click fraud

[ klik-frawd ]
/ ˈklɪk ˌfrɔd /

noun

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.

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Origin of click fraud

First recorded in 2000–05
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020