The Big Idea Mastermind Scam: What You’re REALLY Buying Into

By Ian | Negative Reviews

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Members of the Big Idea Mastermind scam can be pretty convincing, and although it would be incredibly lucrative for me to tell you it’s a priceless mentorship opportunity and that you should go sign up now, I honestly don’t believe that’s the best thing for you. Joining BIM can put you in a terrible morally compromising position, and I’m going to explain why in this review.

I am not an affiliate for Big Idea Mastermind. I’m just an honest guy giving you my honest, expert opinion after seeing hundreds of scams come and go in the internet marketing industry over the past 10 years.

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Remember the Time Vick Strizheus was an Ex-Con?

Since you’re researching Big Idea Mastermind, you’ve probably already seen this somewhere so I won’t spend much time discussing it.

Vick Strizheus on trial for Insurance Theft

In the small chance you haven’t heard about this yet, here’s a link to the news story. A few years ago Vick, the founder of BIM, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and five years probation because he collected commissions on make-believe insurance applications he conjured up for an insurance company he was working for.

For some reason, a lot of people are quick to dismiss criminal backgrounds these days. Since this apparently isn’t as alarming as I feel it should be, I’ll move on to other points.

Vick is Still Deceitful, and I Have Proof

Surely he’s learned his lesson and changed his ways since getting convicted though, right? We can all agree that he’s a truthful, honest, law-abiding citizen that wouldn’t dare deceive anyone again.

Vick trying to pass a rental car as part of his luxury lifestyle

Wait, what’s that?! In a Big Idea Mastermind sales video, Vick is seen showing off his expensive toys and luxury lifestyle. If you pay very close attention though, there’s a tiny clue with HUGE implications in the screenshot above (which I’ve called attention to just to make sure you don’t miss it).

That’s right, the ex-con that “turned over a new leaf” is STILL intentionally deceiving people. If Vick owned this Ferari, why would there still be dealer tags on the key ring? It doesn’t add up, and unfortunately it’s a very common practice for scammers in the internet marketing industry to rent cars, mansions, models, actors, and anything else they need to convince you that they’re successful. Clearly Vick isn’t above applying these deceptive sales tactics to Big Idea Mastermind’s materials if it convinces you to buy.

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But the Worst Part of It All: Empower Network

As you read this Big Idea Mastermind review, you may or may not realize that BIM is simply a tie-in to Empower Network, which in my opinion is the most unethical and dangerous company the internet marketing industry has seen in years.

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Vick sitting with the founders of Empower Network, Dave Wood and Dave Sharpe

I go into great detail in my Empower Network review and my post about whether or not a person can make money with EN posts, but here’s the summary (you can read either post if you want more details):

The VAST majority of people that pay to join EN fail and lose a lot of money in the process. Their cult-like community pushes a total of over $5,000 in products with huge commissions, but if you make a lot of money promoting their products, it means that you’re signing a lot of people up and probably 90-95% of those people are failing miserably, left with huge holes in their bank accounts and massive amounts of high-interest credit card debt to repay. This is not speculation – I’m a former “All In” member of Empower Network and witnessed all of this first-hand. 

So the biggest thing I can warn you about when considering to join Big Idea Mastermind is this: Everything in the training revolves around getting more people to sign up under you in Empower Network. You will watch these people struggle, you will watch them spend a lot of money, and ultimately you will watch almost all of them fail. You can make a lot of money off of your personal referrals, but it will be at severe financial loss 100% caused by you recruiting them.

Final Rating for Big Idea Mastermind: F

I met Vick at the Empower Network event I attended where he accepted a $700,000+ check that he had earned from setting others up for failure, and honestly he seemed like a nice guy on the surface. He’s signed thousands of people up for his Big Idea Mastermind under the EN umbrella, and although he comes across as caring and helpful, in the end he’s still just an ex-con that’s deceiving people to this very day.

Worst case scenario signing up for Big Idea Mastermind: You go “All In” with Empower Network costing you over $5,125 and have nothing to show for it in the end.

Best case scenario: You join, study the training, and are successful in getting a lot of people to sign up for EN with you as their sponsor. You watch the vast majority of them fail but still directly benefit from getting them to buy more and more products that ultimately still result in their failure. You’re rich, but you’re morally bankrupt.

Sounds like a lose-lose to me.

 

  
 
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What Does It Sound Like to You?

What are your thoughts on BIM and Vick Strizheus after reading this review? Are you still thinking about joining the Big Idea Mastermind scam, or are you thinking that it’s best to sit this one out and look for something a bit more legitimate?

I’d love it if you shared your thoughts and questions in the comments section below! I respond to all comments personally every day and it would make my day to hear what you think about all of the above.

About the Author

I’ve been in internet marketing for over 10 years, and I’ve purchased dozens of illegitimate products for the sole purpose of evaluating them and exposing the truth about these products to anyone who’s thinking about purchasing it. I never let money influence my rating of a product and your success/safety is my absolute highest priority.

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(13) comments

Darrell Dickinson September 23, 2014

Thank you Ian for the heads up. I haven’t heard of Big Idea Mastermind or Empower Network. There seems to always be a healthy market of people who are new to the ways of internet marketing. It’s a shame people like Vick Strizheus, Dave Wood, and Dave Sharpe who pray upon these new comers to the internet marketing business. I guess it takes all kinds to make the world go around.

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    Ian September 25, 2014

    No problem at all, Darrell! I’m just happy that I’m in a position to help. I agree that it’s a real shame that there are so many predators in this industry when most people searching for information like this are just trying to better their lives, and many of them don’t have a lot of money to waste in the process. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – let me know if I can help with anything else in the future!

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Neil September 24, 2014

Hey, Ian
What’s “THE BIG IDEA?” LOL.
Since learning that this program is connected to “Empower Network”, this was immediately a big fat NO NO for me! I don’t know what it is with Empower Network but it seems to be creeping around everywhere these days. For example: I recently purchased some “whiteboard sketch video” software and guess what? Empower Network and some other scams were tied in to the backoffice as upsells!

It’s just becoming ridiculous now!

Any way returning back to the topic, thanks for your review on the big idea mastermind and it definitely sounds like one big SCAM to me!

Cheers.

Neil

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    Ian September 25, 2014

    Really?! Even things like software services are promoting EN these days? That’s just awful – I knew it had gained A LOT of exposure and gained a ton of affiliates because of their high-paying affiliate program, but that’s really a new low. I’m not surprised to see someone like Vick, who has been in this industry for years selling his own products, turning to Empower Network but software developers should really focus on their products and not on pumping a bunch of their followers into a low-quality IM training product. That’s really sad to hear.

    Anyways, thanks for stopping by again and commenting, Neil! I really appreciate it.

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      Neil September 29, 2014

      Yep!

      It’s kinda off putting because then you even begin to question the video software you’ve just purchased and the creators behind it. Does the software work? Are the developers to be trusted? Etc..

      EN just poisons everything!

      Any way, thanks for replying to my comment and I’m sure I’ll have more to leave on your blog 🙂

      Neil

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        Ian September 30, 2014

        I couldn’t agree more. I look forward to seeing you around more, Neil! Thanks again for stopping by.

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Evelyn September 24, 2014

Ian what a nice catch on the car rental. Nice! I seen Vick on one video pull out a bunch of cash he said he got out of the bank and set it on a table. People don’t realize that it could be just plain paper with a 100 dollar bill on top. Or they can just copy money and make it look like it’s real. Flashing toys means nothing to me. I want a solid honest business plan, not these fly by night scams. Thanks for this wonderful article.

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    Ian September 25, 2014

    I can’t believe that flashing expensive, luxurious items works so well in this industry. It seems like that would set off alarms in peoples’ heads and send them running for the hills, not searching for a big “Buy Now!” button. Thanks for stopping by and commenting again, Evelyn! It’s always nice to see that you dropped by.

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Lynn December 8, 2015

How do you review something without experiencing it.
You say your not a part of BIM, yet you know all about it.
That’s like me telling someone about my experience in World War II and yet it happened a generation before I was born.

Marketing Tip: If you want people to listen, you have to be believed.

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    Ian December 9, 2015

    That’s a pretty inaccurate analogy. I was “All In” with Empower Network and watched my downline flounder and struggle thanks to the poor training, so I experienced the core of what BIM has to offer. Unless BIM is no longer promoting Empower Network, in which case, please let me know.

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Agill Daniels September 6, 2016

i signed on to the 10% vick strizheus scheme being recomended to it by michael crawford from quantom code it took me some time to realise i’ve lost a bit of cash Thank you for finally puting me at ease for copping out of those 2

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FRANK JOHNSON October 5, 2016

As soon as two names showed up-Dave woods, Dave sharp, I remember getting ripped off by them and their ponzi scheme(which is why they don’t live in the US) had fancy videos of them and a bunch of their followers in a big house in a foreign company.RUN AWAY-same BS, selling an all in $5k package of BS.
Thank you for the exposing, how they keep re-inventing the “hopeful depend on a world without end:(RUSH Lyrics)ripoff,-is amazing, only time will tell of these guys BS.
You sir, are a credit to those who desire an internet based business-but one on reality, morality.
Thank you,
Frank
Florida, USA

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oscar November 14, 2016

I was a recent member of the four percent group. The owner is Vick Strizheus and swapped out my affiliate Id with his.

I have have video proof of this because I made a screen capture MP4 of the whole incident.

Enough said…

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