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“How I Got Scammed Online. An Intriguing Story By Me!”

This is an intriguing story about how I got scammed online. I wasn’t the only one and it wasn’t the only time. I know it is not a good subject to talk about as they say but I really want people to know about the nightmare I lived. 

You will have to excuse how long it is. I was going to break it up but I want to make sure you all get to read it all at once. 

I recently posted a Blog about how not to get scammed. But I had already been. I mentioned it happened to a friend as well with a different situation. 

I wrote this years ago and never published it. This happened in 2013 the year we were all going to be rich. I hope you enjoy this. I really needed to write it and I did years ago. I have come so far and have never given up. With a story like this, I think you would have. 

Life with Profitable Sunrise. I know this may be a little bit of a bad subject but someone has to talk about it. Someone has to talk to someone that knows exactly how you feel when you say the words “Profitable Sunrise”. Most people you talk to are your immediate circle and what you hear from them is “I told you so”. Oh, how we wanted them to be wrong.

If you don’t know what Profitable Sunrise is or was you will in just a bit. You will see what something like this can do to someone and decide whether you would ever take the chance that I and many others took. 

In December  2012 I joined a program called Profitable Sunrise. It was designed by 2 brothers and I won’t name them in my blog. They said they were Christians and just wanted to help us. They gave us the opportunity to lend them our resources for them to be able to run their own business which involved lending money to businesses at an interest rate of 3% a day every day for the term of the loan. In turn, he would return to us a reward for lending him our resources at 2.15% a day for 170 business days. Not including weekends and holidays.

So I looked over everything and said ok I’m putting 100 dollars in. I would if I was at the slot machine but with having a child with Autism has really cramped my trips to the casino. I have saved myself a fortune in casino trips. So why not take a gamble.

The thing is it was supposed to be a gamble. But it was more than that. When you go to the casino and you look at the slot machine you don’t make a personal connection with that machine. The machine doesn’t say to you I am going to help you. I am going to give you lots of money and change your life. It doesn’t say hey tell your family and tell your friends put money in here I will change their lives too.

The slot machine doesn’t hold weekly calls showing you all the things you can do with your money. How you can maximize your earnings and then join in 2 different private ventures that will handle your money and give you peace of mind. The slot machine doesn’t tell you that you are going to do just fine. I will pay you for years to come. NO RISK.

Here is the rest of my story. When I joined of course. I knew this wasn’t real. But you have just as much chance walking into the casino or playing the lottery. So if I didn’t give it a try then I would be kicking myself later. So like I said I put in $100.00. I watched my account grow. The first day I had $2.15 added to my account and the next day it was a few cents higher than that.

It got addictive seeing me get richer with every sunrise. So I put in another $100.00 a couple weeks later. My account doubled in rewards. Next thing I knew by the end of February I was nearing $300.00.

We had a group leader that was a former beauty queen and she was the leader of a charity ministry. She had a Pastor in her organization that took over helping her with the group. Weekly calls and webinars. Webinars that took over 3 hours. The group was growing fast. In one of the webinars, they showed us how to set up multiple accounts. They showed us how we could get the same amount of money month after month by opening up 8 separate accounts for eight months. They even told us that if we put 30.00 in that in 2 years it would be 1.5 million. So now I opened accounts for my 2 kids and my stepson. They would be able to go to college. Plus my one boy has Autism and I wanted him to be able to never worry where he would get money. I even opened an account for my son’s baseball team. I really wanted to help them get their field together. They have no lights on the field. It was something I really wanted to do. It is all about giving. That’s what the leaders told us.

It was a saying that was always used. It’s all about giving. I love to give. But I rarely have enough to give. Many nights I sat with friends and family talking about how cool it would be to hand someone a 100 dollar tip. How fun it would be to mess with people’s minds. Just because you could. After all, it wasn’t your money, to begin with.

If you wanted to be safe you could keep compounding off for 47 days and you could withdraw your original contribution. So you wouldn’t have lost everything. Then you turn it on and get higher rewards for the remaining days.

I want to know why I am using the safe terms when describing something that is not there anymore thanks to many that just couldn’t control the greed. They had to plaster ads everywhere and get the attention of everyone. Explain the program the way it wasn’t meant to be. Even with the constant internet patrol of Profitable Sunrise members to protect what we all had.   

They had a button on the site where you could actually give money to a member. There was also a place to give to the groups charity. That charity was doing well too. And people were giving. We were all having a great time. We never got sleep at night especially on the night of a webinar when they were showing you with an excel calculator made especially for our group.

With these calls and webinars that took up every Saturday and I remember Tuesdays and Thursdays sometimes Friday it became a part of our lives. We were living the dream. We were all going to make it. We had to tell others about it that we cared about. I didn’t care if I got a single person in on the internet I just wanted to help my family and friends.

With the information that we were given in the form of webinars and videos, I was able to get 3 friends and 3 family members in. Not to mention the accounts that I made for my family. The amount of members and the amount of money was growing in big numbers by the day. It seemed like everything was going great.

So I decided to put my money up for the Long Haul plan. Then I put in some more. We were showed how we could turn so little into so much. I put in 1200 this including my daily award and commissions from friends and families deposits and just a little bit of my income tax. We were told that what we put in would be matched and given back to us on March 25th. It was called an Easter Gift. The Easter gift then changed to April 1st. I knew that was going to happen for some reason. I was making a joke saying it was an April Fools.

So through the days I saw my money go up and up. I was getting a higher rate and I had more money in this time. I was making over 50.00 a day and I was feeling better. I was doing more around the house. I was less stressed about bills in the future. We have a loan hanging over us that is almost 160 grand and a family pay back at 20 grand and another at 7 grand. I joined network marketing to help pay back some of these debts. So far I am in the hole. I was doing this all the time. Ignoring my friends and family to do nothing but sit on the computer and market. Getting nowhere. A few bites here and there but nothing to brag about. I was feeling better and doing more spending less time in front of my computer.

We received updates and emails from the leaders and the owner telling us everything was going great and they looked forward to the Easter Gift. It was a lot of preaching scriptures on our calls and we weren’t all Christians. We were all the same. Just trying to make it out there and it seemed we had finally got our break. Profitable Sunrise had been since 2009 and it was still going. Some people had already cashed in on 3 terms. They went out of their way to show us how this program was sustainable. How we could be paid our Easter Gift without a problem.

Then one day North Carolina had a problem with Profitable Sunrise and asked to see some documents or just register in their state. Then I started to get nervous. We were told everything was fine. We were told the owner would do right by us. I knew that there was no way the US Government was going to let us participate. We were told it didn’t matter because it was offshore. Then more and more states and some countries joined in on the fight with Profitable Sunrise and we received a letter from the owner saying the IRS says we must pay taxes. So from now on only Bank Wires. We were starting to sweat it out but we were told we were ok that the owner is doing the right thing.

I was having nightmares. I would wake up in a puddle of sweat. I never really knew what it was I was dreaming about. I just knew it wasn’t good dreams. I was consumed with what was going to happen. But I kept on thinking about all the assurance we had gotten from the leaders and the owner. Everything was going to be ok cause the owner was going to do right by us.

Well then here it goes with the joke on us. One day I logged on and it was all gone. I was told the site was down for server migration. But it would be back. There were special calls telling us everything was ok. Even a girl that worked for Profitable Sunrise support was on the line telling us everything that was going to happen. She said they were changing the site making things better for us and more secure and they were hiring 150 people just for the US support.  So everything sounded good.

Then the next thing I knew some guy was dedicating his time to making a site talking about Profitable Sunrise going down and how we were scammed and set out to make it miserable for everyone who joined. He just wanted some exposure of his own so everyone would come and join him in whatever he did. He may even still have the Profitable Sunrise counter on his site. Counting the time that the site has been down. He was mean and said so many terrible things. He doesn’t even think about who he may be hurting. He was running after the leader of our group and tracking her down to see if her stories were true. She was very angry and got on a call and told us not to listen to this man. He is just trying to get attention to his business and that he had been stalking her and her family. So we got a couple more updates with no word. The group leader who was in contact with the owner has not a thing to say because she hasn’t spoken with him. They blamed it on down servers. But I say what is wrong with the phone.

So by this time you know I was going nuts. I had to tell my family and friends that they were all right. I had lost their money just as they said I would right from the beginning.  I was very down and depressed and actually just wanted to hide from the world. I slept all the time I cried all the time. I wrote a few letters to marketing friends that were in it too that I was giving up on everything because I never wanted to sell or involve another person in anything I was doing because it is just losing everyone money. I was not here. My mind was just drifting off. I could not focus on anything and I was still waking in sweats.

But there was still a chance everyone was hanging on to the dream. April 1st was to come soon and we would all get to see that he kept his word. April 1st is my oldest son’s birthday and it was supposed to be a happy day. I even had to tell him that I lost his money also and his dream of going to college and his brother living in Disney was gone for now. But I really wasn’t in the mood to think I could change anything. As far as I am concerned you can and me to the statistic of network marketing failures. I was giving up.

April 1st became the biggest April Fools joke I have ever had done to me. By someone that I didn’t even know. I was so tired and I didn’t care much anymore. I was never going to see all the things that money was going to do for us. Not the Easter Gift so much. It was the end result. In February 2014 I was going to be able to take the entire family to Disney World for a reunion and never miss the money. I would be able to pay back my loans and have enough money to move on our own again and get the services that we need for our son. I wouldn’t have even cared if I made another penny. I really just wanted to have that for us.  

Thanks for taking the time to read my long story and if you were also a victim of this scam or any other and want to let others know. Leave a comment below. 

dawnflake

Dawn Meyers Author of RaisingAutism.me

 

Imagine No One Understands You

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 Imagine no one understands you and no one will get you want you really want. Or not know that you aren’t feeling good because you can’t tell them so they drag you here and there to run errands or send you to school feeling like crap. Not be able to stand the sight, smell, feel or taste of food so you can’t eat the right foods. Not being able to complete simple things that we all take for granted daily. Imagine having to move 4 times in 12 years just to find the services that you need. Imagine the frustration you must have to see your parents struggle, cry and argue daily over the stress you bring to the family.

 Although you know they really love you they still can’t help feeling the impact of Autism which is what you have. Severe Autism that stops you in your tracks of society. Not looking different but acting different. The looks, the stares, the comments your parents hear when they take you out somewhere. At times they ignore it and other times they are stressing. You do very strange things sometimes that make people turn their heads.

 Imagine never being able to watch a movie or TV show all the way to the end because you have to keep hearing the same line over and over for hours on end. Imagine never being able to play with your brother or have any friends because you prefer not to be with others.

 No one being able to see your strong points like how much you try to speak to them. That’s why you hit them when they can’t understand. No one knowing how smart you really are even though you are learning your way around the internet without ever typing a word since 18 months old.

 Parker is so awesome. He has taught me so much. So much about life that I take for granted. We all love him so much. Yes, I struggle every day because we have only one income. Worry every day will my power be cut off.

 I raise his brother also. He is first born 14-year-old Hayden. Also, an awesome boy who wants to be closer to his brother. They were so perfect together when they were much younger. Playing together and also bonding as brothers until one day his brother went away inside a different world.

 Since then it has been a struggle learning how to get inside Parker’s world. So what we do is love him and show him that every day. Taking the time to hug and kiss him and listen to the same lines in that movie over and over again. Trying to understand what it is that he wants and learning cues that tell you it is time to duck.

 People who know us can’t understand how we get through it. I think nothing of it. I just get up every day and do it. Although being severely depressed takes a toll on my daily tasks. All I really am grateful for is when I go to sleep at night my family is with me.

 That’s what really matters. Not any money could replace what I am grateful for each day. But it is a necessity and I really would love to have just enough of it to pay my bills and pay my mother and father for the house that they bought for us. Depleting their savings to help my sons live in the right town. I am grateful for them every day of my life and everyone else who cares about us. We may not have the money to pay them back but they will be always thought of as the people who help us get through the days of our lives.

 Over 2 years of online marketing has taken a toll on my finances as well. Joining everyone who promised me the world. Working very hard while ignoring the family and the everyday stuff that needs to be done. Struggling to build a team that wants the same thing I want. Just to be able to make a small income to contribute to the finances we have daily. This would make me feel I have worth for what I feel like now is so hard to explain.

 The many thoughts that go through my head make it very hard to work at this. I often feel that I should give up I was even told by a guy that I really suck at this.

 I look back at all my online work. Over 2 years worth and I laugh at all the failures. I know for sure this time that I can do it. I had a person join my team. Someone I didn’t even know. He found the ad I had listed because I didn’t give up.

 It would be nice to help others make some extra cash. It is badly needed in my house as I am sure it is in yours. So helping me is also helping you.

Your Friend

Dawn Meyers

Update: I am coming up on my 5th year of marketing and things are looking up. It was my own fault that I am not further than I should be. But now I am changing our lives and I can see it is helping even Parker. I am feeling better about my life and don’t have the everyday distractions about money and where is it coming from.

Parker is now 15 and Hayden is 17. They are both wonderful children and yes it is still a challenge but so worth it I’ll tell ya.. .