The Facebook news feed is full of Rippln membership invites. It goes like this –
“Give me your valid email id, full name, contact number and I will see you on the other side of this excellent Rippln app”.
The other side? Okay, let’s do this.
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The question here: Is Rippln legit?
What is Rippln?
Rippln is an application that is designed to push the limits of creativity. It is all about empowering your social media influence, getting people to join in your circle of network and then earn from it.
The makers also emphasize that the whole process is transparent, unlike other social networks – this is their claim, not mine! Mind this point. I will come back to the whole concept of transparency later on.
All you have to do is download their “free” app, share it with others and get people to join under you, that is, create a down line and earn a lot of money.
Seems legit, right?
What is Rippln, Actually?
Rippln is another example of a classic MLM revenue model. One of the most popular MLM systems running in India is Amway. If you know about Amway, you will understand Rippln. I mean REALLY understand!
Here’s how the Rippln system works.
- You download their “free” app & become a “fan”.
- You get 5 people to sign up under you, get a $20 bonus & become a “player”.
- You have to help these 5 people to further get 5 people each and when they do, they get $20 and you get $20. You are now their “team captain”.
- Keep creating “players” and you become a “coach”. As coach, you get $80 for “domestic players” and $240 for “global players” as coaching bonus or fees.
- Keep doing these steps and you become a millionaire.
Hold on, not so soon buddy!
Remember transparency. The whole thing is just going to get murkier.
Huge List of Rippln Problems
There is just not one but a lot of problems with their business model. If you want to sign up with them, read this first and then decide.
Lack of Authentic Address
When you want to start a business on a global scale, you need to have a real address. Rippln location turns out as complete fake.
The address I see in their newsletter is this: 901 Sam Rayburn Hwy, Melissa, TX, 75454
Search it online and it leads you to a Fire Department in Texas. OMG! They should sue Rippln!
Search it further and it will lead you to the TOC page of AC II DNA Repair website. See point 11 in this link. You will see the same address.
So, what is this? What is the General Council? Are both Rippln and AC II run by the same people? Remember that the address is also of a Fire Department.
This is a significant problem.
If they are legit, they shouldn’t lie about their real location.
No Data Privacy
When you sign up, you have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which leaves a lot to be desired in terms of data privacy. Here is their NDA.
When you sign up, you are giving them your:
- Real Name
- Real Email Id
- Real Phone Number
To me, this means they get to create a HUGE list of database and THEY CAN DO ANYTHING WITH IT. They can sell it and earn millions while you get to have an awesome mobile app!
WOW. This is the mother of all business ideas.
Are you ready to be so careless with your details?
Further, when I signed up to check out Rippln, I got two members to sign up and when I went to the dashboard, I find that I CANNOT VIEW MY DOWNLINE DETAILS.
See the Screenshot below
You do all the hard work and you don’t even get member details. Only Rippln can access details.
No Option to Delete
This is a major problem.
You become a bonded labor once you sign up.
If you want to quit, you cannot. There are no options to deactivate or close the account.
Seeing a spate of negative reviews coming about, they have said that if you want to deactivate account, just send an email to [email protected]. Note this – the email is not given on the account dashboard. We had to contact them to get it.
Is this transparency? Not at all!
Even if they delete your account –
- What happens to all the data? Poof! They are gone.
- Who loses? YOU.
Well, you do get something. You get a round of applause for being a nitwit. Congrats!
By the way, their website contact page is blank as well. See the screenshot.
What’s stealth mode? They cannot remain in stealth mode when people are raising a lot of questions. If they are so transparent, they should come forward and clarify things.
Previously Ran Illegal MLM Models
Burn Lounge was an illegal pyramid model started in 2004. It was shut down by US FTC because they had engaged in deceptive acts or practices in violation of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a). You can read about the case details here.
Brian Underwood, one of the founders of Rippln is alleged to have been associated with Burn Lounge. Check out this Wiki page on the company.
In India also we have host of such cases – some of the recent being Speak Asia Online and Swadeshi Marketing
Payment Model is Unconvincing
Are you kidding me?
You will give me $20 get sign up 5 people and $240 coaching bonus to coach players.
Use your brain people. Let’s not give Einstein so much shame about our intelligence.
THINK this way –
- You download a FREE app.
- You build a down line.
- You earn.
There are two more things:
- Either they have loads of illegal money they wish to pump into their system.
- Or you download a FREE app but if you want to earn, you have to BUY from their system.
Where is the money coming from?
Second option is more probable. This is how the money rotates in any MLM system. You spend $100, you earn $10 and YES, you are rich. Isn’t that super amazing?
Bullshit! It’s just a pile of hogwash.
No App Yet, Claiming to be Viral
This is a classic ROFL moment.
Their app will release in May end but they are already claiming that it is going to be viral and wait, it’s better than Facebook.
Their exact words: “In the next 60 days, a new viral app is going to release….” How come it’s viral even before release?
They are even calling it the biggest breakthrough since email. How?
They need to take a deeper look into a lot of their claims.
For a company that claims to bring about social media revolution in terms of creativity and transparency, there are not transparent at all.
There are more questions. I have just scratched the tip of the iceberg.
The online world is very vulnerable. You have to be sure to whom and how you are sharing data.
Is Rippln a scam? I leave it to you to decide but do share with us in the comments.
I will tell you the same thing I tell all my readers, RESEARCH before committing yourself, MORE RESEARCH if it’s Internet based.
Personally, I am going to stay away from Rippln.