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Remember Invictus7?Â This scammer was selling “PPC Search Engines” on .Â Well, his sales have vanished for about a week but look at this…
It seems some of the sites he sold on Flippa are now being resold on Flippa.Â This seems strange for a couple of reasons — both sellers seem to state that the reason is that they do not have time to work on the sites.Â While this may be “true”, to me it SCREAMS that Invictus7 convinced them that this is why they both sing the same tune.Â But it also asks — I thought Invictus7 said he would BUY THESE BACK?
I suspect he has now told the buyers that they could just resell the sites on Flippa and perhaps promised that if they did not sell he would buy them or if they sold for less he would pay the difference.Â As is often the case, the scammed now becomes the scammer with the original scammer pulling the puppet strings.Â Sad, sad, sad.
Here is an email I received from someone who felt like they have been scammed…
IS A:Website Sale
Just wanna share with this blog about my experience of buying from invictus7. I had bought traffic reseller website called http://mytrafficbomb.com on 3rd May 2010.
Poor me, I fell on the trap when he said that the website is the last of its kind, make me gushed to bid like crazy. I feel like I got scammed when I see that the seller still got a plenty of similar website to sell. Plus, he said the exact same thing to other potential customer who asked him questions.
Back to the website that I bought, its totally junk!! Useless!! Personally, I believe that i possess a skill that I named it as â€˜Midas Touchâ€™. Because, I had several online business from dropshipping, affiliate and CPA. It is always that I can make a sale from the very same day that I post my item.
But, different story with this junk website that I bought for $480, coz I couldnâ€™t make any sales, and the 30th day of running the website is due. I had followed every instructions that given from him, but its pretty useless. At this moment Iâ€™m pretty sure that I will not get my money back after countless messages that I sent to him.
Sad though that Flippa is standing firm behind this scammer.
I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BY INVICTUS7 OF FLIPPA – azlan12
Sorry to hear that you were scammed by Invictus7.Â He has been the subject of several posts on this site.Â If you would like help recovering your $$ please use the “Contact Us” form on this page and we can see what can be done.Â Read more about Invictus7 here.
Here is an email I received…
IS A: Website for Sale
Thank you for this forum. I’ve read your tips on flippa scams.
Is this offer a scam? Do you see any potential for this site?
Here is what I think…
This is simply an autoblog site.Â It looks nice but lacks original content.Â So, basically what you are paying for is the custom header.Â The design is not really unique it is a (most likely illegal/unauthorized) copy of the Church Theme by iStudioPress.
So, if you want to pay for a header and a website that will need to be rebuilt then it is ok.Â Otherwise, stay away!Â Autoblogs are no good and neither are sites built on probably stolen themes.Â If I were you, I would ask this seller if he realizes he is selling a hacked theme and give him the link you see here.Â If this goes for under $50 you might buy it if you like the domain name and the header…Â But, yes, it is JUNK.
I just got this email today…
This is the flippa auction. The seller is claiming earnings of $15 a day and says he will provide support in building the income. Apparently, you can increase your monthly income to a thousand plus a month with only 1-2 hours work. Do you think this is a scam? I’m extremely green and have never bought a website online before. I went through Ed Dales’s course on valuing a website but it doesn’t seem to help me with telling whether this is a scam site or not…what do you think?
By the way, I think what you’re doing with this site is just fantastic…really appreciate all the effort you’re putting into this…thanks a truckload!
This one was another easy one to look into…
It is a website based on one of the latest trends – having people complete a CPA offer and then giving them something for free.Â It is a dying model…
The website itself is very poorly laid out and the “free xbox live codes” concept is all over the net.Â The seller boasts the first page rankings on Google but it is for some VERY rare long-tail terms.Â Nothing of any value.
The seller seems to be claiming this site is making him $15+ daily but it has VERY LITTLE history and the seller is showing nothing but blocked-out screen shots for income.Â I would STAY AWAY from this seller and his sites for sure.Â A quick look through his history will show you that many of the past sites he has sold are “just sitting there” without any activity.Â A BIG RED FLAG.Â Also, many of them are automated robot sites…Â ICKY!
Thanks for the email.Â I see you sent another and I will address it shortly!
Someone contacted me with the following email…
Hello, I stumbled on your site while searching google for flippa scams. I was surprised to see the honesty in your post, and as a website flipper myself, I am surprised at how bad flippa can be. I admit some of my sites were not as good as I wanted to be, but at least I am not a website machine.
Anyways, I think there is someone I saw that you might want to report on. Lots of people are probably selling nulled scripts of wprobot, as it cost 550$, but they usually sell for less than $97.
Also, Â eXthusLimited sells alot of iphone sites, and he also uses nulled themes, Â http://flippa.com/auctions/93176/Super-Cool-iPad-Accessories-Website—1-iPad-Niche-Automated-Income.
Another one I would like to mention if you do not know is Mr_Jones, which seems to offer sites that claim unique content, but in fact are copied on ezine. http://flippa.com/auctions/94815/Generate-300-per-day-EASY–Youre-paid-per-click—4500-backlinks-SEO-package
Anyways, I want to wish you luck on your blog, and good luck writing more articles!
So, of course I looked into it…Â and, he was correct.Â Though I do have to wonder if he is just “outing” somecompetitors of his.
Nevertheless, here is my breakdown on these two website flippers.
Mr_Jones is currently selling the site www.goodlifeinsurancesite.com on Flippa and has a BIN price of $567 and, he makes the claim “Generate 300$ per day EASY !”
Well, what can I say about this guy — his listing says “it’s built on a wordpress theme that we’ve made from scratch…” but how ironic is it that it just happens to look JUST LIKE THIS SITE!Â Yes, he is, in fact, using the same theme that I use here! Not created from scratch at all and, the content which he claims is unique is not either.
So this is another case of WHY INVESTIGATE FURTHER?Â When clearly Mr_Jones is lying about goodlifeinsurancesite.com we can safely assume that he is not a trustworthy seller!Â A thumbs up goes to the person who reported him to me.
But, what about the second Flippa seller mentioned?Â Is eXthusLimited also peddling a scam?
Let’s take a look at the sites he has been selling, most of them seem to be fad-cash-ins on the iPhone and iPad.Â Immediately I see one HUGE (notice the bold AND underline) problem…Â This guy is selling sites with premium WordPress themes and plugins without the proper license.Â How do I know this?Â One only has to ask the plugin/theme creators!Â What is kind-of humorous is that he even gets called out by one of the theme creators on his Flippa listing.
your selling a hacked copy of my shopperpress theme! note that the new owner will have no access to upgrade/support or anything. Its very sad when people try todo this.
Buying from this guy is like buying stolen goods from anyone else!?Â Would you really want a website built on STOLEN goods?Â So – this seller needs no further investigation — he is YUCKY!
This is nothing new, just another seller “flipping websites” on the SiteSales09 is offering everything from shopping sites fed from Amazon.com to search engines powered by Google Adsense.Â These sites are advertised as:marketplace — websites full of nothing but feeds of other sites.Â
- Completely Automated
- Unlimited Income Potential
- Potentially Makes Thousands per Month with Little Effort
- Huge Revenue Potential
- Incredible Opportunity
What the seller fails to mention is that sites like these are a dime-a-dozen.Â Or, more accurately a dime-a-million!!Â Folks, I cannot say it enough…Â When a site offers nothing but duplicate content, product feeds, and ZERO innovation it is going to be nearly IMPOSSIBLE to make money with one of these sites.Â Next time you see a site like this for sale, ask the seller this question…Â “Can you give me a few examples of these sites that you are operating and profiting with?”
See what they come up with — ask to see PROOF OF INCOME for those sites.Â If they cannot provide any (similar) sites that they are profiting with you have some telling evidence.Â They may respond with “well, I build these sites to sell, I don’t build sites for myself” and then you can inquire why a seller SiteSale09 would pass on a site with “unlimited profit potential” by one that is limited by their ability to produce quality sites.Â One would assume that “quality sites” cannot be thrown together in a few hours, no?
I pose the same question to SiteSale09…Â Can you show me some of these sites YOU have and are profiting with?Â After all, it is easy, automated, and has unlimited potential…Â Right?
Sometimes a seller and their sites are so blatantly a ripoff it just makes me wonder…
IS THEIR FLIPPA LISTING SOME KIND OF JOKE?
Take Nikus for example.Â He is selling a couple of “established websites”:
In his listings he boasts the profit potential of both sites and actually claims they are currently profiting.Â For example, the listing for 4-fashion.eu claims that there is a monthly net of $2000+.Â Yes, $2000.Â Of course this kind seller only wants a measly $3500 for the site, because:
I need money to develop other projects. My website needs a new owner who can handle the sales volume with a new merchant account. I have no good alternative since Easter is so close. I hope to get a good price for this website so i can focus on other business i’m working on.
Do you notice something? He claims he needs the $3500 for this site to get money to develop his “other projects” and references Easter.Â It is after Easter.Â The reason his mention of Easter is still there is because this is a re-listing.Â But it does beg the question — by now he should have more than the $3500 additional in his pocket from the site earnings itself…Â Shouldn’t he?
The bottom line is that nobody, in their right mind, is going to sell a site netting $2000/mth for $3500.Â WHY WOULD THEY?!?
But seriously, this guy almost leaves me speechless.Â Is he even TRYING?Â Or is this listing a joke?
Nicus, stop trying to scam people — you aren’t even good at it!Â If you want help making an HONEST living online,.
Well, if this guy (company) couldn’t get any worse…Â They are not selling more and more junk traffic sites on .Â While in the past they sold mainly worthless PPC sites, now they are selling junk traffic sites as well!Â What is a junk traffic site?
SITES THAT USE UNSCRUPULOUS METHODS TO SEND TONS OF (USELESS) TRAFFIC TO OTHER SITES.
The main method for this is “auto-surfing” which this undoubtedly is…Â Websites pay people to have their browser refresh rapidly to different websites in order to (falsely) inflate their traffic.Â So, although they can claim it is a “legitimate visitor”, it is in fact not one.Â It is simply someone who’s browser is being sent on autopilot from site to site. Does this traffic have any value?Â NO!Â Well, it may have value to a scammer who is trying to make the website they are about to flip look like it has amazing traffic – BUSTED!
So, there is no doubt that “Atlas Enterprises” (Invictus7 on Flippa) is just reselling auto-surf traffic.Â Since it is obvious the site being sold, in this case “TrafficKoala.com” obviously doesn’t generate this amount of traffic itself.Â No folks, autosurf traffic sales is a scam — and so, in the case of traffickoala.com you are buying a scam from a scammer.Â So, if you bought this site, YOU would become a scammer by default…Â EECH!
Friends, be careful out there!Â Flippa is a great online marketplace, but as long as the practice of “website flipping” is encouraged you are swimming with the sharks!
Wow, where do I begin with this “established website for sale“?
This guy is selling a “directory submission service”.Â In other words, he is selling a service that will SPAM the internet for anyone hoping to improve their visibility online.Â What is ironic about this site is that both the website sale and the service are scams!
First off, you are NOT going to make any money with this website.Â It is a cheaply built, wordpress site with nothing there to hold any water.Â It is JUNK in it’s purest form.Â The seller boasts that it is #3 on Google under the terms “USA Directory Submission” and #5 under “Cheap Directory Submission” — whoopity do!Â That should be good for 20 – 30 visitors per month.
Secondly, the service offered is a complete sham.Â Directory submission!?Â Here is the twig…Â Chew on this for a while, I think it will make sense to you…
WHAT VALUE WILL THE SEARCH ENGINE GIVE TO A LINK ON A SITE THAT JUST ACCEPTS ANY WEBSITE SUBMITTED TO IT!?
In other words, it is obvious that “directories” that are being submitted to just take any submission and post the link.Â Therefore, WHAT QUALITY can they be?Â I mean, for real!!
This service is one that will do any buyer more harm than good.Â SPAMMING the internet with your URL is not something the Search Engines (or anyone else) likes.Â These “directory submission services” are trying to sell you on the idea that SPAMMING THE WEB is a good idea.Â That Google and other big players LIKE IT.
If you think about it, you know this is not the case.Â This, in fact, was an issue I just faced when I had to do some SEO repair for a guy who got blacklisted.Â Please, whatever you do, don’t be fooled into buying this garbage website.Â And, please don’t try to SPAM the internet to get better search engine rankings!!
TO THE SELLER: If you want to start to make HONEST money online,and I will be glad to help you.
Well, it’s another day and there is another seller offering easy money on.Â Here is the listing:
This seller (Younicsoft) has been selling “autoblog” sites for a while on Flippa and hasn’t had much success.Â Which is a good thing, but I do feel badly for him.Â Most scammers are also victims…Â I am sure he read some ebook or some website that preached to him how easy it was to make autoblog (auto content / robot) websites and “flip them”.Â So, he put the advice to work and is passing on the scam; trying to make a living.
This seems to be the trend…Â Getting scammed, then scamming others.Â I believe much of it is unintentional.Â After all, if you read a guide that tells you a quick-and-easy way to make money — and it sounds good — you’re probably going to try it.Â And, often, they do not cry out “ETHICAL FOUL”.Â So, it can be an easy cycle to participate in.Â The “flip a website” epidemic has increased this 10-fold over the past 18 months.
This poor sucker is probably just trying to make money doing what he was told is so easy to do…Â But, either way, I would not buy one of his “autoblog” websites.Â They certainly are NOT money machines!!