Is Adam Dicker a criminal? You decide.

The Introduction

Adam Dicker is commonly seen as a mild-mannered guy who will do anything for anyone. However, he appears to be a predator. He preys not on the weak but on the domain industry’s many novice investors who lack the knowledge to identify him as the criminal I believe he is.

Every year we see hundreds, if not thousands, of interested individuals join the forums in the hopes of making a living online. They are quickly introduced to the many “gurus” within our industry through the multitude of news outlets that blast blatant propaganda on a 24/7 basis. While these publishers may not intentionally encourage this idol worshipping behavior, they certainly play a huge role in the way we perceive these media personalities. They publicize the good in our industry while brushing the dirt under the proverbial rug — with few exceptions. However, this piece is not about the lack of transparency in our industry. This is about Adam Dicker and the many he has harmed.

The Backstory

This story starts with another forum; a barren wasteland that once was a leading forum within the domain industry. While the forum itself played a huge role in propagating the myth that is Adam Dicker, the story really begins with DNF College in the summer of 2011. This is where Adam Dicker began pushing his services to many of the industry’s newcomers. He created an environment that would help him transform his reputation from a leading investor to a philanthropist. Truthfully, this was and continues to be a travesty. He pushed many affiliate links and services owned and operated by his own companies to pursue his personal interests while providing very little substance to those who enrolled in his course.

Adam Dicker has continued to hustle new users, in this manner, for 4 semesters between the years of 2011 and 2015. While I’m sure there are many horror stories from previous years, this article highlights both his actions and inactions that took place this year.

The Premise

In October of 2014, Adam Dicker made a post on his DNF College Facebook group stating, “I am looking for people that want to partner up with me and have the time to work full time on businesses that I will build. I do not have time to run them all but need good people that will make a 30-40% of the net revenue and I will teach you personally to build the business. This will start the second week of November after I get back from Traffic. There will be zero cost or investment, just time and hard work. Please post if interested.” There were hundreds of comments on this post from people excited to work with an industry giant.

After the initial post, Adam Dicker segmented these candidates into another group of candidates. He called these people “the inner circle.” From there he further divided the group of candidates based on skill sets and availability. This was called the “inner inner circle.” Pretty clever, Adam. Finally, another group was created where the selectees introduced themselves. This is where he promised the group millions of dollars in net revenue.

The goal was to launch dozens of businesses in a span of mere months. Adam Dicker promised to pay all of the expenses, share his knowledge, and provide proper training. He claimed that he only needed the manpower to make these businesses huge earners like he has done with many others in the past.

The Truth

Adam Dicker stated that some of his preexisting businesses were clearing 6-figures per month when in reality they weren’t even making 6-figures per year. Ironically — a year later — none of the businesses he attempted to launch succeeded and most never even made it off the ground.

The Employees

Adam Dicker treats employees like shit. He forces them to chase him for their paychecks, shorts them consistently, or outright refuses to pay them.

Kudos, Adam.  Glad the free labor paid for the new home theater in your basement.

What’s worse than extorting people for their hard work? Well, he’s verbally abusive and even makes vague threats.

Want to make me disappear, Adam? Want to have your boys beat me up? Go for it.

The Scam

Adam Dicker’s NicheWebsites.com  (previously dnfwebsites.com and dcg.com) was his cash cow. Actually, it technically still is. Recently, he had a large payday from a wealthy investor allegedly worth over $1,000,000,000.

Maybe you’ve heard of him? Emmet Stephenson. He is the Chairman of Domain.com and owns Technology.com and Classes.com, among others.

He hired Adam Dicker to develop both domains. They put down a large deposit to initiate the project but they soon realized that his claims would never become a reality.

To ensure repayment of $75,000, Emmet had him sign over 2 of his top domains for collateral. If he didn’t refund his money by August 17, 2015 Adam Dicker would lose both Planets.com and Avatars.com.

It is unknown if either domain was released back to Adam Dicker but Avatars.com’s registration recently went private. Interestingly enough, Avatar.com now uses the same privacy company as Technology.com and Classes.com.

Hard to believe, right? Luckily, I have proof.

I can confirm that Planets.com and Avatar.com have been successfully transferred to our Domain.com, Inc. account. Further, this email is to memorialize in writing that these domains are being held as collateral to secure the $75,000 that is owed by you to Domain.com, Inc. and is currently due for payment in full on or before August 17, 2015 by bank wire to our account at Boulder Dam Credit Union. As soon as the $75,000 is paid in full, we will transfer both domain names back to your account free and clear. Please confirm your agreement with these terms by return email.

Emmet Stephenson, Chairman
Domain.com, Inc.

The Retirement

Adam Dicker’s inability to follow through with his commitments has led to his forced retirement from DomainSherpa.com. Sure, he claims to be too busy to participate but that is far from the truth.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the conversation between Adam Dicker and Michael Cyger discussing exactly this.

[01:36:37] Adam Dicker: I have reached out to all potential customers with issues

[01:36:47] Adam Dicker: i believe most will be resolved and happy by tomorrow

[01:36:50] Adam Dicker: we will see

[15:24:04] Adam Dicker: if you are asking me to retire on the next show, I will because of our friendship. let me know.

[15:31:35] Adam Dicker: also drop niche websites from sponsors if you have concerns, I only advertise there because its your site 😉

[16:05:06] Michael Cyger: good morning, adam.

[16:05:22] Michael Cyger: you’re a good friend. thanks for your message.

[16:06:06] Michael Cyger: i do need to ask you to retire from the show. it pains me to ask you to do so, because you are a friend.

[16:06:38] Adam Dicker: ok I will do that

[16:06:50] Adam Dicker: can you let mw know any things as to why?

[16:07:26] Michael Cyger: let’s make the last show your last, please. i’ll tell people that you’re too busy to be on the show with all of your businesses. i know you are. it’s not a lie.

[16:07:44] Adam Dicker: ok I will go with that and announce it on the next show

[16:07:47] Adam Dicker: no problem

[16:08:43] Michael Cyger: i always defend you, adam, and give you the benefit of the doubt because there are always 2 sides to every story. but there are enough people that have come to me that I cannot ignore them. they include sponsors, people following the show, and sherpas. and i feel terrible not being able to give you specific details, but i feel like i’d be breaking their confidence. and, honestly, i don’t want to get in the middle and try to figure out all the details.

[16:08:59] Adam Dicker: ok

[16:09:01] Adam Dicker: np

[16:09:10] Adam Dicker: next show will be my last

[16:09:22] Michael Cyger: i need to make your last show your last, bud. i’m sorry.

[16:09:30] Adam Dicker: ok

[16:10:11] Adam Dicker: nothing like being found guilty without a trial. ;(

[16:10:17] Adam Dicker: ok talk soon.

[16:10:20] Michael Cyger: i’m sorry, adam. i really am.

[16:11:06] Michael Cyger: i’m not a judge, nor do i want to get into any of the details of the incidents. 🙁

[16:11:20] Michael Cyger: least of all i don’t want to judge a friend.

[16:11:31] Adam Dicker: ok, I will post a thank you message on facebook when you think its appropriate

[16:11:42] Michael Cyger: i’d rather keep you as a friend, if that’s possible from your perspective.

[16:11:48] Adam Dicker: ok

[16:11:53] Adam Dicker: i can separate the two

[16:12:30] Michael Cyger: it’s not like you won’t ever be on the show again or do an interview. i’d love to have you back on in the future. i think you just need to work on following up with your commitments in the industry for the time being. i say that only as a friend, and hesitate to even say that, adam.

[16:12:45] Adam Dicker: I agree with that

[16:12:49] Michael Cyger: it’s not my business. but you are a friend, and i want to see you do well.

[16:13:01] Adam Dicker: i don’t disagree, sometimes i am too anxious to help and I over promise

[16:13:24] Adam Dicker: but i do have tons on my plate and i wonmt let any commisttments fall apart

[16:13:27] Michael Cyger: yes. it’s difficult to not say you can help with something when you are a giver and know you can help.

[16:13:48] Adam Dicker: i will fix them all. please have whoever told you that has an issue to contact me and i will work to resolve them

[16:13:55] Michael Cyger: this conversation stays between just you and me.

[16:14:00] Adam Dicker: agreed

[16:14:27] Adam Dicker: i will fix them all. please have whoever told you that has an issue to contact me and i will work to resolve themif they actually want them resolved

[16:14:32] Adam Dicker: ty and talk later

[16:14:39] Michael Cyger: ok, thanks, adam. ttyl

[16:14:57] Adam Dicker: are you ok if i post a ty message to you and domainsherpa?

[16:15:28] Michael Cyger: yes, of course.

[16:15:32] Adam Dicker: ok bye for now

[16:15:38] Michael Cyger: bye

[16:22:33] Adam Dicker: posted

[16:22:43] Adam Dicker: that’s pretty much all true

[16:22:51] Michael Cyger: to fb?

[16:22:58] Michael Cyger: see it

[16:23:05] Adam Dicker: yup

[16:23:26] Adam Dicker: is that ok?

[16:23:42] Michael Cyger: perfect

[16:23:50] Adam Dicker: k

[16:24:02] Adam Dicker: just don’t want to piss you off. now I am off to fix some meeses

[16:24:05] Adam Dicker: see ya!

[16:24:16] Michael Cyger: cu

The Conclusion

I can only conclude that Adam Dicker is broke and desperate. His actions lead us to believe he is pulling the same crap that Toby Clements was suspected of. If you aren’t familiar, Toby was accused of using money from new sales to pay passed clients for what he owed. The difference being Adam Dicker hasn’t even attempted to fulfill his obligations.

Are you continuously shuffling the deck, Adam? I think so.

G’night, Adam.

P.S. There will be a part 2.

84 thoughts on “Is Adam Dicker a criminal? You decide.”

    1. Michael did not contribute to the article. I do not know how the transcript was acquired. It was provided by an anonymous source. That’s good enough for me.

  1. This is ridiculous and wonderful story. I see, no wonder the DnForum is deserted by many, and he had also promised to start his new dncollege session 4 for almost a year now and nothing is happening there anymore. Ha! its a pity and very painful story to end it this way.
    There is nothing better like not biting beyond what one can chew.
    better to correct all the wrong and spring back to your feet.
    Thanks for this valuable information.

  2. Adam Dicker is a wolf in a sheep skin..
    He uses newbies trust to earn money from them.

    His DNF course is also a bs. He is teaching how HE can help you with his products (niche site development for $500-$1000, etc).

    The ugliest thing: he offered a little domain sorter software on DNF (he owns the site).
    The price for the software was $29,95 before HE OFFERED IT ON DNF COURSE!

    Source:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20140819033307/http://zipzing.com/purchase

    Then he changed the price to $299, and he told us, this is a discounted price, because the real price is $899 and we can buy it for $299 because we are DNF course members.

    Few hours later he changed the price once more to $899…

    ($29,95->$299->$899 on the website within 24 hours, but he is so kind that he can give it for just $299 because you are a college member).

    http://web.archive.org/web/20141020170439/http://zipzing.com/purchase

    Sad thing: Several college member bought it, and they were thankful for the discount…
    $29,95->$299 is not a discount I like…

    DNF College is a lie. It is just an easy money for him. A lazy link building system and the only winner will be A.D.

    All you will receive: expensive products from him
    What you will have to find elsewhere: knowledge, up to date hints…

    A.D.: “I will tell you how can you handreg domains to sell them for $1000 within a week, but let me first sell you zipzing for as low as $299, let me build your affiliate site for $1000, etc.”

    Rich is getting richer…
    Dick is getting Dicker? O_0

  3. Plain and simple, It’s quite necessary to always conduct your business honestly. I have always had the most dislikes for the INNER CIRCLE culture which is nothing more than you scratch my back, I will scratch yours among a select few. When @Shane Bellone busted the shady practices going on over at Flippa, didn’t the revelations confirm our very doubts? I believe the revelations subsequently forced Flippa to conduct its business with more transparency and more honesty.

    Common people usually tend to IDOLIZE a SHOOTING STAR, put it on a HIGH PEDESTAL and and this IDOL becomes their obsession. It takes a whistleblower or someone of superior character and intelligence, to destroy such a myth.

    I agree that @Shane Bellone may have gone a little too far in calling @Adam Dicker an outright “criminal” but hey, isn’t this what Newspapers do everyday to draw attention to the headline of the day !!? It’s probably only his intention to highlight this news.

    I also agree that @Adam Dicker earned a good name in domaining community but so have many others who far exceed what he achieved in domaining. Also, in his response, his not coming clean on the revelations/ allegations revealed by Shane and his acceptance of “few” of these allegations is what lends further mystery to these revelations. As some member shared the webarchives screenshot above, a $29 course being peddled for $899 and then subsequently revised to $29 is not a very good business ethic, is it?

    So let’s not put Adam on a high pedestal, he is only human and may have indugled in profiteering and unethical business practices, as inferred by his own admission in this thread. Also, if the ADAM-CYGER chat logs shared by Shane are true, then @Michael Cyger may have had a BIG LEAD on something ADAM may have been indugling in.

    As for @Shane Bellone, I admire he has got guts to break news like this. But let’s understand when stories come out, they almost unfailingly come out like this. I wouldn’t fault him here except his use of the word “CRIMINAL” for Adam. To the member who called him JULIAN ASSANGE of the domaining world, I would like to ask what’s wrong with it? If it was not for JULIAN, you wouldn’t even know of your ass being spied on by your very govt. 🙂

    I would call on Adam to come clean on the revelations / allegations in this thread if he wants to protect what’s left of his reputation. @Adam Dicker, a fair and honest pointwise rebuttal would help your cause and there is nothing the world likes more than a dead honest man, even with his mistakes.

    Following the developments..

  4. I was part of the Semester from August 2014 and I spent $1500 on a build out of a Domain from Adam that Adam had said would be Monitized for Monthly Revenue, and I would be kept updated during the build, this was during his domain reviews for all participants on the course, and from other participants there are lots of other people in my shoes.

    As I was not familiar with sites and monitization I felt as for hearing about all his results during the reviews it would be a good investment.The (wordpress) site went live within 3 days using a parent / child theme and a contact form 7 for email with absolutley no monitization on site and Adam was to have this fixed and has ignored any further requests.I was told this could have been produced for $50 by someone I had take a look at the site.

    Content is poor on the site and does not give any hook to have anyone fill in the contact form as looking at the site it is unsure what exactly it is trying to promote within the niche it was built in!!

    I also made the mistake of purchasing a licence from him for lead gen software that failed to validate after a couple of weeks. On contacting the product customer support they had said that the product failed to validate due to either too many installations of the licence or the product was installed on too many PC’s Laptops etc. Adam was to refund me the cost and this never happened either.

    I did have a lot of respect for Adam at first as I have been around in the industry for over a decade, but I had dropped out of domaining for a few years before he was involved with GD and had I been aware of his baggage I would not have got involved.I feel this was a real learning experience and was embarrassed at first and from what I understand some other participants ware shafted by him the same way but they ware reluctant to complain in case their sites would not get finished.

    1. Hey Charlie. I had the exact same thing happen to me, right at the same time as well. Promised to develop a site into a lead generating monthly income site only to receive (after several months) a very crappy lorum ipsom $50 landing page. Asked his developer to fix certain things and never did. Picked a style from his own nichewebsites and they wouldn’t use that. In the end, none of the promises were fulfilled and I was out not only the money but also dozens of hours of time emailing them asking to be refunded if he won’t live up to his promises.

      1. Yes there are quite a lot of us around with poor experience of doing business with Adam.For most if not all at the time this seemed to be a new area to venture into from what we ware being told and promises ware not being lived up to.I feel some people have also got out of domains due to their experience also.

  5. These are worrying times indeed! The write-up appears convincing enough. However, since there are two sides to every story, let’s give Adam the opportunity to ‘state his own side of the story’. Meanwhile however, anyway you look at it, this is indeed a sad day for the domain industry.

  6. My story is elaborate since I have multiple occasions where I have unsuccessfully had interactions with Adam, however I am and have been in the dealings with the last weeks / days with Adam to get a refund for a non completed product / website from 13 months ago which I hope will be resolved within 72 hours.

  7. Unfortunately I was one of these novice domainer beginners who got trapped into the snake oil salesman’s promises and sales pitches.

    I have to give it to the guy, he’s a great salesman but only when trying to squeeze dollars out of unsuspecting newbies and into his own pockets. He’s always being mentioned as the best domainer of the year but where are his own domain sales? How is he has a domain broker?

    He’s promised people that he’ll sell their domains easily to any of his many contacts within a certain timeframe and never lives up to that promise. I doubt he even tries to sell the names.

    His DNF College on Facebook was a joke. Sure, there were and still are plenty of people who are in love with the guy but there’s equally a large number of us who feel the complete opposite. If you have a look at the DNF College on Facebook or on his own forum dnforum.com (latest dnf college), you will see him pop on for a brief moment, give us promises of so many different things we’ll learn. One popular lesson he promises us is: “How to buy a domain for $10 and sell it in less than a week for $1000-5000”.

    Of course he always vanishes as quickly as he appears in the forum or facebook. Many times he’d be gone for weeks or months at a time with no explanation.

    One thing that aggravated many of us was that he’d give so many specific dates and even times on those dates when someone will happen. When a lesson will start. We’d all show up and he’d be a no show for days or weeks afterwards.

    In the DNF College, he would evaluate everyone’s domains and give us price tags for how much money he wants us to send him in order for him to develop the domains. His big thing was that he’d help us develop them into “lead generation websites”. His web development is a joke. You should see the cheap themes and “quality” of work on the sites “he” develops.

    In the DNF College, he’s appear to be telling us about these services and tools out of the goodness of his heart but even he admitted that he gets a kickback from them. Including the one lead gen theme (i think it was called rockstar).

    I know of multiple people who have given him money received nothing really in return. Failed promises, very very crappy $50 sites built after paying him $500 or even $5000. Some of those people have asked him for refunds and had to KEEP asking him for weeks, months, even a year or more.

    He really is the typical bully too. I’ve read in some forums and sites how he threatens people who dare speak ill of him with legal action in one way or another.

    Other domains I know for a fact are too terrified of Adam’s “authority” in the domaining world to speak up against him publicly. Even though they have spoken to me in length about their various sketchy dealings with this guy. They all say they’ve been told if they say anything negative about him, they will never become profitable domainers or be taken seriously since this guy can ruin a domainers career quite quickly, due to his standing in the community and his connections.

    Adam, when you make promises, live up to them ok? Don’t keep throwing around all these extravagant promises and timelines if you’re always a no show and an utter failure with each promise you make. My suggestion if you are to continue down this path is to ease up on yourself. Forget the specific timelines and be more transparent.

  8. This is nothing new… it’s only new to the public. Domainers have been aware of these issues with Adam for years. Ask any of his (previous) staff in private. Adam hires people and then he doesn’t pay them. I dunno how it stayed a secret for so long.

    Where’d Simon go? No longer admin on Adam’s site. People stop working for Adam… No one asks why? Then people ask him to step down from their associations with him. No one asks why? This has been building up for years.

    Shane is the only one with any gahoonies to report it. Everyone else is too scared of being sued by lawyers (lawyers that probably won’t ever receive their payment either).

    Thank you Shane for doing what is right and all the victims thank you too. What you’re doing is a public service.

  9. As a further update, Adam has endeavored to pay the majority of his outstanding bill today. It’s not the difficulty a man faces, but how he carries himself in the face of difficulty, which matters.

    1. I wish financial institutions would be so forgiving: We’re not interested in the money you owe us …… just that you’re trying really hard to be good about trying.

  10. Where did the money go?

    .ca sales suck for everyone, he is a big investor

    he was buying a whole bunch of those Chinese GTLD’s

    I think the guy owns about 40,000 names, many must be liquid, but we all cringe when we need to sell our best names.

    Cord Bank profits, Reputation Repair profits, I have only ever seen such patterns when someone is taking huge investment losses, or has gambling issues, not to imply anything, but to try and make sense of where has the money gone?

  11. Shane -this is a very interesting and informative article. I hope Michael Cyger posts a reply here. If this is all true my guess is it’s probably not criminal but obviously should be made public. They’ll be those that see this and yell and scream that it is criminal but it doesn’t rise to that because my guess is he started most of these “projects” and can simply say he’s going to finish them somehow. Credit should go to Cyger for taking him off the show once he heard all the details. Great post-thank you.

  12. Thanks for sharing Shane. It is quite incredible that all of this was pretty much under the radar with just a few rumors here and there out on the surface. One thing I always believed in was in running a business in an ethical way. Even if you end up making millions in this industry you simply must remain humble.

    My mentality in providing valuable information to people is simply if you already make a fortune succeeding at what you claim to do, there is no reason to overcharge people when teaching them the basics. I understand our school system rips us off but that doesn’t mean we should take advantage of one another the same way.

    – Will

  13. The course you refer to is Troy Rushton’s course, Adam just did some videos for it.
    Your next piece should be on Troy Rushton.

  14. I am surprised M Cyger let this go on this long, and to keep advertising niche websites is the nail in the coffin, ultimately being a Sherpa was the platform for hooking all these newbies, really a shame, especially the comment above, as every industry needs new talent, and to have that talent soured away so quickly is really a tragedy to everyone in the industry alone.

    Time to have a domain auction, raise the funds, and be whole and pay everyone out.

    Only way to make it right.

  15. I talked with an owner of a parking company recently. He told me that he paid for an ad on Dnforum and it took Dicker months with repeated emails to get him to put the ad up. He said the whole experience confirmed what he thought about him. Glad Shane is sharing this publicly.

  16. Hi Phillip

    reading your story was quite visual, as you were very elaborate in describing your issues.

    i really feel sorry that “visuals and perceptions” got you and others, “caught up” in that game.

    i’ve said many times that newbies are a profit center and your statements make that evident.

    it appears that… “ignorance” of the business, being naive, along with the “hype” of the personas`, and a barrage of video’s, were used to take advantage of you and others, to invest in “products/services” that haven’t produced the promised results, or in some cases, refunds.
    in my years in this biz, i’ve never paid or saw the need to pay lump sum of $1,000.00 for a service, product or tool in domaining, other than for a domain name.
    however, newbies are being overwhelmed and encouraged to purchase such expenditures.

    i think originally, the intention was forthright, but somewhere, it got wack,

    i really hope all of you get a satisfactory resolve to your issues, with interest.

    having faith and trust in those you look-up to, can be a fault in itself, for some.
    you gotta know who you’re looking up to and why your neck is bent.

    Still, based on their perceived reputations in the industry, you expect them to deliver/complete the transactions.
    that’s a basic component of this industry that we all depend on, and that characteristic shouldn’t be manipulated by those in a position to do so.

    make it right, dude!

    imo….

  17. We should all learn some important lessons from this. I personally disassociated myself from him and his enterprises some time ago. After watching the sherpa videos many things just didn’t add up. How can someone who is running various online businesses and making claims of five to six figure revenue per month have web sites that don’t show up in google searches and when you direct navigate to them, it would not be something that I would personally trust with my reputation, cord blood or anything else. It was all to good to be true. I wish that the likes of the Sherpa show had done a little more due diligence or at least edited out unsubstantiated claims. This leaves a stain on many sources of information in our industry and anything I see on Sherpa or other sites that promote people in the industry I will take with an extra grain of salt. Personally I am not surprised by this eventuality. I only hope that new people in this industry look before they leap.

  18. For over 8 months in 2014, Adam gave me the run around, about refunding me for services he never followed through with. It wasn’t until I contacted his family members, that he finally decided to give me a prompt refund, a long with a threat to never contact his family members again about business matters or he’ll put me in a body bag. I wish now that I would of saved that message but I didn’t take it seriously enough, I just figured the stress of my audacity to contact his family members made him have a bad day.

    Perhaps others who are waiting to be refunded should do what I did..

    COMMENT EDITED: Will not allow his family to be brought into it. Sorry.

  19. I debated adding to these comments with my own story, I have no desire or intent to destroy Adam, but I do want to protect people in the future from what I and apparently others had to go through. While reading this post there were a few things I was surprised at, but most of it I was not shocked to hear based on my own experience working with Adam for 8 months.

    Looking back on everything, I should have paid much more attention to all the red flags, and I was very naïve. His actions left me quite depressed and in a bad financial position for quite a while. He forced me to chase after him for several months after avoiding me, ignoring me, promising me over and over again to pay me what I was due and then disappearing again, however I WAS finally paid in full what he owed me this past week.

    Anyway my hope more than anything, is that coming forward like this will help others to not be taken advantage of and I really hope Adam will change his ways now that all this is coming to light. I would love to see him make things right for everyone that he has hurt financially and otherwise, and conduct his business in the future completely honestly and ethically. The fact that he finally paid me after I had lost all confidence that it would ever happen gives me hope that he will make things right for others as well.

    I first met Adam through the DNF college fb group in October of 2014. I like many others was very impressed that someone with such success in the domain industry seemed to offer so much of his time and guidance to others, especially newbies starting out. I wanted to learn from him and to benefit from his experience so I could start flipping domains, and build out my domains into profitable sites, which were two of the main things he promoted and toted himself as the expert at.

    I googled him and found countless articles and videos and interviews, and thus he seemed reputable and legit. I figured that there would be no way someone of his status in the forefront of the industry could be a sham. He was the owner of DNF, he spoke at all the major conferences, he had earned several industry awards, and everyone seemed to generally like and admire him.

    When he put out a call for partners in all his various businesses, I jumped at the chance and was quite excited to be considered as I thought the opportunity to work with Adam was going to be a once in a lifetime, and from the way he talked….a goldmine.
    After candidates had been narrowed down, he conducted a group call introducing ourselves to each other and Adam made huge promises about how things would be structured, the potential of all of the projects (he was talking multimillions) and generally kept everyone buzzing and excited.

    One day out of the blue I was invited to come on a group call with Adam, and two others, and was told I was selected to be one of 3 Vice Presidents of this new company that adam was forming. My responsibilities would be to manage all of the chosen project managers over each of the projects he wanted to launch. I didn’t even think twice, I agreed without question and was quite happy about it. I didn’t know why he chose me, he didn’t know me personally and I didn’t have as much experience as many of the other candidates but I didn’t want to question it. I’ll admit fully looking back that I was incredibly naïve.

    From that point on, I jumped in with both feet. I wanted to prove my work ethic, my passion, my worthiness to be a part of the team. I began working 60-70 hour weeks for Adam.

    The idea was that he wanted to launch a few dozen businesses, as well as grow his existing businesses in just a few months and that he would pay all expenses and costs and assured us of his knowledge, and that he had made many of these were currently successful or were a grand slam success before, but just needed the manpower to staff them, run, and grow them since he didn’t have the time. He told us he would be teaching us everything we needed to learn, and all we needed to do was put in the time and be loyal.

    He DID take care of expenses and costs, but the promises of wealth and success never came. Now if this had been a simple case of business ventures not working out and going south, it would be different, that happens despite people’s best efforts sometimes. It would be one thing if he were honest from the beginning and told us the truth about the projects, the financials, and the fact that he had very little knowledge of how to run these businesses, but that was not the case. He lied and led all of us to believe in nonexistent income and in non-existent expertise that would lead to success.
    It was also extremely difficult working with him, as he would constantly promise that he would get things done, and then they simply wouldn’t. Either extreme delays or never at all. After awhile I took to paying for business expenses out of my own pocket for my project managers because Adam could not be relied on to get things done for them. It was quite the struggle to get reimbursed, but eventually he did pay me back.

    One project in particular, he told us it already cleared 100k a month easy and that we would be making a large percentage of that. We worked out a profit share percentage for everyone in the company that we felt was fair based on the numbers Adam was giving us. But Adam was very shifty about giving us REAL numbers and real financials, he was very vague and often avoided answering questions about those things or contradicted himself. After awhile he gave us more access and responsibilities it became evident that it was barely clearing a fraction of that, and not even that sometimes.
    Another project he told us profited 2-3 million per year and that we would be making a percentage of that, however months and months later it was very evident that it was also only making a tiny fraction of that.

    Once I had the courage to call him out on the numbers and he was so upset that he ignored me for 2 days, and I had to grovel and apologize to get back in his good graces and I felt bad that I had questioned his integrity. However in hindsight, he never actually responded to my calling him out on those numbers on those specific businesses, probably because he knew that the numbers he claimed were completely made up.

    We had daily calls because there were SO many projects he wanted to take on, it was crazy the amount we all had to try and tackle. Adam was a major bottleneck because he was completely unreliable and rarely did any of the things we needed him to in a timely manner or often never got to them at all. Simple things that only he could do like pay for things or authorize things, he constantly promise to get it done “tonight” or “by tomorrow” but then it wouldn’t happen for days, weeks, even months and all of us were left waiting….and then were often blamed for the lack of progress. This was very stressful and difficult for all involved, most of us in the company I can vouch for were working extremely long and hard hours and needed the boss to do his part, to be invested, to give us the tools we needed to do our jobs, in short to do what he said he was going to do and be reliable. Not the case.

    I tried to give my opinion that launching that many businesses all at once was an exercise in insanity, and that we needed to focus on ONE or TWO and make it profitable and then move on to the next, but I was brushed aside and so I buckled down even harder to try to make things work.

    Almost all of these projects (including the ones he said were already profitable but were not) have failed miserably or never made it off the ground. And this is almost a year later. One of the only projects that I know of that still functions is his web design business, but that one has the most victims.

    It was months of work trying to get the business structure set up and get the hang of things before it started to become obvious to me that many things were not as Adam claimed, but (and this is where my naivety comes in) I thought that they used to be great and Adam was overwhelmed and too busy, and that he was horrible with time management and execution, so that if he would just delegate more to us than we could fix all of these problems and turn things around.

    As an example, Adam’s way of bringing in sales, is to promise them the world. He will tell them he can give them an amazing site, and do all the SEO, and rank their sites, and provide lead generation, or take over the customer service aspect of it….. all just to get the sale. Always over promising and under delivering….or not delivering at all. We thought that he actually knew how to do what he promised them. He assigned me to handle his web development business after awhile because he said he thought a woman with soft mannerisms and good customer service skills would be a great asset. I quickly found out that everything in the inside was a complete mess. There was no system for orders, there was no clear process to follow, there was very poor communication with the client to know what they wanted, there were customers that had ordered months and MONTHS ago that were furious and constantly messaging and emailing wanting status updates or refunds….. it was a crazy mess. Adam didn’t seem to really care, just brushed them all off or he would say “no worries it’ll be taken care of” but then it never was.
    At first I believed that it was all just because Adam was so crazy busy that he had gotten overwhelmed, and that I could swoop in and save the day and clean things up.

    For awhile things got a bit better, I and other employees actually got on the phone with clients and on skype and tried to clean up the backlog and mess, including clients that had been waiting for their sites for weeks and months. I tried to systematize the process, I found out exactly what they wanted and tried to communicate their needs to the designer adam had used for years. But were so many problems, one of which was this outsourced person was not able to deliver quality sites to clients in any way shape or form. And working with him was an exercise in ultimate frustration, the back and forth took days trying to help him understand small details and changes, not to mention attempting to get Adam to give us things that we needed like plugins and themes.

    Adam often refused to change the processes and make positive changes that would have helped things immensely, including hiring competent design staff. And it was the blind leading the blind. After awhile of me attempting to fix and make changes that Adam did not want to make, he got tired of me and took me off the project to give to someone else. Which I will be honest, was a complete relief. I was tired of making futile efforts and getting blamed for the mess that couldn’t be fixed.

    In the article, there is a portion that is about Emmet being owed 75k – that part was surprising and does make me upset if it is true because Adam told us month after month that Emmet had not paid anything at all for the work we had done for him. He told us that Emmet was going to pay a five figure amount for the work on his sites and we were supposed to get a percentage of that (it would have been quite the decent amount for me) and for months when asked he kept brushing us off telling us that he had not paid but would pay by the end of the month, and again and again and again. It appears from Shane’s post that Emmet did in fact pay and Adam was keeping that from us?? I can only assume because he wanted to keep it all for himself… why else would he lie to us about that?

    Anyway, around April things were getting worse and I was beginning to really see that everything was a mess, and some serious changes needed to be made. I had still been working 60-70 hour weeks working like crazy including nights and weekends and it was having a serious impact on my family life. I thought I was doing it for the ultimate betterment for my family, because all the promises of huge financial success were still being dangled like a carrot and I still clung to the belief that all my hard work and effort to turn adam’s businesses around and make them huge successes was on the horizon. However, I had been paying for daycare for my two youngest children (I have 4 total) in order to put in the time that Adam required and it was draining my account each month…. It cost about $7k total but there was no income to back it up, other than one payment in March of $1.5k that Adam did finally pay after promising and delaying for several weeks. This was putting huge stress on me and my family, as I had believed and relied on Adam’s promises of the amounts we would be making by that time, and they weren’t coming.

    So we discussed and agreed upon a monthly salary rather than a profit share agreement for all the work we were doing, and we agreed on terms and a date each month to be paid. I was very naïve not to get it in a written contract, it was just a verbal agreement…. At that point I still trusted him enough to keep his word. Especially after I explained my family situation clearly. After that I continued to work as hard as ever but the payment he promised never came, until I finally told him I would no longer be able to work without payment. He agreed and then promptly began his long stretch of ignoring all my messages and avoiding me entirely. I went through a cycle of grief in a way, at first disbelief that after all those months of loyalty and insanely hard work and what I thought of as friendship, that he could so easily cast me aside, then anger that I had been duped and strung along, then I felt a deep sense of loss and sadness that the hopes and dreams I had for this company I had worked so hard to build were –poof- gone, then embarrassment that I had allowed myself to be taken advantage of and was so naïve… and on and on.

    Basically I was quite devastated for awhile, as I had put 8 months of my life into this and I thought that I was sacrificing now so that my family could have a better life. He would throw out things like “This year you will be clearing $350k EASILY” and being naïve and trusting….I believed him. I thought I could turn things around, thought I could help Adam change for the better…..but it was all doomed to failure from the start. After I stopped working for him others starting coming to me and talking to me about their stories, former partners and clients and that made me feel even worse about the whole situation. I wont speak for them, it’s their choice whether they come forward or not but I can attest that there are MANY others.

    I find it interesting that Adam on the NP thread asks people to just “reach out” if they have a problem, when I and apparently many others tried to do just that….for weeks and months on end but were given the run around again and again. If people try to resolve things in private but are ignored, what other choice do they have? I figured something like this would happen eventually but didn’t realize it would be so soon.

    Now, is Adam a criminal? I don’t know about that. I don’t think so. At least he hasn’t done anything to me personally that is criminal. I have only experienced what I have written above.

    Would I ever work for him or with him again, or be a client of his? Or recommend anyone else do the same? The answer to that is a resounding NO. I hope he can learn from all this backlash, it is a harsh lesson but if he has been doing this to people for years and getting away with it, then perhaps this is the only way to make it stop and for him to change his ways. I hope everyone who is still looking for restitution can get it.

    1. This makes me sick reading this, this is 3rd world gadhafi style dictatorship at it’s worst.

      Shame on you!

      Who hands out these developer of the year awards, this whole industry is full of egotistical fat cats who stroke each other’s egos, and protect their lies.

      Cyger you should have spoken up, so others didn’t fall for such tactics. You chose to look the other way, and turned Sherpas into Sheeps.

      This industry is full of bigots!

      So all is good Frank Schilling is paid off hooray!

      The one guy who could afford to take a hit, even though nobody deserved to be taken for including him, what about fighting for the little guys who can’t fight back?

    2. @ Lanelle:

      All I can say is WOW!!!

      Seven months of 40 to 60 hours of work for $1,500.00???

      And I thought they Outlawed slavery.

      Oh, wait, slavery was outlawed.

      So, yes, I guess under that context, Adam should be considered a criminal.

  20. I don’t personally know Adam or the facts here, but just because someone doesn’t keep promises they have made doesn’t mean they have been dishonest. They might have had every intention of keeping those promises and just ran into bad luck.

    Whether or not that is the case here, I don’t like the tone of this article. It has an accusatory flavor to it, like someone trying to organize a lynch mob. Facts are alleged with no proof or even evidence offered to substantiate them (i.e. “Adam Dicker stated that some of his preexisting businesses were clearing 6-figures per month when in reality they weren’t even making 6-figures per year.)” The alleged conversation between Adam Dicker and Michael Cyger was “provided by an anonymous source” and it’s accuracy is “good enough” for you?

    Give me a break…

  21. Assuming only 10% of people that had issues with Adam come forward (fear of repercussions) and we’re already seeing hundreds of testimonials then imagine how many he really screwed over.

    I luckily never worked with Adam but I read some heartfelt stories here of some of the victims (the story from LannyB especially which can be found on namepros at https://www.namepros.com/threads/is-adam-dicker-a-criminal-you-decide.883579/page-24 ).

    One or two people are saying “Adam needs to tell his side of the story”. Seriously? At this point what can Adam possibly tell any of us that will suddenly make it ok to have screwed over hundreds of people? He even had a 5-figure debt with Frank Schilling (but decided to pay him promptly after Frank publicly outed his concern on this blog, probably because Adam knows Frank can make his life a living hell).

  22. As a newbie on his dnf college I’ve never been pushed in to buying any software or any of his services. I have received solid advice and have not given Adam Dicker a cent.

    I remember seeing his post about partnering up with him. He did make it sound really good but its still a startup..

    Here are 5 hard truths of starting at a startup.

    1. You might not get paid
    2. Startups typically fail
    3. You’re going to work really hard
    4. long hours and low pay
    5. You may have to pay for expenses

    You people may not be getting paid as soon as you’d like, but it sounds like you are still being paid.

    Adam failed to meet Emmet Stephenson demands so he lost his top two domains. So what. I fail to see this as being a scam.

  23. Some people are meant to run a business and handle all of the daily pressures and some are meant to work for others ,,this guy should hang up his entrepreneur shoes, get a simple 9-5 job,, and give his check to his wife every two weeks.

  24. I felt a little inspired by Lanny sharing her story and I’ve been personally encouraged by someone who was closely involved, so I wanted to share my experience I had working with Adam. At first I was a little hesitant to put this all out there, but now I think it’s necessary to put it out there as a warning.
    My experience was a little similar to other stories I’ve read on here. Everything I’m relaying here can be verified through email messages, skype messages, or people who were on phone calls with me when talking to Adam. I’m not making anything up, and my only reason for telling anyone this is to let everyone know that Adam is NOT who he says he is. I hope he gets his stuff together someday and becomes the guy so many people already think he is, but for now, he seems to be pathological liar with no regard for other people’s wellbeing or livelihood.
    SIDE NOTE: If I use quotes in this post, it’s because I’m ACTUALLY directly quoting Adam. I’m not making things up.
    Essentially what it comes down to is that Adam proposed that we work together on a project that I was already working on. I was doing SEO for a few dentists, and Adam said he had a background in lead generation for local businesses and he could help expand my business. It seemed like a great way to make more money, since SEO and pay-per-lead programs are separately billed services. I hadn’t done local pay-per-lead work before on my own, but Adam assured me he knew plenty. He assured me that if I found the clients, he could “make their phone ring.” In fact, here’s what I wrote down about him in my notebook from our first meeting when I knew very little about him:
    ***Adam Dicker: owns thousands of domain names – worked at GoDaddy – local lead gen expert – marketed for 3,500 businesses, including 500 dentists – can make their phone ring off the hook – as many leads as they can handle***
    I don’t know if any of that stuff he told me is true, but he definitely said it to me. I can’t think of any reason why he would say it to me unless to get me to want to work with him. I mean, for someone like me who’s just a small time marketer, why wouldn’t you work with someone with those credentials? I had just bought a house, my wife and I had our first baby on the way, and I was VERY excited that things seemed to be working out so well for me.
    Anyway, 7 months after working with Adam who promised to “make their phones ring,” he had not delivered so much as ONE lead to any of the 27 dentists I recruited for lead gen services. I spent 100% of the money I had saved up to start this business which was about $20k, all spend on salary and commission to salespeople, marketing efforts, ppc, office lease, and eventually chargeback fees while getting these dentists signed up. I couldn’t generate leads on my own at the scale necessary and with the budget I had set aside, no matter how hard I tried to set up a profitable adwords campaign using the lead pricing that Adam had instructed me to use with the dentists I had signed up. I was stuck on my own, waiting for Adam to come through on his promises. Adam assured me every couple of weeks along the way that things were “moving along” or that he’d “have it taken care of by this weekend” or that he just “needed to hear back from someone” before we could get the ball rolling. I’d have gladly jumped ship at any time if he’d given me a legitimate, honest response telling me that he wouldn’t be able to deliver what he promised. But instead, I just kept going while receiving reassurance such as these DIRECT quotes from him:
    “we’re going to make a s**t load of money”
    After asking him every couple of weeks if he was still on board, he’d say “oh yeah, definitely. Let’s get this going.”
    “we’ve got leads coming in, I just need to log in and check it this weekend.” (referring to his adwords and call tracking account)
    About 3 months in to working with him (around November 2014,) he introduced me to one of his VPs (let’s call this person Erik to avoid real names,) one of his project directors in a new company he started called WebCorp. At this point, Adam handed all communication off to Erik, so he was the one to relay to me things like “he says he’ll take care of it by Monday” or “he says he’ll take care of it when he’s back from his trip.” His VP, Erik, was simply caught in the middle, and he did a great job of working on things from his end, but Adam just never came through on anything.
    One thing as a side point: At one point along the way (around December 2014,) Adam asked me to be a project manager for him on a separate project. We were building an affiliate site together, and I was supposed to make 20% of revenue off the site. After working on if for over 40 hours, Adam scrapped the project. 20% of $0 is still $0, so I wasn’t paid for any of the work.
    By February 2015, after we’d been working together about 6 months, Adam agreed to let me set up an adwords campaign in a shared account with him, and if he could pay for the ads upfront, we could split profits 50/50. A full month later (March 2015) after he had apparently checked the campaign I had put together and said everything looked good and started running the ads, we had spent $700 and got one lead. Most of this money was spent on clicks from people WAY outside of the geographic area around the area we were targeting. He had forgotten to set the correct geographic radius like I asked him to, and I didn’t have correct Admin access to do so. At this point, Adam was apparently very disappointed with the project, and scrapped everything.
    So, at this point it had been 7 months that I’d been working with Adam. I’d been working with Erik for about 4 months, and Erik could back up my entire story from that point, as we were on calls with Adam at the same time. I was $20k in the hole on this project, my entire savings set aside for the project had been exhausted, and I had a list of 27 clients who were all angry with me because they were never going to get any leads.
    By April 2015, after paying back the deposits that I charged each dentist when they signed up, I had to start selling off my office furniture to pay my personal bills. I sold my truck to pay my mortgage that month, and I sold my desk and chairs to pay my wife’s car payment. I maxed out my credit card to help pay for groceries and diapers and baby food. I was stuck with 100% of the bill on this project spearheaded by Adam, and I was never going to get a dime out of him.
    I emailed Adam to see if there might be some other way that I could be involved in his company. I figured there was no way that he would have put me in this position on purpose, and that he would probably be able to see my side of things if I just explained it to him. After all, he’s the one who continually reassured me that things were moving along, and he never once admitted that the project had the potential to fall apart like it had.
    I figured since Adam apparently had several companies clearing over $100k per month, there must be a way that someone like me could get involved and make enough money to get by. After emailing Adam, here’s the exact email response I got from him:
    ****
    Ben,
    i do care, let’s chat about this tomorrow.
    Adam
    ****
    The next day we spoke on Skype, and Adam said he’d get me involved in his company and he’d find a way to “make [me] tons of money.” I was glad he said that, but I was still skeptical that it would ever pan out.
    Within the next 2 months (by June 2015) Adam had offered me a commission-only sales job selling bobble head dolls, and that’s it. At that point I knew that none of the salespeople working for him had been paid either, so I had no intention of getting involved in that. He did say he’d help me sell a website I own to help me raise some capital and that he’d put me in touch with his broker, but after an initial conversation, his broker fell off the face of the earth too. So, it was clear Adam wasn’t going to help, and that he likely didn’t take any personal responsibility for how things had gone. I emailed him a couple more times, but I didn’t get a response.
    Now, it’s been about 14 months since I first started working with Adam, and things are a little bit better, due in no small part to the fact that I work 60 hour weeks to try to salvage a small part of the business I once had before Adam got involved. My goals are no longer to strike it rich, but rather just to pay the bills and somehow climb out of the hole that Adam helped me dig.
    I know it’s not 100% Adam’s fault that this is how things turned out. I have to take plenty of responsibility for being so trusting of someone I didn’t know very well. I honestly don’t even know how to put a dollar amount on the damage that working with Adam has caused. If I’d continued to build my existing business on my own without involving Adam, I suspect I could have built it into something great on my own, but instead I trusted someone that didn’t have any intention of fulfilling his promises. I don’t know if he does this on purpose, or if he just doesn’t know how to tell the truth any more, but I do know though that if he truly did want to help make things right, he’d do more than send a one-sentence email to me to let me know that he cares.
    I am certain I’m far from the worst victim of Adam’s deception, but I still feel like he needs to own up to what he’s doing with his life. For the 9 months that we were in regular communication, I couldn’t believe that Adam would be leading me along with no intention of helping. I figured he’d be honest and let me know if there were a chance that he couldn’t fulfill every promise he made to me, but he was VERY clear that I had nothing to worry about.
    So, Adam Dicker, now is your chance to respond. You know I’m not lying about any of this. Plenty of people know that everything I’ve said here is the truth. You’re messing with people’s lives here, and not everyone can blow a ton of money on a failed project and still come out ok. I’m set back more than 16 months financially with this little venture, and I doubt you lost any sleep over it. If you are sincerely worried about this, then please let me know. You have my email.

    1. hi Ben,

      .. sorry mate.. I feel your pain and it was very difficult to read your comment.. and still, you were the one who put yourself in a very dangerous situation.

      I really hope that you will recover asap.

      take care,
      father of 4 daughters
      H

      p.s. is .. baldingmanblog.com yours?

  25. The road to hell is paved with good intention. Just ask Bernie Madoff.
    I challenge all domainer’s in “The Good Old Boy’s Club” that are standing up for Adam, if you really feel that strongly, then why don’t you pay these poor people back and let Adam pay you back!

  26. It just breaks my heart to read all the accounts of fraud and lies. If someone promises things like money or services in exchange for your work or money and fails to deliver on those promises that’s not overpromising and underdelivering. It is fraud and theft. Those are crimes and should be reported so that other people in the future do not have to go through all of this.

    This is directly from the FBI’s Internet Crime FAQ:

    Q: Do you have a definition of Internet crime that I can refer to?

    Internet crime is defined as any illegal activity involving one or more components of the Internet, such as websites, chat rooms, and/or email. Internet crime involves the use of the Internet to communicate false or fraudulent representations to consumers. These crimes may include, but are not limited to, advance-fee schemes, non-delivery of goods or services, computer hacking, or employment/business opportunity schemes.

    https://www.ic3.gov/faq/default.aspx

    You can file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime division here

    https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

    You don’t need a lawyer to go after cybercriminals. Let the FBI do its job.

  27. Why don’t people link to the Namepros thread and this article with keywords “Adam Dicker” that should accomplish the goal.

  28. Adam Dicker is beyond a criminal, stealing from others is criminal, this guy is an amateur version of the Wolf on Wall Street. Our entire community is always chasing after one monorail salesman after the other. Clements, Rick Latona now Adam Dicker. Worst part 2 out of 3 of these guys have won peer rated industry awards!

    You all realize he just “won” developer of the year award at The Domain Conference? Over Merlin?? A guy with a venture backed legit company!

    You bet your ass AD “reputation repair” service has been working for years filling and hiding stories about him and only now everyone can come forward and make their claims and be made whole or at least shame him into paying back a portion of whats owed.

    I even find it funny he’s posting comments asking people to come forward… how about [you] Adam Dicker go through your emails and find the people you have scammed and you certainly know who they all are and make them whole. Even the ones that have given up and might not see these threads THEN go find Rick Latona and fall into obscurity were you belong.

    1. Rick Latona often comments on Adams Facebook pictures, apples doesn’t fall far from the tree.

      On Sherpa show Mike Cyger always says Adam you build out websites blah blah, anyone can see these are just templates with fill in the blank info, he needs to remove all Dicked up materials so nobody else gets burned with such outrageous statements.

      On Adamdicker.com he had a blonde employee with some smith last name, above the picture of Yahoo’s ceo, seriously no stone left unturned here.

      The domain Elite are nothing bunch of self stroking egotistical nerds

  29. Adam Dicker is a scammer and con artist.

    We’ seen from those’ come forward that Mr. Dicker deceives the public to perpetuate his false persona and scam unsuspecting victims.

    I’ been searching for signs of other deceit to see if a pattern exists, then I discovered 3 examples of false advertising and egregiously inflating numbers to carry out his scams/deceit on newcomers/novices.

    __________

    First
    __________

    Shane Bellone stated (and expert domainers know) that DNF is dead and deserted… it has been for years.

    With that information, look at Mr. Dicker’s advertising on ConsciousMillionaire’s site on August 7, 2015:

    “Discover how to become a Successful Entrepreneur. Adam is a coach, speaker, and domain expert who owns multiple businesses including the *most popular domain forum* DNForum.com and the award winning internet marketing and web development agency, NicheWebsites.com. He has a domain portfolio of over 38,000 domain names and has sold many for 6, 7, and even 8 figures.”

    Advertising on CM: http://consciousmillionaire.com/adamdicker/

    It falsely states “most popular domain forum” but everyone knows nobody uses it. It’ common knowledge the most popular is NamePros, but a newbie would’ not know this and be deceived into thinking “one more reason Adam is credible and trustworthy.”

    __________

    Second
    __________

    Visit his forum to see the message: “DNForum is the largest domain name community on the internet and continues to grow every day.”

    The message still appears today on oct 8, 2015: https://web.archive.org/web/20150820230835/https://www.dnforum.com/

    Again with the “largest domain name community” and its not even close in any metric system. just a lie

    __________

    Third
    __________

    Mr. Dicker artificially inflated his statistics by 125,000 members to make his numbers look betterest.

    387,039 members on feb 26, 2015: https://web.archive.org/web/20150226182045/http://www.dnforum.com/
    * 3 months later *
    389,164 members on may 28, 2015: https://web.archive.org/web/20150528001452/http://www.dnforum.com/
    * 1 day later *
    514,349 members on may 29, 2015: https://web.archive.org/web/20150529175307/http://www.dnforum.com/
    * 3 months later *
    515,417 members on aug 20, 2015: https://web.archive.org/web/20150820230835/https://www.dnforum.com/

    This is not the only time either. It’ all part of the deception.

    __________

    I really desire no more newbies to be tricked by him.

  30. The Art of the Online Con
    Con artists have been around since the beginnings of civilization, but it is only recently that the virtually anonymous world of the internet has opened up vast new possibilities of separating gullible people from their money. In this article, we’ll look at what a con artist is, what kind of schemes and tricks they use, and how you can spot a con artist in action and take steps to protect yourself.

    Terms and Vocabulary

    The term “con man” and “con artist” are used so frequently that it’s often forgotten that the term “con” is actually shorthand for confidence. That’s important because every con artist succeeds by manipulating the emotions of their victims, called “marks”, in order to steal their money or other valuables.

    Therefore, every successful con first begins by gaining the trust and confidence of their mark. Online con artists use inflated web traffic statistics, a network of shell sites all controlled by the con artist that interlink to one another, and an artificially large follower/friend count on social media to make themselves look trustworthy, reliable, and successful.

    Without access to real names, photos, or other vital real-world information, it is easy for almost anyone to fabricate a larger-than-life persona that looks and feels just like all the genuine other people that we interact with in our online lives.

    The Con Artist’s Mentality

    Anyone can be tempted to pick up a dropped wallet, or take advantage of a momentary opportunity to steal or defraud another person of their money. The difference between a con artist and a momentary lapse of moral judgement is morality. The typical con artist believes that their superior intelligence and cunning makes stealing permissible, that the mark loses their money simply by dint of their stupidity, gullibility, or foolishness in trusting another human being.

    Generally speaking, con artists are classified as sociopaths: having an extremely narcissistic personality, a distinct lack of empathy, and engage in very bold or “ballsy” behavior.

    Lose a Little to Win Big

    While a few “big cons” exist, especially in Hollywood movies, the average con in the real world relies on hundreds of little tricks, each one netting a few dollars here and there. Most con artists spend their entire day trying to trick someone out of a dollar here, a dollar there, knowing that in the aggregate this is a lot of money. After all, people are far less cautious about spending $5 than they are about investing $5,000, although of course there are some con artists who swindle people for large amounts of money.

    Another common theme in many cons, including online schemes, is to pay off the angriest and most persistent victims with the money coming in from meeker victims. Cons hate to spend money, but will consider it worthwhile paying off a few complaining marks if it makes them go away, allowing the con to continue to operate. Spending some money is a small price to pay to keep the steady stream of money coming in from fresh victims.

    The Pump and Dump

    Most online cons are based on a pre-internet stock scheme called the “pump and dump”. Con artists would take advantage of confusing financial regulations in order to obfuscate the ownership of a stock. Under their own name, as well as via shell corporations or fictitious partner, cons then buy up a controlling interest in the stock.

    Cons would then convince victims to invest in the stock, and combined with the con’s own fictitious trading, the price of the stock would rise. This convinces victims to invest, thus driving the price up higher, which helps to convinceother victims that the stock is worthy of their investment. This is the “pump” part of the cycle.

    The “dump” part of the cycle comes when the con artist feels like the price can go no higher, and then quickly dumps all of his own collective shares and cashes in. The stock price quickly bottoms out and the victims are left holding worthless stock shares.

    Most online cons today are variants of the “pump and dump”, building up a digital business, perhaps even somewhat legitimately, and then convincing dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people to climb on the bandwagon with this apparently successful business. Only after the victims have invested their money, time, and effort in pumping up the con’s businesses does the con artist fold up stakes and disappear, leaving salaries, investors, and other contributors unpaid and with nothing of tangible value.

    How to Recognize a Con Artist

    If you met someone and they initially appeared to be shifty or suspicious, then they wouldn’t be a very successful con artist. A professional con man goes to great lengths to be the opposite of shifty – someone trustworthy, reliable, and in good standing in society, often with plenty of supposed awards, money, university degrees, good clothes, a nice car, and other accouterments of an honest and meritorious person. Therefore, the first rule of spotting a con artist is to NOT go by your first impression.

    Con artists, however, eventually reveal themselves to their marks when they perpetrate their fraud. This keeps con artists always on the move, whether physically relocating from city to city or rapidly changing their websites, names, and online businesses. If you suspect a person or website is part of a con, it’s a good idea to check just how long that website has existed, or how long the con artist has been the owner of the domain.

    It’s also highly unlikely that you’re the first victim (or potential victim) of a con artist, so doing an online search with the person’s name/business and the words “con”, “scam” or “trick” is a good way to discover if there are previous victims out there.

  31. And guess what other newbie con there is out there? Estibot – yes a complete con.

    And I wonder which associate of con man Dicker is the main endorser of Estibot?

    Cyger of DomainSherpa
    He knows Estibot is a newbie money pot to elude the naive.

  32. At this time I’d like to ask everyone effected by Adam to file a complaint with the BBB. It is important they investigate and also important there is a record of this to make sure in a few years he can not popup in another industry and simply do the same thing. Here is the link, please follow their directions as this will insure things are fair and recorded correctly by a third party with experience in these matters.

    https://www.bbb.org/council/consumer-education/scam-source/scam-or-complaint/

    ————————

    Here is the link to start the investigation process with the FBI – Internet Crime Complaint Center. This deals with, among other things, online fraud. Having been a victim of online fraud I can speak from experience having filed a complaint and having record of it was a important factor in my ability to seek restitution.

    http://www.ic3.gov/faq/default.aspx

    ———————————-

    In addition, here is the link to what I believe is the correct Canadian corresponding service.

    http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm

    Just because he is taking action to make people whole, does not mean his actions should not be reported. Many people do not read these blogs/forums. Think of small businesses that find him via Google and other means. They have no idea this short – make people – whole period is going on.

    Please update the posting with this information as it takes the conversation out of messageboards and into the hands of the proper authorities which is fair to all parties.

  33. Adam’s claiming it happened because they moved members from one group to another. LIE!

    I checked with a developer on xenforo.com (his forum software) and they confirmed that is a lie and that’s not how it works. Adam just keeps digging himself in a hole.

  34. It is now 10/11/15. To this moment Adam is still ignoring people he owes money too. Keeps saying “This will be handled today, tomorrow, right now. I’ll make this right.”Email me” Bullshit! He is still lying and stringing people around. There are plenty that haven’t been paid back yet. I am not a newbie in domains and I got screwed by listening to Adam’s fake sincere BS hype too. I vow not to let this go ever until I get my money back. By the way I know what part 2 is all about and I won’t be afraid to divulge it. I don’t think his family or friends will be happy to hear about it.

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  36. 🙂 of course he’s a wolf, the same as Schilling, Schwartz, Monte and many others – and these are the only types of people who impact the world..

    Personally I had had several short (100% free) skype video chats with Adam – and he has been most helpful.

    .. the man along with others helped out so, so many new domainers and now you cover him in sh*! just because he’s isn’t an angel? .. who is?

    .. as for me – I might lose respect towards M. Cyger (whom I really like too) if he turns his back on Adam.. only on times like these you will see who is your real friend. .. Michael, if you read this – think twice.. not everything is about numbers + everybody f***s up at least once or twice in his/her lifetime.

    take care,
    Helmuts

    p.s. .. + I doubt that the story is even 50% true – usually they’re not.

  37. Webpages and contents that have taken down may be available at archive .org . I found many on Oct 14, 2015. If you need it download it now. Parties may find a way to have it taken down. Hope all involved are made whole. – Ed

  38. Why someone would invest thousands of dollars to learn domaining from a single person is something i don’t understand.

    Learn from the market, the actual sales, what domains are valuable. Learn to negotiate by .. negotiating! Buy, sell, what works, what doesn’t. If you don’t make money after while, then this business is probably not for you.

    No single man or service can triple or tenfold your money in domaining.

    The only way to make good money is to follow the market! – Find out what names are liquid, what is it worth (you’ll know in a second if it’s a good buy when you’re experienced), THEN make an offer, get the sellers price and if you know you can make money on it, negotiate it further down.

    Great domains sell themselves, domaining is all about buying great domains at below market/reseller value.

    Yes, you will get some end-user sales here and there, which is awesome, but the money that adds up in the end, the money that will make up the most of your annual revenue, will be from the sales you make to other domainers.

    Oh, and you will need a whole lot of luck. Just like in every other business that involves buying and selling.

  39. ARRRGGHHH!!

    I wish i had seen this post a week or so ago..
    I foolishly paid for “diamond” membership on DNFORUMS thinking it was the bees knees, and took heart that the forum was endorsed by proxy of Domain Sherpa.
    What i found on the forum was, as has been accurately described, a baron wasteland. The exclusive sections are seriously outdated, and very deserted. The servers are slow and pages are buggy. Up until now I thought at least I’d get 5 appraisals by the man himself, as well as the half hour talk.. I’m not sure if this will happen, besides with all of his contradictions (not to mention spelling and grammar errors), I not confident at all that it worth bothering to do so. As soon as I got access to the “diamond” members area my spider senses were tingling that I’d been done. Looked over the site for 24 hours then requested a paypal refund. DNforum escalated it to a claim..Paypal were unable to do the refund despite also giving me contradictory information on how to proceed. But I digress. Smelling a rat I went to check out Nichewebsites.com…It had all but shut down with just a landing page..It has since been relaunched. I guess i was lucky in a way that I’m “only” down 399.95 USD. Months ago I approached Nichewebsites, and was very close to signing up with them.

    Oh yes, that DNF college debacle, I read through the threads and you could see the serious lack of commitment to the project by Dicker.

    I still intend to pressure PAYPAL to issuing a refund, but i think I’ll need to speak with the right person there

  40. I wondered about what had happened to Adam Dicker. I am not surprised at what I have read here about Adam Dicker.

    I to was taken in by Mr. Dicker, sold on working for him for a short time contacting people whose mug shots appeared on Google.

    I was charged with selling the people appearing on MugShots.com the opportunity of having there mug shots removed from Google.

    Very shortly into the exercise it was exceedingly apparent that Adam Dicker was conning me, so I quit doing his bidding.

    Each and every encounter with Adam Dicker concluded with disappointment.

    I first learned of Adam Dicker while watching a DomainSherpa.com episode where Adam offered his person cell phone number. I took advantage of the opportunity of calling him, but it wasn’t long, a few short weeks of being run around, that I put an end to the abuse.

    The culture of “the domain name business” is mirrored in the accounts given here about business dealings with Adam Dicker.

    Front the top to the bottom of the domain name business, from registrars to Sedo and all Aftermarket sites in between there is a palpable “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” . !

    The chickens are coming home to roost.

    This little expose about Adam Dicker is a microcosm of the entire “Domain Name Industry.”

    The first to the trough, circa 1996-1999, control the business, case closed.

    The domain business is an incestuous, insular little club owned and controlled by those that were in the right place at the right time. Having registered every one word, generic .com domain name, the first to the trough now own and control the business, lock stock and barrow.

    I have written extensively on this, time and time and time again.

    “body bag?”

    Thugs !

    The heavy hitters of the domain name business are heavy handed thugs, but the majority of you reading here already know this…

    The domain business is an ugly, ugly business, certainly not for the faint of heart.

    A “blood sport” if you will.

    Those that have gotten rich in the domain name business are just “first.” Not smarter or better, just first, but now wealthy, in a position to further monopolize the business….. ugly… smelly.

    do not fool yourself,

    Adam Dicker and his Domain Sherpa “friends” are taking names here. The smug , self congratulating , poisonous DomainSherpa interviews with the 2 and 3 and 4 member panel interviewees, the usual suspects falling all over themselves asserting their domain name expertise are part of the “culture,” the domain name culture.

    I have expressed countless times in communications with every domain name registrar, aftermarket site and countless domain brokers that something smells in this business.

    The “Wild West” culture still very much pervades in the domain name business, make no mistake.

    Fraud? Don’t make me laugh. Try to get to stick… lol

    Robert McLean

  41. Boo Hoo!
    All you pussy’s are here because you wanted EASY wealth. You deserve anything that happens to your ignorant asses. Adam is a man that brings it home boys, you are all admirers.
    I know how you lame people work.. You want o click a few buttons and make BIG CASH sitting at your home PC. Really? You are all a bunch of morons with no innovative initiative of your own. Adam deserves your money. You expect him to jack you off at night and tuck you in bed to?

  42. The domain king pins have quickly circled the wagons to snuff this little, smelly incident out. Not good for business you see.

    Pussy’s ?

    Everybody’s a tough guy behind there little screens.

    Marc who ?

  43. Shane you are a son bitch mother of a fucker your full of shit

    Trying to be the big man in domaining your nothing at all small time cheap ass ho

    Go on a diet fuck face

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  45. I will add my name to the list of people Adam Dicker took money from for services he failed to deliver. My husband and I have tried for many months now to get Adam and nichwebsites.com to deliver what we paid him several thousand to provide. We get promises with delays, but nothing comes of it. His outsourced web developer from Pakistan even contacted me asking me to pay him to develop the websites I had already paid Adam to develop.
    The outsourcer stated that Adam had not paid him in over 3 months.
    It seems the list of people Adam Dicker has cheated is never ending.

  46. All:

    All I can say is that at the end of the day, I was a big listener to domain sherpa and actually posted so much the Michael sent me a coupon for a coffee club subscription for a few months.

    I turned it down as I believe a lot of his guests just say things to say things.

    Michael had one guest who claimed to put together drop-shipping sites together for people to and that they could make a lot money.

    A few Sherpa Listeners actually gave this guest thousands of dollars and they lost it all on some site that one could get on fiverr for $10.(That interview is gone.)

    The irony is that Adam talked about that interview on one of his blogs, but I guess ended up doing the same thing.

    I still watch domain sherpa because it is good entertainment, but that’s it.

    I do not believe what most of his guests have to say or even what most of the Sherpas (Except maybe for Shane and Amar) make any where close to what they claim to make.

    At the end of the day, what you need to know about the domain industry (or any other industry for that fact) is that you must know what you are doing, work hard and stay persistent.

    What gets me is that all these so called guru’s, experts, or what ever you want to call them, claim that they are millionaires, or making at least a half a million a year, or even six figures AND are willing to teach you everything for a few hundred or thousand dollars(???)

    Really???

    I’m going to invite the people to take my golden goose away.

    Nope.

    The truth is:

    You Are THEIR GOLDEN GOOSE

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