Scam Alert: Internet Marketing

August 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I just came across a very interesting article today, filled with terms and names that I am very familiar with. Yep, I too fell for the magic sell of Internet Marketing, where you can work from home, build a list, and reap thousands of dollars a week. To get this information, I had to spend thousands.

Guess who was on a sucker list? Yep. Yours truly. Here’s the first little bit of the article. It’s quite long and goes into great detail, so be prepared for such a read.

Scamworld: ‘Get rich quick’ schemes mutate into an online monster

A network of pitchmen have used the internet and fear of a failing economy to play the ultimate long con

On a warm summer day in 2002, in Charlevoix, Michigan, Richard Joseph’s bad luck began. The lawyer, husband, and father of two was walking across the driveway with a bag of garbage when his bare foot slipped in a puddle of water that had collected beneath his car’s air conditioner. His leg gave out and he landed on his back. While nothing was broken, the blow prevented blood from reaching his spinal cord. He laid there for an hour, unable to move, while his daughters watched television in the living room. By the time he was discovered, the damage had been done. He’d never walk again.

Eventually, Joseph would make it back to work at his law firm, although he couldn’t keep up his old pace. By August 2007, complications prevented him from working at all — possibly forever.

Joseph describes his mental state after yet another stint in rehab: “I’m moping, pretty much, and right around Christmas time I decided, you know, I’d better get my butt in gear and find something I can do from home. So, I tried to find work as a lawyer from home, but that was right when Michigan’s economy started to go to hell, and a lot of law firms weren’t outsourcing work.”

So he took to the internet, looking for “work from home” opportunities and requesting information from various websites.

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Check it out. If you’ve been sucked in to this, don’t be ashamed. They are using some very heavy duty psychological tactics to get you to give them your credit card number. Cold reading is one; Robert Cialdini’s art of persuasion is another. They pick on the particularly vulnerable: those who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, and lost all hope. These people are easy prey, eager to grab onto something shiny.

To hope is to be human, and then these sick snake-oil salesmen descend. The shame does not belong with their victims but to the snake-oil salesmen themselves.