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93 Responses to Scam Alerts

  1. Alex says:

    Hi Kyle,

    Will you be doing a review of Internet Lifestyle Network (ILN) created by Mark Hoverson and Vincent Ortega Jr? After 3 months on this program I cancelled. It is loaded with the usual overpriced crazy up-sales after the first payment. The initial Apprentice Level costs $37/month and the initial core of promoting ILN is all about “spamming” your links on your facebook wall, FB groups and facebook messaging. Along with emailing your contacts with their pre-written emails. For the facebook messaging they do sugar coat this with “introducing yourself” to strangers on facebook and building a relationship first and understanding network marketing. However, it is still spamming and I was not comfortable with this along with other unethical practices on facebook. Also not happy promoting when there is a load of up-sales and I didn’t think the training is worth the money.

    People whom believe in ILN feel that the training is priceless and wonderful value for the price but I say its due to their lack of knowledge and awareness. I signed up to both the Apprentice Level ($37/Month) and the Professional Level($95/Month) and I didn’t feel it was worth the money and just a waste of time with no real substance. You have to pay for $37 and $95 together per month for both levels. Then there is the more advanced levels (‘training’) above this for a one off price of $995 and higher. There was a 7 day free trail when signing up to the apprentice level but this trail promotion is now longer available.

    A lot of people I got to know on facebook with ILN experienced facebook ‘jail’ where they had some of their privileges suspended for a period of time. Due to the insane way of promoting ILN using their facebook strategies.

    The other section of the training for the initial Apprentice level is the “Viral 5 Formula” where this can be used for your own business they say and not just promoting ILN. This involves in part of setting up your blog which has two templates – one is the ILN blog for promoting and the other is a blank template. Both are customizable but I don’t recall any training on building content, finding your niche, traffic – apart from facebook mentioned above which by the way you can learn and do for free and FB graph search is no secret. In the professional there is the paid facebook traffic that they teach however.

    ILN is advertized where they guarantee you $100 if you don’t make any money in the first 30 days. However, this is very difficult to fulfill if you look at the terms and conditions. Also the ‘make $20 in your first 24 hours’ is unlikely unless you happen to have a friend also interested whom has the same interests as you.

    There are other reasons why I left…

    1. Vimeo shut their video account down so we were not able to view the training videos for a few days until they moved everything to another platform.

    2. Vincent lost his Youtube account and YT said his account has repeatedly violated their terms and conditions. So Vincent encouraging members of ILN to have a campaign of emailing YT to get his account reinstated with arguing of why it is important for the internet community to have ILN etc. Vincent’s account was reinstated I believe but a lot of the videos I think were missing. I’ll confess I was one of the sheeple sending out my emails. Of course now I know better.

    3. InfusionSoft shut their affiliate account down, believed to be the reasons of ILN being a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. Although Vincent said this was the results of ‘haters’ warning InfusionSoft that it was a ‘pyramid scheme’ – but this does not make sense as I am sure InfusionSoft would have investigated and not just made a decision based on ‘haters’ emails being sent to them. So for about a week people were not able to earn as their affiliate links were broken until they configured new links. Another email campaign – encouraging members to send emails to InfusionSoft to try to get the affiliate accounts opened up – unlike Youtube this failed. I didn’t send any email this time. What a shambles!

    4. All the hype and the over hyped sales video pages.

    Interesting, when I cancelled my membership they offered a special promotion of giving you access to the Apprenticeship level free for 30 days and at the end you can keep your membership and billing would start again. You had to reply to this email promotion, quoting the reference number in the first 24 hours of receiving it, which I did. At the time of writing (about a week now) they have still failed to honor that promotion. But it is probably a positive sign that I made the right decision of leaving ILN. Also considering support sucks it is no surprise.

    It is recommended by support to cancel in the reverse order that you signed up as the system gets confused so after cancelling you can still be billed!

    Sorry to go on for a bit but in a nut-shell there is no real product – you are – promoting ILN. And like Empower Network (I was with EN at the basic level for a short time) it is a classic scam and pyramid like system.

    I am with Wealthy Affiliate and very grateful to get real education. I was with WA before I investigated ILN but ended going on a diversion trip and ended up back where I started! Now I appreciate the value of Wealthy Affiliate and the training. Time for me to get focused.

    It was my first time with an MLM lets just say it is going to be my last. I am glad I had the experience with ILN however and at least I was not ripped off with 1000s like other people have with these MLM pyramid scheme systems.

    Thanks,
    Alex.

    • Kyle says:

      Wow, very thorough information you have provided here Alex and I am sorry to hear you have been taken by ILN. I know you are not alone and I have actually had a few other requests to do a review of ILN. It is not different than any of the other low grade get rich quick schemes that are out there and it is no wonder that Vimeo, Youtube, Infusionsoft along with a few others have shut them down. Perhaps next is the FTC, who knows.

      I will by all means let you know when I have my review of the scam taking place over at the Internet Lifestyle Network, I hate to see this sort of stuff going on.

  2. sharon says:

    Kyle We need a review on BIGIDEAMASTERMIND.com,which is founded by vick striezheus.I am former member of BIM but I did not earn a single penny.BIM was built to promote Empowernetwork products.do review and rescue thousands of innocent people out there on the internet.

    • Kyle says:

      I have had a lot of negative feedback about this program and it is well known about Vick’s criminal and fraudulent track record. Too many people have come to me and stated that they have been scammed within this program and I will definitely get a review up when I get a chance.

  3. Michelle Kitchener says:

    Okay Everyone I love love love Wealthy Affiliate!

    But before I reached there I was taken in by a huge scam called Miley’s Money Method. I can hardly find anything negative or truthful reviews online about them online. The buttons on their website all lead to other ads promoting offers. For example the link that says “webinar sign-up” actually leads you to an video advertising pure leverage.

    The worst part is they say that you should follow their three steps or else they can’t guarantee your success but when you click on Step 1 – your directed to Pure Leverage, Step 2 – directs you to Easy 10 Machine Machines ad and Step 3 leads you to training that is already on the site. NOTHING is as presented on this site! It is all one big hoax created to make money for the owners by promoting their affiliate offers.

    • Kyle says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience about Miley’s Money Method Michelle, I will be sure to investigate this product and provide an upcoming review relating to it.

      I am so glad you are enjoying yourself at Wealthy Affiliate and look forward to helping you build your business. See you inside!

  4. Danno says:

    Hey Kyle, Considering a traditional MLM. I like what i
    see in Sozo global the coffeeberry company.How do you make these work online if like most network marketers you have burned out your family and friends in the past?Until you have become a confident networker I think you need a real system…. I like what Robert Blackman stands for, he does not sugar coat things. I am going to have to look into this… And order a bag or two of the coffee.

    What do you think.

    Danno

    • Kyle says:

      That is the problem with “network” marketing. It should be called in many cases, shameless marketing and so many people end up losing their friends and families respect by treating them like their next potential downline. If you truly want to create a real business, joining the next “amazing” networking marketing company selling special coffeeberries (no idea what that is), consider creating a REAL, TANGIBLE business online.

      I can help you out with that and you can get started for free (and you will have your very own niche website up in the first 4 lessons). There is a right way to create a business online and a way that requires you to burn your wick at both ends…I hope you choose the right way.

  5. Marco Gonzalez says:

    Hello everyone, to find out how and to what extend the SFM leaders have misled and lied to a Member.

    During my initial investigation into SFM I watched a video by Stuart Ross that promised that if at the end of 12 months a person was not making $1000 per month, he would refund the person’s investment. I saw this video and a high-ranking Gold coach has told me he too has seen the video. All the people at the top, Jay Stuart, Mark etc. are not admitting knowledge of this video and today I received an email from Martyn Hickey stating there would be no refund. And of course like most people do they blamed me and my efforts on my results. Even though my Gold coach has attested that I have done everything asked of me.

    My name is Marco Gonzalez and I have decided to give you access to emails that have gone from me to all the so-called leaders of SFM over the past few months and have for the most part been ignored. Today I finally did get a response from Martyn, which has confirmed in my opinion that I have been lied to and wasted a lot of money on SFM. I encourage you all the request these emails from me and form your own opinion as to whether or not you are with a reputable organisation.
    Long story short I joined SFM in June 2013 as a black member and paid the $20,000 for positioning with a strict understanding that I did not have the time to do blogs or websites or videos etc. I made it clear to Mark Hayes that I only wanted to generate leads via solo ads for SFM to convert. He said this would be fine.
    To date I have not made a cent from SFM but spent thousands.

    I would like to share all the emails with you in the hope that you unlike me will not be burnt. I am sure SFM will cut me off soon to silence me. Connect with me and I will forward you the emails.

    • Kyle says:

      Thanks Marco, I will investigate this scheme when I get a chance. Sorry to hear you have been ripped off, this is one of the many programs out there that are a total scam (it sounds).

  6. Marty says:

    5 Minute Mogul
    $97/mo founding member – industrialist.
    No Product.

    Its been in ‘beta’ for over to two years and they’re still selling founding memberships that give you nothing in return for your membership dues, in and of themselves.

    You still have to buy the lead capture/email marketing system and traffic packages to push people to your sales/opt-in page.

    I will be asking for a refund tomorrow and if they refuse, well, I already filed a dispute for a charge-back but they said to give the seller an opportunity to process the refund up front first. So if they refuse, I will be following through on that.

    Furthermore, I will be filing a complaint with the FTC, as they tout several things in their sales pitches that are misleading and probably illegal.

    1. Guaranteed Income
    2. No prospecting required (supposedly) if you’re a paid member.
    3. Vaporware – the industrialist level is still empty, nothing there.

    I did get in contact with their customer support to see where things stand and in a nutshell, they seem to be dead in the water and sinking fast even though they continue to bring in new members, given all the rosy pictures that they paint.

    In closing I think its also important to point out that most if not all the members who post positive testimonials with it either had an existing email list in which to promote the program to or spent a good chunk of change in getting traffic to their opt-in page.

    I suppose I could do the same thing but there’s just one problem, I have a good reputation on the internet and I’d like to keep it that way.

  7. Barb says:

    Do you know anything about Mobile Money Code and its founder Greg Anderson? Is it legit?

    Thanks

  8. Lucy Webb says:

    SWAMEMBERS.com IS A SCAM!!! (A Success With Anthony Product). I paid $67 and got NOTHING of what was advertised. SUCCESS WITH ANTHONY DID NOT TEACH ME OR SHOW ME WHAT WAS ADVERTISED “GETTING PAID TO ADVERTISE FOR OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” THAT IS WHAT I EXPECTED TO BE TAUGHT OR SHOWN BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I GOT FROM THEIR ADVERTISEMENT AND I WAS NOT TAUGHT THAT!!! SWA’s advertisement did not state “this is a 60 day training program that covers the major facets of affiliate marketing and how to use them to gain an edge in any market.” Nor did SWA’s state “sign up and join an online community of people that have all gotten their start in Affiliate marketing through Anthony and spend their free time helping each other out with what has worked for them and what has not”. These two responses were sent to me in an email “AFTER” I purchased SWA. Had it stated these things BEFORE I purchased SWA, I WOULD NEVER HAVE PURCHASED “SUCCESS WITH ANTHONY” BECAUSE THIS IS NOT SOMETHING I WOULD HAVE WANTED TO DO!

    I feel like I wasted my $67 and I WANT A REFUND!!!!! So far Success with Anthony has not given me a refund. I purchased SWA on 3/27/14. Today is 4/12/14 and so far no refund or reply as to whether or not I will be getting a refund.

    Lucy Webb

    • Kyle says:

      Hi Lucy,

      I am very sorry that you have been “taken” by Anthony Morrison. You are not the first nor will you be the last. He has a long track record of unethical practices online and I woudl suggest that you contact your credit card if you feel you are deserving of a refund.

      I would also be more than happy to help you get things turned around if you ever need help getting a business started online. Head over here if you want to learn the process and get personal access and support from me. :)

  9. Ashleigh says:

    Hey Kyle,

    I came to WA after researching the legitimacy of EN. That got me thinking, a few months back I almost signed up for Pure Leverage. Have you heard of them? My gut says Joel Therion and crew are just peddling another version of EN. I’d love to know your thoughts.

  10. Helen says:

    Hey Kyle,
    Ever think about doing a review on BBB (Better Business Bureau)? Until you enlightened me about them, I had no idea what they truly were like. I bet a lot of people think they are legit. I have actually seen members of WA create websites with the BBB logo on their website indicating they were rated A+.

    • Kyle says:

      I actually have done one.

      Is BBB Scamming Legitimate Companies Out of Money?

      They are a total scam and this is common knowledge if you do a bit of research on the Internet. It is unfortunate that people actually still trust BBB ratings. If they only knew what I have outlined within my recent “rant” on what is really going on behind the scenes, they definitely would think different before they go to bbb.org to do research. Ratings are bought and those that don’t PAY, don’t get to respond.

  11. J.P. says:

    Hey Kyle, can you make a fair and comprehensive review of George Brown and his Google Sniper toolkit? Thanx

    • Kyle says:

      Yes, I will definitely get to this when I get a chance. I know many folks that have had an unfavourable experience with this product.

  12. Stephen J Parkin says:

    Thanks for this service Kyle. I was wondering if you had any experience of D C Fawcett and his programs? Who Like Money is one. As far as I can see it is a stream of constant up-sells and has no real content at all. They offer things for free, but non of them ever appear. After some light research he appears to be connected with the Morrissons – enough said?

    • Kyle says:

      I recommend that you avoid these products Stephen. I have yet to hear anything good about these products from anyone that has been in touch with me.

  13. Oliver says:

    Hy kyle, I am really interested in getting in to online marketing, as i was searching stuff to promote clikbank seems to be the biggest platform you can choose from. But Lots of products in their market place seems doggy. What would be your wiev about that?

    • Kyle says:

      Clickbank is not the biggest platform and like you said, there are many dodgy products within their network. I wouldn’t worry so much about the network or affiliate program you are involved with, rather doing what is right for your audience. What products/services will benefit people within your niche. Some may be from Clickbank, some may be from cj.com, some may be from one of the many wonderful “independent” affiliate programs out there.

  14. Cheryl says:

    Purchased success with Anthony 2.0 and there were so many upsells that weren’t mentioned that I couldn’t afford it. Oh, and those “free” websites, they only cost $298.00. Trying to get a refund from them is impossible, they won’t even respond to my emails.
    The unfortunate thing is that I just can’t afford to through away money living pay check to paycheck.
    A lesson learned.
    Truly a scam! Stay away!

    • Kyle says:

      Worst case scenario, contact your credit card company Cheryl. You are not alone, just about everyone that has contacted me about any product related to either of the Morrison brothers has been appalled as to their treatment and were left feeling “ripped off”.

      You may also receive a phone call from their mentoring team trying to suck more money out of you through a high ticket coaching package. Avoid this as well!

      I would be more than happy to get you moving in the right direction within the online world, if you want to work with me you can get rolling for free within Wealthy Affiliate (I am co-founder). Check it out here.

      • ozhan hare says:

        Hi Kyle ,

        I am new in IM and just searching at the moment. How do you rate clikbank?

        • Kyle says:

          Clickbank definitely has some good products within it and some bad products. You should do your due diligence when looking to promote products within your niche but this will come after you have your website in place. Cart before the horse.

          And definitely stay clear of ANY make money product on Clickbank. A very high percentage of these are scams!

  15. Adal says:

    WAH University (Work At Home) totally a Scam..

    They need $98 for sign up..Only and Need more for when you signed up for VPI…Just show you how to run as a ClickBank affiliate!

    No Personal Training at all!

  16. Sandra says:

    Hello,

    What’a new about Flexkom?

    Have you analyzed it yet?

  17. Karen Martin says:

    I paid my 37.00 to Coffee Shop Millionaires, to only find out more money was being requested. I informed Anthony, I could not afford the money being requested in order to boost a person own sells. The company called immediately to inform me I did not have to pay the 297.00 right now, that is for advance individuals whom have move to the next level. The company did not want to refund my 37.00. I was informed by the company to wait for another email, in which I received and to follow the
    directions to see the next video, only the video never showed. I contacted Coffee Shop Millionaires, but never received any response. I would like my refund.

    • Kyle says:

      I have no association with Coffee Shop Millionaires, you will have to contact their support to request your refund. I recommend if they don’t get back to you there, that you contact your credit card company and they should be able to help you out. You are not the first person to complain about the unethical practices going over at Coffee Shop Millionaire Karen, I hope you do get your issues sorted out!

  18. Joshua says:

    I personally think the biggest scam of the year is bigideamastermind (which I’ve bet you have heard off.). I want to keep this as short as possible as there’s simply to much to tell. I have been a member since the beginning and was drawn into the scam back in November 2012. From the very beginning there has been nothing but false promises and a hole heap of manipulation to go with it. I’ll leave it at that because there’s simply to much to expose, email me for the full story.

    • Kyle says:

      You are not alone. Many people have reported Big Idea Mastermind here and have also pointed out that the owner of the program is a convicted criminal. I have done a review of Empower Network here if you want to check it out Joshua.

  19. Mahendra Kumar says:

    Hi, I received a tweet a week ago with a link to yournetpay.com stating some simple sharing of an affiliate link to earn $10 per click. I think its a scam site. All they want is traffic and some fake product promotion. Kindly let the others also know about this fake site and avoid wasting their time and peace.

  20. MM says:

    The biggest scam ever is Wellness International Network in Dallas.
    The top in the USA en the Netherlands are earning the money because there’s nothing left for the rest of the distributors!! It’s unbelieveble that this company still exists!! Every 2 or 3 years they have a couple of 100 new victums. They steel your money and you can go home.

    • Kyle says:

      Thanks for reporting Wellness International Network. I will definitely investigate. You are actually the 2nd person now that has reported this program so it is worth some further investigation.

  21. Fran says:

    Hi there, I found this page some days ago and in the “presentation” video It can be seen literally errors in the graphics bars regarding the amounts of money and how big should these bars be depending the quantity of money.

    website: Passive Profit Pitch

    Please review this scam for everyone Kyle. Thanks.

  22. Meggy says:

    He’s at it again! You can’t keep a good scam down these days…with a different website and blurb, Mr Anthony Morrison is on a really cool video telling everyone how rich he is and in 5 minutes how rich you can start becoming too. It just dropped into my email box without invitation. Check it out can you Kyle? And warn people! The new product is called Traffic With Anthony and it is bound to be another scam!

    • Kyle says:

      My motto is that once a scammer, always a scammer. There is no changing this guy and every program that he launches is going to implement the same ruthless marketing tactics. Thanks for warning folks about this Meggy and I will update my review to offer information about the Traffic With Anthony program.

  23. Tihomir Plemić says:

    Success with Anthony (SWA) is the worst program that I have seen. Besides videos are intermittent, and support e-mails listed in the sales video, no one responds. There is an e-mail address to receive a response, but you can reach it by accident.
    As for the refund on the basis of guarantees do not be sure that your money will be refunded.
    SWA team will do everything to make your money not returned.
    The same is true for fast traffic formula by Adrian Morrisson.

  24. Atlas says:

    I think USANA is also a MLM scheme that has not been busted yet.

  25. Monique says:

    How I came to WA ? I was searching informations on Empower Network . Since long time I wanted to know more about internet. I saw an article speaking of EN then I red all.
    It is like this I entered in WA. Then I saw it was exactly was I searching since long time . In one week only i did like in more than years . And I am not in EN I am happy for that ! That is to show the importance of publicity and good information and the rest marching with …

  26. gordon says:

    kelly felix is now offering personal mentorship. He had someone call me after I expressed interest. I do not know the guy but I am afraid of being scamed again. anybody ever been mentored and have it work?

    • Kyle says:

      Save your money Gordon! Never fall for these mentoring scams. They are always high ticket and they are there to do one thing. Make guys like Kelly Felix money. If you want a real education online and want to get real mentoring (ant a a fraction of the price), I suggest you check out Wealthy Affiliate which I am involved with and I will be able to offer you personal help within. It is 100% free to get rolling (no catches) and I can assure you that the free aspect of our membership is better than ANYTHING that you will purchase online.

  27. Ras M says:

    Can wealthy affiliate help grow my 5limx business . I was going to join EN that is a waste !

    • Kyle says:

      Absolutely, Wealthy Affiliate teaches Internet business regardless of the niche that you are within (whether this be your 5limx or otherwise).

  28. james bieberle says:

    paid the 37.00 dollars to Coffee Shop Millionaire by credit card. took money out of country and gave me nothing in return.

  29. David Roan says:

    Hey,
    ever heard about Teampany? http://www.teampany.com

    They are recruiting in several countries but I have no idea what they actually do, it appears they have no clients… What do you think of this “teampany”?

    thanks in advance,
    David

    • Kyle says:

      Appears to be another one of the “network marketing” opportunities that seem to pop up almost every day. Like almost all of these companies, it is going to require you to sell overpriced products and recruit people in your “downline” to do the same. If you want to create a real business online, I suggest you check out Wealthy Affiliate David (via my review page). You can get rolling for no cost and you are not tied to promoting any specific product, rather, you can do what you enjoy.

  30. elaine martilan says:

    Kyle,some days ago,someone told me about how i can build my business on a telecom company by name The World Global Mobile Network. The company’s website is http://www.worldgmn.com and i wish you do a review on it for me. Is it another scam/ponzi? because i know for sure that it is referral/sponsership oriented else the person wouldn’t have told me about
    elaine
    I appreciate your effort to help the newsters online!!

    • Kyle says:

      I will do a review on this product when I get a chance. In the meantime if you are looking for a legitimate opportunity online (a scam free one), check out my top ranked products on my website.

      Let me know if you have any further questions.

  31. paul eller says:

    I been scamed by Anthony Morrison too.
    How do we get his address so we can file a complaint with the attorney general?

    • Kyle says:

      Paul, you would likely have to look this up online if it is available. You are not the first person and won’t be the last to stop by with your scam story. Which product was it that you were taken for by Anthony Morrison?

  32. Steve Foley says:

    Hi Kyle, When I first started researching making money online, I started getting emails from people with links to websites citing very convincing promises. They would have videos with a guy driving a super nice car or swimming in the pool on his private island. They would always promise thousands of dollars a day with nothing more than a few clicks with their “secret system” that they were only giving away out of the goodness of their hearts. Mobile Money Code was one. Another was Cash Machines. I know these guys were linked with Empower Network. I can’t stop the phone from ringing 7 to 8 times a day from odd US numbers since I stupidly signed up for the membership page of one of them. Can you tell me what you know about them and what to avoid in the future?

    • Kyle says:

      Anything with a fancy car, a sob story video, or that people are promoting ruthlessly without willing to help you out before you pay anything ALL scream scam to me. If you want a proper education and want to become part of a supportive community of entrepreneurs, then I do suggest you check out Wealthy Affiliate. I know you will absolutely love it there. I will be able to help you out and get your rolling in the right direction online Steve.

  33. Ed Cronin says:

    Kyle I just got this in my email With no way to response back, the roll2success website is just hello dolly with nothing on it but in the email they look to be spamming EN. I am going to check to see if they put an virus on my PC–The email has bounced back as well. Not sure of their motive. May make a post at WA to warn others about it.
    Thanks
    croninweb

    • Kyle says:

      Thanks for reporting Ed. I will have a look into this, but there are many people complaining about not only email spam being sent to them from Empower Network, but also phone calls soliciting them. My word of recommendation, DO NOT give your name, email or phone number out to anyone that is associated with EN. If you do you are going to get some ruthless sales pitches and promotions.

  34. Rachaeil says:

    Don’t lose your time on the site Squidoo, they are a complete SCAM and not pay. After you’ve made maybe 7,8,9 excellent articles on the site squidoo..after some months that you worked in th squidoo site they will block your articles, so you will not receive money.

    • Kyle says:

      I am hearing this more and more these days from folks that have been long time Squidoo members. Perhaps it is time to do a review on Squidoo to bring all of their issues to the surface and to start a discussion on what is taking place. People are getting cut off and losing their content and full time revenues (without warning) which I do not think is right.

  35. Stewart says:

    Hi, I’d like to make a report:
    (1) Product name: FlexKom
    (2) Price you paid for the product: friend paid £1400 for a “franchise”
    (3) Why it was a scam:
    - Indicators of fraud / Ponzi scheme:
    - increasing “phased” costs of purchasing a franchise, 1st free, then £700, then £1400, then £2600
    - it’s in a pyramid structure
    - it claims accreditation in 2013 from EBCON (European Consumer Advisory Ltd.) but this Swiss organisation was actually dissolved in 2009. Compare these certificates: http://www.flexkomleaders.org/uploads/2/0/3/9/20397499/1868283_orig.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/1000995_572194562823315_939422743_n.jpg
    - Finally, in the UK the top dog is Ian Driscoll, or Banner Broker fame. (Banners Broker is known to be a Ponzi Scheme)
    (4) Website URL:
    - Actually there are many many many websites – each “franchise” holder seems to be creating their own in order to recruit people
    http://www.flexkom.com/
    http://www.flexkomleaders.org/
    http://www.flexkom-international.com/
    http://www.flexkominfo.com/
    http://www.flexkomcentral.com/
    http://www.joinflexkom.co.uk/
    http://www.flexkomireland.com/
    http://flexkomreview.org/
    http://www.flexkom.org/
    http://www.thisisflexkom.com/
    http://www.flexkomuk.com/
    http://www.flexkomfranchise.nl/
    http://www.teamflexkom.com/

    • Kyle says:

      Thanks for reporting this scam Stewart. I will definitely provide an in depth look into this program within a future program review.

  36. Mike says:

    Kyle have you looks into Shoe in Money System or Instant Payday? Instant Payday is supposed to start out for free.

    • Kyle says:

      I haven’t reviewed these programs yet, but anything that is “called” Instant, I would refrain from. Anyone that sells you on the idea of success happening REALLY fast, you should avoid those as well. Anything that claims this is not talking reality. Creating a business is hard work and will take dedication, but it can definitely be accomplished with the right training and right help.

  37. Brian says:

    Are you familiar with Lyoness? A shopping network started in 2003 in Austria and has expanded to most of Europe and the last 3 years is expanding in the USA. It appears to be some different twist on the “ponzi” scheme but attached to a shopping network. However, despite many Euro lawsuits and investigations ongoing, it seems to have survived since 2003. What’s up with this company and the fact that its still expanding?

    • Kyle says:

      I have never heard of it Brian, but there are definitely lots of these “ponzi” style websites popping up. I will investigate Lyoness and provide a review on it when I get a chance. Thanks for stopping by.

  38. Seth Kaufman says:

    What about SEO Omega by Alex Becker? I’ve been reading a lot of his free content on Source-Wave and reading a lot of their Facebook activity and everyone seems to have success with him. He seems to say a lot of the same things we talk about at WA, but has a slightly different angle on things.

    Thoughts?

    • Kyle says:

      There are some definitely complaints about the service out there, I am not sure how valid they are but one thing that initially set off red flags for me was the fact that he is trying to get you to join the low ticket to push you into a higher ticket product. I believe his initial product only costs $27, but within the back end there are instant upsells and you can read about some of them here via someone’s rip off report associated with this product:

      http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Alex-Becker-SEO/internet/Alex-Becker-SEO-Source-wavecom-Alex-Becker-is-a-fraud-he-is-a-scamer-and-refuses-to-sta-1048761

      Also, he has a lot of emphasis on backlinking and leveraging PR sites. He is teaching strategies that have likely killed many of his clients ranking in the last few months, in particular with the most recent updates (Panda & Penguin). This is not good and if this is being taught, I imagine there are many other black hat and gray hat techniques that are being taught…which will ultimately get you in trouble in the short and long term with Google.

      There is a difference between getting rankings and getting long term rankings, so be careful. Lots of these types of programs feed off of old ideas and are well pitched, but they teach techniques that are simply “dirty” in Google’s eyes and often times quite dated.

  39. Shelly says:

    What do you think about http://www.freedomathometeam.com and 5Linx?

    • Kyle says:

      You should avoid both of these. I will be providing reviews on these going forward, but absolutely these are both scams after doing some very rudimentary research. I suggest you check out the programs that I have ranked as “The Good” here Shelly, these will get you moving in the right direction.

  40. Yvonne Cousar says:

    I am not sure that this company is a scam. I have been with it for about 6 months and am beginning to have some misgivings… I will appreciate any information you can give me… thanks

    (1) Product name: Vi-Tel Wireless
    (2) Price you paid for the product: $49.95/mo, however they are pushing an additional $49.95/mo for their benefits network for a total of $100.00/mo
    (4) Website URL: The company website is http://vitelwireless.com/

    • Kyle says:

      From briefly looking at the website and doing some initial research, it appears that it might be a program playing in the grey area of MLM. There are a lot of the “cell phone” type MLM programs popping up and based on their website and some of the reviews online, it appears that Vi-tel does not carry high regard. You definitely are not creating a sustainable business with this program and you may want to reconsider your decision and look at a more legitimate opportunity (check out my “The Good” section of the menu).

      I will also do a more elaborate review and some investigation into the Vitel program when I get some time Yvonne. Thanks for dropping by.

  41. Gary Brown says:

    I recently signed up for the EZ Money Method x2 I have followed all the instructions and even went out and paid three different email marketing companies to do campaigns, where they would email 2 to 3 million people and do very focused, top quality campaigns, for me for this program.
    As soon as I signed up this company set up a new websight Ez Money Network. For which my offer ( the motor club of america ) was not part of.
    I have not seen even one sale after many campigns, is it possible that someone else is getting my sales or did I just get ripped off my this group??/

    • Kyle says:

      I have never heard of this program (I will investigate what they are offering though), but what I can tell you that any program that is named “EZ MONEY METHOD” is a scam, without even having to see the product. No company should every sell the idea of easy money, if they are they definitely have unethical roots. Online business takes work and although it is much easier than an offline business (and more inexpensive), selling the idea that it is easy is a little “gray area” for my liking.

      Perhaps you are looking for an “easy” way and you are part of the problem, I am not sure here Gary. What I can say is that if you are looking to create a business and willing to work at it, I can absolutely help you out via WA. Take advantage of the Starter membership and get rolling in the RIGHT direction, you will not look back!

  42. paul eller says:

    i get a email from anthony on how to get rich on the internet. i pay 49 dollars.
    the next day i get a call from prosper offering me private coaching for 1,000. so i pay for that. every coaching session they ask for more money. after i spend 2,000 and run out of money the coaches stop calling me.. i did not make a single dime off the internet but i spent 2,000.

    • Kyle says:

      Anthony Morrison is a known scammer and I have received a ton of feedback from folks that have had a similar experience as you Paul. I have a review coming that will reveal this.

      This is one of the more common approaches that a lot of the “gurus” use to earn a considerable amount of revenue online (at your expense). They get you in at a low price and then they use your information to upsell you on all of their coaching (which is typically offered to you from a minimum wage employee). One coaching session is the equivalent to the amount you actually need to get a full supported business system for several years (ex. Wealthy Affiliate, everything included is only $359 per year!).

      Thanks for bringing this to everyones attention Paul, it is people like Anthony that give the Internet a bad name.

  43. Kent says:

    I purchased a business called “My Vegas Business” which sounded like a pretty decent opportunity until AFTER I bought it. It became a bait & switch situation and was misleading in it’s ad.

    They didn’t tell you until AFTER you purchased it that to get all of your commissions for the complete packages people bought for their Vegas trip, you had to pay $67 upfront and then $67 a month every month you stay in the program to receive them.

    I personally hate bait & switch marketing tactics! Just tell the truth up-front and let people make an informed decision whether their interested or not without all the games!

    I don’t know whether it is an actual scam or not, I just know that “bait & switch” marketing tactics aren’t the way to advertise and your probably going to piss-off people and give quite a few returns because of the deception.

    Give it a look Kyle.

    • Kyle says:

      Tactics like this are so scummy and are far to common on the Internet these days Kent. I will do some research on this product and provide an elaborate review when I get a chance. I am sorry that you ran into a product like this and hopefully I can help you turn around your faith in the Internet and the fact that there are legit business opportunities.

      If you want a “non” bait and switch program, you may want to check out Wealthy Affiliate. It doesn’t cost a dime to check out and you are going to get full Premium , along with your own website (you can use it within any niche you want), access to 100′s of training modules, etc. If you need a hand with anything going forward, do let me know. :)

  44. Colleen Tasa says:

    I feel like an idiot, if it sounds too good to be true, it is! I paid the $37 on my visa, now I will call visa to see if they can stop payment. I feel like such a looser! i’m embarrassed to call visa & see if I can get my money back. I am on disability & unable to work. I thought hey maybe I can surprise my husband with income earned from home!Someone just came to my front door with a “clipboard” trying to sell me a hot water heater! The cosmos must be out for me today! Sucker city! I really need to get that $37 back from visa. If coffee shop millinaires is a real scam, I hope you are ashamed of yourself for taking advantage of the underprivledged & deperate!
    Colleen

    • Kyle says:

      You can contact Clickbank (there are details with your transaction email) that tell you how to get a refund. To be honest with you Colleen, any product that “promises” the world should be avoided because this is simply a marketing technique. I always suggest to folks that you refrain from trying any product that does not offer a free trial. If they can’t show you what they offer before they try to sell you on it, something is up.

      I highly recommend you get a free Starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate ($0, no credit card required). Try that out and you will have a website up an running within the first few lessons of the Getting Started Course…which is also included.

  45. Dominique says:

    Kyle, please do a full review of Empower Network. I can tell you that I bought into this scam after repeatedly seeing people spam my Facebook with it. I am not sure how a company can even operate in this way because to me it seems like a huge pyramid.

    I mean seriously you have to pay $19/mth just to receive the money you earn. You have to pay $25 to get started, and there are about a gazillion different products they try to sell you like retreats and success getaways in the thousands of dollars.

    So if you are rich and you like to waste money on pyramids, avoid this. If you do an empower review please email me to let me know because I would love to read it and add my input.

    Keep up the great work with your site Kyle.

    • Kyle says:

      Thanks for your feedback Dominique. I will definitely be doing a review on Empower Network as you are not the first to contact me personally and complain about the “product” they offer. I will also let you know when this review has been added, thanks again for touching base with me.

      • Alta says:

        I am now in the process to join Empower network. But you have to give $25 p month, and $298 for a beginning, and then a minimum of $l998 p month for the first package. Is it a scam or can I get money out of it? And in what time? Will you please let me know, for I really dont know if I will loose my money or is there some out there who already make some money?

        • Kyle says:

          I think you answered your own questions. You are paying $25 per month for a blog that is useless, it won’t rank and you can get much better ones fro free elsewhere. And then you are paying $1,000′s for an education that is very weak in nature. You can get a much superior education than Empower could ever offer for $359 for an entire year, in fact the best education and community anywhere in the world.

          So yes, you are joining a scheme and yes you are wasting your money (and it will equate to $1,000′s). 91% of people that join empower never earn their money back and 99% of them never earn more than $4,900 (not exactly living the dream).

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