Don’t fall into any more scams! First launched in 2015, high traffic academy 2.0 created quite a hype back then and now in 2017, there are talks of high traffic academy 3.0 to be launch soon.
In my post below, I will attempt to provide some background and insight on this program and expose it for the scam it is.
It started way back with the Four Percent Group, which provides a training center for aspiring entreprenuers and internet marketers.
Founder: Vick Strizheus (orginally, Vitaliy Strizheus, who is from Ukraine. He was convicted for insurance theft and actually served sentence in 2009. He did try to mitigate this by explaining his behavior in this youtube video)
Why is it a Scam?
fourpercent.com (website still FUNCTIONING)
The Four Percent Group
If you search for fourpercent.com, only the https version shows up. Search for the http version, you will get redirected but the domain name still seems to be reserved (looking for a comeback perhaps?)
For the https version, it is functioning. If you click into products > marketplace to see, there are lots of training program listed.
Now there are several programs under their “Best Selling Products”, and there are some free items listed which get people excited. Here’s sample of some of the prices:
– Get Response Starter Guide (PDF) – Free
– Click Funnels Starter Guide (PDF) – Free
Next, I check out their premium items, prices ranging from $49.00 to $1,997.00.
Look closer and I found that ALL of them are OUT OF STOCK!
For the life of me, I couldn’t fathom how pdf products can be out of stock.
Then I realized it’s a way of increasing the hype, giving people the misconception that they are very popular. A misconception which I will explain further below.
Being out-of-stock is actually good news for people who landed on this website, as they won’t get duped into buying.
But the bad news is, because many people know about the Four Percent Group being a scam and know to steer clear of them, the people behind it just went on and set up their websites under different domain names and different programs.
After more research, I found out these are not really out-of-stock, they have just repackaged it and marketed these products in a different place. More information below.
So now we are on the tip of the iceberg, I will be showing you more names and training programs to avoid, read on…
7figuremarketingschool.com (website TAKEN DOWN)
7 Figure Marketing School
There was an official “run away” complaint against this website in ripoffreport. Read this complaint from a person who signed up to the program in 2010.
Another person posted this question in the forums (check out the useful and interesting answers):
This forum here shows many people promoting this program, they actually stated how they made money from the program. What I find interesting is that, when I click on the websites of these people promoting it, most of them are gone.
If you continue to read the replies below from the forum, there is major evidence that this is a scam!
Well, this was 7 years ago, but the trail goes on…
globalsuccessclub.com (DOMAIN AVAILALE FOR PURCHASE $2195)
Global Success Club
This program created a lot of hype on launching, from 2009 to 2014, there were still people talking about it and also promoting it.
Found this review on Vick Strizheus in one of the promoting websites for Global Success Club:
P.s People are still commenting on the post last year in mid 2016, but judging from their reactions, people have gotten wiser to the fact that all these programs marketed based on a lot of hype.
They are just what they are, a hype! You probably won’t get much value from them and maybe only after you have forked out thousands of hard earned dollars.
bigideamastermind.com (website TAKEN DOWN)
Although the website is defunct now, it has morphed into a different site at bigideamastermindtoday.com, where Vick welcomes you to join him to become rich by earning a monthly income of $5,000 or more “from your home or your favorite beach”. (Nice imagery and an instant win!)
To increase the idea of scarcity, he claims that “seats are limited”. It is indeed limited as the link is gone!
scamxposer exposed the scam in details.
High Traffic Academy
Let’s get to the meat of the review.
This website has been re-designed for success as it is attractive and used many powerful words for their programs.
Many of the programs are repackaged from the fourpercent website as I said above.
Now this website is marketing their core training ($1997.00 for 1 year)
A four-steps program is listed – Mastery, Traffic, Conversion, Advanced
Some of the training programs include:
– 7 Figure Blueprint
– Creating Your Capture Machine
– Data Secrets
– Facebook, Video, Twitter, PPC traffic
Don’t they sound alluring? (I felt like signing up immediately)
High Traffic Academy 2.0 – Project Breakthrough
This is marketed under video seminars which took place in 2015.
Cost: 197.00 (unclear whether it’s per video or for all of them)
I have to admit that I did not purchase and watch the video so I can’t say whether they will be useful.
One thing that puts me off this website is the lack of transparency.
Each module is listed out clearly but they are unclear on the prices. Is it an individual price, package price or what?
If I do decide to sign up, I have no idea what I will be getting.
There is no information on how the content will be delivered, no contact information and most of the links lead me to a login page.
One thing to note, there is no mention of the trainer, no contact person, no introduction of a website owner. Vick is not mentioned anywhere (except for the training program named Traffic Mastery)
vick-strizheus.com (MAKING A COMEBACK IN 2017)
High Traffic Academy 3.0
Recently there are talks of the 3.0 version (RUNNING IN FULL BLAST IN 2017), and this is the newest website I have found.
This was set up in mid 2016.
He is marketing this through Youtube and Facebook and is giving out tips with about 80 posts written so far (as at May 2017).
“Avoid SCAMS like the plague but be Equipped with the knowledge
to identify the Legitimate Programs”
Ways to avoid scams
I guess the only way to avoid scams is to be careful of pulling your wallet out. Make sure to do background research thoroughly.
If you can, get a free trial of any products you are interested in. If people are willing to give free trials, that shows confidence in their products and less likely to be a scam.
So after all these research, I personally would be wary of this guy called Vick Strizheus and anything related to him, but let’s hear your views.
Have any of you signed up for any of the programs? Have you learnt anything or made any money from it?
Or would you like to help others avoid scams by adding on to the list?
Would love to have your comments below.