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Crowdfunding Scams in the World of Crowdfunding Promotion

Updated on January 29, 2015

Advertising a Crowdfunding Project? Pick the Right Company.

Out of the 20-30 different crowdfunding promotion websites out there I can count on one hand those few honorable crowdfunding PR companies you can consider legitimate businesses.

CrowdFundingBoost.Com is not one them.

Crowdfunding scams are popping up everywhere and everyone should think of crowdfunding scammers as vultures who prey on unsuspecting people who lack the knowledge and the skills to see these low lives for what they really are; scam artists.

Do you know how easy it is to launch any online business? You can whip up a new online business and have it online with a fully functional website ready to accept credit card payments in 72 hours. I’m not even kidding. It looks like crowdfunding boost is one of those vultures.

A friend of mine was talking about his new Kickstarter project and how he got so many emails from companies promising him powerful results from their advertising and promotional services specially designed to work for crowdfunding. Crowdfundingboost.com sent him a message through Kickstarter that really got him pumped up.

Well who could blame him? The email he received seemed like it came from Kickstarter itself. But it didn't. After I looked at the email carefully and checked out his Kickstarter account I figured out how my buddy got the impression the email came straight from Kickstarter. The from address says "notification@kickstarter.com" The Kickstarter logo appears at the top of the email. The average Internet user could easily get the idea this email came directly from Kickstarter advertising a crowdfunding promotion service -- but it didn't. Yes, Kickstarter sent the email but the message itself wasn't written by anybody that works at Kickstarter. That's where my friend got fooled.

Digging Deeper

When I discovered this exploit that crowdfunding boost used I decided to put on my detective’s hat and dig deeper. What I discovered should surprise you. And piss you off. And maybe even entertain you. First we see their website. OK they’re bragging about crowdfunding success stories on the front page of their website. Fair enough.

And Deeper...

A quick check of the website's history triggered the siren in my BS detector. How can a company claim to have helped crowdfunding projects succeed in June, July and August of 2014 when their website didn’t exist before November 22, 2014 according to the WHOIS record above? I know what you’re thinking. People make mistakes all the time! Maybe they registered their domain name on November 22, 2013 and the domain name records are wrong. Fair enough. Let’s go check out their Twitter feed. Go to https://twitter.com/CrowdFundingBst and scroll down to the very, very bottom. Here’s what you’ll see:

Their very first tweet ever was on November 28th. Fancy that! And, amazingly, they have 16,400 or so Twitter followers in just two months. There's no way they could've pulled in so many people unless they bought fake Twitter followers. Then I stopped by their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CrowdFundingBoost)...

Something Funny on Facebook

Wow! Almost 8,000 likes in just two short months. How many Facebook pages do you know have that kind of popularity in such a short amount of time? Did they buy fake Facebook likes? I'm pretty sure they did. What's more interesting is their history. After all, they claimed to have helped crowdfunding campaigns get funded since Spring 2014 according to their website.

But wait a second! The very first Facebook post they made was on December 1, 2014. Golly! They must have a time machine or something!! How else could a crowdfunding company offering to promote a crowdfunding campaign with social media be able to do so for months and months before their social media accounts even existed?

If you’re not totally amazed yet let me add some more food for thought — their webpage devoted to successful stories – https://crowdfundingboost.com/successful-stories/ Notice the bad grammar there? I know I did. In fact if you look at the other screen shots and see samples of their posts you’ll see other interesting offenses to the English language. For real laughs scroll through their Facebook and Twitter posts and see how many goofs in grammar and redundant usage of the same words you can spot. Here’s a hint: You can make it happen!

Let's take a look at their “successful stories” page:

Check The Calendar and Do The Math!

The final insult to intelligence here — of the 51 different successful crowdfunding projects listed just ONE OF THEM could actually be considered possibly true – the one that ended on December 15th. Every single other crowdfunding campaign they take credit for helping ended months before their website, their Twitter account and their Facebook page even existed!

Go ahead and do your own detective work on any crowdfunding company and you could have hours of fun with all of the fake and fraudulent claims you might find. I wouldn’t be surprised to see crowdfunding boost totally redesign their website after seeing this crowdfunding article. They’ll no doubt realize how sloppy they were in trying to fool the public and correct all of the different impossible claims they made.

Heck, they might just close down the website after word spreads about their scam tactics.

Don't worry. A new crowdfunding scam website can take its place in just 72 hours. Lucky us.

Go ahead and do the same investigative work I did with any crowdfunding promotion website and see if they pass the test. If they do the odds are good they're a legitimate crowdfunding advertising company.

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      James Stock 2 years ago

      Excellent post!!! Everything I learned from this article is infuriating - how could anyone be so bold to put out lies on a website and expect people to just hand over their money? This is a great article with real journalism.

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      Thomas Katz 2 years ago

      Incredible! The chutzpah of some people to try to trick people like this! Thanks for getting the word out. I'll bet a lot of people could apply your methods to detecting internet fraud on all kinds of websites.