• Report: #1306808
Complaint Review:

Brainiacs From Mars

  • Submitted: Fri, May 20, 2016
  • Updated: Mon, August 22, 2016

  • Reported By: Brainiacs From Mars - Fraud — Las Vegas Nevada USA
Brainiacs From Mars
Anaheim Hills, California USA

Brainiacs From Mars - SCAM EXPOSED - BrainiacsFromMarsBrainiacs aka Fundzinger SCAM BrainiacsFromMars SCAM EXPOSED - Internet Fraudster Nick Taylor scams crowdfunders at www.BrainiacsFromMars.com Anaheim Hills California

*UPDATE Employee: Fraudulent Complaint - Company Rebuttal

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Brainiacs From Mars, aka Fundzinger is back at scamming crowdfunders again! Brainiacs uses different names, such as Fundzinger.com to steal thousands of dollars from crowdfunders launching their crowdfunding projects on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. They promise crowdfunders the world and then give ZERO RESULTS!

Brainiacsfrommars.com contacted me recently about promoting my project. The funny thing is, I was already contacted by them 6 months ago with my last crowdfunding project they worked on! And guess what? They used to call themselves Fundzinger, but they got so many bad reviews from crowdfunders exposing this PR scam that they changed their name to Brianiacs From Mars. 

Its the same old scam, just a different name. Now their old website Fundzinger.com forwards over to their new scam website brainiacsfrommars.com. What a surprise. They now have a one star ranking on Yelp from crowdfunders who literally lost thousands of dollars to the crowdfunding scammers. . [continued below]....

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Obviously these slim balls did not even check my new project, they just contacted me again with the same old sleezy sales pitch! If they actually looked at my crowdfunding project instead of just spamming it, they would have noticed I already got scammed by Fundzinger less than a year ago! They prey on all the new projects that haven't been burned yet from their first PR scam (fundzinger.com) and just spam with their new scam (brianiacsfrommars.com). New name, same scam. 

My first experience with Nick Taylor at brianiacs was enough for me! I let them know my two cents in the crowdfunding forums. That btw, is a great place to read up on crowdfunding marketing services. Other crowdfunders share their experiences so you know who to trust. Also, always google the crowdfund promotion service name and see what comes up. Anyways, I thought that was the end. But they have the audacity to keep their scam going and message my project AGAIN!

They also claim to offer a percentage of the funds raised. WRONG. They actually try to take a large fee up front before they start anything. They make you give them your credit card and charge you for whatever they can. I read on yelp that they charged some guy $7500 dollars in total!! When he tried to get his money back they refused. Luckily I called my bank and told them what I was dealing with here. They saw Fundzinger and Brainiacs was a known scam and put a hold on my card for me. What a nightmare. And now when they messaged my project again trying to scam me NO WAY this is ridiculous. 

Stay far away from this shady "Nicholas Taylor" character and his numerous crowdfunding PR scams. They prey on crowdfunders launching projects on kickstarter, indiegogo, and gofundme. Yelp, the BBB, and others are already aware of the scam and I'm sure they will be shut down sometime this year. If any crowdfunding PR agency contacts you using the names: fundzinger, Brianiacs From Mars, Nick Taylor, Brainiacsfrommars.com, ect.. then STAY AWAY! 

I have already reported brainiacs from mars to Kickstarter and Indiegogo so they can warm other crowdfunders about this scam. I suspect that they will keep spamming and calling crowdfunders to get some quick cash. That's why you need to warm others and let people know whats happenning. Comment on this post if you know any other names or fake aliases that BrianiacsFromMars.com uses. We need to stop these scumbags once and for all! 

REPORT ANY FRAUD ACTIVITY ON WWW.BRAINIACSFROMMARS.COM & FUNDZINGER.COM TO LAW ENFORCEMENT!

 


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#1 UPDATE Employee

Fraudulent Complaint - Company Rebuttal

AUTHOR: David Lee - (USA)

Please note that his complaint is fraudulant. We have reason to believe this was posted by a competitor.  Not only does the company not post the name of their business, we have never employed a Nick Taylor, which is central to the complaint. We have reached out to RipOffReport to provide a more detailed profile of the business so that we can look into the matter further.  We are awaiting their reply. 

We've worked with over 3000 Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaigns from all over the world across every product category. We've landed more top tier media coverage for crowdfunding campaigns than any PR company in the world. To give you an idea of how we've been able to help, below is a letter recently written by one of our former Global clients and CC'd to us. Sam Nagar, the founder of Pixeom, was referring our site to another and explained, in detail, what we do, how we are different from others and his results.

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Sam Nagar [mailto:sam@pixeom.com]

Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:08 PM

 

Brainiacs helped our campaign out a lot where many other PR firms had failed. My sister and I had hired upwards of 10-12 of them, paying about $20,000 in total. They were literally the only ones who got us any press coverage.

We had actually retained a professional PR firm 2 months before our Kickstarter launched on the first day of CES. They charged us $8,000 per month ($16,000 total) and delivered absolutely nothing. After our launch was a dud, we started hiring a bunch of other Kickstarter specific promotion services (each charging us $500-$2000 each) and none of them could get us featured anywhere either. They all kept making these dumb press releases and pushing it out to large email lists expecting people to just notice us.

My cofounder and little sister, who was managing our Kickstarter account and responding to messages, heard from someone else who messaged us that we really should be getting more publicity for our product which he/she thought was pretty awesome, who then recommended Brainiacs.

I figured we had nothing to lose, so I gave them a call and spoke with David and Jeff. They told me about their approach, where they craft a short, personalized pitch instead of writing out a long press release, which was refreshing to hear so I decided to give them a shot on their one-time fee plan (I think it was called the gold or global one). They made a pitch for me, and after a day we were on TV (ABC News). I started playing around with that pitch and sending it out myself since I didn’t do their platinum plan but learned how they did things, and next thing I knew I was featured on TechCrunch and a few other top tier publications. Soon after, Brainiacs got a response from Wired as well and we were featured there too.

I am really glad I found David and his team, I actually plan on asking them about doing PR work for me post-Kickstarter once we announce general availability later this summer. I can’t attest to their platinum plan where they take some percentage of your funds and provide continuous support since I didn’t select that plan, but they were both directly and indirectly responsible for us getting at least half of our total funds raised, after approaching them with only 15 days left in our campaign. I highly recommend giving them a try, even if it is one of the lower plans at first. However, if I were to do another Kickstarter campaign I'd sign up for the platinum plan, the 7% I would give them is much less than the $20,000+ I ended up spending on PR.

One thing that really struck a chord with me was the fact that Jeff and David continued to provide advice to me even though I signed up for just their gold plan, helping me close some features on my own. They weren’t obligated to talk to me any more after fulfilling their gold plan obligations, but it meant the world to me that they did. That’s when you know you are dealing with businessmen of character, they have nothing but my utmost respect.

I also definitely recommend avoiding any PR firm that relies on just press releases instead of personally reaching out to their network.

Best regards, and best of luck.

-Sam

 

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