Today I will be addressing the iJango scam that has recently popped up on the internet. You probably found this by searching the internet to see if indeed iJango is a scam. I can tell you that, Yes iJango is a scam! To start let’s investigate iJango CEO, Cameron Sharpe.
Cameron Sharpe the notorious Con Man & Deadbeat Dad
I first came across the iJango scam when a client emailed me about it, asking if it was a legit opportunity. By the way he described it in the email, I knew it was a scam before I even looked at the website. For fun, I decided to check it out.
I started watching the video of some guy describing this new pyramid scheme, and about fell out of my chair laughing when he said, “What if you could multi-level Google?” I knew it was a really bad scam when he said, “How would you like to get paid everytime YOU or people you know use the internet?” Anyone in the internet marketing industry with half a brain knows this type of scheme NEVER WORKS! It failed with AllAdvantage and Agloco, and it WILL FAIL WITH IJANGO! BET! So now that I had this basic information established, the next question was who is this guy? In the video, he looked like he came straight from the pages of Hot Chicks with Douchebags. Stepping out of the Maserati in the no parking zone definitely added some extra doucheiness. I began doing some research and was literally floored by all the dirt I was able to dig up on this guy.
Barrett Stone started up a dating scam called Ultimate Singles in 2000 with another criminal named Jason Breakey. This company was responsible for all the street sign spam you may have seen in your city at one time or another. If you Google the company, or either of their names with the word scam; you’ll see lots of results on various complaint sites. Here is just one example I found of bad reviews on Complaints.com, that details exactly how the scam worked. They would advertise websites in each city they were in that tricked the residents into believing it was a local company. These people would unknowingly enter into a contract totaling up from $5,000 to $15,000. The complaints on the web all tell the same story, which was the actual service wasn’t anything close to what was advertised. When a victim would try to cancel, they found out there was no way to do so. When they refused to continue making payments, he was able to turn them into a collection agency. After a couple of years, the Texas Attorney General’s office had received a plethora of complaints on Cameron Sharpe and his company, Ultimate Singles. I actually found a judgement against him on the Dallas TX County Clerk’s website dated 10-02-03. In case you have trouble using their document viewer, I have inserted a screenshot below:
Judgement for $5127.00
The second story tells a tale of ultimate deception! They used the word “Christian” to trick their victims into signing up. That’s just wrong! Could it get any worse? Unfortunately the answer is yes!
I found more evidence of con man credentials on a federal bankruptcy court website! I’m sure you noticed in the iJango
video that he was wearing swanky, designer threads, and hopped out of a Maserati with a vanity license plate. Well, I found out that he is a POSER!
He’s had his house foreclosed on and had three (3) cars reposessed! It seems he is great at PRETENDING TO BE SUCCESSFUL so that he can trick real successful people into LOANING HIM MONEY! Here is a link to a very detailed complaint against him on the bankruptcy court site I mentioned:
It describes in detail how he SWINDLED one Susan Baker out of $150,000, and then filed bankruptcy to avoid paying her back! This lengthy, 39 page PDF file shows you who the real Cameron Sharpe is. Some of my favorite parts are:
Ms. Baker testified that Mr. Sharpe’s manner of dress led her to believe that he was a wealthy man. She also testified that based upon his demeanor and appearance she thought he had money. Ms Wokowitz also testified that Mr. Sharpe led a lifestyle that led her to believe he was a successful, wealthy person and that she believed Mr. Sharpe intended to lead people to believe that he was a wealthy person.
… what is remarkable about Mr Sharpe’s testimony throughout the trial, though convoluted and often confused, is the sense of a desperate, “pie-in-the-sky” optimism on his part that maybe, someday things will work out his way and he will be as rich as he aspires to be. The parties also agree that, in addition to dressing extravagantly, Mr Sharpe lived extravagantly, flying on a business associate’s Lear jet, dining in expensive restaurants, drinking expensive wines, and shoping in designer boutiques and expensive stores, such as Cartier. Ms. Baker also presented photographs to the court, one showing Mr. Sharpe beside a Lear jet and one of a mansion, as evidence that Mr. Sharpe wished to portray himself as a man of significant means.
Clarification and Cameron Sharpe’s side of the story.
I have been receiving some comments that I wrote this article for the sole purpose of bashing Cameron Sharpe. I want to clarify right now that it is not true. I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide, “Hey, I feel like attacking Cameron Sharpe so let me see what I can find out about him.”
My original intention was to give details on why iJango is not a sustainable business model as it is advertised. Upon doing research I began to find things out about Cameron Sharpe. I felt it was easier to simply show that the person behind iJango is not what he appears, and has a considerable track record of it. Yes, I agree my tone was harsh, but I felt it needed to be. The promotional video made him look like this successful internet entrepreneur that was here to save everyone from the bad economy. The buzz on twitter was that this was ANOTHER one of his successful ventures. I felt I had to use a “sledgehammer” to wake people up. I assumed if people read this and then analyzed what iJango was, they would be able to put 2 and 2 together.
I didn’t take any pleasure in writing the above article, and only did it out of necessity. Cameron and others have claimed that he has full custody of his children. That may be the case, but the child support lien against him is still active.
People have also been talking about how I didn’t tell the whole story. I feel I told what was necessary for people to realize that iJango is not what it’s cracked up to be. Cameron, or someone on his behalf actually posted his side in my comments section. I disapproved it because it is all over the net, and I don’t want duplicate content on my site. It should be noted that this article by Cameron had been posted on various websites BEFORE i wrote the original post. If you are interested in reading what Cameron has to say, you may do so here:
I attended the iJango presentation in Charlotte NC last Thursday, and felt like I was used as a prop by Cameron. He made a dramatic speech about how he has turned his life around, and equated me to the “cess pool.” I hope that Cameron Sharpe was being sincere, but of course I am extremely skeptical. I acknowledge that my opinion of Cameron is irrelevant to my main purpose, which is exposing iJango as a scam. In my future posts, I will not mention Cameron’s history, as it is no longer necessary.
I will be posting Part 2 shortly which is in video format. It will be discussing the contradictions in advertising and the ijango TOS, and proof that ijango is not a unique product.