I’ve been scammed by a company in Utah that advertised on TV about a real estate program (SNAP FLIP) that could change one’s life.
Not only did it advertise you can use other people’s money to help make these deals, you didn’t need to be licensed. There was also a source of cash flow while you worked the business.
I was given coaching but not for step by step real deal to completion and to be safe in doing so. I had a second layer of charges to gain a software that would accelerate success by providing calculator, locating cash buyers and real estate brokers willing to work with investors (wholesalers), locate properties and more.
I was coached to do my own searching and heard how “others had no idea”. I was guaranteed if I put in 15 hours each week I would be successful and pay down debt quickly.
During those weeks I reminded my coach of a warranty that wasn’t being honored. At the last class came the admission that the software couldn’t be trusted. I tried to reach other trainers especially the one who sign the warranty without much success. I’ve found that Response Marketing Group is not Utah BBB approved. I’ve recently found that an employee rating their workplace at Response (on the glass door website). That employee was very clear in calling the programs a scam and also recognized that there is not emphasis on professionalism. I’ve been able to get such a small portion of my money back ($25K out of $55K) spent on the real estate program and nothing for the Interactive Traders.
All told $90K. I’ve gone into debt elimination with Actify but they don’t pay debt, negotiate to settle and have legal protection for disqualifying the debt. I’ve paid since Nov about $750.00 per month. I fear wage garnishments and would have been better off if I had stayed with Freedom Debt Relief.
Recently I’ve contacted Alyssa Bradford of New Era. I’m hearing from Accredited if I give them the $15K I have that they can possibly get me out of debt in 3-6 mos.
I’m really scared to death and don’t know what is possible.
I’m trying to reach the New York Attorney General’s office because I’ve recently found the owner of Mansueto Ventures is the person the owns Response Marketing Group that is in more than one location. Your advice is appreciated.
Charlene Walkup (978)897-7058 Craigslist earlier this year had an article on how real estate investment groups recognized the predatory programs targeting seniors. I’ve been in contact with them and they have admitted that wholesaling isn’t a way to making a living.
I was upfront about not knowing anything about real estate and lived in a rural area and needed to make a living. I should not need to find anyone else to help me understand what to do. I also stated that I wanted to do wholesale.
I think that the focus is on renovation, however. The proof of purchase letter that I’ve produced isn’t recognized by real estate people I’ve found and the people I’ve contacted aren’t receptive to investors (wholesalers). I’ve been told that they can find their own cash buyers and rehab people.
It’s not such a SNAP to FLIP.
Consumer Action Taken:
I’ve contacted attorneys, attorney general offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. I’ve contacted the Better Business Bureau in Utah and the FTC. I’ve contacted WBZ for actions and NBC 10 Boston for consumers. I contacted Response Marketing and talked to another trainer and was told I was lazy.
Date This Problem Happened: June 17, 2017
State You Live in: Massachusettes
Age Range: 51-65
Total Amount of Fee Paid: $90,000
Company Name: Response Marketing Group
380 Technology Ct
Lindon, UT 84042
Company Telephone Number: 877-542-1685
Website of Company: response.com
The site terms and conditions say the company is located at Response Marketing Group, LLC, 5406 West 11000 North Suite 1013, Highland, UT 84003 and the State of Utah says Phillip Wood Smith is the manager of the LLC. Smith is listed as being at 10132 N 5750 W, Highland, UT 84003.
The company website states, “If you are unsatisfied for any reason and wish to request a refund, please call customer service at (877) 542-1685 Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM or send your request to Response Marketing Group, LLC, 5406 West 11000 North Suite 1013, Highland, UT 84003.”
The State of Utah says Response Marketing Group, LLC is also doing business as:
FLIPPING FOR LIFE
US EDUCATION ADVANCE
CASH FLOW EDU
EVTECH MEDIA NORTH
3 DAY REAL ESTATE TRAINING
SIMPLE REAL PROPERTY TRAINING
FLIP FOR LIFE
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