WHPT Investor Scam
I recieved an e-mail today from a woman named "Christina Olgettieri" who is apparently a swimsuit model. This must be my lucky day! She even has an offer for me. "Come on board with WHPT as an investor... and I will send you: daily pictures of me for 30 days (nice picxs) = $50 investment." Wow, what a deal! Even better, if I invest $100, I get her phone number so I can text her too! Golly, I should buy a lottery ticket today.
Wait a second, what did I just read? If I invest $50 in this company that I don't know anything about, this swim suit model is going to send me pictures every day for a month? What kind of marketing scheme is that? Who is this directed to, creepy old men, or thirteen year old kids with big allowances? This was just too absurd to let slide. I had to look into it, so I followed a link in the e-mail to the website for "Work At Home Prospect Typhoon" or WHPT.
The link takes me to a very generic, empty-looking page that features a few too many animated GIF's, with a small paragraph about WHPT. The company specializes in constructing surveys and providing a large amount of feedback to investors trying to start their own business, and promises that "you will receive prospective traffic or your money back." This statement is, of course, followed with an animated GIF of Ricky Gervais dancing and telling me that I am awesome.
The company also offers a money pool payout system, which is what my new swimsuit model cyber-girlfriend Christina Olgettieri was so seductively persuading me to invest in. Basically, the way the money pool system works is, you make an initial investment, and after 15 days, you earn %20 yield on that investment. For example, if I were to invest $50 like my girlfriend told me to, then after 15 days I will recieve $60. Even better, I can continue to re-invest that money, and eventually have a $12,000 pay out.This company must own money trees, because I'm pretty sure that's free money. Can I purchase the tree instead of investing $10,000? There isn't any "products" page so I will never know.
One other "service" WHPT provides is called "The Emsolanator." That sounds cool and all, but I'm not sure exactly what it's supposed to mean, considering it's a made up word that isn't even based on any real word that I could find. Anyway, what the Emsolanator does is brings your company to the attention of your leads or leads generated by WHPT. I still don't exactly understand where the word "Emsolanator" comes from but, regardless, it serves a purpose.
The web site also features a Q & A section. One of the questions is, "How will I know my information is being sent when using the marketing packages?" The answer is... "The proof is in the pudding." As a general rule of thumb, don't trust any company that says "the proof is in the pudding"... unless they actually sell pudding. The idea that this company will pay out $2,000 to any person who invests $10,000 is ludicrous, and just visiting their web site, full of spelling errors, grammar mistakes, and unprofessionalism completely anchored my thought that WHPT is merely a pyramid scheme.