- Report: #904437
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Complaint Review: Virtual Profit Network
Virtual Profit NetworkInternet United States of America
Virtual Profit Network VirtualProfitNetwork.com Deceptive Pyramid-Scheme practice Internet
*Consumer Comment: Virtual Profit Network Is Legitimate And Not A Scam
*Consumer Comment: This is foolishness
*UPDATE Employee: I see no foul play......just saying!
*General Comment: How do I lose money with this?
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You have found what is perhaps the only scrap of literature on the web that has anything critical to say about "Virtual Profit Network (or, "VirtualProfitNetwork"). I know--I'm an I.T. Specialist, and I've used my considerable talent to search far and wide. But the only thing I've only been able to dig up are blogs, videos, and sites owned by recruiters for this organization-- Not a single credible comment of objectivity could be found anywhere.
So after trying this out, I was inspired to write about my experience with this Virtual Profit Network, in the hopes that others would learn from my mistakes and warn others.
You will likely find this business through a job search engine, Craigslist, a blog, a Youtube clip---each of which will contain a link with specific instructions to not click any other link to the site but that one (the reason will become clear later).
Clicking that link will take you to any one of possibly hundreds of identical "Capture Pages," which are web sites created to lure you into joining the VirtualProfitNetwork "team". The bottom of the web page asks you for three basic pieces of information. Upon completing the signup, you are taken to another site which contains the basic pitch for the job...
There are Fortune 500 companies that realize traditional advertising no longer works as it used to. People can skip through commercials on their televisions with new technology, for example. The latest craze in advertising is internet-based. Almost all the work in advertising-generation has been done: The ad content has been created, and the products have already been created, selected, and ad content has already been pre-written. All they need are people who are willing to spend as much time as they can posting this ad content on a list of pre-approved web sites.
Not only that, but each ad you post will be specially coded so that any consumer that clicks the link and follows through with the offer will grant you a $20 "prize", which is actually the compensation you're promised in exchange for your labor.
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
You are eventually led to twentybucks.freefactor.com, where the Fortune 500 companies involved will require you to accept a trial offer for one of over a dozen products as a condition of eligibility to participate in this "team." Presumably, these are the same products that you'll soon be posting advertisements on various web sites for. There's no requirement that you actually buy the product, whether it be a magazine subscription, a credit report, etc. But if the offer involves, say, a 10-day free trial, you must complete a minimum of 80% of that time period before cancelling, or you get no credit for it and you are ineligible to be a member of VirtualProfitNetwork's team.
And here's the "catch" to all this: Their method of getting people to buy from the "Fortune 500 companies" is the job recruitment process you've just completed. And the "product" you'll be selling is also the same one you've just been sold: which is the recruitment process you've just completed. That's right, you're now a recruiter for VirtualProfitNetwork, and you've just been lured/hired into doing precisely what they hope you will lure dozens of others to do: try and buy one of the trial offers.
VirtualProfitNetwork says you'll be posting pre-written ad content for these "Fortune 500 companies" on a "list" of "pre-approved" sites. What they don't say in their pitch is that the ad content you'll be posting doesn't actually promote the Fortune 500 products themselves; it actually promotes VirtualProfitNetwork and the "capture page" you signed up on. Yes, the same identical "capture page" you found on the web that recruited you in the first place (read "THE HOOK" above again, if you've forgotten). The only difference is, you have to set one up yourself, and get "customers" to useyour page to sign up, and dupe them into buying/trying one of the trial products as a condition of employment.
And the cycle of deception continues.
BUT IT GETS BETTER...
To run a web business, you typically need to have a domain name. Amazon.com, Ebay.com, and Thinkgeek.com are examples of domains. These are just names of web sites you can type into your browser's web address bar. This is not provided to you by VirtualProfitNetwork. If you want a domain to "sell" your "product," you must furnish one of your own.
Don't have one? No problem! They've partnered with a domain hosting company to offer you a chance to lease one... which is more money you must pay if you've already spent some money completing a trial offer. But not-to-worry! By recruiting an X-number of referrals to the domain registration company, you can have that domain pay for itself....
By now, you're probably getting the picture. But why is this information so hard to find elsewhere?
In all my web searching, any potentially objective information about VirtualProfitNetwork seems to have been systematically scrubbed or removed. It's as though someone has been actively monitoring the web to ensure only the most favorable content gets put out there, and that only their content makes it in the top Google search results.
With hundreds of people working furiously to post fake review sites that turn out to be recruitment pages, finding objective info is pretty difficult.
The legal terms and conditions of VirtualProfitNetwork also want you to know very clearly that you are not allowed to post ANY content from their sites, including text, videos, images... even a blog post--like this one--can be targeted for copyright violation. Seems like any effort to expose this organization's shady business practices are being concealed under the guise of "intellectual property" rights.
So let me be clear to visitors--especially anyone from VirtualProfitNetwork---that the content here is entirely original, and are an expression of my views. Any reference to VirtualProfitNetwork or its affiliates (and even the use of its name) is legally protected under Fair Use.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
People who profit from this scheme are doing their absolute best flood the web with fake review sites labeled "Scam" "Exposed!" and other misleading terms to conceal this info. Please link to this page so more people can learn about this business, and post your experience below.
Due to legalities, you can paraphrase, but please do not copy and paste any content directly lifted from their site on here. I will not approve those comments to appear.
FOR MORE INFO:
Here are some links to reputable sources of information on some unsavory business practices. Given all I've learned about Virtual Profit Network, Free Factor, Larry Beacham, Che Feemster, some of these now seem disturbingly familiar.
Wikipedia: Pyramid Scheme
U.S. Federal Trade Commission: Bottom Line about Multi-Level Marketing Plans
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