Email List Direct – Mass Bounty Affiliates Scam Marketing Campaigns, Worthless Email Marketing Leads
My Complaint: I was contacted in Australia by a Michael Berkeley in February 2014 saying that he got my name through HostZilla. Upon reflection I realised that a week before this contact I received a call from a Carlton Eastwood who said the same thing and I said I wasnt interested.
Michael asked me to participate in a joint venture with him where he would get 20% of earnings and I would receive 80% earnings. The venture involved paying for 100% bondafide, qualified leads from Email List Direct LLC. Because I would be getting high quality leads of people who were guaranteed to be interested in the product I would have a higher degree of success. I was to market a well-known diet product, Garcinia Cambogia, to the email addresses they would provide me. He said this product was currently selling at an 8% conversion rate and assured me that he would make sure that I made upwards of $100k using this method, since he had families that he had trained that were achieving this result.
In order to take part I would have to buy the leads, undertake online training, pay for a website with Zicara Hosting to be set up ($199 + $99/year for hosting) and purchase software to the amount of USD $300.
While on the initial phone call, Michael put me in a three-way phone chat with a Bill Richmont from Email List Direct LLC and ordered the leads on my behalf. He told me to send a Bank Draft in US Dollars (sent 10 February 2014) in an overnight express bag to Email List Direct LLC in order for me to get the leads they promised me. The launch date for my site was supposed to be 27 February 2014. I was to receive my leads 2 days before, but no one contacted me nor responded to my emails in the lead up to this. It was like, once they had the money they had virtually stopped contact.
I had paid for 10,000 leads at $1.00/lead to be delivered and nothing came in time for the launch. Then, I think it was the day before the launch, the gentleman named Bill Richmont from Email List Direct LLC in the US rang me to say that if I purchased more leads, then Benjamin Carter (a highly revered leads expert at Email List Direct) would hand-pick my leads and in turn I would receive a higher conversion rate of about 10 – 15%. He said others in Australia had bought $45,000 in leads, but I told him all I could afford was another 8,000. So I bought another 8,000 leads worth USD$8,000 (the last of my savings). For several months I asked for them to send me the leads, but I just got emails saying they would ring me and then they would never ring. They kept saying they would help me but the assistance was rare. I felt like they had taken my money and I was never going to see it again. It wasnt until the end of June 2014 (5 months later) and after hounding them so often, that I finally received the leads. A man named Mark Navi (around 23 years old) had started to help me and set me up to send the leads out. When I started sending them out, more than half of the leads were not real or bad only a 51% deliverability rate and certainly not a qualified leads as I was told. The Mandrill server I was using stopped my account and told me the leads were ‘dirty’ and I couldn’t send any more out. Some of the email leads were even set up as [email protected] or [email protected]. Then after complaining about this and asking for a refund a man named, Robert Miyagi started ringing me regularly to pacify me. He convinced me to try another product to promote as this other product was giving higher conversion rates than the other product. He also said that Email List Direct would replace all the leads they gave me from the first campaign. So I paid for another site to be set up ($199 and which meant they got more commission from Zicara) and started sending out the leads at the beginning of August. The first 600 leads ended up being as bad as the first lot. When I confronted them again, they threatened me with legal action and told me that I now owed them double the amount for the second lot of leads they sent. When Michael rang me and I told him I wanted a refund he was abusive and aggressive and told me, “You won’t be getting your “fr*#kin refund”.
Details of all parties involved:
Michael Berkeley, Michael Hampton or Michael Kennedy (they are all the same person, he keeps changing his last name): [email protected], [email protected]
Mark Navi: [email protected];
Vivian from Email List Direct: [email protected] Phone: 877-565-3297
The group that I assume Michael is running is now calling themselves Mass Bounty Affiliates. All I can find on this company is this google link: support.mbahelpdesk.com…
which is the helpdesk software they have recently started using.
If you email the the email address on their site: [email protected] it actually gets returned as a failure. When I contacted the company through the chat function to ask about Bill Richmont and whether he worked there, I was told that he had been with the company 3 years. When I looked up the company details, the LLC was only set up in 2013, so this is not possible he has been there 3 years. These people are professional scammers and I don’t want other people to suffer the same consequences. Currently, under the guise of Mass Bounty Affiliates, have been using a female named Angie to contact members of www.my.wealthyaffiliate.com. They tell them that they are working in conjunction with the founders of that site, but this is just a ploy to scam those people. Do not trust a word these people say. If you’re a victim, then please lodge complaints with BBB, Internet Crime Complaint Center, Federal Trade Commission and with your local authorities. The more people who complain and expose these people, the more we can stop them from doing it to others.
My Demand: I Want a Full Refund