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Why are local radio stations advertising for a get-rich-quick scam? 
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | 11:56 am [hagerstown]
Steve
There are these radio commercials that local station WARK plays incessantly for a program run by a guy named Ty Coughlin, who introduces himself as “the beach bum from Hawaii who made a pile’a cash off the internet.” The ads are obnoxiously phony, with Coughlin affecting a casual, off-the-cuff tone of voice and pretending that the prerecorded commercial, which is repeated ad nauseum throughout the day, is a charmingly awkward live spot. For the first few weeks I heard it, I focused mostly on what an irritating airhead Ty Coughlin is. Then, the other day they started airing a new ad from Coughlin, and it occurred to me . . . this is a get-rich-quick scheme he’s pitching, right? It must be a total scam. Why is WARK facilitating him?
 
Of course, Coughlin’s Reverse Funnel System is a scam. And, judging from a few things I’ve read about it online, it’s not even a particularly well built scam. The system is designed to sell people memberships in a travel club, but fails to teach its students how to market the product. This website (which is skeptical of Coughlin’s system, then pitches its own version at the bottom) estimates that Coughlin’s system is missing out on 300,000,000 search engine hits per month merely by not using the right keywords.
 
I mean, come on. If you’re going to rip people off, at least do it efficiently.
 
The reason WARK and other radio stations all over the country are running Ty Coughlin’s ads is because he’s paying them for the service, but it still bothers me. It’s not just a standard ad — there’s a drop-in where WARK announcer Matthew Steel (I bet that’s his real name) gives the address for a website designed to funnel customers to Coughlin from Maryland. That’s not just running a paid advertisement — that’s complicity in fraud.
 
I sent a message to WARK’s owner, Nassau Broadcasting, but I doubt anything will come of it. I’m stuck with Ty Coughlin’s annoying phony pitch on my radio, it seems. I can always entertain myself wondering how such an obvious con artist managed to make himself a fortune and inspire Mark Paul Gosselaar’s look for the new Steven Bochco series, Raising the Bar. That’s impressive.
Comments 
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 | 04:46 am (UTC) - Wageslaves Die Poor
Anonymous
Keep telling yourself it's a scam while you huddle around a trash can for warmth outside of the local internet cafe. Only real winners feverishly despise all that create and deserve a better life than their own misery...
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 | 12:13 pm (UTC) - Re: Wageslaves Die Poor
I admire people who invent or innovate or just plain work their asses off and manage to get ahead and make something of themselves.

Coughlin isn't creating anything. He's found a profitable (and possibly illegal) racket and he's wringing every last cent out of it while he's able. Some of the people he's convinced to invest in his system have come out ahead, but most have lost their considerable initial investment. He's bilking people out of tens of thousands of dollars apiece. Is that what you're defending?
Thursday, September 25th, 2008 | 09:23 pm (UTC) - Ty Coughlin
Anonymous
Even more annoying is the fact that Coughlin does all the voices in his commercials. In the second commercial he asks the producer in his own voice "I'm ready, just tell me when we're live". And then answers himself in a poorly disguised voice as the producer "We're live right now.".

Now he's got a new commercial where he disguises his voice as an actual user of his system. But it's still him doing the voice work! His voice sounds like it has been modified electronically but you can still tell that it's him! I feel bad for the people that he is bilking out of money, most of them are probably borrowing the money to send to him. Just because it's legal and these misguided people are sending money willingly doesn't make it right.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 | 01:52 am (UTC) - Re: Ty Coughlin
Anonymous
Hey "Anonymous" above: Wanna join my Quixtar downline? C'mon dude, you love this MLM stuff, right?
Thursday, December 4th, 2008 | 03:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Ty Coughlin
Anonymous
From "Anonymous" above: MLM should be outlawed. It is certainly immoral. What you mean is Amway. They just changed the name to Quixtar because people slam the door as soon as you say Amway. Why don't you try some more legitimate ways to make a living? Used car sales would be a huge step up from MLM.
Friday, October 10th, 2008 | 02:54 am (UTC) - Douchebags!
Anonymous
Coughlin looks like such a douchebag sitting in his lounge chair.

I haerd that annoying radio spot, about how his first group of students has made $10M, and now he's ready for another group of "students". You mean SUCKERS, don't you? Idiots who will make YOU rich...
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | 01:37 am (UTC) - Re: Douchebags!
Anonymous
I joined the Reverse Funnel and now I'm making at least $5k per day! I don't have to do anything! I just sit back on my lounge chair with a drink and my computer does all the work! It's awesome! Thanks, Ty!
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | 01:58 am (UTC) - Re: Douchebags!
Anonymous
Like dewwwd, get me in there too, man! I mean we can all makes lots of money for nothing while sitting around smokin a bud doin nothing, its righteous, dewwwd!
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 | 08:09 am (UTC) - GREAT idea!
Anonymous
hey, why don't you sell Amway products using Ty's Reverse Funnel System? WHAT a GREAT Idea!!!
I just made somebody a millionaire!!!
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