Update 16:30 BST: We were able to get in touch with the channel owner, who denies that this is a pyramid scheme. We've updated the report to include their statement.
Family Guy Funny Moments - we've all seen that title before. No matter what side of YouTube you're on, you've had one of these numerous compilations thrown your way, whether you like it or not. However, it turns out that these channels have a stranger side, with one seeming to run a whole pyramid scheme, promising investors returns of up to $10,000 a month.
For an initial sign-on price of $47 (allegedly a discount on the original $147), people are told they will be taught how to make thousands with "zero work". The course promises you'd only ever have to put in 20 minutes of work a day, with your own team doing all the heavy lifting for you. However, it's all pretty vague in the details.
This discovery was shared by Twitter user @plankwav. It reveals that the YouTube channel "Family Guy Wild" is sharing their video-making lessons in the comment section of their Family Guy Funny Moments videos.
True enough, you can still find the link on the YouTube channel. Interestingly, it seems that there's no way to find the page through Google, so it's possibly only being advertised on this page. This makes it incredibly hard to figure out who the hell actually owns it, as the page itself contains no identifying information.
What it does feature, however, is a bunch of wild claims about making thousands of dollars a month.
"You have the opportunity to duplicate the ENTIRE system I built by studying a $47 course called YouTube Shorts Mastery", reads the mysterious website. "Our course reveals a repeatable, systematic, simple approach to build a profitable shorts channel.. with just 20 minutes PER day.. SERIOUSLY!"
To find out more about what is actually going on here, we popped them an email about the whole thing. They got back to us with the following statement:
"Online courses are a very popular way to learn new things online. I personally make $10-15,000 on YouTube every month. So I was simply selling my information on how others could do it too. $47 is a one time fee. I’m discontinuing the course because it was so negatively received. My intentions were to just help people create another source of income."
According to a graphic on the site, the course will help you pick a theme for your channel, choose times to upload, and even hire a team that will do all the actual work for you. After this, they state you'll do 20 minutes of work per day. It's not clear how $47 funds all of this. And while there are testimonials, they're all anonymous, so there's no way to fact-check these claims at all.
You can't get very far on the website without putting in some payment information. And as curious as I am, it's not enough to convince me to fork over my debit card information. Searching the phrasing used on the website just gives us a bunch of other self-declared YouTube algorithm experts flogging their own classes, so the Family Guy crew are hardly alone in this field.