What is your worst experience online? Got ripped off?

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Hey folks

Definitely, my worst experience was a coder I paid up front!
(Yeah, I know, I can hear the groans from England: "On no,
you didn't?")

Yep - I was recommended a coder by a marketing friend.
(He did not know he was a fraudster). He did some great
work. Then, it went quiet. So, I put all the PayPal payments
on hold (that's where they should have remained)!

But, he managed to convince me with friends and family
phone numbers, etc. And, that he'd had a genuine reason for
going quiet.

But, it never got better! Loads of 'stories' later (no-one could
have that much disaster in a few months), loads of hassle later,
and, loads of failed promises later, it went quiet for good!

The saddest thing is, he is a good coder. But, he'd rather rip
people off than earn a decent living the proper way.

So, be warned!

Other things have happened (which were usually my own fault,
but I have taken full responsibility), but none were as bad as that!

Richard
#experience #online #ripped #worst
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Things happen.

    I prefer to focus on what has gone GOOD in my business rather than what was gone BAD.

    Nothing to be gained by living in the past (I don't think so, anyway).

    Bad things happen. Learn. Move on. Don't dwell on them though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dain
    The worse experience I have had...

    Is looking back on a year and not having accomplished anything.

    I was addicted to checking my email and seeing other peoples offers without ever taking action.

    THAT

    IS

    THE

    WORST

    I finally started taking action and that's where I saw a change in my biz.
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    • Profile picture of the author lerxtjr
      Did SEO work for 18 months for a client that made probably millions because of my work. Then one day he disputed all of my monthly recurring charges since the beginning of the project and I had to work out a payment plan with AmEx to pay them $25,000 over the next year. Who does that to a person? Still bitter and I'd go postal on the guy if I ever came face to face with him even though that was many years ago. If you EVER get someone calling you asking for an SEO quote from a company that does teambuilding, let me know and I'll tell you if the company is the same one to help you prevent a nightmare.
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    • Profile picture of the author IzzuDino
      Originally Posted by Dain View Post

      The worse experience I have had...

      Is looking back on a year and not having accomplished anything.

      I was addicted to checking my email and seeing other peoples offers without ever taking action.

      THAT

      IS

      THE

      WORST

      I finally started taking action and that's where I saw a change in my biz.

      SO SO TRUE. The worst experience is when my inbox became like a twitter feed with new emails every few minutes.

      And to cap it all of, I actually fell for some of them and purchased a bunch of useless products.

      (Although it has to be said that some of the products which were promoted were good and actually helped me progress!)
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    • Profile picture of the author claw22
      Originally Posted by Dain View Post

      The worse experience I have had...

      Is looking back on a year and not having accomplished anything.

      I was addicted to checking my email and seeing other peoples offers without ever taking action.

      THAT

      IS

      THE

      WORST

      I finally started taking action and that's where I saw a change in my biz.
      I'm at this stage now, and finding hard to get past it .
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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    Aside from spending almost an entire year producing nothing and losing a lot of money, I would say that one of the worst that I can remember is paying an agency to accomplish a big project for my website content. This happened around 2 to 3 years ago. I paid around $4000 for their service. Half of the articles I got were good so I put my full trust in them. Half of the half were crappy and the other half was never delivered to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author LimitlessTraffic
    Bought 500 Clicks of Solo ads and never heard the person EVER again... 0 Clicks Delivered.
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  • Profile picture of the author addyonline
    Paid a member on this forum $500 for mentoring and trusted him because of a decent post count. I was guaranteed to earn $30 a day from these CPA methods after 5 days. He gave me a couple of short lessons with some of the most simple/noob methods on the planet and then boom, never saw him again.

    Found out he has done the exact same thing to others and now luckily I know more about him then he would expect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andarawi
    I'm just inquiring , why we are not putting the name of these people so every body else would avoid dealing with them
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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    I couldn't remember what country the agency was from. I just got really pissed off when I lost $4000. I am not sure if they are still in operation up to now. The last time I saw their website was 6 months after they took my money and gave me a very bad service. I couldn't imagine how they could still work despite what happened.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyt
    Worst experience is doing the same thing over and over for a year expecting different results but ended in the same place. But let's move on....
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    • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
      Originally Posted by garyt View Post

      Worst experience is doing the same thing over and over for a year expecting different results but ended in the same place. But let's move on....
      Happens to almost every newbie in the business. And yes, moving on is the best thing to do whenever that happens to you. Eventually, you will find the best strategies to use and fortunately, feel that Internet marketing is really something that you should do for the rest of your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
    Spent months building traffic and backlinks then hit by google updates and you have to manually review/audit and delete those backlinks you built.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
      Originally Posted by Anne0521 View Post

      Spent months building traffic and backlinks then hit by google updates and you have to manually review/audit and delete those backlinks you built.
      Was that something that happened to you recently? I'm sure a lot of people can relate to you, including me. However, I still feel lucky that I didn't lose as much as what other people lost when the update came. You really have to be prepared at all times and formulate back-up plans to resist losses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    I don't think that there is anything wrong about sharing your worst experience to other warriors. Sharing them will not make you any less of a good Internet marketer. In fact, it is best to let others know about it for us to learn from it. Still, it's your call.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Mak
    paid $2,500 for an odesk programmer and get a super buggy software UI.
    and also a few other times got cheated by other freelancer.

    now i can understand why these happen so often, this is due to the competition in freelancing, the one who need to survive will try everything to get project at cheap rate, but they know the price is not worth their time to complete it, but anyway just grab the job 1st.

    after you have paid them 50% and the potato is half bake, they will tell you a lot of reason they can't continue.

    i got one said, his notebook got stolen and all code gone..
    another said, he quit the company
    another said, what you ask is impossible to get done (when starting the project he told me c# have no limitation)

    anyway, they don't care much, because odesk have payment guarantee to freelancer, if you finally don't pay them the balance, odesk will pay.

    but the funny thing is, i found talented and very good + honest programmer on fiverr and have do bigger project successfully with them, if you want me to seek for a reason for this, i think this is due to all the Fxcker who is better in cheating win the battle on the freelance marketplace and the honest one got kick out and have to do the $5 job to survive.

    My conclusion: freelancer is very danger, don't try this at home!
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  • Profile picture of the author katiekate
    i once ordered this OTC medication for my skin condition, was a total scam, like i mean it looked like it was made in someones basement, and it probably was but you should have seen all the hype they used to sell it, guess it worked for them
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    be nice to yourself

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  • Profile picture of the author Patbinc
    I've lost money all the time falling to hyped up sales letters until I realized the problem was not the guys who were scamming me, the problem was with me for believing that people who could stoop so low to convince with 100,000words sales letters could actually have a product worth checking out.

    Now I know better. I don't even bother to read super long sales letters with hundreds of "testimonials"...I mean if the product is so good, why trumpet that fact so loudly? It should sell itself based on its quality!
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  • Profile picture of the author alasdairsim
    Coming across the usual scams all over the internet. Must have lost $$$$ in potential income by now.

    Thing is to not dwell on it, as hard as it may seem. There must be some sort of karma in the world, right? RIGHT?!
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Mortimer
    What do people think about forced-continuity programs?

    Here's what happened to me:

    I bought a product (I really wanted) from Ryan Diess
    But, there was a forced continuity. Which, of course,
    I could cancel before the first payment went through
    ($97 after 30 days)!

    I could not put it on my PayPal account due to the
    amount, and (very foolishly) put it on a debit card!
    Then, (oh no) I forgot about it....!

    A year later I noticed a payment on my bank statement
    I didn't recognise. (Yeah, there's a lot going through
    that account, so its not easy to spot things - another
    mistake)!

    I did a Google search for the company and got to a
    site which said something like "We are not Ryan Deiss,
    if you need a refund from ......... go to ......." Can you
    believe that?

    Anyway, finally I got through to RD's company and
    asked what the payment was for. Then, after they
    replied I said I'd never used the service ($1k or so later)!

    They gave me the last 3 payments back as a 'courtesy!'

    Thanks! So, the idea was to get me to pay for something
    I'd never use and then forget I was paying? Then, refund
    3 months so I couldn't raise a complaint with my bank?

    Call me cynical, but that's how it looks! That really, really
    saddened me that a top-notch marketer could resort to
    those 'tricks!'

    So, I've moved on. Its in the past and another expensive
    lesson...!

    However, I hate forced continuity programs.

    Richard
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