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Old May 22 2013, 08:06 AM   #1
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Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Okay, so this isn't about Batman but about what I highly suspect to be yet another "get rich quick by doing nothing" scam. A buddy of mine started telling me about this new social media app called Rippln (rip-lyn) and that it is this new way of getting paid for the connections a person makes in social media. I'll let this supposedly secret NDA YouTube video (that can be found with a simple search and doesn't require a link to view) do the explaining.



Doesn't that just *scream* "pyramid scheme" to you? I told my friend that I'd have to pass and if he does end up making a ton of money I will admit that I'm wrong and feel bad about myself, but that until then I'll stick to my "too good to be true" alert and stay far away from it. All it takes is a "rippln scam" Google search to even heighten my avoidance of it. He swears it doesn't cost anything to join and therefore is not a pyramid scheme but...eh, I'll still pass.

So if anything, see this as a public service announcement to, IMO, stay the hell away from it and politely say "no thanks" if any friends try to "recruit" you as mine did.
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Old May 22 2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Scamtastic!
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Old May 22 2013, 08:24 AM   #3
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

The creator of Rippln App.

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Old May 22 2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Seen crap like this before. It's a scam.
Though I am missing the part where they explain how this is NOT a scam... honest!
They don't even try to hide that it's a pyramid, they just use a different analgy with the ripples... A flawed one at that.
Ripples don't cause new ripples, they get created at the center and that's where the money is going.
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Old May 22 2013, 08:41 AM   #5
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

"First, let me assure you that this is not one of those shady pyramid schemes you've been hearing about.
No sir. Our model is the trapezoid!"
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Old May 22 2013, 08:47 AM   #6
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Sometimes they try to convince their victims that yoz are not supposed to scam your own friends, but that you are selling a real and revolutionary product instead.
Only that it doesn't matter if no one ever uses the product (if it exists), as long as you keep finding suckers who want to get rich fast.

So how many ripples a 7 friends until we have the entire world population included into this inner circle?
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Old May 22 2013, 10:18 AM   #7
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

The only thing missing from this utterly scamtastic scam is a personal message from a "Nigerian prince" written or spoken in very poor English grammar.

You be can very happy that you did not be falling for this, American friend.
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Old May 22 2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Michael Scott says it's not a pyramid scheme.

All I know is, every time some random guy on the internet starts off by telling you to go off alone somewhere and not tell anyone what you're doing because it's a secret, it always turns out to be totally legit.
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Old May 22 2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Locutus of Bored wrote: View Post
All I know is, every time some random guy on the internet starts off by telling you to go off alone somewhere and not tell anyone what you're doing because it's a secret, it always turns out to be totally legit.
If I go off alone somewhere and don't tell anyone what I'm doing because it's a secret, that usually means I'm jerking off. Come to think of it, this is the same thing.
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Old May 22 2013, 11:37 AM   #10
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Random guys on the internet tell you to go off alone and jerkoff? TMI, dude.
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Old May 22 2013, 12:25 PM   #11
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

Well, a certain forum comes to mind...
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Old May 22 2013, 12:27 PM   #12
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macloudt wrote: View Post
Well, a certain forum comes to mind...
But enough about Briefing Room and all the people "notifying the mod" there...
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Old May 22 2013, 12:48 PM   #13
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And that's on a good day, eh?
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Old May 23 2013, 06:25 PM   #14
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Re: Holy pyramid scheme, Batman!

I have done extensive research into these online things in the hopes of maybe getting in on one, but the more I see, the more I'm convinced that they're ALL scams.

Any of you guys know of one that isn't?
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Old May 23 2013, 10:43 PM   #15
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That rings so many alarm bells. I don't want to imagine the kind of data it's collecting by wanting to know how many contacts a person has on social media sites.
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