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    ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    Burzmali over at Quatloos posted a link to a fantastic article on The Verge Blog:


    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


    By Joseph L. Flatley on May 10, 2012 10:32 am

    (Link to the Article)

    A few random quotes:

    What Joseph didn't know was that Martino was part of a vast criminal organization run by Los Angeles resident John Paul Raygoza.


    Raygoza is an Internet Marketer — a 21st century snake oil salesman.


    The term Internet Marketing in this context describes both a particular business model used to sell fraudulent products and services online, and the community or subculture that embraces it. It operates out in the open — with poorly designed websites, tacky infomercials, and outrageous claims designed to scare off the wary and draw in the curious, desperate, and naive. The Internet Marketer positions himself as a marketing “guru” with a product or coaching services guaranteed to generate income.


    The path to internet riches begins with an introductory product, such as a book or DVD. This is often a loss leader: the real value for the Internet Marketer is that it allows him to capture your contact information. Once you’re in the system, your inbox will be flooded with offers for software, DVD sets, and coaching programs costing several hundreds or thousands of dollars.


    This is what happened to Richard Joseph: after requesting free information online, some unscrupulous Internet Marketer sold his name to Raygoza’s company, PushTraffic, who ripped Joseph off.
    "The basic objective of all boiler rooms is the same. Find out how much credit is available on the victim’s credit card [and] take all of it."


    PushTraffic was what is known as a boiler room. As Dan Thies, an SEO professional and former employee of an Internet Marketing company called StomperNet, explains, Internet Marketers often "sell super-cheap products so they can get the names and phone numbers, and turn people over" to boiler room companies who try to sell the unsuspecting consumer fraudulent goods.


    By way of example, Thies tells me a story about an employer sold a customer list "to some operation in Nevada... you know, it was supposed to be business setup services, but when they called people up on the phone they weren't offering stuff like that, they were pitching this thing that was a guaranteed business grant which, as far as I can tell, it basically involves you take out a second mortgage on your house. To me, that's just indescribably ******* evil."


    The Verge obtained a number of these recordings for this story, one in which a salesman places a call to a lead and identifies himself as Brent Austin. He's just checking in with Leigh*, who bought a "make money off the internet" e-book called Power Cash Secret. The book probably cost her around $50, but the purchase got her on a lead list, and soon she received a call from the boiler room.

    Another link to the article.
    So your prophets of finance have fallen on their collective proverbial face, and you hear muffled voices calling: Welcome to the human race.
    You made a killing dealing real estate at NASA selling cemetery plots in outer space til some falling coffins crashed upon your doorstep: Welcome to the human race.

    Open up your heart...

    Welcome to RealScam.com.

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    Re: ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    Glad to see you post this!! It was also posted in a Group in Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/saga...groups/sagari/

    Lots of reading but good information and a lot of names listed as top leaders of scams.

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    Re: ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    That article is incredibly informative and incredibly heartbreaking look at the real world of scammers and the terrible price their victims pay. The victims can be anybody. In the article we meet a lawyer with serious health concerns desperately just trying to support his family financially and a nurse wanting to save for retirement. Any honest and trusting person can become a victim and the perps go from one slimy deal to the next with impunity.

    I watched Tim Darnell and Jack Weinzierl defraud doctors, lawyers, MBAs, folks with masters degrees, elderly and simply desperate people. They defrauded a bed ridden senior people in the hospital and an 80 year old gentlemen who may have had dementia That dear man was conned by Darnell him into giving him $30,000.00 as the Advantage Conferences scam was going under.

    I hope we will continue to see lots of coverage like this online, so more innocent folks can be saved. God Bless all the victims out there!

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    Re: ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    I am absolutely delighted to see that there is weighty support for the view that I have been expressing for years. The biggest scam of all seems to be the use of the phrase "Internet Marketing " to convey a concept that promotion of mass produced sales spiel has any relation to marketing products and or services whatsoever.

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    Re: ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    I had posted that back in the news section on 5/12/2012 here:
    Scamworld: 'Get rich quick' schemes mutate into an online monster

    I was a bit worried it wouldn't get seen there. Where's the best place to post this kind of article/news?

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    Re: ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    The MLM board followed by this one are the most read. The internet marketing is also popular, so feel free to post things in those categories.

    That video is fascinating:



    What an excellent find!

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    Verge Special Report on Internet Marketing Scam Conspiracy

    A must read

    Scamworld: 'Get rich quick' schemes mutate into an online monster | The Verge

    ...The path to internet riches begins with an introductory product, such as a book or DVD. This is often a loss leader: the real value for the Internet Marketer is that it allows him to capture your contact information. Once you’re in the system, your inbox will be flooded with offers for software, DVD sets, and coaching programs costing several hundreds or thousands of dollars.

    This is what happened to Richard Joseph: after requesting free information online, some unscrupulous Internet Marketer sold his name to Raygoza’s company, PushTraffic, who ripped Joseph off...

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    Re: ScamWorld: Internet Marketing

    Kasey,

    Great minds think alike. You and Glim found a great site and the video is not to be missed either!

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