I must be a fraud!

Last night I sent an email out to all my lists about a webinar I put on this morning at isuccess.com. The webinar went great, and is archived there.

Aftwards, I found the following email in my inbox:

Dear Steve,

People who's business is to tell others how to make money so they can make money are all frauds.
Get it????

(name removed)
-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Steve Oliphant"
> (name removed)
> Obama has won. If he was your candidate, you are most likely happy.
> If he was not, then you are probably feeling a little down.
> Well, either way, it doesn't matter! There are 77 days before he
> takes office, and months after that before he is able to achieve
> anything.
> And you can be making money on the internet WAAAAYYY before then.
> http://www.isuccess.com
> In 7 hours I will be presenting a webinar on how to create and use
> online videos to get holiday traffic.
> This traffic is free, and can be used for either your own product
> or an affiliate program that you are promoting.
> Even if you missed the class (and I know, I am dumb to send you
> this email only 7 hours before it starts!) the recording will be
> available at http://www.isuccess.com
> As are recordings of previous classes.
> Go all the way to the bottom, there are LOTS of previous class
> recordings there.
> At the bottom you will find a place you can login to participate in
> the live webinar, or you can watch the recording if you miss it.
> Here is to your success!
> -Steve Oliphant

Well, I had to think a little bit about this, because I too feel that those who base their whole business on selling get rich quick type of schemes are frauds, and the email promoting the webinar was a little bit over the top.

But in the end, I simply sent him back this:

Hi (name removed),

Since all my emails either directly or indirectly (through
instructions on how to get traffic, etc) tell how to make money, you
should probably unsubscribe be clicking on the link below.

To unsubscribe or change subscriber options visit:
(Unsub link was here)

Regards, and wishing you all the best!


What do you think of how I responded? What lessons can be learned from both his emails and mine?

-Steve Oliphant

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3 comments for “I must be a fraud!

  1. Tom
    November 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I was actually glad that you sent the email last night…it reminded me that I wanted to view the webinar. I was glad you sent it. Now for whatever reason, this individual who emailed you was not happy and now he is using a very general statement to imply that you are a fraud and that isn’t fair. You aren’t pushing a get-rich-quick type of scheme, in fact you aren’t pushing any products at all and that wasn’t the purpose of your webinar. You have learned many techniques along the way for making money and you are simply teaching these techniques. No one put a gun to my head and forced me to watch the webinar and no one put a gun to my head and forced me to buy one of your products. Brush it off, knowing that there will always be those that can’t be pleased. I think you responded appropriately and hopefully he will unsubscribe and go somewhere else.

  2. deluxe373
    November 5, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I thought Freaky Friday had already come and gone.

    Do they give computer access to patients in the mental ward?

    I mean if you go with this guys logic, then I guess all the professor in all the Ivy League business schools are frauds too.

    As a business owner I am continually seeking help in making more money. I hired a guy to set up a telemarketing department for one of my businesses. And although this guy had never made money owning his own telemarketing business he showed me how to generate a million buck a year out of the one he set up for me. But I guess he’s a fraud because he made his money showing other business people how to make money.

    Again, if you follow the deranged logic of this loony tune then I guess the guy that prints my company brochures is a fraud. The printer tells me that he can produce a brochure for me that can help make me more money. WOW! What a fraud.

    Every successful business owner I know continues to seek out more knowledge that can make them more money. And thank God there are guys like you out there when it come to the Internet.

    Everything I’ve ever learned from you has been spot on. So if the work you do constitutes fraud then sign me up baby!

    The last piece of advice I’d give you Steve, is don’t wait for the guy to unsubscribe, he’s a virus, get him off your list now!

    Keep up the great work.


  3. November 5, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Thanks Guys! I actually found it quite funny, and re-learned the lesson that you can’t please everyone, just ignore the nay-sayers and move ahead!

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