker
3,009,813
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

This is totally weird!

Jan 18, 2017 03:47 PM
Rainmaker
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Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

I am not sure what happened, but do you do any retargeting ads?  I don't see a link to your site on the Washington Post, but if you are doing some retargeting ads it may have shown up on their site temporarily.  I don't know that positively, just speculation.

Jan 18, 2017 03:27 PM
Rainmaker
3,139,540
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Hella,

Someone else may have the same key words possibly?  Definitely is weird.  A

Jan 18, 2017 03:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I saw this myself about two weeks ago.  And was surprised as well. Could it be a new way for someone to locate you to spam you?  I have since received a number of emails with viruses attached. Don't know if these are related, but perhaps?

Jan 18, 2017 02:56 PM
Rainmaker
434,945
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

There's a sucker born everyday.  Their job is to find that sucker.

Jan 22, 2017 06:02 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I too had many links about TRUMP in my analytics, still stumped as well.

Jan 20, 2017 01:55 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What will they come up with next?

Jan 19, 2017 07:12 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Advertising for whom?  The Post or you?  Could just be a mistake.

Jan 19, 2017 06:59 PM
Rainmaker
2,130,503
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Could be spam showing up.

 

Jan 19, 2017 04:16 PM
Rainmaker
868,180
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sounds like referrer spam or search term spam.  This has been going on for a very long time and there is no real way to prevent it.

Jan 19, 2017 11:33 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Yes, it does.  I just don't understand why they would do that.  I do not see the value in doing it.

Jan 19, 2017 09:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Do I hear CAUTION from the audience?

Jan 19, 2017 08:24 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No clue.  Maybe from some malware?

Jan 19, 2017 05:39 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Jan 19, 2017 05:31 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Of course it's the russians .....

Jan 19, 2017 04:55 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

that is a first

Jan 19, 2017 04:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Jan 19, 2017 03:50 AM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sounds like you have been taken advantage of

Jan 18, 2017 08:27 PM
Rainer
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

No idea.  If you do get to the bottom of it, maybe you'll blog about it.

Jan 18, 2017 05:35 PM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Very odd and my first thought was spam. I think Debbie Gartner is on target, and it all sounds suspicious. In today's world of hacking who knows...

Jan 18, 2017 04:50 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

That's scarey!

Jan 18, 2017 02:57 PM