As a digital marketer, especially for businesses that provide location based services that span across the United States, sometimes it can be an annoyance finding a list of every United States based city. Fortunately, Google has thought ahead and provides all this information and it spans across the globe so it is not restricted to just the United States.
In Google Developers’s Reference Data, there is a section called Geographical Targets that allows you to specify the Country Code and Target Type. In my scenario, the Country Code would be US and the Target Type would be City, but you can filter this out to provide data such as Airports, County, Districts, Regions, Universities and much more!
Once you have set your Geographical Target, you can download a CSV file and import it into Excel or Google Sheets for further data manipulation and filtering. For those who just want to download the CSV without using Google Developers, I have provided the CSV download below.
Download Full U.S. Cities CSV
Do you trust Google search with navigating you to your trusted sites?
Most people do. But you shouldn’t. Or at least not without doing your due diligence.
This scam specifically targets Bing Ads advertisers but this loophole can be exploited for your online banking, financial institutions, email accounts social media accounts and anything you can think of that contains sensitive information. The hackers have swindled at least a hundred thousand dollars of which that have been confirmed from multiple undisclosed but reliable direct sources of mine.
I have broken this article into three critical sections:
- What is a phishing scam?
- How was money stolen using this phishing scam?
- How can you prevent getting scammed and swindled of your hard earned money?
What is a Phishing Scam?
By definition, a phishing scam an email that falsely claims to be a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information to be used for identity theft. The Bing Ads phishing scam extends the mechanism used for phishing from email to search, specifically Google search.
How Was Money Stolen in the Bing Ads Phishing Scam?
The Bing Ads advertiser would type in bing ads into Google, or a similar keyword. The advertiser, which is the business owner or proxy of the business owner, will click into the first link that comes up.
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