Does WA Require a Credit Card Verify?
I realize that, by this point in time, the post featured here, having been submitted on ComplaintsBoards.com, a consumer advocate forum, is rather old, but still very valid. I posted this because spoofing on the Internet is a very serious problem. It targets unsuspecting consumers who prospectively seek to purchase products and memberships. It hurts the entities and individuals who are providing the products and services, causing unwarranted bad publicity for them.
Email, and other types of online spoofing causes serious problems with online reputation management for otherwise reputable companies because unsuspecting consumers get official-looking materials from unscrupulous trouble-makers that have nothing better to do in life than to swindle money and harm reputations. The first place victims go after having been scammed are the companies that have, themselves been victimized by false emails, etc, being attributed to them. Angered consumers often hit the complaint boards and publicly attack individuals and companies that have been spoofed.
Being a long-standing member of Wealthy Affiliate, the famous online business community platform, loved and patronized by tens of thousands of people, I wrote this post in defense of the educational facility. Wealthy Affiliate is a place of learning the art and science of affiliate marketing at its best. Wealthy Affiliate, being an online entity is not exempt from these insidious activities.
The Allegation, and My Response
This consumer says:
Here’s my response to this poster. It is rather brutally honest and hopefully serves as a lesson for folks to make sure what they are onto is what it is, and not an appearance. I is very easy to jump to conclusions without digging into something that is actually not what it appears…
You haven’t been to their website. In the first place, I highly suspect the emails you are getting are the work of a party other than Wealthy Affiliate. Here’s why…
You would have had to join their starter membership to get any emails at all from Wealthy Affiliate. WA does NOT email people without their permission, nor does it engage in any sort of email marketing campaigns at all. Wealthy Affiliate discourages email spam, and teaches that it is unethical and should never be done. WA does not require a credit card for the free membership as commonly done in other memberships.
You will get a payment failure email ONLY if you are a paid member. If, for some reason your submitted CC information is in error or you don’t have sufficient funds in your bank account, you will get these warning emails. It does advise that you need to provide alternate payment terms and directs you to correct any issues with billing. Wealthy Affiliate will try to bill you three times before your paid account with them gets canceled. Again, this never applies to the free starter membership they offer. The emails you are getting do sound like scam, but they are NOT from WA.
I’ve been a member of WA for four years and out of all online business communities found on the Internet, I know how Wealthy Affiliate works and next to personally know the owners.
I urge you to dig in a little deeper to see where those emails are coming from. I guarantee, they are NOT coming from Wealthy Affiliate. So, before you bash an innocent party, it behooves you to get your aim before shooting off your gun.
Sidebar: How to Spot Phishing, Spoof Emails
What would happen if you found out someone you accused of a heinous crime was served the death penalty and executed … later to find out that this person was not guilty? It would no doubt make you feel awful. Obviously this is a little extreme as we are dealing with a company and not an individual, but the same moral principles apply. [link this] >>My personal experience with Wealthy Affiliate My Personal Invitation:
Looking for the best place you could possibly find on the Internet, free of hype, scams, is family-friendly, awesome community and buzzing with activities ripe for like-minded folks aspiring (and having attained) entrepreneurship?
Wealthy Affiliate provides everything needed to help you build an online business using state-of-the-art tools, services and support systems. All you bring to the table is your desire to get educated in the exciting industry of online business, your dreams, visions, and readiness to work hard.
Why has Wealthy Affiliate made such an impact on my life? Check out my Review and you will see for yourself what I’ve found. If you have any questions of comments about anything above, or in this website, or about Wealthy Affiliate, please leave it below, or contact me in my Profile right on Wealthy Affiliate. You can reach me there at https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/daniel-euergetes