2011-02-03

Sponsoredwhips.com is a scam: Follow-up

So the scammer has followed up, and tried to link back to more scammy content this morning. Twice.

Thankfully, Blogger spam detection has worked, because both comments have been moderated without my involvement before I even got up and found this notification in my in-box.

tom has left a new comment on your post "Sponsoredwhips.com is a scam":
So A company that writes proposals and has been around for 10+ years you are calling a scam? where is your proof??? You prolly are mad you cant afford their fee and you wanna bash them! unless you you have more "proof" than a bunch of forums were everyone can voice opinions good and bad let me know cuz i found these good reviews: [redacted. A list of links to PR and fake quotes and testimonials follows, as you can see in the screen shot above].

I checked out most of the links in the email and there were a few press announcements on low-caliber news services among them as well as several "testimonials" on car forums made by users who have also happened to join the forum on the date of their first and only post. You guessed right, the inaugural post would be the one about how great the company is.

When I click on the name "tom" in the moderation console I get this profile on Blogger:

And the blog link leads to more fake testimonials.

Now I want to spend some time on the content of the comment.

The opening flame bait is kinda cute: "You prolly are mad you cant afford their fee and you wanna bash them!" Real classy. And not effective at all in discrediting my report, because nowhere did I say that the price was too high, but rather the value prop was fishy.

The follow up to that is even more of a logical fallacy: "unless you you have more "proof" than a bunch of forums were everyone can voice opinions good and bad." Of course I understand, Tom that you are upset with people posting their opinions on forums where they are free to share their opinions, whether good or bad, but sadly, this is how the Internet works. If you scam people, they will post about it.

Kinda like in these here testimonials:

You want more of these Tommy? I can find you more. Google is helpful that way.

6 comments:

  1. Guess what? Now if you google for "sponsoredwhips.com scam" this very post shows up on the first result page.
    Tommy, just so you know, I am a social media marketing professional. Don't try to use my blog to drive your scammy page rankings up.

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  2. Good Work! Smart, witty, and to the point. Stick it to them! They obviously have it coming to them!

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  3. This is fantastic. It reminds me of something that the Grassroots motorsports forum did with a JDM engine reseller.

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  4. Thanks for your support guys! If you want to help spoil the dude's game, share this on twitter or some such.

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  5. Unfortunately i made the mistake of believing this was for real and so far I've gotten nothing out of it I paid 200$ and I constantly have to call him to find out what going on he makes up some bullshit that he's working on my file and talking to different companies but I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach that Ive been had!
    As to the 200$ money back guarantee ha right not a fukn chance I'll see that.
    I don't know what to do as I really wanted to be sponsored so I'm holding on to his bullshit for now if u want me to let u know how it goes email me at
    Drizzy38@gmail.com

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  6. Unfortunately i made the mistake of believing this was for real and so far I've gotten nothing out of it I paid 200$ and I constantly have to call him to find out what going on he makes up some bullshit that he's working on my file and talking to different companies but I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach that Ive been had!
    As to the 200$ money back guarantee ha right not a fukn chance I'll see that.
    I don't know what to do as I really wanted to be sponsored so I'm holding on to his bullshit for now if u want me to let u know how it goes email me at
    Drizzy38@gmail.com

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