Update 3/9/2012: Freedom Agency Online Is Now Going By Fortune Agency Online.
This Freedom Agency Online review of red flags covers numerous parts of the sales process that you should know about.
Freedom Agency Online Is Using A Conditional Refund Policy
It’s important that you understand EXACTLY how the the Freedom Agency Online refund policy works. Their refund policy states:
“REFUND POLICY and IRON CLAD 30-DAY GUARANTEE
Customers who feel that the Freedom Agency Online is not for them may cancel at anytime. In order to be eligible for the IRON CLAD 30-Day GUARANTEE the customer must have logged into the system, and attempted the program for at least 20 days. If they have not achieved their desired results after trying the program for 20 days they may contact customer support to request their refund. Failure to try the program for the minimum time frame may result in forfeiture of guarantee.
By joining today you will also gain immediately access to a free 30 minute professional business consultation to gain an accurate assessment of your business needs. This bonus gift is itself valued at $199.00, and it’s yours today for FREE as a fast-action bonus! This offer is only available for 72 hours from the time that you complete your initial purchase.”
That’s called a conditional refund guarantee and you should stay FAR, FAR away from any company that offers one. Why, because you have no idea what they mean by “attempted the program” and they don’t define it and questionable companies use weasel-wording in conditional refund guarantees to get out paying refunds.
Freedom Agency Online Offers A “Free” Consultation
Although a free consultation might sound great, it’s potentially the most financially dangerous aspect of the Freedom Agency Online product.
Over the past few years I’ve heard tons of horror stories from people being high-pressured to spend thousands of dollars after getting a “free 1 on 1 training consultation” – usually trying to get them to buy very bad coaching or worthless traffic, so it’s a HUGE concern anytime I see wording that suggests they might be contacted by phone by a “coach” to “help” them.
Maybe Freedom Agency Online is different, but I doubt it.
Summary Of Other Freedom Agency Online Red Flags
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #1) “Work At Home Opportunities Have Been Featured On” claim
Freedom Agency Online uses the claim “Work At Home Opportunities Have Been Featured On” on the first page and then lists these logos:
- Fox News Channel
The phrase “Work At Home Opportunities Have Been Featured On” Freedom Agency Online is meaningless. While OTHER Work At Home Opportunities have been featured on those news channels, that has NOTHING to do with Freedom Agency Online.
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #2) Security Seals Are NOT Clickable To A 3rd Party Site
Security seals should be click out to a 3rd party verification site – otherwise they are meaningless. Internet Income Wealth Kit uses the following seals that do NOT click out to a 3rd party verification site:
- Verisign Secured
- McAfee Secure
- TRUSTe EU Safe Harbor
You can see that in the video below:
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #3) Headline #1 Used By Questionable Sites
The headline of the first page of Freedom Agency Online makes the claim:
“Make money and change your life NOW! Within 5 minutes you could be making up to $87 an hour and work from the comfort of your own home!”
Variations of that type of headline have been used by hundreds of questionable sites that all look extremely similar to Freedom Agency Online.
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #4) Headline #2 Used By Questionable Sites
The headline of the second page of Freedom Agency Online makes the claim:
“If You Can Spare 60 Minutes A Day, We Can Offer You A Certified, Proven Work From Home Opportunity To Make Up To $379 Per Day!”
In this, case that EXACT claim has been used by hundreds of questionable sites that all look extremely similar to Freedom Agency Online.
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #5) Bogus Income Projection Table
Freedom Agency Online displays a table so that you can imagine all the money you can make by posting links. The problem is tables like these aren’t based in any sort of reality. You see, the only way you get paid in a program like Freedom Agency Online is if someone finds your link, clicks on your link, then takes an action such as buying product, filling out a form (such as filling out a detailed insurance quote form that will allow an insurance company to follow up with them).
In other words, just because you PLACE an ad containing a link, does NOT mean you’ll get paid from doing so. In fact, most of the time you WON’T.
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #6) Bogus Karl Goodard Story
The exact same Karl Goodard Story has been used across numerous questionable websites. The only difference is the fake name of the person the story is about. I’ve made a small sampling of that in this video for another site just like Freedom Agency Online:
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #7) Testimonials That Potentially Violate The FTC’s No Safe Harbor Guidelines
On the second page of Freedom Agency Online there are testimonials about income earned:
- “Ernest T.” claims, “Within 1 month I was making over $300 a day and now 2 months later I’m making an average of $450 a day and I’m still keeping my day job.”
- “Sarah & Luke Delfino” claim they made $2,000 in their first 3 weeks
These At Home Cash Money testimonials potentially violate the FTC’s recent No Safe Harbor Guidelines concerning the use of testimonials. Those guidelines state:
“…the use of a disclaimer such as “results not typical” is no longer a safe harbor for the claims made in testimonials. Third, while you may use atypical or best-case testimonials, if you do, you should clearly and conspicuously disclose the generally expected results consumers can expect in the depicted circumstances. Of course, the best practice, and the less risky practice, is to use testimonials that actually reflect what your product or services is likely to deliver. In other words, rather than run ads that give with one hand but take away with the other, it would be better for your ads to give a clear picture of the results a consumer will actually get.”
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #8) Diana Thompson Is A Stock Photo
In case you hadn’t noticed, you should realize that Diana Thompson is a made up person using a stock photo. Click here to see the Stock Photo Freedom Agency Online used.
Freedom Agency Online Red Flag #9) Promoted By A Site CLAIMING To Be An Advertisement
Freedom Agency Online is being promoted by a site called Career Path Journal. Career Path Journal would LIKE you to think that it’s an advertorial…however there are NUMEROUS problems with that claim:
The so-called advertorial is using FAKE COMMENTS which it wants people to believe are REAL comments. In fact, the FTC addressed this point recently in charges they filed against against other operators of fake news sites, when the FTC stated that the defendants deceptively represented that comments following the “articles” on their websites reflect the views of independent consumers.
So, even though Career Path Journal is using “Advertisement” in it’s heading, it is STILL deceptively representing that the comments following the story on the site reflect the views of independent consumers.
How can you tell the comments are fake? Because the same comments are used all over the web to promote all kinds of different products. Take “Kenneth”‘s comment at Career Path Journal for instance…where he says:
“Simon: you have to work and use the computer and internet, and if you can do that and dedicate some time each day then you can do this with no problem.
I have been working with this for a month and have made over $2,000 already. let me know if you need more help.”
Here’s a screenshot of that same comment used across multiple sites all promoting DIFFERENT products:
Here’s A Video Showing That Same Comment Promoting Multiple Products On Multiple Fake News sites:
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