I think we can pretty much assume that everything is a scam. All advertisements are scams. Anything that tries to get you to think, or do, or believe something is an attempt to get you to benefit the one who proposes it; therefore, a scam. Let me give you a simple example.
I’m a blogger. However, I’m not trying to earn a living doing it. I just have to express myself. If I don’t, it will cause me extreme frustration, perhaps mental damage. So, I blog. There are a number of associated tools that are set up when you blog. One is the keeping of statistics. You subscribe to this service. It provides an amount of storage space for a fee. Eventually, you run out of space and they would like you to buy more.
I just reached that point. Now, during the time I’ve been blogging, I haven’t had many readers. I do advise readers of my emails about my blog in a signature line. But my goal is not to build up my readership. If that happens, it’s great. But I’m just into self-expression. As I’ve neared to end of the statistics space that I bought, suddenly the statistics show that I’m getting Many more readers. And, none of these readers are repeat readers. Hmmm?
I wonder. Could it be that the statistical service that I’m subscribed to would try to encourage me to buy more space because of this sudden uptick in readership? Might be. Also, could it be that there is some additional service I might buy that would encourage these first (and only once) readers to be encouraged to come back? Might be. A scam? Maybe.
I think I’ll just continue my current scamming (sorry, “blogging”) with no additional purchasing.