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Is scamadviser a scam? Here are what people say

Last updated on April 10th, 2023 at 06:49 am


I first stumbled upon scamadviser dot com in 2012 when I was searching for a profitable online business, and applied to some firms overseas.

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Before applying I usually run a quick check on the reputation of such hiring firms to be sure I’d be dealing with the right people.


I relied heavily on the results I got on, a website that dubbed itself a resource centre for rating other domain names.

But I never knew that some of the results on were fake, untrue and filled with misleading information.

How did I know that is a scam?

When I co-launched a website, I headed straight to to know the rating of our domain.

Alas!’s results about this domain name were totally misleading. It says our domain name has been in existence for over 27 years.

Funny enough, the domain was less than a year old as of December 29, 2016. has been debated on major websites about the veracity of a domain that rates other domain names worldwide.

Sad enough, it doesn’t have the statics to rate another website.

It’s even been alleged that some bad guys pay the guys behind to help give their fraudulent domain a good reputation so as to get leads.

On quora, John Barrow asks: Is legit?

What’s the reputation of scamadviser?

Here are the views of some quora users about

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“John is correct. I have had problems with Scam Advisor for quite some time. When I did a search of my domain, the results are just plain inaccurate.

“Their stats say things about my website that are just plain false. And there seems to be no way to contact them to get it fixed. It is a startup and I have read stories about people paying for better scores.

At this time anyway, we refuse to pony up to them. It’s a clear scam itself and it’s sad that so many people have believed in it,Joe Fiduccia

“Clearly a scam if they were truly legit why would they be hiding who they are and why would so many people have made complaints over the years about being extorted for a better review?

No legit business operates in this fashion and any true consumer advocacy group would be more transparent.

Additionally, they’re raking in a lot of money of advertising by selling “fear”.  All in all, it seems mostly malicious both in intent and implementation,Brian Baker

“Totally piece of sh*t scam site, that scammers set up to develop a scam monopoly. It would have been a great success if they didn’t get greedy and start posting fake reviews almost right after launch,” another quora user says.

“Is a thinly veiled scam itself. It’s one of the best examples of “hide in plain sight”.

The group behind this regularly “exposes” a couple of shady sites (which every 3 years would recognize blindly as such) in order to create a layer of superficial “credibility”.

They then knowingly include 100% legit businesses in their “analysis”, create fear and doubt-inducing pages for them and have them appear for relevant search terms in search engine results.

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Obviously, this often destroys businesses or kills them when they are still young and don’t have widely recognized brands such as “Apple” or “Coke” yet.

The group behind it hides behind anonymous hosting and it’s difficult to get any kind of reaction from them, which is why for some people the barrier to paying up to have their damaging pages/links removed has become very low.

There have been reports of people paying up, although, for obvious reasons, nobody likes to talk about it.

It seems strange that the major search engines haven’t taken this site off their search results yet,” John Barrow is a hoax! It’ll confuse you more with its awkward results than you already are. The best thing you can do to verify the authenticity of an online business or a reputation of a business is to embark on underground checks of the business.

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4 thoughts on “Is scamadviser a scam? Here are what people say”

  1. Scamadviser is totally untrustworthy. An example is the site Lotorai dot com which has already been blocked by several national police forces. But Scamadviser tells people Lotorai is 97% trustworthy.

  2. Scamadvisor showed an obvious scam site as possibly legit. Their algorithm obviously did not read my report or visit the web site. The scamadvisor site is itself riddled with pop ups ads and junk which is very confusing and comes across like a scam site itself.

  3. Sam Adviser is affecting my and other business.

    It’s fake and will accept any comment from anyone who wants to destroy your business.

    They are on the business to send your business to the cleaner and people believe they are legit until they turn on to their own business and they will see the tragic end of their own businesses.

    They are a Scam Adviser REAL SCAM, not the businesses place they put on their web.

  4. Hi There! Thank you for explaining to us how you feel, this is very valuable to us! We would like to give you our side of the story.

    We bought scamadviser in the end of last year and are working hard to make the internet a safer place. But we can not do this alone, That’s why we rely on other companies that provide us with data about scam websites. This is how scamadviser is born!

    To provide you with this data the easiest and faster way. Would you like to know more about the way we work? Feel free to contact us.

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