Tai Lopez Scam? (Fact-Checking 29 Tai Lopez Claims)
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Tai Lopez Scam? (Fact-Checking 29 Tai Lopez Claims)

Every three minutes someone in the world
googles “Tai Lopez scam.” But is Tai Lopez a scammer? Is he trustworthy? To find out
we fact-checked a whole bunch of Tai Lopez claims and wrote a big mad article
with all the juicy details. This video is the highlight reel.
What is Tai Lopez’s net worth? Tai’s actual net worth is not public knowledge
so the best we can do is speculate. Here’s what Tai himself has to say:
“Someone says I only make three to five million dollars a year. Is that true?
People are always trying to figure out how much money. You can multiply that by a
big number. Three to five million would be bad for me. In fact, if I make three
million in a month I might have a heart attack.” If Tai is to be believed
there, he’s earning something like five million dollars per month or sixty
million per year. Which means his net worth is likely far greater than the
twenty million dollar estimates we’ve seen elsewhere.
How does Tai Lopez make money online? Mainly through selling online courses.
He also co-owns a book shipping and e-learning company called Mentorbox, he
has an e-commerce store selling sleep glasses, he has sponsors on his podcast,
and he probably earns quite a bit through affiliate marketing as well. We
wrote a whole article digging deeper into this; the link is in the description.
Does Tai Lopez actually own all those fancy cars? He may own a few but he
definitely leases some of them. “What’s LSE?” “Oh, uh… lease that means lease.”
Does Tai Lopez actually own that fancy house? Nope. “This is a house that I do
through my business. It’s not a rental, it’s a lease.” Tai
clearly seems to live in that house full time though, and realtor.com estimates
that the property costs six thousand five hundred and eighty eight dollars per month to leas,e whereas Zillow puts the price closer to eighty thousand dollars per
month. Does Tai really keep stacks of cash lying around his house? Well, not really.
At least not according to Neil Patel: “I was at his house and we were shooting a
video, and there was all this cash on a table and it was fake cash, and he even tells people like, ‘Yeah it’s fake cash. I don’t want real cash because then
someone’s gonna rob me.'” How did Tai Lopes get rich? Tai was broke on his
mother’s couch at age 22 back in 1998. “I remember I had like 47 dollars in my bank
account.” 10 years later in 2008 he appeared on the TV show The Millionaire
Matchmaker as a millionaire. “It’s like they wanna marry each other.” So in only
10 years Tai went from broke to Beverly Hills. How did that happen? Most likely he first began building significant wealth via a
wealth management company he co-founded in 2003. “We managed 100 million dollars
for 6,000 clients in 50 states.” Has Tai Lopez helped other people get rich?
Yeah, it seems so. We checked out all these so-called successful students
featured in one of Tai’s videos and they all seemed to be legit and doing pretty
well for themselves. But if it’s true that 200,000 people have taken Tai’s 67
Steps program, it’s not surprising to see a few dozen or even a few hundred
success stories. The real question is, were those students destined to succeed
anyway, without Tai’s help? Let us know what you think in the comments.
“Can Tai Lopez help you get rich? Maybe. But as Tai notes in a disclaimer at the
bottom of each email to his mailing list, “Tai is a professional internet marketer.
His success and the income possibilities mentioned by his students are not
typical and are not a guarantee you will make money. You could make more, less, or none at all.” The average American is two hundred and
twenty-five thousand, two hundred and thirty eight dollars in debt. This claim appears
on a sales page for Tai’s 67 Steps program. The number seems unlikely and
we’ve been unable to find a source for the data. NerdWallet publishes a debt
study every year and the highest number they reported for the average debt of an
American household (that is, not an individual) has been about 137
thousand dollars. “But they don’t understand that GDP has gone up every single year for the
last hundred years.” Once again, Tai doesn’t mention where
he’s getting this information from, and it seems he’s been misinformed because
according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GDP in the United
States has seen strange ups and downs since 1929.
For example, both nominal and real GDP decreased from 2008 to 2009. Is here in
my garage one of the most-watched video campaigns in history? In an article on
vice.com Tai said of his famous “Here In My Garage” video: “it’s
almost the most-watched video campaign in history.” Well, not quite.
According to AdWeek, Tai’s video didn’t even crack the top ten most watched video
campaigns in 2015, racking up less views than ads for the likes of Budweiser, Durex, and Clash of Clans. Was Tai Lopez voted the number one social-media influencer by Entrepreneur Magazine? It says so right there on his
about page, and yes there is indeed an article on entrepreneur.com
which lists Tai as the number one social media strategist to watch in 2017.
Note however that the article was written by a content partner called The
Oracles, and it says right at the top that opinions expressed by
Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In other words, this is sponsored
content. It was not written by Entrepreneur Magazine, meaning they did
not vote Tai Lopez the number one anything. Meanwhile, The Oracles just so
happens to be a networking group for six and seven-figure entrepreneurs. They help
their members increase their online visibility and elevate their
credibility. And look who’s a member. Does Tai Lopez run the largest book
club in the world? Tai said this in an April 2017 tweet but
were not sure what he’s basing that claim on. within his 67 Steps program he
has also said, “Me and Oprah have the biggest
clubs in the world. That’s not because I want to brag.” Oprah’s Book Club is surely
more famous, and if you count goodreads.com as a book club, like The
Economist once did, then it’s hard to top their 80 million members. The best we can
say for Tai is that his company Mentorbox might be the largest paid book club
in the world, though it’s unclear how many members they have. Or, if you want to consider Tai’s book of the day email list a book club, that apparently has 2.5
million subscribers. So yeah, quite big, but Tai uses that list to promote his
own products and services far more than sharing book recommendations. Do
celebrities like and respect Tai Lopez? Apparently so. We’ve seen him hobnobbing with the likes of Mark Cuban, Rihanna,
Gary Vaynerchuk, Tommy Hilfiger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Will Smith, to name
just a few. Is Tai Lopez a scam? Well that very much depends how you define the
word “scam.” But to find out for sure if Tai Lopez is a scammer or not, we went and
purchased two of his premium courses, we went through all the materials, and
concluded that neither can be considered a scam because a) the content is
delivered as promised, and b) we were able to get a refund of one purchase upon
request. That said, Tai’s courses certainly have their shortcomings, and he
undoubtedly employs some very questionable marketing tactics. We can’t
go so far as to call him a scammer, but we’ve learned to be wary of taking him
at his word. But wait, didn’t Tai Lopez run a bunch of scammy dating websites?
Actually yeah, he did. Best we can determine, Tai first started earning
significant sums of money online running a fleet of dating websites that were
especially active from 2010 to 2015. All are now defunct, but we were able to link
several to Tai, and you can still find scores of complaints about these
websites online. They apparently used fake matches to prompt people to sign up
for premium accounts. So yeah, it seems clear that Tai’s dating
websites scammed a lot of people. They had all been shut down by 2016 though,
and as far as we can tell, Tai’s businesses since then have been much
better behaved. Does Tai Lopez add people to his email list without permission?
Someone on Reddit claim so but we tested it ourselves and couldn’t replicate the
issue. However, we did verify a different instance of Tai adding people to his
email list without permission. Link in the description for more info. Does Tai Lopez give refunds? “There’s never been a time somebody’s wanted a refund
that they haven’t gotten their money.” Well that’s not quite true because there
are many reports online of Tai’s customers having difficulty getting a
refund, and our experience requesting a refund for the 67 Steps wasn’t exactly a
walk in the park either. We did eventually get it, but the process was by
no means straightforward. “Tai never discounts his programs.” So it says in one
of the automated emails you receive after signing up to Tai’s mailing list.
However, in our deep analysis of Tai’s email marketing we found 53 links to
sales pages in the first 19 emails, and every single one of those sales pages
offered discount pricing. Is Tai Lopez selling a get-rich-quick scheme? Not
according to the man himself: “And I don’t teach get-rich-quick. I
specifically say on average a millionaire takes 12 to 20 years, but you
can probably cut the learning curve if you go directly to the source and follow
somebody.” Did Tai Lopez steal Jack Canfield’s material? Vice.com suggests that he did. Quote: “Many point to Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles, a 2006
book with its own 67 steps, which they claim Lopez straight up stole and
repackaged.” We went through both the 67 Steps and The Success Principles and
detailed our findings in this article. And the short answer is no, Tai Lopez did
not rip off Jack Canfield. Are Tai’s courses any good? We brought and reviewed two of them: The 67 Steps and Social Media Marketing
Agency. The 67 Steps is a decent course packed with insights from some of the
world’s greatest minds, but we can’t see how it offers much beyond what’s already
freely available on Tai’s podcast and YouTube channel, so you probably
shouldn’t buy it. The SMMA course on the other hand is worth checking out. We’ve
yet to come across another course that offers such comprehensive training from
so many experts at such a low price, provided you buy it on sale (and it’s
always on sale). Did Tai Lopez live with the Amish for two and a half years? “I
spent two and a half years with the Amish, no electricity.” In step 41 of the 67
Steps, Tai goes into some detail about his time with the Amish, revealing that he
lived with a carpenter named Sam Chupp and family near a town called Wytheville
in Virginia. We confirmed via a website called Amish 365 that there is indeed an
Amish carpenter named Sam Chupp living near Wytheville in Virginia.
Unfortunately our several emails to Mr. Chupp have gone unanswered.
So Sam, if you’re watching this, please let us know in the comments whether or
not Tai did live with you once upon a time. Is
Tai Lopez an attractive male? According to an old profile from the now-defunct
modelpromoter.com he is. But we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Is Tai Lopez an author? Tai does indeed have a couple of books listed on Amazon,
both published in 2012, but they don’t seem to have done very well.
One short review of Tai’s first book contains the words “con man,” “devil,” and
“brutal.” So there’s that. Did Tai Lopez work in a leper colony in India? Tai makes this
extraordinary claim within his 67 steps program. “I went to India, worked in a
leper colony, traveled around some of the poorest places in India.” We were
unable to verify this but we did find an interesting take on it at BroBible.com: “Embedded with the Amish, living in a leper colony, dropping out of college as
an entrepreneur, financial planning. Tai is like Mother Teresa,
Mark Zuckerberg and Lloyd Blankfein wrapped into one holy capitalistic
super human!” Does Tai Lopez actually read a book a day? “I read a book a day.” The
answer is no. Tai doesn’t read a book a day, he
skims a book a day. In this video, which was removed from Tai’s official channel,
he details his process for quickly skimming through a book. “So the first
pass took you maybe two minutes, the second pass five or ten minutes. Read
the 10 minute version of it then put it on a stack, and if you ever have some
time leisurely where you got an extra hour or two, come back to the book.” Is Tai Lopez in Mensa? Tai mentions on his about page that he’s a member of Mensa and
he used to have Mensa member in his Twitter bio. We emailed AmericanMensa.org to ask if Tai is indeed a member. They replied back that indeed he is, and also
noted that we were not the first to check on him. So is Tai Lopez a
scammer? Having investigated all the aforementioned claims and watched more
Tai Lopez video than is probably healthy, we have to say no, Tai Lopez is not a
scammer. But you definitely should not believe
everything the man says. Too often we’ve found him making claims that were either
unsubstantiated, or flat-out wrong. At the same time, there is genuine value to be
gained from much of what he shares and teaches, so long as you keep in mind what
we like to call, The Real Law Of 33%, which states: “For every 30 minutes you
listen to Tai Lopez talk, you will receive only 10 minutes of value.” In other words,
approximately 33% of what Tai has to say is incredibly useful, insightful and
perhaps even life-changing. And the rest is either pointless rambling, Tai
reminding you how successful he is, or claims that can’t be taken at face value.
“I read a book a day.” “GDP has gone up every single year for the last hundred
years.” “Me and Oprah have the biggest book clubs in the world.” If you’d like to dig
more into our extensive research on Tai Lopez check out the links in the
description. Give this video a like if it helped you gain some “knowledge.” And lastly, hit that subscribe button if you want to see more from eBiz Facts.

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100 thoughts on “Tai Lopez Scam? (Fact-Checking 29 Tai Lopez Claims)

  1. Tai lopez changed my life, you obviously have to apply the knowledge you learn. Not everyone is a hustler.

  2. He has a way with psychology, guys. He's a magician who occasionally shows you the tricks. Keep your distance but pay attention to him.

  3. All these assholes are scammers. The only thing you can learn from them is how to be as charismatic as is needed in order to keep people watching. Clickbait.

  4. Thanks for doing your homework and concluding that he is not a scam. He is not perfect like all of us but in a general sense the guy is awesome

  5. The only ones that took serious action will understand. All you lazy people don't deserve to call him a scam. He changed so many peoples lives and he is making the world a better place.

  6. Tai is a con man. The con is he says he will help you get rich if you buy what he sells. At the end of the day only YOU can help yourself get rich.

  7. As always big money guys are not to be idolized… They simply guve your the tools and advice after that its up to you

  8. Tai robs desperate folks, drops names, and says – I, Me, My every few seconds. Money is his god, the devil bought his soul.

  9. Someone in the comments has mentioned Sam Ovens…

    If anyone has anything to contribute ir mention regarding him, please reply to this comment.

    As for me:
    I don’t think Sam ovens is a “scammer”..

    I just find it hard to understand his business model of consulting and providing advice to people of different fields without actually having succeeded in such fields..

    This is (from what I understand), the business model he promotes and teaches to students to adopt themselves.

  10. I’m surprised nothing was said of his being a financial advisor.

    From what I have heard, (almost completely from tai himself)
    is that he was an investment banker first.
    That is where he learned his financial knowledge and tactics..
    And why and how he leases property and automobiles..

  11. Fake it till you make it, smart guy. Your review of him is pretty fair and neutral. Tai Lopez is "The Most Interesting Man in the World", not Jonathan Goldsmith of Dos Equis beer.

  12. You got it all wrong while stating about the law of 33%!,you should see that again, I have done smma and 67steps, those are life changing, you were yourself sounding confused and you yourself proved he ain't a scammer, pity you lol!

  13. We have seen big time pretenders a livers many times over and then on day they get exposed an the cry oh am sorry I lied

    You Don't have Any Real Content in This Video. I'm Not saying Tai Lopez is Real or Fake but This Video Doesn't Disprove Anything of Significance!

  15. Tai teaches you how to make money by taking yours. He is pretty open with this concept. He sold life insurance which explains a lot. For some reason he doesn’t like to mention that…hmmm

  16. I could make more than Tai. I just don't have the heart to scam people who are full of despair. MOST SCAMMERS prey on the vulnerable like those looking for hope whether it be televangelists, youtubers, the poor.Tai simply preys on desperate people looking for a get rich quick opportunity that doesn't exists. Most people are fascinated by shiny things and it doesn't work.

  17. "there is indeed an Amish carpenter Sam Chopp. Unfortunately, our several emails to mr. Chopp have gone unanswered."
    Well, no s**t, he is an Amish, there is no electricity.

  18. Yeah as for his programs, that 67 steps is a glorified podcast..but that SMMA is a good program with lots of valuable lessons in it…only thing is, its kind of unorganized..i definitely think you can make lots of money if you use the info in the program..but most dont

  19. Misdirection.
    Makes you think he owns things, actually is renting or leasing.
    Makes you think he has stacks of cash to throw around in his videos, is actually fake cash
    Makes you think he's rich because of his various business, actually gets rich from selling courses online.

    During the gold rush, people went broke searching for gold. THE ONES WHO SOLD THE TOOLS NEEDED WERE THE ONES WHO GOT RICH… Think about that. Re-read it over and over again until it makes sense.

    Selling courses to desperate people online IS the business model that makes these people rich.

    Yes, he is a scammer. He profits from the insecurities and desires of others by selling them the hope that they will one day be wealthier. Call it what you want. The dude is NOT legitimate.

  20. All celebrities wanting a plug will "like" him for a few seconds. Also my definition of a scam is literally Tai Lopez and his regular internet business model. But for the record I do think it is a good model and works well for dickheads who are not good at business or making real money. Just trick people way more lame and stupid than yourself. He reminds me of one of those animals who sneaks in and fucks the weaker more stupid females when the smart, strong males are out hunting and defending their real assets.

  21. Hahahhahaha…. scammer
    i have a similay Youtube Channel if anybody is interested. I encourage all of you to come check it out all feed back is welcome. if you enjoy my content don't hesitate to subscribe ang comment so that i can welcome you to the family

  22. Hmm. Questionable business practices, not really forthcoming about his actual wealth, talks a lot, usually in front of a camera. He reminds me of someone…just not sure who…hmmm.

  23. My life has been alot better since I unsubscribed to his channel. The man is clearly very clever and does have some valuable content… But his show boat bullshit lifestyle grates at you on a subconscious level if not a very conscious one. I used to tolerate him for the value he sometimes provides. But there are plenty of other amazingly valuable content producers on YouTube who wont grate on you anywhere near as much. Does good content need to be accompanied by fast cars and very shallow looking women? That's subjective I guess. I say not.

  24. His sales team are sneaky because

    I tried to get a refund and the guy denied my refund because I missed the 30 day period, when that was a lie. He thought I’d accept the rejection of what he said cause he said it with so much confidence and authority but when I counted the days with him he eventually allowed the refund. That whole thing was unethical

  25. He prays on gullible idiots that fall for the get rich quick stuff. The only one making money is Tai Lopez. Then he falls back on the well you just didn't work hard enough or you didn't buy my most expensive mentoring package.

  26. Man il vouch for Tai Lopez ey, hes definitely NOT a scammer. I think so, as one of the courses i took of his was one of the most informative things ive done in a long time. But you only get out what you put in and its not easy. I dont know if Tai owns all these crazy cars and houses but he looks like hes doing ok and hes a smart bloke. Haters gonna hate. Such is life. I think what Tai is selling is Great. The courses are very informative. But again you only get what you put in in terms of effort. Wordup @Tailopez

  27. If you wanna be rich the first step is to save your money, and not spend it on a "get rich" gurus products and services.

  28. You have to be kidding. You call a guy who lies for 66% of the time not a scammer? Someone who is not a scammer never lies. If someone lies one time then how can you trust any part of what they say because you will never know which part of what they say to trust. Not every single one of us is going to go through this process of doing a deep dive on whether what someone says is true or not. So since you have proven that many of the things he talks about are gigantic stretches of the truth he is a worthless piece of s***. Thank you for the review but not for your cowardly opinion.

  29. Before you jump to any decisions i hope you read this! Tai Lopez is really a scam artist and i tell you why. DON'T DO WHAT I DID!! I was very happy and excited to buy his cash flow system and really, those 1000$ i paid where pretty much for me. I was told that if you don t make at least 2500$ in 60 days you get a refund. Well of course that s a lie because he doesn t tell you the whole conditions. His entire campaign is built on lies and manipulation, knowing that people don t read all the terms and agreements. I know i made a huge mystake by not reading all the terms but i really believed what did guy said. Well at least if i prevent other people to not fall for his lies i would be happy cause i don t think i ll get a refund!

  30. What is his business experience other than scam dating sites ? What expertises does he have to offer his knowledge to people? Gullible people are ultra optimistic, that's why they get scammed. Ask all the uncomfortable questions first then decide on the offer.

  31. For every 2 hours you hear Tai Lopez talk, you get 2 minutes of value. Believe me, I watched like 20 hours of his content. I will never get this time back.

  32. What I love about this is "Does Tai Lopez give refunds?" .. And then it says "Apparently not as there are hundreds of complaints…." Like if you go to ripoffreport dot com you will see hundreds of complaints for every single company on the planet.

    Probably these people lapsed on the 30 days 60 days etc. And here's a fact for you. If the merchant offers a refund and it's listed on their page, and they don't honor that, you can do a chargeback where is that the bank or CC company will try to contact the merchant first, and if that doesn't work, they will actually reverse the charge. Beyond this, VISA and Mastercard have a mandatory 60 day refund period. I don't know if it's still the same but you can actually demand a refund anytime within 60 days. Of course most people don't know this, but this is why most affiliate marketing software like DAP will actually wait 60 days by default before paying out affiliates, so that the author of whatever product isn't paying out to affiliates on products or services that get refunded within 60 days due to this rule.

    Also certain things like live events and maybe some other things maybe don't have refunds, but the video doesn't go into why that thing that Tai tweeted that said "No refunds." was that way or even what it was, it wasn't even on screen for an entire second.

    Tai is one of the most authentic coaches I have seen and I have seen a LOT. I have been in the Pickup Artist Industry at the very top of it from 2010 onward to like 2017. I have also seen a lot of money making gurus. The large plague I experienced with the PUA industry and the self-help money making coaching industry is that people take a few bootcamps on either business or getting women, and then they start teaching and running their own coaching business not having neither the skill nor the success to really get girls or make money.

    I know there was this one person who was already teaching people when said person was living in a trailer and could barely make ends meet. Of course the person eventually got better, bought a house.. Then there's someone else who was a business coach who was so pushy because it was obvious they were desperate for business. And about 90% of the pickup / dating coaches in the PUS community have almost no ability to get women in a holistic fashion and all the pictures they post with women are pictures with girls they've met and never spent any time with, but they have mastered the art of "picture game" which is taking photos with hot girls at clubs, many of whom are drunk, so of course it looks good. But to the discerning eye you can tell that there's nothing going on and no interest from the girl to the guy. And then the few people that do have regular success, have to drop their standards in order to keep up a quantity of women, instead of quality. Some others use employees of their business to pretend they are their girlfriends, often to the unknowingness of the women.

    Tai Lopez is someone who apparently spent a lot of time making his own money and actually walking the walk before he started teaching others, which is extremely rare. The disclaimer of typical results is just a legal CYA mechanism to defend against lazy people that dont want to put in the work and then want to sue Tai because they are delusional that they should gain mass success by doing nothing. or having a horrible mindset, blaming others– in this case they are blaming Tai! lol.

    And I'm not in love with the man. I have known about him for years but just bought a couple of his products. His business partner Alex Mehr is the founder of Zoosk, you know that dating app on Facebook? He just sold it for $300 million. These are real people. Tai has sat down with Ben Shapiro , Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others. He is not one of the fakers.

  33. Reality most of these guys are just selling snake oil. I grew up with parents who were involved in MLM and it was nothing more then building a pyrimid to peddle more snake oil that promises to make one man rich and to cure the cancer of another. Always beware the man selling a dream because at the end of the day you will learn you were the end costumer and you'll have heaps of inventory no one wants.

    In the end they don't care that you really want to be rich, they don't want to share the secrets of there success just because they are that nice. They don't care about you. They are just trying to close the deal. To get you in that pyramid getting you to buy there inventory of stuff no one wants.

  34. I don’t get why some people confuse reading with skimming. I mean reading is totally different from skimming a book. Not judging which one is more effective though.

  35. I think he needed a job so he picked a profession and for that profession he does his best to market himself and his buisness. There's several things I don't like about him but aside from opinions I do see that he just does his best to do his job. I think what makes people call him a scam for is that he definitely is good at hyping up his product and then most likely the material probably isn't as hype-feeling so whatever motivation build up just went away so people feel fooled when in reality they fell for a sales pitch. He is good at that. His job is to sell and not so much caring about the results of his students at all unless it's a success story that can help – that's right, his sales. It's a bit like a car salesman. If he did care about students he'd be a life coach but no he's just a salesman.

  36. If your net worth is npt "public knowledge", his income is not $60,000,000 per year! What a shitty analysis. At that point, it becomes public knowledge. Forbes would have published it! So, Tai clearly is just an affiliate marketing scum earning off of poor suckers dreaming of being rich.

  37. All i can say is…he is the most irritating candy ass I have ever came across…what he does is none of my business…BUT GO AWAY SHITHEAD…!

  38. great video! i woudl say he is a scammer based on his dating site but that doesn't mean all his ventures are scams, my opinion on Tai is to much to say on a comment, he is using very common marketing formulas to build his brand, i have seen other Tai lopezes through the years the difference now is social media and he has taken full advantage of it.

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