Breaking MLM News: TVI Express Hit As A Pyramid By Australian Judge

Oz over at Behind MLM just reported that after the ACCC (Australian Competitive and Consumer Commission) was successful in STOPPING the principles of TVI Express from scamming more people temporarily, the ACCC has won a great victory for the consumers in Australia.

The People behind TVI Express…

Read the full report at…

Roughly a year and a half ago in May 2010, the Australian Competitive and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was succesful in obtaining a court order prohibiting Laulhati “Teddi” Jutsen, Tina Brownlee and David Scanlon from promoting the scheme, accepting payments from new “members” or paying other participants.

Identified as major players in TVI Express’ Australian operations, the effective order that Brownlee, Jutsen and Scanlon (left to right respectively in the photo right) cease of promotion of TVI has meant that over the past eighteen months, TVI Express has been promoted in Australia by others whilst a court battle raged over the legitimacy of the company itself.

Yesterday that court battle came to a climax and resulted in Justice John Nicholas making his final ruling: TVI Express is pyramid scheme. Read on…

You can also read the news report at The Daily Telegraph.

You can learn about the history of TVI Express in the USA in this series…

Ted Nuyten Reports TVI Express is Behind the Freedom of Speech DDOS Attack At Business For Home

Ted Nuyten founder of Business For Home Organization contacted me yesterday to fill me in on the professional cyber-terrorist attack against BusinessForHome.Org after he broke the story of the purported mastermind behind Travel Ventures International aka TVI Express, one of the few companies I have ever come right out and called a MLM Scam

Early on we reported on the Red Flags we had on this MLM Business Opportunity.

On May 20th, Ted Nuyten reported on several huge developments happening to TVI Express, and he exposed who he believes is the mastermind behind this MLM Scam.

“We have all reason to believe this is the TVI Express Mastermind:Tarun Trikha — the Madoff of India?”

Nuyten also listed some of the biggest players in Travel Ventures International, folks like:

Laulhati Jutsen, Tina Aroha Brownlee and David Graeme, whom the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) has ordered to STOP TVI Express presentations across Australia and New Zealand. The orders also restrain accepting payments from, or making payments to other participants in the scheme. The individuals are also required to place notices on various websites alerting members of the public to the ACCC’s court action.

Very quickly the Business For Home post went viral, slowing down the recruitment of unsuspecting prospects.

Now this weekend Ted Nuyten’s site is hit with a professional cyber-terrorist DDOS attack.

Freedom of Speech and providing a chain of evidence for folks to follow should NEVER be STOPPED! It is what it takes to allow all of us to fully understand the direction we should go. It allows us to determine our own path, with our eyes wide open.

Ted’s closing words to me in his email are” I WILL NEVER SURRENDER!”

I stand side by side with Ted, in making sure the evidence is presented so folks from all countries can decide the path they should follow.

Living An Epic Adventure,

Troy Dooly

MLM Scam Alert: TVI Express Update Top Leaders Arrested In Several Countries

We have been reviewing the TVI Express situation for several months. In the last few days and weeks we have seen an international crack down on TVI Express field leaders and others.

The two main MLM Watchdogs Rod Cook of the USA and Ted Nuyten of the Netherlands have covered TVI Express situation in detail.

Here is a list of TOP TVI Express Leaders as reported by Ted Nuyten of Business For Home Organization in the Netherlands.

Rod Cook the MLM Watchdog reports on the China crackdown of TVI Express leaders.

TVI Express Compensation Plan Is Explained By TVI Express Leader Kelly Williams

This post was updated on January 16th, 2010 after Mr. Kelly Williams contacted me with the following request…

“I am requesting you take my TVI business review videos off of your site. For the past 6 weeks or so I have not only stopped promoting TVI but have tirelessly tried to get answers and resolutions from TVI about issues I felt critical for the long term success and viability or their company with absolutely no response from them whatsoever.

After repeated promises from support staff that a decision maker would get back with me and even several calls setup by a founding distributor in India that ended up with no one even on the call, it was apparent my determination to help is simply landing on deaf ears. This left me with very unsettled feelings to their legitimacy and commitment to those in the trenches building their company.

Further research and investigating on various regulatory agencies sites added to my uneasy feelings and I increased my efforts to get their attention, to no avail, leaving me then with the following personal opinion.

Take it for what it is worth…

What appeared from the surface when I first researched TVI and then read your review, was an “outsider” looking in and taking shots at what appeared to me to be a great program, has now come full circle. Perhaps I and others should have been less critical of your stance and more diligent in our research and demanding of TVI.

I have since come to experience something so different from the inside. What appears, by the eye catching website and sensitive tag line, “Touching Lives Globally” is simply a mirror with deceit behind it’s reflective coating. With founders and decision makers nowhere to be found and office locations with no TVI representatives there, coupled with a promoted product that very few have
actually used, the reality behind their existence screams quite loudly to me.

They were created for one reason only and it is highly unlikely they will come out and tell us what that reason really is, but we all know.

The sad tale behind it all is the fact they did it all in the name of goodwill. I believe TVI has put so many wonderful
people simply trying to survive and help their families in today’s tight and turbulent economy and help others along the way
in jeopardy of damaging or even destroying their hard earned credibility.

It is simply an evil thing they have done!

Many are calling what I have chosen to do by sharing my experiences and opinion, evil.

I guess we are all entitled to our opinions but I feel when I see a train wreck, it is my responsibility to warn the passengers.

So I ask you to please remove the videos from your site so that I might put this ugly chapter behind me. I appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

If you would like to discuss this with me further over the phone, I would be happy to do so.

To Your Success,

Kelly Williams
“Make It A Pajama Commute”

I have always felt Kelly was a man of integrity, and although we disagreed with TVi, he did an excellent job of explaining the compensation plan at the time.

This public announcement is also the sign of a true Servant Leader. One who is willing to put his team first above all else.

TVI Express Is Still On The MLM Scam Radar At MLM Help Desk

TVI Express is still on the MLM Scam Radar here at MLM Help Desk.

Now several folks have commented on the first Video we did, and have mentioned I got the compensation plan all wrong.

The confusion seems to come form my mention of “cycling out of the Express board to earn residual income.” I was not stating that a TVI Express distributor cycled into a new matrix to be qualified for residual income. But, all TVI Express distributors, do have to cycle out to qualify. The residual income will be explained below.

Now, I do need to correct one issue, because after checking with the team, none of us are sure we got this part right.

In the first review one of the benchmarks we used was to check the website to see if it listed the “Privacy Policy” and the Terms Of Use Policy.” At the time we posted the first article, none of us saw it listed.

We are going to take full responsibility for missing it, and assume the company had it listed and we just missed it. However, they still do not list who the owners are behind the company, and the site is still showing “private” and hosted at Network Solutions here in the States. Raises questions.

Ok, now let’s take a look at the “Revolving Matrix” Everyone seems to think I have wrong.

1. There is a one-time buy-in of $250.00.

The one-time buy-in give you the ability to earn your original $250.00 back, plus a $250.00 eVoucher for a total of $500.00 in face amount. However, the pure cash payout is $250.00 which is only 7% of the total cash flow to the company, which is a grand total of $3750.0o.

It takes 15 people paying $250.00 each to fill up the Traveller Matrix.

The transition between the Traveller Matrix, and the Expreee Matrix, also earns the TVI Express a rank advancement to Silver Associate.

2. The Express Matrix Cycle

When the Traveller Matrix is filled the first time (15 positions paying a one-time fee of $250.00) the TVI Express distributor cycles to the Express Matrix where they have the opportunity to earn an addtional $15000.00 payout.

However, this is not as easy as it seems. Let’s recap a second. In order to cycle to the Express, you have to attract 15 people paying $250.00. (No not you personally, your upline, downline, everyone in the matrix.) However, keep in mind, to qualify for your $15,000.00 payout, you do have to personally help two people cycle out of the Traveller Matrix.

This means to earn $15,000 form the Express Matrix cycle, you need 15 people, who have each attracted 15 people. In other words you need 15 Travellers Matrix filled. 15×15 = 225 total in order for your to cycle out of the Express Matrix.

Here are how the numbers add up. 15 Traveller Matrix x $3750.00 = $56250.00 in total cash flow into the Express Matrix, with a $15000.00 payout. This equals 26.6% payout of total money taken in.

Now, here is the issue with this compensation plan as it pertains to TVIExpress. So far there has been 225 people recruited into the Traveller and the Express Matrix, A total face amount of $15,500.00 has been paid to the out to one distributor, from pure recruiting only.

No where is personal sales to anyone outside of the compensation plan ever mentioned. At least not until the person qualifies for residual downline commissions. This is a HUGE FTC red flag, and case law has already been set.

3. TVI Express Residual Income.

The issue with the residual income stems from the following phrase as found in the PowerPoint and on the link above.

Pays Till Infinity, No Ceiling, No Cap, No Cuttoffs!

The above as stated is mathematically imposable. You can’t payout more than 100% of every dollar. And the above statement is very clear, there is a huge potential for higher than 100% payouts at the Gold Associate and higher ranks.

4. TVI Express Monthly Power-Pool Bonus

This bonus is 2% of current monthly revenues to the company. Although this is a very standard bonus, 2% of revenues is an ambiguous statement. Are they referring to gross monthly revenues, or net monthly revenues? And, if it is Net Monthly Revenue, what is the definition of “Net Revenues” for this company?

Although, very few of the total field force will reach this position, those who do, should be asking this question.

5. TVI Express Incentive Bonus

TVI Express does offer nice Incentives to their top distributors. The incentives above all start after a didtributor cycles out of the Express Matrix 3 times. So let’s do a little math recap.

225 x 3 cycles = 675 people. These 675 x $3,750.00 (the total buy-in of the Traveller Matrix) = $2,531,250.00 revenue generated to the company. Total payout to the cycling distributor 3 x $15,000 = $45,000.00 (not counting the Traveller Matrix payout.)

Well, the company is making fantastic money, a few top players are making huge incomes, and the rest of the folks are giving it their all.

Folks, to sum things up…

The parent company of TVI Express, from a distance seems to be a legitimate company, with brand named channel partners, which we stated in our first article.

However, I question the privacy, where the company is truly located and who is the real masterminds behind the game.

Based on current case law, I still see the Network marketing Arm, as an MLM Scam, and not a MLM opportunity which will last, based on what we currently see.

Here is the full TVI Express Compensation PowerPoint Presentation.

Although there are some hazy parts to the presentation I think I am pretty close to the reality.

If anyone feels I am wrong in the numbers please feel free to send me a spreadsheet showing the correct numbers and I will gladly update.

Living An Epic Adventure,