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Jeff Paul Scam – Shortcuts to Internet Millions

2009 March 8

bustyI saw the infomercial for Jeff Paul’s Shortcuts to Internet Millions program one night while flipping through channels. Because I’m an internet marketer, it caught my interest because I had never seen a mainstream ad on TV for an internet marketing related product.

I knew who Jeff Paul was too so I wanted to see what he was offering. I was really surprised at the way the infomercial turned out. Seemed like one big joke to me!

For one thing, the busty hosts, Tina Milano and Kelly Britz were really bad actors and I couldn’t help laughing when Tina (the brunette) checked the computer and exclaimed, “OMG, I just made an $300 while we’re sitting here talking.”

But that’s not the worst of it.

Jeff Paul Misleads TV Audiences

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Shawn Casey

Now lets say that I didn’t know anything about making money on the internet, I guess I would be all over this. The fact is, Jeff Paul knows how to push hot buttons and he knows what people want. Even though most would not admit it, people want tonnes of money fast without having to do much work. They want a lazy man’s system – a shortcut.

Bogus claims should do the trick. Like Shawn C. who sets up everything, goes on a cruise and when he gets back in about 7 days, he had made over $400,000.00.

Incredible! What we don’t know is that Shawn Casey is actually a friend of Jeff Paul’s, who already makes huge sums of money on the internet. He doesn’t need Shortcuts to Internet Millions. Now I’m thinking the other testimonials were done by Jeff Paul’s millionaire friends as well. How shady can you get?

Does Shortcuts To Internet Millions Work?

Its entirely possible to make $400,000.00 on the internet. But only if you already know how the internet works when it comes to making money online.

There are NO shortcuts to making internet millions if you don’t already know how. At least not the way Jeff promises with his 3 Clicks to Cash or 10 Website businesses. You sure won’t get it in a $39 package in the mail. I know people who have been very successful at making money online who market very well and still they couldn’t do $400,000.00 in a week or even a month or two.

There is no magic formula to making millions of dollars online. Although the internet provides one of the easiest ways for anyone to become financially free and make extra money it takes work and know how.

Scam?

False promises, bogus claims and shady marketing? Hmmmmm. Do I think its a scam? Here’s what one guy who bought Jeff Paul’s Shortcuts to Internet Millions said about the program.

Comment from actual user on this Shortcuts to Internet Millions review that used to be on Hubpages.com:

I bought the Jeff Paul CDROM based Internet Millions course.

It was a set of very poorly structured CDs, some of which had 3 or 4 small .PDF files and the rest of the disk filled with Adobe Reader and other freely available crap.

Some of the disks had videos which are mostly the looooog version of how Jeff paul and a few other people were dirt poor and suffering before they, BLAH BLAH…

VERY little real info on the initial set of disks, for $85

The purchase also includes a REQUIRED membership (first month free) in a web site hosting/preconfigured website structure. The HTML included is VERY primitive single page sales letter sites designed to sell the e-book crap that is all over Click-Bank.

I cancelled the membership after 20 day, and asked for the full refundm, and sent the crappy CDS back.

I got my money back after about 40 days, and some new sales guy calls me about every 3 weeks to “upsell” me on another add-on that wil generte more $$$ for Jeff Paul.

The infomercial is offensivey dumb, even with the fine cleaveage that both women keep bending forward to show us, but I had HOPED that there would be some real, useable, worhthwhile information in the CDs.

And there are even more evidence on other sites that the program isn’t as useful as it should be as well as claims of people being harassed by telemarketers and having their credit cards charged even though they cancelled the rebills.

Conclusion

Jeff Paul’s Shortcuts to Internet Millions fails to live up to his very hypy infomercial that was obviously designed to lure computer unsavvy people into buying into the hope that this would be their break at making millions.

By using the television medium, he is able to get people who don’t care to do much research to respond to his tricks. Hopefully, people will take a second to go to their computers to check out this Shortcuts program before buying.

Jeff Paul’s Shortcuts to Internet Millions, the $39 version leaves out the important parts and thats where the telemarketers come in, to sell access to the real info which costs thousands of dollars for his VIP club – which is really sad because the people who really need the program don’t have thousands of dollars to throw away on this like maybe Shawn Casey.

19 Responses leave one →
  1. Brock Gonsoulin permalink
    April 26, 2009

    So whats the best legit way i can make money on the internet i been selling stuff on ebay making decent money but i want to make alot of money and i dont mind working to do it?

  2. April 26, 2009

    Thanks for asking Brock.

    I’ve been involved in affiliate marketing for over 3 years now. I recently quit my day job and the only program I recommend these days is Wealthy Affiliate for the simple fact that it has worked for me and most of the programs you would come across are scams.

    If you want to make money online without being scammed you should definitely consider signing up with WA where you would learn affiliate marketing.

  3. No Fool permalink
    October 10, 2009

    This is a very forward thinking form of the exact same affiliate marketing websites -- it actually is one. . . .notice how slyly WA is slid in at the bottom. . .

  4. October 10, 2009

    Affiliate marketing is a legitimate form of online business. I’m not doing anything sneaky here. I’m warning people who might otherwise be trying to buy Jeff Paul’s stuff and there’s nothing wrong with pointing them in the right direction.

    If people want to still get Jeff Paul’s program after reading this review, that’s still cool.

  5. October 19, 2009

    Save yourselves your hard earned money. I took 3 weeks -- pulled up all the programming I could find on the web -- for FREE! I studied 12 hours per day 7 days a week for 3 weeks. I also taught myself how to use Javascript programming. I had NO programming education or experience. I built my own site from scratch. I KNEW that Jeff’s program would be trying to sell people web hosting services. I STRONGLY suspect they would try to sell payment gateway servies, etc. because that is REQUIRED to have your own independent website -- - unless your website is a sub-site of a master site. Thank you for this warning -- it has confirmed my suspicion.

  6. Lora permalink
    October 28, 2009

    I like to tel you my story with JP scam. After one weak I realize that it is not working for me. I called The person that sign in with NO answer ever. Send them letter and after a month after have someone to call me to tell me that is to late to cancel. Now two months with working and posting different items and eding more money into no any money made. 000. Be aware of Scam!!!

  7. November 21, 2009

    I dont have A website but, it is something I want to get into. It is so hard to chose from some of these website because I dont know wich one is been trueful about there internet site. Is there any honest website out there that you know of, if so please let me know. Thank you.

  8. November 21, 2009

    I was looking in to the Jeff Paul internet website but after reading
    your comment,I don’t think that it is a good idea for me now.
    Please continue your good work on inform us about these
    website. Thank You.
    PS
    If there is any good website out there please let me know.

  9. Tom permalink
    November 30, 2009

    I am very skeptical about any of these. I did see John Pauls info commercial and I was very skeptical so I did research. How dod I know that this is not the same? I am just a skeptical person when it comes to things like this.

  10. TomLacovara permalink
    December 4, 2009

    Look people, do you remember the old saying …does it sound too good to be true? Then it prob. is. Wealthy Affiliates ? Ok I am a businessman myself, and if I could do what any of these people could do, I would open up an office and hire people to keep doing it for me. If it was that profitable that would be the only way to go. Why? well if I’m making money online the last thing I would want to do is saturate the market teaching others my secrets when I can duplicate “allegedly” the same results by putting employees behind computers and have them follow step by step “easy” methods to generate as much income as possible……unless…hmmmm what I was doing was either becoming burnt out or already burnt out…..then hmmm…oh yeah, invest in advertising and or infomercials and or blogs to sell my product for 40 dollars a pop. Tell ya what, come over to my house , Ill smack you in the face and charge you 10 dollars. I would do you a favor by saving you 30 and wow Id let off a little steam and make a few bucks. As for the Affiliates, well honestly I’m really unsure, but if anyone of these systems really worked it should be based on a percentage of profit earned from their program , not a monthly fee regardless, so that’s probably bs too.

  11. December 6, 2009

    See Tom, you said,

    if I could do what any of these people could do

    How are you going to learn to do it? Could the answer possibly be something like Wealthy Affiliate?

    Now don’t get fooled into thinking that you can “saturate the market” because there are too many markets online for that to happen. The other factor is that not everyone who learns online marketing succeeds at it and many simply give up.

    I’d suggest doing some further research instead of just basing everything on what you assume.

  12. Robert permalink
    December 30, 2009

    I have been involved with the Internet for over 10 years. I have done many businesses online and anyone that thinks it’s easy and fast to get rich is out of their minds. It doesn’t work that way no more then it does in the real world outside on the streets. It takes decades and massive hours to build a business online as well as it takes on the streets to be sucessful and become rich. You sure can’t become rich partying your life away. You must save all your money to reinvest in your business if you want more wealth.

  13. John permalink
    December 31, 2009

    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/07/shortchange.shtm

    FTC Cracks Down on Scammers Trying to Take Advantage of the Economic Downturn

    New Public Education Video Helps Consumers Steer Clear of Business Opportunity Fraud
    The Federal Trade Commission today announced a law enforcement crackdown on scammers trying to take advantage of the economic downturn to bilk vulnerable consumers through a variety of schemes, such as promising non-existent jobs; promoting overhyped get-rich-quick plans, bogus government grants, and phony debt-reduction services; or putting unauthorized charges on consumers’ credit or debit cards.
    Dubbed “Operation Short Change,” the law enforcement sweep announced today includes 15 FTC cases, 44 law enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, and actions by at least 13 states and the District of Columbia. During a joint press conference today at the FTC, David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, was joined by Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tony West; Roy Cooper, Attorney General of North Carolina; and a Washington, D.C. job seeker who was conned by a company that made false promises of maintenance and janitorial work.
    “Rising unemployment, shrinking credit, record-setting foreclosures, and disappearing retirement accounts are causing consumers tremendous anxiety about making ends meet,” Vladeck said. “But to con artists, today’s challenging economy presents just another opportunity to play on consumers’ worry and bilk them out of money.”
    “Thousands of people have been swindled out of millions of dollars by scammers who are exploiting the economic downturn,” Vladeck added. “Their scams may promise job placement, access to free government grant money, or the chance to work at home. In fact, the scams have one thing in common--they raise people’s hopes and then drive them deeper into a hole.”
    To help consumers understand how easy it is to be conned--and how to avoid fraud--the FTC produced a new consumer education video featuring a former scammer who hawked phony business opportunities and ultimately served prison time for deceiving investors. To view the video, go to ftc.gov or YouTube.com/ftcvideos. In the video, the former scammer gives an insider account of how these operations use high-pressure tactics and celebrity endorsers to trick cash-strapped consumers, and how consumers can protect themselves by demanding written disclosures on earnings and other sales data.

    Operation Short Change: FTC’s Law Enforcement Actions
    The FTC today announced that it has brought eight new cases against companies that have conned consumers who are struggling to make a living and pay their bills during these difficult economic times. The Commission brought seven additional cases challenging similar conduct earlier this year.
    In each new case, the FTC alleged that the defendants’ practices were deceptive or unfair. In some of the cases, the FTC also charged the defendants with making illegal electronic funds transfers or violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule.
    In the law enforcement actions announced today, the Commission charged:
    John Beck/Mentoring of America, two principals, and three purported “inventors” marketed three get-rich-quick schemes, duping hundreds of thousands of consumers into paying approximately $300 million. The defendants marketed “John Beck’s Free & Clear Real Estate System,” “John Alexander’s Real Estate Riches in 14 Days,” and “Jeff Paul’s Shortcuts to Internet Millions.” The defendants allegedly made false and unsubstantiated claims about potential earnings for users of these systems. They used frequently aired infomercials to sell the systems for $39.95 and then contacted the purchasers via telemarketing to offer “personal coaching services,” which cost several thousand dollars and purportedly would enhance their ability to earn money quickly and easily using the systems. In addition, all purchasers were signed up for continuity programs that cost an additional $39.95 per month, but which were not adequately disclosed to consumers. Some consumers also continued receiving unwanted sales calls after they told the defendants’ telemarketers to stop calling. This case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
    The enforcement actions announced today named the following defendants:
    Mentoring of America – Gary Hewitt; Douglas Gravink; John Beck; John Alexander; Jeff Paul; Family Products, LLC; John Beck Amazing Profits, LLC; John Alexander, LLC; and Jeff Paul, LLC, doing business as Shortcuts to Millions, LLC. NOTE: The Commission authorizes the filing of complaints when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. A complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendants have actually violated the law.
    Copies of the documents related to these cases are available from the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.

  14. January 1, 2010

    Thanks for that link, John.

    Here’s the FTC video referenced in the above comment.

  15. Michelle permalink
    December 9, 2010

    I have to say and am going to admit…I was stupid. I should have known better but the economy got the best of me. Me just losing half of my wages, my husband losing his job and not being able to work for two years. This whole thing just grabbed a hold of me and I was sucked in like a fly to honey. I got stuck and suckered. More then fourthousand dollars was what I got had for. I was desperate to help my family any way I could. I asked questions but not the right questions for a red flag to pop up.

    Slick talkers on the other end of the phone perswaded me to start an on line business that I thought would be a good business even though I CALLED THEM. Saw a commercial on television and that’s what started it all. Now I am paying (literally) for it and I am in a bind. I learned my lesson. Wish I caught it sooner.

    Don’t get so caught-up in someones words before you completely check them out. That’s what I did.

    ML

  16. Judith permalink
    January 3, 2011

    Great review on one of the biggest scam artists around. I could see through this guy when I saw his infomercial for the first time. And then to have scantily clad girls on those ads, I despised this guy even more.

    And then when I saw Shawn Casey on his infomercial misleading the viewers, I felt sick. Would I ever buy anything from these two guys? Nope!

    I’m glad that you’re exposing these types of people. My best advice is for people to do their research on someone before they buy.

    Thanks again for the review.

  17. February 15, 2011

    I have never heard of this guy at all nor have I seen the infomercial,but I am glad that people are blowing the wistle on internet hucksterism so I am grateful for this post and happy that the FTC has stepped up in these hard economic times Kind Regards

  18. March 9, 2011

    As long as there are suckers (ast PT Barnum said), there will be scammers. The trick isn’t to get rid of the scammers, it’s to keep yourself from becoming a sucker.

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