How do you identify a scam? Guide Day 8

How do you identify a scam?

My 30 Day Simple Network Marketing Guide Day 8

Every Tuesday night we take part in Google + Hangout meetings when we discuss all and everything about the world of internet business. I mentioned that I use a company called iYogi for fixing small or big technical issues, setup and installation support for any connected device like digital cameras, printers etc, root cause analysis and fix of errors, data loss and crashes. I was asked to write a blog about iYogi as some interest was shown in their services. I have subscribed to their services for some two years (annual subscription around $150.00) and they have always helped me out on technical issues apart from one time which was not really within their business remit! It was always good to know that I had “all year round” easy access for help on technical issues.

Before making any recommendations about iYogi I searched the Internet for comments and further knowledge. This was a lesson to learn! There is quite a lot of information there and up came comments about iYogi being a scam. Now how do you identify a scam?

So many business opportunities on the internet attract comments about being a scam! BUT you have to do your own market research thoroughly and then make a calculated decision. Probably one of the best ways is to search for personal testimonials ideally from trusted friends. You do hear of cases where a competitor will accuse another in their market place of being a scam!

My present subscription with iYogi runs out in April and it will give me time to consider my position. My personal experience is that I have always received very good service from them and I can contact them any time of the day or night 365 days a year. They are based in India. If you want to be put in touch with them please leave your name and email details in the comments box below…remember the choice is yours.

I have seen the light!

But I have a responsibility to put the facts before you as follows:-

Avast Antivirus Drops iYogi Support

Ex Iyogi Employee
March 2012
“I am an ex iYogi employee. I agree to the fact that scare tactics and iYogi are synonyms.
iYogi basically runs multiple campaigns for customer acquisition. The major acquisition campaigns are AVAS (Anti Virus Anti Spyware), Tech Sales, Tech Inbound.
AVAS: Runs primarily on SEM campaigns and customer acquisition from channel partners like CA, AVAST etc….

All of these processes/campaigns are sales driven and are very aggressive on their sales numbers. There is no rigor in meeting customers satisfaction level or resolution to customers issue. Unethical sales has always existed in iYogi and the company is making a lot of money from it…
The tech support and sales executives go through regular classroom training where they are trained to show invalid and incorrect infections on customer’s computers…
In short iYogi is not a company whom one should pay to get any services rendered. People can easily get better solutions directly from OEMs and Software companies like Microsoft for a little extra cost but it would always worth it.”

Source of reference: http://online-scam-alerts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/avast-antivirus-drops-iyogi-support.html

A response from iYogi

“…Every call is precious to us, not only we are providing support but the way we are supporting that call can get monitored randomly, so every call is important.
We have biggest quality teams in place to ensure the best customer experience on every call. Iyogi has gone through a lot, it has best people from the industry now and we will ensure that no body from the whole world would point out finger on us because we know how to learn from mistakes , we will excel again . We believe in GOOD KARMA and we know a good deed will never get wasted.
We know our short falls and we are working hard to improve on every development opportunity and yes we are focusing on revenue to implement best measure to provide best experience . We are already providing value for money and we will exceed expectation from all of you. We will upgrade our skills, we will work hard to remove language barriers and we are passionate enough to achieve the success once again.”

Tips on How to Identify a Scam or Fraud

If the email, phone call, prize or lottery notification has any of the following elements, we strongly suggest it is probably a fraud and you do not respond to it. Below are some general tips to recognize scams.  Detailed information can be found <<<by clicking here>>>

  • The name of the company is listed on this website somewhere as a scam.
  • The email matches one of the definitions or formats on this website.
  • The organization has no website and can not be located in Google.
  • The email or requestor asks for bank account information, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, your mother’s maiden name or other personal information.
  • The email or caller advises that you have won a prize – but you did not enter any competition run by the prize promoters.
  • The email claims you won a lottery (we know of NO legal lottery that notifies winners by email)
  • The mail may be personally addressed to you but it has been posted using bulk mail – thousands of others around the world may have received the exact same notification. Especially true if you find an exact or similar email posted on this website.
  • The return address is a yahoo, hotmail, excite.com or other free email accounts. Legitimate companies can afford the roughly $100 per year that it costs to acquire and maintain a domain and related company email account.
  • The literature contains a lot of hype and exaggerations, but few specific details about costs, your obligations, how it works, etc.
  • The prize promoters ask for a fee (for administration, “processing”, taxes, etc.) to be paid in advance. A legitimate lottery simply deducts that from the winnings!
  • The scheme offers bait prizes that, if they are real, are often substandard, over-priced, or falsely represented.  Or, as part of the prize you can purchase “exclusive items” which may also be over-priced or substandard.
  • To get your prize might require travel overseas at your own cost (and personal risk) to receive it.

Source of reference – <<<please click here>>>

Please note that this information is so important and fundamental to Social Media that I decided to postpone a few posts on the training course.

More on Social Media will appear in Day 9 of the Guide

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4 Responses to How do you identify a scam? Guide Day 8

  1. Hi John,

    It’s very important to read reviews before we commit to anything that will cost us money, but I do agree with you that competitors can put bad feedback or ‘scam alerts’ out with malicious intent and we also have to be aware of that possibility. I would say if you have been happy with the service you have paid for and felt you got good value for your money and have had no trouble then isn’t that a good enough testimonial?

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

  2. John says:

    Hi Mandy
    You are so right – I tried to be fair-balanced about my comments/criticisms of iYogi but I have found them to be very good. Thanks for your comments. Cheers John

  3. Amazing things right here. Now i am extremely content to take a look your post. Thank you so much using this program . anticipating feel an individual. Would you like to make sure you decrease me a postal mail?

    • John says:

      Hi John Many thanks for your comments – I try to be helpful.

      You say “Would you like to make sure you decrease me a postal mail?”

      Do you want me to send something to you by mail? – I think mostly this can be done by email.

      I publish a blog at least once a week and you can view them on my website http://www.john-barton.com/

      Please let me know if I can help you further.

      Regards John

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