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The entire time that I dealt with Shayan, I kept getting the ‘gut feelings’ that I shouldn’t trust or believe him. And he really laid it on thick when he talked about all the India-Millionaires he knew and promised he would introduce me to his ‘mentor’ who was a millionaire or some long story he kept trying to sell me for some reason.
In either case, Mr. Italia signs up for a package where he PAYS NOTHING until he is Page 1 in Google for his website and 1st keyword. People love this offer as most are just looking to find a reliable SEO company that actually does what they promise. So he signs up for our $495 a month package. We rank him Page 1 in Google for over 20+ terms (4,000+ searches a month just for Biryani in Mumbai). When the time comes for him to give us his payment information for it’s first charge, he replies back that Page 1 of Google isn’t what he paid for…. I’m sorry, but isn’t that what the contract stated???
YES IT IS… you signed up for SEO and Page 1 Rankings in Google!
He goes through a bag of statements, like: I paid for traffic and organic searches. So we go into his Google Analytics and find that 33% of all website visitors are coming from a Google search (not paid, not bots, not Bing, Yahoo or anything else) BUT GOOGLE. And the statistics even showed them clicking on him from the FIRST PAGE!!! Yeah, that lie didn’t last more than 10 minutes. So he moves onto the next tactic and blames it on the fact, that he doesn’t know how to read the numbers and see how many people are from Google (WTF?!?!). I got on TeamViewer and even showed him first hand where the stats were, so he would be able to verify himself the statistics I talked about. Shayan goes on further, that his sales numbers haven’t increased at all.
So we look at his sales for his site. Month 0 – $1,883. Month 1 – $2,280. Month 2 – $2,812. Month 3 – $3,019. We stopped his service at Month 4 due to non-payment, but with the way we build Google rankings, he’ll be profiting off our work for the next 6-12 months now for FREE!
Anyways, after we shoot down every excuse he has in the book. And boy did Shayan bring a GIGANTIC BOOK of EXCUSES. I finally ask him, will you pay the money that you ALREADY OWE at least? He says, money is nothing to me. If you need the first of the three $495 payments owed (I said, yes we need it now), then I can get some funds together (which means he’s broke) and pay you guys. Shayan Italia starts on what was LITERALLY a FULL 25 minute rant on how you can ask anyone in India and any of his ‘investors’ if he has paid every bill ever. And then, another 5 minutes on how he would never lie about these stories of him being a man of his word and paying people he owes. I don’t think I personally got more than a 1-2 sentences in the entire time. I was basically getting yelled at for accomplishing my mission and asking him to pay us what he owed. He kept assuring me that he would pay it, all the while, never giving me the payment he kept telling me he was about to pay. This eventually devolves into me at the 25-30 minute mark politely asking, “So can you pay us for the first month you owe?” in which….
He then proceeds to tell us flat out, well you cannot sue me for the money. You are in the USA and I’m in India. In which he proceeds to (I cannot make this up) tell us a story about how some guy who robbed a firm of $7.7M in funding was held hostage and the Indian government and courts didn’t see anything wrong with that. So he’s literally saying, the Indian government doesn’t care that we scam people outside our country or even in it.
After hearing that, I don’t think you need to be a rocket scientist to know what was going to happen next. He was going to walk away and never pay us a dime of what was owed (we invested over $1,200 OF OUR OWN MONEY into his SEO and website without receiving a dime).
After a long winded back-and-forth of emails, Skype calls and messages, to finally getting Indian lawyers involved and finding out the hard truth… he was right about not being able to sue him, I’ve decided to call it quits. But upon discovering this site, I decided to take my wasted efforts and let others know about this kid, Shayan Italia and to not trust him.
I mean, there’s a whole list of things, that as I dug deeper into this guy, I found out was not true.
Most Used Shayan Italia Lies
- He is a millionare
- He knows other millionaires and billionaires in India and will introduce you to them once you prove yourself worthy
- His ‘mentor’ is a billionaire
- He has ‘investors’ and ‘angel investors’ (but cannot pay a $495 invoice)
- He’s donated or raised any money for Cancer & MS Research (although it makes Shayan sound philanthropic, doesn’t it?)
- His ‘music career’ was started by another person he scammed (that story is in the site somewhere)
- His Wikipedia page was created and edited by SEO firms like us, and is made to seem more realistic. Everything in there is a lie that we spun to make Shayan appear prominent and ‘well-to-do’. We created dozens of accounts with unique IPs and used just 6 articles (that only mentioned his CD release) to spin an entire Wikipedia page for him. If you read it, it’s the exact same lies he tells everyone above. See how this works now?