Is Internet Marketing Africa or Social Biz Connect (SBC) a Scam, Legit, or just another waste of time? In the past I decided to find out what this new ‘internet venture’ is all about. IMA is just the company name, whereas Social Biz Connect is the ‘social network, through which the company operates. Internet Marketing Africa is a pretty common name nowadays, especially on social media.
You will always find one of their ‘agents’ on every corner – just like those pestering GNLD guys in town. I always scroll past their spammy posts on Facebook, but on Tuesday February 3rd they finally got to my phone and I had t find out more about the company. Here is the message that I received, and I am certain that most of you have come across the same.
Hello .I’m Ms. S*** ***** from INTERNET MARKETING AFRICA LTD. We have Part Time Online Work for youth who are social media savvy to Earn Kshs. 5,000 – Ksh. 10,000 Per Week. You were Recommended by ***** ***** to attend a 3-hours Training Session about skills required and Business Openings available at our head office in Nairobi. Work and Earning guaranteed after the Training. DAY & TIME Thursday 05/02/2015 at 11.00AM VENUE: Commerce House (Next to Kenya Cinema, Moi Avenue), 4th Flr, Rm 4. REQUIREMENTS -Pen & Note Book -Ksh. 200 for Training. For any enquiries,kindly contact me. Kind regards, ***** *****
One thing that I have always been sure of is that IMA is a scam, but I have never had the urge to find out what really goes on behind Internet marketing Africa. I decided that I will have to unravel the truth behind such an obvious online scam. What really stirred me up was the fact that very many Kenyans are continuously falling into this trap. To prevent most of you from being scammed, I decided to take an investigative journalist approach to find out what Internet Marketing Africa is all about. To get the best outlook on Internet Marketing Africa, I decided to make an assumption that I barely knew the company. I responded to the message that I receive with pretentious interest with the ‘hope of joining this rewarding internet venture’. Furthermore, I attended one of their meetings and I was shocked to find out the real truth behind this scam. In this post I will expose all that went on during this period and the shocking discoveries that I made.
I woke up early and dressed on the next day, ready to attend a ‘very important training session’. Being the timely African I am I arrived for the 11am meeting at 12pm. Their offices are at Commerce house in town, next to Kenya Cinema.They have a small desk at the entrance where you are expected to pay the 200/ training fee, without it you are denied entrance. ‘OK’ I thought ‘what is 200/ when I will learn how to make ‘1000/ to 5000/’ per week.’ 😉 I was left speechless for a few minutes after entering the training hall. It was a small room, but it was filled to capacity with eager trainees – about 300 people in total.
The audience was made up of young people, mostly fresh graduates. I was able to find a seat somewhere at the back. The session had not even started, and we had to watch another one of those motivational videos that made me start dozing off barely ten minutes into the session. As an answer to my prayer, one of their agents stood and the session was about to start. He was Kevin, a former graphic designer and Freelancer, who did not even point out what his role in IMA is. To prevent boring you, like I was at the meeting, with the details of all that he talked about; let me offer a short and simple summary.
He talked a lot about the importance of money and wealth and all that crap just to feed the hunger of the audience. Additionally, he introduced Internet Marketing Africa and their brainchild – Social Biz Connect. Social Biz Connect is a social network where you are paid for membership. He did not explain clearly whether you share ad revenue with the site or any clear monetization strategy. Obviously, he had no idea what he was talking about, and to make it worse he took a whole hour to explain this.
Moses, the second speaker, took over. I expected him to do better than Kevin, but as ever, however, I was disappointed in the end. He wasted another 30 minutes bad-mouthing office jobs and poverty. Then, he let us watch another video on Internet marketing that was obviously downloaded from YouTube due to the poor quality – Yawn. After that, he got to the interesting part which was on the Social Biz Connect Business Club.
This is the product that the members are expected to market. It includes an Autoresponder, Contact List Builder, Broadcast Manager, and Lead Capture Pages. All very good products, but with absolutely no market in Kenya. At least GNLD products can find a few buyers here and there. Very few Kenyans understand the need for such products. In fact, the speaker had zero knowledge on how any of these work.
The only thing that he knew was that it required ($40) Ksh.3600 per month to get access. I had to hold back my laughter after hearing this. He also pointed out how network marketing comes in. You are expected to upgrade to the Business Club, and refer others to join in. When they join under you, you earn $10 each month from their $40 monthly subscription. Then you will receive $5 from those who join below them and so on. I had heard enough, and I was bored and tired of their poor presentations – I left at this point hoping that those that I had left behind will realize that Internet Marketing Africa is a waste of time.
The Truth Behind Internet Marketing Africa
After the session I was able to make a few conclusions about Social Biz Connect and the Company.
IMA and Social Biz Connect are poorly organized network marketing schemes. The products on offer have no market locally. Furthermore, the sales persons have no idea how they can use the products. They are only after your ksh.200 training money and ksh.3600 monthly subscription. Don’t waste your money or time attending one of their training sessions. If you receive an invite message or come across their spammy Facebook posts, delete and block the person and show them this post.
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28 thoughts on “Internet Marketing Africa Scam Exposé”
I was to go tomorrow at 8.Then i searched commerce house exactly how it was written on the message they sent me. I just thank God for you.Your my hero right now. Cheers to people like you.🤲🥂
Hi 2 biz connect can i be one of u working online please by reffering pple
Thanks .The well laid trap almost cought up with me
HAKI YA NANI!
~HII JOB NITAENDA IF ONLY, HE UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA CALLS ME PERSONALLY~
Nobody makes any approval of:
“I’m pleased to invite you to attend a 2 hour affiliate programme at our head office in Nairobi,CBD.
Commerce 4th floor office no.09 next to Kenya Cinema Along Moi Avenue.
*TIME & DATE*Wednesday 6th June )at *11:30am.*
A notebook and a pen, Official/Smartly dressed and a tiny seminar fee of Ksh.200 payable at the reception meant to facilitate the training and sort out *serious* individuals like you. -inclusive of VAT.
Thank you for confirming your attendance.
At the reception ask for:
*Joyce Muthoni Thiongo
Na wanaweka vizuri, I know of a very close friend of mine who made tireless efforts to make a dream come true. He not only attended the one day training but also deposited money. Did I just say a one day training? Oh yes! But in the real sense it’s just a couple of hours. For your information mimi nilirudia nursery ‘mara tano’ and when I look back and see what I was studying at that level twas jus’ a piece of cake haha! Now, compare and contrast, how is it possible to train me in jus’ a couple of hours and make me a 10k potential earner? My friend, I’m not a robot. How on earth do you make a fortune out of other people’s misery? If I will be earning 10k per week, I don’t see the need of you asking for sh.200 from me. Why don’t I pay that money after one week in business, aren’t I a potential payer? My friend, it’s a tiny fee as it’s stipulated but be prepared to deposit money via M-pesa. Don’t just give yourself to a swindler. I know of many other online marketers but this one???
Can you review the GLobal Internet Fortunes?
very well detailed research, this is sad for most of my African brothers and sisters,people they take advantage of their lack of knowledge and sell them garbage products.
Thank you for the initiative to find out, and sharing the info.
you are cheating, SBC IS REAL!!!!!! why critical for something that you tested for a few minutes. You are not investigative you are a bussinee killer. Are they your competitors…….
was there thus weekend, I swear its mad crap over there. don’t you dare, they absolutely are after your 200. nothing more.
So it’s a scam 😢
Tomorrow I was to wake up at 6 so as to make it to the training on time
Thanks for this article a lot
those guys are after making u upgrade i attended one of thier training and to my shock no presentation skills there they want to make u hurry up and upgrade and no gauranteee
something funny all of them dropped thier work to full time SBC and therz no office
u ask about lomg term plans all they say is invite
Yeah very true,those guys dont even make any sense,its a scam kindly nobody should evwn think of it
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I agree. I asked how I would earn from The seventh person downline… As in I introduce you for eg, then you introduce person 3, 3 introduces 4 4-5 up to 8th So I asked how will I earn from person 8… As a Multi Level Marketer with Forever Living which is a GNLD and Oriflame competitor I understand clearly how I’ll earn even from the millionth downline… SBC guys could not answer that…. I got turned off by that and I left.
Thanks for the post,
It sheds some light
Warren Buffet, the 3rd richest man in the world with a net worth of $65.7 Billion (as of the moment of writing this comment) is the CEO of a company, Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is the owner of three of the most successful network marketing companies, The Pampered Chef, Kirby and World Book. Concerning his purchase of these companies, he (Warren) says it is “the best investment he has ever made”.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki have co-authored a book, Why We Want You To Be Rich, and have a chapter in it entitled “Why We Recommend Network Marketing”.
Richard Branson, the owner of the Virgin Group, also owns a network marketing company.
A simple online search will reveal all this and more, in case you are feeling doubtful.
We are all entitled to our own opinions, and we all have the gift to make our own choices. Me? I’ve made mine. And I’ve chosen to follow the judgement of these great men.
Now you make yours.
Make money with SBC. Success by choice, not by chance.
You are a SBC mole my friend . You only got lucky to land yourself a trainer job with them but think of those desperate who pay you their 200 bob. I can say this without fear of any contradiction that you are just taking advantage of the situations the Kenyan youth are facing and exploit the desperate state.
I got a chance to attend the training over an year ago, I decided to pay the subscription amount and today am working on educating Kenyans on how SBC works and how to make money with it. Am doing this because am seeing the results. Find me on Twitter, IG or Facebook @DougKibuchi
Damn! I was almost a victim as well
thanks for the insight.. was supposed to travel tomorrow for the training from nakuru..ningewaste pesa bure
thanks for the insight.. was supposed to travel tomorrow for the training from nakuru..ningewaste pesa bure
i went and saw the same it must be closed down because itmis a pyramid scheme.
Umeepuka mtego 🙂
I also thought it was a scam immediately I got the message because they don’t have any academic requirements they expect. Only age and computer skills which aren’t even compulsory????. I hope many young people find out about these fraudulent ways to make money fast before they are duped into these funny issues.
I was about to fall on their trap…thanks for the info.