Name: Project Breakthrough
Owner: Vick Strizheus (Founder) Jason McClain (CEO/Partner)
Price: Free to start but the “upgrade” costs $297 a month + upsells of thousands of dollars.
Overall: (1 / 5)
Date when it started: 2016
Verdict: Pyramid Scheme
Before explaining the details of Project Breakthrough, let me tell you something you might not have possibly known about the Owner of Project Breakthrough, Vick Strizheus and his partner, Jason McClain.
Who is Vick Strizheus? – Is he a Con Artist?
Back in 2009 Vick avoided a sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail and 5 years of probation for Insurance theft. His real name is Vitaliy Strizheus and he is originally from Ukraine. In 2007, Vick got caught filing life insurance applications for people who didn’t exist, which netted him more than $30,000 in commissions he didn’t earn.
Before Vick was sentenced, he told the court he was sorry and that he made a mistake, one that won’t happen again. The judge also placed Strizheus on five years supervised probation. He’ll be randomly tested for drugs or alcohol, the court will monitor all of his financial activities and he can’t leave the state of South Dakota. Since his wife is a stay-at-home mom, the judge felt putting him in prison would have sentenced Strizheus family “to a life of poverty.” But the prosecutor still maintains, he’s a con man. “That’s what he is! He gets five years to walk the straight and narrow. We’ll see,” Srstka said. Vick was also ordered to pay back more than $24,000 he took in unearned commissions, which he did Monday.
Those of you who have watched the Introduction of Project Breakthrough, you will also see a part of this clip and he will tell you that he had learnt from his mistakes and he had changed. But did he really learn from his mistakes in the past? Did he really tell you everything? Is he still maybe hiding something? Well, that’s only a part of the entire story.
Did you know that Vick has also performed a similar business opportunity program before called the “Big Idea Mastermind” and it’s now shutdown. (All the advertisements on BIM in the past)
Here is the video of the “Big Idea Mastermind” he created.
He shows you his ferrari and his house. The ferrari is rental. You can clearly see the white rental tag on the keys. His “Casa” is also rental. You can rent his “home” right here. He use “rentals” to prove his success. Vick doesn’t even live in the state of Florida where this videos was taken, he lives in South Dakota.
It is a lie that Big Idea Mastermind is free. At minimum you have to purchase a $25 per month 100% commission product from Vick or one of his affiliates to join Big Idea Mastermind. Below shows an email from BIM in the past.
These are some of his other “creations” in the past which are all scams: Global Success Club (Close), 48 Hour Cash Club (Close),7 Figure Marketing School (Close), Internet Traffic Formula (Close) and the current “scheme” he’s running now, High Traffic Academy. (I will get to that later)
Below are accounts of how Vick Strizheus scams his victims related to the creations he made.
Here is another video example by Michael Miller (a follower of Vick in the past) on how Vick takes your sales during his web events.
How does Vick operate and make his scams work? – Behind the Scammer’s mask
Ethan Vanderbuilt (online’s scam buster) explains how Vick scams people.
So, how does Vick work his scams? He will get you to join his “program” claiming that you will make a lot of money and then you will pay some type of monthly fee, but soon you will find out that the information he provides is incomplete. Then he comes out with excuse emails. After some time the “scheme” is closed and he will proceed to the next one. He will also give you a chance to sell some products, after that he will swap his affiliate ID with yours and then take the sales you have made. When you bring your own traffic into the scheme, he will use it to build his traffic. He will also take the lead emails you have generated and keep them for his own. How did you think he made more than $720,000 in a month? (By scamming people)
This is what I found one the first page of Google when I type in “vick strizheus”. I’m not surprised.
And his partner Jason McClain? – Is he another Con Artist?
When you watch Project Breakthrough, Jason may seem like really a very caring and upright person. But you know even the most caring and upright person has a dark side. And don’t forget a Con Artist always have to portray such personalities to order to deceive their victims. He has even brought his family into the picture, I don’t see why you have to mix family with business. (He wants to gain your trust by showing you his family) Did you see Bill Gates bringing his family along when he advertised Microsoft?
I found an article on a guy name Ed West, where he explains his thoughts about Jason McClain. This is what he said at the end of the article. You can read the full story here.
This are all facts/evidence I found online. The prosecutor still maintains, Vick Strizheus is a con man. I would agree with the prosecutor. Vick “supporters” said he has changed, but I think they are delusional. Why? Because they are a part of the inner circle. So what is the inner circle? Well, once you have “proven your worthiness” you are admitted to the inner circle. You become one of the privileged few. You get to meet The Inside Man. And you will be charmed right out of your boots by this character in the play because he knows exactly how to match your interests.
These two guys, Vick and Jason were involved in some kind of fraud in the past, they have already loss their credibility. Would you still want to trust someone that has previous records of fraud? And don’t you think that it’s very suspicious when two Con Artists are working together?
So, what is High Traffic Academy? – If you have watch Project Breakthrough, you will know that they will mention it on the 3rd day. “The quickest way to profit”
High Traffic Academy is the company behind Project Breakthrough. After you have watch episode 3 of Project Breakthrough, you will be ask to sign up for this High Traffic Academy Elite program which will cost $279 per month. It promises you access to “27 income streams”. However, further down into the program, you will be presented with more and more upsells that would add up to thousands of dollars. I will cover all the outstanding prices below in a moment.
Comments I found online on HTA.
I found a conversation on YouTube that shows 2 former HTA members explaining how they got rip off by High Traffic Academy.
Btw, if you are a HTA member and you have experience this, you can file a complaint with CA Attorney General customer complaint page. Here is the link https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company
Now, What is Project Breakthrough about? – The picture below is from their website.
It claims to help you make up to $20000-$50000 or more per month and help you to do it over again. Wow, doesn’t it sound too good to be true already? 14 days to $20000-$50000? That is some bold claims man. I mean do you even believe that’s possible? Because logic tells me no.
Note: They say in beginning, “Brought to you %100 Free! No strings attached”
What is Project Breakthrough really about?
First, why should you even listen to me? You must be wondering who the heck is this “random dude” trying to bash this company?
Well the thing is, I have watch the whole 14 days of Project Breakthrough so basically I’m going to tell you in summary what the videos are all about day by day. (So you don’t have to waste your time watching all this bullshit)
Fair enough? Alright, lets begin.
Day 1 – They teach you about the “foundation” of building an online business, however I realise that they did not get to the actual point of the “foundation” and that’s, Having your own website. You can learn how to build your very own website here!
(I find it a joke that they themselves wouldn’t even reveal the basics of starting an online business when they are so called the “Pioneers of this industry” For those of you who are new to online marketing, having your own website is so called your “foundation”. You can ask any experience online marketer and their answer would be the same.)
Day 2 – They teach you about marketing terms and get you to be familiar with the language of marketing and they introduce you some “bonus trainings” you can sign up for,
Facebook Marketing 101 – $397/year
Twitter Marketing – $297/year
Email Marketing – $297/year
PPC Mastery – $997/year
Content Marketing – $297/year
Video Marketing on YouTube – $397/year
Retargeting with AdRoll – $397/year
Retargeting with Adwords – $297/year
Wow, that’s a total of $3376 per year.
Day 3 – This is the day that they will tell you to invest your money in some “programs” and “products” to get started.
(Note: This step is a must by them and they tell you to “blindly follow them and not to ask any questions” What? Blindly follow? Don’t ask any questions? If you’re still following them up to this point I think you need to wake up. How can you learn anything when you are being restricted from asking questions?)
ClickPromise – $0 (Did you know that ClickPromise was started by them too?)
GetResponse – autoresponder – $15/month
Activate High Traffic Academy Elite – $297/month
Sign up with ClickMagick – $12/month
Sign up with Mouseflow – $19/month
That’s another total of $343 per month.
Day 4 – They ask you to print and complete a “Campaign Blueprint” and create a new list in autoresponder for the campaign, no money involve here.
Day 5 – They teach you the secrets to have an effective landing page, and offer you a landing page secrets course at $497 per year.
Day 6– Teach to you get a domain name @Namecheap and offer you a bonus funnel mastery course @ $497 per year. (I mean what’s the point of getting a domain name if you’re not using it for a website?)
They also teach you to build a custom funnel and they recommend you SiteSuite which will be available free for HTA Elite members. Did you know that SiteSuite was originally created by 10minutefunnels and you can try it for $1 at www1.10minutefunnels.com. (You don’t need to pay $297 per month for HTA to get it.)
Day 7 – Teach you how to create and upload your custom video. And again offer you a “Advanced Video Secrets” course @ $497/year. I mean I don’t know what kind of “Advanced Video Secrets” they are going to teach you for $497 per year. You can obviously learn about video marketing on Google/Youtube for free.
Day 8 – Now new offers, teach you about google analytics and back to day 3 when they ask you to sign up with mouseflow @ $19 per month.
Day 9 – No new charges
Day 10 – They ask you to buy clicks from Clickpromise (don’t forget click promise is run by them too) – Prices range from $200 for 100 clicks to $12,000 for 10,000 clicks.
Why would you want to buy traffic from them? You are paying them money for this so called “free” program and they still want you to buy traffic from them to recruit people. Ok let’s say if you buy a click for $2 and IF someone signs up for project breakthrough, you will only earn $1.50. Instead of making money you will lose money. Doesn’t make any sense.
Update: They has stop paying the $1.50 commission. So when you refer people to Project Breakthrough you won’t earn anything unless they “upgrade”. They claim that it is cause by the “low quality traffic that is targeting only the itial opt-in, rather than the funnel’s upsells” , However, the truth is that more and more people are being informed about Project Breakthrough being a scam, so the company is having a hard time in reciting new members to join so much so that they need to stop paying the $1.50 commission.
Day 11 – Reminds you to sign up for HTA elite membership again and ask you to activate your 27 passive income streams in your HTA Elite members area.
Day 12 – Ask you to sign up for AdEspresso – $49 per month
Day 13 – No new charges – Teach you how to identify 7-10 platforms on which you can advertise or tap into other people’s lists.
Day 14 – This is their so called “gradation day” and they will present you with a one time deal to upgrade to 1 of 3 different “Marketer’s Suite”s. (Started, Builder or Champion) These are essentially bundles of the optional training that totaled $4,370/year. The prices are $997/year, $1,497/year or $1,997/year. That’s way too overprice don’t you think? (I think all their products are overprice anyway) They also introduces you to the next “BIG” opportunity that they will be launching on August 22-24 during a seminar that you can attend for $497. They are only offering hype in regards to this opportunity but the name is Entralife and promises to “change lives”.
After watching this whole 14 days, I did not like my experience with Project Breakthrough though. All the time when I was watching the videos, I try to put myself in a beginner shoes, hoping to gain some useful knowledge, but honestly I didn’t learn much. Some people may argue and say they learn a lot from it, but from my experience with Online Marketing, I’m sorry there is really not much to learn. All I really learn in Project Breakthrough is those guys constantly asking me to invest more and more money into their “program” which they said it was free at the start.
I just want to clarify that when it comes to making money online, there’s no such thing as “get rich quick”. So why do so many Online Marketers and Entrepreneurs try to convince you to think other wise? Because they make money by selling “false hopes” to people. Having financial freedom online takes time and effort. “There are no shortcuts to success”. And btw you don’t have to invest thousands of dollars just to start an online business. You just need a website, a domain name, a website host and some tools to help you get started, that’s all.
So, What is the Real Motive of the Program?
It is a Pyramid Scheme, period.
So what is a Pyramid Scheme? A Pyramid Scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services. As recruiting multiplies, recruiting becomes quickly impossible, and most members are unable to profit; as such, pyramid schemes are unsustainable and often illegal. – Wikipedia
Watch this quick video on the Pyramid Scheme and how to spot one!
If you are still confused or have difficultly in understanding what is this all about, let me explain to you in a more simple way. In order to make the $20000-$50000 they “promise” you in the beginning, you will have to invest thousands of dollars and you must be fully committed in promoting “Project Breakthrough”. This could mean spending 8-10 hours a day doing this for your whole life. Let me ask you this. Do you really want to spend your whole life promoting this “Scheme” to people just to make that amount of money?
Basically, they are trying to make use of you to recruit more and more people into this “Scheme'” so they can make more and more money. They keep teaching you to promote “Project Breakthrough”, but in the end do you even know what exactly are the products the company is selling? What is the value of those “products” they’re trying to make you buy and sell? I’m sure that there is not much value for those “products” anyway, since they are offering at such a high price. Do you want to be “controlled” by them your whole life? Or do you want to keep deceiving people every single time just for money? I’m sure you’re smarter than that!
Studies show that in a naked pyramid scheme, 90.4% of people lose their money, while in product-based pyramid schemes it is 99.88%. After hearing what I have said, do you still believe about the “Brought to you 100% free, no strings attached” That’s a big lie man.
I also find it a joke when they say they have been in this industry for a very long time, and they want to teach you everything for “Free”. And the reason they want to give you for free was because they said they have surveyed 2700 people online and the “results were shocking”. Who were the 2700 people they actually surveyed huh? There is no prove. Just ask yourself this, will Steve Jobs teach you how to invent the iPhone for “Free” if he surveyed that people don’t have enough money to pay for the phone? It’s the same thing, what a joke.
I also notice that, they keep saying that “no earnings at all are guaranteed” and at the same time they say that if you just follow the instructions during this 14 days, it will be impossible to not make a commission. Sounds like a contradiction to me.
You know I also got this feeling that the couple in Project Breakthrough are just actors. They were paid to do this. I mean they say in the video about their life situation etc etc. It might be true I don’t know, but there is really no prove to back up their words. And if they are really facing a financial crisis, maybe they had no choice but to act it out for the sake of money? Or maybe they don’t even know that Project Breakthrough is actually a scam? Anyway, this are just my speculations.
However, in the end it’s up to you if you want to believe me or not. I can’t force you to. Only time will tell if they are speaking the truth or not. I will only say what I have to say in my opinion as of now. I will keep tabs on any developments for you and will let you know soon as I have more information. Knowing who it is coming from, I expect it will unfortunately take a lot of money from a lot of people and not deliver on any of the overhyped promises. However, I’m very sure that High Traffic Academy and Project Breakthrough will eventually shutdown one day because of it’s business model. For the company to survive, they would need to recruit more and more members each time to feed the top of the “Pyramid”.
After reading my post, I would appreciate if you share this with anyone you know who is going through Project Breakthrough or if you have watched Project Breakthrough already, please post my web link at the comments sections. You will be saving more lives from this scam. This is our fight. To prevent anyone else from being victims and to shut down this fraud.
Lastly, if you have gone through Project Breakthrough or High Traffic Academy, you can share your experience with me down below! I would be happy to talk to you. 🙂
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain
Finale Verdict: Definitely a Multi-level Marketing scam, aka Pyramid Scheme.
If you have lost money to this scam, you can you can file a complain with the FTC here www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
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