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Hey,
I'm thinking about buying a website on flippa, but there is a slight problem.
The buyer has not "verified" the traffic or income on flippa. He attached a screen shot of his earnings and traffic but I'm worried it might be edited. (doesnt look like it but I don't know hard it is to manipulate stuff like that)
He said "adsense earning in different account which i wont able to verify with this flippa account."

Is that a legitimate excuse?
I asked for a video walk through and he said he wouldn't because he had bad experiences in the past doing that.
The seller has 100% feedback over 6 transactions totaling around $2000

He put my adsense code in his website so i could see that traffic and income was coming in. Its been around 5 hours and the income and traffic is lining up but he could be manipulating that also.
#income #verifable
  • Profile picture of the author fcf360
    If the seller is from either Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nigeria, just simply stay away.

    If they are from some other third world countries: proceed with extreme caution. Never ever PayPal the funds to them no matter how small or trivial, and always use escrow.com.
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    • Profile picture of the author biznics
      Originally Posted by fcf360 View Post

      If the seller is from either Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nigeria, just simply stay away.

      If they are from some other third world countries: proceed with extreme caution. Never ever PayPal the funds to them no matter how small or trivial, and always use escrow.com.
      I think you have forgotten to add India in your list above. No offense to anyone though.

      I am sure the above mentioned countries are 'not the only ones' scamming Flippa. For what reason? Coz I know some people from the same countries doing a good job in selling websites honestly on Flippa. AND, I also know couple of members from the 'third wold countries' with fraudulent/suspicious selling activities.

      Finally, buying a website from Flippa requires due diligence and you must simply know what you are dealing with regardless of where the seller is from. A good website can tell a lot about itself (as long as you know attributes of a good website). There are other metrics with which you can get the idea whether the seller is a scam or legit. Consider going through the listing details carefully and in case of any questions, you can always ask for verified proof form the seller.

      Good day,
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      • Profile picture of the author fcf360
        Originally Posted by biznics View Post

        I think you have forgotten to add India in your list above. No offense to anyone though.
        You got to be careful with India. But, you don't have to outright avoid it like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria. If you send some money to someone in any of these countries, it's basically gone, done and over with. You're most likely not getting anything back in return.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by MichaelNz View Post

    I asked for a video walk through and he said he wouldn't because he had bad experiences in the past doing that.
    Opinions may differ, Michael. Mine is simply that if the income isn't verifiable, it may not exist at all, and I wouldn't buy the site.

    "He won't show you because he had bad experiences in the past doing that" doesn't fill me with confidence, to put it mildly.

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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Feedback can be faked. Be very careful. You can use backlink checkers to see his backlink footprint. That might give you an idea regarding traffic. Alexa.com's site info can be helpful as well. Finally, you can use Quicksprout's social media volume feature to see if the site gets much social media love.

    Ask the seller for the list of the domains of sites he sold in the past. If some of those sites have expired domains, that's a red flag.

    Don't get ripped off, bro. Ask the seller for an escrow arrangement where you will release payment only after 90 days. That should be enough to see if the income claims are real.
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  • If it seems to good to be true...chances are it is. to much of risk if you ask me.
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    • Profile picture of the author kilgore
      I'm not sure why people don't trust screenshots. I mean... If it's on the internet, it's true, right?



      Anyone wanna buy my website?
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      • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
        Originally Posted by kilgore View Post

        I'm not sure why people don't trust screenshots. I mean... If it's on the internet, it's true, right?



        Anyone wanna buy my website?
        Stop stealing my screenshots . I'm using that one on my "How to make 723 million per day on Amazon" WSO.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I forgot the url but there's a site that makes fake income screenshots. Sad. But true.
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    • Profile picture of the author GodOfCPA
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      I forgot the url but there's a site that makes fake income screenshots. Sad. But true.
      All you need is inspect element in Chrome or Firefox, which allow you to edit the HTML of the web page prior to screen shot. If it's video, all you need is to insert edited frames in the right places. Never trust any earning proof is the reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Holmes
    Just Google for 'Fake Adsense Screenshots' - and it pops up. I'll be tracking everyone who reads this, and types that into Google.

    That should make for a good WSO... 'Scammers Known To Use Fake Income Generators'

    Coming soon to the WSO section...
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    I wonder how many people fake an income screenshot because their real earnings are too high to be believable?

    That would be a twist ahah but still illegal probably.
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Originally Posted by MichaelNz View Post

    He put my adsense code in his website so i could see that traffic and income was coming in. Its been around 5 hours and the income and traffic is lining up but he could be manipulating that also.
    Up next: MicaelNz starts a thread bashing Google for terminating his AdSense account and "those scammers" not telling him why.
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  • Profile picture of the author GinaStringer
    Don't.waste.your.money.on.Flippa. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    Ideally, there should be another way than screenshots to verify the site's income. However, not sure of any source right now apart from the site owner that would allow you to actually check accounts. Not like he would let you login to his Adsense or BuySellAds account just to check the balance.
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