TVI Express Timeline: illegal pyramid scheme, leaders arrested India, illegal in Indonesia, is Philippines next?

Introduction

TVI Express, a well known international scam under investigation in Australia, Europe, and Asia, has been running since January 2009, yet nobody had published any sort of timeline on its operations... until now.

Did you know that TVI Express, which claims to be a UK company, pre-launched in India in January 2009, but there is no such company as "TVI Express" or "Travel Ventures" in UK at all? And the closest name, "TVI Services", was not registered until March 2009, two months later? And even today TVI Express will not admit that TVI Services is related to TVI Express?

Did you know that TVI Express moved out of their London office in September 2009, and disconnected its phone number, and did not publish a new phone number and new location until December 2009, as per their own announcement?

Did you know that TVI Express office in UK was "by appointment" only, according to their own announcement?

Did you know that TVI Express promised an office in India as early as July 2009, but did not deliver such an office until April 2010? And the promised office in China NEVER HAPPENED?

The following timeline is compiled using publicly available data from TVI Express announcements, TVI Express website, TVI Express member websites, news outlets accessible online, TVI Express member blogs, government websites, and so on. Form your own opinions... after you study the facts.

NOTE: Updated with all information up to end of April 2013.

April 2008

Domain tviexpress.com was registered by parties unknown (source: WHOIS records)

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Domain privacy" was turned on and all contact information goes to domain registration agent, very odd for a legitimate company.

EDITOR'S NOTE2: In 2011, domain privacy was turned off and it states that primary and technical contact for tviexpress.com is Tarun Trikha, and the "Indian office" address was given as the location of TVI Express. 

January 2009

TVI Express "pre-launches" in India, claims to be a UK company with UK address and UK phone number. Claims to be "next big giant in network marketing".( source: tviexpress.com )

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yet it never did explain what its product actually is, and its own FAQ states that "you don't need to sell any products".

February 2009

First mention of TVI Express appeared in Google Archives (source: Google )

March 2009

TVI Express reached China, Taiwan, and Korea (source: TVI Express)

"TVI Services Ltd" was registered in Surrey, UK. Address listed was a company registration agent called "Fletcher". It was dissolved in 08-MAR-2011 (source: UK Government Data)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Search through UK company records shows no such company as "TVI Express" or "Travel Ventures International". If "TVI Services" is indeed TVI Express in UK, it operated for a month without business registration, thus illegally.There is no link between TVI Express and TVI Services, other than one item buried in the disclaimer, which has since disappeared.

April 2009

TVI Express uplines in Taiwan promised that the "debit card" (as shown on TVI Express website) will be available soon in Taiwan. Also see September 2009. (Source: Taiwanese blog)

EDITOR'S NOTE: It was not available as of June 2009, no idea what happened after that.

TVI Express uplines in Taiwan promised that trips in Thailand will be available 30-JUN-2009. (Source: Taiwanese blog)

EDITOR'S NOTE: There was no evidence that this trip ever took place.

May 2009

TVI Express obtained US "Trust-Guard" certification in April or May 2009 (Estimation, see editor's note below)

EDITOR'S NOTE: it was assumed to be April or May as messages claiming Trust-Guard certification as "authenticity" appeared in May 2009. Keep in mind that TVI Express was then disenrolled by Trust-Guard in 30-SEP-2009

Flood of articles appeared on Chinese and Taiwanese blogs by TVI Express members, some translating a Mr. Goyal from India, claiming that TVI Express was backed by a resort/casino in the UK, a glass factory in Italy, and so on. Some even claimed that TVI Express is absolutely legal and cannot be shut down by government. (source; Chinese blog)

EDITOR'S NOTE: China started cracking down on TVI Express starting in June 2009 as a pyramid scheme .

June 2009

Various Chinese and Taiwanese bloggers posted articles busting lies told by TVI Express members, pointing out various problems with the company  (Source: Chinese blogs)

TVI Express held a convention / meeting in Shenzhen China, Tarun Trikha attended (source; Chinese blog)

Chinese TVI Express member called Tarun Trikha the first crown (presidential?) associate of TVI Express, with over 36000 downlines (source; Chinese blog)

EDITOR'S NOTE: which would make him "member zero", or very close to it

Chinese TVI Express member said that Tarun Trikha promised that TVI Express will open offices in Shenzhen and Hong Kong very soon.(source; Chinese blog)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Neither ever happened.

First news report in China highlighted TVI Express as an Internet -based pyramid scheme (source: Chinese news website)

July 2009

TVI Express website published first "newsletter", in which they claim that their top earners are in India, China, Korea, Kazahkstan, and South Africa. (Source: TVI Express website)

TVI Express newsletter promised office launch in China and India soon to serve its members. (source: TVI Express website)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Office in India did not happen until April 2010, and office in China never happened.

August 2009

TVI Express announced plan to launched India office in September 2009 (source; TVI Express website)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Office in India did not open until April 2010, and in a totally different city than announced

TVI Express members arrested in Yunnan China for fraud (source; Chinese news website)

TVI Express members arrested in Zhejiang China for fraud (source: Chinese government website)

Tarun Trikha was named as "Asia Pacific Head" by another TVI Express member (source: TVI Express Member post)

Chinese newspaper in UK, in cooperation with bloggers in China, investigated TVI Express, informed TVI Express landlord in UK (source: Chinese blog / UK Newspaper report)

EDITOR's NOTE: a month later, TVI Express announced it moving, destination unknown until DECEMBER 2009.

September 2009

TVI Express announced it is moving out of their office in London, will announce new location 'soon", urge members to NOT call their number, only use e-mail. (Source: TVI Express announcement)

EDITOR'S NOTE: A month ago, TVI Express was investigated by a Chinese-language newspaper in UK... See August 2009

TVI Express announced no vacation redemption until 31-OCT-2009 as part of "move" (source: TVI Express announcement)

TVI Express was disenrolled by Trust-Guard on 30-SEP-2009 (source: Trust-Guard Customer Support)

Tarun Trikha, TVI Express advisory board member (distributor) appeared on some sort of conference call, which was recorded and available on Youtube and other locations in a 7-part series. Very little actual information was provided. (source: Youtube / Planet TVI)

October 2009

TVI Express announced that their India office, planned for 30-SEP-2009, is not yet ready. (Source: TVI Express)

TVI Express members arrested in Yunnan, China (source; Chinese news website)

TVI Express was reviewed by CitizenCorps, and got glowing reviews (source; CitizenCorps MLM Review)

EDITOR'S NOTE: later CitizenCorp revised the review downward, then retracted the review altogether and placed TVI Express on "alert status", essentially calling it a fraud.

November 2009

TVI Express announced "bookings" (that 7-day 6-night vacation) is live (source; TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: and how many times they have announced this before, and since?

TVI Express member arrested in Wuxi, China for fraud (source; Chinese news website)

TVI Express member Kyle Clouse in US paid for press release, claims explosive growth, will have one of the largest TVI Express teams in the US very soon. (source: various PR outlets)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Kyle Clouse has since abandoned TVI Express, see his website

EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express reached US and starts to spread among MLM fans and "marketing coaches".

Letter to Editor in India called upon Tarun Trikha to explain problems with TVI Express. (source: Indian news website)

December 2009

TVI Express re-establishes contact phone numbers (source: TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: From September 2009 until now, TVI Express operated only by e-mail, per their own announcements

TVI Express lists Cyprus address as their "official" address (source: TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Cyprus is where Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda setup front companies to operate merchant vessels for unknown purposes.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Cyprus address is shared by multiple other business entities, probably a virtual office.

TVI Express lists "Heathrow" (actually in Uxbridge) address as their UK address, 15 miles from London, but continued to claim "headquartered in London UK" (source: TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Except if you check through Google.co.uk, you'll find like 15 different businesses at that exact same address.

TVI Express announced that their UK office only accepts face-to-face meetings "by appointment" (source: TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: which suggests it's a "rent-a-meeting-room", since the Uxbridge building is owned by Regus, a virtual office provider, as confirmed by Google Maps UK.

TVI Express established contact with Solid Trust Pay (of Canada), shows them as one of the payment processors for currency exchange.  (Source; TVI Express, unconfirmed comment from Alleged Solid Trust Pay)

January 2010

CitizenCorps retracted its review of TVI Express, downgrading to 3 out of 5 stars (source; Citizen Corp)

TVI-GAT (Global Assist Team) was formed. It uses a 2x2 forced matrix and membership of $37 USD to feed members into TVI Express (source; TVI-GAT member blogs)

EDITOR'S NOTE: a few months later, TVI-GAT divorced itself from TVI Express altogether.

February 2010

TVI Express announced that the "new" booking portal will go live 1-MAR-2010 (source: TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: It did not go live until 9-JUN-2010, and also added a $150 redemption charge.

TVI Express announced its first list of participating hotels... a dozen hotels/resorts in India (source: TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: No word about participating hotels NOT in India

TVI Express member in China defrauded friend out of money to join, court ordered him to pay back the money (source: Chinese news website)

Spanish newspaper Mallorca Zeitung reported on pyramid scheme "TVI Express". how Lufthansa, Marriott, and AVIS are suing TVI Express for falsely representing them as partners, but all of the legal correspondence came back as "not deliverable".(source: Spanish newspaper Mallorca Zeitung)

EDITOR'S NOTE: So there are no 'strategic partners', and where exactly TVI Express is located?

TVI Express was denounced by Consumer Watchdog / The Voice newspaper (of Botswana) as a pyramid scheme (source: The Voice)

March 2010

TVI Express announced its India operation will go live in April 2010 (source; TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This was promised back in September 2009!

TVI Express announced it will refund 6000 participants of their money in Sikkim, India, after local police investigation of possible fraud. (Source; Voice of Sikkim)

Hungarian government agency PSZAF announced it has determined that TVI Express and one other company are likely pyramid schemes, and requests other authorities to investigate (source: Realdeal.hu )

Sikkim India HGTI official called TVI [Express] a "fake tourism organization", saying that these frauds will ruin the local tourism reputation (source: Voice of Sikkim)

EDITOR'S NOTE: In August 2010, an Indonesia TVI Express "leader" told local reporter that TVI Express will promote local tourism.

First TVI Express member in China sentenced to running pyramid scheme (source; Chinese news website)

Citizen Corp puts TVI Express on "Alert Status" having previously gave it a glowing review, then backpedaled and downgraded the review. (Source: Citizen Corp)

Many American TVI Express members quit TVI Express after growing frustration.(source; various TVI Express member websites )

Three TVI Express members in China convicted of running pyramid scheme, assets forfeited. (source; Chinese news website)


April 2010

TVI Express office in Bangalore and Kolkotta (India) opened after months of delay (was promised for September 2009) (source; TVI Express)

TVI Express spread to Vietnam, local member admits to reporter his income did not come from travel (source: Vietnamese news website)

TVI Express spread to Indonesia, local reporter found that TVI Express did not register with local government, thus operating illegally (source; Indonesia website Detik news)

TVI Express was dropped by Solid Trust Pay as a client due to rampant credit card fraud / chargebacks and refusal to provide ownership information (CONFIRMED) (source: comment by Solid Trust Pay employee, confirmed by Solid Trust Pay Customer Support)

May 2010

TVI Express suddenly opened an office in Indonesia, (source; TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express office of Indonesia is in a office park on upper levels of a mall apparently rents to anybody who can pay, including hair salons and more. (source: Google Maps)

EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express registration in Indonesia is done by local associate Ms. Goernawan, who registered the business as computer consulting, not travel agent or any sort of a club. In fact, it did not even obtain a "tiered sale" (MLM) license.  (source: TVIExpressDollar website)

Two more Chinese TVI Express members sentenced to jail for running pyramid scheme (source: Chinese news website)

TVI Express under investigation in Georgia. A local general violated ethics rules, used his power to recruit his subordinates into TVI Express (source: Russian website)

Australian government agency ACCC obtained court injunction to bar Team TVI Oz (3 members of TVI Express) from recruiting, also froze their bank account (source: various Australian and New Zealand news outlets, including ACCC press release)

Team TVI Oz emptied bank account any way, AFTER the injunction, by going to multiple bank branches in the same day and withdrew small amounts from each. (source: Australian news reports)

TVI-GAT, a former "feeder plan" to TVI Express, announced that it is divorcing itself from TVI Express completely. In their announcement, it stated that TVI Express is too much of a liability. (source: Global Assist Team )

Top TVI Express Team divorces itself from TVI Express, renamed itself "Team USA" (source: TopTVIExpressTeam website)

German Press reported on the scam known as TVI Express (source: German news website)

June 2010

TVI Express announced that the booking portal finally is online. However, also announced that it now charges $150 USD for "taxes and processing fees" (source; TVI Express)

TVI Express announced the booking portal is down for a week (source; TVI Express)

Ted Nuyten, a MLM expert, published a scathing report on TVI Express, the pyramid scheme, listed all high level members with available photos on his website businessforhome.org. (source: Ted Nuyten's website)

A few days later Ted Nuyten's site was taken down by persistent cyberattack. Ted Nuyten named TVI Express as the attacker. The site only went back up after the TVI Express expose was removed. (source: various MLM news websites including MLMhelpdesk)

Letter allegedly from Tarun Trikha and Team TVI Oz appeared on an Indonesian TVI Express website, claiming they will prevail over ACCC, even though it listed bogus reasons. It also claimed tie-ups with RCI and other hotels chains. (source: kliktviexpress.com )

RCI denies any "tie-up" with TVI Express when queried. (source: RCI Customer Support)

Obtainer Media in Germany issued pressed release regarding TVI Express pyramid scheme (source; Obtainer Media press release)

TVI Express added to China's semi-official "MLM Blacklist" (source: Chinese news websites)

July 2010

TVI Express announced "tie-up" with more hotels in India, 2nd ever hotel list published of about 100 hotels (all in India) (source; TVI Express)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Again, no mention ever of hotels outside of India, 18 months after launch.

TVI Express announced "I am TVI" Conference in India (source: TVI Express)

Blogger revealed that TVI Express stole picture of President Obama (by Alex Ross) as their "I am TVI" banner after Photoshop (tm) manipulation (source: American blogger )

TVI Express announced Phillipine Pre-launch for 4-AUG-2010 (source: TVI Express)

TVI Express under investigation by local prosecutors in Tajikstan when a local TVI Express member swindled over 2000 people (source: Tajikstan news website)

Australian government agency ACCC added "contempt of court" charges against Team TVI Oz, 3 local TVI Express members, when it found that Team TVI Oz had violated their court injunction and emptied their bank account. Trial date set for 30-AUG-2010 (source: ACCC press release)

American TV Station ABC2 of Baltimore Maryland highlighted TVI Express in their "Scam Alert" segment (source: ABC2 of Maryland, USA website)

Indonesia Direct Selling Association APLI revealed that TVI Express had never registered with them as MLM. (source: APLI Q&A)

August 2010

TVI Express hired pimps.ws for their Philippines pre-launched net streaming event (source; PIMPS.WS)

TVI Express Indonesia leader told reporter that TVI Express is NOT multi-level marketing, going directly against company website and position. Claims TVI Express will boost local tourism. (source; Indonesia news website)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is after Indian official in Sikkim said TVI Express will RUIN local tourism's reputation, in March 2010.

Indonesian Direct Selling Association APLI revealed that TVI Express never received SIUPL direct selling license, thus is operating illegally, recommends that you should NOT join companies such as TVI Express. (source: APLI website)

ACCC vs. TVI Team Oz case started in Australia. Outcome pending. (source: ACCC feedback)

Rumors started spreading that TVI Express had hired a lawfirm in Utah to become compliant for US operation. However, the only source of this is a TVI Express upline, with no corroborating evidence. (source: TVI Express member websites)

September 2010

Tarun Trikha, referred to as "owner and CEO" of TVI Express, gave more conference calls, "confirms" rumor that they have hired that Utah lawfirm for US law compliance. Also claims they will soon open a US call center. (source: TVI Express member website)

Editor's note: Grimes and Reese, MLM Attorneys is based out of Idaho, not Utah.

TVI Express member website, under "TVI North America", issued announcement that TVI North America, based in Atlanta Georgia, has received a "cease and desist" order from state attorney of Georgia to stop operation or face prosecution. They will comply, because they have not received any legal or monetary assistance from TVI Express. (source: BehindMLM, TVIExpressreviewblog and other websites)

EDITOR'S NOTE: News of this stoppage quickly spread to other TVI Express member websites, Facebook groups, and so on. However, some "marketing coaches" continued to deny that TVI Express is a scam, blames US to be "anti-MLM".

TVI Express member Patrick DeJour, one of those named in the cease and desist order, provided a copy of the full order on his Facebook page, and urged all his downline to move to a different venture and abandon TVI Express immediately. (Source: Patrick DeJour Tweet, TVINorthAmerica website)

Cease and desist order issued in Georgia against TVI Express became permanent after 21 days with no legal challenge from TVI Express, the lawfirm allegedly hired did nothing. (source; TVINorthAmerica website)

Inquiry to ACCC indicated that the trial against Team TVI Oz has concluded, and the judge's decision is coming soon. The case against "Teddi" Jutsen will go to trial in late September or early October. (source: ACCC e-mail communication)

Colombian newspaper "El Liberal" reported on TVI Express "opportunity", calling it extremely suspicious. (source: "El Liberal" website)

TVI Express members Kaspi and Jackson announced on their website that TVI Express will open a call center in Florida in January 2011 (or 2012, as claimed in different message) and a TVI Express convention in Florida in January 2011. However, there is no corroboration on any other source (not even on TVI Express home website). (source: TVI Express member website)

Patrick Dejour / TVI North America issued multiple apologies to downlines, asks all downlines to move to a new venture, and stop promoting TVI Express immediately, or may face legal prosecution. Stated that the government will go after local TVI Express members if they can't get at the leaders, who's out of the country. (source: TVINorthAmerica website)

Patrick Dejour, ex-TVI, alleged (but cannot be corroborated) that Florida is about to issue a "cease and desist", that Canadian RCMP have declared TVI Express illegal pyramid, and Tarun Trikha, alleged "owner and CEO" has been denied US entry visa. (source: TVINorthAmerica website)

October 2010

Australia ACCC prosecution of TVI Team Oz trial concluded and decision is due soon. Trial against "Teddy" Jutsen is still pending for her contempt of court charges stemmed from her violation of court injunction freezing her account. (source: ACCC e-mail, Australian news)

TVI Team Oz member "Jack" claimed he used TVI Express to get a 5-star resort room for one night for $69 USD, which some proves TVI Express is not a scam. (source: Youtube Video)

EDITOR'S NOTE: What it actually proved is that he paid $250 for something he could have done for free on Travelocity.com. That proves he's a MORON!

Tarun Trikha's name disappeared from TVI Express "advisory board" list, no reason was given on his "departure". (source: TVI Express website)

Detik News of Indonesia published a reader's letter explaining that the TVI Express "free" trips are impossible to redeem, and one must deposit money into the top upline (Ms. Goernawan) bank account to redeem the trip. She is careful in not calling TVI Express a scam as a hospital previously used a slander law in attempt to silence one of their patients who was misdiagnosed, and she is afraid of being another being silenced. (source: Detik news)

Another TVI Express participant arrested in China for running an illegal pyramid scheme, Ms. Liu (also spelled Ryu) was arrested for running TVI Express recruiting and gotten over 600 downlines. (source: Chinese news entry)

Namibia becomes the first country in the continent of Africa to formally charge TVI Express as a scam on 22-OCT-2010. Bank of Namibia has issued a formal statement declaring TVI Express to be an illegal pyramid scheme, calls all participants to stop at once, and to report all such activities to the bank. (source: press release from Bank of Namibia)

TVI Express announced that their new "portal" where you can redeem your 7-day 6-night vacation half-sized (as 4-day 3-night) is now live. It claims access to 95000 hotels, dropped a few hotel chain names, but offered ZERO details. Furthermore, it requires you to put in your own money into "booking fund eWallet" in order to pay "taxes", with no estimate on what the taxes would be. (source: TVI Express announcement)

TVI Express Philippines LTD was quietly registered in Philippines as a simple company (not a corporation, NOT allowed to issue memberships, NOT a MLM). (source: TVI Express Philippines website)

November 2010

On approximately November 22, 2010, TVI Express published a document titled "ethical marketing", which laid out several rules for its "distributors" to behave ethically, marking its first ever document on ethical behavior. However, it refers to non-existent documents on tviexpress.com website such as "policies and procedures", and does nothing to explain the company's own unethical behavior nor address any legal concerns. (source: TVI Express)

TVI Express now uses a web server in Kiev, Ukraine, which is yet another step down from from their original webhost, Network Solutions, the largest web host in the world. Yet their members are still claiming "server upgrade". (source: WHOIS DNS lookup, TVI Express member post)

News from Africa nation of Swaziland reveals that their Central Bank is also investigating TVI Express, following the lead of Namibia. Local members of TVI Express are claiming "global license", which local regulators dismissed at once: if you do business in Swaziland, you need Swaziland license. (source: Times of Swaziland)

TVI Express made an announcement that they will be opening an office in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. However, the address they provided has no room number or floor number, just points to "Almaty Towers, Koktem-3 Microdistrict, Almaty, Kazakhstan". This is the same "virtual office" pattern TVI Express used in London and Cyprus, leading people to suspect it will also be a virtual office. Furthermore, the "center" of CIS is Minsk in Belarus, not Almaty, Kazakhstan. In fact, there was no phone number announced for the location yet, just that some top distributors will be appearing there. (source: TVI Express announcement, Google Maps, Wikipedia)

December 2010

Meeting of "Wealth Team" in South Africa revealed that TVI Express had not delivered on trips. Members arrived at hotel and resorts only to find the trips were unbooked or unpaid. Resorts and hotels claim to have never heard of TVI Express, and said their names were cited without permission.(source: tviwealth.co.za)

According to Wealth Team in South Africa, on December 4th, 2010 TVI Express suddenly froze all eVoucher redemption, requiring all current eVoucher owners to "verify" their account within 72 hours or lose the eVouchers altogether. (source: tviwealth.co.za)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Every eVoucher TVI Express can invalidate or cancel means more people have to pay TVI Express instead of members for membership, so more income for TVI Express, less for its members.

Muslim Council on Aceh, Indonesia declared TVI Express "haram" (unclean), being a "money game" out to trick people.(Source: Serambi News of Indonesia)

South African authorities declare TVI Express a pyramid scheme, announced investigation into the company and local participants for prosecution. (Source: New Age news South Africa)

January 2011

TVI Express January 2011 newsletter claims they are expanding into Philippines, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, and South Africa. (Source: TVI Express website)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is AFTER South African authorities announced they are investigating TVI Express as pyramid scheme on December 30, 2010, AND local newspapers declared the scam "belly up". Do they not read the news? Or are they trying to play hide-and-seek with the authorities?

South African TVI Express distributors continue to claim that South African branch office of TVI Express will open in March 2011. (Source: TVI Express South African Website)

PT TVI Express (Indonesia) chairwomen Goernami Goernawan was summoned to a tribunal of various Indonesian government agencies to explain why TVI Express Indonesia is operating as a MLM without a direct sales license (SIUPL). The reply was "we are not MLM".  (source: APLI article )


February 2011

A new flood of TVI Express recruitment drives started in Philippines including various "seminars" in hotel lobbies. (source: various Filipino message boards)

Various Filipino websites started promoting TVI Express. At least one published the business registration certificate obtained from SEC of Philippines. (Source: Filipino TVI Express website)

Critic spotted language within the certificate stated that the business may not issue and sell membership certificates. Thus far, nobody knows whether this affects TVI Express or not. (source: TVI Express Critic)

EDITOR'S NOTE: TVIExpress.com FAQ states that you need to sponsor people to earn money, which can be construed as issuing membership

PT TVI Express Indonesia allegedly won some sort of award in Indonesia for "service excellence" on February 18, 2011. The award is unknown outside of Indonesia, nobody knows about who were the judges, what were the criteria of issuing it, or how did PT TVI Express Indonesia qualify for it when it was declared haram and a moneygame several months earlier by Indonesian Islamic Council of Aceh. (source: TVI Express Announcement, Internet research)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Research shows that this so-called award is held every six months, and costs USD $1000 to 'accept'. The owners are notified randomly via fax (not even mail), and there was no evaluation or selection process. The award as of 2008 was known as "Indonesia Good Company Award", and is unknown outside of Indonesia. Most business owners who received such an "announcement" tossed it as "spam fax", believing it to be a scam.

TVI Express announce that they will open office in Philippines in March 2011. (source: TVI Express website)

TVI Express Critic claim that TVI Express will likely violate Ministry of Trade and Industry Administrative Order No.8 which outlaws "pyramid schemes". (source: TVI Express Critic, Direct Selling Association Philippines DSAP website)

TVI Express domain tviexpress.com registration records was updated. It lists contact as "Tarun Trikha", and gave the TVI Express address in India. (source: WHOIS information)

EDITOR'S NOTE: TVI Express clearly is NOT in "headquartered" in London or even Cyprus, but actually based in India. Tarun Trikha clearly is a high-ranking officer, if not the owner/CEO of TVI Express, not a distributor as he had previously claimed.

March 2011

TVI Express announced on March 18, 2011, that it had won some sort of award. However, the award was actually won on February 18, 2011, and it was actually awarded to PT TVI Express Indonesia, the alleged "Indonesian branch" of TVI Express. TVI Express itself is claiming credit, despite the fact that the award itself is unknown outside of Indonesia, the issuing authority is unknown, the qualifying process and judging process a complete mystery. Previous winner is a laundry franchise. Furthermore the service is for "service excellence", not any sort of opportunity or travel. (source: TVI Express announcement, research for other award winners)

EDITOR'S COMMENT: Is the award meaningful? Only if you are in Indonesia, and maybe not even then. Furthermore, Indonesian Islamic Council of Aceh have already declared TVI Express haram and a money game. So does it really matter what award it won? And why is TVI Express claiming credit for award given to a branch only? And where IS that actual award?

TVI Services, a company registered in Surrey, UK, was dissolved on 08-MAR-2011. (Source: UK Company Registrar records)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Many TVI Express supporters claim this is the UK branch of TVI Express (i.e. their "headquarters")

April 2011

South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and South African police formally launched investigation of TVI Express, joining previously announced investigation by Ministry of Trade and Tourism (South Africa). (source: New Age Online of South Africa)

South Africa announced first arrest of TVI Express members for running pyramid scheme. The two "owners" (presumably top uplines in area) posted bail, and members continue to support the arrestees as if they are cult heroes. Others claim they have been duped by the scam pushed by local radio station talk hosts (source; Sowetan Online South Africa news, Observer Online South Africa news)

May 2011

Indonesian TVI Express local leader Kamijian was summoned to local courtroom by local congressional member to answer questions regarding TVI Express, after multiple reports of people being cheated by TVI Express, some lodged police complaints of fraud. (Source: tribunnews.com)

Indian Consumer Organization MoneyLife points to TVI Express as being another possible Speak Asia, a scam that has rattled India, charged by a TV station as a fake survey company and in reality a pyramid scheme. (source: Moneylife.in )

Filipino newspaper names Edwin Natividad and his "Pacific Destinations Inc" (PDI), a "TVI Express Clone", as an illegal pyramid. Natividad and his wife were former TVI Express members who swindled money from Filipino American community and ran back to Philippines to open his own version of TVI Express called PDI. (source: Manila Standard [link no longer active])

Karmijian, Indonesian TVI Express rep, appeared in court, admitting that all work in TVI Express is about recruiting more people into TVI Express, not about selling anything. (source: TribunNews)

June 2011

TVI Express "members" are reporting that their upline seem to have disappeared from Majene, on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is causing major concern as they may have fled with a lot of money. This is second report of disappearing "uplines" as this had previously happened on the island of Aceh, Indonesia. (source: local paper)

TVI Express and members use Alexa ratings to claim legitimacy in Indonesia, ignoring facts that 78% of the new traffic came out of Russia, Ukraine, and Kazahkstan. (source: Kaskus board, Alexa website)

Indonesian regulatory agency BKPM declared PT TVI Express Indonesia to be operating illegally without SIUP-L (MLM business license) on 30-JUN-2011, warns it to comply within 30 days. (source: Kaskus board)

July 2011

India Times reported that TVI Express India office in Bangalore was raided by police, with two principals, Mohammed Nayeem and Ramiz Asraf Vani arrested for defrauding people. Central Crimes Branch of Bangalore Police made the arrest. (Source: India Times)

State Bank of Vietnam declared TVI Express to be an illegal Ponzi scheme accepting "deposits" or investments without any sort of license or regulation, warnings all local branches to cooperate with police to prosecute such crimes and brings perpetrators to justice. (Source: nld.com.vn )

Consumer protection group in Indonesia called TVI Express a "money game" scam, demand it to stop cheating Indonesian people. (source: TribunNews.com)

August 2011

BKPM formally revoked PT TVI Express Indonesia's business license after 30-day deadline to comply expired. (source: Tempo Interactive)

Times News of South Africa reported that Tarun Trikha is the head of TVI Express scam, which involved over 1 billion SA Rands, with over 50000 victims in South Africa alone (and the number is still climbing). (Times of South Africa)

First arrests of TVI Express members in Indonesia, "leader" confessed to cheating over 800 members. (source: hariansumutpos.com )

Indonesia announced formation of special multi-agency task group for chasing down fraudulent MLMs such as TVI Express (source: Tempo Interactive )

Mmegi Online of Botswana published an article in conjunction of Consumer Watchdog about how one TVI Express victim was able to get back SOME of her money because her upline was honest, and speculated that many more are simply too embarrassed to have been cheated. (source: Mmegi Online)

On 31-AUG-2011, Central Bank of Lesotho in Africa issued press release that TVI Express is operating illegally in the country and urges all citizens to refrain from participating. (source: Central Bank of Lesotho)

September 2011

"Pacific Royale Airways" account appeared on Facebook. However, it points to PacificRoyale.com, which is on a web server owned by V2 Global / TVI Express. Furthermore, the website's WHOIS into is set to "private", thus it is not possible to prove that this account was actually owned by the airline itself, or any sort of proof that Tarun Trikha owns any portion of this airline other than domain name squatting (Source: Facebook, WHOIS domain tools )

Pacific Royale Airways, an airline that was often claimed by TVI Express supporters to be owned by Tarun Trikha, mastermind behind TVI Express, was NOT issued an operating permit as its operating plan was NOT approved by Indonesian Transportation Ministry. As a result, this airline will not fly until 2012 at the earliest. (Source: TempoInteraktif )

TVI Express announced that to comply with Indonesia law they will start charging taxes starting September 20, 2011. However, since its operating permit was already revoked back in August 3, 2011, this just proved that they intend to operate illegally. (Source: TVI Express)

BKPM (Indonesian government agency) revoked PT TVI Express Indonesia "foreign investment permit". Company now has NO legal permit in Indonesia, its SIUP was revoked in August 2011. (Source: Suara Karya Online )

Indonesia Fraud Task Force recommends fraud charges against PT TVI Express Indonesia, by conducting activities completely different from the licenses it had received. TVI Express is licensed for Computer and Electronics Sales and Consulting, and later, a travel and tourism permit. It was never licensed for direct sales / multi-level sales or for any sort of "investment" and community fund-raising. (Source: TempoInteraktif )

October 2011

PT TVI Express Indonesia vows to continue operating despite its business license already revoked by BKPM, blames "a few illegal operators and media" for destroying the company's public image, claims to be reapplying for business license. (Source: SatuNews.com )

Indonesian police in three jurisdictions are investigating PT TVI Express Indonesia fraud, many victims have reported to police (source: Bataviase.id)

November 2011

Lesotho reissues warnings to all citizens: TVI Express is a pyramid scheme, and all fraudsters are to cease immediately. (source; Lesotho Sunday Express )

TVI Express Trio "TeamTVIOz" convicted of running pyramid scheme in Australia, and of falsely using logos of hotels, airlines, and cruise lines. (source: Telegraph.com.au )

December 2011

TVI Express "leader" in Majene, Indonesia sentenced to 9 months in jail for defrauding the public. (Source: UPEKS Online)

Indonesians in Sergai went to police to complain about defrauded by TVI Express. (Source: StarBerita Online)

Saudi Arabian official outraged his name was falsely attributed to a fake fatwa used by TVI Express members in Saudi Arabia to promote their scam, emphasizes that MLM is illegal under Shariah law. (Source: Al Riyadh)

January 2012

No significant news to report

February 2012

South Africa Forensic Accounting Firm is still assisting the government to investigate TVI Express scam. (Source: IOL online South Africa [Link removed pending review])

TVI Express shut down their operations in India and laid off all the customer support reps there, according to resumes found. TVI Express lists "Elite Travel" as their India office. (Source: resume of former TVI Express call center rep, TVI Express website)

April 2012

Goenarni Goenawan, leader of TVI Express in Indonesia, was spotted leading a new "business" named BISNISNEO, which appears to be modeled after another Indian scam: SpeakAsia. No mention what happened to TVI Express or her vow to fight government decision to shut her down. (source: BisnisNeo website)

May 2012

Unconfirmed: TVI Express office in India, "Elite Travel", was reported as "out of business". This raises question where exactly is TVI Express being ran out of now. At least one insider claimed it is being ran out of Indonesia, but again, unconfirmed. (source: anonymous comments)

More victims reported to police in Indonesia. (source: Inilah News)

TVI Express Trio in Australia, known as TVI Team Oz, was fined $200000 AUD for their role in the scam. (source: Daily Mercury)

June 2012

Laihati, one of the trio "TVI Team Oz" that promoted TVI Express in Australia, was judged guilty of contempt of court for violating a court ordered account freeze. (source: ACCC website)

July 2012

Police in Sumatra, Indonesia urged to further investigate TVI Express scam (source: Antara News)

South Africa called TVI Express the largest ever pyramid scheme to hit South Africa, with over 100 promoters and 1 million "investors" Assets of promoters have been seized and arrests are supposed to be imminent. (source: IOL Business Report)

August 2012

Pacific Royale Airways, an airline believed to be owned by Tarun Trikha and Goenarni Goenawan, lost its CEO when he quit due to disagreement with the board. (Source: Jakarta News)

September 2012

Pacific Royale Airways, an Indonesian airline allegedly owned by Tarun Trikha and Goenarni Goenawan, lost its license to operate due to maintenance issues. The airline is considered "closed". (Source: Asiaone, link no longer active)

October 2012

Indian Central Railways urged to look into an employment scandal where a supervisor was using his position to force employees under his supervision to join TVI Express as his downline. If the employee refuses, s/he is then audited by internal affairs due to a complaint by the supervisor. Local news was surprised as they thought TVI Express had died in India when its central office shut down in 2010. (Source: The Times of India)

November 2012

More TVI Express scammers arrested in Indonesia (source: Pakdang Ekspres [indonesian])

Department of Trade and Industry of Philippines (DTI) relayed news of TVI Express scam sentencing in Australia. Unfortunately this seem to have little effect on Filipino promoters. (source: DTI Website)

December 2012

Three supervisors were transferred by India Central Railways to counter the charges that they violated work ethics by recruiting their underlings into TVI Express pyramid scheme. (Source: Times of India)

Teddi Jutsen, one of the trio who was convicted of running TVI Express pyramid scheme in Australia, has yet to pay her legally mandated fine (source: Daily Telegraph)

January 2013

Investigation into corruption by Indian Central Railways officials abusing their power to force underlings to join TVI Express appear to have stalled with no punishment for the accused. (Source: Times of India)

March 2013

Filipino SEC warned public TVI Express Holidays as potential scam. (source: ABS_CBN)

April 2013

Rumors emerged that TVI Express mastermind Tarun Trikha was arrested at Delhi airport by India CID. This was confirmed almost two weeks later by Daily Mail India, which also furnished reports that all of Tarun Trikha's family will also be investigated for their possible roles in this international scam. (source: Daily Mail 1, Daily Mail 2)

TVI Express named among "chit fund scams" that called for refunds. (article no longer available on The Statesman)

May 2013

VIgilance Commission, the body that investigates cases of corruption in India, agreed to look into allegations that managers in Indian National Railway had used their powers to coerce their subordinates into joining TVI Express as their downline and "punish" those to don't. This case would have gone unnoticed until Times of India did a series of follow-up articles on it. (Source: Times of India)

Egypt officially announced that 8 scams have been outlawed, including TVI Express (source: Almogaz.com)

Egypt announced multiple arrests of TVI Express scammers. (source: DailyNewsEgypt.com)

July 2013

VIgilance Commission officers arrived in Nagpur to investigate the allegations of corruption when senior station managers tried to force subordinates into joining the TVI Express pyramid scheme as their downlines. (Source: Times of India)

South African TVI Express "kingpin" arrested by local authorities for defrauding thousands of people. (source: IOL.co.za)

Conclusion

This segment is opinion, not fact, so you are welcome to doubt my conclusion. 

TVI Express, in its history, has demonstrated the following:

* It has repeatedly promised things it cannot deliver

=The booking portal? Promised since start of company in January 2009, didn't open until June 2010, and even then only works sporadically
=The offices in India? Promised "soon" in July 2009, didn't open until April 2010.
=The offices in China and Hong Kong? Never happened.

* It has real London office? Really?

=It was kicked out of their London facility after a Chinese newspaper in UK notified Marble Arch Tower of how shady TVI Express is.
=For several MONTHS TVI Express only operated only as an e-mail address and website
=Even when it resumed operation in UK, the office was "by appointment only", which means "rent office by the hour"
=When Lufthansa tried to warn TVI Express about using its name, all letters came back as "undeliverable", according to Spanish newspaper
=Conclusion: TVI Express has NO permanent location in UK

* Every source of legitimacy it claimed turned out to be nonexistent

=Tie-up with biggest names in travel? Got sued instead by Lufhtansa, Avis, and Marriott
=Tie-up with RCI? RCI have no idea who the heck TVI Express is.
=Citizencorp glowing review? Downgraded, then later "put on Alert Status"
=Trust-Guard certification? Quietly dis-enrolled in September 2009

* Many of Its members are liars, and some went to jail

= Earliest members in China and India claimed tie-up with casino/resort, glass factory and more
= TVI Express Indonesia leader went as far as saying TVI Express is NOT MLM
= TVI Express members arrested left and right in China
= TVI Express member facing contempt of court and fraud charges in Australia

* The members who don't lie quit instead

= Tons of TVI Express websites went silent, or converted to other MLMs,
= Kyle Clouse, and other examples abound

You can reach your own conclusions.

If you have more items to add, feel free to add it in the comments.

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matthewneer 6 years ago from California

Hey KSChang,

Great article you put together here. You have really done your research and I value your opinion. People really do need to be made aware of this timeline because I STILL get calls from people asking me about TVI Express and how to join.

I usually just tell them to run far far away, but hey, what can ya do. People will be people...


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kschang 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Well, thanks for the kind words, Matt. People ask you because... you had a couple hubs telling people that TVI Express is NOT scam. I am glad we got that cleared up.


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kschang 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

UPDATE: ACCC vs. TVI Team Oz trial is over and judge will be issuing his decision "soon". The contempt case against "Teddi" Jutsen is also 'soon'.


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kschang 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

UPDATE: Bank of Namibia (that's in Africa) formally charged TVI Express as a pyramid scheme, call upon all citizens to stop participating and report participants to bank / police for prosecution.

http://www.republikein.com.na/die-mark/bon-warns-p...


Musa 5 years ago

this is BS I'm sorry...Nobody is being scammed by TVI, people are getting paid and nobody is getting hurt.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@musa - And just WHAT evidence do you have to contradict what's written besides your opinion? What your "upline" told you? They've been telling lies of their own or repeating lies from TVI Express.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Musa -- read what your fellow South African members are saying about TVI Express:

http://www.tviwealth.co.za/record.htm

Also, Central Bank of Swaziland has joined Bank of Namibia in its investigation of TVI Express. There's a rumor that South African Reserve Bank may join in as well, but that is unconfirmed.


The King 5 years ago

Musa in light of all this overwhelming evidence you still have the nerve to make such utterances... I'm ashamed to call you a fellow South African!!!

KSCHANG good job on this research. I had my suspicions of TVIExpress but lacked the proof that goes with it. This will more than suffice, thanks!!!


HAPPY MLANGENI 5 years ago

GUYZ U CAN TALK TO TALK BUT ITS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING.

TVI EXPRESS IS A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU TAKE WHEN U THINK IT WILL WORK FOR U AS ALL OTHER BUSINESSES HWAT I LIKE THE MOST ABOUT THE GIANT,ITS INSTILLS LEADERSHIP,WE NEED THAT AS SOUTH AFRICANS.

THIS BIG GIANT HAS PRODUCED MILLIONAIRES.

PEOPLE LETS DIVERT OUR ENERGY AND USEFULL RESOURCES IN ENCOURAGING TO ANY OF THE THINGS THAT U THINK ARE POSSITIVE IF U REALLY LOVE UR COUNTRY SO THAT WE WILL GROW.

DONT BE THE NEGETIVE INFLUENCE, MOST PEOPLE TAKES THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFE TYM, SO LET THEM DO THEIR BEST AND DONT DISTURB THE GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE.

THE WHOLE WORLDS FOCUS IS ON TVI NOW, YET THE GIANT IS GROWING PEOPLE. WHO IS INVESTIGATING THE RAPIST, DRUG DEALER,KILLERS THEY ALL JUST BRIBE OR PAY BAIL AND GO ON BUT U NEGETIVE GUYZ WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY FROM US FO EVER?

IF U DONT LIKE IT, DONT CRUSH IT SOME ONE IS MAKING A LIVING OUT OF IT.

I STILL LOVE U GUYZ JUST DIVERT YOUR ENERGY!!


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Mlangeni -- are you completely delusional or just ignorant? Did you not read that your own government has declared TVI Express illegal? Why don't you read some REAL news, instead of trying to perpetuate this scam?

http://www.thenewage.co.za/6866-1007-53-Scam_goes_...

If you cannot deal with the facts in life, you cannot deal with life at all.


linda 5 years ago

your webpage i a waste of airtime and space, better use it to care for the poor


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@linda -- and your proof of that is what, exactly? Or did you just pull it out of your ***?

If you want to play the invention thing... Sure, you're clearly an ex-TVI Express scammer who's not willing to see the truth, even though the South African government declared the scam illegal and local newspaper declared it "gone belly up"! (Yes, I can see where you're from)


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

NEWSBREAK: TVI Services, the alleged UK branch of TVI Express, was dissolved 08-MAR-2011, according to UK company records.

NEWSBREAK: South African Reserve Bank and South African Police initiate investigation into TVI Express as a pyramid scheme. Local police called it "genuine scam".


Edgar Martinez 5 years ago

hoy 04-05-2011 paso a utilizar mi certificado vacacional y si funciona ,si funciona,ademas puedo comparar en linea precios con otros proveedores de turismo es decir precios de hospedajes,tiquetes aereos,renta de carros,son mucho mas economicos.EL PRODUCTO QUE DISTRIBUYE TVIEXPRESS ES REAL.

Nos estan ayudando a economizar,de conocer otros paises,hasta de ganar dinero si queremos,repito si queremos.sino simplemente usamos la plataforma que compramos,obtenemos los descuentos y listo.

El trabajo que han hecho estos ultimos meses deberian haberlo hecho los que tanto han hablado mal de tvi.

creo que se condenaron para ir al infierno por difamar el buen nombre y la vulunta de algunas personas que estan ayudando al mundo.

las tendencias son asi,el internet se impone,las empresas crecen mas rapido a travez de MLM O a travez del networkmarqueting que es lo que utiliza TVIEXPRES,nosotros no somos MLM.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

The gist of Edgar's message is basically "I redeemed a trip, it's real."

Edgar, my Spanish is rusty, so I'll just respond in English. But basically, you are basically arguing that HALF of the company (the travel half) is legal. However, you cannot explain the other half: about recruiting and getting paid $10500 (in eWallet) for recruiting and filling two pyramids (which comes out to be over 200 people).

You cannot explain why they are getting the legal attention in countries such as China, United States, Indonesia, Australia, and so on, with members arrested, jailed, charged with fraud, and much more.

If you insist only looking at HALF of TVI Express, then you will never see the bad parts.

And it is clear that you do not read TVI Express website, since on their own website they repeatedly refers to itself as network marketing or multi-level marketing.

Thus, answer this question: if someone told you TVI Express is NOT multi-level marketing, who do you believe: them, or TVI Express website? Keep in mind that in TVI Express "rules of ethics", it is against company policy to lie about the company.

So, Edgar, explain this quote from TVI Express: "Network Marketing — also Direct Selling or Multi Level Marketing is the most powerful system of free enterprise in our modern world, and it is the business model that TVI Express chose from the beginning. "

--http://www.tviexpress.com/financial.php

Edgar wrote "nosotros no somos MLM", which means "we are not MLM".

TVI Express clearly says it is MLM. It is the business model they chose.

I guess that makes you a liar, Edgar, not me.


Marc P. 5 years ago

MR KSCHANG,

thank you for the intel, unfortunately alot of my friends and even my cuzn got into TVI Express here in the Philippines.

well TVI Express took all their hard earned money guaranteed EXPRESS FAST, hahahahaha!!!


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

I tried dispelling TVI Express lies on some Filipino website, but I was ignored.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/partial-victor...

In fact, TVI Express is already NOT operating legally, as its Filipino Business Reg does NOT allow it to issue memberships. It also fits most signs of Pyramid scheme as listed by Filipino Direct Sales Association:

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/tvi-express-ph...


Juan M. Crespo 5 years ago

Really people....TVI still Rocks and Nobody can stop it....people are still getting rich...especially in Indonesia....More power to them...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

And your proof of your claim is what exactly?

I think "nobody can stop us" is what the participants said until the police came for them in South Africa, China, and other places.


Jerry Shipman 5 years ago

KSCHANG

How do I contact you.

Jerry


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

You are welcome to post comments either here or on my blog: kschang.blogspot.com


Antonio Pasaporte 5 years ago

I think kschang is need to confine in mental hospital,he dont know what his saying.im am filipino, TVI member from malaysia,i receive already 500usd within 1 month,next 10k usd soon.tell me where is the scam? To those who read all negative comment,dont believe to kschang he is out mind....kabayan magbago kn...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Antonio Pasaporte: It's all the people you recruited that will say it's a scam, not you. After all, you profited from it. You would never admit it's a scam.

And you did nothing to disprove me. All you did is insult me. I suggest washing your mouth with soap, then dig for some REAL evidence.

In the meanwhile, explain to me how is TVI Express compliant with Filipino Department of Trade and Industry Administrative Order #8 of 2002?

http://www.dsap.ph/industry7.html

You know nothing. You are arguing from ignorance. You know just enough to sound stupid. Give up the scam before it's too late, or you will end up like these fools pushing TVI Express in China:

http://www.chinafcx.com/flfg/cxaj/7765.html (use a translator)


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Oh, and answer these 8 questions posted by Direct Selling Association of Phillipines as well.

http://www.dsap.ph/industry3.html

1. Is there a product?

2. Are commissions paid on sale of products and not on registration/entry fees?

3. Is the intent to sell a product not a position?

4. Is there no direct correlation between the number of recruits and compensation?

5. If recruitment were to be stopped today, will the participants still make money?

6. Is there a reasonable product return policy?

7. Do products have fair market value?

8. Is there a compelling reason to buy?

Here are the answers. How did you do on the quiz?

A1) There is no product. There is only membership that you have to sell

A2) Commission is paid directly on recruiting (i.e. cycle out one board, then the other), no sales need to be done

A3) Intent is to sell position / membership

A4) There is direct relation between recruit and compensation: the more the merrier. No sales.

A5) If recruiting stop, there is no more TVI Express

A6) There is no product, thus no return policy

A7) There is no product, thus no market value

A8) Buy what? There is no product!

Thus, by definition of DSAP, TVI Express is a pyramid scheme. That is a fact.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Oh, and "Antonio Pasaporte"... should I call you by your real name, Mr. Roasa? You are really brave behind that alias. Guess you aren't so brave now, no comeback in 11 days. What are you afraid of?


indonesian 5 years ago

whoa dude, nice explanation! seriously here at indo. ppl are still debating whether TVI is some promising abrakadabra business or just some scam playing business. Guess Indo's TVI ppl quite good at keeping their head thick. And not to mentioned i nearly became one of these TVI's lapdog player. Btw can i ask u with some questions. How can I contact u?


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Feel free to post the comments here, or on my dedicated TVI Express scam buster blog at

http://kschang.blogspot.com


Joel Dela Torre Roasa 5 years ago

KSPChang is guilty!, he must understand that he is first insulters in TVI thats why he is guilty, I think kspchang he dont know the definition of SCAM(Cheating, Obtaining money, fake!) what he say...,Who is the worse? Because of KSPChang many people missing the great future.. Ill tell you kschang im not use my alias in the bussness...anyway kcspchang check yourself....


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Roasa -- And you just happen to post the EXACT SAME comment on Facebook that someone else did over here claiming I need to be committed to a mental hospital? Come on, you honestly expect me to believe that?

It is clearly YOU who do not understand the definition of SCAM. Why don't you answer questions posted above as given by DSAP?


dorachola 5 years ago

hello KSchang, Joel dela Tore Roasa, tells here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TVI-Express-Philippi... that you and i are the insulters of TVI express. tsk!

-dora chola

*im a filipino, and wanted to warn my country about this illegal pyramid scheme. many people here were blinded! I'm at your side.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@dorachola -- Mr. Roasa has yet to make a LOGICAL explanation of why TVI Express is not a scam. He had clearly turned off his mind. Feel free to post some real news about TVI Express, like how they got members arrested in China and so on.

http://hubpages.com/money/News-Articles-Your-TVI-E...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

TVI Express office in India raided by police, 2 arrested.

--http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/...


wonenilnoredro 5 years ago

I've been invited several times to attend a TVI webinar but always decline the invite since it doesn't really take a bright mind to realize that everyone is being paid back with every new member/recruit's initial fee of US$250. The problem with Filipinos is that they think receiving US$250 and US$10k makes everything legit. Sure many of them made easy cash but in expense of what and whom? Will they still receive the same if everyone stops recruiting/hiring new members? You don't get rich out of someone else's pocket. Besides..whenever I ask about the travel side of TVI..the person inviting me always tell me "we have a booking.." it seems they've been booked forever. You sure would know if someone took that trip courtesy of TVI..travel photos will be posted in their FB's right away!!!!hahaha


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Vietname declared TVI Express illegal, State Bank of Vietnam ordered all local branches to cooperate with police to root out this "money game".

http://nld.com.vn/2011072210199977p0c1014/du-lich-...


blitz 5 years ago

i hope this will be fixed soon. i hope no more innocent person victimized if it is indeed a scam if not i hope this will be cleared for people who has a dream. may you all be happy.


xxx 5 years ago

Enough on taking advantage among other dis advantages... Right?

Many are poor whom are used. right?

$, millions,cruises, trips, houses, cars, lifestyle and etc. All are material things that can make incomplete sooner. Why can`t we become responsible on making people empowered, lifted and be moralized by their clean piece of faith.

That is the business of life, that God wanted to do us Business, Here on on our borrowed earth and accidental neighbors.

On the other hand, maybe this business are made for good, maybe? But better first, let us educate ourselves, not to become Greedy after all. Because if it happens, Sooner or later, any business opportunity will end up re claiming Like this."scam" in some other language "sakam" sinakam na" peace be with u


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@xxx -- I honestly can't tell which side you're on. You seem to be anti-scam, but that last paragraph gave me pause. It is as if you don't know what you're saying.


angelo victoria 5 years ago

hey mr. kschang, i read almost all the comments here in in this forum and it opened my mind to this TVI actually im about to go sign up to them this morning but i decide to run some background check to the company and thankfully,found out so many information about TVI and now im possitive not to join them, thanks for the information i got here, actually it is very appealing to peoplo especially to the poor ofcorz that is easy money and lot of fiipinos are very im not afraid to say that lot of us filipinos are poor because it true we are living in a third world country,so i guess some of my fellow here are really looking for a good money that's why they risk their own money to get more money in return,but eventually what if the time come that no one else's wanted to join them right how will the company continue?they will eventually fall and like what happen to other countries maybe some of the filipinos are going to be in jail also because of fraud,so now i realize i should focus on other things that i can generate money from,like a real sideline coz by the way im already an employee here in the philippines...that's all i can say for now,thanks...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

I am glad I was able to warn off SOME people. It is both saddening and amazing to watch this obvious (at least to me) scam sucked in over 1 million people world-wide. Ask your local authorities to get involved before it sucks in even more victims or your country will end up like India trying to fight SpeakAsia crazies in the streets.


Nylanre Siverio 5 years ago

I have linked this page to my fb account to warn people in my community.. because TVI is as you termed it 'sucking' people of their hard earned money most of whom are teachers in our community...TVI in my town is growing like mushroom...TVI Philippines is just an infant I just hope our government will look closely regarding this matter..


ccv 5 years ago

hey guys!!! open up your minds! TVI has produced more and more millionaires everyday! How can you say its a scam. I just used my travel voucher last Aug 7 at Manila hotel for 3 nights and there were no questions asked when I checked in. Its real. Please don't destroy a company that has changed a million lives by giving them the opportunity to travel and earn. In the Philippines, especially in the southern part- Mindanao, every day there are people earning 10000US$. Please lets unite and be one in spreading the good news that TVI really touches a million hearts and turned ordinary individual to extra ordinary earners... God Bless us all!


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@ccv -- another proponent from the Philippines... yet again, with no logic or evidence backing up his or her view, other than "genetic fallacy", claiming the whole thing is legitimate if only one part of it is legitimate. Again, even if the hotel works, it doesn't prove the other half of the business, recruiting people for money, is legal.

Direct Selling Association of Philippines have an 8 item test for pyramid scheme, and TVI Express scored extremely high on it.

Your "testimonial" only proves that TVI Express don't tell the truth about itself, and must send you sacritifical lambs out to defend it, and get ridiculed in the process.

How's the weather in Makati City?


TVI opponent 5 years ago

Just got back from presentation of TVI in Serbia. After digging on internet about this 'company' and reading this site, I'm more than convinced that it's scam. Thanks kschang for opening my eyes!


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@TVI Opponent -- they already got kicked out of Hungary, and was charged with fraud in Tajikistan and Georgia (the republic). You can find those news items on the Internet easily. And that was LAST YEAR.

http://www.avesta.tj/index.php?newsid=5440

http://www.centrasia.ru/newsA.php?st=1275282960

http://www.turizmusonline.hu/cikk/orok_slager_a_pi...


dorachola 5 years ago

hello, kschang, TVI is growing like mushrooms here in Philippines. :( How i wish the Philippine government will look at this threat. I belive you have pointed out legal matters here: http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/tvi-express-ph...

to my fellow Filipinos, "wag po basta basta magpadala sa easy money, TVI philippines ay scam po, pyramding din ito tulad ng iba.. umiwas kayo. Invest your money wisely. do HARD reasearch! look for LEGAL FACTS! wag patanga tanga, hindi nio na pala alam, naloko ka na pala at nakaloko ka rin ng iba...kawawa ang mga nasa ilalim ng pyramid line. ano magpaparecruit ka pa? sa mga taga mindanao, lalo na sa south, wag nio nang hintayin ang pagsisisi sa huli."

kschang, i hope FILIPINOS will read more through your reasearch about tvi scam. thanks. have a good day!


dorachola 5 years ago

and one thing... to filipinos "kung nakaattend kayo ng 'orientation' ng tvi philippines' they will warn you ahead to avoid internet and newspapers tungkol sa paninira sa tvi."

from kschang itself, he said: "...Thus, TVI Express members out recruiting often tell you to IGNORE NEWSPAPERS AND INTERNET. They are TRYING TO BRAINWASH YOU into full compliance. This is called "information control", one of the 4 pillars of cult indoctrination. They call it "avoiding negativity" and claim it is "motivation". It is not. It is attempting to warp your sense of right and wrong. (Read about why "avoiding negativity is a VERY bad idea, as it makes you reckless.")

i did hard reasearch and concluded that tvi is illegal. do your study first! 'ang pera nakikita pero ang dignidad mo sa sarili at tiwala ng mga kaibagan at mga ka angkan na nirecruit mo ay hindi na maibabalik pag gumuho ang pyramid line ng tvi. malaking kahihiyan sa mga nirecruit mo ang dulot nito. ' ^^


dorachola 5 years ago

this is really creepy! have you watched this kschang?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXyRESQh9-o


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@dorachola -- just watched it. It is basically a "cheerleading event". The members congratulating each other, each telling the crowd how great TVI Express is. It is essentially a "love fest" for TVI Express, and it is one of the cult-indoctrination tactics: the "love bomb".

I see Tarun Trikha decided to get an image makeover.

Write to DSAP, TV stations, and others and have them do a story on TVI Express. Wonder if "TV Patrol" will do a story on them? They do pretty good investigative reporting.

(In the future, please post BOTH English and Tagalog. I generally do not allow non-English posts unless I understand them.)


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

And here's a note to TVI Express Filipino folks on facebook: get a dose of reality before authorities decide to act... soon.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/08/tvi-express-ph...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Another African nation bans TVI Express:

http://www.centralbank.org.ls/news/TVI%20Express.h...


jahpet0307 5 years ago

Thanks for the information that you've show to us sir. already open my mind and vigilant enough about this "SCAM" business of TVI. This illegal business is rampant here in the Philippines especially in Mindanao. I was once recruited by this company and try to listen about their presentation, but I discover their one of the cult-indoctrination tactics: Love BOMB as what you've said in your post. They are bloody deceivers. It takes me a week to think whether I will join this company or not. I'm glad that i found your article here.. GOD SPEED!


Idris Abdulkadir Mohammed 5 years ago

thank god im in qnet,thanks kschang


big daddy 5 years ago

You are doing great mr kschang. U have enlighthened not only me but the whole Filipinos who really misinformed about TVI's doctrine. virus of TVI now spreading all over Quezon Province and its now in my fathers hometown in Infanta. I'm calling all my kababayan.. please try to think million times before u enter in this business. Put your hard earned money in a profitable venture NOT in TRAVEL VENTURES INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS because your losing not only your money but your dignity. KEEP UP SPREADING THE GOOD INFO MR. KSCHANG.GOD BLESS PHILIPPINES....


A Filipino... 5 years ago

All I can say is there are only two types of people in the world. The misinformed and the uninformed. If your saying TVI Express is a scam in the Philippines. I'd rather tell you to go to Security and Exchange Commission to check TVI legalities and earlier October. TVI will be paying TAX to the government and if this happens will you still call TVI a scam?

Last August 7, 2011 TVI was officially launched on Philippines and it was held on SMX Complex. Anthony Taberena was there and his a TVI member now if you're a Filipino you know who he is.

And to kschang, just wanna say you better look for evidence in real life not in the internet where contents from someone like you is unreliable. By the way, why are you still hosting on a free website?


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@A Filipino -- I said "is Phillipines NEXT", not that it's illegal now. You need your eyes checked. Clearly, you belong to the third kind: the willingly ignorant.

Further more, you are not asking the right question: what are the chances of TVI Express STAYING legal given that it's already outlawed in China, Indonesia, India, and other countries such as the US?

Mr. Taberna goes where the money is. If he appeared for FREE I'd be much more impressed. And yes, I've seen the footage of your so-called launch event. It's a self-congratulatory event that only shows it can spend some money (a "fashion show" starring cheap bags in various colors, ha-ha-ha), but does not prove it is legitimate in any way.

I present evidence in front of you. You are welcome to verify them yourself, or ignore them as you wish. Clearly, you're on "ignore mode". You don't WANT to see the truth that doesn't support your side.


A Filipina 5 years ago

THANKS MR. KSCHANG..Am from Davao, Philippines, I was approached by friend to join this TVI as they are now on "their" way of recruiting Dadawenyos to join TVI. As am surfing on internet how good, true and legal TVI is but I always end-up on reading TVI is illegal, TV is Scam and etc..ect..so calling all Dadawenyos and All Filipinos as well to think hundred times before saying YES i will join TVI... as said "there is only two kind of people on earth, the SCAMMER and the SCAMMED one".


jaronix1221 5 years ago

My mother called me yesterday about TVI Express recruitment, thanks for this information. I told her not to trust this company and even warn her friends who already gave money.

To all people in Laguna, please be aware about this kind of pyramid scheme.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Seems the majority of people who were able to find the information here were quite convinced that TVI Express is indeed fraudulent or at least suspicious. Wonder when will the Filipino news media cover this scam?


evo123 5 years ago

just wanna comment my own opinion, I dont want to say TVI is a scam ; for uplines are really earning, but the method for how to earn is illegal and non compliance to FCC or ACCC just realized after reading all the comment here from wayback last year. even though your intention to recruit is to give oppurtunity, you still break the law for pyramiding is a crime (correct me if im wrong) what ever your nationality is and where ever you are, just think more than twice because even though the product is real, the way of earning is opposed to the law.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@evo123 -- if it is illegal, why is it NOT a scam? Unless you have some DIFFERENT definition of scam you're not sharing with us? Product is bogus, and is unrelated to the business, which is recruiting people.


concern citizen 5 years ago

share this site at facebook ^_^

i see only 2 people exchanging their thoughts.

evidence VS _______ ? i don't know what the other one is doing :(


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

ALL of the evidence (except from the company itself) says TVI Express is fraud. Here's another item of news they don't want you to know: their own office in India was raided in August 2011 by Indian police for fraud:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/...

Unfortunately, Tarun Trikha apparently got away.


mae 5 years ago

mr kachang if ur a mad man dont like to change ur life busy talking about negative things instead of positive and productive. ok make ur own business.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@mae -- your insults are so infantile, I wonder who taught you those words. I am guessing your "upline", who told you to 'avoid negativity'. Avoiding actual NEWS and LOGIC would just be stupid. Clearly, you're not avoiding it, so there is hope for you yet. Read this article, which explains why "avoiding negativity" is actually DANGEROUS for you:

http://hubpages.com/business/Danger-of-Seeking-Pos...

Unlike your upline, I want to change your life, by helping you avoid scams, such as TVI Express. I talk about REALITY, not negativity. Burying your head in the sand does not make reality go away, yet this is what your upline is teaching you to do. That is proof of stupidity, not smartness.


jabongga 5 years ago

i'am from the Philippines. some of the persons that i know who join TVI express has already earned thousands and even million of pesos. Two members of my family had earned too.

How can you explained that?

TVI is SEC registered and they are now complying with Bureau of Internal Revenue for the Value Added Tax. You need to be registered with these two government agencies if you start doing business in the Philippines.

We are earning money here so how can you say and explain this?


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@jabongga -- it's very simple: scams will make some people money. The money came from all the people you recruited. More than 200 people joined, each putting $250 into TVI Express so you can get that $10000. That is a PYRAMID SCHEME, and that is ILLEGAL FRAUD.

It pays does NOT necessarily mean it's legal. Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme paid people for a decade. It's STILL ILLEGAL, and drove his son to suicide. Now Madoff is in prison, his assets sold off at auctions (even his underwear, no joke).

Furthermore, Filipino SEC license issued to TVI Express specifically says the business may not issue membership. Thus, TVI Express is ALREADY IN VIOLATION of SEC regulations.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/tvi-express-ph...

TVI Express qualifies for every sign given by the DSAP "pyramid scheme test"

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/tvi-express-ca...

TVI Express, in fact, is likely illegal under Filipino Commercial law.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/tvi-express-is...

And finally, you should read this Opinion Piece Published in Manila Standard many months ago.

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideOpinion.h.../may/20/alvincapino.isx&d=2011/may/20


fat cat 5 years ago

boy, you are so obsessed with TVI Express I hope their success does not give you a heart attack.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@fat cat -- You should look at all those Filipino TVI Express members. They are behaving as if they are in a cult, that TVI Express is going to take them to paradise and leave us to toil in our regular jobs. When asked, all they could say is "it paid me, so it can't be a scam", ignoring the fact that a scam pays SOME people so they can go recruit yet more people into the scam.

They have no success, only failure, in their future. I will pity them, with "I told you so!" signs.


Truth Hurts 5 years ago

I really wish people here in the Philippines will see the truth. because TVi will again ruin the reputation of the rising MLM industry here in the Philippines. People will then say again that they again got scammed on a company that promises big financial rewards. Not realizing that they just need to look on other MLMs who are LEGAL member of such recognized associations like DSAP. It may be not as rewarding like Tvi promised to be. But atleast, you know you're in the right track. Thanks @kschang for the enlightenment. More Power Godbless. ; )


Bikash Khan 5 years ago

Tks dear.

This is a good article & informations about this fraud company.

Pls keep it up.

Best Rgds


joseph 5 years ago

Hi! you are right! Its a big scam! they cannot give what hotel or resort that offer the free accommodation. I am so depressed now as my OIC in the store invested on it and have a lot confidence to received the 10kUSD. Maybe its about time for the government to take a closer look on this matter.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

It's long overdue. Furthermore, a TV news report needs to focus on it. You think TV Patrol will do a special on TVI Express?


alex 5 years ago

Hi kschang, i am very lucky to found your page because 2 days ago, my wife told me that she was invited by one of our neighbors to attend a seminar about this TVI express, by the way, I am a Filipino and currently working in Thailand. My wife told me just yesterday that she will be needing 14,000 pesos for the membership? I ask her what's the product? She said nothing and it's very unclear. Why would she invest a money without anything to sell... But she was already very sure to join this SCAM. well I search the internet and found your page. Just today, I rushed to call my wife and tell her to stop attending to that SCAM and tell her to read your page! Thanks a lot! Many Filipinos do not learn their lessons about this pyramid scheme, always taking chances.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Alex -- glad to help SOMEBODY to avoid this scam. If she doesn't believe you, tell her to read DSAP's website and see for herself. It's linked from one of my blog posts above.


Jac 5 years ago

Tnx Mr. kschang for unveiling the truth about TVI Express. A friend of mine is inviting me to join, glad i have found ur page.,. had i join the TVI, it will make me upset for the rest of my life.. thank you and keep up the good work.


isbiam 5 years ago

in TVI I earned MONEY....I enjoy the accommodation from various hotels and resort.thats all!


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@isbiam -- but you can't prove it's legal and above the law, can you?


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@shang-shang -- post in English, please. I don't speak Tagalog. From what Google translate rendered, you're just out to insult me ("close-minded" I believe was your words)


ART 5 years ago

THANKS SIR! WEEKS AGO I AM INVITED BY MY FRIEND TO INVEST IN THIS CRAP!!BUT I'M ALWAYS SKEPTICAL ABOUT PYRAMIDING. NOW I CAN PROVE THAT THIS IS INDEED A SCAM..I PITY THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE TOO HOOKED IN TO IT. BESIDES THERE is NO SUCH THING AS EASY MONEY, YOU HAVE TO SWEAT IT OUT WHETHER IT MAY BE IN BUSINESS OR IN A SIMPLE JOB. MORE POWER & GOD BLESS!!!


isabela 5 years ago

thanks for the heads up. a friend was in our house earlier inviting me to join TVI. so glad i found this page.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@isabela -- it is very sad that they promote a scam. I can't believe they will promote a scam if they understand it truly, so they are as much victims as they are perpetrators, but nonetheless they must be stopped.


fatima 5 years ago

has this been reported to the right authorities in the Philippines that investigate this scam, If so please let me know so that we will join you in pestering that agency to take action to find out the legitimacy of this business. Are we just looking in on the legality of this company or do you have any other agenda?



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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@lyon -- your spam is rejected. You have added nothing to the conversation.

@fatima -- what the scam needs is sunlight. Some TV news program like "TV Patrol" needs to investigate it. Also, pester DSAP (Direct Selling Association of Philippines) to denounce it as scam may also help.

I have no other agenda other than busting a scam, based on all the facts available.

@Sahara -- interesting paper. Primarily written from an India perspective, but goes into very good analysis of the types of victims and perps in the MLM system, and its cousin, the pyramid scheme.


Kerala , India 5 years ago

Tviexpress cheating people all over world.Tviexpress members must go to authorities of the state to compalaint against the company.


cehzz 5 years ago

Maybe one reason that you are continuously making negative write-ups about TVI is because you just cannot get ahead ..Hello?! Move on! these are all worthless..hahaha! BOO!


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@cehzz -- maybe one reason you have to continue to insult me is because you can't understand why you fell for a scam condemned around the world? You should move on.


AngryFool 5 years ago

hey kschang!!! I joined TVI last year and since I had doubts because of their behavior. I wish I had known all this beforehand. Sadly I didn't and foolish of me I invested USD 1500 in it. Plus, I dragged some friends who always looked up to me. Can you give me any advice on how I can retrieve the lost money of mine and my friends'. It is not all about the money lost but the fact that I was scammed. Help!

sorry entered ur name by fault...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Angry -- If you believe you were scammed, you need to sue them in court, report to police, etc. Petition your local congressman may also help. Report them also to dsap.ph, and TV stations. TV Patrol is still running, yes?


ms.confused filipina 5 years ago

@mr kschang! just attended last nite their seminar intoduced it by a friend...the marketing plan is good easy to earn that money..but still confused bec.their is no product its just like a membership something....now i saw your blog today and now open up my mind not to join anymore... but still confused...


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@ms.confused filipina -- actually it is very simple: what is definition of a pyramid scheme in Philippines? This is your government Adminsitrative Order #8, as quoted from dsap.ph (I'll give full URL at the end)

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...business, sales or marketing plan or scheme is considered as Chain Distribution Plan or Pyramid Sales Scheme if:

a) A promoter persuades recruits to purchase products, services, credit, title or rank whereby the recruits can receive income primarily from the mere introduction, recruitment or sponsorship of other participants into the scheme rather than from the marketing and sale of products; or

b) Where the profits of the person employing such are derived primarily from the recruitment of the other persons into the plan or scheme rather than from the sale of consumer products, services and credit and said plan/scheme includes, but not limited to, one or more of the following attributes:

b.1. revenues or income are derived from participants' entry fees;

b.2. in order to earn income, participants must sponsor a fixed number of other participants, each of whom must in turn sponsor a fixed number of participants as in a plan compensating participants balancing number of recruits than number of sales volumes;

b.3. a participant's income is dependent primarily upon the participant's slot or position within the organization as determined by the time, date and order of participation;

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http://dsap.ph/industry7.html

TVI Express claims to sell travel membership, yes?

But you cannot buy ONLY travel membership alone. You can only get it WITH TVI Express membership, where you can make money by recruiting two people, and teach each of them to recruit two more people.

That is the definition "b.2" above.

In fact, do this 8-point test

http://dsap.ph/industry3.html

And see how TVI Express scores. Keep in mind that a membership here is NOT a travel membership, but a TVI Express membership (with some alleged travel benefits, most of which are completely bogus).

Go ahead, answer yourself for TVI Express, (be honest now!) then compare that to my answers.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/02/tvi-express-ca...


stilconfused 5 years ago

i have just attended the tvi seminar. before i went there..i have already watch their powerpoint presentation because a friend of mine who invited told me to visit the site. she said its a good business for me. so just to give my friend a favor, i did attend. it was so enticing..the one who conducted the seminar is a supreme court employer. she said its legal and true because she herself got the payment already. to let us believe, she opened her account in tvi and showed the money she earned. what was exciting of the offer is the travel package. as a member you can avail the hotel accomodation for free. just pay the tax. she did show us the picture of their hotel as a proof. she told in the seminar that tvi is not selling any product. that the membership which cost Php16,800 is lesser compared to 7N/8D hotel accomodation of your choice. and yes RCI was stated too. i wanted to get one because of the travel package but i read in your blog that its bogus. so the testimony they said (there are 2 of them..actually 1 of them bought 7 accounts) were lies? how can still be operating here in the philippines when they are not approved. i wanted to share what ive read in the net that they are scam but im afraid they wont listen to me. but i really like to avail the membership not because i want to earn out of recruiting but merely for the travel package. do u think ill be screwed of my idea?


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@stillconfused -- a testimonial claiming they got paid is a misleading trick.

Their definition of scam = I paid money and got nothing

Real definition of scam = pyramid scheme (which pays SOME people... at the top)

Think about it. They don't mention pyramid scheme at all, yet pyramid scheme is exactly what they have been convicted of ALL OVER THE WORLD: China, Australia, US, Indonesia, and more.

RCI already wrote me back that they have NEVER HEARD of TVI Express. That was way back in June 2010, when the claim with RCI first surfaced. You can write to RCI yourself and see what they say.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2010/06/tvi-express-no...

It will be difficult to convince people once they seriously think it's profitable. They will filter out real information, as you can see from much of the comments here. They claim we're just "negative". They claim it's a "conspiracy", and other excuses, when it makes absolutely NO SENSE at all. Those who are eager enough to recruit you is probably too far gone, which is why I say it is much like a religion: of money.

You may get a travel package out of it, but from what I understand, you have to pay like 60% fees and taxes to enjoy it. (USD $150 or more) That in itself is fraud. This is from TVI Express announcement.

And finally... that worker for court? Doesn't prove anything. She's not a lawyer or police. Besides, in Indonesia, TVI Express even recruited Police Chief of Java, Edward Aritonang for a while. PT TVI Express Indonesia has lost its business license in August 2011. Police was also recruited in South Africa, yet South Africa considers it a scam.

So this sort of testimonial is a lie. And they are fraudulent to making such a claim.


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kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Here are the references for you:

South African Police Admits some members were recruited by TVI Express scam, and their identity used to lend credibility to the scam

http://www.timeslive.co.za/news/2011/08/14/promise...

Indonesia Police Chief used to promote TVI Express

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/01/tvi-express-us...

TVI Express Indonesia business permit revoked by BKPM

http://www.tempointeraktif.com/hg/bisnis/2011/08/0... (use translator)


jao 4 years ago

I almost got deceived by this hot TVI lady who invites me to join this scam.

At first, it was so enticing. And she's really consistent on tempting me to join, but it started to bore me and my attention got caught to her cleavage. The reason is, ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. That says it all.

Thanks kschang for the confirmation. I think this time, I'll invite her to my room, and i will do the scamming. Hehehe... Peace! Tnx again.


yaxcdo 4 years ago

I am an internet marketer in cagayan de oro city,northern part of mindanao. TVI started (not so sure)early october 2011 to date and twice I had attended offline business presentations. At first, it was intriguing to me to register as a member of TVI where the guests are innocent newbies and had no experience about internet informations from youtube and SEO of TVI complaints and reviews never thought the folds of informations. I assessed now from Philippine Laws and articles from your column therein that TVI is really a SCAM. Boasting the money of 30,000 pesos fast track one time at the Traveller Board and the Express board cycle 450,000pesos received is deceiving really. Of course, they received it, for one thing the TVI boat is sinking in the long run whom cannot meet the statutory requirements and criteria, if Philippine government would realize how the scam operation works then TVI will be kicked out.I saw struggling TVI members .When I discovered your column,I was enlightned TVI Scam Alert blogs and warnings, it grieved me to the point on how to rescue innocent Filipinos to stop joining TVI especially from the city of Cagayan de Oro and nearby. TVI is really deceiving,majority of the filipinos do not go for internet Search Engine research, so that they will be informed of the updates. Just only depend from word of mouth business presentations. God,Please stop Scamming TVI in the northern part of Mindanao.. ..


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@yaxcdo -- you need to write to government officials, newspapers, TV stations (esp. shows like TV Patrol and similar investigation shows), and have them examine this scam in detail. Once it has been exposed as fraud, people will automatically stop joining it, and government will pay more attention to it (and outlaw it)


Kishore 4 years ago

Hey Chang - thanks for all the info man. Much appreciated. It seems that TVI is spreading misinformation on the WEB to confuse people. The scam was declared unlawful in South Africa in December 2010 but then I found this. I don't think the office exists - just a website.

http://mytviresources.blogspot.com/2011/09/tvi-exp...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

TVI Express Opens Office in Johannesburg, South Africa


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

People in scam will say or write anything to get more recruits.


raredz 4 years ago

hi kschange, thanks for all effort you gave. how about other company, seems to be like TVI, can you also look at it. https://www.globaltourclub.com


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@raredz -- looks like the same thing to me, esp. with a generic name like "Alex James". Furthermore, Seychelles is one of those islands that allow registration of "international companies", much like Cyprus (and see where TVI Express really is?) Just because it lists a Seychelles address doesn't mean anything. Real address is probably elsewhere. I'd pass.

http://www.siba.net/index.php?s=international-busi...


raredz 4 years ago

yah you are right. and i've noticed that same people here in south of manila who endorsed TVI before, is now promoting this new company called GTC to their new recruits. One scam to another scam.tsk tsk tsk!!!


darna 4 years ago

Mr kschang, thank you for all you information but these people will not be able to understand that its a scam until they get involved deeply in the system re: higher rannking and not getting paid residual income. People of the Philippines, wake up before its too late to lose respect to yourself and from others. Save yourself.


tata 4 years ago

hi guys i just heard this kind of company TVI express here in Cebu, Philippines thanx for this great article. i heard they have there office in Manila but they always claim it is not a scam..some members claims also they are lawyers.They even published ads in a local newspaper here in cebu.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@tata -- saying they have an office means nothing. They had an office in Indonesia too, but their business license was revoked 03-AUG-2011. AND their members were arrested and sentenced for fraud. What does that say about their trustworthiness?

Look at my other hub for real news around the world:

http://hubpages.com/money/News-Articles-Your-TVI-E...


Guest 4 years ago

NO Comment... Its all about jealousy and money money money !!! All are fake merely looking for money for their own professional growth..bwaaaaaah !


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Sorry, jealousy of what?


kaloy 4 years ago

mr. kasachang, YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS TRYING TO MAKE BAD COMMENTS AGAINST TVI. OTHERS ARE ONLY PRODUCTS OF YOU! BOOMERRANG!


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@kaloy -- newspapers and governments all around the world have spoken out against TVI Express. Look at the timeline and you'll find links to China, Australia, USA, Indonesia, and other countries declaring TVI Express to be illegal scam. I am NOT the only one. If you persist in your delusion I suggest a visit to your psychiatrist.


You are Parasite 4 years ago

RIGHT dude..!! It's really a SCAM, and we are trying to regulate this kind of fraud.We are already have silent investigations here in Mindanao.NGO's trying to conduct seminars and workshops in every municipalities and schools about this scam to protect individuals which rampant today the illegal businesses. We listed already the leaders/recruiters of this illegal business.


kaloy 4 years ago

would you believe mr. kschang THAT EVEN THE CIVIL GOVERNMENT can become a SCAMBUG! If the government is corrupt and i found out to be so. EVEN RELIGIOUS GROUPS CAN BE A SCAMBUG!and found it out also mr.kschang. DSAP laws needed a down to earth revision because it only worked and can be applied to the MLM companies with tangible products.AND TVI EXPRESS MR.KSCHANG HAD NO TANGIBLE BUT INTANGIBLE PRODUCT. "BY THE WAY, MR. KSCHANG HINDI KAMI TANGA PARA SUMALI SA NETWORKING BUSINESS PARA LANG MAGPALOKO! TAGA REAL, QUEZON AKO. 8 YEARS NA AKO SA MLM BUSINESS. ANG TVI LANG ANG MAY BAGONG SISTEMA NG BUSINESS NA NAPAKAGANDA SA MUNDO. I think you are the one who need to visit a psychiatrist because you are the psychopath!


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@kaloy -- so instead of proving TVI Express is not scam, your answer is "everything else is scam"? Guess that illustrates the state of your (in-)sanity quite well.


kaloy 4 years ago

@kschang-- i said, it can become a scambug if the system is corrupt... not everything else...so please STOP BADMOUTHING TVI EXPRESS... let the Lord judge us if we have done injustices to the others...But for now...WE WILL CONTINUE EARNINGS AND ENJOYING IS VACATION PLAN...if others are SO NEGATIVE ABOUT THE SYSTEM.. SO WHAT, NEXT! GO GO TVI! thank u for answering and for using ur hub...


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Tell that to government of Australia who has declared TVI Express a pyramid scheme.

Tell that to government of China who has declared TVI Express a pyramid scheme.

Tell that to Hungarian agency who has declared TVI Express a pyramid scheme.

Tell that to Lesotho and Namibia, both of whom have declared TVI Express a pyramid scheme.

Tell that to government of Georgia, USA, which had issued a cease and desist to TVI Express and TVI Express North America to stop operating their pyramid scheme.

You will go to jail if you persist in participating in illegal pyramid / ponzi schemes. Enjoy your "vacation" while it lasts. Just remember all the people you recruited helped fund it, while believing you that somehow paying you would make them rich. Remember that, and see how well you sleep at night.


tamby 4 years ago

Goob job kschang you saved me from losing my P16500. Good thing you made this article up to save people from getting sucked up. Keep up the good work! Just a question... Are you against online gambling or e-casinos if so Can you blog it too. tnx


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@tamby -- I consider e-casinos more dangerous than regular casinos, as it's easier to get to, and easier to spend money on, and since they're elsewhere, God knows whose law governs them. I personally don't gamble any way. :)


mark 4 years ago

hi kschang. i was trying to look for the article in Manila standard but couldn't find it. please help.

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideOpinion.h...


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

This link works fine for me:

www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideOpinion.htm?f=2011/may/20/alvincapino.isx&d=2011/may/20

Copy and paste the URL. The auto-URL-link doesn't work.


celia 4 years ago

I feel pity for my countrymen who joined TVi Express Holidays Philippines. @kaloy,Im sorry but I cannot agree with you. Email me on darna.daw@gmail.com and I will tell you the whole truth about TVi Express. So many top leaders and franchisee' have been scammed. HINDI NAGBABAYAD NG RESIDUAL INCOME ANG CEO, TARUN TRIKHA. I won't stop you because once you reach the top then that's only way you will find out that, you've wasted your time and on top of that you lose face, NAKAKAHIYA. Ganyan nangyari sa amin. Sorry, pero yan talaga ang totoo.


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louromano 4 years ago

*im a filipino, and wanted to warn my country about this illegal pyramid scheme. many people here were blinded! I'm at your side.


James K 4 years ago

Hi KSChang, Great job you are doing, we need more people like you around. Anything from Malaysia?


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Nothing in the news lately.


Supose to be a member 4 years ago

HI KSChang more power for it and may the others can understand for everything good job and many tanks..


kaloy 4 years ago

I just exited my 1st P450,000 pesos from the so called "scam" and will going to take my vacation soon he he

Thank you Lord for TVI Express!


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Kaloy -- making money from a scam only makes you an accomplice, it doesn't prove it's not a scam. Governments around the world have declared it a scam. Denying facts only makes you crazy. Sure you can benefit from a scam... Bernard Madoff did that for a decade. Look at him now...


Huntinghawk 4 years ago

good job kschang. im on a crossroads now,whether to join TVI or not. This might help a lot of people, but i think this will not suffice to enlighten most of people. because this is internet, which is... anyone could post whatever they want, unless its from the most reliable source. You see, i never joined even once in a MLM co. aside being against it. also because one can sense the filth in them with just common sense and reasoning. but because this TVI has much better system than any MLM, it placed on a to have a decision. i see you want to help people avoid this kind of scams and im at your side. I truly understand now that this is a pyramid-scam, but this is not enough, i think for me(undecided) or most specially those whose decision are made to join to just stop joining. i mean they're promising with travel, money and a system. anyone could lose reasoning, much more to those could easily be blinded. how can we stop friends and families to join if this so called "scam" is paying taxes and making close friends gain. all i want to say, is if we want to stop this kind of scams, lets do it in a much effective way so that much people will know "this is scam", coz not all people read articles like this. So could you help us? report this issue. so that it will reach ask authorities..even in news so that proper actions could be taken. So that people in Philippines will know its a real scam with proper investigatory evidence.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@HuntingHawk -- I've written to DSAP and TV Patrol and neither had responded, and it's been over a year. They have learned from their mistakes in other countries and thus far have remained paying people for as long as possible. When they stop paying people, it'd be too late, of course.

People need to start reporting on this scam to the police. Only when enough people report will the government act.


4 years ago

Big deal. TVI pays what's due to their hardworking distributors and that's fine with me. Those governments are just jealous of TVI distributor's (ordinary people's) revenues and hopes to make the same "revenues" with their tax collections. :)


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Q -- clearly, you didn't actually read the LAWS involved.


4 years ago

Unfortunately, I have. I have read and studied all documents related to TVI that I can muster, including this, for over a year, and I still believed and decided to join them. People here have been earning and their fiscal promises, fulfilled. Clearly from all of these trials and tribulations were certainly afoot: TVI members recruiting in an unscrupulous manner (what can I say, people are still people after all, and greed is unfortunately still ubiquitous amongst people), certain promises reserved for later (hey, it's just a new company and it doesn't necessarily mean that they're lying), complications arise, the government steps in, etcetera. Life is just a bowl of cherries. :) But I do agree with China's government that people earning from TVI (might) get (their) economy(ies) unstable, because of their (TVI member's) high purchasing power and confidence. :) and I do understand that others and governments were complaining about the means in which the whole process is done. Well I don't have the answer to everything so all I can say is, go ponder more about it and good luck! :)


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Q -- And what about Australia and the US? Or South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, and Hungary?

Your argument can be distilled to "it pays, that's enough for me". Well, there are LAWS against running a Ponzi / Pyramid scheme.


4 years ago

your argument lies on the presumption, and from the ALLEGATIONS that TVI is purportedly a pyramid scheme (allegedly based on definition in laws). Anyone outside the TVI circle can clearly identify with those allegations because they're not properly and fully informed about the company and the company's product. Ever wondered why there are TVI members, in information available on the internet, wherein despite being pursued by authorities for those allegations, they still continue to support TVI? Any rational person would stop because they might get jailed (and there are other members who did just that to save their own skins). Those members who continued, however, know exactly what TVI really is, and what it provides for the people, so they used their own discretion. Yes, I am aware that the internet provides a wide array of information available, but it still has its limits. The only information "outsiders" know so well is that TVI distributors are earning big via sponsoring new distributors (it catches attention because who wouldn't turn their head when they hear someone's earning $10,000 from their initial $250 supposedly just by doing it). Yes, there are people and governments who judge TVI based on their technical know-how of the law, and their way of applying the law to the real world. I judge TVI based on my own discretion. Experiencing those allegations from both sides of the world (as a non-member and now as a member), I can say that those arguments are unmeritorious and their judgement seems to be contingent on what they think is a de facto pyramid scheme based on a de jure definition. This is a new day and age and the pyramid scheme is already dead and gone because it is flawed.

I understand people's financial woes from the pyramid scheme, and who wouldn't be scared and circumspect after what happened with that. If the pyramid scheme didn't happen at all (thereby alleviating the cause of distress), TVI would have been a hit and everyone would have been financially free.

I suggest you try and find out more for yourself and not just agree with allegations just because an "authority figure" is alleging as such. And I suspect you would just repeat what you've already said after reading this: because the law and those people said so. :) Why don't you experience TVI for yourself :) --- I'll pay for your membership just to help enlighten another :) if after experiencing TVI you still think as such, you can just stop and disassociate yourself with TVI. :)Good more earnings to everyone reading this. :)


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Q -- the problem with your train of thought is... TVI Express is declared by Australian judge to be a pyramid scheme. Therefore, your opinion counts for... nothing.

I don't need to experience TVI Express, as I already know exactly how it works, but I do thank you for your offer. Feel free to buy it for yourself.


4 years ago

ah, so that's all you can say eh? :) sad to say even our judges are human and have their human flaws and their own biases and prejudices. Sad to say our laws are also human-made (not god-made) and therefore subject to the same biases and prejudices. It's been nice chatting; I was hoping for something more. . .entertaining. :) Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to change your opinion about TVI I was merely enlightening things. :) You are a thinking being after all and you are entitled to your beliefs just like everybody else. We are all humans after all. :)


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Q -- so your viewpoint is everybody is wrong except you (and TVI Express). Despite multiple countries having outlawed it already. Even India, where TVI Express started, had their HQ raided by police for fraud.

We all may be humans, but some of us have better sense of reality rather than DENYING reality.


Meemi 4 years ago

Hey Kschang !! Someone played their video to me a few days ago, but I wasn't afraid of spending the Sign up fee, what I was afraid of was, how to work the business in order to profit from it. Obviously you're against it, so my question is, based on your extensive research, is TVI still in operation in the U.S? I have people coming in left & right trying to join cause, the "Vacations" & gifts isn't our incentive to join, but the Cash incentive. So Is It still operational in the U.S? So I can warn others & tell my inviter to "Forget about me"

Thanx


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Meemi -- all the US reps got scared off back in 2010 when state of Georgia issued it a "cease and desist". See September 2010.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Also, keep in mind that TVI Express was convicted in Australia as pyramid scheme. See November 2011.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/money/tvi-travel-...


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

The actual cease and desist order can be viewed here:

http://hubpages.com/money/News-Articles-Your-TVI-E...


Liganay 4 years ago

kschang! show your face if you are really that credible to believe with..who do you think you are? What's your reputation? What agency do you represent?! You are just badmouthing a great life changing opportunity where indeed helped thousands around the world improved their lives..You are just a desperate person..


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Liganay -- what does my face have to do with news I repeated and analysis I provided? Did I use my reputation to make you believe me?

The government of Indonesia, China, South Africa, Australia, and many other countries consider TVI Express a scam, and have shut TVI Express down. Even in India TVI Express was charged as a fraud.

It is YOU who are desperate to NOT believe real news reported by newspapers around the world.


Liganay 4 years ago

You are the fraud one. You're using TVI express to earn money from these blogs you make.

Mr. tarun Trikha, founder of TVI is genius because he tapped travel and tourism as a mode to give everyone a chance of a life time to travel and earn.He has the heart to help unfortunate ones to travel in style and make a positive change in other people's lives.

All those reports you posts I've read about scam? It's not the company but it's just referrring to people who have not been honest. They just collected money but did not remit to the company. The company has been vigilant and terminated those who abused and misrepresented the company.

You know, it's common sense. how can TVI be a scam while infact, members can actualy book and use their travel benefits? It's the member's choice to involve in the earning opportunity. They are not forced to join.

I would only believe that TVI is a scam if you cannot book or use the travel benefits in which I have really used and enjoyed it. All those big hotels and resorts confided trust w/ TVI for promoting them. These hotels have long sued TVI for endorsing them if it were a scam? right? It's just common sense kschang.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Liganay -- please continue to deny reality while you read this article from South Africa naming Tarun Trikha as head of 1 Billion Rand scam.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2011/08/07/worldw...

How about Indonesia? The whole company got business license revoked. Goenarni Goenawan was named as VP of TVI Express. Don't tell me she's "people who's not honest".

Or Australia finding TVI Express itself as pyramid scheme. or US state of Georgia issuing TVI Express "cease and desist" order to stop operations at once.

How can TVI be a scam and offer travel benefits? Simple: it has legitimate side AND illegitimate side, one is merely a cover for the other. It's called a "front".

TVI Express members in South Africa reported that they arrived at hotel finding either NO reservation, or reservation was unpaid.

So please, continue to delude yourself with just a website that has TVI Express name on it. Anybody can create a website nowadays, and hooking up with an online merchant is simple. But when they can't comply with the law, and is outlawed in multiple continents, it is a scam. And your continued weak defense only proves your own desperate attempt to delude yourself.


Liganay 4 years ago

How much do you earn kschang from these blogs using TVI express?

We are not presenting that TVI is an easy money scheme. If you decide to do the business, you are being rewarded based on the efforts you make.

I guess you are just a narrow minded person. You don't see or understand the whole concept that TVI offers. Broaden your mind. You're sources are unreliable.

Many were able to used their travel benefits as members and many were able to get their commissions.Many are also given equal chances to earn should they decide to market the company's benefits. If TVI is a scam then a member could not actually book a hotel and or receive commissions as promised or presented. Yet, the company is delivering all what they say they are...:-)Get's?


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Liganay -- How much I make is completely unrelated to whether TVI Express is a scam or not. When countries on multiple continents say TVI Express is a scam, and CONVICTED people for running it, and you say it isn't, who are people going to believe?

TVI Express *is* an easy money scheme because all you need to do to get paid is recruit people. That's a pyramid scheme. You are Filipino, do you know what Administrative Order No. 8 actually says?

http://dtincr.ph/downloads/DAO8s2002.pdf

Read it and then ask your upline how are you guys complying with this.


celia 4 years ago

@Liganay - you can only answer your confusion once you reach my position in TVi and then you'll find out to yourself its a scam. There are many crown ambassadors of TVi around the world that are so heart broken and so ashamed of what they've done to themselves and their follower. Stop accusing Kasey Chang, because his giving out the truth about our TVi Express. It hurts but that's the truth. Open your eyes and ears...I don't mean to hurt you but I have to save people from pain and embarrasment, and most importanly their reputation.


celia 4 years ago

Please sign a petition against TVI EXPRESS HOLIDAYS PHILIPPINES INC, to stop scamming people in the Philippines and around the world. Here's the link:

https://www.change.org/petitions/tvi-express-holid...


Leonard 4 years ago

TVI Express Holidays Philippines Inc. now in Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines... BE AWARE OF THIS PYRAMID SCHEM..


cj 4 years ago

kschang - if you are really for the concern of the people. why you don't show your true identity? For your info everything is pyramiding... It's actually the structure like in the office, there's a president, then vice-presidents... asst. vice-presidents... Let's all get real here.... have you tried yourself to avail? I think the scam is for the people to recruit and didn't remit the money to the company... If you are really for the truth why don't you try to join and have to use the package if it's really working... There are a lot of attorneys in the Pnils who joined. I think they didn't join if they don't know what scam is all about hehehe.


cj 4 years ago

@kschang, you are barking at the wrong tree. The link you provided is about consumer products, here's the portion of that order: DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 8

Series of 2002

SUBJECT: Rules and Regulations Implementing Article 53 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines (R.A. 7394) in Relation to Section 8 Rule II, Chapter I, Title III of Department Administrative Order No. 2,

Series of 1993 Prohibiting Chain Distribution Plans or Pyramid Sales Schemes in the Sale of Consumer Products.

WHEREAS, the Act further provides that chain distribution plans or pyramid sales schemes shall not be employed in the sale of consumer products;

WHEREAS, the DTI has received numerous complaints and queries

regarding sale of products using pyramid sales scheme and such sales

scheme have been used in the guise of legitimate multi level marketing,

thus depriving consumers of their savings and hard-earned money;

Consumer products definition - A consumer product is generally any tangible personal property for sale and that is used for personal, family, or household for non-business purposes.

consumer product

Definition

Merchandise or other item of common or daily use, ordinarily bought by individuals or households for private consumption. See also consumer goods.

Source: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/consu...

HOTEL BOOKING is NOT A TANGIBLE PRODUCTS, THEREFORE IT DOES NOT fall under that PYRAMIDE SALES SCHEME.


Brazilian 4 years ago

Do you know what was Jean Marc Loger’s position on TVI Express?

In My Travel and Cash, he is the “international director”

According to himself, he left TVI Express because he didn’t agree with some things there


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@cj -- your call for my identity is rather pointless, as it seems you can't find any method to attack my arguments, so you choose to attack my credibility instead. Try again.

Your study of General Order 8 has a bit more logic to it. Unfortunately, you are reading thee wrong section. You need to read section 2.1 of the law:

"2.1 "Chain Distribution Plans or Pyramid Sales Scheme" means sales devices whereby a person, upon condition that he makes an investment, is granted by the manufacturer or his representative a right to recruit for profit one or more additional persons who will also be granted such right to recruit upon condition of making similar investments: Provided, That, the profits of the person employing such a plan are derived primarily from the recruitment of other persons into the plan rather than from the sale of consumer products, services and credit"

Note: "sale of consumer products, services and credit"

"Hotel booking" is a service. Thus, it is covered by General Order 8.

Nice try. You hold much better conversation than a typical TVI Express member. Your research skill needs a bit more work though. Apparently you read only the first page and skipped the rest.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Brazilian -- Jean Marc Loger appears to be have been involved in TVI Express France, where he supposedly left 1000 people defrauded. I have no details on that. There's a brazilian website that discussed My Travel and cash and listed his name.


starz 4 years ago

now what is about tviexpress india. here everything of tvi is closed


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Starz -- where's "here"? India? TVI Express website's still up, and Tarun Trikha is not in jail as far as I know. There had been no more news other than the raid at their "headquarters" in Bangalore by CCB back in 2011.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-0...

If you have any documented news it'd be appreciated.

@Filipino commenter -- If you want to post a comment you should at least use your own name instead of mine. Try again. (Your comment is denied)


Maxx 4 years ago

Today my close friend just invited me to join the TVI Express, her explanation of how the company works made no sense at all it was really confusing, I mean how can you earn money that way. So I made a thorough research about it thankfully found many articles stating that TVI Express is a scam and one of them are yours. Big thanks for your article.

I just feel bad for my friend that she got sucked in by this scam, how I wish she would've come to me first before she joined TVI.


celia 4 years ago

What do we need to do to stop TVi Express and Tarun Trikha? Many members of this scheme are so overwhelmed with the amount of money they earned and will earned and this is one reason why they are so blind about the legality of this company. Is there a world organisation that can help us? We've been searching...


rhoda 4 years ago

i am from La Trinidad, Benguet Philippines... an aunt who was blindly recruited says they would be going down to Manila because they would be having a convention on the 11th of May 2012 and that Tarun would be present..I have searched for any promotions regarding this upcoming convention but have found none...isn't it a bit surprising considering the " big wig " is coming?


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Celia -- as I've recommended before, get TV Patrol or one of those investigative journalism shows to investigate it from top to bottom. It is obviously a violation of General Order 8, but if TV don't get involved, no government official wants to touch it as it doesn't help THEM.

@rhoda -- Tarun allegedly has his own private jet (bought with member money?) so he doesn't have to fly commercial.


starz 4 years ago

how we file a case againest tvixpress and tarun trikha , because we heard that tarun is now not in india , and the main thing is that tviexpress is now not registered with ROC with india government ,because the registered office of tviexpress holidays pvt limited is closed after raided by crime branch police. now tvi web site shows in his contact address for india is an Elite tours and travels which is registered in ROC govt of india in the name of someone mr. manmohan singh talwar and he says that he is taking a franchise from tviexpress for india opertions and tell that the head office of tviexpress is in indonesia, but after all this there is no doucment available that shows that elite tours and travels is franchise of tviexpress . so now the real situation is this that Elite tours and travels is also closed from 1st of april2012 and not giving any answer of our emails and their phone is always closed ,when we personally contact to the head of elite tour and travles he says that he left tvi and don't contact to him about tvi . when we asked many question about tvi india to mr.tarun ,he not give any single answer about this and busy in his new airlines venture . so its time to taking action againest him ,lots of membars are lost their life and money and social status also because of tviexpress . so mr. chang please help us and tell the right direction to file a case againest this.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@starz -- as this is an international matter, the fraud case must be opened by at least one country to request the help of Interpol to track down the criminal.

I believe CBI (of India) has the authority to issue "red corner" notices and request Interpol assistance. South Africa knows Tarun Trikha is behind TVI Express and their forensic accounting firm is still sorting through the mess last I checked, so they may not have asked Interpol help yet. Australia convicted a few of their own TVI Express members, and so did China. They can probably help provide intelligence.

The point is people have to complain to the police that they have been defrauded, instead of just accepting the company line that either a) they are doing it wrong, or b) it's just a few "bad apples", like the Filipino members kept saying here. Once enough people complain, they'll get to the right people (lawmakers, law enforcers, reporters, etc.) and then things will start happening.


Kelly 4 years ago

TVI is here in the Philippines too. They are a complete fraud... my aunt actually was offered to be a member and being in the travel industry for so long, she told me about this. I told her this is a scam, right at hand. I even went online to research and show it to my aunt so she'd believe me... I'll try to get their office address and write to Interpol immediately. Always be cautious when joining networking/direct-selling industry.


celia 4 years ago

@Kelly - please join our petition against TVi Express here it is:

https://www.change.org/petitions/tvi-express-holid...

Let's all work to stop TVi Express, TVi Express Holidays Philippines and in Korea. Please share this site to your social network so people are aware of their tactics. We heard from the grapevine that TVi Express is rebadging.


4 years ago

I want to know if you have a copy of ALL LEGAL documents (Complete copies from start to finish) regarding ALL the LEGAL CASES that you have cited about TVI Express. I DO NOT WANT JUST SNIP-ITs, I WANT THE ENTIRE THING. I AM graciously GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO TRY TO PROVE ME WRONG. POST IT ANYWHERE HERE for the PUBLIC TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES AND DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES. I won't allow a stranger to dictate to me what to believe and think. Thanks in advance.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Go request it from the various countries I cited in the other hub:

http://hubpages.com/money/News-Articles-Your-TVI-E...

I report news reported by news agencies around the world. If you don't believe one or two countries, would you believe five? Ten? Fifteen?


darna 4 years ago

@ G - why don't you do it yourself? Its not hard to find it because Kschang gave you a hint already. You want it, You get it yourself. Oh, you probably have all the copies because your followers are emailing it to you and you are just ignoring it because you know for the fact that you are running a serious scam and even people close to you knows it very well. Oh by the way G, whose dictating to you? I doubt that someone can dictate to you. Feeling like a royal? By the way, I/we have been victimised big time, and guess who? Tarun Trikha itself and his irresponsible and dumb followers, who turned a blind eye in his CEO's scamming activities. I still believe that 'what goes around comes around'. By the way kschang doesn't need to prove anything because its in the paper, internet, government press release etc...how about you, G? Can you prove its not a scam, after the closures of too many offices to mention.


MonJ 4 years ago

Hi...I appreciate all these put together, my question is why this business is able to operate internationally, especially in the Philippines...right now they are very active over there.

Is there a way to shut this down?


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@MonJ -- I am well aware of the "fever pitch" TVI Express has reached in the Philippines. Many Filipino members have came here trying to exclaim their devotion to TVI Express. One even wrote religious poems which you can see above. Unfortunately, the ONLY way I see to shut down TVI Express in the Philippines is for a TV station to do an expose on the issue, which will inspire a congressional member to call for an investigation, which will then goad the police into action. I have written TV Patrol, Manila Daily, and other media in the past with no results.


iAMwhoIam 4 years ago

Hi, kschang! I suggest you try contacting the Tulfo Brothers in the Philippines. Maybe they can help you. If you don't mind, were you a member of TVI Express before? Thanks!


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@IamWhoIAm -- no, I never was a member. I am quite certain it would be far more powerful appeal if it came from a Filipino citizen. I'm merely some guy behind a keyboard across the ocean.


Debugger 4 years ago

Hi kschang! Would just like to know why you do this intensive TVI research? Why are you out to bring this company down and ruin its public reputation? I am not at any way connected with TVI but was invited to see their seminar, it is intriguing but it doesn't make me intrigue enough to become a member, but what i find disturbing is people like you who are doing this kind of thing, why o why? To me it appears like u have a personal problems with the founder of tvi thats y u will do everything to bug them down


Debugger 4 years ago

Oh why my previous comment did not appear? Are doing this to all kinds of MLM or just TVI? Who are you and why do u do this?


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Debugger -- to prevent spam, I manually approve comments. You won't believe some of the comments I had to delete from defenders of schemes who only have a dirty mind and little else. Then there's the spammers who want to spam their own schemes...

What's wrong with spreading information? That's like asking Wikipedia: why have it? It's free and all that.

How can I ruin TVI Express's public reputation when it is a scam, denounced and convicted around the world? I simply made its news and history a bit more accessible to the average people.

You can welcome to do research on how many companies I named as scams. You can count those on one hand, actually, and I prove everything I write.

You claim to be not interested in TVI, yet you are questioning critics of TVI as to their motives and such. You are using one of the often-used lousy defenses made by TVI Express members, which I call "show your face" tactic, used by scam defenders around the world, who wants to divert attention away from the scam itself.

I don't know if you are a member or not. You say the same things a TVI Express member would say, but you claim not to be a member.

So consider this first, and final warning: discuss TVI Express (instead of me) or your comments will be blocked.


maing-isc 4 years ago

Are you really posting our comments , it seems you are being selective, you post only those comment which promotes your negative intentions. Be fair to all


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@maing-isc -- as I *do* have a life, I can't approve comments 24/7. Did you provide any comment that promotes what you alleged to be "positive" intentions? Nope. How about practicing what you preach?


maing-isc 4 years ago

Mr Change I have 2 previous comments just few minutes before I posted this question of you being selective responding only to further your negative comments. If you are fair to all specially to those who give their positive views about TVI Express, Please let your readers see them also, post also my 2 previous observations.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

I show no backlog of comments and none in the spam box. Try refreshing your browser, maybe?


veronaminotti 4 years ago

I'm pretty sceptical of comments on network marketing businesses as everyone I've spoken to has no real clue of the actual business concept and plan that is conducted by companies or TVI for that matter.

In fact, a majority of complaints lodged with the authorities regarding Insurance Claims, Network Marketing, Retail marketing Business, Share Trading, comes from people who are not familiar with the marketing concepts and feel that they have been cheated by either the Company or their Sponsors, which have always been proven wrong in every count, as far as I'm aware of.

I have on countless ocassions invited these people to explain the concepts to me so that we can determine whether they have been cheated.

we had genuine efforts and people were called on the stage to explain the business pattern so that we can determine whether they have been cheated and file Court complaints on the basis of facts.

In 99.99 % of discussions and stage presentations, we were surprised that such people have ZERO knowledge and when on the podium, their presentation breaks into a whimper.

Now I observe in the case of TVI, everyone is asking about a product, which is in itself a first indication of lack of knowledge.

TVI is merely a link to online tourism and they don't have a 'product' in the material sense of the term. Rather they offer a SERVICE, for which a considerable agency commission is paid.

What happens when you close your shop ? ask yourself.

These were the questions asked and the replies are all the same.

Is anyone aware of online booking of hotels, flights, tour packages, cruises, car rentals, venue bookings ? NO

Has anyone availed of the portal and massive discounts offered ? NO.

Anyone availed the complimentary services and packages offered with the joining ? So far, only 2 people ( out of thousands) from affluent backgrounds and with knowledge of online business have done so.

See, this is the problem. TVI is promoting Network Marketing for Global Tourism, but the idea that people get is it's a get-rich-quick scheme, the same thing when you tell people of Insurance Commision schemes. They start seeing the money coming in before they start learning the concepts, presentations and actual moving in the market.

It takes just 3 NO'S before they give up.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

I would go even FURTHER and say TVI Express itself is a pyramid scheme pretending to be network marketing. For several years, it specifically said you don't need to sell any products. Furthermore, you are paid for bringing in more people, not for selling tourism products. Thus, pyramid scheme.


starz 4 years ago

now 2 new companies are here in the same way of tvi .whats about this . they are TPI and againsuccess.


paolo 4 years ago

shittttttttt... is this a scam? tvi express in the philippines


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Read some links to real news articles and see for yourself:

http://hubpages.com/money/News-Articles-Your-TVI-E...


Sikheto 4 years ago

I have been following this site and noted various comments,it's easy to make an erroneous judgement if you are outside. Ever since TVI came under attack from both govts, media and people in general, I take whatever I read from the Internet and papers with a pinch of salt. I have enjoyed booking hotel accommodation at discounted rates which in some cases I could not have afforded. I have driven so many cars using TVI discounted portal and get unlimited mileage. I'm about to redeem my 7 nights 8 days vacation in October which I booked via TVI portal. I have proof of ppl who took the 7 nights 8 days and their experience has been amazing. Now let me give ppl some advice out there that TVI works and you will save lots of money on your holidays. We have of course few individuals who turned TVI into an investment scheme and money game and these are the individuals who burnt their fingers coz of their greediness. These are the ppl who demonising TVI. The company uses a network marketing as a distribution channel for their product and this is the way to go, some companies will soon follow this model and TVI is a trailblazer in this instance. TVI is the first MLM company to adequately reward its distributors unlike the few rands that we were earning in other network marketing companies which could only afford us to buy bread, now we are able to change our lives and acquire huge assets like cars and houses through TVI, we will continue fighting for TVI until the authorities recognize the company in particular in South Africa. Pre 1994 all freedom fighters were labelled as terrorists and the media fed us with lots of wrong information and we alienated our brothers and sisters. Today those ppl who were labelled terrorists are running our government and everybody idolizes them. The name Mandela was banned in South Africa but today everybody wants to be associated with Madiba. Come on South Africa wake up and smell the coffee lest you die poor by listening and believing everything you rad from papers.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@Sikheto -- while it is fine to have faith, the data point you are ignoring is the business was declared ILLEGAL by the South African government by MULTIPLE agencies: police, Reserve Bank, AND the ministry of commerce. If you are suggesting some sort of conspiracy among the agencies, and they, along with all of the OTHER governments around the entire world, are also in a conspiracy to suppress TVI Express, then perhaps, you need to reexamine your own belief system. Look in the link above your comment for links to news articles around the world, for news from all continents (except Antarctica) all saying TVI Express is a scam.


anne 4 years ago

i got my money ,thats the important other who dont recieve any maybe they doesnt work ...if you only look the badside youll lost your time...


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@anne -- Bernard Madoff paid people for 20 years to the tune of BILLIONS. He's a scammer. Getting paid proves nothing in itself, and if it is a scam, it means you defrauded other people. If you do NOT look at the bad side you are intentionally blind, which is worse than "lost your time".


ion 4 years ago

accept this challenge and i will believe in you: show your face just like tarun trikha that though he's madoff of india as you claim it he still shows his face all around


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@ion -- My face is irrelevant. Deal with FACTS, not faces. Clearly, you believe more in faces than in facts.


Celia 4 years ago

TVi Philippines is only paying the exit fees and approving the accommodation to few selected members to attract more unsuspecting victims. ANOTHER TACTIC...by the way I haven't access or cash out my money from my backoffice. Many are willing to help me but if Ms Calingasan and Mr Tarun won't approved of it, who else can help me?

Wake up and stop being in a tunnel vision. I was once like you guys defending TVi heavily. Now, I saw the truth. Do you know the top members that used to assist Tarun were all gone doing other networking business? Check the TVi galleries from 2009 and you will noticed there were two Indian looking guys and one Indonesian woman always around him celebrating. These three top members are now doing other MLM, two are legitimate and one is like TVi (scam) and they are not with Tarun anymore, I wonder why? Oh yes, they did not get there promised pool payments and residual income, like I do.

So you Filipinos who are not Crown Ambassadors yet, keep going and keep victimizing because thats the path you will find it out anyway. Keep defending TVi and I will watch you fall apart and I will be saying this, 'I told you so'...


you will be put in jail mr kschang for all the lies that you have posted on your blog f the cyber crime will take effect in the philippines based on the budapest convention...better hide yourself and 4 years ago

you will be put in jail mr kschang for all the lies that you have posted on your blog f the cyber crime will take effect in the philippines based on the budapest convention...better hide yourself and delete this blog becoz it will be used against you.....


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Which lies would that be? Please name a few.


ewan 4 years ago

just wanted to know if you can really get a big discounts to the hotels once you got in to TVI? or is it also a scam?


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

No bigger than what you can get through Travelocity, Expedia, and such websites, when it first operated. Later they went to some hotel seller in Turkey, I think. Still no bigger discount than what's normally available.


Celia 4 years ago

Lies? Who's lying? Look whose talking? I'm sorry to hurt your feeling but I think its about time to pay all your damages...Hide? I'm not like you...I face people with the truth. I still believe that ' what goes around comes around. Good luck.


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

This particular Celia is posting from Australia, where TVI Express was declared a pyramid selling scheme and 3 perps CONVICTED of fraud.

Wonder what "lies" and "truth" she's referring to?

http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/...


celia 3 years ago

Sorry for the confusion Mr Chang. I was referring to the person who said that, what I've said above was a lie and against cyber crime. I had enough of these TVi members. Here read this again from Federal Court of Australia and send it to your TVi Philippines director.

http://www.judgments.fedcourt.gov.au/judgments/Jud...

Don't make excuses please and don't tell your downlines that these three ex-members were illegaly presenting. The presentation they used was exactly the same presentation you were using in the Philippines and around the world. They did not break any TVi policies as what others claimed, to get away from the truth of this judgement. Not too worry your time will be up soon in the Philippines and I hope you got the guts to show your face to your victims and face court order. I hope your ill gotten money is suffice to pay your lawyers, court fees and your victims. Good luck.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Ah, that seem to make a bit more sense. Thanks.

There's report of arrest in Indonesia back in November 2012.


kschang 3 years ago

it's people who do the scam not the company tvi express. How much you will earn kschang of this blogs? or it seems you have your personal reason, motives why you keep on doing this creepy blogs!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

You can at least stop hiding behind my name if you insist it's not a scam.

As you didn't care to provide any facts to dispute this article (which is not a blog), why should ANYONE believe you and your wild accusations?

Apparently, you're the one being creepy.

Is Calingasan still speaking at the events?


darna 3 years ago

Miss Calingasan? where is she? Not in the office I bet?...but you can visit her in Batangas. No list of events for her and Tarun for a long time now, but her members still actively presenting in Bicol and Manila. What happen to Davao group? The Laguna group? You guys haven't got the guts to admit to your people that you made a big stuff up. You will take this to your grave until you stop TVi victimize unsuspecting victims.

By the way, ex tvi members especially the so called' leaders'. You've earned so much money from victimizing your downlines. Have the conscience to help them by at least stopping the scam if not their money. It will good if you can help them get out of debts too. Also, starting a new networking business after TVi is not easy, who will believe in you if you didn't stand up before as a 'true leader'? Not me and unfortunately I knew most of these people.


k tsang 3 years ago

@darna...you're out of the circulation...are you in the far flung areas that's why you don't know the latest updates? You better connect yourself so you would know the great updates happening now in TVI! And there are still lots of wonderful things to happen in the company! So, you will just die in envy. DAVAO TEAM ARE DOING GREAT!!!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Doing great by doing what? Recruiting people with promises of riches, or actually selling travel?

Chances of a pyramid scheme going "legit" is zero. It was shut down in multiple countries, and somehow it managed to find some adherents in the Phillipines where the law wasn't enforced that well. Indonesia got their act together already. What's next, hmmm?


darna 3 years ago

You're VERY FUNNY ktsang. I'm not in the far flung areas, I think you are lol. Really there are great updates ( airline? remember it doesn't belong to TVi) Wow, you are still gullible to believe that? Oh sorry I was once like you. They have to relay great promises, to keep the business going. Oh by the way there are only two countries buying this tactic, because these two countries are franchisees (US250k+). They have to follow to get their money back, so they are busy collecting money from unsuspecting ignorant victim in your behalf.

Definitely CEO earns $US250 per membership, your upline or director earns $US80 per membership, it depends where you buy your evouchers also you can buy direct (TVi Philippines office or from Mr Tarun office) to cut your upline earnings (if you don't like him/her or you want to out smart them). If you buy direct, your upline will not know your moves and you will be able to jump over her as long as you know how to register and learned the rope. There are many ways to beat the system, open your eyes and you will definitely succeed without fooling or victimizing other people while collecting your $10k at the same time. You will move faster and you will find soon enough what we are talking about in this hub is true. When you reach Crown Ambassador and collected your Pool Share, please let me know. Oh, why don't you ask the director of TVi Philippines, if she ever received her POOL money? And ask for a proof and share it with us here in kschang.

If you don't live in a far flung areas of a third world country, you should know the truth by now because the truth about TVi Express is in every top newspaper of the affected countries for more than two years now. I think you're not dumb not to know this. I feel pity for you, you are blinded with all the sweet talking and void promises. Don't let them destroy you.

TVi Express CEO is greedy, no word of honor, no sense of responsibility, lacking principles in life and a BIG liar. His followers are all the same, some woke up already and so embarassed of themselves. And some still victimize inspite of knowing the truth due to financial difficulty. By the way we found out that he never have the intension of paying the Residual and POOL money since the very beginning. The cash payment (only $10k not the residual and pool) is only happening for marketing purposes (tactic and its only once in a blue moon).

Note: TVi Express CEO we might not won the court battle but I'm DEFINITELY sure you will be worst of than when you started this scam. We know that you came from a very poor family and not even finished your college due to financail difficulty (please don't claim this in your hub page, coz its disgusting). You are not an enterpreneur, you are a scammer and you are worst than Bernard Madoff, at least he pays his dues.

Every single cent (every interest) of the money you collected from us will served you and whoever benefit from it NO GOOD. I want you to feel the heartaches you cause to all the members around the world.


Celia 3 years ago

@Ktsang, Are you talking about the re-badging of TVi Express? And he called it 'QUANTUM LEAP'. You know why Tarun Trickha,is doing it (with the approval of the franchisees?) I will give one reason: TO GET AWAY FROM THEIR PREVIOUS RESPONSIBILITIES FROM PREVIOUS MEMBERS WHO ARE CHASING THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY. ALSO, TO ENTICE UNSUSPECTING VICTIM AND GIVE FALSE HOPE TO THOSE WHO ARE BLINDLY LOYAL TO HIM. Wake up rabbits, your dangling carrots is not carrot at all. Its a carrotten (rotten) ideas and system and hope and promises.

He is not earning much anymore that's why...need more funding for his ailing airlines? Franchisees not earning much or no earning at all, so need new strategies to their new victims.

Satisfied? If not go ask a lawyer in your country. Make sure the lawyer's forte is commercial law.

@Ktsang tell Mr Tarun to quantum leap his responsiblities and make it fast. Andale, andale, ariba, ariba!


james 3 years ago

the TVI Express is already here in Zamboanga City and its nearby provinces


k tsang 3 years ago

@kschang.. of course you'll never run out of lies against TVI kschang. But one thing I'm sure about is every lie deserves a KARMA. Collect ALL the KARMA.. LOL!


k tsang 3 years ago

@darna...Wow!!! I'm so flattered you really wasted your time, effort and energy in making this argument against me and in writing all these lies. I just could imagine how many lines have been developed in your face and how many cells have matured. LOL! YOU MAY SEEM SENSIBLE TO THE ONES WHO KNOWS NOTHING OR LITTLE ABOUT THE COMPANY, BUT FOR US WHO HAVE PROVEN HOW THIS BUSINESS REALLY WORKS, WHO HAVE DONE THIS RIGHT AND SERIOUSLY FOR YEARS AND WHO HAVE TESTED THE COMMITMENT OF MR. TARUN, NOTHING CAN STOP US FROM BEING THE CHANNELS OF THIS WONDERFUL BLESSING.


k tsang 3 years ago

@celia...Oh you seem to be so updated about the great things that are happening in TVI. Are you now dying in envy right now? I'm pretty sure, you are one among those who were already blocked by the system because of your wrong doings. Oh you poor dangling rabbit...your fresh and yummy carrots are far beyond your reach! LOL! I suggest you better bring yourself to a sensible lawyer so that you will get sensible arguments! LOL!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@ Tsang -- as everything I wrote is true (and I can prove it), guess that makes you running a serious karma deficit.


darna 3 years ago

@ktsang - do you know who was arrested in Indonesia and now is on the run? Cannot go back to the home country because of charges? Charges were made against this person by a close friend. This person world is getting smaller everyday OR maybe this is you.

By the way, my cells are just fine. If it matured for that moment, its for a goodsake not like your scamming lies. It won't take long, time is catching up on you.


darnadaw 3 years ago

@ktsang, is that all you can say? Tell me one member who received the pool money not even one top member? Support? Where is Mr Tarun? On the run? Hiding? What happened in Jakarta? Who was in jail? Who's world is getting smaller everyday and soon it will be every hour, minutes and seconds.

All you can say is, that all the informations from me are all lies. Is that all your defence so you can continue victimzing? Not enough. Oh the business works? Tell that to all members who cannot access their money in their back office. Is there anyone who received their villas, airplanes, cars, diamond rings, computers? NO, instead Tarun change the system so the poor qualifiers did not receive a single thing. If the business works, why does he need to keep changing the system and why can't he pay the money of the members in the back office? Oh the debit/credit card that did not launch at all? Is this the meaning of doing the right thing and commitment/support?

COMMITMENT??? Where? How? When? With whom?

Envy? That vocabulary exist only from people who are ENVIOUS themselves. I am bless, I don't need to scam and victimize people.

Also, we are not stopping you...keep going it will catch up sooner or later. Yes, you are right, I don't know much...


k tsang 3 years ago

@kschang.. proving all the lies will mean another bunch of KARMA! LOL


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

You can't "prove" a lie. You can only lie to protect a lie.

Guess that makes you running a deficit on karma.


darna 3 years ago

Hi Kschang, have you seen this one? Tarun is arrested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVUxJNjszeQ


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Tarun Trikha arrested in India by Indian CID

http://behindmlm.com/companies/tvi-express/tvi-exp...


k tsang 3 years ago

are you sure kschang??? show factual and reliable evidences from reliable sources...not merely opinions and dramatic scenes which are purely nonsense


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Why don't you go watch the videos and the photos first hmmm?


darna 3 years ago

@k tsang - ha, ha, ha...you are really funny, you are my free entertainment for the moment, love it.


k tsang 3 years ago

@kschang...are you a moron??? can't you understand??? I said, FACTUAL and RELIABLE evidences from RELIABLE SOURCES!!! I challenge you...show it!

@ darna... BWAHAHAHAHA you're INSANE...you are laughing unreasonably! What's funny??? Worst... you do believe in nonsense! Better consult to a psychiatrist...check your vital status BWAHAHAHA!!!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Same goes to you ktsang. The news report appears to be genuine, and so are the photos and video. The fact that the uploads disappeared is interesting, sure, but they're still available elsewhere.

You can't prove he wasn't arrested. I have *some* evidence that confirm he was arrested. Some of the evidence later disappeared. So it all depends on how much evidence you are willing to accept.


k tsang 3 years ago

@kschang...THIS IS IT kschang! You have nothing to show. Why? Because there is no factual evidence from any reliable source about the arrest of Tarun Trika. All were just opinions and false videos from unreliable sources. You said "the news report appears to be genuine" You used the word "appears". That denotes an OPINION kschang. A factual news does not use the words, appear, seems, etc. Why did the uploads disappear? Because they're not true. A true news report will remain to have a file. Why can't you show it? Because you have nothing to show!!! These link you posted is unreliable. http://behindmlm.com/companies/tvi-express/tvi-exp... This news does not come from a reliable source. It does not even have the name of the reporter in it. It does not also contain factual information about the issue. I took this statement from the link you have posted. "Corroborating this story was a news report on Star News (Bengali):

As of yet I haven’t seen any English language news reports covering Trikha’s arrest however I’m sure they’ll eventually surface." What is this? Haha! This is just a justification of a LIE! Until now, nothing came into surface! This is just a BLOG. Anybody can create a blog in the web. Oh I forgot you're a moron. I have to emphasize to you what a reliable source is. kschang, reliable sources could be, a reliable media from India, a police report from India! Where are those *some evidenceS*??? SHOW THEM NOW!!! Of course, you can't take the challenge! YOU'VE GOT NOTHING! STOP DESTROYING ANYBODY!


darna 3 years ago

@k tsang - to answer your question. You are the funny one because you seem to be a leader and yet, you don't have the first hand news. I think you earned a lot by scamming, why don't you get it yourself from CID in India so you can stop being funny.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

No matter what K Tsang said, TVI Express is still a convicted pyramid scheme that was banned in multiple countries. Arrest or no arrest of mastermind doesn't change any thing.

There's report of the arrest, still unconfirmed from India MLM news website thebhaskar.com, but then, that's not realiable either (but it contains too many details to be an outright fabrication).

I link to information and offer my analysis. You, on the other hand, merely offer doubts.


darna 3 years ago

@K tsang. You got a point. As a big defender of Tarun Trikha, ask him

when is he flying back to Indonesia (his first hiding place) and continue promoting his Pacific Royale Airline and his TVi Express. Ask when he is going meet Goenarni again in Indonesia and be seen again in public. He can fly to this place in few hours anytime he likes because he got his ill gotten private plane, right? I BET HE WOULD'NT DARE GOING TO INDONESIA...this tip will lead you to another truth of what had happened in Indonesia. Enjoi...funnyboy


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Actually that airline closed back in November 2012, when Indonesia yanked their fly license. Apparently Tarun Trikha spent just enough money on 2 cheap puddle jumpers, but no mechanics, so none of them will actually fly. Its president resigned in August 2012. It was massive fraud.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Royale_Airway...


AlekseyPetrovich 3 years ago

All of my buddies have join adsprofitreward .They bragging that they are making big time money.This supposedly to be the zeekrewards 2.0 and the new Best kept secret on the web.I know its a scam ,Chang review it,you can save people money and their life's.


darna 3 years ago

@kschang - there's was a change of ownership of Pacific Royale but I have to find out who owns it now. Changes happened because the plane was not able to fly and someone has to take over it.

Tsk...tsk...tsk...Tarun's businesses are falling apart one by one and there will be more to come as he made a lot of big businesses in India (from ill gotten money) and sadly angry members knew it. Tarun thought he can play dirty for a long time, he thought no one can touch him because of accumulated wealth. Wake up Tarun (slap, slap, slap)...even if you get away from a cell (prison), there's a hell (within you). Even if you get away from your situation right now, because of our imperfect court system, you will never get away from your own self. The people that you've fooled and still fooling will be your number one enemies someday (soon) because TRUTH ALWAYS PREVAIL . There's only one way to lift the curse and you know how to undo it.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@AlekseyPetrovich -- anything that has "ads" in it is automatically suspect. "Ad Surf Daily" was one of the earliest, but even that borrowed from "12DailyProfits", both of which are Ponzis. Every scam, after Zeek, claimed to do Zeek one better. But they really operate the same way: you put money in, you get a little bit out per period. HYIPs are to be avoided, no exception.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@AlekseyPetrovich -- Behindmlm.com already has a review of that scheme up. It is a mix of two Ponzi schemes, Ad Surf Daily AND Zeek Rewards. AND one of its heads was in a different scheme I busted earlier called "Huge Yield" (look for it here on Hubpages)



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k tsang 3 years ago

@kschang...poor you boy! You were not able to defend your post that Tarun was arrested...and now here you are... trying to post another issue that Philippines banned TVI...old news as you've said. Take a note on that. Oh, I've got something new kschang...TVI Express Philippines has been awarded as MOST OUTSTANDING HOTEL ONLINE BOOKING PROVIDER by Philippine Marketing and Business Excellence Counsel (March 2013). And GUESS WHAT!!! Anybody can check on SEC website that TVI Express Holidays Philippines Incorporated is still a legitimate business in the Philippines! Can you check it for yourself kschang???!!!

@darna...slap slap slap!!! You accused Tarun as a convicted criminal and now that you can't prove the fact that he was arrested, your now telling that he was able to get out of the prison cell???!!! BWAHAHAHA!!! STOP BEING NON SENSE GIRL!!! Oh thank you anyway for your gift! It's just a write up anyway! Not at report from the CID! Still NON SENSE!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@k tsang -- Denying reality again? The dailymail.co.uk link is right above your idiotic comment. Confirms everything I said thus far. Also says all of Trikha family are getting investigated too.

Winning awards? Ha-ha-ha. TVI Express Indonesia tried that before they got closed by the government. Seems there's only one playbook ever, doesn't it?

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2011/05/newsflash-tvi-...


darna 3 years ago

@K tsang - how come you don't know the first hand news from Indonesia? India etc? Go to India and visit him there so you can prove it to yourself. Philippines is not that far from Kolkata, India...airfare and accommodation is cheap. You keep yipyapping that I cannot prove anything legitimate, have you? Try requesting video (not audio) conference with Tarun and his family. How come Tarun never surface in the media, and with his associates since the news of his arrest came up? You said its only a write up? Once you opened that write up you can actually ask the writer by registration, why don't you try it and ask him yourself?

By the way I'm not a judge so I cannot accuse him nor I'm a God to judge him. What I'm doing is informing people of what Tarun had done to us. Not made up story but FACTS.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

@darna -- no point in arguing people who won't recognize reality, and has "shifting goalposts". Note that 2 weeks ago, he claimed there was NO evidence from any reliable source about Tarun Trikha's arrest. Apparently Indian news doesn't count. Now that there are multiple articles in Daily Mail, his criteria changed to where's the police arrest report. Next he'll probably demand a prison interview, then he'll claim it was a lie from the interviewer and Tarun Trikha was not really in jail and it was a conspiracy to destroy TVI Express.

If he wants to live in la-la land, let him. His own words betrays his lack of attachment to reality.


darna 3 years ago

@kschang - you are right, I totally agree.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

News up to end of April updated.


La Pilipina 3 years ago

TVI Express Philippines has been awarded as MOST OUTSTANDING HOTEL ONLINE BOOKING PROVIDER by Philippine Marketing and Business Excellence Counsel by Ktsang - I am a filipino and what the hell are you talking about? I have been trying to access your website for so many times and was not able to acces it even once and for a single second. I have attended in one of your seminars and while listening to the testimonies of those who have claimed they have already received payouts amounting to half a million pesos not once but twice. but look how they dress. my goodness. not even oce dressed properly and bought a decent dress, a signature one, that would match their claims. the shoes were old and thorn, the clothes are cheap, as cheap as what i am wearing. they were talking of millions and yet did not reward themselves a branded attire and shoes? And besides, mr. ktsang, there's no such Philippine Marketing and Business Excellence Counsel existing in the Philippines. I have searched it in the web and it was not found. How could you be so LIAR to say that TVI was awarded when in fact your website is always unaccessible. You mean,your company is working better that Cebu Pacific, one of our best airlines whose website is always accessible in a click of a finger? Philippine is my country. better get out of this country you brood of vipers, liars and scammers. there are a lot of networking business here but all of them have a decent office to show, with products and with employees. how about you? stop fooling us filipinos!


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

You won't listen to me, that's fine. But will you listen to your government and your TV station?

"MANILA, Philippines - Fresh from the disastrous results of the Aman Futures scam, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again issued an advisory to consumers in Davao and Surigao of two separate potential investment fraud. SEC chairperson Teresita Herbosa identified these two potential scams as Connectacons Inc. and TVI Express Holidays Phils."

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/03/12/13/sec-w...

Or are you just too deaf and too blind to see the truth, instead of the lies your uplines have been feeding you?

Did they tell you that they also won such a fake award in Indonesia before they were shut down there? Did they tell you Tarun Trikha's airline closed down back in 2012? Did you know he was arrested in India last month?

You'll see who are the real liars, vipers, and scammers. I just hope you see it in time to avoid the worst consequences.


celia 3 years ago

@TVi Philippines victims - SEC and NBI had reports of the scam but not much has been done and still many are falling victims. Still, many are victimized inspite of the bad news. Look at the owner of the TVi Express Holidays Philippines, she accumulated so much filthy pesos and living a good life while others have no food and housing to live because they weren't paid by her.

Filipino people why don't you get together and get your money back while its not too late. Do what the Indian members did, they put Tarun Trikha in jail. Join forces and submit your complains to NBI, SEC, DTI and TV stations. Let the public knows what the top leaders are doing. Most of you are so scared and embarassed to do the right thing... you don't need lawyers to complain to the government and you don't need to speak English to complain, right? Complaining to other victims won't help your situation. All you need is to petition against them and appear in person in NBI, SEC and DTI. It will only cost you transport fare. So what's hard about it? Many of you loss your livelihood already so, you guys got nothing to lose anymore. Maybe doing the right thing will gain you something better.

Let the government do their work, it might take months or years or maybe nothing will happen but at least you did you job as a concern citizen. Save your fellowmen...your true experience will always count. I don't mean to offend anybody but this scam have or continue to hurt a lot of people.


SREEDHAR 3 years ago

Dear friends i am the victim of TVI express. kindly help how i can get my money back. i heard that tarun has arrested. did government will release fund for victims or not? kindly help me. i am suffering with major health issue. i invested in tiv may be it will help for my operation. but nothing happen. if any help kindly write to sham.ram46@gmail.com


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

As far as I know, Tarun Trikha was taken into custody two months ago for FIR filed long before. I have not heard what happened to him since, nor any news on whether the company account was seized by EOW. Given the slow pace of Indian justice system, I would not count on any news for another 12 months or so.


Kingz 3 years ago

My Question now is what is a genuine online network marketing company supposed to have or show to us so that we dont get trapped in another bad business.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Start here:

http://hubpages.com/business/7-Myths-about-MLM-Bus...

I explain all the warning signs, and many other articles. The rest is up to you.


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kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

ANNOUNCEMENT: It seems some people, either trolling or desperate to believe that TVI Express is in the right, are attempting to spam this comment section, implying that I'm getting "paid" to write this article. I am getting paid a few pennies a month for the TVI Express stuff (all of them together), but they're sure adding to it, thanks!


pinaypie 2 years ago

http://www.sec.gov.ph/notices/cdo.html I think TVI

express inc is the same as tvi express holidays inc in the list of ceast and desist order in SEC Philippines


olor 2 years ago

Gush...I was scammed.......I paid 16800 pesos as registration fee just last day..huhuhu I found this site just now and it enlightens me that tvi is a crap bullshit....


Wandie 2 years ago

up until now since 2009 i'm still waiting to get my holiday voucher or a refund of R2 700 I put in, this is total madness I was punked money gone hopeless,#S.A victim


han86_01 2 years ago

I dont think its a scam, if you time try to search on the SEC website. I just did it, and i realized that the TVI Phil is 100 percent legal, I dont know in the other countries.


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kschang 23 months ago from San Francisco, CA, USA Author

Dude, Tarun Trikha, leader of TVI, was arrested YEARS ago in India.

If you're telling me that somehow TVI Express still exists in the Philippines, who the **** is running it?

Or are you just here posting some bull**** years after the fact?


richkid01 21 months ago

Could I recover my money from TVI?

It has now Cease and Desist Order from SEC

http://www.sec.gov.ph/notices/cdo.html

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