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click fraud

[klik frawd] /ˈklɪk ˌfrɔd/
noun
1.
the fraudulent practice of clicking many times on an online advertisement to generate the small fee charged to the advertiser per click, thereby harming the advertiser or benefiting the host website:
Automated bots are used to commit click fraud.
Origin of click fraud
2000-2005
2000-05
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Contemporary definitions for click fraud
noun

the practice of repeatedly clicking on a specific Web advertisement, simply to raise the cost to the marketer

Examples

Click fraud can be automated and the host, who manages the advertising programs, actually benefits from the rogue behavior.

Usage Note

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