clickbankOur blog often deals with Internet scammers who are offering little of value for way too much money.    But there’s another thing that many Internet scams have in common: ClickBank and ClickSure.   These two companies are affiliate-marketing network for digital products like eBooks, software and membership sites in different categories, handling credit card processing, accounting and payouts for these vendors.   Clicksure — a barely disguised Clickbank-clone — handles financial transactions for Internet marketers; most of the Clicksure offerings are binary trading scams.    Both of these companies effectively serve as a bank for Internet scammers.   Their loose rules and poor accountability has served as a magnet for fly-by-night or unscrupulous Internet marketers.  Even worse is a new scammer payment gateway:  Software Projects Inc.   We’ve been unable to find any of their products that we could recommend for purchase by consumers.

As the banks-that-can’t-say-no to questionable businesses,  it is commonly the service provider to the “get rich quick” or “learn the secrets that they don’t want you to know” kind of Internet marketers.   Both ClickSure and ClickBank are very affordable commerce platform that is cost-effective for Internet companies looking to get started and/or keep costs low.    But a good rule of thumb for any consumer is that when you order a product or service and you are forwarded to a ClickBank or ClickSure secure payment form,   red lights should be flashing.   ClickBank-registered marketers usually tout a “60 Day A Money Back Guarantee”  which should make you feel even more concerned than comforted.    Before you make a purchase, you should make it a point to do some research about that vendor from whom you are going to buy “secret”, “controversial”, “guaranteed” or “shocking” information or products. Remember that when services offer “get rich”, “money making opportunities” they are actually  referring to themselves, not you.   In contrast, the ClickSure marketers are not required to offer refunds.  We’ve found that most of the marketers making offers through ClickSure are not reputable.  We are not the only ones who have found problems with ClickSure.

Getting refunds from ClickBank isn’t as easy as it would appear.  Our review of complaint websites reveal a number of very unhappy consumers who have really bad experiences and unresolved run-arounds with ClickBank customer service.  Certainly, not all companies that use ClickBank are scammers;  many are honest and well-meaning start-up businesses. Unfortunately, they’ve chosen an ecommerce platform shared by too many unscrupulous businesses.  It is akin to  going into the wrong bar in a bad neighborhood;  they may serve the same booze but you’d not want to hang with the other patrons.

So, if you see a ClickBank payment form, your scam antenna should activate and you should check around for complaints or legitimate review sites.  Don’t join the ranks of the untold unhappy customers of a ClinkBank vendor or affiliate.