Needing confirmation? Ready to defend? DreamTrips Scam and World Ventures Scam will bring it out of you.
Let’s just look into “how to travel and make money” with World Ventures Dream Trips. Lots of things to consider.
What could cause anyone to consider these as scams?
World Ventures Reviews/Complaints/Accolades could be the source and most often come from:
• Rabid fans
In this case, they’ve already drunk the kool-aid of commitment (a reference to Jim Jones’ 909 dedicated followers who drank poisoned kool-aid in a mass suicide November, 1978, Jonestown, Guyana) and their own success is dependent upon a generously favorable review. It’s hard to tell the difference between good experiences or the hype they’ve swallowed.
• Rabid foe
These people are just as scathingly against WV and have lost perspective to disillusioned dreams or down right lies they unfortunately believed. They didn’t get the discounts they were promised nor the income they anticipated.
World Ventures News could point to scams, but such articles diverge:
- Awards for exceeding level of travel industry service
INC lists WV as 915 among the top 5000 with a three year growth of 491%
- News press derogatory toward company advancement
The Jamaican Gleaner says WV can’t operate in Jamaica.
Either way, it makes no difference what you put in front of them (see more) their mind is made up.
Scam Detection Meter
Imagine with me you have a scam detection meter. No one else has it.
You carry it around with you and when the topic of discussion gets to be too good to be true, you bring out the scam meter and test it right there on the spot.
Since these scam questions can only be answered with a potential scam, let’s talk about Dreamtrips Scam or World Ventures Scam.
(Now, you’re already trying to size me up to see if I’m scamming you…let me put that to rest right now so you can keep your mind on topic…I’m not trying to get you to accept or reject Worldventures…I’m not making money if you decide either way.)
Just so you know there’s another way to go, I’m including my friend Brad’s best advice.
Back to your Scam Meter
This Scam Meter allows something to be proven not to be a scam. IT is a SCAM until it is (maybe) proven to not be a scam.
Let’s imagine the scam meter has notches that begin to measure if it is a scam or not.
Notch #1: Friend or Foe?…Who Is Telling Me This Stuff
Travel mlm business opportunities usually come in “friendly” wrappings. (friend or coworker or family member).
That still doesn’t move the Scam Meter.
• If this person is talking strangely, your Scam Meter stays on Scam.
• Is this my “friend” talking or has someone put these words in their mouths?
• I’m be courteous, but my meter hasn’t budged, I’m still on SCAM
Notch #2: Why me?…Who Does This Person Think I Am?
We begin with, “I’m not the one you should be talking to.”
The Scam Meter doesn’t move.
• Have I seen it before?
• Can I consume it?
• Can it harm me?
• Can I use it?
• Can it kidnap me?
• What benefit can I get from it?
• How does it benefit the person who is telling me about it?
Notch #3: What’s it cost me?
We begin with, “I don’t have any money for this.”
Notch #4: How much time does it require?
We begin with, “I’d rather do something else with my time.”
Notch #5: Is it something I can actually do?
EVEN if your Scam Meter gets you this far, there are still several DUE DILIGENCE answers to get.
Let’s keep those in mind as we look specifically at Dreamstrips Scam and Worldventures Scam.
FIVE Scam Tests To Apply
Dr. Jon M. Taylor has studied multi-level marketing (MLM) and network marketing for decades. It is from his twelve tests for evaluating a network marketing opportunity that we can glean at least five quick SCAM detection tests:
Scam Test #1: Who’s Talking To Me?
See, you’re already intuitively on the right track. Think back. Your Notch #1 was Friend or Foe?
A friend has my interest at heart, not merely their own. Am I being approached because I have shared with this person a desire for the product or service being offered? Is this person coming to me because I have a need or because they have a need?
If a friend is approaching a friend because of a need, then the value of the product or service can be evaluated according to the need.
Get agreement right away: “OK, this is something different than we normally discuss. I’m going to focus my comments on how well this meets (state the specific need and whose need it is) and not on if my response is going to affect our relationship, right?”
Simply keep focused on your need or the friend’s need. Does it really satisfy that need? How completely? Does it come with its own set of needs? Ever had a friend give you the gift of a puppy? Comes with a lot more needs of its own, rather than meeting a need completely.
Scam Test #2 Product or Profit?
Clarify if this offer is valuable because of the specific product being sold (travel discount) or for the money made when people signup other people (recruiting)?
There is just a hair’s breadth between a pyramid scheme and a mlm opportunity.
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) rulings and many court cases tell us we have to be sure this offer is not more focused on earnings from recruiting than earnings from the selling of a valued product or service. Pyramid schemes illegally build their commission-producing payouts on the recruitment of more and more members rather than the legitimate profit margin between cost of producing a product or service and the sales price of that product or service.
Get agreement: “So, how much money can be made if nobody else becomes a member of the sales team?”
In the case of Dreamtrips Scam or Worldventures Scam, this abbreviated Better Business Bureau statement may point out the facts:
Seventy-eight percent of WorldVenture’s independent representatives do not earn anything and the twenty-two percent who do, on average for a twelve month period, earned only $40.
Scam Test #3 Timing?
There is a legitimate multi-level marketing or network marketing experience. It does include an element of advantage to those who build large sales teams. The advantage would include the original sponsor (recruiter) and those sponsored (recruited).
If the person offering this opportunity to you also introduces an urgency, “Now’s the time to get in. If you wait, all the good spots will be taken and you won’t make as much money as you could have made.” then you may sense the Scam detection going off.
Get agreement with: “How many others have already taken up this offering among our common circles of work, family, neighbors, organizations? If timing is important, then eventually the same offer would be unfair to anyone I may recruit, right?”
A legitimate mlm business opportunity will include a limited territory or particular offer so as to not over-saturate the potential need with too much product or service.
Supply and demand is a practical truth in any legitimate market. Too much supply leads to too little demand and the true value of the product or offer is diminished. (Are you sure the potential income isn’t just trading the membership costs from new recruits for the efforts to continue to recruit? That’s a Ponzi Scheme and absolutely illegal.)
Statistics do prove that these mlm opportunities more often resemble a fried egg than a pyramid.
The pyramid certainly demonstrates those who get in early benefit the most, but it misleads new recruits to think that timing can work equally well for them. “Get in now, recruit a lot of people, and you can be at the top level of your portion of a pyramid, too.”
In truth, a friend egg really demonstrates the experience. No matter when you get in, those who first started the opportunity are the ones who continue to unequally benefit from your attempts to build a team.
The center (first ones in) stays at a higher level than anyone else just as the yoke stays at the higher level of a fried egg with the white of the egg (additional recruits) spreading out almost equally and unperceptively for all the rest.
Scam Test #4 Scheme or Support?
As you courteously listen to the offer wrapped in “friendship” is there a supporting structure or just a crafty scheme behind the offer?
Is this a “pay to play” scheme so that once you get in for a small fee, there are recurring monthly costs; training costs; special tools costs; additional services to support your efforts costs? You only can advance if you keep paying.
Get agreement with: “From whom, in what way, and how quickly could a person I encourage to take up this offer get their own answers or get their money back if there are problems with the product or service?”
It is one thing to be provided a very carefully worded, very complete offer, but quite another thing for there to be a legitimate organizational support behind the offer.
If you have to purchase training or pay to attend conferences in order to sell a valid product or service, is this just another scheme to collect more money from you? If such training events are proposed as rewards (or partially paid opportunities) for services you have already rendered is there a track record demonstrated improved sales?
If there is a flurry of volume in sales or recruitment, can the support really handle it? How long has this company been in service (or do they simply tout their experiences in other mlm companies like fly by night, jump the ship opportunists?).
Scam Test #5 Would You Invite Your Mother?
The Golden Rule is to treat others the way you want to be treated. Most of us love and would protect our mothers. So, is this the sort of experience you would want your mother to be dependent upon?
Places you would go; people you would talk to; subjects you would discuss; words you would use; promises you would make…would you invite your mother?
Get agreement with: “Surely there are some people this is not intended for. Who shouldn’t get involved with this?”
How were you approached with this offer? Could you see yourself taking advantage of the relationship with others in the same way your relationship was used by the one who made the offer to you?
Is there any sense in which you feel you have been exploited? Could you do the same?
Here’s One That’s Not A Scam
As you can tell, it’s very important to know if your scam meter is going off anytime there is an offer.
I’m certain what I’m about to tell you is no scam. You can hear about it right here, no cost, no time factor, no false claims.
A legitimate product: The means by which you can provide a service to any local business that every local business needs in order to stay in business.
A supportive service: The 7-figure earner I’ve learned from has a complete and solid program of assistance at the ready for anyone.
A program and need that’s not going away: Timing is not an issue. This keeps happening for every local business every day.
Something you’d invite your mother to use: Wholesome, true, and productive.
Jump in, there’s no scam here.