I bought a website back in January from flippa as a newbie, and at that point didnt know enough about what questions to ask and how to detect a scam. The red flags should have come up when the seller contacted me after another of his sites ended to buy this one outside of flippa. The seller knew I was new to this, so when I started to realize what was going on, his responses were always that I was misunderstanding what he was saying, didnt understand how the traffic worked, etc. The site is monetized with adsense, and was initially earning about half of what was claimed. But each month the earnings have decreased. The problem is that according to GA, the traffic is mostly coming from 2 different urls, which I believe are proxies. When the sellers host has gone down a couple of times, the traffic stops. The bounce rate, time on the site, page views etc are all what would be expected from a bot. The adsense clicks are all on the same ad, and a couple of times I have been online talking to the seller, and magically a few clicks appeared, like he clicked on them. When I bought the site, I was told that all of the traffic was organic, and later I think the seller claimed that they were coming from referrals from various websites. But, the seller can not provide one link or source for the traffic. There are not any backlinks to the site, and the last time I checked, it did not rank for any keywords. The seller also recommended a specific SEO company, which it turned out he owns. I paid them the first month just to make sure the traffic kept coming, but it does not seem like they did one thing as far as seo. So I obviously havent paid since. I was able to track down this person including his home address. He just happens to live in the same state as me. It turns out it is a 21 y/o and his friend in on this, and they have each sold $20k+ in websites over the last 6-12 months. They do not have any negative feedback, I assume because the first month or two the site generally earns as it should, and only do the earnings start to decrease once it is too late to come back to them. On my site the clicks have been about what they claimed, but the CPC is much lower. I have come to the conclusion I need to let it go, and be happy that the site is earning any money back. But, they just sold another site, and I cant believe this is still going on.