Fuel Online CEO Scott Levy recently went private on Twitter after articles were published alleging his involvement with various scams online.
Levy received thousands of retweets after offering $100 Amazon gift cards that he promised to give to ten people in need on Twitter. Levy was using the hashtag “#TwitterPhilanthropy.” Twitter Philanthrophy has been going viral among people looking to help impoverished Americans, especially veterans. After two days, and after receiving over two thousand retweets, Levy added a requirement that his tweet reach 2,500 retweets, or he wouldn’t give away the $100 gift cards.
After an article on that scam was published, Levy was caught in a scheme where he used the names of celebrities for retweets in another charity scam. Levy also asked the social media manager of the President of the United States for a retweet – and reportedly threatened him if he did not comply.
Fuel Online also was exposed in an article on fake Yelp reviews. A five star rating from “Bugle Food Prep and Delivery” was given on Yelp to Fuel Online. However, Bugle Food Prep and Delivery was not found anywhere on Google besides in reference to the Yelp review of Fuel Online.
This was reported as strange because Fuel Online is an SEO marketing company that purports to do exactly that – help businesses make a greater online impact.
Levy was additionally called the Jay Shetty of SEO marketing after it was discovered he was stealing quotes from famous people like George Bernard Shaw and posting them as his own.
Another recent article even analyzed the psychology of scammers using Levy as an example.
After all of these stories were published, it has been revealed that Levy went private on Twitter – perhaps because of the backlash of these scams being exposed.