I can’t get Amazon to serve the ad again, but when I was looking at Harry Markopolous’ book “No One Would Listen” I shit you not the site delivered an ad for a Certified Entrepreneur program, “in as little as 2 weeks!”
The first Google search result is for “The Guanzi Institute.” Below, I’ve copied the meat of the “About the Institute” page for your reading (dis)pleasure:
Guanzi Institute for Management and Entrepreneurial Studies provides e-Learning, workshops and seminar services in business, entrepreneurship and management. Through Guanzi Press, they provide opportunities for experts in all fields to become published authors and develop e-Learning programs
The book of Guanzi is a compilation of Chinese economic and political philosophic materials named after 7th century BC philosopher Guan Zhong, who was Prime Minister to Duke Huan of Qi 齊. The actual authors of the Guanzi are unknown, perhaps because it is a compilation of the vast knowledge accumulated through the years by some of the wisest Chinese philosophers and scholars. However, it is widely believed that Guan Zhong originated many of the core concepts of the philosophy before it was passed along and improved during the following ages.
It gets better (worse):
Thinking about going back to school for an MBA? Save yourself from taking the GMAT, $100K and 2 years of your life. Earn a certificate in Entrepreneurship and gain all of the knowledge you need in just two weeks!
That’s right, why spend tens (hundreds) of thousands on an MBA when for the low, low price of $495 you can become a “CERTIFIED ENTREPRENEUR?!”
Clearly, the two are equivalent, no?
Frankly, while I’m inclined to practice my usual vigilance in calling this scam out for what it is, part of me sees it differently, like this sheista is doing God’s work, that is, separating fools from their money. Seriously, as far as I can tell, all $495 gets you is a 250-ish page ebook that contains the same albeit far less reputable version of the same stuff you can get in any run-of-the-mill Entrepreneurship/Business Plan book at Borders or Amazon for $20 or $30.