TVI Express is being marketed in Africa on lies
Hot on the heels of the regulatory crackdown on TVI Express by the Bank of Namibia a month or so ago, Swaziland has since decided to launch it’s own investigation into TVI Express.
To be conducted by the Central Bank of Swaziland, the investigation revolves around the bank’s claim that TVI is a pyramid scheme. Governor Martin Dlamini likened to it to a now defunct pyramid scheme, Diamond Africa;
The Diamond Africa was doing the same thing, purporting to be selling diamonds and asking people to join at a fee.
It looks like they (TVI Express) are doing the same. If they do like that, it’s a criminal offence and we will facilitate their arrest very soon.
Thus far the allegations made against TVI Express are quite serious in nature and notably absent is the tin can ‘we deny any and all allegations’ and legal threats that we’ve thus far seen with TVI Express in Africa.
So… what exactly has been the response from TVI Express and its members?
As far as I know an official response from TVI Express has yet to be made regarding the Central Bank of Swaziland’s claims. However local TVI member (or ‘senior agent’ as he appears to be calling himself) Sifiso Mahlalela, has taken it upon himself to be the public spokesperson for TVI in Swaziland.
Well firstly TVI Express has nothing to worry about from a Central Bank investigation because apparently they have something called a ‘global license‘.
A global license in what you might ask? Well, we’re not quite sure. As Governor Dlamini put it;
there is nothing like a global licence, all international companies operating in the country have local licences for doing business in Swaziland.
Further to that, unless there’s some kind of new world order that I don’t know about, how any company can have a global license, let alone TVI Express, I have no idea.
I mean a global license for what? To run a business anywhere in the world? Who exactly do you even go to to get a license like that, the ‘global government’?
Secondly Mahlalela claims that
TVI was not a pyramid scheme because it sold a product that enabled people to get discounts air travel, hotels and car hires across the globe.
He said a pyramid scheme did not sell products.
TVI Express sell membership to a third party travel club. Members are financially rewarded solely for selling these memberships and once sold TVI Express members are unable to sell anything further to new recruits.
Membership itself is not a product so what products Mahlalela is claiming TVI Express sells is unknown.
One doesn’t need a degree in business to see that if this is the best paper-thin defense TVI Express has in Swaziland, then the Central Bank is going tear them a new one.
Meanwhile over in South Africa there’s been claims that holidays being booked through the TVI Express back office are not being booked;
Some of our members were booked for this holiday (the complimentary 6 night/7 day holiday) from TVI back office. On arrival, at the hotels, bookings were either non-existent or unpaid. Members had to return home or pay for themselves.
Managers of these establishments have claimed that TVI has falsely published them on the back office.
Through the website (tviexpress.co.za) our team has received numerous complaints from hotels and resorts, that TVI Express members are arriving at their resorts unannounced, after being “booked” by TVI Express, whereas the establishments have no connection with TVI Express.
The mental image of TVI Express members rocking up to their prebooked holidays across South Africa only to find the place has no idea about their booking or what TVI Express is, is hilarious.
Coupled with the Bank of Namibia and Swaziland’s own investigations, it appears TVI Express in Africa is in shambles.
While I appreciate the link, Oz, you should have linked to TVIWealth.co.za instead of to my link to them.
Again, this is the exact sort of lies TVI Express members told before in China and elsewhere. Before. Chinese members previously had claimed TVI Express cannot be illegal in China because it is international commerce and therefore is protected by international treaty between nations. Didn’t prevent many from arrested and convicted of fraud.
With supposedly opening of TVI Express in CIS (specifically, Almaty, Kazahkhstan) this scam is shifting from hidey-hole to hidey-hole. But soon it will run out of room to hide.
Oh, and one more correction… TVI Express only claims to sell “distributorship”… Of what, they never explained. They never claimed to sell any sort of club membership either. All this “travel club” explanation was invented by members (probably came from Tarun Trikha in the first place).
While in reality they sell access to custom-labeled Travelocity through World Choice Travel (wctravel.com) (the custom label is TVI Express, i.e. their “backoffice”), access to Travelocity is FREE, so they are selling something (available for free) for $250. Ain’t that a sweet business?
‘global license‘. I think he invented it
Thanks for the feedback Kasey. Whether or not TVI Express claim to sell membership is inconsequential, as it’s clear to anyone examining the business that this is exactly what they offer.
As you well know they themselves don’t directly offer any sort of product and neither do they financially reward their distributors for anything other than going out and recruiting people.
A South African ex-TVI website has some revelations that are very interesting…
1) On December 4th (2010), TVI Express froze everybody’s eVouchers and requires all to “verify” their account within 72 hours (or lose all the eVouchers).
2) As you’ve commented elsewhere, lots of people getting stranded at hotels and resorts, when TVI Express either did not book any trips, or booked but did not pay for the stay.
And found a bit of a nugget in old stuff… TVI charges $115 for taxes on a 4-day 3-night vacation, when it should cost no more than $35.
Update: As of December 8th, 2010, no meeting with TVI Express and Bank of Namibia had taken place.
UPDATE: TVI Express is dead in South Africa.