A new get-rich-quick scam is out in the wild. Called “Gates Way” – or gates-way.com – it’s actually pretty funny – providing you don’t take any of it seriously.
Get-rich-quick scammers are always looking for new and innovative ways to trick victims into believing the “systems” they’re peddling have the secrets to financial wealth. But this is the first time we’ve seen one use a Bill Gates impersonator to try and lure people into signing up.
Get-rich-quick schemes that promise easy, unlimited financial wealth just by paying a small registration fee are everywhere on the Internet, including on those sponsored adverts that appear on your Facebook newsfeed, which is where this latest scheme came to our attention. (Stop falling for get-rich-quick scams and read our top 5 ways to make some money on the Internet here.)
Check out the advert below –
Bill Gates – Founder of Windows and worlds richest man has revealed his biggest project since Windows! It’s shocking!
Purporting the revelation of a “shocking” new “trading system” to instant wealth is a common ploy by get-rich-quick scammers to entice victims into handing over money. And clicking the link eventually took us to gates-way.com that claimed those who signed up could be earning a whopping $237 per hour with Bill Gates’ newly released trading system. Certainly sounds enticing, right?
Of course such a system from Bill Gates does not exist. The Microsoft founder has never released such a system. This is just another site trying to lure people into dodgy binary options trading (we discuss more about Binary Option get-rich-quick schemes here) but what really sets this scheme apart from others is the sub-par Bill Gates impersonator that attempts to lure visitors into believing this system was actually designed by the founder of Microsoft.
Unintentionally hilarious, gates-way.com embeds a YouTube video of a digitally altered and dubbed over Bill Gates TED talk, where an impersonator attempts to trick viewers into believing Bill Gates is unveiling his new Gates Way system. You can watch it below.
We’re not sure where the impersonator came from. Possibly hired from a freelance website like Fiverr.com? We can only imagine the listing.
The real TED talk was filmed in 2015, and Gates was actually discussing the outbreak of diseases like Ebola.
We’re not sure if anyone actually has been duped by the video, and we certainly hope not. The impersonator was not good and the rest of the video features the tired old red flags of a get-rich-quick scam including paid actors giving fake testimonials.
As we said, these schemes are always looking for new ways to trick people into signing up for all sorts of bad decisions using easy wealth as bait (check here for our recommended ways of making money online without falling for scams) but we’re not sure if anyone is actually going to fall for this one.
Let us know what you thought of the video.