Watch out for the video review scam!

Posted March 6, 2014 by Brett Rutecky in Training Articles

Ok so here is something that I noticed people doing that honestly has to be one of the lamest things I have ever seen in the IM industry. I first noticed Mark Baskin doing it. Since then I have also noticed several copycats trying to do it as well (though with limited success).

Ok so here is the basics of it. Mark looks for products that are about to be released. He then goes to YouTube and uploads a video with the title “{product name} review | Is {product name} a scam? Watch now!” or something similar. The thing is that when you watch the video 2 things become apparent.

1) He has never actually used, tested, and really knows nothing about the products that he is reviewing!

2) The whole point of this video is just so he can promote his own ‘free money making program’ to you!


What is basically happening is that Mark is trying to leach off of the hype surrounding legitimate product launches in order to trick people into watching his video where he does nothing but pitch his own scam money making program.

This is a classic bate and switch scam. Its stupid, its degrading, and its also very uncool, both to the creators of the products he is ‘reviewing’ and to the people who are looking for a product review only to be pitched by the bate and switcher. Apparently Mark Baskin has such little moral character that he has no problem tricking people. Honestly its shocking to me how low some people will sink just to earn a couple of dollars. 

This kind of ‘marketing’ (but its really scamming not marketing) is what gives the IM industry a bad name. Mark Baskins and his imitators are the definition of a poor internet marketer. I understand that some people have trouble making money online. But please dont resort to dishonest practices like this guy has. There are plenty of ways to make money online where you provide a real service and dont need to trick people.

As for people who are unlucky enough to come to one of these videos when they are looking for a product review: when you click the link that he is trying to push you to you will notice that its just an opt in form that promises to send you info on how to make money online. But do you really want to give your name, email address and trust to a guy who just lied to you? I know I sure wouldn’t.

 A quick note about the reviews I do on this site. The product vendors give me access to their products for free in order for me to do my review. However I make no promises to them regarding the results of my tests or what I will write in my review. Should you click a link that takes you to a sales page for a paid product for sale this link will be an affiliate link and I will be paid a percentage of the sales price should you decide to invest in it.

About the Author

Brett Rutecky

Brett Rutecky is a full time online marketer, web developer, and entrepreneur. He has developed scores of Facebook apps, dozens of custom web sites and hundreds of scripts.



    Hey Brett do you have an alternative method of training Newbies IM? Most of the WSO DO LOUSY job at training IM for new people. Not defending this guy but before you review this guy offer an alternative that works because from what I see he is getting results…


      Hey Max, thanks for your comments. Now I cant speak intelligently on ‘most’ WSO’s since I have not read or used ‘most’ WSO’s, Given that there are hundreds and hundreds of WSO’s I (and Im sure you) have only ever read a small fraction of them. Also WSO’s are not the only way to learn IM. In fact if you are on the Warrior forum most of what you need to know is right there for free.

      As for this guy ‘getting results’ .. well Im sure he does. But then a used car sales man who lies about his vehicles being reliable ‘gets results’. A athlete who cheats in his sport ‘gets results’. Basically people who are immoral and rip people off always ‘get results’. Which is why they do what they do. This does not make their practices good business. What this guy, and people who emulate him, are doing is an old thing called ‘bate and switch’. Its nothing new being an very old scam. He is not only lying to the people looking for a real review he is being detrimental to the people who are creating the products that he is so called ‘reviewing’ I have earned my entire living online for over 5 years and I have never lied, deceived or mislead a potential customer. There is no reason for it, and there is no need to sink to such a low level to earn a buck.

      If you have any questions regarding IM please feel free to use the contact form and I may do a training article on the subject if I feel its something that my readers in general could use.


    Hey Brett.

    First, I like your site. Very cool.

    Kevin Trudeau the famous infomercial guru just got ten years in US Federal prison for fraud. He sold over 850,000 copies of his weight loss program which ended him up in the pen. I would call that a great example of a scamer getting “results.”

    The judge who sentenced him called him “an habitual fraudster.”

    I agree, you don’t have to be deceptive if your offerings are quality.

    Take care.



    Brett how do you really feel?

    I love how your not afraid to throw the overhead right!

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