I love it when people start talking about scams and scammers.
I like it even more when they start touting their “know it all” position without really doing ANY real research.
I have been dealing with the folks over at realscam.com for a while…well, I say dealing with them…actually, no one has ever directly contacted me in anyway shape or form although they do have quite a bit of information (all of it can be found if you spend a whole 5 minutes looking online) about my Internet endeavors including many of the sites that I ran as well as personal information about myself.
I don’t mind these folks doing this at all, but I do want to make sure that you get, if not the “full” picture, at least my side of the story.
First…here are the screenshots from realscam just so you have an idea of what I am talking about…
These are images from the website realscam.com (no, I’m not giving them a backlink) and as I said, they have quite a bit of information, personal and otherwise, about myself.
I believe this all started back when I was promoting a cash gifting program called The People’s Program. I am still a member of this program, although I have not promoted it in a couple of years and probably will never promote this program again…for many reasons.
Opinions…Everybody Has One
Now, let me start off by saying this…
I have no problem what so ever with people expressing their opinion. If you believe that the programs that I have been involved with are not legitimate then I believe you have every right to express your opinion the way that you wish.
Obviously, I have not made a significant effort to hide from “Professor Higgins” or anyone else associated with the realscam site. My phone numbers are listed here, many of my email addresses are listed here and I have yet to receive a call from anyone that might be interested in asking me a question directly.
While I am no longer marketing The People’s Program, or any other cash gifting program, I am not one to say that those involved with cash gifting are scamming people, nor do I feel that anyone writing about it is “protecting” the general public.
So why am I even writing about this today?
Because I want people that come to this site, that place their trust in me, to do so knowing where I stand on these particular issues and to explain my side of the story so that maybe folks will have a more complete understanding of where I stand…even to this day….on these matters.
First, let’s talk about a scam, what it is and why I don’t think the programs that I actively marketed were or are scams.
What is a Scam?
According to freedictionary.com a scam is:
1. a stratagem for gain; a swindle
vb, scams, scamming or scammed
2. (tr) to swindle (someone) by means of a trick
scam (skæm) n., v. scammed, scam•ming. n.
1. a fraudulent scheme; swindle.
2. to cheat; defraud.
So basically, let’s go with fraudulent scheme designed to swindle others? That sounds right to me…
A scam or confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence.
Now I could probably search for more definitions of the word scam and find some more information, but I think for the sake of the argument here that the above definitions work perfectly well.
What I would like to understand from anyone over at realscam is how in the world did I or anyone else that was being honest with our site visitors “scam” anyone?And I must ask the following questions:
Was it possible to generate “gifts” with The People’s Program?
Was it possible for those that qualified with myself to generate a “gift?”
As far as I am concerned, if a person was willing to do the work, learn the marketing techniques and methods then they would have just as good a chance as anyone else to become successful with their program.
Are there some people much more successful than others?
Are there some people out there lying to get signups?
I’m sure there are or were, but that has no bearing what so ever on whether or not the program itself was a scam, i.e. designed to defraud the unsuspecting out of their hard earned dollar, that is a problem with an individual marketer.
If a program, any program, is designed to generate income or gifts or whatever through the successful efforts of someone promoting that program and it in fact does accomplish what it states it will then how in the hell is that a scam?
Honesty is the Best Policy? Really?
So am I to assume that those over at realscam are being absolutely honest about their reviews?
One thing that has always bothered me is the “emotion” that comes with some of the reviews. The over the top name calling and “finger pointing” that many engage in over there at RS. It reminds me of a story…Oh yes, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Crucible.
And is this just another witch hunt of sorts?
I would say yes, with the exception that there are and have always been marketers out there that do engage in fraud to cheat would be entrepreneurs from a dime. The work from home or home based business industry as a whole has always had charlatans that would promise anything that the reader wanted to read or the listener wanted to hear all in an effort to get the newbie to the game to open up their wallet and fork over the cash.
These people engage in activity based on human greed…on both sides of the issue.
The marketer is engaging in his or her greed by promising all kinds of rewards…much of the time with very little effort and the potential “victim” is actively engaged in their own for of greed by believing everything that they want to about a too good to be true image of online marketing.
…there are actually people out here that do care, that do want to help, that are available (that’s why my information is all over the place by the way), that do want to make a positive impact on other people’s lives and we are genuinely interested in seeing our students prosper and succeed.
Are we successful every single time?
No, we are not, but does that mean that we have swindled the unsuspecting public? Hell no!
I think it would also depend on how you define success.
Yes, I Have Been Scammed
I can’t tell you how many times I have paid good money for a program or for some flashy software only to realize that it was not what was promised, that the product or the opportunity was never going to work like promised and what did I do?
Was I up in arms wanting to tell the world that this person or that person screwed me out of a dollar?
No. Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware. I became more cautious, I became motivated to learn what was “real” and what was an illusion. I became smarter, not by being successful, but by being lied to, by realizing early on that there were no “easy” paths to success even though success doesn’t have to be necessarily hard.
I am an adult. I realize that there is a significant amount of risk that one must deal with when it comes to opening up a business or joining someone in an already established business. I have owned my own businesses, whether it be online or offline, for most of my adult years, I still do and never once did I believe that my success was guaranteed or automatic. Why would I? Who in their right mind would ever tell someone that it was and more over, who would choose to believe that? The desperate? Perhaps.
What I do know was that there are principles at play here and these principles work in ALL business online or offline.
One of these principles is that if there is a market for a product or an idea or a method then you have a good chance of promoting that product, idea or method, tangible or intangible to that particular market.
If a specific market is larger than another market then it should be a bit easier to promote to the former due to the numbers, BUT you have to know how to promote, you have to know how to market and more importantly, YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION AND DO IT!
If a program works for one person, why will it not work for another? Why are we not focusing on this?
Because it is EASIER for people to blame others when things do not work out.
We live in a society where all problems, all things not perfect are the result of someone scamming us? That because we don’t come onto the Internet and succeed with an opportunity that somehow that sponsor, that evil marketer that got us to buy is to blame?
No. I refuse to believe that and will not believe that.
My failures are mine, my inability to successfully market, promote and eventually sell that product or program to another is MY problem whether it be a lack of knowledge or a lack of action.
I appreciate my failures, I learn from them every single time, which means that they aren’t necessarily failures in the first place, are they?
No, at the very most they are lessons of what NOT to do.
Making a Choice to Succeed
Success is a choice.
So is failure, even if it is due to a lack of choice, which is still a choice to do nothing.
If you truly want to succeed. If you truly want to make a difference in your financial life with an online opportunity then that option is available to you.
Will you automatically succeed with the “right” program?
Will you automatically fail with the “wrong” program?
You simply have to LEARN how to be successful with your program and with the marketing methods that you choose.
And guess what?
If those methods do not work well for you then you may even have to change things up again!
The only way, the ONLY way that you will fail completely is when you stop. When you stop trying, when you stop learning, when you stop dreaming.
As for you folks over at realscam…
I understand what your original motives are, I think, but in some ways you are doing much more harm than good. People need to be able to dream and hope and wish and sometimes people need to be smacked with the reality of failure of things not being what they thought they were.
Do marketers need to be ethical?
Absolutely, you will get no argument from me, but what you may want to do is realize that there are actually some of us out here that really do want to help, that believe that we can change things for the better, that we really do care about our fellow man.
I am one of those marketers. You want to know how to do something online?
I will show you.
You want to know how I market my programs?
I will show you.
You need help with marketing your program?
I will teach you.
As for you folks at RealScam.com, you probably should do a little more research, you probably should call up some of the people you attach the title scammer to. You can always call me and ask me directly how I feel about it. After all, you have my email addresses and phone numbers.