This a TRUE experience story happened in year 2010 when I was still staying in Japan. At that time, I was working as a research engineer in Mitsubishi Chemical Group. Everyday, go to work at 9:00 am, back to work at 6:00 pm or maybe late at night when overtime.
One day, when I woke up, I realized that…
This day, after I finished my job, I went back home quickly, turned on my computer, and started searching in Google Japan about Online Business. I had searched for so many keywords such as, online business, affiliate, blog marketing, high-paying-part-time jobs and so on. Finally, I was attracted by a website when I was searching for a keyword, “Online Shop“. In Japan, “Online Shop” doesn’t mean as shopping online. It means making money online by opening an online store.
As I never had an experience in making money online (except Forex Exchange), I was very quickly and easily attracted by the advertisement and content of this online store website. The name of this online store is called “TOP Online Shop”. This online store is already confirmed as a SCAM and already banned. So, we could never find “TOP Online Shop” in any search engines anymore.
When I first visited the website of “TOP Online Shop”, the first sentence came to my eyes so quickly is “Earn 1,000,000 Yen Every Month Easily By Using Our Company System“. By the way, 1,000,000 yen is approximately $10,000. At that time, what I was thinking is…
“If I can earn an extra 1,000,000 yen every month, I can solve my current financial problem. Furthermore, I can also buy and do so many things. Wow! My life is going to be very exciting.”
The second point which attracted me so much was the keyword “Easy To Use“. Once we become a member, the company will provide us a website builder and we could make our own website to sell the company’s products. We could choose any products we liked to sell by easily editing the products section in the dashboard.
As my main job in Mitsubishi Chemical Group was very busy and I could not spend so much time to earn my second income. When I thought the “TOP Online Shop” could help me to earn 1,000,000 yen per month and the website builder was easy to use, my mind was totally made up. I decided to register as a member and open my online store to start earning my second income. Then I filled out the registration form and submitted it.
The next day, a man called me and said he is an employee of “TOP Online Shop” and is in charge in my registration. After confirmed my details, he said in order to complete my registration, I had to go to their office to put my signature on the agreement.
I was thinking, “I can take this opportunity to take a look at this company before making my final decision. This company must be fine as it allows me to visit. So,it won’t be a SCAM.”
When I arrived at the company, I was a little surprise (not the good one) because this company was small. The number of employees was not over 20 persons but the employees here looked very busy in doing their job. In spite of a little disappointment to the first image of the company, I entered the company.
A man came to me and introduced himself and said he is in charge in my registration. After the introduction, he explained how the “TOP Online Shop” works, how to sell the products at the website provided, how I can earn 1,000,000 yen monthly and so forth.
The final part of the explanation was the fee for registration and rental. It totally costed me 300,000 yen (about $3,000). To be honest, I was so afraid that my investment would lead me into failure, but I still decided to move on. After putting my signature, my FINAL STEP is…
I was so excited about opening my own online store to earn 1,000,000 yen every month but I never thought that in fact, there was a “BOOBY TRAP” waiting for me back there.
The account and the whole system set up were completed in few hours. After I went back home, I turned on my computer, followed the instructions he gave me and started my very first online store. The first 3 days, I put a lot of effort into building my website and choosing the products and setting the price of the products I liked to sell.
Unfortunately, 1 week later, my number of sales still remained in 0 sales condition. I started getting a bit nervous and made a call to the person in charge of the company immediately. I told him my current condition and asked for support. Can you expect what he told me?
He said, “Your store was just opened for 1 week, it is very normal you have no sales by now. Probably your website will start running properly after 1 month or 2 months. Or maybe you can do like other members did, writing blogs to promote the products of your online store in order to attract more visitors to your website faster.”
Then I said, “This is totally different with what you told me last time we met. You told me that I can start to earn my revenue once I complete all the setup of my website. Now, you told me that I have to wait for another 1 month or maybe 2 months and also write blogs to promote my products of my online store. How can I do that? I totally have no idea about writing blogs and also have no time at all. Please give me supports or I want you to return my money.”
After an argument, he said he was very busy and will call me back later. Unfortunately, he never called back. Even I called to the company, nobody picked up my phone. I began to worry about the possibility of getting scammed. Then, I went to the company again. When I arrived at the company, I was so desperate and so unwilling to believe in what I saw right in front of my eyes.
There was no one and nothing inside the company. It seemed like the company had moved to another place. Then, I started to realize that…
3 weeks later, I received an announcement from the bank that the founder and all persons in charge of “TOP Online Shop” were arrested. My investment fund would be returned to me but the amount was only 7,000 yen.
In this incident, I made 4 BIG MISTAKES.
These 4 mistakes eventually led me into this big failure. On the other hand, I have learnt so much from the 4 big mistakes I made in this incident, especially from the first mistake. I realized that reading companies reviews is extremely important before making any decision. This is why I always write companies reviews and post at My Website after I made a thorough survey in every company.
My purpose of posting companies reviews at my website is to provide useful and helpful information to my site’s visitors. I just do not want those people who are interested in online business get scammed like what I experienced before. This is because I know the feeling of getting scammed is unexplainable bad. It hurts so much.
Therefore, writing companies reviews and posting at my website to share with people in the world is one of my mission now. I hope what I am writing is able to help many people. Finally, I would like to end my article with a quote.
Thank you so much for spending time read my true experience story. I hope you enjoy reading my story.