The minute I clicked onto this site, my Avast! AntiVirus said it had blocked a threat. Judging from the other comments, I wonder if someone hacked the site to try to sabotage it?
I can't leave a bad rating for something that might not even be the site's fault, and could be corrected in the future.
This domain was/is the victim of a Joe-job, wherein spammers take an innocent domain and spoof spam e-mails to appear as if the victim domain sent them. This site does not spam. For more info and more sites that were the victim of these scams see the WOT forum thread here- http://www.mywot.com/en/forum/30718-report-joe-jobs-here
'realscam.com' is currently being heavily "promoted" by unsolicited email. Features of the messages suggest that these spams are actually part of a 'joe-job' intended to hurt realscam's reputation by making it look as if they are sending the spams.
I keep getting spams trying to tarnish this sites reputation.
Scammers HATE people being educated about how their scams work because once they understand HOW they work they find it much easier to spot the scams and not be suckered into them.
This site is victim of a joe job, by criminals who do not like to see their scams exposed.
The joe-jobs against this domain are sent through the Slenfbot-spambot:
Realscam is nothing more than a bunch of cyber bullies that will degrade and belittle you if you do not agree with their opinions! Basically if you are making money online or like me earning a living online then you are scum. Their motto "Is It Or Isn't It You Decide" Is a lie they have already decided for you and you don't dare try to go against what they have decided.
They have no problems posting personal info about anyone they do not like. Info such as pictures, home addresses, home phone numbers as well as any other personal info for everyone to see. As kcvan they have absolutely no respect for ANYONE'S privacy. My recommendation would be to avoid realscam altogether as you may be next to have all your personal info posted there for the world to see.
It is an anti-scam website!!! Of course all the scammers are going to give it a bad rating because it is causing them to lose money!! RealScam exposes the money games and tells it like it is by using links and verification of fraudulent programs. Some give their opinions which is stated and the evidence is listed there for you to decide if you are involved in scam or other money-making schemes.
You will note the ones screaming the loudest about this website are those who are known scammers!! Check them out and then you decide. Come join RealScam and get in the fight to rid the internet of get-rich-schemes or at least expose them so people can avoid getting scammed.
Be warned, this site breaches just about every privacy rule on the planet and should be shut down by the authorities for serious privacy breaches and the continuous defamation, and baseless slander the people on that site engage in continuously and each and every day, scouring the net for anything they can dig up to put down and try to destroy anything that allows the average working class stiff to better themselves and their way of life by stepping up to the plate and earning a few quid in their spare time.
You will notice that on RealScam everything that's not a regular 9-5 job is frowned upon and immediately called a scam, ponzi or an MLM scam. The privacy breaches on that site are numerous, if you're involved in any MLM, whether it's something reputable and established like Amway or Usana, or something fresher and newer like Banners Broker, if you ever posted any comment that's even construed to being supportive of any kind of business opportunity, MLM or you've thrown a few bucks at something HYIP, if these people on realscam.com find you on the net, whether facebook, linked in, etc and you have (or have had) any association with any company they're critical of at realcam, YOU WILL BE NAMED, SHAMED AND EXPOSED, YOU WILL BE PUBLICLY CALLED A SCAMMER, CON-ARTIST, etc, regardless of your professional history or background, even if you're a relatively passive newbie in some vitamin MLM these people object to, and you've got this in your linked in profile, stating that you're a (insert company name) affiliate, the people at realscam.com will PUBLISH YOUR FULL NAME if they can find it, AND THEY WILL OPENLY and WITHOUT HESITATION, call you a scumbag, con-artist, etc.
There is absolutely NO CREDIBILITY with realscam.com because there IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY and NO CONTROLS - everybody there hides behind false names under complete anonymity. You'll find it hard pressed to find more than one or two people there who have ever published their real name because they know they would be sued for all they're worth with the slander they put out there.
Nasty site, if you're thinking of signing up (registering), I suggest protect your privacy, get a seperate gmail, yahoo or hotmail account solely for the purpose of accessing realscam.com, and you too will notice they sell their email lists, after just 2 days of being registered on realscam.com my realscam dedicated email address begun receiving emails promoting porn sites, casino sites, dating sites and nude women video chat sites. Suppose they got to make their money somehow, as the site isn't over-run with banner or adwords ads, like so many other sites.
If the ratings for a consumer advocate site like Real Scam are influenced by anyone who joins WOT who votes (and posts their opinion) for whatever reason without having to justify it, then the value of the ratings is highly suspect. In this case it would appear that the ratings have been negatively influenced by people who promote the very same get-rich-quick schemes that Real Scam are trying to warn consumers about.
It is interesting to note that the principal protester on the comments list on the topic of publication of names is someone who has put her own name and personal information out on the public web when promoting online earning schemes and has been called to account to justify their legality using the same publicly available information.
WOT may be of value to rate product based sites where complaints are usually factual, but does not serve any useful purpose in evaluating sites where agenda driven opinions affect the ratings.
Does anyone from WOT verify information before putting out warnings on sites?
To me this website RealScam while it might be intended to report about scammers, I have found that both people as well as programs are being spoken of in a very negative way at times. Even if it is not justified, if there is no proof, sometimes people and programs are given a bad reputation. It is like "being judged" based upon opinions whether than reality. If I can prove I really earned $100 and got paid for example, then would RealScam change their attitude, or would they still continue to put many programs and people in a bad light? Some people & programs that are truly scamming may deserve to be "snuffed out," however can't we be professional folks?
One of the RS members recently posted that it IS a scam busting website, when last year they insisted it is NOT a scam busting website. Which is it? How does someone become a known scammer? Just by RS members saying so? On their opinion based site, on which they change their opinions on a whim? RS members have given deliberately bad ratings to businesses here that have long term A ratings with the Better Business Bureau, which has been around much longer than mywot.com and has more valid ways of determining legitimacy than mywot.com What scams have the people at RS actually busted? It can't call itself a scam BUSTING site unless it proves that it has actually BUSTED any scams. It can't call people "known scammers" unless it provides proof that someone has actually scammed other people. Where is the proof that RS members have busted ANY scams and PROVEN that ANY people are scammers, from any discussions stemming from that site since June 2010 when it went into it's current existence? Because in October/November 2011, the main moderator stated to me that it was NOT a scam busting site, just an opinion based discussion site.
I would say that something like Web of Trust is built to rate more traditional websites, rather than consumer protection sites such as this one. For example, the "Vendor reliability" meter is completely meaningless in this case, and the "Child safety" meter only applies so far as foul language and adult graphics, neither of which appear to be much tolerated by the site moderators.
The privacy issues that kcvan brings up do exist, but on the other hand, she appears to be spin doctoring the cause of this kind of personal information being posted there. Much of the information being compiled and posted appears to be being gathered from elsewhere online, and often is exposed in conjunction with links to official websites dealing with legal issues that the person in question is alleged to be violating.
There's no privacy there, the site posts peoples' full names without permission. The mywot ratings bar for privacy is definitely being manipulated at a ridiculous 60% rating. MyWOT ratings are not reliable.
The site is hateful toward suspect scams, scams, and people who promote them, esp. HYIP, Ponzi, Pyramid, and in some cases, suspicious MLMs. As a result, this site is universally hated by proponents of such schemes.
The site can be snarky, insulting, and boisterous, toward people who operate and promote such schemes. It is obviously not for everyone... esp. people who operate such schemes.
Yes, there's hate on this site... but it's for a good cause.
So you wonder about "make money fast" and similar scams and schemes, you should check out RealScam, EVEN THOUGH people trying to recruit you would tell you don't visit "negativity", hate, and such.
Never trust stuff from only one site, of course. Do what Reagan said: "Trust, but verify." See if the evidence presented is real, verify it yourself, and check other viewpoints.
It's an information source, nothing more.
This is an opinion-based site, which is basically meaningless. Many of the opinions are coming from non-North-American members who have no clue about the Better Business Bureau or any North American business laws. RS owner hides behind Domains By Proxy and is not identified, and the ownership of RS has changed numerous times within a few years. The rules are something like...Don't Be A Jerk...what kind of rule is that? Members of this site engage in and encourage cyber-bullying, profanity, harassment that extends to following people to other networks to harass them elsewhere, posting screenshots of sites and claiming it's a different site, blatant lying, this is a hate site, definitely not child-safe, not reliable for valid business information, and some of the main posters are people who have been terminated from other networks for causing problems on other sites. Members of RS have also probably tried to manipulate ratings here at mywot and give false comments against good businesses.
RealScam is the best consumer advocate service, which I have come accross since coming online in 2002. Ponzi and scam promoters will do their best to cast aspersions on the site and any person who posts favourably about RealScam.
The more people who join WOT and post good comments about a superlative service the better, as the ponzi promoters will try to wreck RealScam's reputation in order to propagate their own brand of con artist advertising boards ( like Adlandpro), as a trusted site.