“Trump is doing it.” (the Confidence game, that is)

“Trump is doing it” proclaims Marco Kozlowski in the email below..

After the recent 2 day “Luxury Home” seminar run by Marco Kozlowski in Toronto, another free hotel recruitment seminar was run – Wednesday, March 7 at the Toronto Airport Hilton. In the jargon of the world of confidence scams, these events are the “build up”. (There are many good books on “confidence” scams – see for example the recent book “The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time” by Maria Konnikova. Here is her web site: http://www.mariakonnikova.com/books/the-confidence-game/  )

(The Trump University Playbook is of course a play by play of how to run a con. Here is a good interview with Maria Konnikova)

Below is the text of two promotional emails sent out by Marco Kozlowski and “U.S. Property Network” – these are the “approach” phase of the con luring in the “mark” (sometimes referred to as the “pigeon”.)

The first from “info@uspropertynetwork.com”

Subject line: fired your boss?

Stuff it bossman!

I’m independently wealthy now…

How would that feel?

Well… That can happen… But you have to stop fiddle farting with high risk low return opportunities like stocks… Or forex… A job that sucks out all your time and energy… Or losing money in your RRSP’s…

You need a proven system that delivers the goods.

Do what the masses do, get what the masses get. Work hard. Retire broke.

Or

Do what the elite do. Become wealthy.

Trump is doing it.

Warren Buffet is doing more of it.

You aren’t? Why??

Are you going to do it before the door of opportunity shuts you out?

Skill testing quiz…

Would you invest in a property in a nice part of town with tenants and solid management in place that nets you $5217 a year after taxes, insurance and maintenance has been paid…

….For less than 30k?

How about A multi unit (ten-plex) that makes 4K a month for less than 165k?

The only reason not to do this is not knowing about it, not knowing exactly how to do it (creating fear) or not having the capital…(that’s easy)

All 3 are easy fixes. But you can’t get wealthy by doing nothing about it.

We’ll be conducting a crash course on how you can take as little as 20k Canadian and turn that into seed money to invest in Cash Flowing properties in the USA to make ridiculous returns…

It’s not as risky as you think. The tax benefits are huge. And it’s less of pain in the a$$ than you are led to believe.

Only takes about 2 hours and 12 mins of your time… To start getting the rest of your life back.

You have one chance. Don’t miss it.

Date: Wednesday March 9th (One Day Only)
Time: 7pm (please arrive by 6:30pm)
Location: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel
Address:  5875 Airport Rd, Mississauga

Free Registration: Click here to automatically register

Marco

PS. We’ll be giving away an IPAD at the end of the presentation

We’ll double your entry for the IPAD for each guest you bring (max 10 guests per entry)

the event is just one night, 7pm on Wednesday the 9th at the Hilton

PPS. Free Registration: Click here to automatically register <- auto-register for this free onetime only event.

765 East 340 South American Fork, Utah 84003 United States (866) 412-3868

 

The second from “info@uspropertynetwork.com”

Subject line: Duplex making 1k a month for 23k

Want it?

I picked it up this week. I’ll show you how I did it. And if you really want it… I might not just show you how I bought it… But show you how you can get your own deals just like that.

Date: Wednesday March 9th (One Day Only)

Time: 7pm (please arrive by 6:30pm)

Location: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel
Address:  5875 Airport Rd, Mississauga

Free Registration: Click here to automatically register

See you Wednesday night,

Marco

PS. We’ll be giving away an IPAD at the end of the presentation

We’ll double your entry for the IPAD for each guest you bring (max 10 guests per entry)

the event is just one night, 7pm on Wednesday the 9th at the Hilton

PPS. Free Registration: Click here to automatically register for this free onetime only event.

765 East 340 South American Fork, Utah 84003 United States (866) 412-3868

 

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“Trump is doing it.” (the Confidence game, that is)

Blog – Description of Trump University

This blog posting is worth reading:

http://whitetrashtest.com/2016/02/26/did-donald-trump-engage-in-a-criminal-scheme-to-defraud-by-making-and-breaking-many-of-the-same-kinds-of-promises-he-is-now-making-in-his-presidential-campaign/

While it is a very interesting analysis and overview of the Trump University scheme, it is useful here due to the remarkable “coincidences” of similarity of the Trump U. scheme with the programs run by At Will Events and Marco Kozlowski.

It would almost be possible just to replace the Trump references with Marco’s name. The pitch, the program, terminology, etc. suggest a very strong tie between the two programs.

“Bait and Switch”  – iPad giveaways (or at least the promise of a draw..) – promises of mentoring – the various promises , etc.

There must be a connection between the two programs.

 

Blog – Description of Trump University

“My right hand man, my good friend, my mentor Mark Chapman”

[ Update – The Chapman property did sell at the Foreclosure auction to the “Plaintiff”. So Marco did not bail out his “good friend” and “right hand man”]

Marco Kozlowski has introduced Mark A. Chapman in this way:

“My right hand man, my good friend my mentor, Mark Chapman” “He really knows his stuff”

Chapman is one of the presenters used by Marco Kozlowski at his At Will Education / At Will Events hotel recruitment seminars. He claims to have worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank and, in some fashion, for Donald Trump and the Trump Organization.

[ Update June 19, 2016. It turns out that “Mark A. Chapman” very likely did work for Trump University. From one of the exhibits in the Trump University litigation: 

"02/28/2009 Mark A. Chapman's TU employment questionnaire"

see https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2723912/Trump-University-lawsuit-exhibit-list.txt   This document also mentions David Early – who has been very connected to Marco Kozlowski]

Chapman has called Marco his “new best friend and business partner”

He is Mark A. Chapman of Florida. His home has been in foreclosure for some time.

Chapman HouseA final order of foreclosure has now been made.

The property will be sold by auction March 22, 2016. Details are on the Orange County Florida Court site. See the entry for “322 KENTUCKY BLUE CIR”

You might pickup a bargain that day… ( Heh Marco – Mr. Chapman said you

Mark Chapman and Marco Kozlowski
At Will Events seminar banner

are a “multi-multi-millionaire”. Perhaps you could spare some change and bail out your friend. All you need is $942.799.84. )

This is of course very similar to media coverage of “Trump University”, and the reports that some of the Trump University presenters were in deep financial trouble – hardly the successful investors they claimed to be.

See, for example, this Salon article.

From that article:

“Trump brings to his candidacy an extensive backlog of business ventures, some of which are troubling. In August, 2013, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the he was filing a lawsuit against Trump for the dubious promises of his higher education endeavor, Trump University. Schneiderman’s lawsuit alleged that the school’s real estate program, which was unlicensed as an actual university, was complicit in “persistent fraudulent, illegal and deceptive conduct” towards its students, who were often saddled with debt from expensive seminars in lieu of brimming with the promised insider secrets from “Donald Trump’s handpicked instructor[s],” most of whom turned out to have emerged from real estate-derived bankruptcy, or have little background in real estate at all.”

More on the Trump University  scandal:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432010/trump-university-scam

The description of the “Trump University” program and experience of the students sounds remarkably similiar to the news stories about Marco Kozlowski and his programs.

 

 

 

“My right hand man, my good friend, my mentor Mark Chapman”

“The get rich quick merchant who is trying to flog American homes to the British”

Marco Kozlowski has been giving programs in England for some time.

This story appeared March 2, 2016 in the Mirror – a major UK newspaper

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rich-quick-merchant-who-trying-7480016

From the story by Andrew Penman:

“Things I never thought I’d admit: the peddler of a get rich quick scheme has said something worth hearing.

Only one thing, mind you, and I’ll come to it in a moment.

First, let’s get to know Marco Kozlowski, a Canadian who’s been selling to British audiences his guide on how to make a mint from American homes .

He told a London seminar that under his guidance you can pick up houses at knock-down prices, promising “30% off real value of all properties that we’re going to invest in”.

This is because he focuses on properties that the owners want to sell quickly, usually because of what he cheerily calls the Five D Formula – “death, divorce, debt, displacement and disease”.

“What’s more, he can arrange 100% finance, meaning you invest “zero money out of your pocket”.

Except that’s not quite true because your next step is to pay for one of Kozlowski’s three-day US Property Success courses that cost $7,000, or about £5,000…. and that’s just the start.

Some disillusioned clients have discovered that at that course you’re pushed to invest much more. A ‘platinum’ programme will set you back £43,000 and ‘diamond’ is £71,000.

But why is Kozlowski flogging this in Britain at all? After all, it can’t be easy persuading people to buy houses on the other side of the Atlantic.

The answer might be that he’s been burnt in Canada.

Like most get rich quick merchants, Kozlowski likes to associate himself with genuine business giants.”

” The Montreal Gazette also ran a damning article with allegations including:

  • Critical online comments were deleted.
  • Requests by the watchdog Better Business Bureau to substantiate advertising claims were ignored and now the Federal Trade Commission is investigating.
  • Testimonials were misleading because they were made by new recruits who had not yet completed any property deals.

I’ve asked Kozlowski to respond but he has not replied. However, he has sent an email to people who attended that London sales pitch telling them he’s just “scooped up” more than 100 properties in the States, saying “there is an opportunity for you to cash in BIG”.

“If you aren’t getting 10%-12% passively on your money year in, year out, this is going to excite you just a little bit…. Well…. More like a lot…” the email continued.

So, back to that London talk and the one thing worth repeating: “Anyone who tells you that you can get rich quick is lying”.

You said it, mate.”

Perhaps Andrew can connect the dots linking Marco’s programs to the “Trump University” seminars – as the “playbook” used by Marco is clearly derivative from the Trump system. (just Google “Trump University Scandal Playbook” – more later..)

(Here is a link to a copy of one version of the “Trump University Playbook” The properties of this document suggest it was created by Rachel De Dora (Linkedin Profile Here) who, according to her profile,  worked for the Trump Organization from December 2009 – March 2010 )

 

“The get rich quick merchant who is trying to flog American homes to the British”