Achieve Community Scam

My subscribers have requested I take a look into The Achieve Community.  The Achieve Community makes some very bold claims about how you can turn $50 into any amount of money you want.  Here is what I have found out about this community.

Update: The Achieve Community has now been shutdown and charged with fraud by the SEC.

Achieve Community Scam Claims

NOW ANYONE CAN LIVE THEIR DREAM!

Everyone will have the opportunity to begin now to create the life you really want to live.

You turn $50 into $400 as many times as you want!

800% return on your purchase!

With your one time $50 payment you will receive an advertising banner, superior online marketing programs, access to our members area where you can get more training and resources to continue to help you as you grow your businesses.

Achieve Community Scam Opportunity Video

Achieve Community Scam Reality

The Achieve Community was launched in July of 2014.

The co-founders of The Achieve Community are Troy Barnes and Kristi Johnson.

Troy BarnesKristi Johnson

This dynamic duo has been involved in many other business opportunities.  Now they have started their own.

In my opinion, the vast majority of the opportunities they have been involved with are scams.

Skinny Body Care
Empower Network
Quanta
Xplocial
L9
Pro Matrix Plus

Below is a video of Troy Barnes introducing you to The Achieve Community.

Troy Barnes Achieve Community Video

Products

A library of marketing products and training for you with new products every month.

An advertising banner with each $50 purchase.

The Achieve Community has no retailable products other than joining the business opportunity. The products are used to encourage you to join the business opportunity. You can’t expect to make money from retailing the products.

Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money. – Source FTC Bottom Line About Multi-level Marketing Plans

Compensation Plan

The Achieve Community compensation plan is a Forced Matrix.  Everyone that purchases a position in the matrix is added to the same matrix. A Forced Matrix is just a fancy name for a pyramid.

You purchase a $50 position in the matrix.

Fifteen people after you purchase positions, you are paid $100.

After another 260 positions have been purchased, you are paid $100.

After another 255 positions have been purchased, you are paid $200.

After you have received your third payment, you must purchase an additional position to continue to receive payments.

The Achieve Community Scam Compensation Plan Video

Each individual who profits, therefore, does so primarily from the payments of others who are themselves making payments in order to obtain their own profit. In my opinion, this is a clear pyramid scheme.

Income Disclaimer 

There is no guarantee that you will earn any money using the techniques and ideas in these materials. – Source Achieve Community Income Disclaimer

If this is the case, why are they offering to turn $50 into $400?  They do not offer any average income for representatives in their disclaimer to back up their income claims.

Refund Policy

They have a no refund policy. – Source Achieve Community Terms of Service

Achieve Community Current Problems

They can accept payments from you, but they are unable to pay you!

Achieve Community Update
Hello Achieve Community….
We sent emails out to our community today to let you know that we had to work on our site, and we would be down.
We have always been completely upfront with our community and we won’t stop now, although this is one of the most difficult updates I have ever had to do.
We have tried to work with our processors to provide what we would need in the future for our community – but they have limits set by their own merchant accounts and have come to the conclusion that they can not accommodate the incomes we are, and will be, generating now. To be fair, our growth was very fast and took everyone by surprise!
Simply put – when you sign up with us or repurchase using a bank card we can use several different processors and rotate them so none of them get overwhelmed. But we only had one processor for pay outs. Their limits just could not accommodate our growth. They determined that we needed to find other options.
Since we can’t payout until we find a replacement, we disabled all sign ups and repurchases – we aren’t going to take in money until we can pay it out, that’s just not how we would ever operate.
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Those of you who have been paid still have access to your accounts with them and can get your funds.
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To be completely honest I don’t know what affect this will have on our momentum….I’ve never seen a community with the spirit of Achieve and can’t help but believe we can continue to flourish once we have new processors….I hope you all agree.
I can’t tell you how long this will take, I have meetings tomorrow and Friday set up to talk with several companies and banks that have an interest in working with us, but it takes them time to assess us before they come on board.
The positive side of this is that we will be showing them what we’ve done so far and know they will be prepared for us and able to accommodate our growing needs….so whatever we do it will be lasting!
As soon as there is more information you will hear it. We aren’t going anywhere. We won’t stop until we have a solution. The rest is up to you….will you stay with our incredibly successful program? Will you help us keep this dream alive and possible? I hope so. I believe in Achieve.
Thank you all.
Troy and Kristi
Posted by Kristi Johnson Nov 2014. – Source Behindmlm Comments

Achieve Community Scam Conclusion

The Achieve Community has no retailable products other than joining the business opportunity. The products are used to encourage you to join the business opportunity. You can’t expect to make money from retailing the products. Each individual who profits, therefore, does so primarily from the payments of others who are themselves making payments in order to obtain their own profit. In my opinion, this is a clear pyramid scheme. Avoid this scam of a business opportunity.

What Is A Product-Based Pyramid Scheme?