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I've been scammed before, how can I tell your company is legit?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by Nick1, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Nick1

    Nick1 Junior Member

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    This is what I heard from a prospect today. They've been scammed by a SEO person before who actually offered pretty much the same thing as I do.

    My office is one timezone away and in a different country so I can't meet them. I only take credit cards so I was thinking about telling them that they could always chargeback if this is the case, but is there anything else that I can tell them to feel more safe?

    I only have a website, I don't want to show it to them until the next call (so that the agent can really walk them through it and correct an incorrect opinion).
     
  2. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Here are a couple of article you can review that might help.

    This is a nice top 5 list on gaining Trust and Legitimacy for those coming online.

    This article covers how you can use search and social media to help as well.

    While I hope the above two articles will help, some times these types of clients... "I've been scammed before", should signal an instant red flag for you to STAY AWAY. I am not trying to dissuade you from moving ahead and getting this sale, but I have seen these types of people become the biggest headaches and cost the most... in the end, they could do a charge back and then you are screwed.

    Again, I wish the former will help, but I might be cautious of this potential client... it is not to say that you can't do everything possible to help them know you are credible, but yeah.

    Hope this helps!
     
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  3. Amsterdammer

    Amsterdammer Power Member

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    Tell them you will send them a bill after the work is done?
    That way they don't have anything to lose, you do.

    But, I would try and get some satisfied customers to talk about you and avoid your name or company name popping up when googled together with scam. :p

    If you are legit in this day and age, I would say you have your social media covered and have some people saying nice things about you.
    If you have that, you don't need to bill them afterwards. :)

    Just my 2 Euro cents, please ignore as you see fit. :)
     
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  4. Nick1

    Nick1 Junior Member

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    Yeah, that's what I taught as well.... At first, I taught " Ok, maybe the SEO guy wasn't in the wrong and the prospects was too much of a dummy to realize this"

    My agent told me that they were victim of a a scam-scam, as in the guy charged half up front and never showed up again so I think I might go with it if they don't give him too much trouble for the close.
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Sounds good, best of luck and let us know how it goes!