Got a GIN hangover? Here's a Neo-flopportunity for you!
There's a new flopportunity in Scamworld. Or should I say, there's a "Neo-flopportunity." Now-jailed serial scammer Kevin Trudeau's Ponzi-like Global Information Network (GIN) is imploding, and the MLM portion has been suspended, so the top earners and others are scrambling to find a new scam -- or in some cases, to dust off the old scams. One such top GIN earner, dustin' off the old scams and makin' 'em Nouveau again, is Mark Hamilton (real name Wallace Ward, Jr.; Whirled name Mark Scamilton).
Scamilton apparently isn't on Facebook, at least not under his real fake name, but he obviously doesn't need to be, because there are plenty of folks willing to promote him via social media. As is the case with most promos for flopportunity launches, the person promoting this one, former Twelve Visions Party presidential candidate Jill Reed, is pretty coy about the scheme on her public Facebook post from November 24. She doesn't say exactly what it is. However, there are references to an email blast sent out.
This seems to be the flopportunity in question: the chance to sell overpriced manuscripts of seekrit wisdumb, which are basically what the Neo-scampire has been selling for decades. In the past they old-school-marketed mostly to the elderly and under-educated, sending them "personalized" letters that told them they were Very Special People, and offering them special "heirloom editions" that had their name on the cover and everything. Now the Neo-scammers are trying to open up new markets, via an MLM.
More accurately, it's probably starting life as just a one-level affiliate program and clever lead-generation scheme for Scamilton and possibly some of his joint-venture partners (more on that below). But still.
Here is the core frauduct line, which is almost certainly just the tip of the Neo-iceberg (click to enlarge):
There's even a link to a sign-up page, and you can sign up for freeeee!
The copy on the landing page betrays, I must say, a certain desperation:
How would you like to make a nice profit selling the in-demand Neothink® Manuscripts from the Neothink Society, being released to the public for the first time? Especially since this is an easy, turnkey system all set up for you to place on your website or send out by email? It costs you no money and only a few minutes to set up and get started. For over three decades, Mark Hamilton’s life-changing Neothink® Manuscripts have sold through the private-club Neothink® Society to specially-selected people. You may remember at one time receiving your invitation letter from the Society. For the first time, Mark Hamilton and his Neothink® Society are allowing his highly-coveted Neothink® Manuscripts to be sold to the general public.Specially-selected people? Being sold to the general public for the first time? Oh, my goodness, that is unmitigated bull-crap.
If you want a story about leaving a legacy, here's a picture of the legacy one elderly Neo-thinker, who shall remain anonymous, has left his family, who was forced to remove him from his apartment and put him in a home. I have told this story before but here it is again. The man was living on government benefits and had blown his pension, but his family was refusing to help him because he had ripped all of them off as often as he had an opportunity. His dining room ceiling had collapsed onto the floor and he had sold just about all of his possessions; those that remained were dumpster bound. But he still had his Neo-tech books. Said the person who took this picture, "I didn't see one photo of him on a private island with Mark Hamilton."
Of course, this isn't to insinuate that everyone who has ever bought the Neo-stink material ends up in such sad circumstances, and it is certainly not to imply that it is Scamilton's (or his late daddy Frank/Wallace Sr.'s) fault that some people's lives end up in the toilet. But this sad fellow does appear to be one of the key demographics that the Neo-Scampire's direct-mail campaigns targeted.
As many of you may know, but I'll say it again since I love to repeat myself: Since the summer of 2011 I've been writing about the Neo-scampire (Neo-Tech, Neothink, Nouveau Tech, Novatech, the Society of Secrets) and its shady head honcho, Scamilton. See embedded links in this post, and the list of links at the end of the post.
The big deal that has riled up a lot of people lately is that more than anyone else, Mark Hamilton, under two separate accounts -- Mark Hamilton and Wallace Ward -- seriously cleaned up in the GIN MLM. That was reported by the court-appointed receiver, Robb Evans and Associates, in September of this year, and immediately reported here on this very Whirled -- complete with with an infographic and some old screen shots that point to Scamilton as being the vice-scammer to Kevin Trudeau's head scammer of GIN. Included in that post of mine are screen shots of Scamilton's direct-mail piece for GIN, sent out in 2009 and rife with clumsy, amateurish-sounding copy, such as claims that "Millionaires will be made! Money will flow like lava!"
Morally if not legally, Mark Hamilton is every bit as culpable as Kevin Trudeau in the GIN fraud. But he's a sly one and by all appearances, he has so far been able to slither away from real trouble. No doubt he harbors more than a little regret that he became embroiled in GIN. But no worries: he still has his Neo-Scampire, and even though he has probably lost a few fans as a result of the GIN travesty, he still seems to have plenty of fans who are either KT defenders too, or who simply think Scamilton can do no wrong. (On the other hand, he has his share of detractors; see the vid at the end of this post.)
I just wonder if any of the Feds have spoken to Scamilton. Maybe he made a seekrit seekrit deal that is so seekrit he hasn't said anything about it (he's always been a bit taciturn, anyway).
One thing Scamilton does have that's worth more than gold in Scamworld is a huge mailing list. He and Trudeau traded names and helped grow each other's lists for years. In fact Trudeau and the Neo-Scampire go way back; reportedly Trudeau first met Scamilton's daddy, the late Wallace Ward Sr., aka Frank Wallace, when the two were doing time in a Federal pen in the early 1990s. It was, as I've said here before, a match made in marketing hell.
Will the circle jerk be unbroken...
Since many of the Neo-stinkers obviously have a little bit of discretionary income, lesser predators than Trudeau have tried to suck them into their own sales funnels. For instance, earlier this year, a GIN ripoff called IBMS Master's Society, founded by ex-Trudeau buddy Mocktor Leonard Coldwell and ex-Trudeau marketing director Peter Wink, solicited Neo-stinkers (scroll down to, "Neo-stinkers can join too!")
Peter wrote that January 2013 Facebook invite to Neo-thinkers, but as you can see, Loony Coldwell seemed in agreement, noting that he was fond of these folks. I wrote about this and a few other matters on this May 2013 post (which also contains screen shots of Mark Hamilton's "money will flow like lava" direct-mail piece for GIN).
I wonder how the IMBS-ing U Master Baiters' Supreme Partners -- both of whom have come out publicly many times against Trudeau and GIN (particularly Loony C, with his nonstop ranting and gloating about Katie's troubles) -- are going to handle the fact that Mark Hamilton/Wallace Ward Jr. so obviously got away with so much GIN money...and is now back to running his own scams full time. Mark/Wallace has that magickal golden mailing list, and the Neo-stinkers have money (well, some of them do, anyway), and they would be such an asset to the IBMS Master's Society scam.
But there's that whole GIN thing. Moreover, Coldwell's buddy and business partner Abe Husein, who will apparently be a featured speaker at the upcoming IMBS-ing U wingding in Panama City, Florida this weekend, came out with some rather ungracious rants against Jill Reed when she promoted the GIN ripoff, the Omnia Society. (Personally, I agree that Jill is promoting scams but I do think she has handled her critics with grace.)
So I wonder if and how the IMBS-er Supreme Partners are going to try to mend the rifts caused by the squabbling factions. Sometimes one has to walk such a fine line in Scamworld. It's hard to keep everyone happy when there's so much grousing and backstabbing going on.
[Addendum, 3 December:] I didn't have to wonder long.Here is a Facebook post that appeared on Abe's page some time after this post was first published. Whether it's a joke to bait the critics, or Scamilton is really joining in some alliance with Peter and Loony to throw Katie under the bus, I can't say at this point. Surely they do not mean that Scamilton is joining in any class action lawsuit that the Loony contingent may be cooking up. Why should he? He raked in more dough than anyone. I'll update this portion if any more info comes in. I will say this: If it's a joke it's a good one, but believe me, that's damning with faint praise because the reason it is being taken seriously at all by anyone is that all of the parties involved are just sleazy enough to do something like this.
Apparently it is not a joke. This just in... 3 December 2013:
And here's another one... 3 December 2013:
[NOTE: Someone wrote to me anonymously on December 4, claiming to have a credible source and saying that Peter is not telling the truth about Mark Hamilton endorsing IBMS Master's Society. In addition, Peter's Facebook posts about the alliance seem to have disappeared; whether Abe deleted them for some reason, or Peter did, I don't know. I will share more information when I have it. ~CC]
Joke, lie, or not, apparently Peter and Loony C are leading the charge to convince the probation officer assigned to Kevin Trudeau's case that Trudeau is a bad, bad man. Could it be that Scamilton has joined them in this endeavor? I am still thinking of that comment Loony made in the screen shot above, regarding "everybody making sure the crook Trudeau will pay the price."
And where does this leave the fans -- rank and file folks, good people for the most part, who have lost money, time, and energy in some of these schemes? Well, for starters, I think that for those current or ex-GIN members or Neo-thinkers who are still confused about what and whom to follow, the best bet is to do what my friends Julie Daniel and Roger Argenal have suggested to many: Take the 60-day challenge. Go for 60 days without reading or listening to or watching Kevin Trudeau or any of Mark Hamilton's or other Neo-think material. And then see if your head is a little clearer.
It will probably be the best gift you could ever give yourself.
More Neo-stinkin' info on this Whirled:
- August 19, 2011 -- I first became interested in Neo-stink via a rather circuitous route -- reading about it in a book that had nothing to do with Kevin Trudeau. But even before doing any research I had this gut feeling that there was a connection between the Neo-scampire and Trudeau... and I was right. http://cosmicconnie.blogspot.com/2011/08/everything-old-is-nouveau-again-or-neo.html
- August 28, 2011: This post has extensive info about Mark Hamilton and the Twelve Visions Party: http://cosmicconnie.blogspot.com/2011/08/everything-old-is-nouveau-again-or-neo_28.html
- There is also a little bit about Neo-tech
in this interim post from August 24, 2011: