Rating: 0 out of 10 for legitimacy. 10 out of 10 for junk mail.
Pros: None. Absolutely none. Unless you count losing money as a pro. Then there’s that one. But for us normal folk, there are no pros here.
Cons: This isn’t a way to build a business. Hell, we’re not even sure it’s legal or how the company is still operating. You’re basically paying for an exact replica of the site to get people to buy the exact replica of a site from you and so on and so forth.
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Sometimes I look at a website to review and I think to myself “My review should be one word long: Avoid!”.
That was my exact thought when I came across EPS Prosperity Hotline.com. This site screams scam.
First off, they are promising you $25 per email that you process, which sounds really good, I mean who wouldn’t want to earn $25 bucks for replying to an email?
Their earnings statements are interesting to say the least as although they state it isn’t a get rich quick scheme, they do an awful lot of pushing that you can make thousands per day.
It works the way that you are provided with 3 pre written adverts, though I am sure you can write your own if you prefer, and advised to post them to Craigslist.
Anyone who responds to this ad will need to be sent promotional information and if they join you get the $25.
The fee is a one-time $25 with an optional $10 to get a “website just like this one”.
Are there any flaws to this system?
There are plenty of flaws. To begin with let’s take a look at the actual product you are promoting, drum roll please; you are promoting the same site you just signed up to!
That’s right; there are no products, no services, nothing. Your main aim is to get people to do the same thing that you are doing.
This is just a modern day version of the envelope stuffing scams that were running rampant years ago. You are making money by promoting the idea of making money.
The only ways in which this differs from a standard pyramid scheme is that there is an extremely short “downline” (just you) and that the site owners are not part of the downline.
I am tempted to coin a new phrase and call this a “ziggurat scheme”.
You may be wondering how the parent company is making money off of this as the $25 dollars goes to you not them.
The only thing I can ascertain is that they make money from the “website” which in fact is just their website with an affiliate link.
It’s actually quite a clever way of making money off of people. Get people to sign up – in fact you cannot even sign up directly, you have to go through a person’s link to do so – and then get them to do the work in spreading the word about the system.
All they need to do is set up the site to automate the affiliate link and let’s say most people buy the “website” offer at $10 bucks, that’s easy cash.
And then there is the Craiglist flaw. OK, so you don’t need to use Craiglist and there are other possibilities listed for you, but that’s the main one they push.
Unfortunately, but really not a surprise, Craiglist has already started blocking the 3 default adverts you are supplied with, meaning you will need to use other ways and methods to spread the word or different adverts.
If you have little to no marketing acumen you may struggle to get a return due to this.
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It would be no surprise to me if other classified advert places and the like are banning anything to do with this site.
There are other issues I have with this scheme: there is no refund policy at all and their sales page lists fake badges to Honest Jobs Online (who are they? I can’t trace them) and security sites.
The Bottom Line
Everything about this site screams scam! Somebody I know put me on to this site and as soon as I saw it I told them to avoid it like the plague!
That being said, I wouldn’t be giving an honest review if I didn’t tell you that you can probably make money from this.
You may be wondering why I am calling it a scam and yet saying it is profitable? Well, for me it comes down to what you are selling and the ethics behind it.
You are selling thin air and promises. If there isn’t anything tangible, be it physical, digital or a service, then it is a scam.
I also find it highly unethical for the same reasons; you are recruiting people in order to make money from their recruitment, and putting them into a situation where they in turn need to recruit people to make money.
I can’t tell you what to do, but my advice is to steer clear of this one.