When will we ever wake up and educate ourselves?  Network Marketers you HAVE to do your due diligence and check on the company owners of any company you are thinking of joining. Doing a Google search is a good place to start. There are a couple of sites that are well worth you bookmarking and using on a regular basis to “keep in the know.”  You will have all the latest buzz about new or old companies.

One site that I highly recommend you subscribe to is the free newsletter of MLMWatchDog.com This is a site that is by Rodd Cook.  If you Rod Cook reports that a company is or is not legit you can pretty much bank on it as gospel.

Another site we recommend to keep up with MLM news is MLMthewholetruth.com, Lou Abbott, is the founder of the site . The MLM Whole Truth, Network Marketing, it is a Super-Site.

I have heard many say that ALL MLMs are nothing more than a pyramid scheme. WRONG, totally wrong. I have also heard folks say that ALL MLMs are good companies with management teams who are running a tight ship based on integrity, morality and legitimate opportunities. WRONG!  While it is true that network marketing is one of the last hopes for many individuals to reach their dreams, too many jump in before knowing about the company they choose to be affiliated with.

As in most areas of life, the whole truth lies somewhere in the middle.

I want you to be well informed because ignorance in the MLM profession can cost you a lot more than money. It can also cost you your friends, family, hopes and dreams.
You need the whole truth about MLM, the companies, the industry, and what it really takes to make significant income with a network marketing business!  Our goal here is to bring it to you as effectively and objectively as is humanly possible. ~ Lou Abbott

Just a few weeks ago I wrote concerning the upset with Amway. The ink has not dried and now TVI is making headlines. Bare in mind that it is not just Amway and TVI that are making headlines, MonaVie, in addition to making improper and illegal health claims—from cancer cures to promises of weight loss—was frequently offering trials of acai products, gathering consumer credit card information, and then billing the customer shipping and handling fees to which they had not agreed.

If you read the information below, I believe it will be very clear to you that TVI and it’s owners are not so honest.  Some of these guys have done jail time in the past and looks like many will be doing jail time in the not so distant future.  Visit the links to get the whole story.




12 Dec 2009 Gen X and Gen Y are really jumping on this UK based scam that moved to Cyprus that ran across the UK and the U.S. and then took off like a flame…. or GenX and Gen Y  Pyramid Scheme Blow Torch… In Asia….   Run!  Interesting when they started the servers were in Dallas, Tx.   So a true global PYRAMID SCHEME!  What are international regulators going to do?   What is Facebook going to do since the scam is running in one country on FACE BOOK. http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/IRS_Tax_Relief_for_Victims_of_Ponzi-Type_Schemes.html

TVI Express Scam Alert!


284,000 people joined the last 8 months…

Revenue $93 million

We have all reason to believe this is the TVI Express Mastermind:

Tarun Trikha — the Madoff of India? http://www.businessforhome.org/2010/05/tvi-express-hit-by-the-australian-competition-and-consumer-commission/?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_content

Another TVI Express China member sentenced for fraud

Using false front of promoting travel, entrapped elderly in pyramid scheme, sentenced to prison


If your company does not have integrity, please turn and run. Run as fast as you can. The best solution would be that you check the integrity of a company with the aid of a mentor or coaching organization, before you join.  However most will just jump right in with both feet and then wonder why things are not progressing as they were promised.

If you need help investigating or understanding any part of your company, whether it is the Policies and Procedures, compensation plan or the company owners/management team, be in touch with professionals who can provide you with the needed information so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not a company is as legit as they present themselves.

There are laws that protect you, however most do not know that they exist.  It is very clear that TVI has broken the law with all the illegal income statements being made in some of the videos.

If you want success you will need and want to know if your company is a 5 Pillar company.  We can help you find out this information.  Start by reading Success in 10 Steps. If you don’t have a copy, be in touch.

"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself." — Galileo

How can we best help you?

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Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership with a vision

NARC Technologies or CSI – Another MLM Scam?

A license plate mlm.  Excuse me?

How very lame….

Supposedly ….. this is now old news for most, but apparently some have not heard the news…"Narc Technologies has developed a nationwide database of license plates with the concept of supplying banks, lien holders, and to assist law enforcement agencies locate people and cars. Now as we all know the idea and the very best part of any network marketing or MLM is to be paid for a service or product rendered.  According to Narc That Car  or DNA (Now renamed CSI…Crowd Sourcing International, to escape being called a pyramid scheme by the FTC),  you get paid for imputing just 10 license plates a month into the database and your downline will get paid to do the same thing. Simple and easy!

OH PLEASE, could we use our brains and rational for just one minute when looking into this opportunity.  Please take a moment to go to MLMWatchDog.com and read this article written by Rod Cook.   http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/RC_FREECars.html

I have already written some posts regarding Narc That Car or CSI which ever you want to call it.

http://daveanddarlenemills.com/?p=189 and   http://daveanddarlenemills.com/?p=130 as well as this post   http://daveanddarlenemills.com/?p=252

Rationalizing this with an open mind we would realize that this information is already stored in a database by banks, to do their searches for liens and the police already have access to this information as well, since these agencies would have a legitimate reason for the information.

How inaccurate would a database be if it trusted in people haphazardly submitting   info from the street? Who would want or need this information, and governments already have access to the official records.

Paying people to be informants…just goes to show that if you attach a compensation plan to something, the con artists can turn anything into a network marketing opportunity.  What happens to the rep “A” who reports a certain amount of plates and by chance rep “B” reports the same plate information?  Who gets paid, who does not get paid?

Not even looking at the above scenario, how do the Reps get paid? The comp plan is briefly described but there are lots of holes in the presentation. Reps have to pay $100 to get started plus $25 per month for a website.  After all should  the company not be making money of of some kind of service being offered.  The company SHOULD NOT be making money on the backs of the reps by charging them every month for the corp.site. That seems to be where most of the company’s revenue will come from.  RED Flags all over this one guys.

Potential clients, the lien holders, have to sign up for the service through a local sponsor. Can you imagine the loan department of The Royal Bank of Canada or The Bank of Nova Scotia signing up for network marketing based service? I DON’T THINK SO! The way I see the setup of a local rep marching in to any bank and having a meeting with a branch manager to convince him to buy his database, I just don’t see where that is going to happen.

I went to Narc Technologies corporate website as of Aug 3/10.  It is ‘”under construction”. It has  been that way since 2008.


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Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership With A Vision

I cannot tell you what to think but I can teach you how to think.  Learn to be a critical thinker for your own protection.

Cash Gifting — Illegal Pyramid Schemes


Is cash gifting legal?  I hear people who are involved in the [opportunity] proclaiming it’s legitimacy.  These hoodwinked folks quote all the clauses to show support of the deal.  But they neglect to provide all of the details.  In Canada it is ILLEGAL to provide gifts of cash to anyone with an income opportunity attached.  You usually do not walk up to perfect strangers and hand them a Fed-Ex envelope stuffed with a magazine full of cash/check, with the intent that they too will seek others to do the same thing.  There is paying it forward and then there is “paying it forward”.

In an article published Feb 2009 by MLMWatchdog, Rod Cook, the Canadian Mounties, (equivalent to the USA FBI) were outraged to discover that a group of scammers were promoting the cash gifting program as being endorsed by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).

The gifting scammers screwed up Royally.mounties  They claimed RCMP endorsed them!  A group called ‘Women Empowering Women’ made a huge marketing mistake by using a  recruiting claim/slogan that the program was “endorsed by Mounties”.  It was a recruiting method that obviously was not so well thought out by this group of wanna be marketers. The slogan was used as pure enticement  to get more women into the scam! Women were flocking to hand over five thousand dollars to join the scam. The women arrested where all upper middle class and some had professional credentials.

The RCMP always get their man.

Click on the link below and LISTEN TO – RCMP Constable Jackie Pasarell crush the darlings!  http://www.energeticcity.ca/news/02/18/09/rcmp-says-fsj-pyramid-scheme-a-scam

More at MLMWatchDog    Hundreds Like This Marching In Snow?


since they are booming during the recession stealing people from you!


Here is the section of the Criminal Code that pertains to this issue (taken from here: http://www.canlii.org/ca/sta/c-46/sec206.html):)

Criminal Code PART VII:


Gaming and Betting 206. (1) Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years who (e) conducts, manages or is a party to any scheme, contrivance or operation of any kind by which any person, on payment of any sum of money, or the giving of any valuable security, or by obligating himself to pay any sum of money or give any valuable security, shall become entitled under the scheme, contrivance or operation to receive from the person conducting or managing the scheme, contrivance or operation, or any other person, a larger sum of money or amount of valuable security than the sum or amount paid or given, or to be paid or given, by reason of the fact that other persons have paid or given, or obligated themselves to pay or give any sum of money or valuable security under the scheme, contrivance or operation;

Know this, anyone looking into cash gifting; a pyramid scheme will loose it’s momentum and fast. The “business model” or structure of the scam is built in such away that it always falters and burns up. It’s a fact”! 

Unfortunately too many people act spontaneously, many people do not think the whole deal through.

The best thing that can happen from these situations is that people will learn from the mistakes and misfortunes of others. There is nothing to be ashamed of, just don’t do it ever! 

Those who engineered this scam will be in some pretty hot water for sure.

The lesson to be learned form this is to be watchful of those who are considering cash gifting as a means of making a quick buck.  If you do care about them then try to speak to them rationally as they will also try to involve YOU.

The majority of the women involved in this are neither naive, stupid nor malicious.  They saw an opportunity to improve their financial lives and in their circumstances and  did not consider the consequence.

Be careful out there, not everything that looks good is. Thank you Rod Cook for keeping us always up to date. Check out is site at http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/RC_Gifting.html

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Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership With A Vision


“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” — Galileo

Monitium Non Cents and Dangling Carrots


Ok there is a new kid on the block. Another Pre-Launch, Get in Now, Multiple Steams of Income (OUTGO!) getting ready to start up.  I’ve been spammed several times this new opportunity. The new kid on the block….Monitium.

The individuals who have been spamming me this deal don’t know one thing about me.  I actually investigate what others are wanting me to join.  I learned a while back to be a “Critical Thinker”.  After all it is my success and reputation that is at stake.

The concept or “How It Works” is this… recruit people into your genealogy, which Monitium tracks on your behalf (for a monthly fee) Then your team can join multiple MLM opportunities that are approved by Monitium’s Advisory Board and create multiple income streams so that if any company goes under, you still have income from the others.  The Advisory Board on an ongoing basis will be adding other companies, which anyone will be able to join as they choose.  I would think it would be in the Advisory Boards better interest to have chosen companies that would not be going under and they would not have to be on the hunt for other companies to add to their scheme.

This all seems very much like another program out there known as “The Team Building Project”.  I am not so sure just how proprietary Monitium is.

  1. There is never any guarantee in this industry that a company will never go belly up…even the most established company can go belly up.
  2. Monitium is at least giving you a warning if you decide to pay attention, “Then, at your discretion, you and your team can take part in this new outside MLM opportunity.
  3. If Monitium is NOT an MLM as their presentation video suggests, then why bother handing your hard earned money over to them to be the middle man of the companies that you will be joining.  You have to pay a monthly fee to them for what, having them “THINK” for you.  Come on people, wake up and take control of your own destiny.

Why am I having a big issue with this?

  • All income is based on recruiting even though it is not an MLM
  • Recruiting people into multiple income streams (if you can not build one how can you build 4 or 5 companies);  that have been investigated and approved by the Advisory Board. The Advisory board is NOT building your business, you are!
  • Not being able to use your own brain to think.  Don’t let  someone else do your thinking for you.  You are right back in the employee mindset you were hoping to get away from.

It is my personal belief that people who join network marketing do so because they see themselves as the “Boss”. imageThe “Boss” makes decisions for themselves and controls their own future without interference from a “middle man”.  Monitium has set  itself up as the “middle man” and your critical  thinking capability, if you join, has just been forfeited.

With Monitium making the decisions for you who do you suppose is really in control of your MLM future?  Your genealogy is YOUR”S no matter what company you are in. Why pay them a monthly fee to think for you.  What a dangling carrot this is.

Monitium is suggesting that if you join them that they are going to be able to protect you from the Big Bad MLM companies who are notorious for terminating distributors at their whim, (sole discretion).  Just how does Monitium  think they are going to protect you from the MLM company’s Policies and Procedures?  Monitium toting that they can deliver distributors (look the distributors are out there whether Monitium brings them to the company or not) has nothing to do with protecting you from the contract which you will sign as soon as you ticked the little box  “I agree to the terms”.  Monitium can NOT protect YOU from a legal document which has already been written.

I googled Ryan Vanderpool. Why because I had a notion;  they have all these “gurus” who are going to be YOUR Advisory Board.  My hunch was that most of these guys would be representing an MLM Company.  Ryan Vanderpool; well he is in Max International.  Why is this a big deal.  Because this is just another way of these “gurus” recruiting you into THEIR opportunity and them profiting from the deal not you. They are building their team not yours.

Reference to Integrity of Chris Cuccharia (Advisory Board member of Monitium and was also an Advisory Board member of the “Momentum Tour” launched by Max International. I found this legal document provided by a blogger of  court documents of a case against Ty Tribble, Bo Short and Chris Cuccharia. Read here: http://mlm-program.com/?p=15 Ty Tribble, Bo Short and Chris Cuccharia, secretly planned to take over the Master Distributor positions of Max International using pressure and attempting to gather support within its distributor base. Illegal activity.

Past history usually is a good indicator of future behaviour.  Need I say much more about this Advisory Board Member whom you will be putting your trust in?

Buck Reed…you may want to read up about Buck Reed here: http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?3,7004

Jim Bellacera, what MLM company does he represent, he has had association with MonaVie, Amway and others.  What do you suppose the chances will be that one or more of these companies will be on the approved list?

Look, when you are selling a fish, make sure to advertise the fish. In my opinion this new prelaunch is just a big guise to bolster the downlines of these top industry leaders. Let’s just see what companies are approved. Then we will know for sure.

Commit To Success Today
Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership With A Vision

Today’s MLM – ACN HIT BY MONTANA Attorney General

Montana Attorney General is Claiming It Is An Illegal Pyramid Scheme

Read the complete story history here: http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/Report_ACN.html


The Montana AG  filed pyramid charges against  ACN Inc., a North Carolina-based multilevel-marketing company that bills itself “The World’s Largest Direct Seller of Telecommunication Services,” the state of Montana accused ACN of operating a pyramid scheme. ~ Rod Cook


The Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (Monica J. Lindeen), has just issued a cease-and-desist order against the popular telecommunications company ACN. (The state of Montana in my opinion is on top of the MLM industry and watching out for you the distributor, many scams are being caught by this State…go Montana!)

A Pyramid Scheme is characterized like this…the biggest profits are made by the very few at the top and it is a complete waste (loss) for those at the bottom.

“The actions against ACN and its officers seek to shut down the company’s alleged unlawful operation before more people lose their hard-earned money.”


Those who have been involved in the investigation determined that it was “overwhelmingly against” any distributors/participants to make any money in ACN.

“In 2008, ACN recruited 91 Montana participants who paid approximately $61,741.69 to be a part of the program,” Lindeen’s office said. “Only two of the participants made any money, with one participant making $696 and the other making $700.”


It was further discovered during the investigation that 300 Montana reps paid ACN $239,000.00 to be a part of the program in 2009.


“ACN’s records indicate a mere $896.86 was paid out in compensation to these participants,” Lindeen’s office said.


Rod Cook of MLMWatchDog had these closing remarks that perhaps a few should take into consideration if you are in a similar pay plan as that of ACN.

"OUCH FOR ACN  !!!!!!!!!  Also watch Electrical Energy companies using same complan!"

Oddly enough some telecommunication and utility MLMs have been modeled  similarly to the old Excel compensation plan. Beware of companies where the primary commissions are paid from sign on bonuses or such things as Train the Trainer bonuses where the back end residual is pennies or less.

Folks numbers do not lie.  This is an income disclaimer from Ignite (Electrical Energy Co.) provided on their own website athttp://pdfs.streamenergy.net/pdfs/Disclosure_Page.pdfThe reporting period was from July 08 to June 09

The income statistics shown above are for all qualified Ignite Associates who were eligible to earn commissions and bonuses during the 12-month reporting period of July 2008 through June 2009.  A “Qualified Associate” is defined as an Associate who earned at least one
commission or bonus payment during the reporting period. The average annual income for all qualified Associates was $591.69.  During the reporting period 79.24% of all qualified Associates earned at least one commission or bonus payment.

Rod Cook has had his eye on Ignite and other energy companies for a while.  Are they on the State Attorney Generals radar as well?



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Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership with a vision

The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know
how to live to purpose. — Michel de Montaigne