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To suggest that there is a plethora of conmen and conwomen providing training and mentoring in the UK is a gross understatement.
Fortunately my short arms and long pockets have meant that they have never had any of my money.
I am curious as to whether Trading Standards or any similar body have ever been successful in investigating and leading a prosecution against any of them in the UK.
If not, I am interested in why not and what can be done to draw the attention of the authorities to the various rogues, tricksters and charlatans out there.
Any thoughts and comments appreciated.
Thanks John, I wonder if their credentials, as articulated by them when you met them were true.
A quick check of companies house data behind many of the high profile trainers on the circuit today often shows the reality to be very different from how they describe themselves.
That's a good point you raise, and it should not be too difficult for such an organisation to capture all the recorded hyperbole of the fraudsters on the likes of 'youtube' etc and then compare it with reality.
Added to this, such an organisation could also seek comment from those who have been scammed to bolster their evidence I guess.
Seems that this is happening on a massive scale, yet nothing is happening to address it.
If you haven't already have a watch of this 'The Contrepreneur' and follow Mike Winnet as he goes undercover.
He is currently undercover in a number of 'property guru' and 'weath creation' seminars and facebook groups following what they preach and putting it into action and reporting on his findings.
Will be interesting to keep an eye on him and see who he exposes in due course following his investigations.
When Ben Rogers conned £2 million out of people who trusted him, with his litany of lies and bullshit, the Serious Fraud office were not interested. It took the single minded determination of a couple of people over a period of many months to get the Police interested. And then it took another two years of constant nagging to keep them interested. Luckily one very smart PC got hold of the case and ran with it.
Ben was made bankrupt in May 2014. Five years later there has still been no prosecution and no pay out for the creditors. Because the con is complex and a mix of property investment and unsecured loans, often for fictitious investments. the police can't be bothered. After all, no one got hurt, no one was stabbed.
Ben spent the money that one lady had saved for her terminally ill husband's funeral, on a holiday. She thought he was investing it to give her a return to pay for her husband's care.
Ben has not shown an ounce of contrition or remorse. In his mind he's done nothing wrong. He really is a piece of shit.
If anything the authorities have conspired to profit from Ben's criminal activities. The first tranche of recovered money went to HMRC, the second to the Trustee who has made an absolute packet out of the case. Then there's the legal advice and the estate agent fees and the capital gains tax and numerous other fees. The Trustee has done an appalling job.
In answer to the opening post, this is never going to stop. It is big business based on gullible people who want to believe their guru or mentor, with a fervent fanatical belief that they have found the Holy Grail to instant riches.
It's only websites like this that will at least give those researching the latest guru that may just save another poor sod losing their money.
I went on this seminar many years ago.
Just watch the first five minutes of this and see how the brain washing has already kicked in.
Thanks for this, I have watched - very interesting.