- Report: #256122
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Mars Venus Coaching
Mars Venus Coaching5A Chris Drive Lilydale, Victoria, Other Australia
Mars Venus Coaching Franchise Scam and Rip Off Melbourne AUSTRALIA
*Consumer Comment: California Order's John Gray's Mars Venus To Get Out Of Town
*Consumer Comment: The Nevada Attorney General Ranks the Arrest & Conviction of Richard Bernstein as One of the Most Significant Cases in 2012
*Consumer Comment: The Court Minutes of Rich Bernstein's Sentencing
*Consumer Comment: I too was ripped off by Rich Bernstein and his certifiable crazy wife Valerie Carpenter Bernstein
*Consumer Comment: Rich Bernstein's Felony Arrrest
*Consumer Comment: What is Richard Bernstein's Court Case # ?
*Consumer Comment: "John Gray's Partner Rich Bernstein Pleads Guilty To Securities Fraud"
*Consumer Comment: Mars Venus CEO Richard Bernstein Arraigned on Felony Charges
*Consumer Suggestion: Nevada District Attorney Files Charges Against Richard Bernstein CEO of Mars Venus Coaching
*Consumer Comment: Law Suits Against Mars Venus Coaching
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: It's A HUGE SCAM!
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Finally, a response from a real Mars Venus Coach!
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Mars Venus Coaching Franchise is A SCAM March 2010!!
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Mars Venus Franchise sued on American soil for Fraud
*Author of original report: New Disclosure Laws - Mars Venus Coaching New Leadership in USA
*Author of original report: Mars Venus move to the USA
*Consumer Comment: Disclosure Document requirements
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Mars Venus Coaching were all hype at the start and promised me I would earn 100,000+ in my first year.
Mars Venus Coaching gave me disclosure documents that were 6 months old and failed to mention in them that 4 of the franchisees they had listed had since left the system.
Mars Venus Coaching also failed to mention that 2 of the Master Franchises had also left them system although they were still listed.
Celebrities were also put on the Mars Venus Coaching website www.marsvenuscoaching.com to try and make them seem better then they were.
I also found out later that a former Master Franchisor had taken legal action against Mars Venus Coaching and settled out of court. This was also left out of the disclosure document.
The biggest problem was that they were only interested in collecting their monthly fees. They had no interest in improving the system, only wanted to make a quick sale.
Also during meetings they told us a number of times that we were not allowed to speak to prospective franchisees who called us to ask questions. Basically they only hand pick a few franchisees who are new to the system and still excited. They use these to sell other franchises.
Darren Stephens is the CEO and he was filmed by a current affair who accused him of being a rip off artist. However, he is a master of deception and protects himself legally in all cases. The problem is that he is not committed to the franchise at all and have a number of other interests on they go.
In total there are over 10 franchisees who have lost in excess of $3 million dollars due to franchise fees. Most businesses didn't even last 12 months.
I personally lost over $100,000 in franchise fees and lost income potential as a result of buying the franchise.
If you are thinking of buying the franchise call previous franchisees. If they don't give you at least 5 names then don't go near them, as we are all out here.
Feel free to ask any questions via this forum.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/22/2007 01:35 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Mars-Venus-Coaching/Lilydale-Victoria-Other/Mars-Venus-Coaching-Franchise-Scam-and-Rip-Off-Melbourne-AUSTRALIA-256122. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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