Scammers offered me $5,000 to remove two of my posts

Last Update: October 12, 2018

Hi guys,

Yesterday I read that Grace (@littlemama) had received a message from some scammers who claimed they would pay her $5,000 if she removed two of her posts where she exposes them.

I didn't check my inbox yesterday but I just checked it out and I see they have also sent me this message.

I haven't replied the email and I don't think it would be a good idea to get in touch with these people.

Honestly, I don't believe they would pay $5000 to take down my reviews. They could tell me to remove them and once it's done, they wouldn't send me anything. Or perhaps they would ask me for my information and sell it to other scammers.

I really don't expect anything good from them. They just want to "delete" anything or anyone that gets on their way.

I‘m earning way less than $1000 a month from my site and things are getting harder than before so it’s easy for me to get frustrated and lose hope after all the work I’ve done. So should I accept their offer? I will not accept it because I would lose traffic and I would feel very upset knowing that these scammers would take advantage of more innocent people...

Money is not everything even though it’s necessary to make some dreams come true. And it’s really dangerous when people who don’t have good intentions (like scammers) take it from people who need it the most, so if I can prevent this from happening I will continue to do what I have been doing until I’m allowed.

Anyway, I thought I would leave this here so that you can see how these scam artists operate and know what to do if they try to bribe you.

I hope you have a great day, take care =)

Miren

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EPaine Premium
Hi Miren, I read your post about the scamming situation. How sad it is that ppl do that. I don't know all whats going on so its hard to make a call, but I trust you and stand behind you all the way. "don't do anything" , except what you've been doing all along. The money isn't worth it, and besides, would they really give it to you if they're scammers? Of course not. Stand with what you know is true Miren.

Much support, El
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Miren Premium
Hi El,

I just noticed that there are some comments I didn’t reply, sorry.
These scammers sent me another message telling me they would pay me $10,000 instead of $5,000 but I didn’t accept it either. Like you said, they wouldn’t even make the payment.

Thanks a lot for your support! =)
Miren
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Rexwolf1 Premium
Hi Miren a
Week ago after my motor vehicle accident I wasn’t in a good shape or state of mind so unfortunately I register with Click2sell.co trading platform that claims to be an advertisising business but so far I’ve invested 750$us this is still active at present I’m supposed to give Click2sell.co another 250$us to become silver level.To my surprise when I read your review I was devastated that now I’ve been ripped off but how is this allowed these people to keep doing it and get away with it.They practically took the last of my money I had so it makes very angry also feel quite helpless to do anything but try asking for my money back I’m not sure what to do can you suggest anything miren
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littlemama Premium
Yes sounds like the same one Miren. See, your site is getting traction if you're getting these!

Yeah, don't give them any information about you, you don't know what they will do with it.

A few super affiliates also told me they will probably won't pay... how easy for them to tell us to delete first and then they will pay... yeah right.

Move on, and keep working on your site as you have and you'll definitely get Vegas next year!!! WOOHOO!
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Miren Premium
Hi Grace,

I see these scammers have sent this email to all of us who have written a negative review about their scam.

I believe they're doing this to achieve two goals:
- They want to get rid off anything that is not convenient for them (for example our reviews)
- Get our personal and financial information to profit from it.

They are the same unethical people who created binary options and crypto scams and call all their victims multiple times a day so they have many years of experience as scammers.

Yeah, they would tell us to remove the posts, then they would ask us for our information and use it to benefit themselves. They would never pay us.

Praying I can make it on time, I still have 81 sales to go so do I have time? Lol
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littlemama Premium
It would be so fantastic if you can make it THIS year!! 81 is very possible if Nov really picks up like my last Nov did.

And you still have half of Oct, but Dec not sure what you can expect because it will be a dip for us all.

I HOPE YOU MAKE IT!!! KEEP POSTING MORE!
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RoopeshG Premium
Hey Miren
I think that the most asset to your business is your reputation.
Like Kyle said these guys may want to turn things around and make you seem like the bad one.In the process they may succeed in tarnishing your credibility.

Its obvious that you have worked hard to the point where you are at.I personally think that you should not give them any attention.

You are helping people which is the point of your business. Continue full steam ahead.

All the best and take care.
Roops
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Miren Premium
Hi Roops,

You're right, these scam artists would try to make me look bad... They want to "remose" anything or anyone that gets in their way. It's sad that they feel no empathy or shame in doing what they do.

Best wishes to you too =)
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Kyle Premium
One thing you have to be careful about in this sort of transaction is them turning it around on you and saying you are trying to extort them out of money.

Scammers don't change their feathers, you can bet that with any offer like this there are going to be some consequences on your end (not to mention the general being adversely impacted by the potential loss of their money)
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Miren Premium
Hi Kyle,

I agree with you. These scammers would try to put me in a bad position, their intentions have never been genuine...
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YanFellow Premium
Well, I guess they'd pay you first and then you could remove the posts or, if you remove them and they don't pay, putt hem back
:-)

That was just a technical contribution. I fully support you and Grace in writing these reviews to tell less-knowledgeable peaople what these product are.

Well don, Miren!

Just a thought, maybe you or Grace or someone could say what these product are and other WA marketers could also write reviews to help protect the wider public.
Ian
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Miren Premium
Thank you! =)

Well, if I removed my posts I could put them back but they wouldn't rank as well as they're ranked now. And the comments would also be deleted...
These scammers have many years of experience because they are behind different types of scams. They do the most to take advantage of others, I believe they see us as objects to manipulate.
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YanFellow Premium
Sort of like professional con men? And you're the FBI :-)

This isn't my niche (although I know a wee bit about it) but 'm going to look at it after I finish the niche training.
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Miren Premium
LOL I know for a fact that these scammers are the same people who created binary options and crypto softwares scams. They always ask victims for their phone numbers so that they can call them multiple times every single day, they never stop no matter the lives they have ruined.
I've been reading a book about psychopathy so I wouldn't be surprised if these scammers were psychopaths because they feel no empathy, guilt or remorse.
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YanFellow Premium
I guess there's people like that in every walk of life. NO ONE gets my phone number unless I know them!

Keep up the good work! :-)
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Ray619 Premium
Way to girl you're awesome keep up the good work having Integrity in his life is very important it shows you what you're made of but remember whatever takes time to build it'll last longer because you always get it right and as we go along we want to learn from our mistakes as well but you made a great call on this one you made no mistakes you have great integrity gbu and your family always.
P.S. had to give you a follow girl keep knocking it out.
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Miren Premium
Thanks a lot for your kind words, it's much appreciated! =)
Yes, I believe in the end it's best to do what's right and true, at least that's how I feel good.
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Beverly-S Premium
Miren, sorry this has happened to you. Allow me to commend you for having great morals. You did right to ask the WA buddies "hey we got u", lol....Seriously, It sure smells like a "rat" to me. Many scammers prey on two key ingredients "Greed" and "Desperation"...Everyone is giving such great responses. I know your heart and soul feels great closure and peace, which is the main thing, when you can feel you've done the right thing.
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LeeMcQuay Premium
Very well said. : )
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Miren Premium
Thanks so much =)
I completely agree, these scammers take advantage of the fact that there are people who are in need and don't know their tricks. I don't believe they would send me a dime so it's best not to accept their suggestions.
Yeah it feels good to do the right thing :)
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LeeMcQuay Premium
They have no shame. Scammers who are being exposed realize that they will lose money and lose potential victims.
Im not saying that they would really pay you the $5000, but I am sure they think that your post will cost them a lot more than that.
Thank you for excluding them and for sharing this information.
Wishing you the best in ali you do
Lee Ann
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Beverly-S Premium
Thx Lee, have a great day :-)
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Miren Premium
Thanks a lot, Lee! :)
I believe they are trying to scam me to get me to remove my posts so that they can scam more people, and they are also trying to get my personal details.
These con artists do the most to benefit themselves at other people's expenses. They feel no empathy or shame, so I actually wonder if they are psychopaths.
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LeeMcQuay Premium
Anyone that can do this kind of stuff had to have something wrong with them. That's for sure.

Thank you for not giving them the satisfaction and for bringing this to everyone's attention.

Lee Ann
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lcs123 Premium
Hi Mirem
I have the same thing happening but from a different source i have a mobile message coming through on yy mobile in a threatening manner thettening me that if i don't take action to this message they will take away the 8367 GBP that is in my account what account i don't know because i recognize this as a scam and just ignore it then a few days later i get another message now i have even more in this mystery account please be careful of these scams they are trying to get your money in any way they can
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Miren Premium
I have noticed that these scammers usually send these kind of "too good to be true" messages. They might claim you have xxxx in your account to get you excited so that you do what they want. They are very manipulative and try to take as much money as possible.
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newmarketpro Premium
I am the kind of a guy that get back to scammers. I did it a few times now. If I encounter the same thing, I would ask him to pay me first before I would remove my posts, which I am sure it never happened. I am not sure what is the final motive, but something that is too good to be true is most likely a scam.
Thanks for sharing your story.

Joe
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Miren Premium
Thank you!
I asked them why they want me to remove those posts and what's wrong, we'll see if they are capable of replying back. I believe they are trying to find the way to scam me.
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MikaelM Premium
If it is them same program that offered money to Grace (I also saw in that post VitalyG was also offered money) then it might be a scam in itself to offer money to all people that have negative reviews.

Not sure what their plan is, but offering so much money to many people at the same day seem a little strange.
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Miren Premium
You are right, I believe these con artists are trying to scam us as well.
They might want to get our personal information to sell it or get us into trouble. They don't have any genuine intentions.
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DBlanchard Premium
Hi Miren,

Neil has hit the nail right on the head with his comment, and I agree with him 100%. Taking your post down and hoping to get 5 grand from these low-lives will only hurt your brand and the hard work you have put in your website up to now!

Stick to what you are good at (Helping others avoid these scummy programs) and you will succeed without having to take anything down from your site!

Cheers to your honesty and hard work!

Denis
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Miren Premium
Thanks a lot! :)
Yes, I totally agree.
I believe these scammers are trying to scam me as well, they don't have any good intentions.
Deleting posts would hurt my website and my rankings, especially when these posts they want me to remove are getting visitors.
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neilc Premium
The way I see it, accepting the $5K could also work against you if the scammer made it go public on Google, which could damage your brand/reputation online.

Plus if you accept the money, it goes against everything you're trying to accomplish: "HELPING" folks.

However tempting $5K is, you can earn much more in the long-term by doing things the right way and warning people away from scams. :)
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Miren Premium
Exactly Neil, these scam artists would try to put me in a bad place.
If I accepted their request, it would go against my values.
Yeah, that could be possible, if I don't give up, one day I'll reach that point :)
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JKulk1 Premium
Hi Maureen. Thank you for letting us know. J
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Miren Premium
You’re welcome :)
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MAXINEG Premium
First it starts with a request to remove a review. Then, what is the next step? These people are stumbling around in the bottom of a barrel somewhere waiting to launch an attack on good people.
Miren, stand firm and know that you are not alone.
Best regards,
Maxine
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Miren Premium
Thank you! :)
You're right, we can't expect anything genuine from these people. I believe they will try to scam me.
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MAXINEG Premium
They are so awful they could try to pin the whole idea on you. Have nothing to do with them. They are scammers!

Maxine
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Miren Premium
Right... I wonder how they can do this. I guess they feel no empathy or remorse...
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MAXINEG Premium
You are wise beyond your years.
Be strong, That's it!
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Miren Premium
Thanks! =)
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MAXINEG Premium
You are very welcome, Miren. :-)
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SharonRPh Premium
Stand strong. Never sell your soul for a dollar. You must've poked the proverbial hornet's nest so now you know you must've been on track! Thanks for letting us know.!!!!!
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Miren Premium
You're welcome! =) That's what I want. I hope to keep myself on the honest side.
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alan47 Premium
Thanks for the warning, I totally support your response. It is essential we maintain good Practice here at W.A. or we could all lose out. Take good care and continue to be vigilant.
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Miren Premium
Glad that you agree, have a nice day :)
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JimNastic316 Premium
You are doing the right thing by not taking the post down. Keep it 100
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Miren Premium
Exactly =)
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KennyGlossop Premium
Stay strong Miren. You rock! 👍🤜😊
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Miren Premium
Thanks! 😊✨
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MKearns Premium
What worries me Miren is a bribe is only a short step away from a takedown infection!
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Miren Premium
You’re right Michael
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MichalB Premium
waw:(.. Not again.

Miren be brave.

Thank you for the info, though.
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Miren Premium
You're welcome :)
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BDuncan1011 Premium
I can certain understand any site that if getting negative reviews to want to have them taken down in some way. You are right, though, to have no contact with them; for several reasons.
1. The public needs to know when they are getting scammed.
2. You have a business to run and reviewing sites is part of that business. Taking down a post just because someone doesn't like it is like asking a restaurant to close its doors because their food is better than yours. IF they don't like the reviews, maybe they should do something to up their game and maybe start treating people right.

I applaud you for sticking to your morals and keeping yourself safe. As always, you are an inspiration to me and I'm proud to be part of your team. Thank you for setting the bar.
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Miren Premium
I completely agree with you, Brent. You made a good point! What they are doing is similar as telling me to sell my work so that they can benefit from me not doing nothing.

Thank you so much for your supportive words, it means a lot =))
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davehayes Premium
Miren, well done to you, it just goes to show how poor THEY know their stuff is to be able to offer the 'payment' which in truth I doubt they have

I have to add this to you, only because its the way I have dealt with similar in the past, which is to say by way of return

I'm really sorry you don't like the article and /or find it offensive, perhaps you would like to send through a corrected version of what you see as wrong so as you can be seen to transparent

I have yet to receive an offer of this type back

But again well done you : )
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Miren Premium
Thanks a lot =)

I have asked them why they want me to remove the articles and what's wrong, just to see if they can recognize they don't find them convenient.
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