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Vick Strizheus – Scammed By A Mastermind

Who Is Vick Strizheus?

Vick Strizheus is an online marketing scam artist from the Ukraine. He focuses on traffic generation and teaching others how to generate traffic to their websites. Vick Strizheus is the self-proclaimed “King of Traffic,” although, his followers know him as the paid internet traffic guru.

The reason for that is because he actually buys his traffic instead of going the organic route. He also creates and promotes his own online programs that are focused on teaching striving online marketers how to get traffic. The problem is they are misled on what actual kind of traffic they are going to learn to generate.

How Does Vick Strizheus Scam People?

Vick Strizheus is very intelligent in the way he gets unsuspecting marketers to fall for his schemes. He understands that everyone knows that they need to generate a lot of traffic to make their websites profitable and that people are willing to pay top dollar to learn how to do such a thing, especially from a “guru.”

But how does he convince these people to believing that he is what he says he is? Well, he shows them a video, or two, on how to place themselves in front of their competition. The thing that hooks them is that these videos are actually quite helpful and eye opening for someone without full knowledge of traffic generation.

After you watch the initial video(s), he will then invite you inside to learn a little more. Vick says he will give you some information for “free” if you just input your primary email address on his form so you can receive the video information. However, people don’t realize that it isn’t free, giving your primary email address to him is just like paying him money for it.

You are adding yourself to his list, and not just the list of the program in which he just invited to share a bit of information with you. So, for a couple of videos, about a topic you could have found on YouTube, absolutely free, without having to give away any of your personal information, you have just gave him what he needed to market whatever he is promoting to you from there on out.

Now, giving your personal email address to him wouldn’t be considered a bad thing if he actually had a program that delivered what was promised. He is known for not completely delivering on what he had promised the people who had actually paid to learn from his programs.

7 Figure Marketing School, Global Success Club, High Traffic Academy – All SCAMS!

Vick Strizheus has created numerous programs, that are usually and initially sold through ClickBank, that have failed to meet what has been promised. Some of the main ones are the 7 Figure Marketing School, Global Success Club, and the High Traffic Academy. Every new program has a higher membership price than his past failures.

Below are some quick details on these programs and complaints from the people who were scammed by these programs.

7 Figure Marketing School

What is promised? – Videos to teach you everything about marketing both online and offline. Supposed to also be taught by people who have become famous through their marketing success.

Membership Cost – $67 per month

Site Status – No longer exists

Here are some complaints (click to enlarge):

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Global Success Club

What is promised? – 90 days to $100k online and thousands of daily visitors to any site you choose with their elite program called Instant Traffic Media.

Membership Cost – $97 payment to become VIP and $97 per month to maintain VIP status, Plus upsells

Site Status – Program Closed

 Here are the complaints (click to enlarge):

High Traffic Academy

What is promised? – Teach you different ways to drive a massive amount of traffic to your websites.

Membership Cost – Standard: $497 one-time, Elite: $1 first month, then $297 per month, VIP: $997 one-time at the time of signup, or $4997 after that

Site Status – Program Closed

Here are some complaints (click to enlarge):

As you can see, the 7 Figure Marketing School, Global Success Club, and High Traffic Academy are all scams of Vick Strizheus. All the programs were never completed and still leave current members, who still have access to their back office, without the materials promised to them for their money.

Also, these members were in a big surprise when they found out that they actually needed to have an advertising budget. That was all do to him misleading them into thinking that they were going to be taught how to generate traffic the organic way. They soon found out that what they really were going to learn is how to pay for traffic via media buys and other expensive methods. They essentially paid to learn how to pay others for traffic.

Big Idea Mastermind (BIM) & Empower Network

Vick Strizheus is at it again! He has recently created another one of his traffic generation programs, and this one is called Big Idea Mastermind. The Big Idea Mastermind program is advertised as being completely free, with no strings attached, as long as you provide him with your primary email address.

Like I have said before, supplying him with your personal information doesn’t make it free because that’s what he wants and needs. Once you surrender your email to him, you will then be invited to see three of his videos over the course of a week.

The videos were created to connect with you on a mental note in order to gain your trust. On the second video, Vick even gives you landing page software that he claims is worth $497. It is the software that was sold in his other failed scams. You shouldn’t trust this software because it requires you to enter your FTP login credentials for your site, and the program is managed by a scammer.

The video series ends with numerous fake, most likely paid, testimonials of people praising Vick’s teachings. Days later, you get an email to join Vick Strizheus and find out what the Big Idea Mastermind actually is. The email is riddled with false and misleading information in order to trick the minds of the unsuspecting.

This is how the email is structured:

Subject line:

Big Idea Mastermind is OPEN! (only 24 hours)

Message:

Big Idea Mastermind is now LIVE and you can get in here:

GO HERE and Secure Your Spot NOW!

Remember, anyone who joins before the timer on at the top of the page reaches zero will get access to BIM and BIM marketing system for FREE :-)

Get in right now and you’ll save $5,000.

Talk soon,

Vick

The first lie is that it’s not open for only 24 hours, it’s open indefinitely. I decided to check days later after the email was sent to my spam email address if the 24 hour window was true, but, unsurprisingly, the timer resets every time you click the link in the email. He uses that to get people to act fast and trick them into thinking that they’ll never have access to it again.

The other lies are that it’ll be free and that you’ll save $5,000 by joining him. We have learned that anything that has to do with Vick Strizheus is not, technically, free. And that $5,000 savings that he mentioned will be used as another mind trick that ties into the program that he wants you to join under him.

The program that Vick Strizheus wants you to join is Empower Network, which, in fact, is a scam itself. Once you join under Vick, you will then be encouraged, if not bullied, into going straight to the diamond level of Empower Network. This is where your previous $5,000 savings comes into play.

To reach the diamond level, you have to go what they call “all in” and buy all the products. Guess how much that costs? Yes, besides the monthly recurring products, it will cost you $5,000 to go all in and reach the diamond level within Empower Network.

That’s the mind trick from Mr. Big Idea Mastermind himself. He offers you a deal to save you $5,000 from his BIM program and gives it to you for free if you join him in Empower Network. Then you have to spend that $5,000 you “saved” from his “special” offer and buy all the products within EN. Guess who keeps 100% of that $5,000 retail price as a commission? You got that right, Vick Strizheus does.

Big Idea Mastermind (BIM) is nothing more than a sales funnel for Vick and his team to get unsuspecting people to join them in the Empower Network scam. BIM is almost the perfect example of a bait-and-switch scheme. Pay nothing for the Big Idea Mastermind faux program, but, once you join, pay everything for the other program that is tied with the “free” BIM offer.

Vick even lies about some of the income that he makes within EN. In one of his videos, he shows everyone what is supposed to be a live screen share of his earning in his first three months with the program. You will see some astounding numbers from his earnings section in his back office. However, something caught my attention.

The commissions from the two top products did not add up correctly. Here is a screenshot of what was on the video shown on the Big Idea Mastermind website (click to enlarge):

To explain the error he made, you need to know that Empower Network pays out 100% of the retail sales price of the products. You also need to know that the $15K Formula is worth $1,000 in commissions, and the Masters Course is worth $3,500. If you divide what he earned from the 15K by 1,000, then you would get 366.829 sales; and if you divide his earnings from the Masters by 3,500, then you would get 108.857 sales.

It isn’t possible to make a partial sale in any program. These are signs that most of his earnings are fake computer generated numbers. I would think that he would be smarter and make all the numbers add up. He most likely thought he’d get away with it since this is in an intro video and the people watching don’t know how people in Empower Network are actually compensated. Both, Vick and EN, are working together and trying to scam you into their program with false information.

Big Idea Mastermind and Empower Network are two scams working together to rob unsuspecting people blind. It’s a scam within a scam. Dare I say it? It’s a SCAMCEPTION!

Vick Strizheus Convicted Of Grand Theft

Yes, you read that right. Vick Strizheus was convicted of grand theft in 2007 for faking life insurance applications with information of people who didn’t even exist. Vitaliy, Vick’s real name, almost got away with stealing around $30,000 in commissions from those falsified applications.

He was sentenced to 90 days of jail time; however, it kind of went in his favor. Vick Strizheus was also given 5 years of probation, in which he was told that he could not leave his home state of South Dakota. Here’s a video with his conviction and sentencing details:

How can you trust a convicted felon that defrauded his employers for his own unethical personal gain? Vick said he wouldn’t ever steal again, but he has, and this time from unsuspecting people seeking to better their lives.

This video alone is enough to prove to me that he can’t be trusted; no matter what it is he’s selling. I believe in second chances as much as the other guy, but, from my review, you have seen that Vick Strizheus has failed to change on many occasions and at the cost of others hard earned money and valuable time.

My Final Thoughts On Vick Strizheus And Big Idea Mastermind

Vitaliy “Vick” Strizheus has shown, time and time again, that he is not to be trusted. He’s just adding you to his email list so he can sell you whatever unfinished program he has to offer next. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a very intelligent individual as he understands how to sell through the mind, but he is abusing it to make a fortune by misleading people that are new to the industry.

I strongly recommend that you stay far away from Vick Strizheus, Big Idea Mastermind, and the Empower Network scam he is promoting in conjunction with BIM. There are many sources online that provide information, even the things being taught by Vick, that are actually free and don’t require you to give away any of your personal information in exchange.

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Have you been scammed by Vick Strizheus? If yes, then I welcome you to share your personal experience below in the comment section below. I also welcome any other comments that would add value to this post. Your feedback is always appreciated, and I will respond to ALL comments, as soon as possible, within 24 hours. Thanks!

86 comments

  1. Well I have read every comment on this page and firstly,I would like to say thank you OnlineScamDetective for your good work. I’m from the uk and I’m in sales, over the years I’ve just looked at different things on the net but never acted on them. One reason being is because I heard years ago about pyramid selling etc. In the uk if your switched on then you cotton on its these schemes that are scams and rightly so you start of with friends and family. Now personally for me as a saleswoman I never sell anything to friends or family unless it’s something I have used for years and know it works!!!!! For a programme or programmes like he offers not a chance in a millionaire years. I had to laugh earlier as I watched his programme around 6 months ago on YouTube and it was under a different name now it’s he is under Skincaresuccess.
    Your right when you say he does provide good information, but what I have personally done is taken almost 8 months to take snippets from every person that provides something else that will help me and at no cost so far.

    I would like to know if you know anything about thatjoblessguy Jonathan KIng as I can’t find anything on him, and he gives loads of good info also.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  2. First of all from what I have read it looks like you have never paid for one of Vick’s Programs, I have and the Information that I am learning from the ITF program is awesome. I have been in Internet marketing from 2005 and he dose give you the information that is correct on his paid course. So I would like to say that I support Vick in what he is putting together.

    God Bless You All
    Paul

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thanks for your comment Paul.

      I don’t really need to pay into something to understand it. The emails he sends me and the links I follow from those emails is enough.

      If you support him, then you support scams. I don’t support that stuff.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  3. Even Vick admits the info is 2 1/2 old and was suppose to update it and never did.

    The only people that would believe this crap is newbies that don’t know better and have not tested!

    The only people who recommend Vicks crap is people that sell it!

    If you don’t believe me, buy it try it, you will prove it! Plus a big waste of your time and money! It is old rehashed info! Useless! A Rip-off!
    He reccomends Google Keyword tool and other stuff that don’t even exist anymore, talk about using Microsoft and Yahoo which are now Bing Ads, 3 of the 6 CPA Networks he recommends don’t exist any more, the list goes on and on and on…it SUCKS!!!

  4. I wish I would have found this post a few months ago before I became another apparent victim of the infamous Vick. I bought his latest training product “Internet Traffic Formula” and just as you wrote in your article, was left holding the bag with “bonuses” that were never delivered. Basically, it was the one bonus that was the main reason why I decided to buy the product in the first place. Now I hear that he’s gone in a different direction, and the Empower Network, which is the platform he sold the product on made no mention of it.

    Too many scams out there with people trying to sell “Traffic”. I was getting spammed daily with traffic generating scams. After a while, I took the blinders off and thought about it rationally. How can anyone “guarantee” traffic? It’s not possible. It’s the same recycled list that gets sold over and over to marketers. Most of the emails provided are either phony or ones people stopped using because of getting spammed. So their is no such thing as QUALITY instant traffic. Took me a couple grand to learn my lesson, but hopefully others will be more diligent before they drop their credit card. Thanks for the post!

  5. You can add “Internet Traffic Formula” to your list as well. It was a product sold for $997 inside Empower Network to which he never finished and promised a bonus that never materialized.

  6. Well here is my take on Vick … he may have the talent to drive traffic and all that but he is driven by greed. I joined his hush hush seminar after he has left EN based on what he promised us BIM members that he will make us rich again. NEW venture, etc. I decide to work with him … get the ticket for HUSH HUSH 3 even though I could not make it to the U.S.

    Even though nothing was mentioned to us during the Webbi so many of us paid over $497 to attend. We were also told the recordings will be available to us for those who can not make it and could not get certified at the event. Nothing so far.

    I have yet to see what I paid for over $400 and now his so called partner Nick Malis another scammer trying to take from ppl over $995 to get us business registration just so we can work with Vick.

    I very pissed at Vick ripping us like that … even though I have my own company outside the US … this guy Nick wants me to register one in the U.S. Just so that he can scam $$$ from hard working ppl who really wants to make money by promoting the new tools Vick is coming with.

    Even though I like some of his trainings people needs to be very careful and as there are a lot of broken promises from Vick and Watch OUT for his other scammer Nick M.

    One Pissed BIMMER, HUSH HUSH paid partner.

  7. Yup this BIM feels kinda scammy. Check out more BIM analysis as well as other scams online you should avoid at my website @ http://howtomakelegitimatemoneyonline.com/

    Best,
    Tony

  8. unknown so called detective who is important for brainless people only

    Dear people with common sense .Is better to look after Yourself and learn how to use information wisely and not reading rubbbis because its makes You feel like a victim only.You not victim.So called detective is like a who?Jesus LOOL.Cleaver person can get usefull information and use theme legal way without paying money to anybody like scammers or detectives both parasites on our cash.Take responsibility for Your self and stop blaim other.No one can help You if You cant help Yourself …..this web is waste of normal people time.Good luck guys ..no one is 100% positive or negative and no one have right to judge other specially spy -detective who is hiding his name behind anonymous web hosting because he is not man just a chicken who throwing whatever he likes in the world ,,its so easy to do it kid can do it.donation to You? looser You not charity.What You teach people spy?you are like a usa government … patriot from china loool

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment.

      I think I won’t even entertain this comment. Ignorant username, ignorant opening statement, ignorant and poorly written comment.

      But hey, ignorance is bliss…right?

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  9. I would not sign up with any thing from this website… Because it is all about getting you to trust them. I don’t trust people that try to back lash everyone else for selfish reasons, I see that this website is trying to keep this under the radar and use small pieces of information from some 1’s past to gain your trust …keep your money in your pocket and watch .T.V save for your kids school… save for a nice Vacation!!! Don’t give up your hard earned money to these so called selfish fools. I drive an 18 Wheeler for a living and have been for about 28 years… I know when I smell a big fat RAT and this website is a [BIG FAT RAT] Stay away from this site if you know what’s good for you!!

    Have a great day people !!

    Stay blessed and keep your head up SMILE it helps!!

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment.

      People will trust me or not based on what they read. If you trust me…cool, if not, still cool. It’s all up to the receiver to choose whether or not they want to listen to me. Unlike you, I don’t ask people to believe me and not believe others.

      I find it weird when people are both negative and positive in the same comment. I also don’t know what being a seasoned truck driver has to do with knowing the difference between liars or not.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  10. Vick may be a convicted con artist, but some of the best in sales are. You can learn how to sell from them, for sure. Look at Wall Street. Quite a few of the top Hedge Fund Managers and Wall Streeters had a brush with the law at some point. But the fact remains that they make a lot of money. When you make a lot of money, sooner or later, you ARE going to step on somebody’s toes and you may get bitten.
    The lesson learned is: Learn how to make money from them, but don’t break the law. If you break the law, you could end up hanging out with Bernie Madoff. Not a good idea!

  11. Looks like you deleted my comment. Is that the case? Do you not like being proven incompetent? (Can’t say I’m surprised. It’s obvious to anyone that you set up this blog (and all of its 3 posts) to simply bash one company and promote the one you are an affiliate with…all while presenting yourself as some kind of objective “scam watcher” just looking out for the public.)

    I did have hope for you that you would at least be a little intellectually honest, but I suppose that may be too much to ask of just another online affiliate marketer such as yourself.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thanks for another comment John.

      No I didn’t delete it. I don’t delete even the dumbest comments, which some actually come from you. I do have a life to tend to, is that OK with you? Or should I just cater to every question you type because you feel more important than the others that write comments?

      I haven’t ever been proven incompetent. So you’re the all knowing Mr. John, whatever you say must be true. You say you know my motives, but you’re just speculating John.

      Do I work for you John? Am I on the clock? Maybe the reason I have three posts is because that’s all I had time for in my life at this state. I’m happy to hear that you like my posts though, and are so eagerly awaiting my posts to come. At first I thought you were just another person who makes it their job to name call and give people titles, but I now see that you’re actually trying to become my friend and show your interests in my work. Thanks a million pal.

      Define me how you want to define me. Don’t really care what you think, because I know.

      Swing by again sometime, OK John? It’s been fun exchanging sarcasm, and that’s only because you’re a joke.

      Next time why don’t you properly introduce yourself and let us know who you are, since you seem to be all about typing who I am.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  12. Hello, may i ask a question? Could you tell me a little bit about your product?
    I agree with you about Vick, i noticed a few things myself. For instance, in one of his video’s he is in a gigantic house claiming that it is his, i found the exact same house for RENT on a housing site. Also, the Mcclarren Ferrari he drives, is a rented car. He left the tag on the side whilst making the video. So my question, could you tell me about your product? And what makes it different?

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Ryan,

      You can email me questions at info@onlinescamdetective.com. I don’t have a product that I promote, but what I do promote is a helpful community. You can check it out by going to my top ranked program and clicking on the link on the bottom of this article.

      I’m glad you noticed the fake things Vick Strizheus was using to motivate people to fall for his scams. You are very wise to not have been fooled.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  13. I actually joined HTA back in the day went through the material but some were not complete. In the end I got a refund for it.

    About that time Vic had moved on to BIM. He really talked it up as a great new thing and kept the fact that it was EN a big secret. Any one who asked too many questions was removed from the forum and named a complainer.

    I never followed him but over a 1000 people did and that’s how hw got to be one of EN’s top earner at the time.

    Unfortunately it’s those who you try to warn about these scams who come out defending them the most, so good luck with your post, it was very interesting to read.

    Allan

  14. I just wanted to offer a correction that would explain a discrepancy you brought up.

    The Masters Course product has a retail price of $3500, but it was never offered as a 100% commission product. The commission on that product is actually $3000. So that would explain the total there. 127 x 3000 = 381,000.

    I’ve actually seen this mistake and other basic ones like it multiple times, which is kind of funny, considering it’s coming from people purporting to offer the truth and expose lies, yet they can’t seem to get basic, publicly available facts straight. If a self-implied muckraker is actually so sloppy as to get something as easy as the stated company commission payout for specific products incorrect, it makes one wonder just how good of a job they are doing in their overall reporting.

    That being said, I admittedly do not have an explanation for the odd total on the 15k formula. But I also don’t find it outside the realm of possibility that any number of things could have occurred, particularly with someone as close to the company owners as Vick. That total could reflect partial refunds, partial cut to the company for some private deal he made, there’s really all sorts of possibilities. It’s certainly not enough to call him a “liar” on.

    This is not to say that Vick Strizhaus actually isn’t a liar and fraudster, I’m just saying that using screenshots of his Empower Network commissions as evidence that he’s a liar is a weak strategy, as those commissions are quite probably the only things he HASN’T lied about.

    I have very little reason to doubt that Strizhaus made that kind of money from people enrolling in Empower Network. There’s plenty of evidence to support it, the least of which is the sheer number of people associated with BIM.

    If you want to be doing investigative journalism, you might stick to actual facts instead of circumstantial evidence. It will help with your credibility. And besides, big commission numbers help your case anyway, right? They just make the bad guys that much more hate-able, don’t they?

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment John.

      Everything EN has ever had has always been marketed with the 100% commission loophole. You are just clearing up that their commission payout is a lie.

      People are going into EN with the thought of 100% commissions, which was branded by EN, so your argument doesn’t hold much weight at all. People are being told one thing and then finding out another.

      So you don’t have an explanation for that one? Of course you don’t. The only thing you could explain is that 100% commissions aren’t being paid. There are all sorts of possibilities? That’s a lame universal answer. That snapshot was a very small fraction of what was shown to explain that he is not on the up and up.

      I do have facts, however, you don’t seem to comment on those. Circumstantial evidence is still evidence for the readers to take in to make their own connections. Credibility is subjective. It relies on the reader’s perspective of who I am and what they believe are my true intentions. So with that being said, I don’t need advice on subjective issues. The readers are free to judge me the way they see fit.

      Big commission numbers that don’t clearly add up do. Because if some of them are possibly fabricated, then what else is also being fabricated. It actually can make them look much more “hate-able,” just to answer your poorly sarcastic question.

      Thanks for calling me a muckraker, I appreciate the admiration. ;)

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  15. I’ve never personally bought any of Vick’s programs, but have received a lot of the free training from him which has radically changed my online business which I’ve applied and have gotten positive, successful results. With that being said,

    I’m also a member of Empower Network and disagree of the accusation of it being a scam. I’ve tried to make money online for years, and it wasn’t until I joined Empower Network, went “all in” and applied the teachings of the products I bought that resulted in me having my first successes in making money online and building my own team.

    Yes, there’s some questionable things that happened in Vick’s past, but it hasn’t personally affected me. It will help me make sure I do my due diligence in buying any future product like anyone should do themselves when joining or buying any online program.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Evan.

      I’ve already said that the initial information that Vick gives out is useful for those who are naive to internet marketing.

      Well if you are a member than you must be into the whole scamming people. The only thing those training products train you to do is how to sell the product you are listening to. I have seen and heard these so called “products” myself. It’s a pyramid/ponzi scheme that relies on recruiting. Your Empower Network don’t even rank high anymore, which is another way of saying they have just become spam.

      EN’s “all in” is one of the most unethical marketing ploys they have along with their bogus “100% commissions.” Both Vick Strizheus and Empower Network are both clear scams.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  16. To be honest with you…when you have the skill-set of trade….you should never give the service for free…prospect who are interested should pay for his knowledge. Yes…he might get caught in his past…leave the man along. Vick’s I don’t care what anyone thinks…for me your master in trafficking and I will stick with you through the end.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thanks for your comment Camille.

      Well Vick Strizheus shouldn’t preach free if it’s not. Honesty is key in the online marketing world. Plus his knowledge isn’t what I would call high end, since you can find that information elsewhere on websites for no cost if you actually looked around. The past usually judges your future, and in his case that has held true.

      I would also recommend that you proofread what you type. Master in trafficking? That doesn’t sound all too good, but I got what you meant; and no he is not the master. ;)

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  17. I just read your article above and you seem to have him figured out just about right. I would not have believed you some time ago….I am one of those who has been following Vick since purchasing his HTA program in 2012. I followed his webinars and bought into BIM when he first started it. I waited and waited for him to finish the basic trainings in BIM because many new people who were joining did not have much (or any) money to spend on advertising to promote BIM, so they were looking for the basic training to help get them started.

    As time went on he added trainings…but he rarely completed any of them. The most glaring example of this is his “30 Days to 10K” program that he offered to his BIM members who upgraded to the “15K Formula” in Empower Network. I did buy this…and it’s been awhile and I can’t remember how much it cost but it was at least $997 for it….maybe more. It took him a long time to get that training going and then he only provided the training up to Day 15…he never completed the course even through today’s date.

    Anyway….to fast forward to what just happened as of April 29, 2014. He had a webinar last night where he explained he has to leave the “Network Marketing” field due to the laws in his state of South Dakota. The main complaint he had about the laws there was that the state requires a 3 day window after a customer makes a purchase that gives customers a chance to change their minds about their purchases and reverse the transactions/get refunds. I don’t know the specifics of the laws he was referring to, but this was one issue he mentioned that he said “he did not want to deal with”.

    Because of that he is changing the whole BIM program to focus on a “product only” business that is not MLM oriented. I wont go into details here as he asked us to keep this info private…but what I will say is that he is changing up his whole business model and going in a new direction now. What will become of the current BIM system and training program we do not know at this time. He did not say much about it. He said people should not leave the Empower Network because of this…but that this is what HE has to do because of the laws in South Dakota and that he does not plan to leave South Dakota at this time.

    My gut feeling tells me that he will not be completing any of the unfinished trainings in BIM at this point. He did not actually say that…so just to be clear this is my opinion based on his history of leaving programs incomplete that have been fully paid for by his customers (sometimes months ahead of when the actual products purchased were made available).

    We will just have to wait and see at this time…not only to what will happen to the current Big Idea Mastermind program, but also what will happen to Vick. Will enough BIM members who feel ripped off complain to the authorities? Will something else happen in Vick’s businesses to bring him to the attention of authorities? I don’t know. But doing business with him has definitely left a bitter taste in my mouth, as they say, and I dont think I can trust working with him any more.

    One thing I will say, in closing, is that he is one of the most mesmerizing, charismatic, and convincing speakers that I have ever witnessed. This is definitely to his advantage in getting people to follow him. And I was one of those people. But it’s over for me now…I don’t want to be associated with him or his businesses anymore.

    Good luck to everyone else who is working with him.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment.

      This is a great testimonial about Vick Strizheus and his scams. Which really reinforces the my statements and the statements of the people who fell victim to his scams that he does not complete. When you take 100% of someone’s money for a product or service the person expects 100% of that product or service in return. For him not to deliver his 100% when you and others have is completely wrong and fraudulent.

      Who knows what he’ll come up with next, and if his “product” is actually what he claims it to be. I don’t see him changing anytime soon, and you are smart to no longer be following along.

      Thanks again for your very informative and useful comment. This will help further explain the scammer that is Vick Strizheus.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  18. hi all and admin man (man who made this site)

    i know jack about sending traffic or trying to even get any so i am the knob

    my thoughts at first (well 2 days only)

    Vick Strizheus is absolutely fantastic totally a charismatic man i was hooked into it
    wanting more info and i want and need it now

    but something happed in his vid i noticed his body movement he was writing down the spent amount then the profit

    the problem was in the vid the lady said 7k i heard it but he writes down 24k he looked like he was thinking
    what shall i put i also could not get my head around the car BMW why then even the house looked like film set not to mention the money did not look real mind you i am from the UK LOL

    the thing is
    ok i was into it big time i loved it all

    but like love it can hurt and hurt real bad i don’t care if i find that my girl lied,cheated on me out she goes with her baggage ASAP simple

    i have had scams from china Nigeria UK India and on all the occasions we we negotiating huge deals on product development patenting and pro-to typing even on peopleperhour and elance when i went into apps for mobiles

    you can imagine how much was at stake but you know what it was that little thing got my attention in all cases like now

    i had no reason to search the guy lucky i did

    i am infuriated with this

    i know a guy ripped of people in the UK over re-con engines in the 1990s 600 people single mothers black white fat tall does not matter he cant be trusted on any deal to deliver anything worth anything its all top show now he deals in computers and believe me he will rip people of and he does

    just like Vick Strizheus this guy waited after being prosecuted in court he has to stay clean for 11 years bankruptcy order make sure all registration business is all in his wifes name stay under the radar then when the dust settles he shows his stinky face and starts a new scam

    in the 1990s UK was shocked with what he did the program was called the Cook Report hosted by Rodger Cook he got allot of beatings to uncover scams the guy i know was on the cook report now scamming with computers

    thats what the greed for money does to people sad thing but who cares about them i am happy i found this site well done Mr admin

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment MarkG.

      I don’t exactly understand what you just typed, but, yes greed does cause people to do some unethical things.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  19. Here Is one of the success story that is not scripted. This guy mad $17.000 with BIM system and empower network. And if this guy can do it. Anybody can i dont understand why the people who failed feel that they got scammed.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Ermin.

      I removed the link because it is tied to the Empower Network scam that I have already busted. Whether his earnings are true or not, he did it by scamming people.

      Failed? How can you succeed when you don’t get what you paid for that was supposed to help you succeed? Did you even read the article?

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  20. Hello OnlineScamDetective, THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!

    I’ve been reading with interest all the posts here, as I was just about to purchase Vick’s latest offer, $997 for ITF (Internet Traffic Formula).

    I get the convicted felon part. I get the ‘mind tricks’ part. I get the ‘do not get any return on what i paid’ part. But I just need a victim to say exactly how he/she was scammed. With details of the software/program/ he wasn’t delivered.

    When you say ‘Vick did not deliver what he promised’ it means a LOT of things. Whoever was a victim of his, please say exactly what he did not deliver. For example, things like ‘I didn’t receive the training for the mobile implementation part that was in the offer’ or ‘he did not sent me the ‘Traffic Mastery’ program. Or even ‘Vick asked for an extra $410 for a program that was mandatory to go to the next level, but was not mentioned before’.

    I found this post very helpful, but sometimes when people do not go all in or work half-way and fail, they tend to call out ‘scammers’.

    Specifics everyone, please. Something like the mention of the Diamond Level trick under the Empower Network post. Or like Tony Hopkins’ post, but clear, if possible. Need to educate people about how this scam works in every single program.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Matteo.

      Read the comments of people who have been scammed above telling their short story.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  21. Well I have to admit that I like watching Vick’s free videos, because even if he doesn’t do what he teaches, he still shares some interesting information, that gives me ideas, that I have benefited from over the years.

    With that being said, I have heard many times, that he is a scammer, so I have never bought from him.

    He is now promoting a new product called Internet Traffic Formula, that looks good, but because of his past history, I was not planning on purchasing.

    He has about five videos, with his usual promotion tactics, talking about how he makes a fortune every month, and if I didn’t know better, I might have gone for it.

    It has a price tag of $1000.00, and he is giving his traditional bonuses, to anyone who joins in the next two hours. I also noticed that his free videos are playing on an Empower Network site.

    When I found your site, that was really the deal killer for me. It tells me that my suspicions were right, and it is probably a scam.

    We really need more truthful sites like this one, instead of the phony review sites, that promote everything as wonderful, so they can earn commissions.

    Thanks for the truthful information.

    Glenn

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Glenn.

      I agree. I even said in my article that he does give good information. He is also very intelligent on how he gives out ”free” useful information to gain your trust. Too bad he ethically wastes his intelligence by baiting people into his ongoing and repetitive traffic scams.

      The price he listed would be fair if he actually delivered everything he promised. I’m also not of fan of telling people to act fast in order to get extras. Impulse buying hardly ever leads to satisfactory results.

      Thank you for your kind words regarding my site and thanks again for your comment.

      Stay aware.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  22. do you have any suggestions for on line businesses ?

  23. Well Just watche “Internet Traffic Formula”, some idea, cost $4999 I think. Offering free “Capture Page Creator” and referall to ” Super Agent ”
    Wow, amazing that this is still ok for people to buy into.
    But what can we do?

    Here is the Link, there is no Affiliate ID.
    I have morals and integrity.
    http://www.internettrafficformula.com/live-now

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment.

      I’m pretty sure it was probably $499. If it was $4999, then that’s just ridiculous. Yeah those two things have been in pretty much all his traffic scams. Only the ignorant buy into stuff like that. The only thing we can do is to raise awareness and help as many people avoid his repetitive scams.

      I trust you even though you didn’t use your real name. At the time I’m typing this, the page is no longer up and registration is closed. He has the same message as the rest. He promises he’ll open it back up so he can get your email. Once he has that he will spam you with whatever scam he comes up with next.

      If you’re smart you won’t forfeit your email.

      Thanks again.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  24. Thanks for this information. What do you think about the PowerLeadSystem? I’ve been looking at it, is there anything someone should look out for in this opportunity?
    – Thanks

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Nathan.

      First off, you’re welcome.

      Second, I personally wouldn’t join it. All I had to do was go to their compensation plan and find out that they have pretty much the same pay model as Empower Network. Don’t join any program that says it pays out 100% commissions. Pass-up sales create ponzi schemes.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  25. so I have read all these posts.. I have to say A few red flags I see here on your part. All those comments above about this guy Vick ../testimonials/ I don’t see names connected to them … so what makes you any different? Proof equals all the details of what you are sayin not just opinions. For example when quoiting a book or author or when you are published and used someone elses content there is always the details of exactly wherever it came from .. Just sayn’ Because of this I don’t trust your blog especially because you keep telling people to go to your Favorite link to check out. Fishy to me. I would say to everyone don’t trust one outlet but do your do diligience

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment sd.

      Those screen captures were taken from other places around the net. I chose not to include their names for various reasons, mainly because their names are irrelevant. They were statements from victims of Vicks scams, not opinions from Vick haters. Search for ‘Vick Strizheus complaints’ on Google and look for message boards and forums. They were made by the people not the site or their writers, so no real citation of the site is needed.

      You can believe me and what I have wrote, or you can choose to not believe me. I know am I honest and so is my review, so I don’t really care about your “opinion” of me being untrustworthy.

      Favorite link? My favorite link would be Google or Youtube, since that’s where you can get a lot of information for free if you look hard enough. The link I share is for people looking for a community that is interested in them for who they are and not for what they can make off of them.

      I always preach that people should get their information from more than one source before they make a decision. People will trust what they think is trustworthy, whether it be multiple outlets or just one.

      On a side note, why don’t you have a real name connected to your comment? Just saying.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  26. Hello, i was wondering what exactly does Vick do to scam people? I know him personally, but i dont know what he does exactly. Could you please get back to me? I know this is a fake email but i dont want to give out my info.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thanks for your comment Max.

      If you read the article above, then you be able to answer your own question. But just because you asked nicely, he lies to people about what they are getting in return for their money. He also doesn’t complete any of his products that he charges a high ticket price for. Vick Strizheus isn’t trustworthy and will continue to give out false promises at the newbies expense.

      He is still a fraud.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

      • Above you were doing the math on the 15K and Master Mind numbers doesn’t match up. The $1,000. / $3,500. programs minus merchant fees. I haven’t sold any thing but it’s 100 % commission all most. Just saying

        • OnlineScamDetective
          OnlineScamDetective

          Thank you for your comment Dennis.

          The numbers don’t match up how? When I did the same math for the Costa Rica, Inner Circle, and the standard blog they came out to the right numbers on his website. So you’re saying that there are only merchant fees for some but not all their products? Another person from EN said it was a glitch, and you’re saying it was because of merchant fees. So what is it? Why do you guys that are affiliated with Empower Network have totally different explanations for my findings?

          If you guys can’t even get the correct reason, then how am I, or anyone else, going to believe your statements. I appreciate your honesty when you said you haven’t sold anything yet. It shows that you’re not just here to completely bs me.

          And…Almost ≠ 100%
          Just saying.

          Regards,
          OnlineScamDetective

          • Please read the full compensation plan and income disclosure. It should clear up your math discrepancies. I’ve just recently started my journey with empower.. However as a member who witnessed several others in the opportunity prior to joining AND doing my own due diligence will say to call this a scam is inaccurate. As far as Vick goes, I don’t know him personally, am not on his team but know those who are, and have gotten value from what I’ve experienced through him. He always provides disclaimers. Because someone tells you what is possible doesn’t mean you’ll be able to produce at the same level. Keep in mind in this industry there is no quick wealth or magic pill without an equal amount of effort. There’s a difference in presenting facts and speculation. There appears to be more of the latter here when talking about Empower. They tell you up front most people don’t make money and you have to work at making a successful business of this. This industry is not for the faint of heart it’s risky and takes a LOT of work. If you don’t love it, or are looking for easy any biz op, mlm, or direct sell business opportunity may not be one’s cup-o-tea
            Signed just another bohemian

          • OnlineScamDetective
            OnlineScamDetective

            Thank you for your comment Jade.

            There’s so much wrong in your comment I almost don’t know where to begin.

            Read the full compensation plan you say. 100% commissions is/was branded on the blogs and is synonymous with the Empower Network “opportunity.” So why read what you’re being told by even the creators. 100% is 100% not 99% or less. Now you say to read the income disclosure and that they let it be known, straight forward, that you probably won’t make such income. First, they didn’t disclose anything at the beginning. The time they really started pushing the whole disclosure issue is when it indeed became an issue. The income disclaimer is there because they need it there to be at the least legal. If it was not required by law, then with out a doubt it would be nowhere to be found. Anyway, having an income disclaimer doesn’t excuse someone from making any type of claims they want to make.

            Speculation? Do you know what that word means? I have firm evidence, but do you have a firm mind to understand the evidence I am showing you? Vick and EN are both scams whether you disagree or not. I don’t expect a person who doesn’t know when a scam is a scam to agree with me. In the end, you’re still wrong.

            No they don’t/didn’t tell you up front, that is why they have/had plenty of angry ex-affiliates. Also, save the sob talk, you’re not inspirational. You’re just another scammer defending the scam that you’re in.

            By the way, everything in life takes risk and work. Thanks for trying to explain the real world.

            Regards,
            OnlineScamDetective

    • Vick Strizheus is awesome and his Online Internet Traffic Formula has not even been released for this person to have even a chance to cut it down. This guy made $700,000 his first month in the empower Network and he is a moral authority on how to get traffic. Vick can’t help you with glitches, or browsers, but he knows how to make money, get traffic, and is on the up and up.

      • OnlineScamDetective
        OnlineScamDetective

        Thank you for your comment Kerri.

        All his traffic scams are the same, and contain virtually the same features. The only thing he keeps changing is the name. Empower Network is a scam, so none of that money is honest. Vick Strizheus and the word “moral” do not go together. That had nothing to do with a browser, but many others from EN don’t even know why the numbers came out like that. They just make a bunch of excuses for him, kind of like you’re trying to do. Anyways, my article proves that he is not on the up and up.

        Regards,
        OnlineScamDetective

  27. Hi,
    I think that the proof is always in the pudding. Check out the proof videos here….[Link Removed]

    Surely, all of these people could not have been scammed!

    Thanks,
    HP

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Hammond.

      I removed your link for two reasons:

      1. It was a link to the BIM website with their fake testimonials. Do you really think those testimonials on the proven con artist’s site are credible and not done by paid actors and scammers alike? The least you could have done is given us a credible source.

      2. Not only did you post a link to Vick Strizheus’ scam website, but you didn’t hesitate to add you affiliate ID in hopes of getting some referrals to join in on the scam. Do you really think that I’m stupid and that it would go unnoticed?

      Please refrain posting such things. You aren’t helping anyone and are just here in an attempt to expand your scam network. You should come with actual facts, not commercialized video testimonials from the guy I just proved, with actual facts, to be a scammer in disguise.

      One more thing…don’t insult pudding, pudding is good. Thank you. :)

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  28. This is all very interesting. First Dave and Dave on Empower networks were one time junkies. I never really got in tune with that. Now Vick is also an ex-con? Does Empower Network have an affinity for “former” rotten eggs or what? I bet the next thing we’ll be seeing on Empower Network is Jason or Freddy Kruger or some “ex” serial killer.

    You know when I started watching Vicks video, I said to myself “Oh no! Not another BMW posing money junkie again” And then I decided to listen to him, just for the sake of it. Well, Vick said a lot of interesting things that I don’t really think is bad in itself. Infact they sound useful. But then I decided to do a due diligence. Whoever exactly is this guy? No sooner had I typed the name Vick in google, than the “Strizheus scam” popped and I was like, “OK! Sore Thumb!!”.

    That said, I intend to try out what Vick passed in his free video. Yes he may be an EX, but he did say some pretty useful things. And NO I will not be buying High Traffic Academy. I’ll rather use my $500 for something better. Besides my wife’s gon put a bullet in my head if she hears I got close to an Empower Network peddler.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Niyi.

      Empower Network is full of people that are up to no good.

      About Vick, well, I didn’t say that the information he gave out was useless. I actually said in the article that he is a very smart individual, but he is using his intelligence unethically. Plus the information he offers has already been out there for free from different sources online.

      The problem is that he baits you with that information hoping that you will ask for more. Then that is where you are asked to join one of his paid marketing schemes. I call them schemes because he never seems to complete them.

      Not only does Vick Strizheus not finish any of his programs for his paying customers, but what he is mainly teaching you is how to promote the scheme he created. There is a catch to all his “free” information, whether it is useful or not.

      You’re smart, by the way, for knowing not to spend such money for a program that hasn’t been completed to this date.

      Regards
      OnlineScamDetective

  29. Vick turned me into a super affiliate. I do not see anything wrong with him at all. He is a great guy with good morals and does not promote “get rich tonight” products. He gives out a lot of his content for free and teaches a lot of people.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Joe.

      Nothing wrong? What about him being a fraud and a convicted felon? People who defraud innocent people and organizations are not people of good moral. He may not promote get rich “tonight” products, but he does promote get rich quick schemes. The content he provides is already provided online via multiple sources for free already.

      The only real thing that attracts people towards him is that he promises newbies that they can make big bucks in just a couple of months. Super affiliate or not, for newbies that’s highly improbable.

      By the way, there is no such thing as a “super” affiliate.

      Regards
      OnlineScamDetective

      • True! For a newbie that may not be practical. But I really do not agree that its wrong. Truth is if you apply what he has said and you do it right, it works. Paid Ad works, and quickly too, provided its done right. As for newbies, well, lets call it earning their stripes. We all have, an we were at one time newbies too.

        That he is an EX con is a red light yeah, one that I personally would not ignore. But that doesn’t make him bad (although his track record of failed schemes doesn’t help much).
        He sure did have something to tell me. Something I didn’t know before and I can tell you Ive been online for a while now.

        • OnlineScamDetective
          OnlineScamDetective

          Don’t agree that what’s wrong? Him saying you can make 10’s of thousands of dollars in as little as 90 days? I hope that’s not what you’re talking about.

          Any advertising done right will work quickly. Free advertising can work just as fast or even faster in some instances. “If done right” is correct, but in marketing the consumer’s view is ever-changing. So, there isn’t a concrete definition for doing it right. You’ll only know when the results are in.

          I partially agree on your newbies earning their stripes comment. Yes they need to gain some experience with online marketing and play around with it a bit, but they shouldn’t have to earn some of their “stripes” by being scammed by a con man giving them false hope. Not everyone needs to learn the hard way.

          Him being an ex-con is bad because of his offense and the industry he is in. Fraud is a deliberate crime to rob someone of their wealth. He is in the marketing industry which is to convince people to give him their money. An ex-con of a non financial crime, though still bad, in marketing is not quite as alarming as a convicted felon of fraud in marketing.

          It’s great to hear that you have learned something useful from him that you didn’t know. However, I’ve heard everything he has had to say so far and it was just a refresher. Everything he said can be found on forums, blogs, and videos free on the net. More time does not always equal more knowledge.

          Regards
          OnlineScamDetective

  30. Do you know anything about GVO…Global Virtual Opportunities.Are they Legit?
    And What about Chris Farrell? is He Legit?
    I am asking because I have been checking them out for a little while and I am considering working with one of them.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Chuck.

      About GVO, I would urge you to stay away from that program since it’s similar to the Empower Network scam. You also need to pay $19.97 per month just to get paid, and that’s no good in my book. Their website is also subpar and looks sketchy. And I personally wouldn’t join any program that Russell Brunson is a part of since he is a known scammer.

      Now about Chris Farrell, my sources tell me that his program is legit, however, there are some important things missing. Mainly, there is no community aspect of which you can learn from others that are already using his program. A strong community is a key thing to have in any opportunity in order for people to learn efficiently. The other thing is that if you want personal guidance from the owner himself, then you’re going to need to cough up $997 to get his “Mentor Me” program. All while still paying $37 a month. That’s a lot of money upfront for what he’s offering. If you don’t like being upselled, then that’s not the place for you. Chris Farrell is legit, but, in my opinion, not worth the money.

      If you want a program that can show you everything you need to know about marketing online, has a community of more than 10,000+ people ready to help you, and where the owners actually engage in conversations with you to help you out, then I suggest you give my #1 ranked program a thorough read. See if it sparks your interest and give it a try for a week. It won’t cost you any money to try, just a little bit of your time. Let me know what you think.

      Thanks again, good luck, and let me know if you have anymore questions that need to be answered.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

      • Whats your number one ranked program?

        • OnlineScamDetective
          OnlineScamDetective

          Thank you for your comment Matthew.

          Check the bottom of the article that mentions my top ranked program and click on the link. You will then be transferred to the page on my site with the information that you desire to read. Thanks.

          Regards,
          OnlineScamDetective

  31. I have been receiving emails from this ‘guy’ about training, etc. but never gave my email address. Does anyone know how I can stop these emails/where they could have come from as I really don’t fancy starting all over again with a new email address?
    Thanks.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Josie.

      Hmm, that’s not a good thing. Well from what I know, since I receive his emails through my spam email, is that he uses GetResponse as his autoresponder company. They make it mandatory for the email to have an unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email.

      Look at the very bottom of the email where it shows his business address. There show be a link asking you if you want to unsubscribe or to change your subscription settings. Use that to stop getting those emails into your private email.

      If that doesn’t work, then contact GetResponse personally and tell them what’s going on. If this happens a lot, then his account can get suspended since the FCC can fine them for sending such emails without the recipients consent.

      Thanks again and I hoped that I’ve helped you solve that issue.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

  32. I was scammed by Vick over the last four years I’ve lost $10,000+ and haven’t made a cent in return.

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Samuel.

      Wow, that’s a massive amount of money to lose with any program. I am sorry to hear that you fell victim to Vick’s scam and lost that much time and money. That’s why I’m here to help spread the word so no one else will have to suffer such a loss.

      If you still want to give online marketing a shot, then I urge you to give my number one ranked program review a quick read.

      Thanks again for helping me further expose him for the con he is.

      Regards,
      OnlineScamDetective

    • I'm a Millionaire.

      Hey Guys.
      You attract people like you….. Everyone commenting about Vick are like me, 3 years ago.. When I blame this marketer, that marketer for my lack of success but I’m glad I never called them scam or blogged about them. I would have regretted it today. Why? because I knew what they where doing worked….Maybe because I was broke then, I wouldn’t think straight and thought like you guys….LOL

      First and foremost, he without a sin cast the first stone.

      He’s made mistakes in his life and changed it…. In fact, if he never did, he will still be selling insurance and never affective the life of many like he’s done today. I can say for a fact he’s helped thousands of people succeed, what have you done (Onlinescamdetective)? You can’t gain recognition from peddling shit about people. Put your face on here if you are so proud and think you are doing a great job and affecting the lives of people positively…. I guess you know you are not and also I bet 100% you are broke and bitter.

      Trying to get traffic to your blog by calling people scams…. No successful business enterprise has been their business on doing what you are doing.

      Warning: You will get sued for defamation of character and slandering people’s business entity. You better be careful… You aren’t invincible. This would happen to you sooner or later.

      For all the grippers, To succeed in any business, sales and especially Internet marketing, you need to work on your mindset. You need to follow only 1 mentor, one program until you succeed. If you jump from pillar to post, you will spend 2-3 years finding what works and still coming back to the basics.

      Mentorship= Mindset= Profits….. Work more on yourself than you work on your business. 80% Mindset – 20% Marketing.

      Keep away from reading post like this and stop associating yourself with failures, complainers.
      Show me your friends and I will show you who you are.. surround yourself with other successful marketers. Follow them all around the web, learn from them. Only the rich can teach you how to be rich – not the poor.

      If you spend 100$ marketing and you see no result, It only means something is wrong, you learn and improve, Thomas Edison tried 10,000 times to get the light bulb you use today, You want to make millions online…. Mentorship cuts failure by 80% , as you continue to fail and try, you lean and become better.

      For all the wannabes online entrepreneurs, keep working hard, you will succeed. Stop hanging out here. Go on youtube and watch things like, How to improve your mind, the secrete of millionaires, How to become successful…. Seek success with all your mind…..Keep out negative influences and you will find success. Some day, some how because you never gave up and kept on searching and believing.

      So I hope this post helps and Vick isn’t a scammer guys…. I bet when your rich, haters will say you are a scammer too….LOL

      • OnlineScamDetective
        OnlineScamDetective

        Hmm…Where do I begin?

        Your name is “I’m a Millionaire.” Your faux email is fool@yahoo.com. You use profanity in your post. Yup, you’re definitely an angry little troll.

        Being broke has nothing to do with your lack of knowledge.

        Vick Strizheus committed fraud, and that type of crime is no mistake. Also, he hasn’t changed since he has customers that have yet to receive everything they paid for.

        I have yet to hear a legit success story from his customers that weren’t so obviously scripted.

        Now let me address the rest of your ignorant comment. You are using fake information, and don’t have a picture on your avatar but you call me out for having a picture relevant to the site and keeping my anonymity? Can you say hypocrite?

        You call me bitter and broke but you don’t know who I am. You just came here to defend a con man without any evidence at all to back up your comment.

        Do you even know what defamation and slander is? Let’s start with slander, slander is verbally making false and damaging statements about someone. Typing is not speaking, so I suppose you meant libel. Now defamation, is the communication of a false statement to hurt one’s reputation. However, I haven’t committed such crimes due to the fact I supplied substantial evidence and individual testimony from comments. By the way, I live in the United States of America where I am universally protected by my First Amendment right to free speech and press. I suggest that you educate yourself on some law.

        Your 80/20 ratio doesn’t make much sense considering that marketing is 99% mindset. Only 1% of that is putting that 99% to work.

        Now to end my response to your yin-yang comment, I would like to state that I don’t call rich people scammers. Most people who are rich earn it honestly. Vick isn’t a millionaire, and even that in this day in age won’t earn him the title of monetarily rich. So with that being said, Vick Strizheus is a scammer regardless of his fabricated income.

        If you choose to reply again, then please bring some evidence up for debate and not just your ignorant jibber-jabber.

        Regards,
        OnlineScamDetective

  33. bigidea.stupid you are

    Man,you are so verry low. Yes Vick have make mistakes,and he have do prissontime. The only think you are smart with is,how you can built your confent. with is that you exactly nows how your site can be ranked. With some good keywords, like Vick strezheus,empower network,big idea mastermind,traffic,make money online. The reason that you write about him is because he is important man and now how to build a business. And you make advantage of this. You need to write about another his life,because you dont have a life . Fool!!!

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment.

      I wasn’t going to publish it because, like I stated before, I don’t intend to publish comments that use name calling and contain no substance. However, I thought it would be great for everyone else to see your ignorant comment and see the character of the people who defend the scam artist Vick Strizheus.

      The only person taking advantage of people is Vick. Feel free to leave another, more constructive comment, if you want to redeem yourself.

      Thanks again and have a nice day.

      Regards
      OnlineScamDetective

  34. I am really lucky by reading this great expose..I almost fell to their trap,i even downloaded their ‘great’ videos..shame on them,vick shame on you fuckin scammers!

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Warakia.

      You’re more than lucky, you’re smart. You decided to do your research on him before going any further than downloading his videos. Don’t ever stop doing your due diligence. Vick Strizheus’ videos may teach you something new but they are only used as bait to get you to join his scams.

      I agree with you, shame on Vick and the people who support his scams. I’m glad I was able to help you save your time and hard earned money from this scammer.

      If you have any questions about internet marketing, then don’t be afraid to ask. I can answer them for you.

      Thanks again and I wish you the best.

      OnlineScamDetective

  35. If you think doing what the “gurus” do and building a niche targeted email list is wrong then what do you recommend and how do you make money online assuming you do?

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment John.

      First off there is no such thing as an online guru. The word guru is used to deceive others by trying to make them seem more credible. Nobody has the strategies of online marketing down to its perfection.

      I didn’t say that a niche targeted email list is wrong. In fact, it’s a great thing to have. However, the niche Vick Strizheus is pitching is the get rich quick scheme niche. That is the niche you should stay away from.

      I recommend that you become an affiliate marketer, find out what niche that you enjoy talking about and can type up some great content on, and get started right away. Don’t expect to quit your job the next day because proper marketing takes time. Just be practical and ethical in what you are doing. I also recommend that you read my top ranked program that can help you get started today.

      Don’t get stuck trying to sell a dream to people with a program that makes that goal unrealistic. Get into a program or programs that allow you to market to the end consumer and become successful without focusing on recruitment.

      If you have anymore questions, feel free to use the contact option on the right sidebar under the support widget.

      Thanks again,

      OnlineScamDetective

  36. Hello..Name is Tony Hopkins and joined Empower through Prosperity team as a newbie..soon seen Vicks videos regarding traffic and said wow this guy is awesome..so purchased HTA and also the Partner package to market his sites at a cost of $997 for the partner site…in back office they have you set up autoresponder with Get Response and give them a list name which i did…then the support team confirmed I was set..I started advertising and spent several $100 dollars and was not getting any leads..I was frustrated…then I went to Get Response and checked that maybe there was a problem there..I found that I had no loaded messages from the High traffic academy which were to be loaded to my list called htatony…seeing that I went into my back office at HTA and in my set up field was the list name high_traffic_academy not htatony so I went back to Get Response and thought maybe it was entered incorrect so I entered the list name that was now in my back office high_traffic_academy at get response and was informed that list was already a taken name …at this time I am pissed off..how could my list name be changed in the High traffic academy back office..below is the support ticket correspondence I did get my clickbank refund for the partner portion of $997 very quickly but seek to get my advertising money that was lost with no leads…as you can see from the support tickets they attempted to just blow me off..I order if this is his staff?..is Vick aware..I am going to mail express letter to his office to seek funds but as you can see this was not ethical and was all out thievery…as his staff member explained to me its my responsibility and he account was probably hacked//?…high traffic academy hacked?..

    have pictures of support tickets I can forward to you

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Tony.

      I&#039;m not surprised after what I have dug up on this guy. Sounds very much like him, and whoever works with him is just the same. Things like that shouldn&#039;t be happening if the program was legitimate. List/User names don&#039;t just change by themselves, an action by a person that can access it is required.

      What kind of support system is that? No help at all, and they basically said to you “tough luck because it&#039;s not my problem.” The support response is enough to tell you that the program was no good. A strong support system is key to the success of a program. Horrible support equals a horrible program.

      I am glad to hear that you were at least able to get a portion of your total investment back, so not a total financial loss. Your best bet is to stay away from Vick Strizheus and the programs he&#039;s affiliated with. There are other places that teach ethical ways to make it online. Read the article on my top ranked program and see what you think.

      And yes please do send the pictures of the support tickets to me so I have a look. The more evidence against Vick Strizheus and his scams the better. Please send them to: attach@onlinescamdetective.com

      Thanks again for your comment Tony. Your help is truly appreciated.

      Wish you the best,

      OnlineScamDetective

  37. I am sure you wont post this, but #1 Ive actually made money using Vick’s free training in exchange for an email that I do not have to check if I don’t want so I do not see the problem, #2 if you only knew that you actually only receive $3000 of the $3500 you would be able to do simple math and see that 3000*127(sales)= $381000. And if anyone’s been around for a while they would understand paid advertising is the fastest scalable method to earn money in any business. Also this guy was on probation for a while and the amount money he earns does not go unnoticed, so if he was actually scamming he would be in serious trouble (unless you’re saying even our government can’t stop him).

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Firstly, thank you for your comment Rickey. Secondly, you’re wrong because I did post it. :P

      As long as you bring some constructive argument for debate I will publish all your comments. The comments that don’t get published are the ones that are unconstructive arguments, like yelling at me and calling me a liar without data to back up your rant.

      Now with that said, let me address the statements that you shared.

      #1 – Is that right? I have also made money from free marketing advice, except I found it on YouTube and forums on the internet without requiring me to even give up my personal email. Are you making the big bucks he touts that his information can create? And about the email thing, he asks them to use their personal emails which they check often. Not everyone has a spam email, let alone knows what that is.

      #2 – Did you really just type that and think you schooled me? Where do I begin? Let’s just say your right about only getting $3000 out of the $3500, so your equation makes sense. You know what’s funny? That you just let everyone know that the 100% commissions is a lie, and by doing so, proving me right. If I sell something worth $3500 and I am supposed to get 100% commissions, then why am I only getting around 86% ($3000)? I know we can all agree that 86% ≠ 100%.

      Now Rickey Travis, how about the $15K Formula and its $1000 commission? How much of that do you actually get to take home with you? What number could it be that can divide into $366,829 evenly? I don’t think any considering the fact that it’s a prime number. You know simple math so I don’t think I have to explain to you what that means. However, I would love to hear what your explanation.

      #3 – Of course it is, it’s the fastest way to get leads. People are always willing to give you traffic if you pay for it. However, a majority of the people starting out online don’t have that kind of money to be pouring out on such advertising. Vick Strizheus teaches about the more expensive advertising technique that the newbies can’t afford and weren’t expecting. They were more looking for “free” ways to generate traffic and sales. Everyone basically knows you can buy traffic to increase your sales. You can buy practically anything, but how much can you actually get for free? Remember the key word here is “free,” well at least that’s what his subscribers were thinking.

      #4 – Scams can be covered up, look at Empower Network. As long as he pays his taxes he is in the clear. The government just wants their piece of the pie, and they only go after the big boys. Vick Strizheus is a small fish in their eyes. He is also hiding under the blanket of Empower Network this time to make his actions seem more legit. Once you’re a fraud, you’re always one.

      Lastly, please don’t try to slip another link that is an advertisement because it will be removed as well. Especially one to a program I just deemed a scam. I wouldn’t be doing a good job if I let that one slip by, and who knows who could have lost their time and money to that.

      Regards,

      OnlineScamDetective

  38. Great expose on this guy. He has been scamming people for years. I made a video and post on him as well. People need to avoid Vick’s schemes.

    http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2013/07/28/big-idea-mastermind-and-vick-strizheus-are-a-scam-yes-they-are-in-my-opinion/

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thank you for your comment Ethan. I dug up as much as I could on the guy so people can see he has a track record of scamming people; even after he was convicted of fraud. He’s had his second chance, but chose the same path.

      Read your review and I like what you wrote. I especially like the one where the woman that has been scammed by him talks about how he works his “magic.” Let’s keep exposing him for what he truly is and help shut down any new programs he will use next to scam people out of their time and money.

      All the best.

      OnlineScamDetective

  39. Hi
    Sorry I didn’t get what you wanted to say about how he calculated his numbers. He got around 366 sales from 15k and 108 from Master. So what’s wrong with that. Thanks

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Reread the part where I explained and mentioned that it shows that he got 366.829 sales from the 15K and 108.857 sales from the Masters. You can’t have a decimal values in sales numbers because there is no way you can sell a fraction of a digital product. That is why I declared that those earnings were indeed computer generated. Which means he’s lying.

  40. Check this guy, he seems to be doing classic Vick Strizheus con routine.

    http://www.realquickcommissions.com/go.php

    Stay away folks!

    • OnlineScamDetective
      OnlineScamDetective

      Thanks for the comment Rod, and yes that guy sure is. What’s really wrong with that video also is that the guy speaks in a monotone voice the entire time without any real emotion. You can tell straight away, by the way everyone in that video talks, that they are paid actors and that it’s just another scam. Stay away from that one too guys.

      I’ll be writing an article soon on ClickBank scams to help people identify whether the person’s advertising is legitimate or not.

      Thanks for the heads up Rod!

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