Scam Alert – How You are Being Conned

By Mark / February 15, 2011

This video probably signals the end of any chance I have of any guru ever promoting any of my products…ahh well C’est la Vie and the French say.

You are being lied to and conned by some of the so called Guru’s , I know you knew that didn’t you. The use of fake screenshots and misrepresenting income by showing income from different sources and claiming it’s from the system they are selling has been happening for years but it’s difficult to prove..unless someone is an idiot. Luckily for us some of them are!

Fake Screenshot - Here's One I Made Earlier

Yesterdays launch of Google Sniper was a case in point. In the launch Video George Brown shows the income from 2 of his clickbank accounts and claims the money is earned exclusively from Google Sniper sites. If it was true it would be great. Hell even if it was $100 a would still be a system to follow. Unfortunately at the launch one of the accounts very briefly showed the account name and someone was observant enough to grab a screen shot.

The account in question was Tsiphon which is the traffic syphon account a product that George released last year. Impressive figures it would have been a great example of how to sell a product..unfortunately that’s not what he was selling.

So how easy is it to fake a clickbank screenshot…watch the video and find out!

Here is a cleared image of the Video Capture

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Ed - February 15, 2011

You hit the nail right on the head there Mark,

Although we all suspect the tricks it is easy to be sucked in
so I hope a lot of folks see this page and go somewhere else…

Might I suggest WordPress Goldmine! :-)

Ed

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I see the price of google sniper has been reduced hopefully it’s a sign people are catching on to the shenanigans

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Mark Acutt - February 15, 2011

Hey Mark,

Great stuff. I never believe what these guys show anyway. Very nice “find” and I know this may sound ignorant… but I didn’t realize you could do that in eBay and PayPal accounts!

Take care,
Mark Acutt

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Coen Mayes - February 15, 2011

Hi Mark,

I realize that it’s super easy to make outrageous claims and that its fairly simple to modify figures for clickbank accounts and such. The only flaw in your video is that the bars are not showing correctly to reflect the amount of earnings.

Other than this great vid

Coen

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Allegrobusman - February 15, 2011

Mark,

It’s great to find some one that exposes these un-ethical marketers.

You could write at least 10 post a day along these lines.

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Magnus - February 16, 2011

What seems to surprise me is; they do all these fraudulent prctices and still get approved by Clickbank to sell.

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Dixie Blakely - February 16, 2011

Mark, I loved it, my email is taking up a lot of my memory! Have stopped reading all of those make

thousands on auto pilot..

Thank you Mark,

Dixie

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Mark - February 16, 2011

I suppose what really gets me about all of this is that the genuinely good programs and courses get overlooked because of all the hype that the less than honest advertising has.

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The Copy Nazi - February 16, 2011

i blogged about this ages ago and gave the javascript code to put in your browser to be able to change all sorts of earnings pages – PayPal, Clickbank etc

here – http://www.yourinternets.com/journal/2009/1/11/do-you-really-believe-those-clickbank-earnings-screenshots.html

great find on Montagu Brown’s vid! My comment on his first WSO was “Here’s the next Frank kern”. But I didn’t mean that the FTC might be about to shut him down – which is what might happen if he keeps scamming people like this. Stupid…greedy and downright wrong. And to think I helped him with his first Product Launch. Oh yeah…in his latest video (via email) he waffles on about being “ethical” – that’s the funniest thing ever.

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Thanks for the comment Mal, Love your blog, ..man, I’ve come over all like a 12 year old girl meeting just Bieber. If anyone doesn’t know who Malcolm is check out his copy nazi blog, you’ll learn more there about copywriting than in many products. (don’t all shout at once …”Mark! Then why are your sales pages still crap”..it’s not Mals fault :) )

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John Burnside - February 17, 2011

Thanks for the info mark. Its always good to see people being honest and open in this business and helping us internet marketers sort the good products from the bad. I do really enjoy buying internet marketing products but I’m so wary of them now and reviews like this really help.

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Jessica - February 22, 2011

Argh. That is why it’s so hard to make someone believe you are not scamming them when you talk about making money online. Stupid “gurus”!

Thanks for the video Mark.

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Ron - February 26, 2011

Hey Mark.
Great post. I suspect that a few “gurus” are sharing accounts to show big numbers. The tsiphon account was used in another video I saw in a webinar promoted by the Ritoban C guy (whoever that is) at http://www.oneeventonly.com/RegisterNow/. If you register to the webinar, you’ll see a vid on the confirmation page, and the clickbank account video that shows the “proof” is clearly tsiphon.

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Cindy - March 1, 2011

Hi Mark!

Boy, do I feel like a stupid little girl right now cuz I actually bought George’s Google Sniper! Let me explain myself though… I bought his program along with Coffee Shop Millionaire cuz I was promised a “wonderful amazing bonus” by some other ‘guru’ who shall remain nameless, but after I got my ‘wonderful amazing bonus’ I found out that it wasn’t all that wonderful or amazing! In fact, I feel like I got ripped off by both George and the nameless guru! Do you think that either Google Sniper or Coffee Shop Millionaire are good programs to follow in spite of their underhanded sales letter/video?

Thank Goodness for Clickbank cuz I’m gonna refund both of those programs!

Thank you, Mark, for opening my eyes!
Cindy

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Hi Cindy, I know who you are reffing to. I have never seen coffee shop millionaire so i can’t comment, As for google sniper. The techniques do work, but you do need to get backlinks and do promotion despite what the hypey sales letter might say. My big problem is that GS2 teaches very little extra than GS1 so I can’t see how gs2 is justified. This is pretty much the technique that I’ve been teaching in WPG for 4 years

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stevie - March 2, 2011

Thanks Mark,

I always believed George Brown – thought he was one of the good guys!!!!!

Bought Google Sniper – quite upset now that I think he’s been lying , think I’ll ask for a refund!

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sheridan - March 4, 2011

Thanks mark you opened my eyes , stop me buying it :)

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Tony Marshall - March 14, 2011

Great post!
I purchashed Google Sniper last week, set up two sniper websites and even before I’d finished the so called Sniper “course” it became apparent to me that this was not going to work.

If I could use just one word to describe Google Sniper it would be, “bullshit”. That is exactly what it is. Anyway, I’ve requested my refund and now I’m going to create a quality website with interesting content, that others might actually appreciate and get some real value from.

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Good Call Tony, Producing sites with original content is what i’ve been teaching in wordpress goldmine for about 3 years now….without the need to do version 2 or 3 :)

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Tony Marshall - March 15, 2011

. . . and Mark, I must say your website is quite simply a breath of fresh air. More importantly it’s honest! After spending days trawling through crappy, no value products being spun on Clickbank I am so relieved I found your site!
Yep, I’ll definitely take a look at WordPress Goldmine!

Thanks once again,
Tony

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Paul - March 15, 2011

Hi Mark,
Thanks for the alert. I have always suspected these ClickBank figures shown on web site sales letters to be fixed or altered. How do they avoid prosecution for fraud.
How did you edit the snippet after you captured it?

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DAVID BRAESICKE - February 29, 2012

SO HOW DO I FIND A REAL PROGRAM AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT COFFEE SHOP MILLIONAIRE AND RYAN MORAN?

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Hi David, you’d better watch that caps Lock!

It depends on what you want to do, you can be successful whatever you do but there are no quick fixes and I don’t know of anyone who made a million sat in a coffee shop a few hours a day unless they had big contacts and worked hard for 3 or 4 years first. Let me know what you want to do and what your skill level is and i’ll see what i can recommend for you

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Clinton - October 16, 2012

Mark,

One of my members mentioned this blogpost in a thread on my forum today (see my signature link).

I’m glad he did!

Great blog you’ve got here! At the forum we are huge skeptics of various MMO programs – the likes of Ryan Moran come up often, but also so called good guys such as Ed Dale who, we find, aren’t such good guys after all. Because we rank so high in Google for many of these gurus’ names some of them sign up to defend themselves… with er, sometimes disastrous consequences. :-)

Would love to have you on the forums, you’d fit right in. For now, I’m going to browse around your other posts. I have no doubt I’m going to find some more than interesting stuff.

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Hi Clinton

I’d noticed the extra traffic to this post, i’d be happy to join in, send me the details

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Mark, clicking on my name in the previous comment would take you to the relevant thread. ;)

Anyway, the forums are at http://experienced-people.net/forums/forum.php . You’ll find the register link on that page. It would be great to have you, you’ll LOVE threads like this one: http://experienced-people.net/forums/showthread.php/688 – one of our oldest threads about a guru – and this relatively new one about a completely different type of guru: http://experienced-people.net/forums/showthread.php/9295

I look forward to seeing you there.

Clinton
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Ahhh Ok Gotcha.. signed up

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truxter - March 19, 2013

I have been informing people about that garbage for a couple years now.
He sure does buy up the links to sell that junk.

I had you linked from my two posts about Google sniper, but lost your page. Maybe you did an update or I typed when I made the link.

Good to see I found you again. and glad to see this page is still here.

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