There are few things sleazier than ‘get rich quick’ shysters. And that’s exactly how ‘Michael Green’, otherwise known as thieving spiv Grant Shapps, made some of his considerable fortune.
Michael Green/Grant Shapps launched the 20/20 challenge in 2007 when he was still a director of the spam website generating How To Corp and two years after he was elected an Tory MP. Whilst the details of the money making racket have strangely disappeared from How To Corp’s own websites in the last few days, there are still remnants of the scheme littered about the internet.
Shapps/Green promised that all you had to do was download his online money making guide to be guaranteed to earn £20,000 in just 20 days or your money back. The only catch is that his guide cost a whopping $497!
Lurid advertising promised that gullible punters could earn almost 100x their investment, whilst fake recommendations from other websites promised half price introductions to this worthless product.
Scams like this are common both on and off the internet. The money back guarantee is bogus. When you fail to make £20k in 20 days (which you will) the small print will inform you that you must have done something wrong. If you don’t follow the near impossible rules to the letter then unfortunately Grant Shapps/Micahel Green gets to keep your cash.
The clicknewz website even ran a trial of the product accompanied by garish adverts for the scheme. Scams like this often pay third parties in an attempt to prove that they are genuine. Unfortunately clicknewz got to day 20 and hadn’t made a penny, yet still sang the praises of the scheme they were no doubt paid to advertise.
Get rich quick schemes are of dubious legality, often skirting trading standards rules whilst remaining just about on the right side of the law. But they represent the grubbiest form of capitalism, exploiting as they do the vulnerable and desperate who cannot afford to lose their money.
It tells us everything we need to know about the Conservative Party – where making money is king no matter how dubious or exploitative the methods used – that a cheap suited confidence trickster like this can make it to become their party chairman. The new generation of Tory scum are every bit as depraved, immoral and downright sleazy as the bunch of crooks that were slung out of power and in some cases jailed 15 years ago.