Shopping Sherlock - shoppingsherlock.com - a site with a bad reputation

by Rudolf Faix 14. June 2015 06:33

Shopping SherlockWilliam Taylor sent me an invitation on LinkedIn. As I accept all invitations I have accepted his too. The only purpose of the invitation from William Taylor has been to send me a spam message with an invitation for an affiliate system with the name Shopping Sherlock. I have replaced his affiliate code with the sign "x" in his message, because it is nothing else then a simple pyramid system:

William Taylor

"Thank you for accepting my invitation"!

William Taylor

13. Juni 2015 14:03

Sie haben diese Nachricht beantwortet:

What is my Goal? / Simple. 
I want to help you Save, by giving you "Absolutely Free" an invitation to Shop on an Invite Only Platform that allows you to Find the Absolute Lowest Prices on the Web!.. 
Check out the site / Enter your Email address / Choose a User Name & Password / Go Shopping 
Then Decide for Yourself / It’s Just That Simple! 

http://www.shoppingsherlock.com/xxxxxx

With my nearly 40 years of computer networks and security experience I know that spam leads very seldom to a good offer. In this case the offer has already a very bad reputation. The first warning by following the link comes from AdGuard:

Warning! Could be unsafe!
 

Adguard has blocked access to this page

This web page at www.shoppingsherlock.com, has been reported as a phishing page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Adguard has found that this page may be a forgery or imitation of another website, designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other abuse.

At the blog behind MLM we can read that Shopping Sherlock is nothing else then a copy of the crashed system from My Shopping Genie (closed May 2012) after they could not pay their affiliates. Each MLM or pyramid system, which is living only from membership fees, crashes as soon there are not enough new members joining the system are coming up. The same will happen to the system from Shopping Sherlock. There are enough free sites without any membership fees which are offering price comparing on the Internet available.

For a normal user is It not recommended to proceed after the first warning already. As I know that all my protection systems are up to date, I have continued visiting the page and got prompt the next warning from Web Of Trust - a system where user are rating the content of the sites:

WOT reputation of shoppingsherlock.com

Such a scam rating is interesting and I have followed for reading the comments about this ratings. You find at the site Web Of Trust like everywhere about Shopping Sherlock positive and negative ratings and you can decide which ratings you are more believing. I'm listing here only the ratings written in English. If someone likes to get the other ratings translated he can use Google translator. The comments from Web Of Trust:

User picture
I don't trust

Scam

Spam

This site's URL appeared in Disqus forum spam and should not be trusted. "

User picture
I don't trust

Scam

Potentially illegal

Misleading claims or unethical

A form of pyramid selling designed to fool the gullible and the stupid. As with all pyramid schemes this scam will eventually fail leaving its creators very rich and virtually everybody else out of pocket. "

If we verify these rating then we find out that they are true. The only possible earnings on the site Shopping Sherlock are done selling memberships for affiliates. With other words the affiliates have nothing to do as to work for Shopping Sherlock and pay for their work. This makes the site to SCAM. In the whole world is it usage that you get paid for your work and you need not pay for it. For this is the site nothing else then a simple pyramid system. Such systems are illegal in a lot of countries.

In such a system you are able to earn only if you are a member since the early start up time. As later you enter the system as harder it comes to earn by convincing new members. The system started in February 2012 (which wonder that is close to the time as My Shopping Genie has closed down on May 2012) and has reached now an Alexa global ranking of 105,934. That the site is growing slowly already as it get shown in the Alexa global ranking, where Shopping Sherlock has improved their rankings during the last 3 months only for 1,135 positions. That the lifetime of such systems is relative short get shown by the example of My shopping Genie. My Shopping Genie launched late 2007 and the reports that they could not pay their affiliates more than 6 months already, have been coming up during September 2011. With other words the system worked only 3.5 years. If we compare it with Shopping Sherlock then we can expect, as it is nothing else then a copy of Shopping Sherlock, a break down at the end of this year or during 2016. It is depending how fast they are growing with their affiliate structure until no new affiliates can get convinced. As soon as the new affiliates gets it that they cannot find some new members and they have to pay more as they are earning the break down of the system starts.

The actual Alexa ranking from shoppingsherlock.com:

Alexa ranking of shoppingsherlock.com

 

The domain registry data from shoppingsherlock.com:

Domain Name: SHOPPINGSHERLOCK.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1720468532_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2015-04-30T18:23:03Z
Creation Date: 2012-05-15T04:30:54Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-05-15T04:30:54Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: ok http://www.icann.org/epp#ok
Registry Registrant ID:
Michael Wiedder founder CEO shoppingsherlock.comRegistrant Name: Michael Wiedder
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 4912 Lemona
Registrant City: Sherman Oaks
Registrant State/Province: California
Registrant Postal Code: 91403
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Phone: (310) 428-9375
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: 
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: mwiedder@gmail.com
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: Michael Wiedder
Admin Organization: 
Admin Street: 4912 Lemona
Admin City: Sherman Oaks
Admin State/Province: California
Admin Postal Code: 91403
Admin Country: United States
Admin Phone: (310) 428-9375
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: 
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: mwiedder@gmail.com
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: Michael Wiedder
Tech Organization: 
Tech Street: 4912 Lemona
Tech City: Sherman Oaks
Tech State/Province: California
Tech Postal Code: 91403
Tech Country: United States
Tech Phone: (310) 428-9375
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: 
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: mwiedder@gmail.com
Name Server: NS05.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS06.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-06-13T23:00:00Z <<<

The story from the break down from My Shopping Genie

Web Of Trust - shoppingsherlock.pdf (403.95 kb)

 

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Fraud & Scam

Failures in the landing pages and in the affiliate systems

by Rudolf Faix 12. June 2015 10:15

Globe with flagsTake a look at Alexa how popular the ad blocking services from adguard.com (world ranking today: 40,717) and adblockplus.org (world ranking today: 6,477) are. In such a case is it very recommended to check the advertising system of your affiliate system against these services.

Even if you think that is not so important because you are using other promotion methods then a website, you should check your landing page if the links are not getting filtered. A landing page, which gets blocked or which does not show the promotion is only a waste of time and resources.

Do you think one of the visitors, which gets such a warning will continue visiting your site?

Warning! Could be unsafe!
 

Adguard has blocked access to this page

This web page at wwteam.biz, has been reported as a malware page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Adguard has found that malicious software may be installed onto your computer if you proceed. If you've visited this site in the past or you trust this site, it is possible that it has just recently been compromised by a hacker. We recommend you to not proceed or try again later.

Or your site looks like this, where the visitor is even not getting a signup link displayed:

Screenshot getpaychecks.blogspot.com with AdGuard

 

Without AdGuard it looks like this:

Screenshot getpaychecks.blogspot.com without AdGuard

I have especially used the site getpaychecks.blogspot.com, because this site looks like from an absolutely beginner. But even more professional sites are making the same impression. If we take a look at the Alexa ranking, then we see that the site getpaychecks.blogspot.com is a big secret in the world wide web. With one link in and a world wide ranking of 4,264,637 does not come more than one visitor each month to the domain. Alexa makes a daily ranking.

Alexa ranking of getpaychecks.blogspot.com

 

In any case is it not a good idea to use some free hosting services instead of using our own idea. It makes for the visitors the impression that you even not earn enough money for paying the domain fees. How do you convince the visitors from the opposite in this case?

Other negative examples are the pages where a showman and self-glorifier like to explain in a video how much money he is earning. You’ll not find on such pages some information that can convince you for signing up. Such pages are only time waster.  If I see such a page I close immediately the site. If they are not able to promote the product with a description the promised is not interesting already. In such a case I even don’t check the Alexa site ranking of the landing page or the main page.

Other time wasters are the self-glorifier which even doesn’t know that the world has 24 time zones. Such stupid ones are setting up webinars for getting more information only in their own area. They will never get international customers or affiliates.

The same stupid time wasters are only promoting the maximum possible earnings and not the products. If I don’t know the product then I need not sign up. How can I promote a product or a system which is not fitting to my products, services or existing mailing list receivers? How can I promote a product from which I know nothing?

Videos and pictures are not getting indexed from the search engines. Such sites can only get promoted by using the social networks. Why should someone waive the visitors coming to the site from the search engines? Such systems are not working. Such systems can only survive from membership fees, Why should someone work and pay for such a system?

 

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Affiliates & MLM Marketing

Tools helping in evaluating the promotion and reality of affiliate networks

by Rudolf Faix 11. June 2015 15:26

All the named tools and plugins are freeware tools and the provided links don't contain any affiliate code.

Qihoo 360 Total Security

360 Total SecurityTo have a good Virus scan is important for each computer or device. I’m using the free virus scan 360 Total Security from Qihoo including the browser plugins. This product even blocks suspicious websites and of course malware sites. You have in any the case to proceed to the site from which you get warned. I made a good experience with the support from Qihoo.

Adguard AdBlocker (browser plugin)

AdGuardAdguard AdBlocker effectively blocks all types of advertising on all web pages, even on Facebook, Youtube, and others! The security module blocks access to all fraudulent and malicious sites. You have even the choice to disable the ad blocking functions for a whole site.

Alexa Toolbar (browser plugin)

AlexaThe Alexa Toolbar shows you the rank in the traffic which a domain generates in the world wide web. Alexa says about it ranking mechanism:

Alexa’s traffic estimates and ranks are based on the browsing behavior of people in our global data panel which is a sample of all internet users.

Alexa’s Traffic Ranks are based on the traffic data provided by users in Alexa’s global data panel over a rolling 3 month period. Traffic Ranks are updated daily. A site’s ranking is based on a combined measure of Unique Visitors and Pageviews. Unique Visitors are determined by the number of unique Alexa users who visit a site on a given day. Pageviews are the total number of Alexa user URL requests for a site. However, multiple requests for the same URL on the same day by the same user are counted as a single Pageview. The site with the highest combination of unique visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. Additionally, we employ data normalization to correct for biases that may occur in our data.

My own experience is that an Alexa rank of 200,000 is equal to around 300 visitors per day and a rank over 1,000,000 is already a big secret in the World Wide Web.

 

Resume: If 360 Total Security or the AdGuard plugin is warning you from visiting the site or the main site of the affiliate network has an Alexa ranking over 100,000 then you need not sign up for being an affiliate marketer. In this case you are only losing time and money.

 

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Security & Tools

Scammer: getcashforsurveys.com - Survey Partners Worldwide, LLC

by Rudolf Faix 9. June 2015 11:08

GetCashForSurveysUnbelievable offers are coming from getcashforsurveys.com. Like everywhere where the earnings are getting promoted is the product nothing else than trash and the offer only scam.

Following the Link given to getcashforsurveys.com is not really suggested, because even Adguard warns from this site:

Adguard has blocked access to this page

This web page at www.getcashforsurveys.com, has been reported as a phishing page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Adguard has found that this page may be a forgery or imitation of another website, designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other abuse.

At the earnings disclaimer from getcashforsurveys.,com you can read that each promotion from their site is nothing else than a dream. We are far away from a serious promotion because they are promoting the earnings, which can be done by using their system, instead of promoting their products.

Earnings Disclaimer

EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ACCURATELY REPRESENT THIS PRODUCT AND IT'S POTENTIAL. EVEN THOUGH THIS INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE FEW WHERE ONE CAN WRITE THEIR OWN CHECK IN TERMS OF EARNINGS, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL EARN ANY MONEY USING THE TECHNIQUES AND IDEAS IN THESE MATERIALS. EXAMPLES IN THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT TO BE INTERPRETED AS A PROMISE OR GUARANTEE OF EARNINGS. EARNING POTENTIAL IS ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON THE PERSON USING OUR PRODUCT, THEIR IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES. WE DO NOT PURPORT THIS AS A "GET RICH SCHEME."

ANY CLAIMS MADE OF ACTUAL EARNINGS OR EXAMPLES OF ACTUAL RESULTS ARE NOT TYPICAL. YOUR LEVEL OF SUCCESS IN ATTAINING THE RESULTS CLAIMED IN OUR MATERIALS DEPENDS ON THE TIME YOU DEVOTE TO THE PROGRAM, IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES MENTIONED, YOUR FINANCES, KNOWLEDGE AND VARIOUS SKILLS. SINCE THESE FACTORS DIFFER ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUALS, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SUCCESS OR INCOME LEVEL. NOR ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OF YOUR ACTIONS.

MATERIALS IN OUR PRODUCT AND OUR WEBSITE MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION THAT INCLUDES OR IS BASED UPON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS GIVE OUR EXPECTATIONS OR FORECASTS OF FUTURE EVENTS. YOU CAN IDENTIFY THESE STATEMENTS BY THE FACT THAT THEY DO NOT RELATE STRICTLY TO HISTORICAL OR CURRENT FACTS. THEY USE WORDS SUCH AS "ANTICIPATE," "ESTIMATE," "EXPECT," "PROJECT," "INTEND," "PLAN," "BELIEVE," AND OTHER WORDS AND TERMS OF SIMILAR MEANING IN CONNECTION WITH A DESCRIPTION OF POTENTIAL EARNINGS OR FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE.

ANY AND ALL FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS HERE OR ON ANY OF OUR SALES MATERIAL ARE INTENDED TO EXPRESS OUR OPINION OF EARNINGS POTENTIAL. MANY FACTORS WILL BE IMPORTANT IN DETERMINING YOUR ACTUAL RESULTS AND NO GUARANTEES ARE MADE THAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE RESULTS SIMILAR TO OURS OR ANYBODY ELSES, IN FACT NO GUARANTEES ARE MADE THAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE ANY RESULTS FROM OUR IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES IN OUR MATERIAL

At the affiliates website is written how you earn really a little bit money. You need only to find a stupid one, which enters into the MLM system and continues promoting the offered services from getcashforsurveys.com:

We are offering a $50 bonus for a limited time to all new affiliates who promote our offer. Keep reading for details.

You may of seen a lot of Paid Survey sites in clickbank in the past, but you have never seen one like this! You can earn a massive $148.50 per sale! We have a front end price of $74 with 2 downsells, and we also have 2 upsells.

With extremely high conversion rates, very effective email campaigns and attractive graphics that are proven to draw clicks; promoting GetCashForSurveys.com is practically guaranteed to make you some great money!

WE PAY 75% COMMISSION. Earn up to $148.50 with every person that you get to join at GetCashForSurveys.com

As getcashforsurveys.com named above already the service from clickbank is the disclaimer for ClickBank not missing. In my eyes is this disclaimer already a prove for a scam. In this case the prove for the scam is found already in the earning disclaimer, which declares their promotion already as misleading. Maybe  they found no other payment provider for their scam offers.

This bonus offer has been created by the applicable Vendor and not by ClickBank. Accordingly, ClickBank is not responsible for any information contained in the offer, including, but not limited to, any product information, promotions, incentives, expected returns or other information contained herein. In addition, ClickBank is not responsible for any links to third party websites in conjunction with this offer. Such links do not imply any endorsement by ClickBank of such websites or the content, products or services available from such websites. By clicking on or accessing a third party website listed, you acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites.

 

Scamadviser reports about getcashforsurveys.com:

Low Trust Rating. This Site May Not Be Safe to Use.
Site is United States based,But The Real Location Is Being Hidden
Alert Result: The owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity
Alert Result: This website has been listed as having malware.
Alert Result: This website has been reported as being untrustworthy
Alert Result: This website/business has been given a low reliability rating by other websites
Alert Result: High Number Of Suspicous Websites On This Server (check the server tab)
Good Result: This website is deemed to be popular by Alexa with a ranking of 6556

Some comments of unhappy user are listed at scamadviser too.

It seems that getcashforsurveys.com did not have enough money for paying their proxy service for hiding their identity,because we can see an address from Hongkong based company in their Domain registry data already. Domain registry data from getcashforsurveys.com:

Domain Name: getcashforsurveys.com
Registry Domain ID: 106774047_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.moniker.com
Registrar URL: http://www.moniker.com
Updated Date: 2015-05-28T03:51:47.0Z
Creation Date: 2003-11-17T00:10:02.0Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-11-17T00:10:02.0Z
Registrar: Moniker Online Services LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 228
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@moniker.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.9546071294
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization: Survey Partners Worldwide, LLC
Registrant Street: 29,Leighton Road
Registrant City: Causeway Bay
Registrant State/Province: Hong Kong
Registrant Postal Code:
Registrant Country: HK
Registrant Phone: +852.9348301
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +852.9348301
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: support@getcashforsurveys.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Domain Administrator
Admin Organization: Survey Partners Worldwide, LLC
Admin Street: 29,Leighton Road
Admin City: Causeway Bay
Admin State/Province: Hong Kong
Admin Postal Code:
Admin Country: HK
Admin Phone: +852.9348301
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +852.9348301
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: support@getcashforsurveys.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Organization: Survey Partners Worldwide, LLC
Tech Street: 29,Leighton Road
Tech City: Causeway Bay
Tech Postal Code:
Tech State/Province: Hong Kong
Tech Country: HK
Tech Phone: +852.9348301
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +852.9348301
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: support@getcashforsurveys.com
Name Server: amir.ns.cloudflare.com
Name Server: kara.ns.cloudflare.com
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-06-09T05:46:54.0Z <<<

Registry Billing ID:
Billing Name: Domain Administrator
Billing Organization: Survey Partners Worldwide, LLC
Billing Street: 29,Leighton Road
Billing City: Causeway Bay
Billing State/Province: Hong Kong
Billing Postal Code:
Billing Country: HK
Billing Phone: +852.9348301
Billing Phone Ext:
Billing Fax: +852.9348301
Billing Fax Ext:
Billing Email: support@getcashforsurveys.com

 

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