We’ve recently been made aware that a series of websites using Judge.me’s branding
have appeared online.
These sites display the Judge.me name and logo, and invite visitors to sign up for a Judge.me account ‘Quick and Easy’.
Once users join the fake company and become an ‘agent’, they’re asked to deposit money which they will supposedly get back with a commission once a given set of individual items have been bought by the fake Judge.me and given positive ratings, in a process known as ‘boosting’.
The scammers go as far as faking entire Whatsapp groups to socially engineer the victim into maximizing their deposits.
But once the value of the investment rises high enough, the individual doesn’t get
their money back.
How the scam works
The scammers contact the victim via Telegram and WhatsApp and ask them to work for ‘Judge.me’ on a freelance basis as an ‘agent’. Here they saw other "agents" post "proof" of huge payouts, to influence the victim to keep scaling up their deposits into the scam.
The scammers, who describe themselves as ‘coaches’ or ‘trainers’, direct the victim to a fake site using Judge.me’s branding to persuade them that their operation is legitimate.
The scammers then ask the victim to deposit money to be used by the fake
Judge.me to purchase and generate positive ratings for a ‘set’ of products online
They tell the victim that this money will be returned to them via a cryptocurrency
wallet with a percentage commission once all the products in a ‘set’ are completed.
The scammers begin by asking for a modest investment and return the deposited funds with a commission, as promised, once a set is completed.
Once the value of the investment rises to a certain level, a higher commission is
promised, but the sets become increasingly expensive to complete.
Once the victim cannot afford to complete a set, they lose all their money.
These scammers will often impersonate our CEO, Peter-Jan Celis, and sign fake
contracts under his name. Individuals have also tried to impersonate our staff.
If you doubt the identity of the person you’re speaking to, please contact [email protected] and we will be happy to provide you with the right information.
The fake sites
Among the URLs that have appeared so far are:
judge-pro.com (taken down)
judge-agency.com (taken down)
We take the integrity of our platform and our brand very seriously, and we’re working
hard to get this last and any other sites that appear taken down as quickly as possible.
We’re also supporting the police in finding those responsible before they take advantage of more people.
In the meantime, if you come across a Judge.me site that looks suspicious, contact
your local police branch and get in touch with us at [email protected].