Dreaming of your own Web site? Igomogul.com asks. We can help you get there. But before you break out the credit card, read about Debra’s experience:
I was scammed by Igomogul. I’ve finally figured out how this scam works. Igomogul gets you to contract a website design through them. Igomogul makes an account with godaddy listing you as the registrant, this is $10 a year. Once a person looks at the “who is” and sees they are the registrant they are convinced they control the domain name. If they look at the bottom they will discover that it says registrant can not delete, renew, transfer, or update the account.
Should you call godaddy they will tell you that only the person or company with the log on, password, PIN or account number has control over the domain account. As such the person or company with that information can delete, renew, transfer, update, sell, give away, or close the account at any time without consent from the registrant or their knowledge.
Should the website fail Igomogul simply tells the registrant is it their fault. Should the website prove successful Igomogul hs the legal right to sell it and keep the money. Furthermore the content placed on the website is copyrighted to whomever has the account information, so that also becomes the property of Igomogul. Igomogul can use GoDaddy design and development tools to create the site; this costs less than $50 a year.
At the end of the first 90 days Igomogul demands more money, if you do not pay then they remove the ads from the free AdSense program and the website now requires a membership log in fee. If you want links added to your webpage Igomogul asks for more money, again this is a free program that they do not pay for. The bottom line is that Igomogul takes advantage of people who do not have the experiance to realize everything provided by Igomogul is free or costs less than $100 a year.
Igomogul also uses your google account information to add Analytic, AdSense and the webmaster tool. All of these programs are free so Igomogul pays nothing to use them. The webmaster tool is the most important one for Igomogul to have access too. Should godaddy
agree to transfer the domain account to you then Igomogul still controls the website through the webmaster tool. Once Igomogul has the code to the webmaster tool you are locked out and can not verify ownership of the website or use it. At this point it is a standoff, you can sell the domain name however Igomogul is the only ones with access to what is added or removed from it. The website becomes worthless to both parties.
Igomogul knows the odds are in their favor that they will not have to refund any money.
Most people have used their credit cards to pay Igomogul and are accruing interest; hiring a lawyer and the added expense of traveling back and forth to Pheonix is also beyond their means. Arizona small claims maximum is well below what most people have paid so they will take a loss if they pursue small claims and win. When faced with the options most people cut their losses, give up and go away.
Should you file complaints with the Arizona BBB then Igomogul says that if you sign a different agreement they will release control to you. If you agree to sign then you forfeit all the money you have paid Igomogul and also agree not to pursue any further legal action against Igomogul. Why should you sign an agreement to take control of something that Igomogul was paid to create for you and register ownership for you in your name?
Igomogul claims that the Statement of Work protects them from lawsuits and being forced to give you a refund. If you read the SOW carefully you will notice that it says they are working on a website for the client. Since Igomogul owns and controls the website
they are their own client and they are using your money to develop and design a website for themselves.
When push comes to shove and you demand verification of anything via email or mail Igomogul refuses, they insist all conversations take place over the phone. If you should call them and you refuse to accept what they tell you they then begin playing a phone shell game with you, transferring you from one person to the next until you give up. They want to play he said she said phone tag so that you do not have any proof as to what was said over the phone.
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