Company: Phoenix Power Rising
Owner: Terri Petty
Cost: $120 +
Who Is Terri Petty?
According to many sources online, Petty is a known scammer with a history of ripping people off. For example, in 2010 she was responsible for a scam that many many people lost a lot of money with known as ‘Project 4 Freedom‘. It appears as though many Freedom Project members have never been paid out and are still being led along by Petty to this day.
What Is Phoenix Power Rising (PPR)?
The PPR domain was registered to Terri Petty in July 2012 according to the Whois database. I took a look to see if there was any sign of this scheme back then and it turns out PPR actually launched in 2012. Screenshot from YouTube video:
What happened? PPR collapsed not long after in 2012. Yep! It was re-launched in May of 2016 and is almost certainly going to collapse in the not too distant future in my opinion.
In fact, after several attempts at creating an account I was unable to login to the back office as I’ve seen many others having the same issue. It gets worse though…
The website claims to give you access to 10-60% member only discounts from over 300,000 vendors. According to Petty:
“We have an over forty-five (45) year record of ethical business dealings with hundreds of suppliers and hundreds of thousands of satisfied members.”
Hmmmm… way to make a completely unsubstantiated and unverifiable statement. The products are not related to this in any way, it’s not why people are joining and it’s certainly not what is being emphasised as the core benefit. People aren’t buying the ‘products’ for crying out loud. They are buying matrix positions. Yes, I said BUYING.
In my opinion, the products are just a front to legitimise a recruitment driven pyramid scheme.
Compensation Plan Explained
A 2×3 matrix cycler works by placing 2 people directly under you, and 2 people under them, and 2 people under them. The end result is 14 people under you as illustrated below:
Each time you ‘fill’ or complete a cycle with 14 people in your downline, you are (theoretically) paid a set amount as follows:
Level 1: $300
Level 2: $1500
Level 3: $7,500
Every time you complete a level 1 cycle you’ll be ‘re-inserted’ on top of the same pyramid. You must start at level 1 and cycle 3 times to earn enough to pay for the $500 level 2 matrix position. This is because 3 cycles earns you $540 profit when you do the math:
- Revenue: 3 x level 1 cycles pays $900
- Cost: 3 x level 1 matrix positions costs $360
- $900-$360= $540
How Cycling Works
You won’t start making level 2 commissions until you help your original team each cycle themselves since they effectively follow you. Looking at the illustration above, Michael and Gerri must complete their three level 1 cycle’s just like you before they will move into your level 2 matrix.
If you look hard at this system and run the numbers you will come to understand that in order to complete each cycle requires an ever increasing number of referrals to complete. You’re not just reciting fresh people into successive matrices… you must cycle everyone under you and everyone under them and so on.
The bottom line is this will take an absolute ton of recruiting to make you any real money, I cannot emphasise this enough.
I went into a lot more detail with a similar matrix scheme known as Mega Cycler.
Why This Is NOT Free
We are told that everyone just signs up for free and some mysterious ‘benefactor’ pays for your $120 matrix position. Apparently, everyone can just sign up for free and cycle their way into profit…
What an absolute crock…
If no money is changing hands at all then how the hell will anyone be paid anything??? Think about it. People can cycle all day every day and it’d make zero difference! The fact remains that unless there is money going into this scheme from new investors it is impossible for anyone to make any money.
The Truth About The Matrix Positions
Further research revealed that getting this benefactor to pay for your position means joining an enormous waiting line. People are really being encouraged to buy their way in OR their sponsor ‘gifts’ them and you then ‘gift’ your downline and so on.
It logically has to be one or the other. Either you pay or your sponsor does. Real money must be coming in from somewhere or not even the schemers behind this will get paid. Safe to say Petty and her team of hustlers aren’t in this gig for free!
The costs don’t stop at matrix positions though. To succeed and complete cycles, you must fill all 14 spots in each matrix which means you need tons of traffic. Unfortunately, there is no worthwhile training provided to help you with this, so most members are going to be resorting to hustling family and friends, social media spamming and other low grade traffic methods.
Ask yourself… do you really want to recruit your family into this and become another Facebook spammer? You might have access to the system, but without getting targeted traffic to your affiliate links you’ll make no money at all.
How Much Money Can You Make?
One of the biggest misconceptions about these kinds of schemes is that if people make money it mustn’t be a scam. That is simply untrue. Some of the biggest ponzi/ pyramid schemes in history paid out tons of money before they collapsed and left a lot of people way out of pocket. It’s not that they don’t pay, it’s that they are not sustainable.
Provided you can drive tons of traffic and withdraw your money before the sh#t hits the fan, you might make some half decent cash after cycling out of level’s 2 and 3. That is a very big IF though.
Getting Paid Your Commissions- Don’t Bank On It
As I noted earlier, many members are claiming they have not been able to withdraw. To make maters worse it appears as though they do not have a payment processor set up to pay people their commissions! You’ll see people showing their income screenshots within the system but have you seen anyone actually getting paid yet? I haven’t.
This may change, but legitimate companies ensure they have a payment processor in place BEFORE they start accepting membership fees! This is simply unacceptable and shows the true nature of those behind this.
Update: I have published a running log of how PPR has developed since it began to show people some of the stories that have been told. You can read this article here.
What I Liked
- Phoenix’s are cool
- Ummmmm…. nope I got nothing
What I Didn’t Like
- Has all the signs of being a pyramid/ ponzi scheme
- Not paying out members as of writing this
- Petty has a super sketchy history
- No product value
- Compensation plan is explained on the website in a very limited way
- Must pay by via bank transfer which is yet another red flag
- This scheme has ALREADY collapsed in 2012
All things considered, you could make money provided people actually are getting paid out. It’s a bit of a worry that Petty is known for not paying out members with other programs and this one is already having payment issues!
I am a hair trigger away from calling this a full blown scam. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one and updating soon. It’s definitely a scam.
There is nothing about this I liked and anyone that is trying to help you is most likely going to agree, the ones pumping this up are affiliates. Plain and simple.