VidCommX Review: $5000 video email platform?
There is no information on the VidCommX website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The VidCommX website domain (“vidcommx.com”) was registered on the 4th of April 2014, and lists a “VidCommX General Trading LLC” as the owner. An address in Dubai is also provided, however nothing specific about who owns or runs the company.
Treat this as unconfirmed, but I have seen mention of an Indian address popping up when an affiliate signs up.
Further research led me to VidCommX’s Facebook page, on which I saw a 25th of August update that stated
Hope u all have read my Yesterday’s blogpost : has all the latest updates on what is happening this week in Vidcommx , what to expect and the future !
A link to an Empower Network blog was provided, on which someone called “Salvin Johnston” claims to be the CEO of VidCommX:
Marketing material uploaded by VidCommX affiliates appears to confirm this:
The video the above image was taken from was originally published on Vimeo, it has since been taken down.
Why Johnston does not reveal himself as the owner/CEO of VidCommX on the company website is a mystery.
Also a mystery is whether or not Johnston has been involved in other MLM companies. I was only able to find his name in connection to VidCommX.
Read on for a full review of the VidCommX MLM business opportunity.
The VidCommX Product Line
VidCommX has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only being able to market affiliate membership to the site itself.
VidCommX affiliate membership varies in price from between $100 to $5000.
Bundled with VidCommX affiliate membership is access to a video email platform.
The VidCommX Compensation Plan
The VidCommX compensation plan revolves around affiliates purchasing positions and then getting paid to recruit others who do the same.
VidCommX pay affiliates commissions on the recruitment of new affiliates.
Commissions paid out are a percentage of the affiliate fees charged new affiliates, with how much of a percentage paid out determined by how much the qualifying affiliate spent on their own membership:
- Learners Pack ($100) – 10%
- Intermediate Pack ($200) – 20%
- Professional Pack ($400) – 25%
- Mastermind Pack ($5000) – 50%
Residual commissions in VidCommX are paid out using a binary compensation structure.
A binary compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a binary team, with two positions directly under them:
These two positions form the start of two binary teams, left and right.
Positions in the binary are filled when an affiliate purchases a membership, with volume from the purchase of affiliate membership tracked on both sides of the binary.
Volume is tracked via points, with each dollar spent on affiliate membership corresponding to one point in the binary.
Note that any points generated via affiliate’s purchasing membership higher than an affiliate themselves has purchased are not counted.
At the end of each day volume is paired on both sides of the binary in 200 point pairs (ie. 200 points from the left side is matched with 200 points on the right).
Unused points carry over until they are matched.
Binary commissions are paid out at a rate of 10% of matched points.
Eg. If two pairs of 200 points are matched, an affiliate earns 10% of 400 points (two pairs of 200 points is counted as 400 points).
Note that a daily binary income cap of $500 applies to Learner, Intermediate and Professional Pack affiliates.
Affiliate membership to VidCommX is tied to the purchase of an affiliate package:
- Learners Pack – $100
- Intermediate Pack – $200
- Professional Pack – $400
- Mastermind Pack – $5000
Note that affiliates can “upgrade” their position, provided they pay the difference between the packages plus an additional 10% fee. This fee is waived when affiliates upgrade to the MasterMind Pack.
In addition to the initial package cost, all affiliates are also charged a $10 monthly or $100 annual participation fee.
Under the guise of $100 to $5000 video email services (really?), VidCommX offer a simply recruitment-driven opportunity.
And on the topic of VidCommX’s purported video email service, I couldn’t help but notice they use Vimeo, YouTube Hangouts and Aweber for their official affiliate communications.
Whatever is bundled with affiliate packages obviously isn’t good enough for the company itself to use.
Nothing is sold to retail customers (good luck getting them to pay $100 for video email, let alone $5000), with all commissions paid out funded by affiliate membership fees charged.
With how much a VidCommX affiliate receives percentage wise per affiliate they recruit tied into their own initial spend, there’s also an additional “pay to play” element to the scheme.
With binary commissions not paying out on higher packages purchased, the obvious idea here is to either encourage affiliates to drop a cold $5000 when they sign up, or work their way up to the Mastermind Package level.
As with all pyramid schemes, once affiliate recruitment slows down the scheme will collapse.
Monthly or annual fees aren’t commissionable, so it’s going to be a rather sudden collapse as commissions are only paid on initial recruitment (and upgrades).
When that happens, anyone who hasn’t recruited enough new suckers into the scheme loses their money.
salvin johnston may be an indonesian of indian origin.
in a chat with vidcommx affiliates he speaks in a language [“kerima kasih Wahyudi Latif!! Saya suka passon Anda! Anda akan melakukan bisnis besar”] which appears to be indonesian but physical appearance wise he may have indian antecedents.
this scheme seems to be running in hong kong, UAE, india , UK , kazakstan and uganda ,because it has franchisee agents [collection agents] in these countries.
in india the scheme is rooted in uttar pradesh, which is the hub of many such flash in the pan schemes.
the owner and CEO of sai shradha content appears to be one manishaa sahu .
these kinds of schemes are a dime a dozen and come and go without the police doing anything at all .
Thanks for the additional information.
Something’s fishy about this one. I am NOT finding ANYTHING on this Johnston or Hellyer people. They seem to have zero trail on Google, other than 2 photos and one video.
But I *am* finding a lot about the Amit Jaiswal, who seem to be pretty darn high on the corporate ladder, and he’s a serial MLM junkie, having been involved in “Team Quanta”, “Brain Abundance”, and Qbule, all in 2014 alone. HINT: Search his phone number .
The Dubai “address” is not an address. There’s just a phone number. And according to number guide, it’s a cell phone (Etilisat is the provider), probably set to autoforward to wherever the perps really are.
Is Hellyer the blonde?
She sounds South African (might be Russian). There’s a LinkedIn profile with something about IBM and she has two Facebook profiles (else someone else with the same name looks near identical to her).
She’s billed as the Director of Marketing or something similar. Looks more to me like someone holding a top position put in charge of communicating with affiliates.
Indian scammers don’t have a stellar reputation, so why not make a blonde the face of the company.
There is a Theresa Hellyer on LinkedIn in UAE. It could be the same person as the one in Vidcomm. This is her on Vidcommx’s Google hangout video:
And this is the Theresa Hellyer on LinkedIn
I am 95% certain they are the same person. That would explain the UAE registration and connection, and why they’d use Google Hangout (when they are allegedly VidMail company!) No idea where this Johnston guy may be hiding.
Punching that line Anjali picked up into Google translate does result in Indonesia translation. Some words didn’t quite come out but then a lot of Indonesia can be rendered different ways.
That IBM/UAE Hellyer is indeed South African.
There’s photos of Johnston and Hellyer on VidCommX’s Facebook page showing them standing around a table (presumably in Dubai).
Whether or not Johnston is actually based there though isn’t clear.
I’m also not 100% on that surname (Johnston), seems a bit too random given his first name.
Who owns VidcommX?
The paypal account tied to VidcommX looks like it’s Ankur Agarwal. So we believe is the person behind the company.
An image shows “VidcommX General Trading LLC” being linked to “MLM Global University”.
This mlmglobaluniversity.com/launch.html which is owned by Ankur Agarwal.
I strongly believed, They are Totally fake .. someone Gaurav Bubey account owner. It sounds like Indian guy. I coudn’t completely catch the email ID… phew 🙁 ….
But they changed it quickly. I don’t know why. They are always switching his servers and IP.
Most traffic on this website was coming from Kanpur (UP) India and Jaipur Rajasthan India.
Now I have checked they are live again but links are broken and not working. How cheap they are ….
I have found him in one of my friend Carminha Oliveira friend list.
Bingo…. I had amazed… In this picture each people are looks like Indian or Pakistani…. whew…
I have seen these guys on Interpol list… Is that correct?
They always blame on chinese.
Hey Ming, Thanks for identifying but my Sur name is ‘Dubey’ and not ‘Bubey’.
You never had to try so hard, tracing server IPs and traffic as I was and still am quite visible with Vidcommx as Technology Consultant for their hosting and server requirements.
I’ve attended a lot of Vidcommx conferences, seminars and webinar with the same designation right from the beginning and whenever required. A lots of Vidcommx affiliates from around the world are directly connected to me, some even write to me regularly.
As for the company, it crashed for a lot of business and partnership reasons but is still struggling to surface in the near future.
The project is not pinned to Dubai anymore and has been sold to some EU based incubation enterprise (as per my last information around 6 months ago).
So even I’m waiting to listen something from em. Coz this time once it restarts… its really gonna break some ice (i guess) with the new management behind it.
‘intepol list’…lolz… nice try but you see…. Chinese still have no escape 😀 :))