The following article is based on my own research and opinion, always do your own research before making any decisions.
The short answer to the title of this article is... probably not. If you've signed up for Phoenix Power Rising and are wondering if you'll ever get paid and what sort of system this really is, this is going to give you a much clearer picture on things. This is a detailed account on how PPR has developed since it began and serves to uncover the reality of what is going on.
I felt this was a worthwhile article to put together in addition to my PPR review given how Terri Petty has been able to continually mislead a large number of people into believing her nonsense. In fact, there are still 1,000's of affiliates pushing this on social media despite the fact that no one has been paid a single cent.
Note: This article is the result of my own research, opinion and experience with PPR. I recommend doing your own research before making any decisions.
Before Phoenix Power Rising Began
Before Terri launched PPR, she was involved in another scheme known as "Project 4 Freedom" which appears to have been some kind of investment scheme promising 40-1 ROI's. To this day members are still being told they'll get paid soon yet NO ONE has received a single cent.
According to one of many complaints I found online:
...keeping her members believing week after week they will get paid when their are no paydays. She use the group members for her own personal ATM by making up excuse of needs of emergency funds.
Sound familiar? That's because it's the same show she's been putting on for years.
I could elaborate much further on this one but the main scope of this article is about PPR and it doesn't seem as though Project 4 Freedom is being promoted at present so new investors are not at risk, so it seems anyway. The point here is that, while it might be a different scheme in itself, Terri employs the same lies and deception here as she does in PPR.
The Beginning Of Phoenix Power Rising
From this point on, I'll talk about PPR and how it has developed.
2012 | failed launch
PPR originally kicked off in mid 2012 and collapsed about 6 months later.
April 25th, 2016 | soft re-launch
In April of 2016 the current version of PPR was launched... well kind of. This was the point where tons of people were promised easy money just for signing up to a free system. Apparently you would simply sign up for zero dollars (true) and start earning money by getting others to do the same (false). This was only a temporary arrangement called 'patron angel' and essentially allowed you to 'cycle' through a series of matrix positions for free.
The problem with this logic: no one is going to be making any money unless new investments are coming into this scheme. Terri sure as hell didn't start this to give money away. For anyone to make money, new money must be poured into it from somewhere. Plain and simple.
June 1st, 2016 | official re-launch
There was a lot of excitement and a TON of affiliates pushing this on social media, many of which had no clue what they were getting themselves into. Even at the 'official launch' date there were no products and no one was getting paid.
In order for this to be at least somewhere in the ballpark of legitimate it MUST have a marketable product. Otherwise, affiliates are paying for entry into a matrix recruiting scheme without actually buying any genuine or marketable products. The funds obtained from new purchases of matrix positions are being used to pay off existing members.
FACT: Recruiting new affiliates who then recruit new affiliates without buying any real products and those funds being used to pay off existing affiliates is the very definition of a pyramid scheme.
You are simply given access to the "PPR Shopping Network" which is essentially just a bunch of affiliate offers, many of which don't even work and as of writing this you cannot even log into this properly. These 'products' are readily found anywhere online so there is no tangible value whatsoever. The only difference is that when you buy through PPR, Terri pockets a commission!
In other words, PPR provides a list of affiliate offers. Nothing more. There is no tangible product, there is just a way for Terri to make a few extra bucks and put up a 'front' of legitimacy.
June 2nd, 2016 | failed withdrawals
Many times people have been promised that withdrawals are just around the corner. If you are an affiliate you'll know what I'm talking about. Every week on her conference calls it's another excuse. I managed to find one post on Facebook about more failed withdrawal attempts, this time it was the members and payment processors that were at fault according to PPR.
At this point:
- No one has been paid
- There is no reliable payment system in place
- The shopping network is unavailable
- Affiliates are being encouraged to promote this hardcore despite these facts
Many people joined for free but many people also paid for positions since the "pay it forward" or PIF system meant having to wait to start getting free referrals. The so called 'serious' affiliates were convinced to pay for matrix positions. This means that real people are losing real money here.
It was also brought to my attention that PPR was going to start using 'Perfect Money' as a payment processor and in order to access your funds you'd need to shell out $10. I later verified this on the PPR site itself but I could not find anything to suggest Perfect Money required this $10 fee which was very suspect.
Furthermore, it turns out that this payment processor is the payment processor of choice for many cyber criminals given how anonymous it operates. Interestingly, I've been unable to locate any trace of the 'Perfect Money' partnership or how many people lost their $10 fees. It has essentially vanished from the back office and since no one has been paid I wonder what happened to everyones $10 payments??
Even if just 100,000 people paid this fee to try and recover their earnings she'd have pocketed 1 million dollars. How's that for paying it forward!
June 7th 2016 | unauthorised withdrawals
At this point one million hopefuls have signed up looking to make some money with this. There has also been news of unauthorised withdrawals taking place in the members area due to a 'hacker'.
If you had unauthorized transfers of money taken out of your account, it shows in your back office.... Please know there are several that fell victim to the hacker so please be patient.
June 8th, 2016 | SFM payment processor announced
This is the latest payment processor to be announced by PPR. I did some digging into SFM (stress free money) and it appears they are affiliated with the TAB Bank.
SFM website- http://www.stressfreemoney.com/contact-us.php
TAB Bank website- www.tabbank.com
I emailed TAB to see if SFM were legitimate and all I received was this:
"Concerns should be brought up with Stress Free Money"
I explained the situation but unfortunately they were unwilling to provide any info, thanks guys! From what I can see they are a legitimate bank though, but whether or not they are backing SFM (as SFM claim) is another story. Despite a decent search I was unable to locate much info on SFM, good or bad. The address they give people on their site is actually registered to a virtual office which doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy about handing over highly sensitive identification documents, a requirement to create an account.
When PPR members expressed concerns about being paid on the SFM Facebook page, they referred them to PPR and offered no insight or help.
Here's what PPR had to say about the matter:
Apparently affiliates will be receiving their SFM cards in the mail and according to their policy of 5-7 days that would mean people should be receiving their cards by the 20th of July 2016- worst case. We shall see.
June 20th, 2016 | advertising co-op partnership
This is a co-op style advertising partnership with DMJ Marketing that encourages you to pay for leads to sign people up to PPR.
The prices are as follows:
40 leads= $39.95
80 leads= $79.95
120 leads= $119.85
These leads are being generated through email marketing, banner ads and Craigslist. It is unknown just how many leads come from which source but believe me when I say that not all traffic is created equal. For example, they talk about sending you 'incentivised leads' which is essentially people who've signed up to third party companies and get paid a few cents to click on a link in an email and stay on the page it links to for about 60 seconds.
In other words, these are 'leads' that get paid to view your ad which means they are ONLY viewing it because they are receiving an incentive. As soon as their 60 seconds is up, they leave the page. Without a doubt this is among the lowest quality traffic you could possibly get your hands on.
That said, it is unclear how many of these 'leads' are coming from each particular source. You are essentially paying for a mixed bag and sending them to a scam that isn't paying people and will almost certainly collapse- again. The very fact that Terri continues promoting something that clearly holds no value, operates like a recruitment driven pyramid scheme and hasn't even paid anyone speaks volumes in my opinion. In fact, it's total bullshit.
August 27th, 2016 Update | Send Me $60 Guys, You'll Get Paid... Honest!
In the last update folks were promised that they were going to be receiving their cards and have the money they were owed paid to them into those cards in the month of July at the very latest. This did NOT happen and as of writing this, no one has been paid a single cent.
What is worse is that Terri is now asking for $60 from people in order to "be put in front of the line to process your withdrawal request" and "turn PPR on full capacity"...
I don't know about you, but this woman is really starting to piss me off. She has gone well beyond scamming a large number of people and continues to deceive people on her conference calls. She is blatantly deceiving people and I recommend that you do NOT send Terri any more money! Period. Furthermore, I strongly recommend reporting her activities to the FTC.
October 30th 2016 | Final Update
Despite many addittional 'phone conferences' she has continued to hold, no one has seen a dime. Unless there is another re-launch, this is where I will finish this run of updates. I honestly don't see the point in dragging this on any further. PPR is obviously a scam and this will never change.
The Bottom Line
If by some miracle people do end up getting paid, this does not mean PPR is legit. Not even close. Many, and I mean many, ponzi's and pyramid schemes operate untouched for years with the top members making money on a consistent basis. All this means is the scheme is operating, nothing more. Sooner or later, recruitment schemes like this collapse and when they do people lose whatever money they've got tied up in them.
If you are one of the many folks who've been a victim of PPR, or if you have a relevant update, then feel free to share your thoughts below.