Why My Scam Meter Goes Up

This morning I woke up early to take my wife to the train station, as she’s going on a little jaunt for a few days. When I got home, unable to go to sleep, I turned on the TV.

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There was this infomercial on, and it was touting this guy named Jeff Paul and his Shortcut To Internet Millions program (this is NOT a link to the program). In the commercial were numerous people telling their stories of how they got rich off the program, and all but one of them was purported to make more than $50,000 a month on the internet. Two of the sales people were young, “healthy” women, so of course eye candy was a big part of these commercials. 😉

My skeptic meter went up drastically because his course was selling for only $39.99, plus supposedly they gave you 10 “money making” websites off the bat, and if you joined his monthly program (they didn’t say for how much) you could earn as many as 120 free websites within the first year.

I thought about this commercial in relation to a seminar I got talked into; twice of all things! The first time by my wife, the second time by a friend of mine, and that second one was my fault because I hadn’t remembered the name of the company the first time around (and don’t remember the name now; isn’t that a shame?).

Both times the room was packed, as in way over 200 people, and the sales went through the roof as they offered immediate financing for everyone, no questions asked (at 18%; no wonder), at a very high price for 6 websites, monthly maintenance, and of course a support group (but no guarantees; everyone is sure to state that up front). As someone who’s purchased domain names and has a hosting package, plus someone who builds websites on the side, I can easily say that these folks were literally being robbed. I knew that because none of them, well, maybe one or two, were ever going to come close to recouping their investment.

It’s why I get skeptical with all the products that are out on the internet purporting that they’re going to teach me how to make millions. It seems many of these things have some good ideas, but not a single one of them actually ever answers the big questions that most of us have. Thus it leaves us dangling and still not understanding how to get it done correctly. Luckily, for most of us, it costs relatively little for us to give it a shot, outside of our time.

Today for instance, I was inundated by at least 7 websites offering to help me get wealthy on the internet. Three of those came through Twitter, so I guess it was my choice to read them, but only one of them even mentioned getting rich online, so they were sort of deceptive.

All of them had that same “scammy” looking template of big letters, seemingly “fast talk” language, standard testimonials, and the trick crossing out of one price so that, if I bought today, I’d be getting it for the low price of $_____, as long as I acted pretty fast since, after XXX number sold, they were taking it off the market. Yeah, right; almost all of them come back on the market after saying they weren’t if they made any kind of money.

You never really know who to believe anymore which is why, for the most part, I purchase few things. There are a few I have purchased that I’ve found pretty good, in that at least I learned something. One is called Rich Jerk. Another one some time back was Brad Callen’s Search Engine Optimization Made Easy. I also purchased 20 Ways To Make $100 A Day, which was a very good read, and I got some pretty good ideas from there.

Anything I market won’t promise riches. I don’t over-promise, and there’s nothing on any of my sales page that someone is going to call me on later and say “hey, this didn’t do what you said it was going to do”. My products aren’t really that type (mostly books), but even if they were, I wouldn’t do it. It just feels and sounds icky; a guy’s got to have some ethics.

How do the rest of you view these types of things? Am I the only one who not only senses scams, but has their skeptic level as high as I have mine?
 

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8 comments on “Why My Scam Meter Goes Up

  • That’s a good way to go, Sire. I’m sure that there really is someone who actually did it, but not all these no-name people who say they only work 2 or 3 hours a week. Nope, just can’t happen.

  • Reminds me of the one and only infomercial I actually bought when I was a teenager. “You Will Make Money” “You Get A Free WebSite”

    Blah.. now a days I dont even buy eBooks. Search hard enough you will find them.

  • I admit I also fell for one of those survey scams, for which I am eternally grateful as it sort of got me into blogging, in a roundabout way.

  • Hi BV; Course I’m a little older, but I remember the commercials of the early 90’s with the guys talking about all these easy real estate deals, and now we see the TV show on one of the cable stations where people learned those lessons, do it now, but most of them can’t get the houses sold. Scams are everywhere; still, I do like getting some information from time to time, and you’re right, with lots of effort you can find free stuff. But purchasing some things here and there isn’t a bad thing.

  • Hi James; thanks for the comment. I hope more people have the same types of typos and stop by for a visit. 🙂

  • Pozycjonowanie Poznan says:

    Testimonials are usualy a good indicator of products quality. If producer can’t sell the product based on its features and needs to back it up with obviously fake claims, you can be sure that the product is not worth your money.

    • That’s a good point, Pozy, and one thing I’m big on is researching something on the search engines as much as I can before purchasing it, although I’ll admit that if the price is low I’ll often take a shot at it.

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