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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Is ClixSense a Scam?

Is ClixSense a Scam?

I joined ClixSense some years ago mainly for the PTC (Paid to Click) and the occasional survey completion. I managed to get a handful of referals and made a few dollars!
Then, a few months ago, they removed the PTC part and now they want to close my account owing me $3.66 - not much you might think but 1 cent, a million dollars, theft is theft is it not? They are point blank refusing to pay saying the account doesn't meet their conditions! It used to be minimum $8 to cash out, maybe it's $10 now.
Also bear in mind that it was they who changed MY conditions by removing the PTC so the least they should do is pay me what they ow? I wonder how many others are being shafted in this way too!
It now says to me that ClixSense cannot be trusted anyway! What might they do in the future regarding members' conditions?

Monday, September 25, 2017

The World's Biggest Ponzi Scheme?

The World's Biggest Ponzi Scheme?

Firstly some definitions:-
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/ponzischeme.asp
What is a 'Ponzi Scheme'?
A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return with little risk to
investors. The Ponzi scheme generates returns for older investors by acquiring new investors. This is
similar to a pyramid scheme in that both are based on using new investors' funds to pay the earlier
backers. For both Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes, eventually there isn't enough money to go
around, and the schemes unravel.
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ponzi
a swindle in which a quick return, made up of money from new investors, on an initial investment
lures the victim into much bigger risks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzi_scheme
A Ponzi scheme (/'p?n.zi/; also a Ponzi game) is a fraudulent investment operation where the
operator generates returns for older investors through revenue paid by new investors, rather than
from legitimate business activities or profit of financial trading. Operators of Ponzi schemes can be
either individuals or corporations, and grab the attention of new investors by offering short-term
returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent.
Companies that engage in Ponzi schemes focus all of their energy into attracting new clients to make
investments. Ponzi schemes rely on a constant flow of new investments to continue to provide returns
to older investors. When this flow runs out, the scheme falls apart.
The scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, who became notorious for using the technique in the
1920s. The idea, present in novels (for example, Charles Dickens' 1844 novel Martin Chuzzlewit and
1857 novel Little Dorrit each described such a scheme), was performed in real life by Ponzi, and
became well known throughout the United States because of the huge amount of money he took in.
Ponzi's original scheme was based on the arbitrage of international reply coupons for postage
stamps; however, he soon diverted investors' money to make payments to earlier investors and
himself.

So now about Empowr!
See here for more info!
They describe themselves as a "start-up" on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/empowr-start-upand also as "experimental"!
Apparently they are registered at 501 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 USA!

I have been on Empowr for over 14 months now and initially saw it as a means of earning a reasonable monthly income of a couple of thousand dollars - no I didn't expect something for nothing or a "get rich quick" scheme! The "Daily Earnings" along with all the charges are exorbitant and really beyond belief but I persevered. The video training that is quite good even though very misleading as I found out the further I progressed - I am now "Sky" with three to go to reach "Sky Star", the top!
The goal post always appeared to be moving but suddenly a couple of weeks ago my "earnings" were almost have and with what appeared to me to be bugs in the system, and then, a couple of days ago the system started to ask for payment every few seconds in order to "Double your earnings"! This last event was the final straw and I am now convinced that Empowr IS a Ponzi Scheme - probably the biggest the world has seen!
It is such a shame as with not too much effort on the part of Empowr, the could attract multinational advertisers as the user base is worldwide and easily targetable with the user data they have!

A link to this blog will eventually be sent to law enforcement, press, media etc worldwide!






Is vbmoney a scam?

Is vbmoney a scam?

I joined vbmoney in good faith and on the face of it, it looked promising!
In order to earn, the page displays a few ads and you have to enter a 4 digit number and voila, 10
cents is credited to your account!
The site says a minimum balance of $150 is required to cash out but when you try, it then tells you
that you need 40 referrals! It then tells you that you can buy these but only payments from BitCoin
accounts are allowed!
I have tried to contact but to no avail. I have searcghed the net but all I come across are reports
saying that this is a fake site!
To see for yourself go to http://piheredrsupy.trade/7737327479056/?rstr=116
The site also claims that Adidas, Intel, LG, Nike Tag Heuer and Victorinox are its adevertisers so I will

try to contact these!

Watch this space...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Earn Viewing Ads

Earn Viewing Ads

I came across this yesterday and it looks very promising!
All you have to do is register then go to the watching ads page. Ads appear then you enter a 4 digit number and voila 10 cents!
To get the cash out you must first earn $150 and also have 40 referrals (difficult sometimes, but these can be bought, now costing $10-$20)!
To sign up go here

It does look very promising and there is no limit on what you can earn! Also, you earn up to 50% from your referrals!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Empowr Survey

Empowr Survey

Out of curiosity I have created a survey to gauge how people think of Empowr!
To take the survey click here
There are only 10 questions so it should take less than a minute to completee! Please ensure honesty and accuracy. The survey will be open until the end of October 2017 and when completed, the reesults will be posted here!
Thank You

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Is Empowr a scam or Ponzi scheme?

Is Empowr a scam or Ponzi scheme?

This is what Empowr says about itself:-
The world’s first democratic social platform, where the profits and control of the company belong to you.
Our mission: To empower people by enabling opportunity, hope and influence.
Say something. Every time someone reads it, you earn!
Post a photo. Each time it’s viewed, you earn!
Share a YouTube video. When it’s watched, you earn!
Empowr is working to achieve its long-term goal for 97% of receipts that come into the empowr economy, from any source, to go out to its citizens. The other 3% will be utilized towards the costs of running the company. To be clear, this is a long-term goal that the Empowr community has not yet achieved. Everyone is working diligently to grow the Empowr economy in order to accomplish it.
The following is what others say:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxu0CAjSmlw
http://www.prosperitycampaign.org/empower-network/empower-network-scam/
https://barenakedscam.com/empowr
http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2016/10/06/empowr-scam-yes-opinion/

Empowr used to be known as FanBox and some say that was a scam See https://barenakedscam.com/fanbox

See http://empowr.com.hypestat.com/ for stats!

After receiving several invitations, I joined Empowr in June 2016 to see what it was all about. The video training is very good although once I knew more it is somewhat misleading in places. It looked like Empowr could provide a reasonable income if I persevered do I did. The training constantly refers to Listing - auctioning or fixed price selling though it does also stress that sponsoring is also acceptable! I went for sponsoring because from what I knew, EBay or Amazon would be better for selling, though Empowr allows you to sponsor items bought! As you progress you are awarded a colour then stripes and a star to indicate your level in the hierarchy, and at the same time your workload is increased!

I am not yet saying Empowr is a scam though it is looking more and more so, as of course do lots do lots of other Internet money making schemes.
I must say however that the Empowr system whilst very complex is the worst system I have had the misfortune to have had to use with all its bugs and glitches. They do claim however that it is "experimental" - don't make me laugh!

Jobs: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Empowr https://www.glassdoor.com/Jobs/empowr-Jobs-E769591.htm
Complaints: https://www.complaintsboard.com/empowr-b126972

For those interested, a few tips/pointers:-
1. Post daily as many photos, messages as you are able to
2. Bid on stuff too as the seller should join your circle of trust, increasing your earnings
3. Try also to reach your like/share goal, also note that a "Like" on a List item will generate income for you if sold from your page!
4. List stuff, or at least sponsor
5. Fan people and hopefully they'll reciprocate but try to pick people who are active

"Close the Loop" is what it's all about, or so it is claimed!
Make sure too that you watch the video training though some of it is very misleading!
Here are some more tips given to me by a more experienced "citizen":-
Don't count on just your swiping on the circle of trust, expand your search to make it more
productive. Here are my personal Circle of Trust tips. (They're not official)
The system automatically cycles up people that have recently been active but some of those are just
newly joined and many will ultimately never do anything but to go dormant. I feel like to share with a
basic orange that hasn't posted anything but the two automatic first ones is likely a waste of a
precious share. And just looking at them before moving on is a waste of time too. What I'm saying
here is that I personally don't use the arrow very often for cycling. Instead, I mostly use other
methods of finding people for my circle.
Tip # 1. I think if a person bids on an item then I want them in my circle so they can buy from me
too. So as I'm surfing, I look for sale articles that have quite a few bids. I open up the bids and share
with the bidders.
Tip # 2. Instead of using the arrow, I'll use my notifications instead. This shows me who has bid,
commented or become a fan. In other words, it shows me active Empowr citizens for me to interact
with.
Tip # 3. I use the people I trust page off of the left sidebar. The people I've shared with most often
there have a fairly hefty price tag of shares needed to close the loop so I'll look to see if I can bid on a
cheap item instead. But these trusted people are well worth spending the shares on because they will
be sharing back often and helping you earn.
Tip # 4. When I do use the arrow slider, I don't always spend shares on Basic Orange with no post (or
only one post) but I will become a fan before moving on. Then if they do become more active, they
might see that I'm a fan.
Tip # 5. Go to your news feed page and see what your circle-of-trust mates are sharing and liking. I
found this one only recently but I really like it.
Tip # 6. Whenever I can, try to get the higher power level people to share with me. A like or a
comment from a red, purple, teal or sky is worth more to earnings than an orange, green or blue is.
The higher, the better, but keep sharing with the lower too.
Tip # 7. - Find a blog post with many people commenting, like one of the President's or other posts in
'What's New”. Scroll down the comments and share with people that have open loops there.
Tip # 8 - The loop does NOT have to be open for the share to count. So even if loop is still closed, you can add a couple of likes or comments just to remind your circle of trust mate that you are visiting.
Tip # 9. This is my best tip. Put a star beside the name of people who want to help you earn. These
would include your friends, people closest to you, and maybe even me. See Screenshot
http://prnt.sc/cr76j5

A word of warning - Empowr regularly asks you to "protect your account" - this is a bit of a scam as
they just want access to your credit card or PayPal account so they can "steal" money! Apparently now for some things they can check whether you have at least $30 available - a breach of privacy surely?


As of 16/08/17 my balance is $288,709, revenue $503,683, last 3- day "earnings" $126,567 so
deductions are $204,974! Empowr claims to pay 97% so I have earned them more than $6000 with
the rest at almost $200,000 going elsewhere, probably to higher ranking "citizens"!

I have been on Empowr just over 14 months and have put well over 1,000 hours work.//effort in but up to now and haven't had so much as a brass farthing

From the bullshit spun in the training videos, whilst it does seem reasonable, just doesn't materialize! Being realistic I thought perhaps I would see a return on the time I had invested but oh no! They just move the goal posts as you move up the ladder!

Looks a bit like a Ponzi scheme does it not? In all fairness, I am unsure so far! I asked my "Success Coach" for proof of earnings but so far nothing!

To be fair though Empowr claims to be an economy thus money must be flowing. As regarding earnings they always point to "90 Day Maturity" though this isn't on a rolling 90 days and can be more like 120 days!

Empowr also provide a lot of video training plus they allocate the "citizen" a "Success Coach" who is supposedly there to help with any problems , but this "Success Coach" is paid based on the earnings of those looked after so the motivation may well be questionable!

It looks to me now that the only way to make a decent profit on Empowr is:-
  1. Reach the top - level Sky star
  2. Sell a hell of a lot and regularly achieve the Daily Goals
  3. Be a Success Coach!
  4. Live in a Western country such as the US, UK, Australia etc - I am in Thailand and south Asian culture dictates avoid conflict, thus don't complain and I suspect Empowr take advantage of this by giving them less priority!
It may well be one from the above or all four!

If you are interested in trying it see www.empowr.com/JohnAGregory

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Talking Android Apps

Talking Android Apps
Out of curiosity initially I looked into how to get Android apps to talk and found that Google do Text
To Speech (TTS), others do too but I chose this one as Android is from Google and should probably work on all (popular) devices!
My first speaking app was an English/Thai phrase test and look-up with the app being capable of

saying the phrase in both Thai and English:-
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTphENTH.apk - Test your English<=>Thai phrases with phrase lookup
I then heard my 10 year old daughter talking about the regular spelling tests she had to do at school
which gave me the idea of writing apps for kids to practice:-
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGSpellTEN.apk - Test your English Spelling
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGSpellTTH.apk - Test your Thai Spelling
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGSpellTNL.apk - Test your Dutch Spelling
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGSpellTZH.apk - Test your Chinese (Simplified) Spelling
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGSpellTDE.apk - Test your German Spelling
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGSpellTES.apk - Test your Spanish Spelling
All these apps have a vocabulary of 11,000-15,000 words and this can be tested by selecting all, or by type and/or category as well as doing the supplied tests of 10-15 words per test.
I am seeking a definitive vocabulary list by age/group for the spelling tests apps even though I have some tests for Thai, English, Dutch and Spanish. I am aiming here both at the native and foreign language learner!
The following apps also "talk":-
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocENTH.apk - Test your English<=>Thai words with word lookup
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocENZH.apk - Test your English<=>Chinese words with word lookup
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocITTH.apk - Test your Italian<=>Thai words with word lookup
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocNLTH.apk - Test your Dutch<=>Thai words with word lookup
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocESTH.apk - Test your Spanish<=>Thai words with word lookup
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocDETH.apk - Test your German<=>Thai words with word lookup
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGTVocENDE.apk - Test your English<=>German words with word lookup
The following reader apps make use of Tesseract and are of course dependent on the quality of the image! http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGReadTH.apk -Read Thai word by scanning or from a file and translate - useful for shopping etc
http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGReadZH.apk -Read Chinese word by scanning or from a file and translate - useful for shopping etc
All apps I have written can be installed from my version of a playstore app - http://jagjag.biz/software/JAGApps.apk For all languages! All apps can also be downloaded too from - http://jagjag.biz/software/appsoftware.phpFor Apple iOS users, emulators for Android are available - see http://iostechbuzz.com/android-emulator-for-ios-iandroid-iphone-ipad-download-without-jailbreaking/ for an example! The installation below is best done before the apps are run as at the moment it isn't possible to automatically install Google TTS from my apps - still researching this!
Android - How to Install and Enable Google Text-To-Speech
Here's how to install and enable Google Text-to-Speech on your Android device:-
    Open Google Play Store.
    Search for Google Text-to-Speech and install the app:
    Once installed, go to Settings > Language and Input > Speech > Text-to-speech output
    Set Google Text-to-Speech Engine as your preferred engine.
More details - http://ccm.net/faq/41080-android-how-to-install-and-enable-google-text-to-speech
TTS can also be downloaded from https://apkpure.com/google-text-to-speech/com.google.android.tts
Also, don't forget to check all volume controls on the device and also that the required language(s) has/have been set!
Chinese doesn't usually come with Android outside China so for Chinese keyboard apps see https://eastasiastudent.net/chinha/best-android-cinese-input-method/ and https://blog.swiftkey.com/swiftkey-chinese-officially-launches-on-android/ and more...