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One of the most irritating things in the Internet Marketing (IM) or ‘home business’ arena, to me at least,  is the phenomenon of ‘crying scam’, i.e. individuals vehemently insisting that such and such an online business is a ‘scam’ and should be avoided like the plague.  It annoys me because 99.9% of the time the word ‘scam’ is used out of context.



What is the definition of a scam?


A scam is, per definition, a dishonest attempt to trap a person you into parting with his or her money. Unfortunately we have all experienced being ‘done in’ in one way or another, and we all know how it feels. There are lots of examples of scams, such as:


  • ‘Free’ mobile phones
  • ‘Inexpensive’ home security systems
  • Investments with ‘high return and no risk’
  • ‘Cheap’ consolidation of all personal debts into one account
  • Most of us are familiar with someone on the street trying to sell you a ‘genuine’ Rolex wristwatch


The offer is often ‘too good to be true’. The underlying motive is that you are to be parted from your money, without any recourse. You can check out the FTC website for detailed

‘how-to’s on how to detect scams.



Is the average MLM company a scam?


Let me get straight to the point. Very, very few online business that have been around for more than a year are scams, for the simple reason that scams are illegal and the relevant authorities will crack down on them very quickly. No products or services that offer money back guarantees can be classified as scams, because even if the product is excessively hyped up in its advertising material, the buyer can still claim his money back once the delivered product or service is found wanting. This is particularly true

of products sold via Clickbank.


The fact that a person cannot ‘make money’ with a specific product does not imply a scam. Would you classify MacDonalds as a scam? Well, not all of their franchisees make a lot of money or even recover their initial investment. That is true for any franchise.



Does a lawsuit imply a scam?


Most ‘scam-shouters’ will claim that company so and so is a scam because there is a lawsuit or a judgment against them. Heck, most high-profile companies attract lawsuits, that’s how the world works. Ever heard of Microsoft? A few years ago Microsoft was sued by a US government agency. Google US Government vs. Microsoft if you don’t believe me. Microsoft lost the case, appealed against the judgment, and had their penalty reduced though they were still found to be in the wrong. Does this make their operation a scam? I’ve been using their operating systems since DOS 6.1 was the big thing, so they can’t be that bad. Okay, Vista was a bit of a fiasco, but still…


Remember that the tallest trees will experience the most wind. One tree apparently commented that it’s not the wind that bothers him, but all the little dogs that lift their legs against the bottom of his trunk (J).



The persona of the person who cries ’scam’


Look at any well-made YouTube video by a famous musician, and then read the comments below. Some of them will absolutely drip with venom. Why? Well, some people are repelled by things positive. And I can absolutely guarantee you that none of these ‘whingers and whiners’ will be successful entrepreneurs because it is absolutely impossible to attract wealth and success with such a deficient mindset. In a way I feel sorry for them.



The hidden motive behind the ‘cry scam’ phenomenon


There is, however, a business motive behind the phenomenon of calling every second business a scam. Watch closely, it is called ‘bait and switch’. A person will point out several negative things about Company A, including allegations that it’s a scam, and then immediately afterwards directly you to his MLM or direct sales company (which is, of course, ‘not a scam’. Calling something a scam also helps you get Page One ranking

with Google. Clever, eh!


In the final analysis you should perform your own due diligence, contact the Better Business Bureau, and talk to other people in the same business etc. And ask for your money back if you’re not happy. But take these IM-related ‘scam’ allegations for what they are, most of the time: either cleverly disguised marketing or balderdash.





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