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WordPress Permalinks Generated But Not Redirected

Introduction

Appalled

Appalled

I’ve had a few site problems whereby my host Site 5, said I was using too many resources and crashing their systems.  Naturally, I was appalled.  I traced this to a variety of plugins plus some errors in php files which must have arrived either during the periodic updates or during editing.  These were errors whereby extra text (either blank space or a carriage return to be precise) were added to the end of the php file, which usually makes it fail.  This a is a Google search on the main error I received,

Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent …  (  This is then followed by error details; usually error on line xx, repeated several times for a variety of xx)

After battling for some time, I just gave up, exported my database key tables (things like posts, comments, etc but omitting plugin inserted tables and the very large options table which I deemed to be very bloated after over five years of continuous WordPress operation…!) and re-installed WordPress as a fresh installation on my server.

Weird Permalink Problem Following Clean Install of WordPress

This is where the weird problem arose….

SP Permalink Settings

SP Permalink Settings

When one installs WordPress for the first time, permalinks are set to the default – so this current post would be:

 http://strangelyperfect.tv/?p=11622

For SEO reasons and for many years I’ve used the format shown in the screenshot from my site shown left.  This current post will thus appear as:

http://strangelyperfect.tv/11622/wordpress-permalinks-generated-but-not-redirected

It’s a “Custom Structure” and the .htaccess file is updated automatically by WordPress when you set it.  You’ll see it’s set to:

/%post_id%/%postname%/

Now, on firing up a post, say this one,

http://strangelyperfect.tv/11428/victory-or-is-it-victory-jesse-willms-surrenders-all-to-ftc-onslaught/ ,

the actual web address I was taken to was:

http://strangelyperfect.tv/%post_id%/victory-or-is-it-victory-jesse-willms-surrenders-all-to-ftc-onslaught/  (error shown in bold)

…which redirected to the homepage of the site, http://strangelyperfect.tv/   This was not what I was expecting!  So I played with the slashes, went back to original simple permalink structure, tried some of the suggested structures – and they all worked!

A custom structure of /%postname%/ worked as well, but not the one I wanted and have used for years.

Weird.   So naturally, I tried Google.

Permalink Redirection Problem Solved.

There’s a lot on the web about this.  Most is about getting .htaccess right with permissions and the code.  But mine was okay, as were all the other suggestions to try.

A real key to resolving my problem was here, Custom Permalinks Generated But Not Redirected in the WordPress forums.  Specifically, it comes from the user, James, a Happiness Engineer!

He suggested adding index.php between the domain name and permalink structure.  So my custom structure changed to:

index.php/%post_id%/%postname%/

WordPress added a leading slash on the save and the website worked!  WAHAY!

However, the best is yet to come….

I thought that the URL was now not pretty, in fact, it was pretty ugly.  The URLs were now being shown like:

http://strangelyperfect.tv/11428/victory-or-is-it-victory-jesse-willms-surrenders-all-to-ftc-onslaught/

So I removed the index.php and reset the custom structure to what I wanted – /%post_id%/%postname%/

It worked!  WAHAY!  All posts’ URLs redirecting  how I wanted!

Conclusion

I’ve no idea, actually.  I’m suspecting some caching, somewhere down the great inter-tubes in the sky, but apart from that…………..?

  • Was it my server?  Dunno.
  • Was it DNS caching?  Dunno.
  • Was it ISP caching? Dunno

All I know is that it’s working now, and the Happiness Engineer’s suggestion sent me on my way, happy.


Postscript – added 22/11/2015

My permalinks in 2015

My permalinks in 2015

Since this time, I have not had to use the index.php fix, and the permalinks are all working correctly.  The flip-flip of adding and removing the fix….just seemed to work!

NoIdeaDeer


 

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MyBookface, Google, Utah and Nevis Scamboys United

Introduction

I knew there was something really, really dodgy about that MyBookFace.net crap highlighted in this post the other day. Not only are they connected to some serious malware (as detailed in the posting), but they’ve an interesting line in popups!!!

Google Treasure Chest Rises Yet Again!

Here’s what to do…

Blogs » MyBookFace (Powered by phpFoX)

Blogs » MyBookFace

  1. Go to http://mybookface.net making sure that you’ve emptied your browser cache and removed cookies (you will find that the popup only appears once, if you close it down. So if you need to see it again, clear your cache & cookies)
  2. Now click on the “Blogs” link which is
    • You’ll now be presented with a popup window for San Francisco DAILY NEWS. This is located at http://www.net-news-daily.com and is yet another pseudo-news website that appears to be full of interesting links!
  3. Link Information for: www.net-news-daily.com

    Link Information for: www.net-news-daily.com

    Actually, all of the links go to only a couple of destinations….. If you use the “Web Developer” plugin for Firefox, you can quickly see all the links in a web document – and in this case, there aren’t many!

    • You’ll also see that the T&C type links at the page bottom don’t work!! (these are the javascript void links)
  4. Let’s follow the link… Where do you think it ends up?

Google Fortune – GoogleWorksToday.com

Unbelievable, isn’t it?..!!

Google Fortune - Earn Money Using Google!

Google Fortune - Earn Money Using Google!

As seen and trusted on ABC, CNBC, CNN it says!! – well that’s one way of putting it!

In essence, it’s the same old trip we’ve had from Google Treasure Chest, Google Revolution, Google Money Tree. So from now on, anything like this is lumped into one ‘thing’ called Google Bollox.

The page is actually quite inviting and not quite as gaudy as before. Apparently, you can earn up to $907 per day (damn – I was hoping for $935 again.)

The same poor logic and content checking is going on though – at the bottom they helpfully inform the reader that their product isn’t endorsed by Fox News even though this is the first actual mention of Murdoch’s child.

Also at the bottom, there’s another new company (for me) called FunWebProfits View Marketing, Inc., 642 Main Street, Nevis. Nevis is that island in the Caribbean again!

Who Are They?

This seems a relatively recent addition. A Google search on the full name and address produces nothing. However, separating the name and address into two different searches produces the now-usual crop of complaints and allegations of fraud and theft that we’ve become accustomed to.

Try FunWebProfits View Marketing, Inc., 642 Main Street, Nevis.

The Nevis address has been in these pages several times. See:

Using this earlier research, and the website: http://www.sknvibes.com/Business/Trust.cfm?Vz=1, we can say that the Nevis company is:

Nevis International Trust Co. Ltd.
Mr. Eugene Herbert
P.O. Box 642
Hamilton Development
Nevis
Tel: 1 (869) 469-5132
Fax: 1 (869) 469-5898
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.inttrust.com

The header at the top of the inttrust about page says it all. It’s a dinky little island so has to make money somehow…

Nevis is an excellent jurisdiction in which to open a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The Nevis Limited Liability Company Ordinance was passed in 1995 and has become very popular.

It offers a full range of financial services and products including asset management and protection, company formation and administration, insurance, foundations, mutual funds administration, offshore banking, investment management, and trust services.

Nevis offshore companies are free from taxation and are protected in privacy by the 1985 Confidential Relationship Act.

The blurb on their website offers strict confidentiality along with business expertise from the United States and Britain!

Another interesting bit is that the copyright for this crap is claimed by a company called “View Marketing”. This makes a Google Search on them very hard, presumably by design! The inconsistent punctuation is designed to mislead, is it not? I take it they’re nothing to do with the Scottish Tourism company of the same name… etc etc etc.

Time to Sign Up! I’m In!

Google Fortune - Earn Money Using Google: Credit Card Entry Page

Google Fortune - Earn Money Using Google: Credit Card Entry Page

Because the GoogleWorksToday.com page is a “Limited Time Offer”, I thought I’d better leap in now before it’s too late…

I used my standard spam magnet email address but with a name of “Donna Kebab”(I’ll be waiting for some spam on this name, natch). I used the postcode of Scotland Yard in London and their general enquiries telephone number…. Mysteriously, I notice that they have a “mark of the devil” contact number of 877-402-2666….. Hmmm. Let’s check that out using Google, seeing as how I’m starting a new career with it today!!

Oh Dear! Best not.

This phone number already appears to have ‘prior’, as the boys in blue would say… Apart from the few scam sites like realjobsfast.com say, all the hits are complaints! Like:

Needless to say, like your typical “News of the World” reporter, I’ve made an excuse and left! However, this was not before noticing that the credit card page of GoogleWorksToday.com at

..has a WHOIS of:

Registrant: View Marketing
2862 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Building A
Clearwater, Florida 33759
United States

Domain Name: GOOGLEWORKSTODAY.COM
Created on: 22-Jul-09
Expires on: 22-Jul-10
Last Updated on: 22-Jul-09
Administrative Contact:
Marketing, View
2862 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Building A
Clearwater, Florida 33759
United States
+1.8774022666

This Florida place is in these little shack businesses, very nice.

However, spin round 180 degrees and we can find one possible source for the ‘company’ name… The large building is called “View Gardens”, ha ha!

Paths Running Deep and Murky

One of the scam site results in the Google search for the 877-402-2666 number was another pseudo news site (these must be effective because of their prevalence):

New York Reporter News at http://web.archive.org/web/20090802103410/http://news9at6.com:80/index14.php?

Jobs - Employment - New York Local News: Scam site

Jobs - Employment - New York Local News: Scam site

This scam site even has very convincing YouTube news-type videos, all targeted at the work-at-home-mom thing. As before, apart from the inbound feeds that add authenticity, there are hardly any links.

Most links point to this sucker-inner website:

http://web.archive.org/web/20090809071637/http://news9at6.com:80/google14.php?arid=

which redirects to:

Google Fortune - Earn Money Using Google! This time at https://www.processcartcenter.com

Google Fortune - Earn Money Using Google! This time at https://www. processcart center.com

…that will have an aura of familiarity for readers of my Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! posting from April (yes, it’s processcartcenter.com again) and also, it’s exactly the same Google Fortune page as before, but with a different address…..

Whois, Who Are They?

All is not lost. Check out the IP addresses in the WHOIS’s for processcartcenter.com and googleworkstoday.com which are:

  • 209.90.119.16
  • 209.90.119.11

These are obviously related. Now if you suspect that they live in Utah, I’m not betting any money with you. The WHOIS for both these IP addresses is:

Fibernet Corporation: 1155 S 800 E, Orem, Utah 84097

Talk about keeping it in the family!

The Tabernacle-like building houses 3 companies:

Of the three, Fiber.net (sic) has definitely been involved in spamming from 1997 through to at least 2007. Nethosting.com seems to be a standard webhosting entity with the usual good and bad references.

Ceristar seems a bit odd, to say the least! Their previously posted domain name ceristar.com is up for sale and since 2000 they have had a host of double stock swapping company mergers and takeovers. Their stock exchange reference (OTC BB: CTRI) now seems to point to a Chinese Organic Food business, which wholly at odds with previous references to the company setting up ISP-related connections to all and sundry in Utah.

Conclusion

Scam, scam and thrice scam.

The only thing missing from this ferago of twisted and hidden businesses is some references to County Durham, Gibraltar, Pasig City or Nicosia, Cyprus.

No doubt they’ll pop up soon (pun intended)

Naturally, DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ANY OF THESE “OPPORTUNITIES”!!!
Follow the Guidance given in Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half!, Google Revolution, Different Name, Same Scam!, More on Google Profits and Pacific Webworks, Robert G Allen, Grants, and a Credit Card Slimeball
Between these articles I’ve now produced clear links between the various scam operations, their money stashed overseas and their business entity partners and covers in the USA and elsewhere.
DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ANYTHING – FINAL WARNING

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Google Revolution, Different Name, Same Scam!

Introduction

Beat the Scammer and the SwindlerMy email spambuster Mailwasher Pro is doing overtime since I posted my investigation into Google Treasure Chest and the Robert G Allen Grants swindle. In this second investigation, I showed how the email spam system links the various scam systems together. That is:

By signing up for one sytem, I started receiving email spam from all the various scams around even though they all have the mantra “we hate spammers as much as you do” and they all include privacy policies which expressly state that no email address is shared with anyone else….except third parties!

Bollocks! Of course, my interest was started with Google Treasure Chest, and then I issued a sequence of posts detailing my ever deepening investigations into these scum bastards and their rotten activities.

EMail Spam Reduction – temporarily!

Last week, a malware server was taken offline that had a small impact on the amount of spam I received. (see Methinks the ISP doth Protest Too Much). I reckon the rubbish went down to about 75% of the previous week’s level. In fact, because my Robert G Allen Grants swindle post focussed so much on resourcehurtcentral.com I actually noticed it in my spam by it’s absence!

resourcehurtcentral.com back in the Spam Game

Well I can tell you, it’s back now!

So I decided to see where one of the new spam points…

[email protected] is where the spam notionally comes from. This is despite the fact that I’ve ‘unsubscribed’ from their mailings -twice! So where do they want me to go?

http://ressourcehurtcentral.com…|Ug==.html

And of course, that’s not the destination – I immediately got redirected to:

https://www.6ftoverhead.com/ODU5N3w3MHwzMjM2MTd8djI=/r7w5n4b9/g

GoogleMoneyMaster

Google Money Master / Google Revolution

This page is worth ignoring, if you are feeling at all suicidal and want to give all your hard-earned money away to twats, that is!!! Otherwise, pay careful attention. NOW!

  • Firstly, it’s called Google Money Master at the top of the page.
  • The design is awfully like that of the original Google Treasure Chest signup page at securecartcenter.com
  • It says “As seen and trusted on Google, CNBC, USA Today, ABC, CNN & Yahoo!” – believe that if you will!
  • Now compare this with the statement at the bottom of the page which states “The trademarks in this image are owned by their respective owners who do not endorse this product. Google Revolution, LLC is not affiliated with, endorsed by or in any way associated with Google.”
  • From this, we can safely take it that they are only afraid of Google and don’t care a toss for the rest!

Now, please continue, and while carefully noting the 100% Trusted banner, check out the Terms & Conditions link at the bottom. You’ll have noticed the Matrix-like title “Revolution”. It’s about the same – what goes around comes around.

The T&Cs are now a bit more technical and a bit more frightening since the Google Treasure Chest days. e.g. take a look….

O. Chargebacks.

Initiation of a complaint or chargeback against Google Revolution for products or services rendered constitutes a severe breach of this Agreement. A “complaint or chargeback” shall be defined as initiating any form of complaint or chargeback with your credit card issuer or bank. Upon receipt of a complaint or chargeback, or threat thereof, Google Revolution will immediately deactivate all Services provided to the Customer, and immediately begin chargeback reversal (anti-fraud) procedures. In the event we lose the chargeback reversal procedures, we will immediately send to collections the full disputed amount in addition to an administrative fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00 USD). Please note that threats of a complaint or chargeback will be treated the same as an actual complaint or chargeback. In all cases, violation of this clause will result in cancellation of all Services provided to the Customer, regardless of services disputed.

This is their way to counter the recommendation by all of the anti-scammer websites to immediately initiate a chargeback against the company to recover your scammed money!

My personal recommendation is to carry on doing this, as recommended by Chris Malta’s scam tips. Cancel your card, get a chargeback and show your card company the scammy “Terms and Conditions” that this supposed company imposes.

Remember – just because someone writes something down as a Term & Condition for a service, doesn’t actually make it legal. You did realise, of course, that by reading this far you now owe me £1 million??? – I thought not! Well that’s my terms & condition for reading this post. Do you think it’s legal? Obviously not. It’s complete bollox isn’t it? Same goes for the Google bollox too!

Ownership

You will also note that Google Revolution is owned by:

Honshu Systems, LLC
Attn: Google Revolution General Counsel
2850 Horizon Ridge Pkwy
Suite 625
Henderson, NV 89052

Plot Thickens Again!

This would be it, you’d think. But no, the plot thickens again, so check out the actual Google Revolution website…. at http://web.archive.org/web/20140101002331/http://googlerevolution.com/, specifically their privacy policy (formerly at ). Like Roger Whitaker, we are back in County Durham in the UK!

You’ll see that all postal letters must go to:

15 Park Terrace Leadgate, Consett, County Durham, DH8 7QD United Kingdom.

But if you want to telephone, you have to call the USA here:

1-877-300-5671

Now, Using Google, I Checked the County Durham Address and Did a Search for Bad Scam Comments

The UK ‘Durham’ connection is interesting. There is at least one business registered at this address – called Spring Systems Limited. It’s details are here, https://www.ukdata.com/numbers/06919609.html

I checked Google for bad stuff on Google Money Master and Google Revolution. All the bad comments started about two weeks ago e.g.

There are many more.

Q.Now when do you think Spring Systems Limited was registered?

A. On 29/5/2009 – about two weeks ago!

Conclusion

It’s pretty clear that this really is a scam, and if not directly a continuation of Google Treasure Chest, Money Tree, Acai Berries, Grants or Green tea scams – it’s using exactly the same methods.

In searching for a reason for the profusion of contacts in County Durham, UK, I’m reminded of a sweet-faced Geordie bint I recently saw promoting Carbon Copy Pro, a similar MLM/pyramid type thing. My personal knowledge tells me that this part of England is like the Wild West at times. I’m from that area!

….Nevada still is, by the look of it! The sheer quantity of new scam business operating with apparent impunity and disregard for the law shows that the Nevada & Utah law enforcers can’t keep a lid on this.

That’s my definition of the Wild West – when laws are not enforced.

The County Durham UK connection is interesting and there are further co-incidences with the smoking gun of lawlessness and criminality that is Nevada, Utah and County Durham…

Spooky connections, eh?

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Methinks the ISP doth Protest Too Much

Pricewert Whinges

Over the past week, behind the scenes, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been progressively locking down an ISP, until finally on the 6th of June, it got the plug pulled.  See news item here: US cuts off ‘criminal’ net firm

Pricewert, the umbrella for firms such as 3FN.net & APS Telecom is charged with running and/or turning a blind eye to botnets, child porn, bestiality, spam rings and all the other shite that sticks to the sole of your shoe.

Amazingly, a ‘representative’, Max Christopher, thinks that he’s being victimised because he’s Ukrainian! (ees eet cos ahz black?)  Er, no.  He’s being victimised because of a long history of shite.

The FTC charge sheets are extremely interesting, although lengthy, reading.  Someone from Max’s office was caught arranging a botnet in an ICQ channel over an extended period. “No problem”  was his words, although “it may take some time” were some others.

Webhosting Clowns

An intesting take, for me, is to found when checking up on Webhosting performance.  The Webhosting review sites are a notorious haven of self-promotion and fibs which has made it very difficult for me to decide on a decent webhost – my current one has too many dropouts for my liking.  Check this review of 3FN.net. There are two extremely positive reviews from somone called Yanski at [email protected] and another from [email protected] One from [email protected] gives a more realistic review especuially after reading about attacks and portscans on other sites!  Like I’m going to believe someone with a .ru email address?  Do you know how much .ru spam and comment spam shite I get?

As an example of a naff fibby review, try this one from top10dedicatedhosting.com for example.  When talking about 3FN in this over-the-top puff, they say, “10 year of flawless reputation and excellent web hosting services makes the company the most reliable and respectful web hosting provider.”

Then compare and contrast to the various unpaid-for and unsolicited comments above.  Need I say more?

Free Software Magazine Whinges

One final thing on this topic.  There’s a post here by the big-girl’s-blouse of a website called Free Software Magazine.  Apparently, they got taken offline by the FTC because their host was 3FN and they’re stamp-their-feet really annoyed.  They see it as a freedom thing and there’s no court case thing…

I see it differently.  I see SpamHaus, a reputable organisation helping the FTC clear the sewers.  I use the Spamhaus SBL.  Spamhaus’s information which they laboriously collate for anyone to use, was a key ingredient in the top judge closing the company down.  The nature of botnets and elctronic information in general, is that they travel at just below the speed of light.  24 hours as FSM claim would be okay is just far too long.  Spamhaus has a book on these scum.  I myself, with a 15min purge in Google have found copius evidence that they’re a bag of shite.  So FSM, grow up.  The internet isn’t broken, just a node went down.  There is no god-given right that all nodes should stay up at all times.  It’s the nature of the beast, so plan for it.

I also see cheapskate FSM writing about FREE software and whingeing  about not making money.  The irony probably hasn’t hit them just yet..  Speaking of which, it’s just inspired my next posting called “The World’s Worst Oxymorons”!

FSM 3FN Ad

FSM 3FN Ad

Added 8 June 2009:  As of 8 June, they’re still carrying the 3FN advert…  You know, sometimes you just have to be more pro-active, spot a lemon for what it is and move on.

FTC Documents

Now check out the full FTC file on 3FN and their compatriots.  The pdfs are the actual court documents.

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Weird Pings from a Sub-Domain

Strangely post on May 22nd, 2009
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I’ve Been Pinged from My Own Unknown Sub-Domains!

One day I’ll figure how this http protocol and the rest work….

Last night I had some hits looking for a feed and the domain root from

Now this doesn’t exist!  So I got pinged by myself from something that doesn’t exist!

In fact I haven’t any sub-domains on this domain and there are no /board/ folders….  So I thought I’d check the records.  After all, the records show that I’m referring to myself!!!

Well they say the referral was instigated by a person that’s already commented much good stuff to this website, @Not Kevin.  He was at his standard ISP address in bonny Scotland.

What’s it Mean?

Well I don’t know, actually!  It could be that Not Kevin was using a reader or plugin for Firefox that has certain default settings that it scans through.  He could actually be on the World’s Most Wanted List of Hackers and Crackers, but I doubt it!  All I know is that it’s weird.

What Else is Weird?

Well weird is weird.  It’s another word that breaks the “I before E except after C” rule.  More like a guideline really – like MP expenses and the Pirate Code.

Now that’s weird.

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