Money Is NOT Everything: Don't Try To Bribe Me

Last Update: October 22, 2018

3rd Update 10/22/18: Today he offered me $3,500 for the removal of the same post.


2nd Update 10/18/18: Today he offered $3,000 to remove one post. The same post he referenced in both other offers.


UPDATE:

A day later, $5,000 to take down two of my posts. Yesterday, they just referenced one of my posts.


Hello WA members,

Sorry I've been away on a family emergency for the last week and now getting back to work.

What I wanted to tell you all this morning is that I have been offered compensation to take down one of my posts.

If you have been following me, my site is in the make money online niche and thus I promote WA, and by doing so, most of the content on my site are product reviews of different opportunities that are out there.

Some product owners do get upset about this and depending how harsh your review is, they will send you a cease and desist order to have you take it down.

This morning, instead of sending me something like that, I instead got this offer:

"I would like to offer you a generous compensation in exchange for removing the following post..."

And then it referenced the post on my site.

I know this particluar platform is extremely dangerous for people to get involved with as they are willing to give their affiliates hundreds of dollars per sign up.

I have never used one of their affiliate links because I highly don't agree with what they do and have written at least a couple of posts about these guys as they have more than one platform scamming people with their scheme.

I'm sure if I respond, they will probably offer me a 4 or 5 digit offer since they are willing to pay their affiliates so much money but I will not take such dirty money.

I know I'm helping a lot of people to stay away from their scheme and providing people a scam-free way to learn how to make money online here at WA.

I will not take such an offer and just shows how dirty this industry can get.


If you are also promoting WA and writing product reviews, know that if you are writing about a scam, you are really providing a very valuable service to many people out there who just don't have the same experience as us to know whether an offer is a scam or not.

We are not just writing product reviews for the sake of writing them to get them to come to WA.

We are providng people with valuable information that can SAVE them from losing thousands of dollars to schemes like this.

With your product reviews, be diligent in finding out facts about them and reporting those facts in your reviews.

Stay neutral and present what's dangerous or why people need to stay away. Provide the most value to your readers and your referrals will grow.


Have a great week guys!

Grace


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RubenV1 Premium
Wow, you surprise me with this powerful message. You are unbreakable and should be made of gold. I hope to be like you one day. I want to be unstoppable but had no idea this could be possible until I read your "money is not everything" post. This opened up a whirlwind of thoughts for me to catch up to. I am glad to be on your team! Hip Hip Hoorey!!! You are truly gifted and blessed Grace.
Ruben
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Ruben! I'm sure you would do the same in the situation and so would a lot of folks here at WA.

You are in the right place for sure, so learn all you can and build your own online business! :)

I'm always around to help you if you need it!

Have a great day!
Grace
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derekmarshal Premium
Integrity and not selling your soul!. Personally, If I was offered any sum of money to take down a post relating to known scam I'd be torn and probably punished by Karma, knowing that I could have saved a few people a lot of trouble and heartache but chose money.

Money is not important. It is, in fact insignificant. Even if you were offered 10x the amount it is not worth it. It is only money and money always renews itself!.

There will also be more money flowing to you as a result of your positive stance. In fact, it is good material for future article, and email newsletter. Which will win you kudos with your followers!.
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Derek and I totally agree with you about Karma and how money is really just an instrument and I know I can always earn more of.

It is important to me to help others find legit ways to make money online so I want to keep the internet safe with my review being up and out there.

Thanks for your kinds words!
Grace
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ThomasTay Premium
Good words indeed to put the true intention of our review in the content creation.

People can feel it when we are sincerely wanting to help them.
Human is a wonderful animal. Even you do not say it out, your inner thought and intention will reflex in all your dealing with others. They can feel it, even you do not say no.

Thank you for this reminder so we can put that intention in our mind while we create the content.
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littlemama Premium
You're welcome Thomas and yes that's very true about how your readers can feel your thoughts and intention. I put that in my posts every time I write. :)
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Surfdude123 Premium
They would.never pay 5k. Its probly some ploy they will twist and turn to get money out of you or.some.weird.azz.sh&%. Some.people are pathetic, greedy,greasy, cheesy and just gross. Some dude with sandy feet in a.weird.country shuffling around a little shack with all kinds of crazy installed used Cat 5 cables and an.old laptop sitting in dust with wild.crazy eyes slacking away on a crappy computer. I'm a visualist.lol
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littlemama Premium
Yeah that's why it's best I ignore them. There are a couple more Super Affiliates who got the same email so but at the same time, I know they could afford it.
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neilc Premium
If they're offering you so much money and possibly every other blogger on page one for those reviews too, then it proves they must be making some serious money from scamming people.

But at the same time, knowing scammers lies, the bribe could be a lie as well lol.

You should reply: "I'll be happy to change my reviews IF you change your product to a legitimate one". :)
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littlemama Premium
Yes they sure are making a lot of money. I know they are since they offer hundreds of dollars per sign up for their affiliates. I wasn't surprised about the $5K amount.

Yeah, I'm not replying to them. :)
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bpais1 Premium
Well, Grace, it looks like you touched a nerve, for sure.

And, the fact that they feel they need to bribe you, goes a long way to proving that they are scam artists.

Maybe, you should update the posts with something like:

"Bribery - I won't be bought off when it comes to giving you the straight dope on these scams!"

(Without mentioning any names.)

Do you think it might give you even more street cred?

Jim
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littlemama Premium
No, I will not be doing that. I'm not going to add gas to the fire.

The best thing I can do to protect myself and my family is to just ignore.

I want to keep them as far away as possible and don't want to give them more reasons to do anything else to me.

Who knows what they are capable of, I'm not equipped to handle such criminals, I'll just leave things as is.
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StunningBell Premium
OMG. May God protect you for fighting evil. This is terrible news.
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bpais1 Premium
Good point.

I dub you "smart lady of the year!"

Jim
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littlemama Premium
Yeah crazy stuff.
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Jim, I just don't want any trouble from them.
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Tumzkui Premium
Hi Grace so pround of you. not many people would do that. $5000 is too much to turn down two months to Christmas when everything is all about spending money. This shows your level if integrity and faithfulness to
1. God
2. Wealthy Affliate
3. The community here at WA
Im sure the next time they want to to such dirty thing they will have to check first and if the find its someone from WA they will have to think twice.
You have realy lifted WA to a very high level. Kudus. Continue with the good work.
Fidelis
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much Fidelis for your support.

Believe me, it's very tempting to just take that money but I know money can always be earned and I know I can always earn this kind of money.

The amount of people I can save from this scam probably is worth way more than $5K so I am giving this money back to those people I'm trying to help by keeping my posts up.

I hope I'm protected for doing the right thing.

Grace
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Tumzkui Premium
Yes I'm a victim of the scams and I know how it feels
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littlemama Premium
Sorry to hear that, it's never fun being the victim.
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davehayes Premium
Wow, what a great read and I like the principle stance you are taking. Quite clearly the truth hurts, otherwise you would not have written the article.

By writing honest reviews we are helping newbies coming online to identify the right OWN business venture, which is what WA offers, as opposed to an opportunity only one

Congratulations and a lady after my own heart

Wel ldone
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much Dave, check out my update at the top of my post.
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MAXXX777 Premium
i got into an issue where i bought a website that was suppose to make money in electronics and it came preloaded with way over priced items and its been a year this month { October 2017 } i complained about no sales and to lower the prices a bit affordable and it never happened ! Site has not made a cent yet : Anyone with site Knowledge can check it out and tell me where ; or how i can make it produce some income let me know ill share the profits with you : to this day it hasn't made a cent into my wallet ! It cost me quite a bit to buy it ! The name of the website is www.electronicsaplus.com ! Any help will be appreciated : Sincerely Joe :
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littlemama Premium
You really bought a dead site. You have hardly any posts on there so I'm sure you don't get any traffic on there.

Do the training here and you'll learn how to get traffic to that site.
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FieryPenguin Premium
Excellent post, mama :-D
Integrity is crucial to success in any field, especially when trust can be so finicky in the (online) world.

Though we are each here to attain financial freedom, the way to do that imho is to focus on how we are each helping others and doing what we love!

If we can do that and maintain our integrity, then we will each be successful, and the $ will flow.

Good luck and God Bless!

P.S. As a new member, this was a great intro do the WA network! Seems like I've found the right group of people to hang around! Thank you WA community!
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littlemama Premium
Welcome to WA! You are really in one of the best communities online here.

You are right about gaining trust through this online world, it's hard to earn it but if you can show people you are providing them value, they will not turn you away.

I wish you a successful experience here at WA!
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cld111 Premium
Good for you, Grace! I am following in your footsteps and began doing reviews. I just started but I'm already seeing how many terrible products there are out there. I'm glad to join the fight of helping people not waste their money!

Will you write on your site about this situation and how they gave you an offer to take the post down? Or just ignore them completely?

- Christina
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littlemama Premium
Hi Christina,

Thanks for your comment here and support. If you've seen my trainings on my journey to Vegas, you'll learn that I'm done with these reviews because I don't want this negativity in my life or have to deal with criminals as I'm not equipped for it.

So no, I will not add more fuel to the fire, and their message will be ignored.

Grace
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cld111 Premium
I don't blame you at all!

- Christina
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DanOIS Premium
Hi, how do you deal with the cease and desist orders?

I've been threatened with legal action in the past and I just removed the review because there was nothing at stake.

Now that I'm more experienced, I suspect that it was just scare-tactics but I'd like to know more about handling this properly.

Cheers.
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Kyle Premium
If you content was factual and based on truths, then you are fun. Cease and Desists are used as scare tactics and if there is no basis or foundation provided within their actual cease and desist letter, there is likely no merit to it.

There are many unscrupulous companies out there that send these in attempt to muffle free speech, and more often than not, factual content.
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littlemama Premium
I concur with Kyle but you also need to see how you are sent those C&D letters. Some could be vague and some can look very real. You need to use your judgment and if you don't know, then consult a lawyer.

To avoid any lawsuits, the simple thing is to remove your post. But you don't have to take it down if your post has high ranking, you could just re-write it completely to talk about that type of product in general and not use their name. Leave the title & URL as is to keep your ranking but tell your visitors your original review has been taken down because of the request and that you'll just talk about that type of system and what you think about it.
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smokeywins Premium
Wow! And that is why so many of these sites are scams. They are willing to throw big money at the problem to hide the truth, so they can keep pulling the wool over the eyes of honest people just looking to better their lives. We all need to make sure we share the honest truth, especially in the MMO niche. Most have us have been burned at least once and it is our job to help others from doing the same. Thanks for sharing!
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littlemama Premium
Yeah, it's quite disturbing this industry and very heartbreaking to see what's going on.

I know these guys will be caught one day so I know justice will prevail.
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smokeywins Premium
That is all we can hope for. The dishonest eventually get caught in the end. I also believe karma will have it's say as well.
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littlemama Premium
They offered me $5,000 today to take down 2 posts about them!
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kpercival55 Premium
Thanks Grace!
Hope all is well with your family.
Hooray for you for exposing these underhanded tactics, and standing up for ethics and honesty.
That’s an example of why WA will continue to be successful while others are here one day and gone the next.
We are all so blessed to be here!
KyleAnn
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littlemama Premium
Things are well with my family, thanks for your kind words.

Yeah, things could get pretty crazy in this industry and I'm glad I'm on this side of it. :)
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JackieSmith Premium
Hi Grace,
I'm glad you didn't fall for the shiny object ;-)

I can't believe that these scammers are willing to pay people to be quiet.
It goes to show just how much money they are losing by the likes of us exposing their schemes.

What they said, should make a nice little addendum to your review ;-)


Take care.
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Kyle Premium
Exactly, I will pay you out of your content so I can continue ripping people off in silence. That is how that reads to me.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Jackie,

Thanks very much, but no, I'm not going to add more gasoline to the fire.

I'm just hoping that the FTC will take care of this eventually like they did with Digital Altitude and MOBE.

Hope you're well,
Grace
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JackieSmith Premium
Hey Grace,
I'm well thanks.
I hope so too. They certainly do look like a prime candidate for this.
I get so upset with these scammers ripping off the vulnerable. I don't know how they sleep at night.
Keep up the good work Grace!
Take it easy.
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littlemama Premium
Exactly, I really don't know how they sleep at night. They truly go after the most vulnerable too who are desperate for money and they take their last dollars too.
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Miren Premium
I believe they can sleep at night because they don't feel any empathy, they see humans as objects to use...
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littlemama Premium
Yeah for sure.
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Miren Premium
Hi Grace,

I don't know what y'all have been through, but I hope it's all well with you and your family.

Thanks a lot for sharing! Integrity is everything! I still haven't experienced it but who knows if I will in the near future.
I see scammers are capable of doing anything to prevent potential victims from finding the truth about their scam programs.
I just read an article by someone involved in an MLM program who calls us "the fake review parasites", just to prevent people from trusting reviews that call that program a scam. Lol I couldn't help but laugh knowing that what they say is not true.
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Kyle Premium
Fake reviews = Fake news. Companies making this statement use this as a crutch so they don't have to actually refute the merits of the content.

When someone doesn't like what is being said, they are quick to yell fake review. It is because more often than not they don't want people writing truthful content about how their company operates and what their true price points are.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Miren,

Thanks for your kind words, my family is well and just always heartbreaking to lose a loved one.

Yeah I've seen those comments about our reviews as "fake reviews", whatever.

The truth needs to come out and people needs to be warned.

You don't know what can happen, you may experience this stuff too so that's why it's important to make sure your review is solid.

Grace
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littlemama Premium
See my update up top of my post?!
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Miren Premium
I had not seen it, thanks for telling me. It’s crazy how these scammers are willing to pay that money to prevent potential victims from finding the truth. I wonder who they are lol. I guess your posts are making them lose more than $5,000.
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littlemama Premium
I believe these scammers are still making very good money even with our reviews out there because a lot of people just don't do any search before plunging down money so I think they are doing this to just maximize their earnings.

They pay their affiliates over $500 per sign up just to give you an idea how much they can scam from one sign up.

So offering me $5K is nothing to them I bet.
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Miren Premium
I completely agree with you Kyle, they don't want anyone to know their real selfish intentions.
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Miren Premium
Yeah, that could be why they are doing this. They never limit the amount of money they can earn and do anything to "delete" anything or anyone that gets on their way.
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littlemama Premium
That's the sad truth.
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TonyMonzon Premium
hi Littlemama,
If I was in that niche I would certainly do what you did. Those are scammers trying to buy their way to hurting other people. That's not acceptable in my opinion and I would expose them even more. Their offers are pointless and I would not take part of any of those negotiations. Thanks for keeping us informed.
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littlemama Premium
Yeah I don't want anything to do with them or their offer. I won't expose them more because I don't know what they can do to me.

It's scary out there, very sad and heartbreaking.
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JessicaGuz13 Premium
This post is very eyeopening and is a good reminder about the hidden trove of people and buisnesses that lurk online to decieve and cheat others. It's hard to imagine the scope and the sheer number of individuals that are involved in such scamming as well as the people that are taken advantage of daily.

Great post! Thank you for sharing this and for standing your ground.

Hoping your family is doing is doing alright...

Yours,
Jessica
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littlemama Premium
Hi Jessica, thanks for your comment here. Yeah it's the sad truth and it seems very easy to scam people but I know eventually the FTC will get to them and shut them down. It's just a matter of time.
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alexzw Premium
You are right. If you are in it for the money, you would take it. If you want to help people, you don't take the money. The fact that they offer you a generous amount of money, is already proof they are making good money from scamming people. Too bad the FTC is not doing much to take these scammers down. And even then, they just start all over again with a new product.
I appreciate your decision not to take the money. It is also not easy to have websites likes yours taken down for giving an honest opinion. It would be crazy if your website would be taken down and scammers can lie and cheat and get away with it.
All the best.
Alex
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littlemama Premium
I have faith that FTC will get to these guys sooner or later, they seem to be getting even bigger than when I first wrote about them. If they can bring down Digital Altitude & MOBE, they can bring these guys down too. It's just a matter of time.

I have a link to the FTC complaint page on my sidebar and I always tell people do file a complaint when they comment on my site that they have lost money on whatever product.

I looked into how I could report them but doesn't seem like I could unless I'm a victim.

They won't be able to get away with it for long.
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SWhitley Premium
G'Morning, Grace
Just a thought but why not negotiate a bigger offer, maybe add in a few other requests? Keep details and string it out. See how far you can take them? Then write a review of all that has gone on and watch them wriggle.

Seriously tho, great to hear you got a scammer on the run.

And even better, think of all the traffic they are bringing to you!
Walking the Path of Peace (mostly, I do remember another trail)
Sanders
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littlemama Premium
Hi Sanders,

Yeah, no, I'm not going to deal with criminals. I am not equipped to deal with them nor do I want to poke the bear to find out what else they can or will do to me.

Yes these reviews bring me TONS of traffic and that's how I achieved Vegas but it's not worth it for me to receive harassments, C&D letters, and now a bribe. I've since stopped writing product reviews after achieving Vegas, it got too much and don't want to find out what else could happen.

I have a family to protect.

Grace
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DBlanchard Premium
Great show of how to run an honest business there Grace!

These low-lives that are targeting the newbies and prying on their emotions just to get their credit card number and run have it coming!

At least there is someone out there that still cares and is watching these vultures!

Keep on staying your true self! You already are a winner!!!

But keep on pushing ahead like you have been doing all along. Even when the going gets tough (that question about blocking someone from commenting on your site), you have proven that you are capable of going through it and win again!

This community is so helpful and supportive, we just have to turn to them when we need them.

That is what makes it so great! We have to promote it to anyone that is willing to listen!

You go, girl!!!

Denis
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littlemama Premium
Hi Denis,

Thanks for all your kind words but dealing with these types of people is not my forte and I really don't have the stomach for it.

I have since stopped writing reviews after reaching Vegas because it can get nasty and my family is priority.

I don't have to make money this way or deal with criminals. They make their bed and their day will come.

I've done what I can and produced new trainings on here to help others write these product reviews so just because I've stopped, I'm helping others to continue them if they want to go into this kind of business.

In my training, I have also warned people about this dark side of internet marketing so it's up to each individual how they want to proceed.

For me, I know I can turn my site around to more positive and still get referrals, there's just a lot more work I need to do because it'll be harder to rank for non-product review keywords, but I'd rather do that than continue the way my site was going which was going to a very dark place.

I really have no idea what these guys can do to me, but I'd rather not find out.

Grace
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viyee Premium
Hi grace, well done.
I get the sense that there is a small group of scammers that basically offer the same scam under different names. They share
the fake testimonials and periodically change the names of the programmes as though they are something "new" secret" "exclusively for you."
"Pay now and you will be rich overnight but I won't tell you what you are paying for until after you have paid."
It makes me sad because I suspect that the people who typically seek out these programs are already financially challenged and need income not further loss.
I do have a small concern Grace, what can these guys do next? After attempting to buy you off?
The power of content, eh?
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littlemama Premium
Yes they often change their names to avoid our negative reviews, I had someone who wants me to take down 6 posts - proved to me they are all connected which I already knew.

I also see some who don't even use any specific names so you can't really write about them or hard to figure out what people who search for since they didn't have a name for their product.

These are all marketed through email lists so they don't need to really have branded names.

I don't know what they will try next, I'm hoping nothing.
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viyee Premium
It could be a test of the real power of this community. If we all published copies of their attempted bribes on our reviews?
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Kruss456 Premium
Hi Grace,
I can't possibly tell you how honorable your choice was to keep that post live. I commend you on your integrity!!

I have to be honest here. As I was reading your blog post on the scam program that was willing to pay you, possibly hundreds or more dollars to remove your review, I experienced a very fleeting feeling of greed. Maybe it wasn't really greed, that is harsh, but I thought to myself how cool it would be to get that much money for such a simple task. I had never heard of such dealings as I am new to online marketing. But it crossed my mind.

I thank God; when something like this happens, that I was raised to know right from wrong and to be accountable for my actions and decisions. I am fortunate that the thought of taking dirty money was fleeting. I hold high standards in my value system and it would be inconceivable for me to take that kind of money. But this just goes to show what kinds of decisions we all face in this industry, as well as our daily living.

Thank you for reminding me that I must keep my integrity intact and to be alert at all times when working online. I believe WA has incredible integrity and I would never want to tarnish that.

Warm regards and many blessings,
Karen
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littlemama Premium
Everyone has a little devil sitting on the side of the shoulder right? I did think about how much they would really want to pay me for a couple of minutes but there's no way I can do that and be able to sleep at night.

I know what I said was right and this offer confirms it, so it must stay on my site for now.

Thanks for your support,
Grace
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lesucation Premium
Thank you Grace
It is so necessary to continually give advise to show that the internet is so invaluable, in this technological age, BUT we all need to be aware of the SCAM merchants. This is where the WA Family can be relied on to show the way to a life of Health, Wealth and Happiness.
Leslie
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littlemama Premium
Thanks for your input here Leslie and your support. We need to be diligent in our reviews and provide people with the right info.
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you for your excellent blog post Grace. I would be very grateful to read your post, I remember what it was like when I first started researching how to make money online back in 2004, it can be an expensive business!

I'm always grateful to read honest articles and product reviews.

Enjoy your day.

Roy.
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littlemama Premium
You're so welcome Roy, just wanted to share what could happen in this industry. We have to honest or else we'll be as bad as the products we review.
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Roybretton Premium
Thank you Grace. And yes, your 100% right, as in your last sentence.

Enjoy your day.

Roy
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YumaBloggers Premium
This is a stark reminder that when you do SCAM reviews you need to have a foundation so you can withstand potential legal challenges and be able to turn away such offers knowing you have moral high ground.

When you have the truth in your pocket and can feel sure of your call then it's OK to call a program a scam, but I worry about some of our members who would not fare so well under the scrutiny and such threats and coercion. Just yesterday I dealt with several people who were confused between the hype affiliates were spreading and the truth of what a valid company with millions in backing was actually putting forward.

These members were outwardly calling the program a scam and every reason was far from the official line of the company. These are the cases where an affiliate can get in trouble.
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littlemama Premium
Yes this is very true. In most cases if we’re not sure, just leave it up to the reader to decide. Can’t just call a program a scam without proof.
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Grace.
Paul Mindra here from Ontario, Canada.
Nice post.

You wrote:
"With your product reviews, be diligent in finding out facts about them and reporting those facts in your reviews...."

"Stay neutral and present what's dangerous or why people need to stay away. Provide the most value to your readers and your referrals will grow."

I have read a few of your reviews on your site and can understand why the reviewees (is that correct) would rather pay you than take you to court.

'Scam' reviews are one of the easiest ways to get ranking and notoriety, But as in all things, there is a fine line.

Too many 'Scam' reviews out there right now that just 'Slam' and then offer my #1 Recommendation...Wealthy Affiliate.

The concept is becoming 'Old Hat' in my opinion.

Congratulations on your continued success. We are inspired by your inspiration and value approach to things.

Regards from afar.

Paul.
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DBlanchard Premium
Hi Paul,

I read, and re-read your reply about the "old hat" concept you talk about. I'm not so sure how to interpret it...But you cannot put everyone in the same boat here right?

IF the review is based on honest and researched true facts (like Grace does on all of her reviews), there is nothing wrong calling the ever-increasing, very low-quality programs and scams what they really are.

In fact, when someone reads the review because they were suspicious in the first place, they should have at least another valid choice to fall on. It's basic WA training at it's best!

If what you meant is doing a review about a program or system without any foundation or proof, and then calling it a scam and send them to WA, then I have to agree that it has become somewhat a "trend" for newer members calling everything under the sun that is not WA a scam.

Having the strenght and conviction to stay honest and true will always be best at the end, in my opinion anyaways!

Denis
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Dennis.
Nice to hear from you again.

Yes, indeed I meant the latter and not the former.

By no means, Dennis am I putting everyone in the same boat, but I just see so many of these 'old hat' types of reviews online. Not just WA reviews done by WA members but other owners of programs that rely on this kind of what I call 'sneaky' technique.

It seems that the most popular search terms people are looking for are 'scams' or 'reviews' as related to online products & Services.

E.g. 'Wealthy Affiliate Is A Scam...Don't Join Wealthy Affiliate until you read this Review!"
Then the review ends with WA being the #1 recommendation.

The words 'Scam' and 'Review' have been used in a misguided way for rankings. Very similar to using 'Black Hat' techniques to get 'White Hat' results if you know what I mean.

Not sure if this is necessary.

Onward and upward my friend, and always try to stay true.

Paul.
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DBlanchard Premium
It's also great to hear from you again Paul 😊

Thanks for your explanation. I read your message and I had to ask. You have confirmed what I thought you meant.

Have a great day!

Denis
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PMindra Premium
Cheers.
Paul.
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much Paul for your input and your warm words. I know what you mean and have seen many reviews don’t even give much information about the products or any deep analysis of them, just very simple posts to get rankings.

That is certainly not the purpose, we must think about the people searching for these products and why they need this information or what information we should be providing them.

Providing value should be our number priority, always.

Wishing you well!
Grace
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Denis!
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PMindra Premium
All Good, Grace.
Onward and upward in truth with holding value.
Paul.
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littlemama Premium
Yes very much so. :)
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jeooms Premium
Great information! Thank you for sticking to what is right instead of following the $$. Many people lose the focus of being honest when they are finally earning money. Its great to see people like you standing up and making sure the facts are out there. So many people get pulled into the schemes and scams and lose much money that way.
You stand out in the best way possible. Thank you.
Joanne
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much Joanne for your support here!
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Debs66 Premium
First and foremost I am happy you are all ok and your family emergency is all good and is to the point of not so urgent. Not sure what happened but here is a big E hug from me. xo

BTW
Well said Grace and well done also for standing your ground. It can be quite scary sometimes doing what we do. I actually can believe you have had some backlash from some of your or at least one of the reviews you wrote.

You do your work you know your thing. You certainly do not write on a whim.

You go, girl, you are amazing. Let us know the fortunes they offer for your site too it will happen :)

You are amazing.


Debs :)
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littlemama Premium
Oh Debs, thanks so much for your kind words!! You are so sweet and totally awesome!

My family is well thanks for the E Hug, appreciate that. :)

Yeah I have stopped doing reviews for this reason and just don't want to deal with stuff like this but I still experience it with my current posts.

I hope nothing more will come of this as I'm not replying.

Thank you for being amazing too!

Grace
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Grace,
What a refreshing attitude in today's world of "get everything you can by any means that you can".

Sue and I have been down the road that leads to "scamville" too many times before we found Wealthy Affiliate.

You provide a valuable service by getting the crooks off the internet (if possible) or at least letting others know that a particular company is not so good.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill and Sue
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littlemama Premium
Hi Bill and Sue,

I'm so sorry to hear about your past experiences before WA but happy that you are here now.

Yes, I just want to inform others, people ultimately have to decide for themselves what they want to do after reading the information I provide.

Thank you so much for both of your support!
Grace
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MatthewLS Premium
I agree I wouldn't take down my post for any type of money I see it as if you did take it down then you would be going against what you stand for. which is helping others make money the legit way and not let them fall for scams.

i hope all is well and keep on doing what you can to help others get to their dreams
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much for your support and kind message! Yes, all is well here and I hope you are doing well too.

I will continue helping others find WA so they can learn once and for all, how to do it right. :)
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feigner Premium
just be careful grace - these people can be very nasty and destroy businesses - a lot is at stake for them and desperate people will do whatever they can to prevent their businesses going down.
just as in the real world there are some very nasty people, they exist in cyberspace as well.
but don't think that tlling the truth will prevent you being attacked, if they stand to lose a lot of money then they will turn on you.
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littlemama Premium
I know, that's why I've actually stopped writing product reviews after reaching Vegas. I don't want to deal with these types of people.

Thanks for looking out. :)
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feigner Premium
congrats on reaching vegas - it shows that the system works, but i wish there was more info about what to do when a backlash occurs.
Enjoy yourself in Vegas.
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littlemama Premium
Thank you! Yes me too, I guess you would need to consult a lawyer ultimately.
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Grace, I literally woke up to the SAME email this morning from a guy named 'Tom' who asked me to remove what I am sure is the same post! I think this is a pretty good indication that our reviews are helping people if they are willing to pay. That is the first time I've ever been offered money to remove a post lol but I'm with you, not taking the money. They can stick it.

Hope all is well with you and your family :)
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littlemama Premium
Thank very much Tim for confirming this too! Yes it's the same "Tom" I'm sure, what a horrible scheme they have going and it's totally made up too, so ridiculous but people fall for it.

Yes my family is well, just heartbroken which only time can heal, thanks for your kind words. :)
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littlemama Premium
They sent me another offer today, $5,000 to take down two of my posts about them!!
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Yup... I couldn't believe it either- same email. Although the second post they asked me to remove might be different. They must be sending the same email to the top 2-3 sites ranking on Google for relevant keywords. And considering how many versions of the scam they run, you'll probably find there are a handful of other sites they are reaching out to as well. Gees. I reckon they'd go way higher too given how much they are scamming people for. This is big business for them. It's actually kind of a worry in some respects. I mean you've gotta wonder who these people are... certainly not your regular garden variety scammers.
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littlemama Premium
It is definitely worrisome and can't believe they are getting away with this for so long. I hope the FTC gets to them soon.

Yeah they have a few versions for sure. I don't have their newer versions on my site, I've stopped doing reviews after Vegas. But, I think they have two new versions. I just decided I don't want to deal with scammers anymore with all that I've experienced. I don't want to get too close to them.

I feel bad I won't be helping more people, but I know FTC will get to them sooner or later like they did with Digital Altitude and MOBE.

These scammers are definitely a new breed. Scary.
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marycmiller Premium
Hi Grace, glad to see you back, I hope everything is alright for you and your family. I always felt you were honest and had integrity, but this just proves it. Since it would be easy to take the money and run. One question, can they or in more general terms can anybody you are doing a review on, force you to cease and desist, and if so how would you know when or when not to do it?
Mary
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littlemama Premium
Hi Mary,

Thank for your warm words for my family, we are all recovering from the event that impacted our lives, but will carry on from all the love and support we still have.

It would be easy to just take the money and run, and trust me, I was curious how much he was offering, that devil side of me (don't we all have that side?).

But yeah, there's no way I would even reply to this guy.

From what I hear, no one can really do anything about your reviews, especially if you expressed it's your opinion. However, I didn't want to find out on one of them whether I would get sued or not or what to deal with it in that capacity to hire a lawyer and such, so unfortunately, I took down one but not completely take it down, I just rewrote it without talking about them directly.

I have NOT asked a lawyer about C&D letters and how they could affect me as a blogger, so if you or anyone reading this gets one, you must consult for yourself what to do.

I've since stopped doing product reviews because my family got concerned about some of the harassments I was getting on my blog and also didn't want to deal with anymore C&D letters.

Some C&D letters are not real, so you just have to see how it comes in, what they say, how legit it looks.
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marycmiller Premium
Thanks for the reply Grace, I am planning to go through the bootcamp training and promoting WA. But want to finish certificate first, plus I am working on a photography website and want it to have a strong hold before I start something else. So it will be a while before I should get a C&D letter, so just kind of wondering how serious you have to take them. Maybe an idea for Kyle to do training on in the future.
Mary
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littlemama Premium
Kyle gave his opinion about them above, he replied to a few people if you want to look it up. There are Super Affiliates who deal with them for years now but I'm just not up for this kind of thing and I know I can make money in other ways not dealing with these types of people.
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KayC1 Premium
I don't blame you, I wouldn't take their bribe either. WA is a great place to be that gives you the opportunity to be all you can be. I've seen these other sites and have stayed away because I feel I've already been scammed by one about three or four years ago. It was only about $500 dollars but I was going through my Mom's last days here on this earth and it hit me hard. I had put my life here in Florida on hold and went to Georgia to be with her. I had no income at all at the time other than selling something here and there on eBay. Times were the worst ever and I just needed a break to get something going because I knew I would have my disabled sister and niece when she passed. These people took every last penny I had and I couldn't get any tech support or other support and it ended up never getting started basically and they wouldn't refund my money. Horrible experience.
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littlemama Premium
Sorry to hear what you experienced Kay, that's typically how it happens. Many people go to those types of products because they are speaking exactly their language, making money fast cuz they are desperate and need to do it quickly.

Most people in that kind of situation don't know that it's not easy to make money online so they believe what they say because sometimes it sounds believable.

It's always heartbreaking to hear stories like yours and it sucks we can't do more.

I'm glad you're here at WA now. :)
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CheriJ1 Premium
You know you've Made It when you've made the slimeballs upset! lol GOOD FOR YOU for letting integrity rule the day. You are so very right, money is NOT everything. Thank you for the value you offer your readers and for the example you set by not "selling out." Best wishes!
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much Cheri, I appreciate our support and your warm message. :)
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CheriJ1 Premium
My pleasure...you are a true example for us all. Have a great WA day!
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littlemama Premium
Aww, thanks, you have a great WA day too! :)
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nurselizstar Premium
I have the utmost respect for you Grace and am honored to make your acquaintance, especially your integrity. It always blows my mind when I come across something or someone (of questionable character) that will gloat about the heck of a deal they got by screwing someone else! I find it criminal at the minimum and certainly a total lack of moral fortitude. My question I would pose to these people, "how would you react if the same thing happened to your mother", but I ofttimes walk away shaking my head with, "They do have mothers, don't they?" Of course, but that is of little consequence to them I'm afraid. Well done Grace!
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littlemama Premium
Thank you so much Liz! You won't believe some of things I see people making money from. The saddest part is that most of these people will not search out these products before being involved and sometimes they end up doing it afterwards when it's too late. That would be a great question to pose to them, but I don't want to even touch that email.
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shazzaWA Premium
Woaah! That is insane. Isn't that great though. Now you have what they have bribed you with - in writing! Just shows the wrong doings that people will do to make a quick buck - or alot of bucks!

I am just like you Grace. I would never take money ahead of something that is so wrong just to benefit me. You are doing all those who "could be" involved with this - a great service in sharing your product reviews.

Now that I am full on doing Reviews - OMG - I cannot believe the crap and lies but I will never outright say something is a scam. I like to keep it neutral, just tell my audience that this is all the information I have researched (which is usually really bad and not much is good) and to make up their own minds.

Love your integrity my friend!
Sharon
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littlemama Premium
Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your support and message.

Well, sometimes it doesn't matter if you call them a scam or not, they will still want you to take down your post if you're taking their customers. That is the case with my first C&D, I didn't call them a scam but they still wanted me to take it off.

Yeah there is SO MUCH crap out there it's unbelievable how people get away with all their misleading messages and outright lies. That's why I offer my trainings so I can get even more reviews out there to help even more people.

Stay awesome!
Grace
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shazzaWA Premium
Thanks Grace and I am actually enjoying doing Reviews, the stuff you uncover is unbelievable. Thanks to you for showing us “in depth” how to write these.

To know that they can give you those C&Ds; even if you don’t outright say it is a scam is crap but glad you told me.

I guess if we keep to the truth of what we have see in our research then there is nothing they can do about it. We just find more than their Sales Page actually reveals which is good for our Reviews. But unfortunately the sales spiel is what gets newbies and the unsuspecting wasting their money with them.

And it also appalls me the time you can waste on these crap systems if you do buy in and get in the back office of them! Then find out an internet search would probably give you better training for free... or Wealthy Affiliate!!! Lol
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littlemama Premium
The ones with deep pocket will come after you no matter how ridiculous or misleading their sales pitch is. That's the thing, you really don't even need to see the inside of some of these products because their sales pitch is so ridiculous.

I'd rather build an army against these scammers, so that's why I want to help you all do product reviews. :)
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littlemama Premium
He sent me another offer today, see top of my post!
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shazzaWA Premium
Yeah I am keeping an eye on this post, thanks for letting me know Grace!
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IntroVent Premium
Nice post!

I guess I had to know this goes on out there, but I don't think it's dirty of them to offer you money to take down the post.

I mean, the facts are that you're trying to make money and so are they. Their hope that you might decide the profit is worth your soul is not unreasonable.

What would have been dirty, or at least felt that way, would be if you had quietly taken down the post and accepted the offer.

Principles are important! Even the ones that cost you money.

Great job!
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littlemama Premium
Well, I guess you can just see it as a business proposition what they did.
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Wdcope Premium
I agree with you completely. I used to be involved in Network marketing back in the day it was mostly called MLM. During this time there were good companies and those who would lure top people away for big contracts, and then say fake stories that they got rich in 6 weeks etc etc.... Commonsense prevailed, yet many believed these stories and lost much money because of it. Many tried to expose this and lost downlines, and got terminated from programs they properly were recruiting in. I applaud those who write and review well and expose and assist us in determining affiliate and other online programs and companies that are not doing things right.
Thanks,
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littlemama Premium
Yeah, no one gets rich in 6 weeks or 1st week or 1st month... anything that offers such things are not good.

Unfortunately there are SO MANY of these types of scams out there that is really countless and very sad to see.

I have people on my blog reporting the thousands of dollars they have lost in schemes and it's really heart breaking to read them.

I just hope to save a few who will search about these schemes before joining.
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CandP Premium
Wow, Grace!
First of all, we hope all is well with the family emergency and that things are back to normal for you;)
The sheer audacity of this offer to you is beyond words. Just goes to show how right on you were about the review!
They can't seduce our Grace to the "Dark Side", no way!!! Integrity is more important than their dirty money!
You are our guiding light in this industry.
Thanks for your post and we wish you a wonderful rest of your week.
Your friends in Ecuador,
Colette and Philip
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littlemama Premium
Hello my beautiful friends in Ecuador!

Thanks for your kind words, all is well but indeed had gone through some difficult moments. Appreciate your warm words.

I really can't believe how desperate they are to take our reviews down to offer payment like that.

I wonder how many people actually responded, I hope not any WA members.

I will always stand in the light! Hope you two are well!
Grace
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littlemama Premium
See my update up top of my post?!
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CandP Premium
Even if someone was absolutely in dire straits, and tempted to take the money (it's a lot of $$), our concern (apart from the obvious and most important moral and ethical one), would be first of all whether they would actually ever even see the money and then, whether they could somehow use that agreement to take the money against them in the future. In other words, whether they could use their 'acceptance' of the money to damage their credibility at a point in the future.
As a reviewer, your credibility is everything, right? This cannot be bought!
If they are not afraid to offer dirty money, they will not be above trying to hold it against you.

We, like you, sincerely hope nobody here at WA has succumbed!

You must be hitting the nail right on the head of these bottom feeders.
Thanks for the update and, as ever, you are our light in the darkness, Grace xo
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littlemama Premium
It is very tempting $5K, but yeah, I'm not sure what they would do with my information too if I told them where to send the money.

It's insane these guys are willing to stoop this low to offer me so much money, wow.

I just can't allow them to get any closer to me and I need to make sure I keep them far in the distance.

I really hope they will just go away after this last attempt.

Hope you guys don't have to deal with these kinds of people!
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CandP Premium
We hope they don't bug you anymore, too.
If it happens to us at any point in the future, we will be sure to share it with you and the community.
Hope you can relax a bit with your family over the weekend.
xo
C & P
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littlemama Premium
Thanks very much guys, you guy have a great weekend too coming up. :) xoxo
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LynneHuy Premium
Good for you, and you are so right. It is not all about money!

I've had the cease and desist letters but never been offered money to take down a post. I have however been offered an insane amount of money to promote a product that claims to be a wonder cure for alcoholism and addiction - just one pill and you are cured. They kept upping their offer until it was $5000 and then I lost my cool and let rip. That is putting lives at risk!

Standing by what you believe in a a blogger is so important.
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Lynne for your support! $5K to put their dangerous magic pill up on your blog, wow. So happy you let it rip!
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Loes Premium
Integrity wins always Grace! I am proud of you!
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Loes! Appreciate your support as always. :)
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Johnpavich Premium
Good for u Grace I hate scammers ! They should lock them all up ! Keep up the good work !
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littlemama Premium
Thank you John, I really hate them too, they are totally taking advantage of people who don't know better.
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T15 Premium
Hey Grace- that kind of offer is a sure sign that your post has invaluable information for the online community. The truth does hurt!

Great job!
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littlemama Premium
Yes it certainly confirms what I wrote is true and what they are doing is indeed probably illegal. I just wish I could submit them to FTC, it seems I have to be a victim of such crime to report them and I'm not willing to give them my money. :( I offer this option though to anyone who comments on my blog that they have lost money.
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PeterZ1 Premium
With great power comes great responsibility! Stay true to yourself :)
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littlemama Premium
Yes I sure will, thank you. :)
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MAXINEG Premium
Stand firm with your words. This is what a woman of substance and integrity would do. Proud to have you as my guide. Thank you for sharing, Grace.

Best regards,
Maxine
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littlemama Premium
I sure will Maxine, thanks for your warm message.
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MAXINEG Premium
I am with you all the way! :-)
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littlemama Premium
Thank you!! Me with you as well. :)
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MAXINEG Premium
Yes ma'am.
Hahahahaha.
Way to go!
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Glen B Premium
That a girl Grace... You get them dirty scammers.

- Glen B
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Glen! :)
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Rich908 Premium
Be Honest / Be Ethical / Be Transparent

Readers will love you for it
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littlemama Premium
Thank you!
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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Grace

Nice post! Seems interesting that some would pay to have you remove posts!

They must have a lot of cash on hand!

Have a great week!

Tim
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Tim, yes it sure is indeed interesting but very sad that they are willing to do this.
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Kickbacked Premium
Some people think they can buy people off!

Unless they are using this as a way to get an actual address and profile of yourself!

Have a nice week Grace! I love this name, same as my granddaughter whom we call Gracie!

Have a nice week!

Tim
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littlemama Premium
Yeah that's why I can't reply to this person who wrote me through my site. I don't want to give him anymore info than what's on the web.

Thanks Tim, have a great week too!
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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Grace

Am glad you are being cautious!

Have a great weekend Grace!

Tim
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littlemama Premium
Thank Tim!
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MarlaineB Premium
Good for you, Grace! Glad you didn't give in to the bribe. They must be seriously up to no good to be willing to pay off nay-sayers.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Marlaine, I think it's incredible what lengths these guys will go to scam people, it's really sad. I hope to continue to help others find a legit way to make money online. :)
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BooBish Premium
It must feel great to have that kind of influence and to be perceived as a threat where scammers are willing to pay lots of money. I agree money isn't everything and refusing bribery should pay off in the long run.
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Jean, yes I really hope this is the case. :)
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