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Complaint Review: Ethan Vanderbuilt - Internet

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  • Reported By: John W. — dallas Texas
  • Ethan Vanderbuilt Internet USA

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I had the misfortune of running across Ethan Vanderbuilt and his website. 

While it’s beneath me to give someone like this an ounce of my time in writing,  I do feel an obligation to give the honest truth about Ethan Vanderbuilt and who he really easy, which is an absolute scam artist himself and the ultimate form of ‘hater’. 

To the uninformed viewer it may seem like Ethan Vanderbuilt is a ‘scam buster’ as he likes to refer to himself. Negativity always sells. His site is not even located in the USA, It’s registered and hosted in Panama. Go to http://www.enom.com/whois/ and type in ethanvanderbuilt.com - see for yourself. 

This scam artist is hiding and probably doesn’t even live in the USA. Hey preys on companies by writhing negative articles, acting like he is doing all of us a favor by exposing a scam. 

He does no real investigative work. If he was a real scam buster as he claims, isn’t it his obligation to reach out to the company, interview the owners and have them give him full access to their platforms, products and services so he can honestly give a real review. Ethan Vanderbuilt just writes his negative articles on hearsay. Everyone is a scam in his eyes, because negativity makes money. 

As stated, Ethan Vanderbuilt’s entire web presence and content is built upon taking honest and credible companies and informing everyone that they are a ‘scam’. This drives more and more traffic to his site and creates a controversy. This controversy is what he is relying on to engage readers to his site because some unfortunates will search for a company and research if the company is a scam.

As you can also plainly see from visiting his website, he has many ads popping up and listed and this creates a huge revenue for himself if anyone clicks on the ads from visiting his site. This is about the lowest form of marketing online and again is sadly the only way Ethan can make any type of money online, by driving traffic from these scam claims in the hopes of someone clicking these ads.

His entire web presence is built on tricking and deceptively creating a controversy against credible honest companies, and this makes him an outright scam as well as a liar.

Not only does he falsely accuse credible companies of being ‘scams’. He also accuses prominent businesses the better business bureau (BBB). He wrote an article titled, Do not trust the BBB ratings! 

I hope you are starting to understand just how sad and desperate an individual like Ethan Vanderbuilt is…

It’s much like a desperate cry for attention and probably about the only way, sadly, that Ethan can get any viewers to his site whatsoever. I also suspect that Ethan himself was a huge failure in business, and this is probably what has caused this need for ‘scam busting’ he refers to as his mission.

Let’s look at another big reason why Ethan is building so much content claiming honest companies are ‘scams’,

This link is taken from Ethan Vanderbuilt’s own website promoting his own affiliate link to Wealthy affiliate, which is an affiliate marketing program identical to other opportunities he claims is a ‘scam’ 

This is the only real evidence that we need to realize that not only is Ethan Vanderbuilt is a scam artist himself and a liar, but he is also a hypocrite. Building content accusing credible affiliate marketing companies are a scam, but then promoting Wealthy Affiliate? I hope you are starting to see the truth of what Ethan is really up to:

Creating controversy and gaining traffic to promote his own agenda for his own affiliate marketing program… https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ethan-vander

The problem with the internet these days is that people believe what they read. They don’t do any due diligence themselves and believe in frauds like Ethan Vanderbuilt. 

Ethan is such a scam that he does not allow a company a rebuttal to his false accusations. If the company tries to leave a comment to defend themselves of these false allegations, he will delete the post immediately. 

My opinion of Ethan Vanderbuilt is much like someone who has never worked out a day in their life, telling everyone else in the gym exercising that what they are doing is ‘wrong’. Someone who has never attempted much at life yet telling everyone that companies and opportunities are a ‘scam’.

Unfortunately there is always going to be people like Ethan Vanderbuilt, but rarely do they go to this extent to try and discourage people from actually getting free and making an income for themselves vs. being completely mediocre as he is. 

There will always be discouragers, haters, or those that attempt to take away from your success or how to live a life you truly deserve, if I had ever once listened to someone like Ethan Vanderbuilt, I would still be completely lost in a world of mediocrity and working for someone else and building someone else’s dream.  

Those that ‘can’t’ will always try to discourage the rest of us who ‘can’.

I couldn’t sleep at night knowing I was tricking and deceiving people through my content online, but this is exactly what Ethan Vanderbuilt is doing.

I suspect he does not get any attention or have much along the lines of friends and family, so his content is a way to get ‘attention’ and to anger as many people as possible.

It’s much like a child screaming for someone to pay attention or to ‘act out’ so someone will notice.

And that is the honest sad reality of Ethan Vanderbuilt…

This scam artist preys on honest companies by trying to destroy their reputation to make a profit. I found this appalling and disgusting. Ethan Vanderbuilt is the lowest form of life on this planet. A true bottom feeder scam artist scum. If you read this article. Please pass it on.

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#8 Consumer Comment

I checked out most of his "scam" copanies

AUTHOR: Kwtrucks - (USA)

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2016

So I went to utube and strted watching his videos. I saw no ad banners , so I am sure he is not profiting on my investigation thru ad traffic.

I the went to the companies website he complained about and were scams and I read directly off the websits exactly what he said they did. Most were the fact that 98% of people in the companies he talks about (MLM's)

Lose money and less than .01% make a living wage. I dont see it being dishonest.

A lot of the companies he complains about have been shutdown by the fcc. It sounds to me like ethan has some knowledge of business and I just saw hebalife got fined 2oo million dollars.

I then looked on the feed on a lottof people called lets sat amway is a scam. I cheked the out and they were actully pushing to join the company. So they are being deceitful in what their video is about not Eathen.

I saw the same points made by Penn $ Teller, 20/20, Dateline, John Stossel...talking about the same companie.

 

When I read people in his comments the people will only complain 4 months or so. Probably because the dropped out of the scheme.

These schemes dupe the desperate uneducated people. I mean uneducated in business. People actually try and say retail stores are the same as MLM's which says everything about how much they understand business.

 

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#7 General Comment

Ethan says don't trust the BBB

AUTHOR: compqwest - (USA)

POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2016

I lost thousands of dollars trusting the BBB. The only thing they are interested in protecting is their own reputation.

They told me themselves they would not comment at all on any company this is not registered with them. Why would any scam artist register with them?

They, and all State consumer agencies are afraid of libel lawsuits and self-protection is their number one concern.

I speak from personal experience. Do not trust them is sound advice indeed!

 

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#6 Consumer Comment

What Ethan is Good At....

AUTHOR: Darik Z - (USA)

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Yes, Ethan Vanderbuilt is good at a lot of things:

-he is a master of web design and the inside-out's of SEO (i.e. how to get himself on the front page of Google).

-he knows the strategies of niche-marketing, and how to identify a profitable niche.

-he knows there are people looking for scams everywhere, even where they may not exist.

-he understands the basic human need to have their opinions and positions validated.

-he knows how to use social media to build an audience for himself.

-he knows how to use the internet to make himself seem larger than life.

-he knows how to say one thing while inferring another, knowing that people see what they want to see.

-he knows how to build a rapport with his readers by riding that line between benevolent, trustworty advocate and authority figure.

-he knows how to gain people's trust by spoon-feeding them ONLY the "information" he knows they're looking for.

-he knows how to make use of the Hegalian Dialectic (create or exaggerate the problem, then ride in with the solution).

-he understands that sometimes people are so desparate to validate their beliefs, they'll overlook any underlying motives of those who provide them with validation and follow anyone who tells them what they want to hear.

-he has studied the psychology of MLM, and uses that same psychology to attract people to his sites and establish himself as their "authority".

-he knows how to use the disclaimer "in my opinion" to avoid getting sued, while at the same time presenting his opinion as fact.

-he knows he must appeal to his readers with emotion in order to establish an atmosphere of trust in which they will accept his cherry-picked half-truths as absolute fact (hence the warm, fuzzy sweaters).

-he understands that negative sells (if it bleeds, it leads).

Ethan is also bad at a lot of things.  Let's explore a few:

-he's a narcissist with a big ego, and can't stand being questioned or held up to scrutiny.

-he cherry-picks data to support his arguments while ignoring any data that may counter his argument.

-he's incapable of arguing contrary facts and "banishes" anyone who may attempt to present such facts in his forums.

-he's sloppy....he leaves the tracks of his ulterior motives out there for everyone to see, assuming that we're all too stupid to connect the dots (this could be either sloppiness or pure arrogance).

-he has a passive-aggressive streak and disguises his anger (very poorly) by "laughing" at his critics.

-he becomes very defensive when his own actions or motives are brought into question.

-he becomes evasive when asked a direct question, not acknowledging the question, claiming "executive privilege" or trying to divert attention from the question by steering the conversation in another direction.

-he believes himself to be in a position of authority without credible merit, going as far as to crown himself "the internet's most trusted scam buster".

-he gives credence to anyone who serves his purpose, without regard to any one person's level of credibility, background or character (in other words, he doesn't always do his homework about some of the people he praises when they agree with him).

-he makes himself transparent by not being transparent, so much so that anyone who really factors in all the pieces can see exactly what he's up to.

-he greatly underestimates his own importance, believing that he and he alone can make or break the success of any one individual or company....he proudly proclaims on his website that "one voice can change the world" (and by ONE voice, he means HIS voice).

-he lacks the ability for true dialogue and constructive debate....it's either his way or the highway.

-he suffers from the same ailment as so many of his most ardent fans....the contant need for validation (and it shows).

In short, Ethan puts on a good show, but under the scrutiny of further examination, there's a lot of flash and not a whole lot of substance.  Still, he has his minions.  Go figure.

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#5 Consumer Comment

why is a scam buster promoting a known scam such as wealthy affiliate?

AUTHOR: William - ()

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015

Why are you promoting something as weathly Affiliate Ethen since you claim to be scam buster? Have you noticed that Wealthy Affiliate has been exposed as a fraud all over the internet and is listed on the ripoff report. Such a pity when a scam reporter goes rogue selling scams. Its a dirt little shame you become like Robert Kiyosaki. Oh you expose him as a scam on your site, But the fact of the matter is that become just like the very people you expose. A scam artist. Can anyone say hypocrit?

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#4 General Comment

Scared?

AUTHOR: Todd - ()

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"I am attacked regularly by people like you and do not wish to share my personal information for that reason."

Scared?

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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Humorous lies

AUTHOR: Ethan - ()

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You are going to have to do better than that con man.  You claim that I live in Panama and your proof is my website is in Panama.  Any one can look up the location of my website and prove you wrong.  Here is a link to help you out.

http://www.ip-tracker.org/locator/ip-lookup.php?ip=ethanvanderbuilt.com

Surprise! It is located in the United States.

Back to the drawing board for you and your fake reports.

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#2 Author of original report

YOU ARE A SCAM ARTIST

AUTHOR: John W. - ()

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014

Ethan you’re rebuttal is hilarious. You are so fake it’s unbelievable.

You literally believe your own bulls***. Thats how insane you are.

Here is my response to your phony rebuttal. 

#1 In your exact words here in your rebuttal. “I personally do not make recommendations for business opportunities because it is a conflict of interest for me as a Scam Buster.”

My response: You do make personal recommendations for business opportunities because you gave me a personal recommendation to sign up with you. How can you just lie like that?

You have to be a compulsive liar and scammer. 

Here is his article. Doing just the opposite and worse. You are not recommending other companies, you do worse - you recommend your scam so you can profit from your scam busting lies. 

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ethan-vander/blog/activism-and-affiliate-marketing

#2 You said your website is in the USA. 

My response. Your website is not in the USA. You are a lying thief.

Guys just do a google search and type in: who is: www.ETHANVANDERBUILT.COM 

Domain Name: ETHANVANDERBUILT.COM

Registry Domain ID: 1806070329_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com

Registrar URL: www.enom.com

Updated Date: 2014-05-03 20:17:16Z

Creation Date: 2013-06-04 08:45:00Z

Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-06-04 08:45:46Z

Registrar: ENOM, INC.

Registrar IANA ID: 48

Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@enom.com

Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252744500

Reseller: NAMECHEAP.COM

Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited

Registry Registrant ID:

Registrant Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED

Registrant Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.

Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411

Registrant City: PANAMA

Registrant State/Province: PANAMA

Registrant Postal Code: NA

Registrant Country: PA

Registrant Phone: +507.8365503

Registrant Phone Ext:

Registrant Fax: +51.17057182

Registrant Fax Ext:

Registrant Email: 6F9A0E9932C64FD986FD8886F772DC0A.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM

#3 His response “I live in the USA”

YOU LIVE IN PANAMA - You are hiding because you are a SCAM ARTIST. 

Most of companies you write negative articles about don’t hide. You can call them, email them and they have a physical address. The only SCAMMER THAT HIDES IS YOU. YOU ARE FAKE! 

#4 Ethan Vanderbuilt’s response: “I share my opinion on companies that generate losses for the vast majority of the people that join their business opportunities”

My response. You are SCAM ARTIST POSING AS A SCAM BUSTER. What you do is PREY ON THE INNOCENT PEOPLE that are just doing a google search, you link to the company’s website that is getting a lot of traffic and hijack that traffic to your site to fill your pockets with cash by creating controversy and gaining traffic to promote your own agenda for your own affiliate marketing program… https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ethan-vander

The problem with the internet these days is that people believe what they read. They don’t do any due diligence themselves and believe in frauds like Ethan Vanderbuilt. Everyone Wake Up!

What credibility do you have? ZERO - ITS YOUR LOUSY OPINION WITH NO DUE DILIGENCE ON YOUR PART. (EVEN THOUGH YOU SAY YOU DO. YOU ARE FULL OF IT)

Ethan is such a scam that he does not allow a company to rebuttal to his false accusations. If the company tries to leave a comment to defend themselves of these false allegations, he will delete the post immediately. 

#5 This is what Ethan said in his rebuttal to me.

“I do weeks of investigative research and save many people from losing money”.

You do no real investigative work. If you were a real scam buster as you claim. Wouldn’t it be your duty and obligation to be objective and get all the facts from both sides before writing your article? 

The only ethical thing to do as an investigative scam buster is to reach out to the company, interview the owners and have them give you full access to their platforms, products and services so you can honestly give a real review.You just write negative articles on hearsay. Everyone is a scam in your eyes, because NEGATIVITY SELLS AND MAKES YOU MONEY AND CAUSES CONTROVERSY!! 

I did a quick google search: ETHAN VANDERBUILT IS A SCAM AND CAME UP WITH THESE LINKS . These links prove, that you do no investigative work at all. Again all false accusations with no merit at all. These are just a few links.

http://theinfinitydownlinetruth.com/ethan-vanderbuilt-is-he-a-scam-yes-he-is-in-my-opinion/

http://www.aaronmatthewlandis.net/ethan-vanderbuilt-and-his-one-word-vocabulary-scam/

http://www.imglobal.me/discover/desmcdermott/ethan-vanderbuilt-word-vocabulary-scam.html

http://www.briandanielgarcia.com/blog/rodney-walker-responds-to-ethan-vanderbuilt-calling-motor-club-of-america-a-scam

#6 Ethan’s fake and lame rebuttal to me: “ Everything is NOT a scam to me and I provide detailed definitions of the scams that I talk about.

Every company is scam to you!!!! THAT IS HOW YOUR SCAM WORKS! 

Your whole web presence and content is built upon profiting from the negative articles you write about all companies, informing everyone that they are a ‘scam’. 

This drives more and more traffic to your site and creates a controversy. This controversy is what you are relying on to engage readers to your site because people will do a search for a company and do their due diligence. You hijack the traffic by linking to that site with tons of traffic and google places the word scam next to the companies name that the people are searching and they all go to you.

Nice racket you have going!

What is your job??? I have the answer! Its scamming innocent people and hiding in PANAMA!!!

YOU HAVE PEOPLE WIRE YOU MONEY TO PANAMA!!!! 

You don’t even have a job!!!! YOU ONLY PROFIT FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE TRAFFIC!!!!!! Right now http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/ gets over 7,600 visitors a day. 

All someone has to do is visit his site: http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/ You have all these ads popping up were he makes huge revenue for himself if anyone clicks the ads his site. 

This is about the lowest form of marketing online and again is sadly the only way Ethan can make any type of money online, by driving traffic from these scam claims in the hopes of someone clicking these ads.

His entire web presence is built on tricking and deceptively creating a controversy against credible honest companies, and this makes him an outright scam as well as a liar.

Not only does he falsely accuse credible companies of being ‘scams’. He also accuses prominent businesses the better business bureau (BBB). He wrote an article titled, Do not trust the BBB ratings! 

YOU ARE SCAM - YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED AND YOUR REBUTTALS ARE ALL LIES WITH NO SUBSTANCE. YOUR FRAUD HAS BEEN EXPOSED ETHAN !!! 

YOU ARE EXACTLY WHAT THIS COUNTRY DOESN’T NEED. AN UN AMERICAN SCAMMER POSING AS SCAM BUSTER. NO WONDER YOU LIVE IN PANAMA OTHERWISE YOU WOULD BEEN IN JAIL.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ethan Vanderbuilt

AUTHOR: Ethan - ()

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I am exactly what I claim to be: A Scam Buster. For people who want to know my motivation for being a Scam Buster, here is a link to a video and post that explains my motivation.

http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2013/11/05/scam-buster/

I know John you don't like the opinions I share with people, so you have decided to attack me here and in other places. I have blocked you from my site, so now you are here trying to continue your attack against me.

I would like to clear up a few of your lies.

1. You are not honest or telling the truth.

2. My website is hosted in the USA.

3. I am located in the USA.

4. My personal information is protected by WHOISGUARD. I am attacked regularly by people like you and do not wish to share my personal information for that reason.

5. The country shared by WHOISGUARD for a domain is not the country a server is located in.

6. I share my opinion on companies that generate losses for the vast majority of the people that join their business opportunities. I consider this a scam when they are offering them great wealth.

7. I do weeks of investigative research and save many people from losing money. You are welcome to verify the level of my research and the grateful comments from people right here.

http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2013/10/25/casting-360-scam-yes-opinion/

8. Everything is NOT a scam to me and I provide detailed definitions of the scams that I talk about.

http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2013/09/27/product-based-pyramid-scheme-definition/

9. My opinion on the BBB ratings is similar to the view that 20/20 has in their investigative report they made on them. You may want to review it. Here is a link to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo8kfV9kONw

10. I personally have no problems with ethical marketing of products and services. I find it interesting that you claim that I call every company a scam, and the moment I link to a company you attack me for doing it. I removed the link in question some time ago. I did this because I don't want any confusion about my motivation. I will only be listing scams on my site and will not be making any recommendations for individual business opportunities even if I don't have any issues with them.

11. I provide links to all the facts that I base my opinion on.  Anyone is welcome to check my information.

12. I am far from mediocre and am not intimidated by your personal attacks.

I hope this makes it clear where I stand.

 

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