How We Grade

Evaluating Complaints and Controversies At ScamGrader, our mission is to provide accurate and fair assessments of companies to help consumers make informed decisions. We employ a rigorous grading methodology to achieve this goal. When assigning grades, we analyze several key factors related to a company’s reputation, practices, transparency, and customer experiences.

We Review Online Complaints and Controversies

The first component we examine is online complaints and controversy surrounding a business. We search for legal issues, lawsuits, investigations, or other actions taken against a company. While legal cases don’t inherently make a business a scam, they can reveal concerning practices that impact grades. We also research complaints submitted to organizations like the Better Business Bureau. Frequent or unresolved grievances suggest issues in satisfying customers.

We Look At Transparency of Company Operations

Next, we evaluate the transparency of a company’s operations. Can customers easily find information about leadership, location, and policies? Opaque business practices merit caution and lower grades. Clear communication and accountability earn higher marks. Relatedly, we assess how responsive organizations are to direct inquiries. This demonstrates their commitment to customer service.

We Look At Customer and Employee Satisfaction Rates

A company’s satisfaction rates also factor into grades, when possible. For multi-level marketing firms especially, we try to gauge both customer satisfaction and representative earnings. Low achievement for most participants implies exaggerated claims by the company itself. However, satisfied customers and successful sellers reflect favorably in grades.

We Evaluate Products and Policies

For e-commerce brands, we examine product quality, shipping times, and return policies. Excellent merchandise, fast fulfillment, and easy refunds are positives. Cheap products, lengthy delays, and restrictive return rules warrant poorer grades. We also consider direct customer reviews on platforms like Trustpilot. Numerous negative experiences drag down scores.

We Also Aim To Separate Shortcomings and Scams

In our analysis, we distinguish between genuine customer service shortcomings and outright fraudulent schemes. An occasional late shipment or billing error doesn’t equate to a scam. However, deliberately misleading buyers or reps would necessitate a failing grade. We aim to differentiate good faith mistakes from intentional deception.

What Our Grades Mean

A Grade: This business has an exceptional reputation based on extensive data showing ethical practices, transparency, customer satisfaction, and lack of scam reports. You can feel confident doing business with them.

B Grade: This business has a good reputation indicated by predominantly positive information across scam report sources. There are minimal concerns that would question their trustworthiness.

C Grade: This business has mixed feedback in scam report sources, including some concerning complaints and reviews. Proceed with caution and carefully research before engaging.

D Grade: This business has numerous questionable scam reports that raise red flags about unethical practices. Most evidence points to a high scam risk that makes them hard to recommend.

F Grade: This business is a confirmed scam according to our methodology, with overwhelming negative evidence and scam reports. Consumers should avoid doing business with them at all costs.

No methodology is perfect, but by combining online research, industry knowledge, and investigative skills, ScamGrader produces fair and well-substantiated grades. We recognize that experiences vary, so we strive to assess companies from multiple angles. Our criteria focus on the most relevant data points to cut through claims and provide the clarity consumers deserve before investing their hopes and hard-earned money into a business or program. With transparent grades backed by careful analysis, ScamGrader aims to promote trustworthy companies and protect individuals from predatory scams.