Team Vinh International, is it a scam? This observer thinks so, and it shouldn't take me long to convince you why. Whenever you read reviews of a product and the negative arguments point to evidence, while the positive arguments just point you to their referral link, alarm bells will go off that this isn't a legitimate product.
When you then go and visit the product in question's homepage and only find hype, smoke, and mirrors, with little details on the actual service, even more alarm bells go off.
I'm now going to walk you through exactly why this product is a scam; if it even qualifies to be called a product at all.
What Is Team Vinh?
Good question! It took me quite a while to dig deeper into their website to figure this one out. They've got a “how it works” video and pdf, that gives some “information” about how it makes money for you on autopilot, but doesn't really go much more into that. Even the FAQ section which has a question asking for more info refuses to do so on the grounds of “information overload”.
“We don't want to tell you that yet” is a strange response to in my books.
What I did manage to find out was this:
Team Vinh claims to be a push-button/turn-key/autopilot (choose whichever one appeals the most to you) business in a box. While it says it's not an MLM, it claims to be the answer to the 99% failure rate of “old fashioned” MLMs. They say that most people fail in a network marketing (MLM) busienss because they can't sell, don't want to sell, or don't want to promote to friends and family. This is largely true.
Therefore, Team Vinh says it will handle all your leads for you, doing the selling, referring, and recruiting. You don't even have to refer them leads apparently!
So basically they do all the work and give you a share? That sounds ridiculously too good to be true.
There is also a “3rd party” MLM which it recruits people to and sells them products on your behalf. Wait, what?
Again, the FAQ doesn't mention what this MLM is, it just says that it will let you know once you've signed up (This will cost you a lot of money by the way, more onthat later).
Once you are signed up, by buying one of their starter packs, tehy will guarantee you one more signed up member under you for free. Basically, someone else signs up and gets put in your downline. They then get someone signed up under them, which also goes into both of your downline.
Strange, I thought this wasn't an MLM?
If you want, you can refer people to get added to your downline as well, but this is only optional. Allegedly, Team Vinh will just keep recruiting people and sharing them out. This just doesn't make sense for a sound business.
By the way, there is no specified period for how long it takes until someone is signed up under you, it could take forever theoretically, which means you don't make your money back.
Any attempts to find more details or explanations of this system lead to more “sign up first” or “we use special methods” or “we have our own awesome system” type lines. Basically, smoke and mirrors.
How Much Is All This Going To Cost You?
So let's say you're not put off by the lack of information provided, and you decide to sign up. Let's look at the cost breakdown:
As you can see, there are a whole bunch of different costs associated with this product. Remember, you have no idea what this product is, except that it makes money for you on autopilot. Apparently.
How The Team Vinh Scam Really Works
So here's what happens. Team Vinh sign up you for $X and guarantee you one sign up of your own. When (if) this happens, they give you $X and you've made your money back. Of course, you still have the monthly fee you are paying. Next, they will keep signing people up under you apparently, and you can also sign people up yourself. There's no product other than signing up to Team Vinh itself.
This is called a Pyramid Scheme.
When you get paid purely for recruiting people, with no other product except the business itself, it's a scam, it's illegal, and you're not going to get rich off it.
I Read Some Positive Reviews Elsewhere
The thing about the Internet is, anybody can write a positive review. I found quite a few while doing my own research. Even places like ScamXposer, which claim to review scams (but always seem to be promoting them instead), gave positive reviews of this product. The thing is though, the comments on those reviews always say “Thanks, I liked your review” instead of actual insight about the product.
I left a negative comment, and it didn't get published:
I also found some real published comments on other sites:
Take testimonials and promotional posts with a pinch of salt online, and always do your own research. If it smells suspicious and doesn't give you an insight into how it REALLY works, then walk away.
What About The 90 Day Guarantee?
Edit: I originally wrote in this section how the support team didn't respond, but I've seen been contacted by people from Team Vinh (At least they say they are from Team Vinh. They use gmail email addresses, so I can't be 100% sure.) saying that this isn't true and the support team responds within 24 hours.
This is great, and should mean that you can get your money back if you want to, although I can't say if these people emailing me really are who they say they are.