I had the opportunity to attend a webinar for Secret Traffic Solutions on Monday the 19th of Sept (2011). I don’t usually have time to watch these things but something in the email I received caught my eye.

I knew this was a complete scam about twenty minutes into the ~50 minute presentation but sat through the whole thing just to see how far these guys would go to steal other people’s hard-earned money. By the way, if you purchased this so-called product please do what ever you can to get your money back right now… don’t even read the rest of this post, do it now and then come back if you want to finish reading and find out how I could tell this wasn’t on the up and up.

Even before they showed the immediate sales results in the “live” clickbank account there were several things that rubbed me the wrong way. The first was how much they played up the fact that they were both making tons of money with this program every month. The presenter, I know what he called himself in the webinar but doubt that’s his real name so I’ll just call him the presenter, OK? The presenter claimed to want to “give something back” to the industry that had given him so much. Please…. if he truly wanted to give something back I’m sure he could fine a worthy charity, don’t you think?

No he wanted to give some back by charging the listener $995 for the use of the software he used to make his millions. This, even though he said he didn’t really need any money because he couldn’t even spend what he has. So why would he need to charge almost a thousand bucks? He said it was because people wouldn’t find value in the program if they didn’t pay anything for it. RIGHT…

Since he said he was going to limit the program to 15 people anyway why not make it a real “pay-it-forward” and charge something reasonable for it like $97 or even $47. People put a value in that don’t they? I mean nobody wants to throw fifty bucks away, am I right?

So that’s my first clue that this was a scam… even though he didn’t need any more money and wouldn’t know what to do with it if he had it, he was still going to charge almost a thousand bucks for it.

But I have to hand it to these guys, they knew exactly the buttons to push to make this thing nearly irresistible. They played on every emotion and told all the same old “I was so broke I didn’t know what I was going to do” stories that ensure quick sales. Don’t get me wrong, good sales copy is worth it’s weight in gold, but only when it isn’t out and out lies.

The number two thing that made me realize this was a scam was the same old tired line of telling you everything it isn’t and never really telling you what it is. If you’ve read any of my Internet Moneymaking Scams Revealed series you’ll know this is a sure sign to put your wallet away and run away!

Number three is the newer buzz in internet marketing, the “One click instant riches” ploy. This is a real powerful tool to get people to buy. Everyone wants a “money button”. Hell, I’d love to have one. Just push that button and watch the money roll into your accounts. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but even the most automated systems on earth are not this easy. There are still many details that have to be handled by someone, somewhere.

But here’s the real kicker and the reason so many people bought into this. He showed the system in action and within ~20 minutes there was over $300 in what appeared to be a brand new clickbank account. I have to admit, the one thing they didn’t lie about was the fact that no one has ever done this and that you haven’t seen it anywhere else. That much is true. I have never seen anyone show how they make money that quickly in real time. So how did they do it?

For those of you that weren’t on the webinar, although you may still get a chance as I’ve heard these guys are still running this scam, I’ll give a little background on the presentation.

First, he kept talking about this amazing software you get and even get to keep if you request a refund. But in the demo it was a website. So you don’t really get software you can run on your machine. But I guess if you request a refund you would continue to have access to the “software”. This was another mark against it.

I know the difference between software and a website that runs software. Also, let me mention here he kept saying if you didn’t make a profit in three days you got a no questions asked full refund. But looking at the terms on the website conflicted by saying “ALL SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS”.

Anyway, back to this unbelievable demo, (because it really was). He picked a product from the clickbank marketplace, got his affiliate link, brought up the website “software” and pasted in the affiliate link along with a pre-compiled list of keywords.
Then he simply clicked on the “GO” button. This amazing “software” then showed how it was working on each keyword and then showed each in turn being complete! WOW! However there was no mention at all of what the software was doing in the background except a real quick mention of “using little known and overlooked traffic sources”.

During all this time he had a brand new clickbank account up in another browser window in the background. This is the one that has the associated affiliate link. So if any sales show up all he would have to do is switch to that window and refresh the report page to show the new sales.

Well guess what? After about 15-20 minutes of psychological salemanship he went back to the clickbank account and sure enough there were over $300 in sales! Even I was amazed. Until my experience kicked in and figured out all the ways this could have been accomplished. Ready for me to “pull the curtain” back on this one?

OK the easiest way to do this would to have had a couple accomplices actually buy the product from the affiliate link while you’re talking. So you’d have ~$500 in expenses on ~$15,000 profit in less than an hour. I’d take that profit to loss ratio all day! 🙂

But there’s another way. This one wouldn’t even require anyone else nor would it require any actual sales or cash outlay. It’s also very easy if you’re any kind of programmer. I could throw this together in an evening. All you would have to do is to recreate the clickbank web interface on a server (or even a local virtual machine) and pre-program it to show whatever you want it to. Then to make it real all you’d have to do is to make a little change in your hosts file to point the domain clickbank.com to your fake site. This would make sure that when you type clickbank.com into your browser’s address bar it would seem like you’re going to the real clickbank site (this is the way a lot of phishing viruses work).

Either way, the results are the same. You can show, in real time, money coming into a clickbank account as if by magic.
It really is impressive to see it happen in real time even if you know deep down that it’s not true. I may just do something like this to warn people of this new breed of scam as I’m sure we haven’t seen the end of this. I can imagine it works really really well.

Sorry for the length of this post but I wanted to get the word out and hopefully save you from falling for this one. Remember, if it sounds to good to be true, IT IS!

Take care out there and if you have any questions leave a comment.

PS I just went out and did a search and found a couple other links mentioning this one so you don’t have to just take my word for it…
http://www.affhelper.com/secret-traffic-solution/
http://www.scambook.com/report/view/22287/Secret-Traffic-Solution-False-Advertising-for-997.00-on-09-19-2011

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12 Responses to “Secret Traffic Solutions Scam”

  1. Effie on October 3rd, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I just got off of this webinar and today is 10-03-11 and he’s saying he is never going to offer this software again and he is not going to create any other programs. Also it sounds phony to me the way he is saying the orders are coming in. Also he says that he can’t give them access to the software until later after the webinar. Usually you would be able to get the download right away. What’s up with that?
    One more point. I feel since he stressed that he is giving back, I agree with you that the price should have been lower.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Effie

  2. Chris Kyer on October 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Great blog….. very informative… and you nailed it…
    What do you know about Chris Farrell Membership.com ??
    Any real honest folks out there with real income potential on the net ??
    Not looking to make a million, just to make a living to pay the bills..
    Keep up the good work and get the word out there.

    Thanks for you input
    Chris K

  3. Blog Meister on October 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Effie, thanks for reading and your input. Yes this is a total scam. I found a post over at John Chow that has a bunch of people who bought this and are in the process of getting refunds. Hopefully no one will get hurt by this one.

    Chris,
    Chris (F) does a really good job on his site. I haven’t been a member myself but I know of several people who have. It’s a great membership to have if you are fairly new to IM. His training is well laid out and easy to understand.

    You may also want to consider the 30-day challenge (http://www.challenge.co). This is completely free and gives you a solid foundation in many areas of internet marketing. It takes ~30 minutes a day and if you follow the lessons I don’t see how you could not make money by the end of those thirty days.

    There’s nothing magical about making money online. It just takes a plan, desire, some self discipline, and good old fashioned work. 🙂

    If you have a little experience and are looking for quick results I highly recommend Google Sniper. You don’t need a ton of experience but a little helps. If you have a fairly good understanding of keywords, and know how to put a blog together you’re good to go. (Although George does cover both of these subjects pretty well in the course)

    Main advice, spend time up-front looking for something you think would work for you, then when you think you’ve found it, do some due diligence and make sure it’s working for others, then commit to it. Focus on just that one thing. I spent years jumping from one thing to another without much success. If I had followed my own advice I’d be much further ahead. 🙂 Google Sniper is working for me and is what I spend the most time on right now.

    Kind regards,
    Ken

  4. Lee on October 5th, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Hi guys
    Iam Lee from Manchester Uk
    I got the link from John Simpson there are
    A few who promote this I think they are mostly crap
    Actors at the bottom of they page it says it was a third
    party actor.
    They all are I have seen guy promote these products
    As the main guy behide it and months later on cheap
    T.V doing teeth whitening products.

    My main question is all of clickbank a SCAM
    Has any one and I would love to no brought a clickbank
    Product and now just work from home using that system
    I and others would love to no and is yes I take it back
    Clickbank.
    Lee

  5. Blog Meister on October 5th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Lee,
    Clickbank is full of products that can be used to work from home. However, there’s also a lot of products that are less than valuable, oh hell, let’s just say it, crappy. This is why it’s so important to do your homework before purchasing anything from Clickbank (or anywhere else for that matter).

    The great thing about clickbank is you get a 60 day money back guarantee no questions asked. So if you do purchase something that isn’t what you were expecting just drop Clickbank a note and request your money back. The only thing you lose is your time.

    But time is important too. That’s why it is so important to at least try to find some real reviews for the product. The Warrior Forum is a good place to start as people are brutally honest in their reviews of internet marketing products. If a product is a dog forum members will let you know.

    Be careful with reviews that also have an affiliate link to buy the product being reviewed. They may stretch the truth a little to get some extra sales. It’s hard to find an honest review in some cases but if you persist you’ll be able to weed through all the crap.

    Another good resource is the IM report Card site (http://www.imreportcard.com).

    If you really want to work from home and are willing to put in the effort you can do it. Hang in there.

    Kind regards,
    Ken

  6. Ian Andrews on October 6th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Hi, I really want to work from home and are willing to put in the effort do it. Can you provide me with repeatable service?

    Thanks

    Ian

  7. Ian Andrews on October 6th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    can you provide me with repeatable website?

  8. Blog Meister on October 7th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Ian,
    I’m not exactly sure what you mean by a “repeatable website”. If you’re looking for a real honest opportunity I think my post right above yours covered it pretty well. If you’re brand new to internet marketing check out the “30 day challenge” or Chris Farrell’s membership site. Either one will give you a good jump on working from home full time.

    But there really isn’t anything I know of that will get you there overnight. Anything worthwhile is going to take some time and considerable effort. If it didn’t, everybody would be doing it. 🙂

    Hope this helps.

    Kind regards,
    Ken

  9. Ken O on October 8th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    What can you tell about the Clickbank product Cowboy millionaire, i have watched some reviews of it on youtube and other places. I know Soren has a good reputation for releasing products targeted at beginners. I would like to hear your thoughts around it?

  10. Blog Meister on October 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hi Ken,
    Nice name by the way. 🙂

    Unfortunately I haven’t heard of that one yet. A quick search using my normal “secret” sources (Warrior Forum and IMReportCard) didn’t turn up anything. There are a few “review” sites but they all are affiliate type reviews and I don’t put a lot of weight on those.

    Soren does put out good material and he doesn’t hide behind private domain registrations and that’s always a plus.

    If you’re really interested, and since it’s Clickbank, I’d say go ahead and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out you can always refund (except for your time).

    This is one of those cases that honest reviews are a little hard to find and that in itself is a good niche to pick up a little traffic. How it works… buy it, work it, and write an honest review. If it’s good, you can feel good directing people to it with your affiliate link, if not, you can give people an alternative. It’s very important that this alternative is something that you have also tried and have had some success with.

    Everyone that’s been involved in IM for any amount of time are really tired of over-hyped under-performing IM products. They are HUNGRY for honest reviews and insights into IM products. If you are 100% honest with them you will gain their trust. I have no problem buying a IM product from someone I trust. I know they are getting the commission but it’s worth it for me because they took the time to actually hands-on try the product out.

    In being honest, that also means saying “I don’t know” as in this post. I could have just as easily gave you a great review of it along with my affiliate link which is what you normally run into. But that’s not honest right?

    Make sense?

    Sorry this got a little off track…. short answer, I don’t know, but I’d love to hear your take on it if you decide to purchase.

    Hope this helps.

    Kind regards,
    Ken

  11. ScamBuster on October 9th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    One of the voices in the webinar for “The Secret Traffic Solution” is Philip Mansour.

    A quick Google search of his name shows that he was involved in multiple scams peddling “push-button instant-money” type software. Some of his recent scams included “Banner Ad Blueprint” and “Free Money Formula”.

    Here is his info:

    http://www.whois.net/whois/the-net-search.com.com

    Registration Service Provided By: Namecheap.com
    Contact: support@namecheap.com
    Visit: http://namecheap.com

    Domain name: the-net-search.com

    Registrant Contact:
    Individual
    Philip Mansour ()

    Fax:
    224 List Ave
    Pasadena, MD 21122
    US

    Administrative Contact:
    Individual
    Philip Mansour (morebank@yahoo.com)
    +1.410544
    Fax: +1.5555555555
    224 List Ave
    Pasadena, MD 21122
    US

    Technical Contact:
    Individual
    Philip Mansour (morebank@yahoo.com)
    +1.410544
    Fax: +1.5555555555
    224 List Ave
    Pasadena, MD 21122
    US

    Status: Locked

    Name Servers:
    ns1201.hostgator.com
    ns1202.hostgator.com

    Creation date: 16 Oct 2008 19:41:45
    Expiration date: 16 Oct 2011 19:41:45

  12. Blog Meister on October 9th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks ScamBuster!

    Yeah, I picked that up over at John Chow. The real shame in all this is there’s a new product promotion being talked about over at the warrior forum that is authored by none other than the same guy.

    Unbelievable…..

    Thanks for the comment, the only good thing about all this is it looks like most people are getting their money refunded without too many problems.

    Take care,
    Ken

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