Have you heard about Benjamin Fairbourne?
To be fair, not many people did. Just check your favorite SEO tool: less than 20 people search his name every month.
And they’re probably looking to download his courses for free, as they’re available on so many websites.
However, if you do know Benjamin Fairbourne and happen to have actually bought one of his trainings (sorry for you), then you must understand why so many of his clients consider him to be a scammer.
As we’ve been approached by some of our readers in order to investigate his case, we have compiled in this article the main ways Benjamin Fairbourne appears to be scamming his students.
- This article focuses on the testimonials from the actual clients of his “Golden Ticket Method”. In summary, the Golden Ticket Method is about using popunder ads in order to drive traffic to Youtube videos and generate income via Adsense.
- Spoiler 1: Benjamin Fairbourne sells this course for $997. (UPDATE: He now sells it for $97, but…)
- Spoiler 2: It doesn’t actually work.
In this section, we want to share with you the anonymized summary that a client of the Golden Ticket Method has sent to his bank in order to get his money back.
This testimonial perfectly corroborates what we have observed with a large number of students, that’s why we believe it is a great starting point for this review.
Make yourself comfortable and grab some popcorn, because Benjamin sure knows how to scam his clients!
Here we go…
“I bought the ‘Golden Ticket’ method from Benjamin based oﬀ a video promotion. In the video he constantly talks about getting a minimum of 5-10X return on investment ‘again and again’. So, if I was to put in $100, I should expect at least $600 back.
He was saying it was at a special price for only $997 (instead of $10,000). He said to try it for at least one month and if you do not make any money, you will get a refund. This is what made me comfortable in buying as I felt I could trust the purchase.
The sales video in which he says all this was on his YouTube account which has recently been taken down due to copyright issues. This was confirmed by himself as you can see in this below post:
I did, however, download the video as I suspected he was not going to give my refund after he ignored multiple emails from me. As recommended by a customer service rep from Paypal, I have uploaded the sales video on my YouTube channel as proof. This is him speaking and is the sales video that made me pay him. The method he refers to is the ‘Golden Ticket’ which is what I have paid for.
He opens by saying he does it to get 5-10X return on investment ‘again and again’ (a very compelling oﬀer). This is at 10-18 seconds.
Throughout the video he talks about how easy it is to do and how you could spend $1,000 and make 10X back. He even says at 2:02- 2:08 he says you make a profit ‘every single time’.
Important: from 17:30 – 17:52 he says that if you do not make money, you’ll get refunded. Please watch for proof.
I reached out to him as seen below when he said to PayPal him. I asked for an invoice but he did not respond. Foolishly I thought it was ok to just proceed but he probably didn’t respond with an invoice as that would mean I had buyer protection PayPal.
This was on the 5th of January – the same day I saw his video.
Once I paid, he sent me a link to the product site and logins. Please note the website in the below image (you will see he has now deleted this and all evidence of it later on). So I don’t even have access to anything. You have the information below to check as well.
There were some short videos where he says the idea is to buy a monetised YouTube account which can show ads (so that you get paid by advertisers who put their ads on your video).
You then buy very very cheap traﬃc (traﬃc is a marketing term for website visitors) from certain sites and send it to your YouTube videos with ads in it – thereby making money on the ad revenue.
The sites you buy these website visitors from are called ‘pop ad networks’ because the main
traﬃc are those annoying ads that pop up on your screen when you click something on the site – basically, very spammy advertising (this is important for later where Youtube says this will not make you any money).
Once I had everything set up, I followed all the steps, tried multiple videos, tried diﬀerent sites and even tried to reach out to him a few times.
However, the information he shared was seriously lacking and whenever I asked for information about what type of videos he was making to supposedly be getting 5-10X ROI, he would not respond. As seen from this email chain. I messaged him on the 7th of February with no response and then followed up 1 week later (still no response).
To date, I have spent over $400 and only made $13.48 back. Considering I have followed all his steps, constantly tried his methods and reached out for help with little assistance, and not even made $14 back, it is clear this is NOT as described – especially when he is saying you will make 5-10X your return on investment every single time ‘again and again’.
You can see proof of my spending across 2 diﬀerent sites below.
I can also provide login details for proof if you want to cross reference.
On the below site, I paid $192 for traﬃc so far. As you can see I only have $17.48 left in the top.
On the below site, they said I would get a $500 bonus if I put in $500. Thinking it was safe for me to do so based on Benjamin saying I will get 5-10X back, I thought this was the best option and have spent just over $250 so far. I now need to spend the rest on something (no idea what) because I cannot get that money back.
So, the remaining $749 will likely be wasted as well.
Here are the lifetime earnings on the YouTube account. As you can see, it says ‘lifetime’ in the top right corner. It then shows my estimated revenue is $13.48. No way near a 5-10X ROI considering I’ve spent about $425 on ads. If it was really a minimum of 5X ROI I should have at least $2,000 in there.
I initially thought there was something wrong with the videos I was making which is why I reached out to Ben. Even though he did not respond, I still thought it was my videos and I was doing something wrong until others in the group started saying it was not working and he has not been responding.
So I investigated and when I contacted Youtube about my earnings, they told me Ben’s method is actually one of the main ways that YouTube will VOID the ads and earnings – as pointed out in the support document where it says ‘Avoid partnering with untrusted / low-quality parties’ https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1112983
Another article to support the above: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1348722
The sites he tells us to buy traﬃc from are all low quality because pop up and pop under traﬃc is considered the most low quality traﬃc out there because it created a bad user experience. Google (owners of Youtube) clarify that here for their ads: https://www.blog.google/products/ adsense/clarification-around-pop-unders
Meaning, the method he sold me for $997 is clearly stated by Youtube NOT to work (I only found this out after paying) – making this a total scam as it would be impossible to make the consistent earnings he talks about in the sales video.
After discovering all of this was a giant scam, I reached out for the refund that was promised and was ignored, as shown in these images.
After ignoring my emails, when I reached out to Paypal and created a dispute, he replied almost immediately. I do not know what he sent them but he clearly knew what he was doing with this scam as PayPal said I was not covered by buyer protection – despite all the undeniable proof I had shown.
It is also not a case of ‘bad luck’ for me as I’m not the only person who has had this issue with Ben about this method. Please see below [Screenshot added to the next section of the post] from his Facebook group which was part of the method (where he said he goes live every week to share information but hardly comes on here).
Additionally, the website where the product and everything was stored (and what he used to sell this method) has also been deleted as mentioned earlier. The below website address is the same from the email which can be checked yourself. So not only did I pay for a scam but he then deleted all evidence – so even if it worked to some degree, I do not have access to it.
Please refer to my earlier email as proof of the website address.
He took my money, sent a bunch of useless videos, didn’t respond to my emails and then ignored the refund request which he promised in the sales video. Then he deleted all evidence.
With the money I’ve spent on advertising so far, the remaining credit in these sites that must be spent as well as other business costs, I am currently down over $2,000.
I hope this is clear evidence that I am not only entitled to the refund he promised to make the sale, but have been scammed by someone who intended to do this all along.”
7+ ways Benjamin Fairbourne scams his clients (based on 15+ real testimonials)
Want more? Benjamin Fairbourne might have only 116 “elite members” in his private Facebook group, there is no shortage of proofs that is a scammer!
While some of these might seem okay when they’re taken individually, the fact that Benjamin succeeds in being terrible (and fraudulent) in so many areas should be an obvious red flag for future prospects. Just stay away from him if you want to save money, time AND brain cells.
Some screenshots below are directly taken for his private Facebook group (accessible only to his “students”). The others are from conversations with or between students of the Golden Ticket Method (outside of the group).
His “method” just doesn’t work (and can get you banned)
Wow, so much for a guaranteed ROI of 5x-10x, right? Finally, a course that can teach you how to make LESS than what you spend! Thank you Benji 🙂
By the way, it’s worth mentioning that there is absolutely no proof of success from Benjamin or any of his students regarding the Golden Ticket Method. In the course, Benjamin Fairbourne doesn’t show any campaign or relevant data.
Aside from the fact this business tactic doesn’t actually work, Benjamin encourages his student to use some tools that can actually get your account demonetized:
Low value content
Twenty-five videos + 1 txt file in a Google Drive folder.
No script. No case study. No example. No demonstration. No effort.
And let’s not talk about the total lack of updates. Oh, wait a minute. Actually, Benji added an update 3 months after the release, when the students started to voice their concerns.
Wanna know if it’s any good?
The update is as unusable as the rest and doesn’t fix the core issues of the method (like… the fact it doesn’t work).
As mentioned previously, Benjamin has fully deleted his Clickfunnels account which lead to the fact that the students can no longer access the material, just a few weeks after paying in full for it!
No customer support
No replies. Not on Facebook. Not by email.
Once you have purchased, you can only hope to get some random and useless monosyllabic replies once every 3 months maximum. It’s crazy to claim to earn so much and still not be able to afford some decent custom support, isn’t it?
Fake refund policy
Despite claiming to earn more than 300k per month, Benji will do anything in his power not to refund his clients.
BONUS: Deleting comments from angry customers
See the last picture? All of these Facebook group comments stating that GTM is a scam or Benjamin is a scammer have been erased by Benjamin a few days after being published, on the 30th of March 2021.
Looks like somebody is scared of taking responsibility for being a POS.
Forcing the students to request a chargeback
But then when it happens, Benjamin tries to bribe his students by giving away his courses… 🤣🤣🤣
BONUS: You card might be charged a monthly subscription without signing up for it
BONUS: His Juggernaut course is kinda bad
BONUS: His adult affiliate course doesn’t work neither
BONUS: Stealing courses from other internet gurus and reselling them
Benjamin Fairbourne is a clown
By the way, there is NO refund policy (it magically disappeared with Clickfunnels website 😉 ), so Benjamin is making everything up as he goes and he cannot prove anything! This it a total fraud.
Promising clients a refund and never sending it (twice!)
Benjamin already promised to refund this student a few days before:
Benjamin Fairbourne is immoral
By the way, this same client has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and urgently needs the money stolen by Benjamin as he already described a few weeks prior to his messages:
Benjamin Fairbourne’s business is not CAN-SPAM Act compliant
Despite being a professional email marketer, Benjamin Fairbourne either doesn’t know about the CAN-SPAM Act that requires him to include his official business address in every email he sends, or he just doesn’t want you to know his address… Just in case… 😉
If you’re wondering which address he’s putting, it’s the one of the Gumroad headquarter, the tool he’s using to sell his scams and send emails.
Benjamin buys or creates fake comments and likes
Please have a look…
Two overly positive comments from random accounts appear right after Benjamin publishes a new video…
Looks like somebody was busy creating Youtube accounts on the 2nd of July!
The same way, Benjamin Fairbourne regularly buys or creates fake Youtube likes to hide the fact that everybody knows he is a scammer. Just look at the engagement ratios: there’s alaways a disproportionate amount of likes (compared to the amount of views and the value delivered) and a firm and growing amount number of dislikes.
BONUS: Benjamin likes to kiss his own butt
But when you are as hated and miserable as Benjamin Fairbourne, can he really be blamed for getting some self-love?
(… Oh, and like he did, just ignore the comment right under the post…)
- Benjamin deletes all negative comments on his Youtube channels (just compare the number of comments that Youtube indicates and the actual number of comments)
- No business details? No TOS, no actual refund policy, no business address, no business phone… His business is probably not legal.
- Benjamin now operates as “Learning Machines” and mainly targets total beginners, as they tend to be more naive
- BONUS: When you suck at teaching and sell trash, just insult your students of being “stupid for not making money with the method”
- … And a lot more coming soon! We’ll keep this post updated as long as he doesn’t refund every single student that he scammed.
You’ve been scammed by Benjamin Fairbourne, now what?
- Reach out to him until he accepts to give you a refund, via…
- Phone number: (669) 202-0003
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benjaminfairbourne/
- Skype: live:benjaminfairbourne
- Contact your bank to initiate a chargeback as soon as possible
- Report his Youtube channels and videos as scams
- Write a post or shoot a quick video to share your personal experience with Benjamin’s scammy courses (and feel free to add it in the comments below!)
- Spread the word about the fact that Benjamin Fairbourne is a fraud
- Report this fraud to the FTC
- Report him to Gumroad and Teachable, two platforms where he still sells his courses