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Is the some kind of internet police where we can report sites that don't pay?

Discussion in 'Display Media Buying' started by Minda, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Minda

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    I know that this isn't exactly a money making post but I'm sure many of us have been scammed at some point while trying to make money online. I would just like to know if anybody can help catch them.
     
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  3. Jellyfish

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    No, there is no central or anything like this but there are some sites and forums that collect informations. It's really, really hard to be updated all the time. This is why there are still so many sites able to scam people.
     
  4. deansaliba

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    The only thing I have come up with is to put the word around as many forums and sites as possible so that as many people as possible find out about the scammy sites, it isn't perfect, but it is better than nothing. :)
     
  5. RomanAnthonysMama

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    Like others said, there is not really any real "internet police" when it comes to scam sites. There are sites that you can report scam sites to in order to educate others on what to beware of and who to watch out for, but as far as a legitimate internet police, I don't think there are any.
     
  6. Trista

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    Yes, I agree with what's been said here on this thread. The best thing to do is to spread the word. There are a variety of sites, depending on the particular niche.

    For instance, there is surveypolice.com for online surveys. There is also ptc-investigation.com which covers many programs from including ptc, surveys, and other cash and reward sites. There is also scam.com -- a forum -- which covers a variety of online ventures.

    For more general online business ripoffreport.com would be a good option.
     
  7. Jellyfish

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    ptc-investigation is really good. I can recommend that.
     
  8. MoBowen

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    I know that when I want to get the scoop on a particular site or program, I ALWAYS do a search for reviews. I look for reviews from bloggers since they seem to give the most details as far as the good, the bad and the ugly. Plus, I like to see reviews from a variety of people. After all, just because something didn't work for one person doesn't mean it's a fail for everybody.

    I don't particularly like sites that allow anonymous reviews because it could very well be a persons competitor leaving bad feedback.
     
  9. caparica007

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    That would be a great idea, I just hope if something like that is created it would work better than the regular police and courts of law.
     
  10. smoothmarketer

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    This is something I've been wishing for for a long time, but it looks as though no one has the authority to police the internet. When you try to investigate a site before using it, you find so many mixed reviews and this causes even more confusion. People need to be brought to account for the criminal injustices they do on the internet.
     
  11. Cammie27

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    Negative reviews are probably the best recourse available. While it doesn't get you the money you earned that wasn't paid, it does caution others away from the site which in turn hits the site owners where it counts - in the wallet.
     
  12. MercyL

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    Just about the only things you can do would be post a complaint on Ripoff report or writers' groups that allow or provide blacklists.

    IF the amount owed is large enough, ripped off writers could try collecting the debt on their own, but they need to be prepared to take rip off artists to court. This works if you have clients fill out applications or profiles of themselves and their businesses. You would need that information to find property you might need to put liens against and, should the client be so confident to pay for part of your services with a check, you'd need to be prepared to attach a bank account.
     
  13. Trista

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    I agree. For now our best recourse may be to speak out. And, conversely, if we want to know if a business is reputable we should be on the lookout for such reviews.

    These days businesses of all sizes are affected by negative reviews and feedback, and if they are mindful and attentive enough, they will engage in some form of reputation management. While there are sometimes detractors who may post negative feedback for ulterior motives, a genuine grievance from a customer can have a direct impact on a company's reputation. Repairing a reputation can be a challenge.
     
  14. caparica007

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    Negative reviews are great to warn others, but I am afraid not many people bother doing them unless they were really harmed or scammed. Besides the negative review the sites should pay a fine or something like that.
     
  15. Viktori

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    I don't think there is much you could do in terms of getting your money back online, the best you can probably hope for is to give them a bad review on many sites and hope that it helps in warning people and hopefully eventually get them shut down. Prevention is the best when it comes to online ventures, there is really not much law that covers activities on the internet.
     
  16. mr seo

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    ptc-investigation is really good. I can recommend that.
     
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