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Have YOU been SCAMMED or SPAMMED Online? We can HELP YOU! The Second Edition is a Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding Scams Online While Doing Business. Our Third Edition will consist of two volumes Combating Internet Crime and Doing Business (Includes Detailed Security, ON and OFFLINE, Threats as well as Scams and Fraud)
My name is Dr Don Yates Sr PhD Author Internet Users Handbook and several blogs and articles on the subject of Doing Business, Making Money Online, Scams, Scam Avoidance, Due Diligence and related. Managing Director – Pyrium Web Enterprises Pvt Ltd with interests in Social Networking, Marketing, Hosting, Design, Search, Mailing and Writing. Platinum Author Evan Carmichael Entrepreneur’s site/Forum. Founder The Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups where members help members keep up-to-date with the latest scams and tools for doing business online.Has more than a 60 year work history and Successful Business Entrepreneur of a dozen offline businesses and over 30 years as a Business and Financial Consultant, Business Adviser and Mentor to hundreds of Entrepreneurs, CEO’s and Managing Directors including all aspects from Starting or Growing their Businesses
Our 2nd Edition has been completely revised and updated thanks to the input from our affiliate network and ISA Support Groups. The Table of Contents below quickly outlines our approach to prepare YOU for doing business online, making a truly a 1-of-a-kind Master Reference for you
WHY, because from my research, most guides, references, how-to, etc., oversimplify the process of doing business online. Few site owners are business persons. While some of the differences between offline and online businesses may be obvious, there are more similarities than the online scammers would have you believe.
Successful Business Owners have a MINDSET, a PASSION and COMMITMENT to their Business
Our Internet Users Handbook was written based upon highly successful off-line business models to help PREPARE YOU and Your PLAN for Doing Business Online.
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Liberty Reserve Sites are Down
Search for Liberty Reserve (LR) online and you will find that most, if not all direct links are down or suspended.
Liberty Reserve, among other things is a payment processors tied to may Paid to Read or Click sites and Forex Brokers. If you are using Liberty Reserve as a payment system, it is unnecessary to explain the benefits of using a broker that accepts LR. Otherwise, the list of the reasons to open an account with such a broker is presented below:
- You wish to stay anonymous inside the payment system (but not for your broker, of course).
- You are based in Asia or Africa.
- You would like to work with something secure but extremely easy-to-use as a payment method.
- You do not plan to trade with US or UK brokers.
See any flags:
I have been a member of LR for a number of years, but had always treated them as a payment processor of last resort. As a Forex trader I didn’t connect the dots or note the Red flags to LR until I was researching Forex Scams for my handbook and ran into Liberty Reserve Offshore as reported by Forex Trading Domain (FTD) (link no longer available)
As reported by FTD:
- You may have realized by now that there are stacks of HYIP schemes around the net and to make things even more interesting here is another one to add to our list, Liberty Reserve Offshore. HYIP schemes have the characteristics of a poisonous mushroom. They keep on popping all over the place with 3 goals in mind
- To take your money
- Pretend to be ‘investing’ it
- And then simply run away with it
- Liberty Reserve Offshore claim to be specialists in offshore investment. They have been in operation since 2001 and are registered with the public registry of Panama. I have to admit, they do have a flashy looking website and the look and feel of makes you believe that they are the real deal. However there are some disturbing facts about this company.
- There is strong evidence that suggests this HYIP Company is simply a remake of the previous HYIP scheme, Tradelite.com which, if you didn’t know, closed shop a while ago and ran away with the money of all their investors.
- It is believed that the same people are operating under a different website and alias. Even more disturbing is the fact that the website was created around mid-December 2008, around which time TradeLite.com was shutdown. Both websites have the same look and feel and funnily enough, even the testimonials seem to be very similar. Coincidence…I think not!
- All these observations have led me to probing this broker even deeper. I believe that this company is a SCAM, waiting for the right moment to run away with the money again. There is no direct address or telephone number to contact them and the only way to reach them is via email. Not very reassuring when you have your money invested with them. Any solid broker should be contactable 24/7 as the Forex market never sleeps. I would kindly advice you to be cautious with this company; it would be at your own risk if you decide to invest your money with them. Remember that some investors have already suffered a total loss of their account; I don’t want you to be another victim of false promises.
According to Whois:
- Domain Name: LIBERTYRESERVE.COM
Registrar: AB NAMEISP
Whois Server: whois.nameisp.com
Referral URL: http://www.nameisp.com
Name Server: NS1.SINKHOLE.SHADOWSERVER.ORG
Name Server: NS2.SINKHOLE.SHADOWSERVER.ORG
Updated Date: 24-may-2013
Creation Date: 27-jul-2001
Expiration Date: 27-jul-2018
- Domain Name: libertyreserve.com
Created On: 2001-07-27
Expiration Date: 2018-07-27
Registered via: XS Global Trade & Service B.V.
Registrant Name: Allan Garcia
A search for connecting Allan Garcia and Liberty Reserve revealed little; however, 24 May 26, 2013 a Costa Rican online newspaper Tico Times reports Costa Rican authorities raided suspect´s home and offices in San José and Heredia. Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk, 39, on Friday was arrested in Spain as part of a money laundering investigation performed jointly by police agencies in the United States and Costa Rica. Costa Rican prosecutor José Pablo González said Budovsky, a Costa Rican citizen of Ukrainian origin, has been under investigation since 2011 for money laundering using a company he created in the country called Liberty Reserve.
Local investigations began after a request from a prosecutor’s office in New York. On Friday, San José prosecutors conducted raids in Budovsky’s house and offices in Escazá, Santa Ana, southwest of San José, and in the province of Heredia, north of the capital.
Budovsky’s businesses in Costa Rica apparently were financed by using money from child pornography websites and drug trafficking.
New York conviction
According to records from the U.S. Justice Department, on July 27, 2006, Budovsky and a partner identified as Vladimir Kats were indicted by the state of New York on charges of operating an illegal financial business, GoldAge Inc., from their Brooklyn apartments.
They had transmitted at least $30 million to digital currency accounts worldwide since beginning operations in 2002.
The digital currency exchange, GoldAge, received and transmitted $4 million between Jan. 1, 2006, and June 30, 2006, as part of the money laundering scheme.
Customers opened online GoldAge accounts with limited documentation of identity, then GoldAge purchased digital gold currency through those accounts; the defendants’ fees sometimes exceeded $100,000.
Customers could choose their method of payment to GoldAge: wire remittances, cash deposits, postal money orders or checks.
Finally, the customers could withdraw the money by requesting wire transfers to accounts anywhere in the world or by having checks sent to any identified individual.
Budovsky and Kats were sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in the business of transmitting money without a license, a felony violation of state banking law, but got probation.
24 May 2013. There are also news around the net that Liberty Reserve was hacked on the 24th May.
This hacking wasn’t any ordinary hacking according to the news source, they report around 150 million dollars of digital e-currency was hacked / stolen out of Liberty Reserve. The Liberty Reserve site is still offline. If this is true, this will surely send chills through the spine of several millions innocent Liberty Reserve users, who have few thousand Dollars stored in their LR account, which probably, will never be back again.
According to the author “BTW, expect programs to go down. Many programs will close down due to this specially HYIP. They will either be hit hard by this piece of news or they will simply take it as an excuse to take a break”
The biggest losers will probably be the Forex Brokers and traders where millions are stored and traded followed by the HYIPs, and finally the PTR/PTC sites where LR took over when PayPal dropped off these sites
This certainly supports the idea of researching your Brokers, programs and even the payment processors. The is a reason why sites use processors like LT+R and don not and cannot use PayPal
As for me Liberty Reserve Is Down and hope that it is FINALLY Out?
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This post regards a recent brand identity theft . Yes! Damaged Goods: Spoiled Branding!
Imagine that you are setting up a storefront business.
- You find a suitable address for your business
- You pay for the license, certification, leases, servers, etc.
- You and your Board of Directors decide on your facade, colors, your design, etc.
- Your pay for and put up your signage “WP Pro Hosting”
- You establish and promote your Brand
- You enter your business into various on or offline directories, yellow pages, Facebook, YouTube and such
- You announce your presence and even offer a contest to get interest in and customers to your business
- You are entertaining customers and clients for your business
- A tweak here and there and things are looking great for your new business
After all this work, it is time for a breather as you negotiate an appointment with your prospective customers.
On the way to your new business, you are astonished to see that one of your followers has just opened a storefront directly across the street from your business.
- Sure it has a different address
- And it has a difference facade, colors, design, etc.
- BUT, in all their stupidity they have stolen and used your existing business name on their signage: “WP Pro Hosting”
Of course, by now your customer shows up and finds 2 businesses with exactly the same name: “WP Pro Hosting”. WHO is WHO?
We are WP Pro Hosting
They are WP Pro Hosting
Regardless of the address, even if you are located on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, the public is looking for you by your Brand or Name.
Furthermore, the description of their site for purposes of a search on Goggle, Yahoo, etc. shows the following false and misleading advertising:
WordPress Hosting by WP PRO HOSTING @ $5.42/mo
WP PRO HOSTING is a popular WordPress web hosting services provider. We offer a single-click WordPress script installation, a 99.9% uptime guarantee, …
But when you go to their site, the monthly cost is $7.42 per month.
More destruction of the Name and Reputation of our WP Pro Hosting.
My Name is Dr Don Yates Sr PhD. Among other things I am Security Director at Pyrium Web Enterprises which owns My Safety Net and the WP Pro Host Name and Brand. I am also the researcher and author of the Internet Users Handbook – regarding avoiding scams while doing business online.
Our research includes the rising concern and statistics for personal Identify Theft. Online, there are many copycat business sites, imposter sites and such. You have probably seen them pretending to be PayPal, Your Banker, and even the FBI director. This is my first knowledge of a Direct Business Brand and Name Assault.
A quick Google search will clearly show our Brand by name, services including design, directories such as Facebook and Twitter, etc. Oh yes, this new comer and thief still show up on the search with no other supporting exposure.
Contact with this organization resulted in a block to our questions raised by the following post from the company.
“DENVER, COLORADO – LiquidNet IT Group announced today in a brief statement that they have finalized a deal to purchase WP PRO HOSTING. WP PRO HOSTING will be operating as a subsidiary of LiquidNet IT Group.
“We are pleased to announce that we acquired WP PRO HOSTING today. WP PRO HOSTING is new addition to our web hosting subsidiary company portfolio.” -published via the companies Facebook status.
This acquisition came silently with no prior mention of it publicly. Up until today, only the chief executive and chief marketing officers had knowledge of potentially acquiring WP PRO HOSTING.
“We feel that this acquisition will benefit the company by providing an additional avenue for consumer targeting and maximizing market share potential.” said Jason Jersey, CEO of LiquidNet IT.
LiquidNet IT is steady taking giant leaps in generating tremendous growth, their 2013 projections are mind boggling and current and upcoming service offerings are simply exciting.
Of course, there has been neither an acquisition nor a negotiation with us, no payment for our Brand or Name and no response to our queries which have been sub sequentially blocked.
Anyone online can steal Your Name and Brand, find a domain, either related or unrelated and put up a website. Just as this company did – no negotiation required. Unbelievable isn’t it!
Goggle clearly shows our Branding and a whois.com or equivalent search will show our date of ownership
Yes! Damaged Goods: Useless Brand!
Fellow Director Dave Gilbert’s Thoughts
Now one would think that the company in question headed by a supposed SEO Expert would have realized that the name WP Pro Hosting was already in use and any attempt to use the same or similar name could result in legal action (remember the Google vs. Gaggle lawsuits!) they surely would also understand that using an already established name for their new company would cause confusion resulting in the watering down of the company’s potential, and what if the original WP Pro Hosting was a scam they could also be drawn in to any investigations by the FTC and the SEC and who knows may end up wearing the brunt of any legal action.
The same could be said if WP Pro Hosting used Spam tactics to hound prospective clients or was involved in selling customer details to the highest bidder, using another company’s name is just not worth the risks involved, even if your legally purchasing a company you still need to thoroughly check the history of the company being purchased and the people behind it after all any discrepancies affect both price and validity of such an acquisition, failing to do so is like walking into a police station and asking if you can own up to the next crime to be committed, it’s irresponsible and certainly a lousy business practice.
The one advantage we have in all of this is that we found out early so we can distance ourselves from the name and any possible fallout after all as we keep repeating the name WP Pro Hosting is now damaged goods. The controversy surrounding the name will eventually kill off any chance of success and as the perpetrator of this corporate level crime LiquidNet IT Group have also damaged not only their other efforts but also the efforts of other groups within the LiquidNet system, casting a dark and foreboding shadow across the web… whose company is going to be their Next victim of a phantom acquisition? Whose brand is going to be ruined by their thoughtless and irresponsible leadership?.
As for their SEO Expert leader it may be time for him to go back to school to learn how to properly research and perform due diligence and a course in public relations would not go astray either. After all when a mistake has been made, negotiation is the key to sorting out the mess created. Running and hiding by blocking all communication not only shows his / their guilt but defines a severe lack of moral fibre both as a man and as a company.
We have lost all forward motion, lost our name and brand, lost our time and investment.
But as a company with the ability to respond and adapt to any situation thrown at us we quickly re-grouped and responded by creating a new presence for the damaged WP Pro Hosting name by re-launching as WP Crazy (We’re crazy about WordPress). Never let it be said that Pyrium Web Enterprises lets the grass grow under its feet. Our team of highly skilled and adaptable business professionals are always on the ball when it comes to meeting adversity head on.
Thanks for reading and look for us soon at WP Crazy
News – Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition
At the moment, EvanCarmichael, is the ONLY site where our Handbook can be obtained for free.
Members can screen and read the individual articles for interest. Where they find something of interest, they can then download that chapter or all chapters and appendixes individually for free.
This fits our objective of getting member to at least look at the content and further provides them the opportunity to get part or the entire handbook for free. Result more EYEBALLS, and perhaps saving more internet users from the next scam offered to them. More eyeballs mean more referral to this free handbook.
Those of us that have seen this and perhaps used this strategy before, often find some that have the patience to download a chapter at a time, while others will see sufficient value to download the whole handbook in 1 shot.
- Internet Users Handbook (Full copy at Special Pricing) , or
- Individual Chapter Articles and free chapter by chapter and appendixes downloads
Note – only readers with a Clickbank receipt will receive future updates – except where a courtesy copy owner has made a significant contribution toward improving our handbook
Our handbook is a work in progress, subject to updates and revision because our work is never done, the newbies keep coming, the scammers keep growing in numbers and offer new solutions for our problems, or a new strategy to take our money, etc.
Any good Forex trader will tell you he or she is having a good month if they can get achieve a 20% return per month – yet some of our present day HYIP are promoting returns exceeding 15% per day. Get real! A mere 2% per day is a stretch, regardless of what they tell you (another discussion – another day)
The net keeps changing; therefore, our Internet Users Handbook must keep changing. Our updates, revisions and editions are supported by your feedback and that of our ISA group membership. Changes are posted on our blogs. Again new or revised handbooks will only be made available to ClickBank or other Paid customers
The best is never good enough
Our job is not finished as long as someone believes in FREE SUCCESS Online (an oxymoran), sooo…
Our 3rd edition will be provided in 2 volumes; Volume 1 Internet Crime (includes both Scam and Security Issues) and Volume 2 Doing Business Online
We met our present objectives of how to avoid scam online while doing business, but we are looking ahead to a another one-of-a-kind Master Internet Reference, not just a scam avoidance or business handbook
We are also evaluating Kindle to see how and if our work will fit their system, pricing, pages per book, etc.
Thanks for reading, feedback is always welcome, Help us spread the word!
NEWS: Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition
Sure have been busy with this one released in January, with a minor revision posted for March to reflect a new scam seeking remote access to your computers as reported by one of our members. Immediate notices are usually posted in my popular Avoiding Scams Online blog.
At the same time as I was providing notice of the new release, I mistakenly used a new URL cloaker, 2 jobs at 1 time, great but I had a major hassle with re-cloaking all URL’s with my original cloaking site after the new site failed – invalidating all my links. Lost some money and many, many hours of time on that caper, re-linking and reposting – lessons learned
“We are pleased to announce our Release of the Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition after a 5 month rewrite. We completely reorganized our thinking and presentation to make our Release of the Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition clearly the best user handbook, manual or guide available on the internet.
This extraordinary, 1-of-a-kind Internet Users Handbook brings the offline business success model to the Internet. We treat business as business. Our handbook provides the foundation for a Newbie starting to do business online and/or the seasoned professional that is growing or diversifying their business. This master reference should be included in every user’s library.
If you are serious about doing business online or helping others do business then then this handbook is a must have for you. Join our worthy cause as an affiliate and help us spread the word.”
Our 2nd edition was released at an increased, but considered a fair price of $49.95 for over 500 pages, 15 Chapters, plus Appendixes, chock full of examples, how-to guides and tips for avoiding scams online while doing business. . Anyone successful businessman or woman will tell you that in doing business; you need both a personal development plan and a business plan. Failure to plan is indeed a plan to fail
Yes, a fair price for this work, according our research as to what was available on or off the shelf, or was lacking on the internet. Lacking information on the internet or at least putting it all together was the keyword for raising the need for this handbook.
Affiliates commission were also increased to 75%
- Sell handbooks and share the word, certainly a priority for our affiliates
- Get more readers to help share the word – Winner, I pick this one
- Seek feedback on content, mistakes, recommendations for improvement of our Handbook – best is never good enough for me
- Affiliates do not share the same passion for Scam Avoidance and remain divided as to where their marketing is going and where the money is or is not. Can’t blame them, even selling preventative medicine is difficult for the best of them
- My focus has been on improving the handbook, rather than getting more affiliates
- Size, the handbook is too large! While any one subject in the handbook can easily make a book or two on its own, this extraordinary comprehensive guide is over 500 pages
- Website need work and a need a new URL, but no hype
- Courtesy copies and updates given for review to selected few did not achieve the expected results – received very little feedback from anyone even when the courtesy copy was shared with others
- Free, Free, Free. I do not need the money and can afford and am satisfied with free, but I would not have any affiliates help me share this important cause of Scam Avoidance. Second to that; no money, no blood, no tears, no sweat – no commitment – NO SUCCESS!!
- Groups, articles and blogs all help, but we want readers to read the content!
- The content is too large for most groups, articles and blogs
NEWS: Internet Users Handbook
A special thanks
Our latest Internet Users Handbook testimonial from ARTHUR WEBSTER
“This is a meaty 517 page book that no internet user should be without. It brings together all the information you need to be safe and secure in your cyber world.”
Arthur is a special man as you will see. Connect with him, like and enjoy his Facebook Page. He is far more entertaining on a variety of subject than my Facebook. Although he calls himself a “Very Old Coot”, he is a younger brother to me. Thanks Arthur
Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups
With the number of New Internet Users or Newbies is growing at nearly 50% per year, these groups are a powerful aid to those joining us online. Readers of our Internet Users Handbook can receive additional support and help from members of our Free to Join Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups.
We are pleased to announce continued growth of The Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups with the addition of several new sites. Our first free group was formed with Swom after nearly 2 years of research into internet scams, fraud and online crimes.
To-date, nearly $70,000 has been invested in research of various scams, new programs, etc. so that you do not have too. Today, we have and enjoy thousands of members; both newbies and seasoned professionals all sharing and helping fellow members avoid the scams while doing business online.
In as much as we all are either starting, growing or diversifying our business online, Scam Awareness, Recognition and Avoidance should be one of our main concerns – so “Get Involved”
Get involved may take several forms:
- Prepare and educate yourself – through the use of our Internet Users Handbook and free membership in or ISA Groups
- Get involved in our various groups; share your experiences, problems, etc. with your fellow members
- Become an affiliate and help share and spread the word, although recommended, you do not have to buy the Handbook to become a ClickBank Affiliate). On the other hand, I personally want to buy a car from someone that knows what is under the hood or bonnet.
- Websites, blogs, articles, etc. can all improve their ranking with likes, Google + and Alexa Reviews. Be generous, we are not selling matrixes or HYIP here; we are selling one of the best Handbooks on the internet about avoiding scams online while doing business.
- Be generous and support us with your likes, comments and motivate others to join our worthy cause rather picking up the next big thingy to come along
I am reminded of 1 staffer that called me a scammer for being too generous in handing out likes and short comments – lesson learned we are all in business, true, but our values systems and business sense varies – in some cases varies considerable.
Our ISA Groups are throughout the internet on several Social Business Networks. Of course all networks are not the same and have different features and opportunities to brand yourself and advertise your business. Their reach differs, enabling us to get more unique members located all over the world. We often share information between the groups to maximize the benefit to all members.
These are NO SPAM groups closely monitored by myself and our membership. Opinions, How tos, tips, new information, etc. may be freely shared
Our current ISA Groups are located:
Facebook and others need your likes, if you like
As you can see, we are reaching pretty wide and varied sites to get our Scam Avoidance message to as many members as we can manage. Most are selected for various features, target membership, some pay, some do not, most of all we are looking for EYEBALLS. New moderators are certainly welcome.
The quality of participation in these groups varies as do the sites themselves. Most social or Social Business Networking sites are far from Spam or Scam free, for example, HYIP programs are widely spread, through their own groups and posts. Education is certainly a life-long endeavor as newbies join the internet for instant gratification for their financial situation, only to find themselves in further trouble. “Never invest more than you can afford to lose.”
Our best performing ISA Group is found on APSense founded by Wincer and closely monitored by others. I thank them for their active business, innovative site and support.
The Nigerian CopyCat Scam
The One-Liner Appeal
PLEASE SEND THEM IMMEDIATELY YOU GET THIS EMAIL.
Post from a friend – TVI Express Worldwide
Over 100,000 plus people worldwide have fallen prey to the Travel Ventures International (TVI Express) Worldwide SCAM.
When TVI Express first came to the U.S. in the fall of 2009, I like thousands of other unsuspecting people, fell hook, line and sinker for what is now being called by true business experts…..”The Mother of All Scams”.
After seeing many “red flags” and things that just made absolutely no logical sense, I decided to do some detailed investigative research on TVI Express! What I discovered is both shocking and downright disgusting!
My goal and intention in creating this facebook group is to educate as many people as I can worldwide on the truth relative to the TVI Scam so no one else will get hurt financially and emotionally by this Totally Fabricated Shell Company!
My sincere hope and prayer is that the massive exposure of this TVI Scam Group here on facebook will cause a chain reaction from honest, good-hearted people everywhere which will lead to the final undoing and total destruction of this real world “Ponzi” Scheme!
It has been said, that the only thing needed for evil to flourish in the world is for good men and women to do nothing! Well, the creation of this group is my humble attempt to “do something”.
I hope you will join this group, share the information with others and do your part to see that justice is served and that this TVI Insanity will soon be stopped forever!
TVI Express is incorporated off shore in Cyprus. Ownership of TVI remains completely hidden. TVI Express does not meet regulatory compliance in The United States, Australia, the UK and more. As a result individuals in those countries are being held accountable.
Australia has become the first country to take action against TVI Express. The ACCC ( Australian Competition & Consumer Commission ) has issued an injunction restricting individuals from promoting TVI Express (alleged illegal pyramid scheme) in Australia pending formal hearing. During this process access to their own bank accounts has been restricted. http://tinyurl.com/23g2jfb
Please join me in sharing the truth about TVI with anyone you know who has gotten caught up in this mess by inviting them to join this group!
Be sure to visit my YouTube Channel entitled TVI Scam @
“Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Set You Free” – Master Jesus
Additional Links of Interest
While most of us will not tell friends or family if we have been scammed, others of us will blame others or the program for our own mistakes or lack of action. Sites like Web Sites of Trust, Google, Yahoo, even Facebook, Twitter, etc. all make it too easy for us to post a false claim of a scam or spam when a site is not performing to our expectations. Posts in blogs, email, social networks, articles, reviews all give us an opportunity to vent our frustrations. Where possible, check the source of the complaint.
Even legitimate claims via blogs, can be pulled as WordPress will shut down a free blog site without explanation due to a complaint from someone. Keep in mind, that overnight success is seldom achieved by most of us. However, we simply cannot blame others or a program for our failures online. Read the Term and Conditions, FAQs, do your own Due Diligence, consider the source a complaint and/or praise for a program. Also, keep in mind, that all matters online; be they endorsements, testimonials, proof of payment, etc. can be falsified.
False claims of a scam is bad business. All too often we simply write of a program as a scam when in fact is may be a winner for others. Other than the legal implications for our actions, before we label a program a scam, let’s get some facts, the who, what, when, where of a scam? It is said that bad news travels faster than good and that if something bad happens we are likely to tell several others, while something good may reach only a few ears.
“One man’s scam is another man’s bonanza and by this I mean that many people on the net write to me about scams (as they call them) but in 99% of the cases, they have not learned their craft and cannot market them or have not taken the time to learn how to use the tool they have purchased. And while there certainly are scams out there I am thinking that it might be a better route to take to review sites in the form of articles and present them as an opinion or an overview of a site and if you feel strongly that they are a scam then give them a rating system so that people could read reviews of a site just like they do any product like at Amazon or Groupon or something like that.” JM
“SCAM” is one of the most mis-used words on the internet. Most of the people using it would not know a real scam if it jumped up and bit them on their rear end. They call anything a scam, that is not going exactly the way they expected it to go. These are also the same people who never bother to read the “Terms and Conditions” before clicking that little box that said they did.” JB
The Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups expect online businesses to do business as a business. If they are not accessible or their support systems are lacking, then they are not doing business. They are either poor businessmen or are just scamming us. The following guidelines help provide a basis for our interpretation of a Scam
- Scams often do not make sense, are illogical and the hype makes you pause or think twice!
- A Scam That Plays On Your Emotions to Participate As It Offers To Satisfy One of Your Needs
- Lack of Delivery Scam
- Lack of a Responsive Support System
- Lack of Communications and Accessibility
- Scammers are Spammers Too
- Are Training, Tools and Resources Provided for Our Success?
Before you make your claim:
- Have you read the terms and conditions,
- FAQ’s, are they subject to change without notice?
- Have you taken advantage of the help and training offered by the site and is it relevant to today’s online marketing?
- Have you followed the sites strategy or blueprint for success?
Our failure may be simply be our approach to marketing and/or our failure to to implement the programs plan of action or blueprint.
Be honest with yourself and get some help before you find yourself making a false claim of a scam.
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