Friday, February 18, 2011

"I don't know whether to laugh or cry at people's complete lack of financial savvy"

I was looking up some old work notes last night, and with them I found a few old letters - obvious circulars - that I'd failed either to open or throw away. One, dated 2005, was an invitation from a company called Inside Track to attend a free seminar as my first step in becoming a property millionaire :

Start From Scratch - Live on Easy Street Instead of Struggling For a Living!

Dear Friend,

Are you sick of the daily grind? Tired of working hard for little reward and sick of never having enough to make ends meet? At last there is a way out...

Have you noticed how ordinary people are quietly getting wealthy through property? How even your taxi driver and window cleaner mention their 'buy to let flat'? Ever thought "Huh? How did he manage to buy investment property?

They discovered the way out ...

Have you ever felt you were being left behind? Isn't it your turn to get rich?

My name is Jim Moore. Eleven years ago, I was broke, toiling for a pittance, massively in debt (credit cards, bank loans, HP you name it, I had it). I was utterly sick and tired of the daily grind. Sure, my job was okay in parts. I even liked some bits of it, but I knew that I could work there until my dying day and never make any serious money.
Nobody else thought like me.They seemed content to be drifting into old age and poverty. But I was different - I wonder if you are too? Do you think the purpose of life is to slave for 65 years, pay off a mortgage on some pitiful little house and then huddle in front of a 1 - bar electric fire, struggling to make ends meet on a government pension ?

No ?

Neither did I - and swore that I would do something about it. I didn't want fantasy riches. Like you, I'm not a greedy person. Heck, What is the point in rolling in a gleaming heap of gold - more than you can spend in ten lifetimes? No, I didn't want that, But what I did want .... Freedom. Freedom from worrying over money - can I pay this bill, or that debt? I've had that - never again! Now I can pay any bill of any amount instantly it becomes due. That's a great feeling, let me tell you.

I wanted freedom from debt - crippling month on month debt - Visa, bank overdraft, HP interest being piled upon interest, final demands for payment, threats of CCJs. You know the situation, I'm sure. Now I am debt free (apart from commercial loans to fund portions of my property portfolio - those are not the sort of debts I am talking about). I am using the awesome power of OPM - Other People's Money to make myself incredibly wealthy. You could do this with our help.) It is hard to believe that just a few short years ago I was a humble wage slave with zero prospects. Now 1 have transacted millions of pounds worth of property deals and amassed a private fortune. I even buy and sell entire football grounds!

Now I have the car of my dreams, a wonderful private house (worth £1 million+) and all the cash I could ever spend. More importantly, I am FREE free from the daily grind, the commuting, the bosses the mind numbing routine. I 'work' about 3 hours a day (visiting properties, doing deals) and I travel extensively. I have never looked back. Would you? I cannot believe that I sat in that office all those years, taking orders; doing menial, pointless work; watching the clock... and for what? £7 an hour, I seem, to recall! Ha! Recently I made £30,000 for an hour's work (of course, I cannot do that 40 hours a week I wish!) Ten of those is a cool £300,000 in my pocket.

I made my fortune just dealing in property (some of which I have never even seen).

I am living proof that property is the fastest and safest way for the ordinary person to become wealthy. And by 'wealthy' let me state exactly what I mean. I mean at least £1,000,000 in property assets within 3 to 5 years of you starting. And that's just step one, of course. You can go on from there if you want £3 million, £10 million it's up to you. My own goal is £50 million by the time 1 am 50 (£1 million for each year of my life).

Property wealth is not some fantasy. Take a look at The Times list of the 500 richest people. It is boring in its repetitiveness property, property, retail, property, property, property, brewing, properly, leisure, property... you get the idea!

Take a look at property prices over the years. I have shown the graph on the next page. It just keeps going up and up and up... Sure there have been a few minor little dips - hardly what you would call a crash, merely a blip in an ever rising graph. People often say to me - "Jim, haven't prices peaked out? Aren't we in for a crash? I read in the paper that... " Yawn! They said that to me in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and they are still saying it in 2005! Boy, did they miss out.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at people's complete lack of financial savvy. They are heading for a lifetime of drudgery and lack, and a poverty stricken miserable old age.

Let me ask you some questions: Do you see any of Britain's richest dumping their property portfolios? Uh... no. They are quietly accumulating more. Do you see any crash in house prices, bearing in mind that there is an estimated shortfall of 4 million homes in the UK? Remember what you know about supply and demand - huge demand, little supply means... Price rise. In 1901 there were 4.7 people, per household on average. Now it is 2.1 and falling. People want more space. They want to live alone. They are getting divorced and swapping one home for two.

Property has risen on average 11.3% year on year in the UK since 1948.

I'm sure you know enough about compound interest to realise that 11.3% looks unexciting by itself, but compounded over even a few years can bring very decent gains. (Just £50,000 invested at this rate returns half a million pounds in 20 years!)

I have had people walk out of my workshop and make their first deal within a few days. One man bought a brand new home for which he outlayed the grand total of £350 from his own bank account and then promptly received a £10,000 cash back! He is now on his fifth property.

And this man was a novice before hearing about Inside Track. These were his first property deals. He admits to being nervous doing the first one. He felt like a fish out of water. But after receiving the £ 10,000 cash back, he became a believer. Why not come and learn exactly how ordinary people are getting steadily wealthy by accumulating a tidy property portfolio? These are people with no experience, no training and little or no money (let's face it, it isn't hard to make a million in property if you have half a million sitting in the bank already!).

Look, I do not have the space to convince you here. So what I have done is put together a superb (and what's more FREE) 2 hour session where I will begin to explain these wealth generating principles to you in person. This letter is my personal invitation to you to come along and see for yourself. For the last four years I have been teaching thousands of ordinary people the astonishing money making secrets of residential and commercial property. Secrets which you can apply for yourself. Secrets which can make you independently wealthy. The Inside Track programme (as it is called) has helped many to achieve their financial dreams.

How to retire completely debt free in 3 to 5 years.

How to buy lucrative UK property with little or no deposits.

Simple formulas used by the wealthy to create income.

How to make money from property in good times (easy) AND BAD (even easier!).

Buy as many as you wish and access the very best mortgage rates.

Build and grow a successful rental property portfolio in record time.

Buy property and get paid tax free cash on certain transactions.

Locate the best, most profitable transactions which are never advertised.

Get 'hands on' assistance from top property professionals.

Aside: Perhaps you are wondering why I am happy to pay for this workshop? The answer is simple. We provide in depth property investment education proven to make you wealthy. Only when you start making deals and getting rich do we make a small commission from properties we introduce to you. Take this small percentage on hundreds of deals and it adds up to a sizeable amount. (Obviously you are under no obligation at all to purchase this property, we just think the deals we introduce to clients provide the very best revenue potential, and we'll prove it).That sounds a fair exchange, I hope you will agree. Our knowledge for a small commission when you make a deal. I hope also that has put your mind at rest.

Any averagely bright and hungry person could build a £1 million portfolio, from scratch in five years or less.

What other plans do you have to make £1,000,000 and retire? If you do not do something right now, you will fritter away the next few years and be in exactly the same situation you are in now or worse. Not nice. Not nice at all.

Finally, let me ask you a question. Are you going to carry on exactly as you have for the last five years? Or are you going to seize control of your destiny, right now, today? The cost is trivial (travel expenses plus some of your time) so if you don't do it now, 1 think it is fair to say you never will. As this is a free introductory workshop, the places tend to be grabbed fairly quickly so please call right now to reserve your place.

Years ago, I came to a crossroads like this. I chose the right path - the one that led me to the good life. Why not give yourself the same break?

Best regards

Jim Moore

I looked at this and thought - I bet a pound to a pinch of poo that they're bust - and that there are a lot of unhappy (and poorer) wannabe millionaires.

Yes, they were bust (humble wage slave Jim failed to mention above the multi-million pound bankruptcy of a previous venture, L'Arome) - and yes, there are indeed some unhappy clients. It's bad enough borrowing to bet on price rises on off-plan (i.e. you buy before they're built) city flats - let alone Spanish property.

After hearing that buying property could help them wipe out their mortgage before they retired and attracted by claims that Spanish property prices were set to rise by 30% a year, the couple signed up to buy an offplan three-bedroom house for €253,000 (£171,000). The deal was struck by mortgage broker Anson Bailey, say Steve and Cate. Its representative then persuaded them to buy a second off-plan three-bedroom house for €230,000. They planned to sell both homes before they were completed. The 30% deposits were financed by switching the couple's £65,000 repayment mortgage on their four-bedroom house in Telford, Shropshire, to interest only and raising it to £162,000.
Oh dear.

Inside Track received 10% of the sales price from the developer.
Inside Track indeed.

They got the money for one house refunded after it was sold to someone else and they were offered a poorer replacement.

But the Biddles have been saddled with the second property, which they have been unable to sell despite all the assurances. As a result, they have a Spanish interest-only mortgage for €190,000 while the mortgage on their Telford home, where they have lived for 14 years, stands at £112,000 after the refund of the deposit on the first property. The couple had owed £65,000 on their UK house before buying the Spanish properties.
Ho hum. I guess a man sees what he wants to see and disregards the rest when it comes to deals like this. Doesn't anyone ask why, if property dealing is so lucrative (and it has been, for many people - right up until the time when it wasn't), and you have inside contacts that can find the best deals, you should want to share it with the world, even for a fee ? The answer I guess is that if you get the fees and a cut of each sale, you can make money without putting any capital at risk. That's you the introducer, not you the punter, of course.

Still, you can't keep a humble wage-slave down - remember how it was EVEN EASIER to make money from property in bad times ? - Jim Moore is back with a new venture - IAP Global.

IAP Global's presenter Kevin O'Connor addressed a room of 50 investors, most of whom were respectable middle-class professionals. He didn't waste any time explaining the nature of the opportunity on offer.

"Distress is the reason we're here," he said. "The developer is being pressured by the bank. If he wants to get out, we're happy to deal with him. We then negotiate a discount for you."

Claiming that IAP Global sources property from "distressed developers and individual landlords" who are desperate to sell, a minimum of £25,000 "instant equity" is reflected in the price. He goes on to explain: "If you walked into an estate agents and were talking about £100,000 for a property, we'd get it for £75,000."

Hmm. This appears to be Inside Track in reverse. I wonder if by any chance they get a cut of the price ? And I wonder how you could put together a list of distressed individual landlords, desperate to sell ?

Would it - could it ? - bear any resemblance to the Inside Track client list ?

It has to be said that the Inside Track sell was good - hitting just the right note about being able to pay the bills. My degenerate (and poor) youth gave me a great distrust of people who write about 'the poor' for a living yet have never in their lives been afraid to open the electric bill.

Indeed the sell was so good that it has not died with Inside Track. Here is the opening, word for word, being used by one Brian Watson to sell his online opportunity (with a company called Global Domains International - caveat emptor).


Brian said...

Who else remembers the Great Ostrich Farming Boom of the Nineties?

Martin said...


Having been involved in multi-level marketing many years ago, the word for word Moore/Watson spiel is a pretty standard hook. Once you've fallen for that, it's usually no time at all before you've either bought a motivational book or inspiring tape testifying to the power and strength of your upline's wisdom.

In fairness, it works for some people. It's an opportunity like any other. Some people can do telesales but are useless in the living room, and vice versa.This sort of stuff's no different.

"Liberal Democrat deputy leader Dr Vincent Cable has joined the fight against notorious property tycoon Jim Moore.

Dr Cable is calling on the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to investigate Moore's companies.

He told Interactive Investor: "BERR should be investigating these phoenix companies and stopping them from abusing company law in the way that they do. I'm going to bid for a debate in Parliament on this."

Cable is appalled that Moore was able to set up yet another buy-to-let property investment company, IAP Global, from the ashes of its failed predecessor, Instant Access Properties (IAP), which went bust in September last year owing £11 million. Earlier in the year a sister company Inside Track also went bust owing £9.7 million." -

Now that he's Business Secretary, I wonder if Uncle Vince is doing anything about it.

dearieme said...

I find it hard not to feel sorry for people so stupid, gullible and greedy as to chuck their money away like this. On the other hand, I do regret that they get to vote. And, come to think of it, to breed.

Laban said...

I blame the decline in reading fairy tales to children. They're full of cautionary stories of the gullible being robbed or worse.

While it's good that people are trusting, they need to know either where to draw the line, or when they're in the region of the line, where what's now called 'due diligence' is required.

Thud said...

It certainly worked well for some of us.

Martin said...


You wrote,

"I find it hard not to feel sorry for people so stupid, gullible and greedy as to chuck their money away like this. On the other hand, I do regret that they get to vote. And, come to think of it, to breed."

One could say the same of a notorious and vituperous blog commentor who inadvertently left his then work's email address on one of his efforts, thus enabling the idly curious not only to track him down, but also to name him and, as a bonus, post his picture on their blogs. You once left your then work email address on a comment attached to a now defunct blog called 'The Bagged Bear'. The email address? Ah, I shall spare your blushes. If only I could see them under the beard.


You've got a good point there. Without wishing to sound like the more irritating type of sociologist, if you think about it Aesop, the Grimms et al were all pre-capitalist. Maybe the pace of life is just too quick to keep their lessons in mind.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Let's hope that couple's Spanish property is not about to be demolished because the State revoked the Planning Permission granted by some other organ of the same state.

And did you see that the Spanish State still has the gall to try to attract genuine British investors (quite apart from scammers like Moore) to buy stuff there?

They must think we're gullible as well as stupid. I suppose some of us are.