What Is ScamAdviser? BEWARE!! It Is ITSELF A Scary SCAM!!

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What Is ScamAdviser.com?

We are all of us aware that the Internet is full of scams, and when you are checking any business, you may ask yourself “What is ScamAdviser?”

“Is it a good site to check for Online scams?”

“Can I trust it?”    what is scamaviser

NO! NO! NO!

  • ScamAdviser is nothing more nor less than a devious and dangerous Scam in itself!
  • It has the facility to check  on any site you choose.
  • It has been clever in that it gives some very accurate reviews, for example, Amazon gets 100% safe rating!!
  • It also exposes a very few sites that are blatantly scams, and that anyone would recognise as such!
  • That is just to make themselves seem credible and to make the visitor trust them!
So How Is It A Scam?

  • ScamAdviser promotes itself as an authority and a mover in exposing scams.
  • It targets new young sites like mine.
  • It adds fake reviews to their Google index questioning their credibility, and when someone searching for that site clicks on that link, they will be taken to the ScamAdviser site. There they will see references to “fake”, “phishing” and malware.   This is obviously designed to put fear into the website owner concerned.
  • It often states that the website in question is much older or younger than it actually is.
  • It also states that information on the owner, administrator and country of origin of the website is hidden, and claims that that is a sure sign that it is an untrustworthy site.
  • It writes bad reviews of them on the ScamAdviser website.
  • All this false information can be fatal to genuine new, young sites trying to make their way in the world of Online Marketing.
Who is ScamAdviser?

Interesting question!

If you check out ScamAdviser on their own site, they give themselves a 100% Trust Rating! What a surprise!!!

But if you scroll further down you will see that they too have the owner’s and administrator’s name and country of origin hidden – the very things which, according to them, make the other websites which they “check” untrustworthy! How very ironic!!

What Made Me Check It Out

I was doing a routine check of the Google Index of my Website posts.

Imagine my horror when I came across the following entry:

I could not understand why anyone should put that there. Of course I clicked on the link, and this is what I found:

Apart from the fact that this site is comparatively new, nothing else that I saw there is true!!

I am not trying to hide anything!! This site is a WordPress site, which I believe is based in the US, but I myself live in the UK.

I am not trying to hide my identity in any way!

They gave my site a Trust Rating of 61%!

Very strange, as Google rate my site at 90%, and I know that it will 100% in two weeks’ time!

But it was the last paragraph which disturbed me most – it casts doubt on my credibility and trustworthiness which is totally unwarranted! And that could seriously damage my business!

So I Searched for more Information on ScamAdviser!

When I was trying to find out what is ScamAdviser, I did a Google search.

What I saw disturbed me even more!

I saw entry after entry saying that it was a scam. This is just an example:

what is scamadviser

And here is a random selection of comments on http://scamvictimsunited.com/:

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There are complaints about ScamAdviser on so many sites.

Here are links to some more if you would like to check them out.

This first report is very revealing, showing nine different ways in which they are suspected of scamming:

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/scamadvisercom-a-next-big-scam-on-the-web-is-damaging-other-legit-online-businesses-c631201.html

There are similar reviews on https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.scamadviser.c… Trust Pilot is also a trusted site.

And on http://scamtester.com/scamadviser-com-reviews-legit-scam-reliable-safe/

There is also a number of reviews on Quora.com, another trustworthy site:

https://www.quora.com/Is-scamadviser-com-legit.

A rating of ScamAdviser can be found on Web of Trust:

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/scamadviser.com

All these sites agree, and it is most unlikely that they are all wrong!!!

What Is Even Worse….

The way they work is to target new and comparatively young websites like mine with the motive of destroying the credibility of those sites which frequently leads to them having to close down.

This is completely unacceptable!

I have seen it stated, although I must state myself that I have not had personal experience of this, that after a time they will contact the owner of the website that they have defamed and ask for a considerable amount of money in order to remove the bad reviews which are on their own website. What else could that be but a SCAM?

There are also at least two other websites who appear to be jumping on the back of ScamAdviser and offering to remove the bad reviews etc in return for an unspecified payment!

My Best Advice

Steer very clear of ScamAdviser, and don’t believe a word they say.

If you too have a website which is targeted by them, please do not give them any money!! Instead, report them to Google and to a legitimate scam-busting site such as http://scamsexposer.com/how-to-report-an-online-scam

It is unbelievable that such a scurrilous website should still be allowed to exist.

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14 thoughts on “What Is ScamAdviser? BEWARE!! It Is ITSELF A Scary SCAM!!”

  1. Scamadviser is a scam that’s killing my business!
    I use a 1and1 server. Because that server is out of Germany. They say business is suspicious, compromised server. I contacted them a few weeks ago. Told them I am a USA based company, My site has big name advertisers that I am an affiliate to. They would not be doing business with me if I was a scam. And I have no personal info. on visitors, Not even a shopping cart. No payments are made on my site. They emailed me back saying it’s a new business started in Dec 2017. And they don’t personally look at sites. In time it may get a better rating. They show up on the top of most searches putting doubt in peoples minds that I’m not legit. There should be a way to sue them for slander!

    http://www.merchandisehut.net

    1. Hi Mark

      I completely agree with you, it is a scandal the way they target new businesses, making it so much more difficult, if not impossible, for them to get off the ground. It is completely unfair, and is the reason why I wrote this review.

      The only thing that we can do is to make as many people as possible aware of this scam, and you are most welcome to share the review with anyone you wish.

      I do hope that you manage to make a success of your business in spite of them!

      Every good wish

      Chrissie

  2. Is it possible to run a petition online to have this scam advisor shut down.
    Its crazy. I came across your blog cause i could not understand how my domain sitting there for 5 years.
    I’ve not been sending any traffic and no one has left a single bad review about me or my services yet scam advisor has the gut to give me a 0% rate and saying my website is a high risk.

    1. Hi Ian

      I must confess that I have not even bothered to go near ScamAdvisor since I wrote the review, so I have no idea where they rate me now!!!
      Maybe I should check, but I did ask a number of people for advice, and was told to ignore them.

      Having said that, it is very obvious from the comments on this site that they are still spreading their poison.

      I don’t know about making a petition – I have no doubt that they would penalise anyone who signed it even more, but maybe if there were enough people…..

      My best suggestion is that maybe everyone affected should contact Google and ask if they can do something about it – perhaps if they got a flood of such communications they might think twice about putting ScamAdvisor’s comments towards the top of their searches!

      I find it very hard to understand how they have managed to get away with this for so long.

      All the best to you

      Chrissie

  3. Hi Chrissie,

    My son’s website has also been affected by their scam. When he retaliated via social media, they made it personal and created fake reviews about his business and posted them on their own web site! Apparently they are a small bit firm based in India who send an email to new businesses about the poor rating and then suspiciously, another firm contacts you a few days later and charges a hefty fee to correct the listing. CON, CON CON!

    1. Hi Shaina

      Your son’s experience is typical of what ScamAdvisor do. They always retaliate if anyone criticises them, and most of what they say is downright lies!

      I have been suggesting that maybe if large numbers of people contact Google about them, then perhaps Google will get the message and something about them – the have been allowed to get away with this for far too long.

      You are so right, they are a complete Con!!

      All the best

      Chrissie

  4. Chrissie,

    I just accessed scamadvisor.com after viewing comments about an entity, technosoft.us that I had earlier today come to believe was itself a scam. Prior to checking out Scamadvisor, I posted a review relating to my own incident as follows:

    “This morning I sought to access the Hewlett Packard website to get tech support.for my Printer. I now see that I had clicked on “http://hpprinterhelps.com.” The screen that appeared displayed a chat button so I began to explain problem. After a long delay without response, I called the phone number listed and while speaking to a person with heavy accent, a call came in purportedly from the chat agent who likewise had a different accent.

    After my explanation of the problem, I was told of the need to access my computer [similar to past legitimate
    experience] and I was directed to “LogMeIn123.com” and then directed to: “secure.logmeinrescue.com/InstantChat”
    and thereafter authorized the download of “Support-LogMeInRescue.exe which program gave the agent control of my desktop computer.

    Because of my inability to understand him by voice, he thereafter used notepad to write his words. After being shown screens depicting various technical data, I was told my problem was corrupted driver files and that the cause was a defective network wall. I was then told there was a solution from “tecknosoft services LLC” at a cost of $499.99 (1 incident) and $1999.99 (5 incidents) and asked how many internet-connecting devices did I have.

    He then mentioned a 50% senior discount available and after my consent, said he would send me an invoice by e-mail and that I would make payment by check to be e-mailed back after which he would install
    software that would protect all of my devices. As he asked me to provide name, e-address, billing address and phone # on the form displayed, I became suspicious so I sought to “copy & paste” the entirety of his written chat. While zi was told his location was in Wisconsin, I noticed that there was a time reference to 8 pm when my time was 10 am.

    My only working e-mail program is on my laptop so while I waited on his e-mails, I searched on-line [with that computer] for the telephone # and company given me “1-844-551-4056” and “tecknosoft services LLC and found references to a check writing scam. Now convinced that this whole experience was indeed a SCAM, I shut off both computers and hung up. Happily, I was not TAKEN, but I still have concerns for what data may have been taken or malware installed for when I later turned my desktop computer back on, their appeared the same connect box on my screen which I closed.”

    Am I at any risk for having visited Scamadvisor.com and my posting of the review.

    1. Hi Jack

      Your experience sounds really scary, but well done for realising that it was a scam.

      I would imagine that your only risk would be that ScamAdvisor are now aware of your existence, and they do tend to penalise anyone who criticises them. I wonder why?!?!?

      My best advice would be to ignore ScamAdvisor. Really the most important statistic is Google trust. Although ScamAdvisor, I have just discovered, gives my site 46% trust, Google gives it 100%!

      All the best to you

      Chrissie

  5. Hi Chrissie,

    Excellent Article and I cam across it as I too have been a victim of their Scam. How do I make my site secure from them and remove their link when people search my brand?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Catherine

      I am sorry to say that as yet I have not been able to find a way to remove their link,
      although I have tried!

      I have taken advice from a number of people, and they all say that it is best to ignore it,
      which is a little hard to take.

      We could possibly contact Google and ask them to remove that link, and I wondered if they
      might do something if enough people did in fact contact them.

      In the meantime I think the only thing to do is to make as many people as possible aware of
      what they do, in as many ways as possible, which is the reason I wrote this post.

      Very many thanks for your comment, and I’m sorry I can’t be of more help

      Chrissie 🙂

  6. Not sure I understand why something is fraudulent if it’s not using the https protocol. Https is just offering encryption and is usually used when a site will take address or credit card information. It is not needed for information only sites.

    Like the previous comment, I also use them from time to time… not sure I agree with you. It sounds a bit like sour grapes?

    1. Hi Grant
      It is not sour grapes at all I assure you.
      I did a good deal of research on this, so it is by no means just my own opinion I am expressing.
      If you look at some of the comments on other sites you will see that the people running this site tend to target new young sites and give them a very poor rating. There are some people who have been sent demands for money in order that the adverse comments about them will be removed!
      These same people also said that they have left comments protesting about that on the ScamAdviser website, but those comments had been removed very soon. They obviously will not have any comments which criticise them in any way.
      Many of those small sites which receive these bad comments do not survive if they do not pay what is asked.
      Do you truly think that is good practice?
      Of course they do have some legitimate ratings for some sites, but those sites tend to be well established.
      Many thanks for your comments
      Chrissie

  7. Hey, Chrissie!

    Thank you so much for this informative post! I must say that I have used this site “scam advisor” before and believed them. Boy, I’m naive 🙂

    This is a shock to me, i really thought they’re a legit site. It’s horrible what they do. Is there anyway they can be held liable? Does google allow them to still exist in the SERPS? How do you protect your business from them?

    Thank you so much for the informative article.

    Emrah.Y

    1. Hi Emrah

      Yes, they do seem to be legit at first sight, until they decide to target your own site!!
      I have asked around to see if anything can be done about them, but it seems not, and Google
      has not done anything about them so far.
      I just wanted to make people aware of them, so that they do not believe everything they say!

      However, I am hoping that now my site is secure with HTTPS, they will not be able to affect me –
      we shall see!! Interestingly, I notice that their site is NOT secure – no HTTPS there!! Make of that what you will, I know what I make of it!!!

      Very many thanks for dropping by.

      All the best

      Chrissie 🙂

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