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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Another GIN scavenger: "carrion" on a proud Scamworld tradition

As serial scammer Kevin Trudeau's GIN scampire continues to disintegrate in the face of the receivership and the looming court cases, the scavengers are circling, and have been for most of this year, picking off the flesh before the beast is even dead. There's the IBMS Master's Society, founded by Trudeau's ex-b.f.f. Mocktor Leonard Coldwell and Trudeau's ex-marketing guy Peter Wink.

But if you think that the IMBS-ing U Master Baiter's Seekrit Society is the only GIN-n-Katie scavenger game in town, you'd be sadly mistaken. Another scavenger, one Matt DuBiel, formerly of KTRN Radio Network but still a force to be reckoned with on Internet radio, has also been circling the near-kill. He's been a busy little carrion feeder over the past few days.

A few days ago a former GIN member sent me a copy of an email Matt had sent out, promoting a new "course" by a guy who calls himself The Nomad Capitalist.

From: KTRNusa@gmail.com
Subject: he got his freedom back!
Date: 9 October, 2013 1:07:33 PM EDT

Hi [Name]!
My good friend recently took matters into his own hands to reclaim his FREEDOM from this police state.
I just got off the phone with him...
He literally just put the finishing touches on an amazing in depth online course that will teach us how to do the same.
He's calling it Offshore 101, but that's a fancy way of saying "take your freedom back and use whatever countries will help you".
He likes to say, go where you are treated BEST...for banking, for citizenship, for business, for travel...
This Offshore 101 Course is SIX HOURS of amazing information they don't want you to know about...and it's 100% LEGAL!
It's broken up into 10 parts so you can start and stop as needed.
He sells this course online for $200, but I asked him to give people I know 50% off...AND HE AGREED, but this special expires tomorrow at midnight.
Grab this now and learn how to reclaim your freedom.
Use the DISCOUNT CODE: radio
CLICK HERE [link removed by me ~CC] TO GET 50% NOW
You'll get HALF off immediately!  But do it before midnight tomorrow.
P.S.  Learn how to reclaim your GLOBAL freedom, get 50% off the best 6 hours of material available on the subject...click here [link removed by me ~ CC] and use the discount code radio.
The "Nomad Capitalist" is one Andrew Henderson. Though Kevin himself more than likely had nothing to do with this email, it's still more than a little ironic that it's coming from someone even remotely associated with Kevin, when Kevin's own attempts to become a "free" citizen of the world -- more specifically, to hide his assets in far flung corners of the globe -- are a big part of why he is in the mess in which he currently finds himself.

But you have to pity poor Matt, who had one of his big platforms and income streams snatched out from under him when that mean receiver closed down the KTRN site. Another ex-GIN pal just got this in the emails yesterday:

From: "KTRNusa@gmail.com
Date: October 11, 2013 at 3:57:01 PM EDT
Subject: they killed KTRN..
Did you see the KTRN site has been taken down???
Who knows what they'll take down next...
I'm emailing because I am building a team of super motivated go-getters...and I'd like you to consider joining me.This is going to be like NOTHING you've ever been a part of.
It's got HUGE money making potential, the members are tip notch..and I got started for $25.
You can use this to promote your other MLMs, Network Marketing businesses, websites...you name it. 
The internet training is where you really get tremendous value though. 
You'll learn how to actually use the web to make money instead of waste time!
People who get on my team early are going to get media perks and special mastermind opportunities....
My group will use radio and tv to make this explode...
Get in now.  I'm telling ya!  This started AFTER GIN...and it's now BIGGER by over 100x.
This video explains everything.
P.S.  Watch this free video [link removed by me ~CC] and let's make something cool happen!
Can you guess what this big op is, boys and girls? That's right, it's the scammy, scummy Empower Network's scummiest scam yet -- BlogBeast. (Empower has been thoroughly covered on Omri's Glancingweb blog and lately visited by the Salty Droid as well.)

You really can't blame Matt for exploiting his GIN and Katie creds, even indirectly, and trying to pick up the pieces of his Scamworld career by exploring other opportunities. Like most of Katie's former cohorts, Matt may feel a bit betrayed by Katie's duplicity, not to mention that he may be feeling desperate, now that the sure thing he had has been taken away. That's probably why he felt he had little to lose when reportedly spilling some info to Peter Wink last year, which Peter shared on Facebook earlier this year (I didn't screen-shoot the conversations but they ended up on the Quatloos forum, whose members apparently didn't realize that Abe was not a "high level" GIN member):
...I also had a phone conversation shorty [sic] after I was done with GIN with Matt DuBiel of KTRN who told me that he taped the entire Your Wish is Your Command program for KT in Chicago, so everything fell right into place...
You'll have to consider the source(s), but in this instance I believe Peter was telling the truth and that Matt was too, regarding the taping of Your Wish Is Your Command.

At any rate, I strongly suspect that the Nomad Capitalist and BlogBeast ops are not the last we'll be hearing from Matt, and I expect that Matt will not be the last of the former Katie cohorts to try to continue to make his way in Scamworld, using Katie and GIN in any way they can. That's how it works: the big sick machine just hums on and on and on. Even if (when) GIN dies or is totally re-branded without Katie, and even if Katie ends up rockin' the orange for a while, Scamworld will live on.

You know... no neat and tidy endings.

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Blogger Tonya Miller said...

Empower Network is not a scam, but you need some good skills to promote the program and like I stated above, everyone have different skills and also a different approach towards things, what works for me wont necessary work for you. Doubt is an awful thing, rather be hundred percent sure before deciding.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Zic the Wyrdo said...

"Anyway, if you think that the IMBS-ing U Master Baiter's Seekrit Society and the OMGASS (OMGanotherscam) Society are the only GIN-n-Katie scavenger games in town, you'd be sadly mistaken."

I suppose this is what happens when an empire gets destroyed--there are pieces left and smaller, petty scammers squabble for the scraps. meh

It just basically means that the screwed over people keep getting screwed over, just in new ways. meh-meh

Furry cows moo and decompress.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Banjo said...

In that case, thanks. I am 100% sure that this is just about the weakest scam so far. It is targeting the dumbest of the gullible wannabe scammers. As with all MLMs your market is already saturated and therefore you are destined to fail. With Empower specifically, you have to find people with such low IQs to be a part of it that the pickins are gonna be slim.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Well, I see that Tonya's embedded link is to a video that has now been removed from the Interwebz, and I also see by following Tonya's link that she is a high school student. Better to learn these lessons young, Tonya, and maybe you will stay away from Scamworld in the future. Or have you gone to Vemma now? They are trying to capture the youth market.

Wyrd, you are right about the smaller, petty scammers squabbling for the scraps of the dying beast. Deja screw all over again, as I like to say.

Tom Banjo, not everyone who falls for Empower is dumb but most are either naive/gullible, or are banking on the naivete and gullibility of others.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:42:00 AM  

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