Scammed out thirty two thousand, five hundred dollars
We were on a trusted site. this 'bonus' link at the bottom was there and appeared to be a legitimate JV link on that site. We clicked on it. Said "[email protected]" . We clicked on it to get the 5 websites bonus and then the next day Michael Kennedy/Dupont contacted me back. March 28, 2014. We listened to him say how he was going to do an 80/20 split. He was selling a "hot product" called Garcinia Cambogia. and we could expect an 8% conversion rate or higher. He asked us for $20k for 20k leads to be gotten from Email list direct. Bill Ridgemont got on the phone and his speech was just as convincing as Michael's about making the money back in 1 launch. We would make a minimum of $25k on one launch, but more than likely it would be about $45k net. Since it was a JV link on a site we trusted, and this sounded good and that they didn't get paid unless we got paid, it seemed to make sense. So we got a free Zicara account, signed up for max bulk mailer, Aweber and Mandrill. Supposedly heartbleed happened right around Easter last year and they called us and said they we would need a dedicated server/IP or we wouldn't be able to send out all these leads. So we paid $10,500 for that. Commission consultants team was to do the first couple of launches and have them be successful so that we could get our money back to reinvest with more leads. And we were to have at least one launch per month(providing the money was made each time around). May was a very failed launch for a product called Easy video Suite. (Garcinia we were told had been pulled b/c of declining conversion rates) That launch was stopped after 3000 leads went out. Then we were told it failed b/c the leads were too old and had still been for Garcinia- health product! Then we were told to get into this Black box niche. We didn't know what it was. We waited for 7 months for that launch to take place and to get information on what it was. When it did launch in Jan 2015 by way of Mark Navi, it had a .01% Open rate!
Then we were told by Michael on the phone, that we were in essence stupid for believing the 'sales pitch' that he gave us in the beginning. So, we are out $32,500. We have no ideas if the leads were good or bad. We have no idea if this server was necessary or not. We used it twice if you can call it that. We didn't make one penny as out of both "launches" we had 30 people open the email out of 20k leads and no one even opened the email for the Easy video suite "launch" in May. No one clicked through. It has been a very puzzling and frustrating experience with this group. This last phone call done 3 days ago, April 24, 2015, we were told they were not "Commission Consultants". This is after 13 months of emailing them , many times with putting in the company name of Commmission Consultants in the email. If that wasn't their name, I know they would have corrected us in the first few emails. But C.C.was the name on the link when they first contacted us. So this is the clincher for us plus after reading about the rest of these people getting scammed. We were told you had to have a minimum of 20k leads @ $1.00 lead. Yet others here got in with 3000 or 8000 leads, still others were told they had to shell out $50k! So there is just too much inconsistency for it to all be legitimate. We are very , very sorry we ever clicked on that "JV" link. We hope that somehow these people can be sued and somewhere along the line everyone can get their money back. They certainly are making enough from what i can tell by scamming people.
Review by Tjasa5 years ago
Scammed for entire savings of 5000.00
Was scammed for $5000.00 for supposed Garcinia Cambogia sales and email list! Sent wire transfer from my bank then realized it was a scam cancelled any emails i was to get and they refuse STILL TO THIS DAY TO REFUND MY MONEY!!!
They try to make you think you are purchasing good email leads and you will make a good return on your investment! All BULLSHIT! They don't return my calls or emails now! Beware Zicara, and Email list direct work together to make this scam double duty! BEWARE DONT LOOSE YOUR MONEY LIKE I DID!
Review by Willfred5 years ago
Email List Direct - Mass Bounty Affiliates Scam Marketing Campaigns, Worthless Email Marketing Leads
I was contacted in Australia by a Michael Berkeley in February 2014 saying that he got my name through HostZilla. Upon reflection I realised that a week before this contact I received a call from a Carlton Eastwood who said the same thing and I said I wasn’t interested.
Michael asked me to participate in a “joint venture” with him where he would get 20% of earnings and I would receive 80% earnings. The venture involved paying for “100% bondafide, qualified leads” from Email List Direct LLC. Because I would be getting high quality leads of people who were guaranteed to be interested in the product I would have a higher degree of success. I was to market a well-known diet product, Garcinia Cambogia, to the email addresses they would provide me. He said this product was currently selling at an 8% conversion rate and assured me that he would make sure that I made upwards of $100k using this method, since he had families that he had trained that were achieving this result.
In order to take part I would have to buy the leads, undertake online training, pay for a website with Zicara Hosting to be set up ($199 + $99/year for hosting) and purchase software to the amount of USD $300.
While on the initial phone call, Michael put me in a three-way phone chat with a Bill Richmont from Email List Direct LLC and ordered the leads on my behalf. He told me to send a Bank Draft in US Dollars (sent 10 February 2014) in an overnight express bag to Email List Direct LLC in order for me to get the leads they promised me. The launch date for my site was supposed to be 27 February 2014. I was to receive my leads 2 days before, but no one contacted me nor responded to my emails in the lead up to this. It was like, once they had the money they had virtually stopped contact.
I had paid for 10,000 leads at $1.00/lead to be delivered and nothing came in time for the launch. Then, I think it was the day before the launch, the gentleman named Bill Richmont from Email List Direct LLC in the US rang me to say that if I purchased more leads, then Benjamin Carter (a highly revered leads expert at Email List Direct) would hand-pick my leads and in turn I would receive a higher conversion rate of about 10 - 15%. He said others in Australia had bought $45,000 in leads, but I told him all I could afford was another 8,000. So I bought another 8,000 leads worth USD$8,000 (the last of my savings). For several months I asked for them to send me the leads, but I just got emails saying they would ring me and then they would never ring. They kept saying they would help me but the assistance was rare. I felt like they had taken my money and I was never going to see it again. It wasn’t until the end of June 2014 (5 months later) and after hounding them so often, that I finally received the leads. A man named Mark Navi (around 23 years old) had started to help me and set me up to send the leads out. When I started sending them out, more than half of the leads were not real or bad – only a 51% deliverability rate and certainly not a qualified leads as I was told. The Mandrill server I was using stopped my account and told me the leads were 'dirty' and I couldn't send any more out. Some of the email leads were even set up as [email protected] or [email protected] Then after complaining about this and asking for a refund a man named, Robert Miyagi started ringing me regularly to pacify me. He convinced me to try another product to promote as this other product was giving higher conversion rates than the other product. He also said that Email List Direct would replace all the leads they gave me from the first campaign. So I paid for another site to be set up ($199 and which meant they got more commission from Zicara) and started sending out the leads at the beginning of August. The first 600 leads ended up being as bad as the first lot. When I confronted them again, they threatened me with legal action and told me that I now owed them double the amount for the second lot of leads they sent. When Michael rang me and I told him I wanted a refund he was abusive and aggressive and told me, "You won't be getting your "fr*#kin refund".
Details of all parties involved:
Michael Berkeley, Michael Hampton or Michael Kennedy (they are all the same person, he keeps changing his last name): [email protected], [email protected]
Mark Navi: [email protected];
Vivian from Email List Direct: [email protected] Phone: 877-565-3297
Robert Miyagi by email: [email protected] and [email protected], Phone number: 858-999-2875
The group that I assume Michael is running is now calling themselves Mass Bounty Affiliates. All I can find on this company is this google link: http://support.mbahelpdesk.com...
which is the helpdesk software they have recently started using.
If you email the the email address on their site: [email protected] it actually gets returned as a failure. When I contacted the company through the chat function to ask about Bill Richmont and whether he worked there, I was told that he had been with the company 3 years. When I looked up the company details, the LLC was only set up in 2013, so this is not possible he has been there 3 years. These people are professional scammers and I don't want other people to suffer the same consequences. Currently, under the guise of Mass Bounty Affiliates, have been using a female named Angie to contact members of www.my.wealthyaffiliate.com. They tell them that they are working in conjunction with the founders of that site, but this is just a ploy to scam those people. Do not trust a word these people say. If you're a victim, then please lodge complaints with BBB, Internet Crime Complaint Center, Federal Trade Commission and with your local authorities. The more people who complain and expose these people, the more we can stop them from doing it to others.
Review by MacSporan5 years ago
Garcinia Cambogia Bulk Mailing Campaign
I initially invested 30k into Garcinia Cambogia and time passed and then Micheal and Bill Richmont asked me for 50k I told him I could not afford that. Time passed and then I was asked for another 10k. I went to my broker and found out that this is a scam. My broker has his fraud squad friend call them.
Review by Loufish5 years ago
Internet Marketing Scam
I was defrauded of $3,000 by Michael Hampton of EmailListDirect,LLC on the 09/27/2013. This conman purports to be a multi millionaire internet marketer, and I was phone prospected by him. He used high pressure tactics initially asking for $7,000 then when I said I only had $3,000,he said if I wire transferred this amount to him by Western Union immediately that would be a 70/30 partner of his in a green coffee bean extract weight loss website he was promoting that would make tens of thousands. Once I wired this fraudster the money,I have never heard from him again.I have sent countless emails to him with no reply.
HAMPTON has defrauded many people the same way. There a number of scam videos on Youtube, put up by a fellow internet marketer Mr Antoine Joseph, documenting in detail the amount of people scammed by this conman. He needs to be brought before the courts and proscecuted,before he rips off anyone else
Review by Andraj5 years ago
Not giving me 20,000 double -opt-in emails after paying for them.
A "Michael Berkeley" called me on either the 6th or 7th May 2014 saying that he was involved with the health product, Cacinia Cambogia. He claimed he owned the website www.purecarciniacambogia.com and could help me to sell Carcinia Cambogia as well. He explained he would help me set up a website with a landing page and also set up a domain name, hosting with zicara.com, provide training, help me set up Aweber, Google Analytics, Clickbank, an affiliate link, Mandrill and Maxbulk Mailer. He explained he would take 20% of the profits from my sales, but that I could expect an 8-10% take up from my email list that I was to purchase. He had a presentation that showed that through www.emaillistdirect.com you could buy email addresses of people who had "double-opted" in for health products and Carcinia Cambogia. Michael said he had a launch date coming up on the 22nd of May and that I needed to purchase a min of 50,000 emails. I said that was not possible. I could maybe manage 20,000 at the most. He explained that he did not usually work with such small quantities but would make an exception. I paid a US$8,000 deposit on the 8th May 2014 through a wire transfer to emaillistdirect.com (address 7119 W. Sunset Blvd, Suite 227, LA, CA 90046)to account number 265775339 at the JPMorgan Chase Bank NA.New York, NY 10004.
I had 2 campaign managers (Mark Tel: 00-1-858-999-2871 and Alexander Tel: 00-1-858-999-2867)help me set up the rest of my campaign.
Michael phoned me in the 14th May asking for the rest of the money for the emails. I paid another NZ$13,486.17 (US$12,000) on the 15th May via bank cheque as Michael said that a wire transfer would raise an alarm, due to money laundering worldwide!! When the 22nd May came around nothing happened. Zicara.com said that they had stopped using affiliate links with Carcina Cambogia. Michael phoned me again on the 28th May saying that I could still salvage my campaign. He put me on to a Bill, who explained that he was very wealthy, a philanthropist, had just flown in for a meeting and could help me get back on track. He said that he usually did not deal with such small quantities of emails. He said that I needed to purchase a fast SMPT server which costs $100,0000 for 6 months. This would ensure that my response to sending out my landing page would be up around 20-25%. I said I could not afford that. He said he could organise $40-$50,000 for 3 months. When I said no he said he could organise $10,000 for a month. Again I said no, realizing that I had been scammed. I have not heard back from any of the above people via phone or email since.
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