What is Phoenix Power Rising About? A Scam Exposed!

What is Phoenix Power Rising About? Phoenix Power Rising
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Founder: Terri Petty
Price:  Advertised as Free, in reality $120 (at first!)
Website: phoenixpowerrising.net

Hey there again readers! It’s time for another review, this time on the popular Phoenix Power Rising program. Is it legit? Or is it another scam?

What is Phoenix Power Rising?

That’s kind of a hard definition. Phoenix Power Rising (PPR) isn’t really much of a product. It’s a matrix system. Never heard of one? Basically it’s like this: you refer people to join and supposedly get paid for every referral you make.

And that would be the simplest explanation. That’s seriously what PPR is… at its simplest, of course. Matrix systems are really complicated. I’ll tell you more about this below.

The creator of PPR, Terri Petty, has a history of shady products, such as the ‘Project 4 Freedom,’ a 2010 scam very similar in practice to PPR. So this is already looking bad.

Although this may not be clear right away, PPR’s main product is a discount shopping network. Let’s dig in deeper, shall we?

The PPR Shopping Network

This ‘discount shopping’ network is allegedly a way to save big (10-60%) on over 300,000 different items. Have a look-see:

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You’ll probably notice the (most likely intentionally) unclear wording. Who is selling such products? What brands are they? All we know is that they’re, in fact, brands, which doesn’t guarantee greatness (looking at you, EA).

The only reason this is a thing is because PPR needs some kind of product. Otherwise, it’s just a pyramid scheme. Well, it is already, but not blatant enough.

There’s also the commission PPR gets every time a purchase is made on this network.

In truth, no one cares about the network. It’s not even on the main page. People are joining PPR to get paid, not the other way around.

On to the main event, the Ponz- I mean, the ‘compensation’ plan!

The Compensation Plan

Remember the matrix scheme I mentioned a while back? This is it, in all it’s scammy glory.

Before I go into detail, I gotta warn you that these matrices are hard to understand, which is why they’re either avoided outright or bought into by innocent victims.

That picture represents the way PPR works; it’s the first of 3 levels.

You’d be the leader, on top. When you get 2 people to sign up,  those 2 have to get 2 referrals of their own, and so on and so forth.

Once all 14 positions are filled, you get $300. That is called a ‘cycle.’

Then you can move on to level 2, then level 3 after that. Level 2 pays $1500, and level 3 pays $7,500. That’s a lot, I have to admit!

Too bad it’s impossible to get. You see those first two saps, Mike and Gerri? They have to complete a cycle of their own before you get to level 2. And everyone under them has to complete their own cycle!

I don’t italicize for nothin’! It doesn’t take much effort to see that this scheme works only by recruiting more and more people. It’s a system that only survives by adding more recruits!

So in the end, although there are 14 positions for you to fill personally, you’re gonna have to deal with way, way more than that to get even $300 (which, as you’ll find out soon enough, won’t ever arrive).

But at least it’s free, right? Wrong! Read the next section and weep!

Malicious Intent!! PPR’s Pretend Pricing!!

OK, I was being a little melodramatic back there. PPR is actually free to join. I’m not gonna lie about that.

But you can’t do anything. Remember your position in the matrix I went over earlier? Well, that position costs $120.

That’s right. Even before you try to make $300, you’re down $120. Admittedly, PPR says a ‘benefactor’ will pay your position fee, but you can probably guess that doesn’t actually happen. You’re just put in a waiting line, which means you’ll have to wait (duh).

As a result, you’re encouraged to pay the 120 smackers. You know, to get you inside the matrix faster.

That’s just for level one, as well. If you wanna enter level 2 or 3 right away, you gotta shell out $500 or $2,000, respectively. Sure is a lot of dough for something that won’t work.

Oh yeah, and to add insult to injury,  if you don’t wanna pay for levels 2 or 3, you’re gonna have to earn them. So you have to clear level 1 three times to pay the $500 for level 2!

But 300×2 is 600!

Yes, but since you paid $120 for each cycle of level 1, you spend #360 over 3 cycles. So at the end, you’ll “have” $540. I put “have” in quotations because we all know you’re not getting paid a dollar.

Speaking of payment, let’s have a closer look at that…

Proof of a Scam?! PPR Doesn’t Pay!

If you believe the website, PPR will make you a millionaire in 12 weeks. For free. Who would believe that?

PPR soft-launched in April 2016, and anyone using it was promised payment on June 1st. Ever since, it’s been blowing up. It’s why I wrote this review.

And with all that hype comes the affiliates. Yes, while affiliate marketing is a legit way to earn money online, many affiliates have no conscience. They will promote ANYthing, and PPR is a hot topic. During the course of my research, I saw some nasty things said by some ‘users’ of PPR to anyone who dared to mention it was scam.

The argument these affiliates made was that since the June 1st payment date hadn’t happened yet, PPR was not a scam.

Lo and behold, they are absent from any article dated after June 1st. Know why? They got played. Not one person has been paid by PPR. After the ‘real’ launch, users were told they had to pay $10 to verify their accounts.

That was after they stalled the audience by saying their payment processors were down.

Speaking of processors, keep in mind that PPR uses unconventional payment methods. You have to use Money Order, or this weird Payza platform. Both were probably chosen to make it hard for you to get a refund. Oh wait, you can’t get one anyway!

No Refunds

Yep, you can’t get your money back. This is a major sign of a scam.

This really should be enough to dissuade you, but I’m sorry (not really) to say that there’s more. Specifically, in the background of PPR.

A Little Background on PPR

Here’s a bombshell. PPR was launched once before. In 2012. So why are they launching it again?

The short answer is, the pyramid scheme fell apart. As all pyramid schemes do, eventually. And just for the record, no one received any money from that edition either.

But why stop at PPR? The creator, Terri Petty, is well known for her history of blatant scams, namely the aforementioned “Project 4 Freedom” scheme in 2010 (also known as Freedom Project).

I don’t need to tell you that no one got paid for that one either. In fact, when the payment date for that scam arrived, Terri kept extending it by a week at a time. Each time she delayed, she said she needed “emergency” funds, thereby milking her customers even more!

Hah, know what else? She’ still extending it to this day! Six years later, and people are STILL asking her for payment! One scam.com member put it bluntly:

I didn’t listen to last night call but it the same old garbage every week. I should get the money on Friday or next week then the next call the same old BS. To all “Freedom Project” members who invested in scam artist Terri Petty bogus schemes do you finally see the picture now? Do you really think you going to get any money from this serial liar. Yes we all been taken by Terri Petty lies but you can report this criminal to the law because she belong in jail.

This was written in July 2016. Every week Terri makes the same excuse and extends the deadline. The poor suckers don’t see that they’re never getting paid.

The complainer has a point, actually. Why isn’t Terri in jail? This is a blatant scam. A fraud! A trick! Seriously, she must have broken some law.

Flagrant Fraudulence!! The PPR Verdict

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Pretty much all these ‘features’ are either embellishments, exaggerations, or outright lies.


Think about it: if PPR is free, where do the commissions come from? Is Terri giving away money? The mystery deepens… not!

Although I’ve called programs like Empower Network ‘scams’ in the past, they’re more ‘overpriced and misleading’ programs rather than ‘full-blown money-stealing demon vaporware.’ The former at least give you something, no matter how overpriced it may be. PPR has nothing.

Oh yeah, to this day, more than a month after the payments were due, PPR has yet to pay its users. You may see some tool claiming they’ve been paid, but they’d be lying. In fact, PPR is now offering ‘leads’ (up $120 worth) to anyone wanting to get more referrals.

All in all, I’d say Phoenix Power Rising is absolutely a waste of time, money, and the domain it’s hosted on. If you don’t wanna be robbed, stay away from PPR! It’s a disgrace to phoenixes everywhere.

I’ll say this: it is free at first, so you have nothing to lose. Ha, that was a nice joke. You lose your valuable time, and you gain absolutely nothing.

There’s a lesson to be learned from all this: there are no shortcuts to riches online (or anywhere for that matter). If you think you can get rich with scams like PPR, you’ve got another think coming, friend.

I myself used to chase too-good-to-be-true schemes like these, losing a good deal of money in the process. Somewhere along the line, I found a program that’s actually been a source of success for me, one that taught to build success rather than buy it. Read more about my experience here!

Your deputy in spam defense,


















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16 thoughts on “What is Phoenix Power Rising About? A Scam Exposed!

  1. This is clearly another pyramid scheme masquerading as a legit MLM business. Matter of fact, no offense to all the real MLM marketers, MLM in my opinion IS a pyramid scheme no matter what kind of products you are selling. I personally have 0 belief in it and will never go into it. At some point, people will stop working, the pyramid will fall, and very few people would have benefited financially from it, and for a brief period of time. That’s just my opinion but I strongly believe in it. It’s good that you reveal the facts about this one, keep doing the same and expose other schemes as well. Good luck!

    1. Hey there Elias! You make a great point. Pyramid schemes only benefit the top, and the vast majority at the base of the pyramid gets nothing. And unlike real pyramids, these scams eventually collapse. I appreciate the encouragement! Thanks a million!

  2. I had never heard of Phoenix Power Risng until coming across your site.

    I like the concept of multi level marketing, but I have never really found any that were marketing products that I would want to stand behind. Most MLM companies products seem over priced.

    I agree, some of these matrix systems can get confusing!

    1. Hey Chris, thanks for your feedback. While not all MLM companies are scams, their reputation has been smeared by schemes like PPR, which is a MLM product in name only. The bogus shopping network only exists so it can have a product. And considering the shopping network doesn’t even work, it’s safe to say PPR is a full-blown pyramid scheme.

  3. That was/is so perfect! There are so many of these blatant programs ruining things for the legitimate marketer and leaving a bad taste for anyone who was unfortunately hooked into this type of marketing. I was unfortunately part of this kind of thing once. It was some of the members who caught on and really caused enough noise that the guy shut it down. Thank you for sharing. It is not easy to call out fraudulent sites.

    1. Sorry to hear you got suckered like that. At least it was a learning experience. Mostly everyone falls for at least one scam when they start out, since the scammers really know how to market their schemes. Thanks for your insight!

  4. Hi Makki

    I hear a lot about this kind of marketing strategy, but I do not believe in it. Because like that you said, that anyone would believe that you earn millions of dollars in just a few weeks? It is impossible to happen. And another thing, in the pyramid scam you need to search for other people to get them as a new member. What if they do not get people or new members? They will earn no money. All of these types of business marketing schemes, say that you earn big money without having to do anything that is impossible, this is a SCAM. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Nice to hear from you again Eric! Sadly, many newcomers to online business fall for these get-rich-quick schemes because they believe the lofty claims. And you’re right: these scams fall apart when the new members are unable to sign up more members. It’s highly unsustainable.

  5. I haven’t heard of this pyramid scheme before…thanks for writing about it so other people know its a scam. I hate how they advertise that you will make millions in a short amount of time, and the fact that people still believe it, its kinda sad…mainly because the scammers are getting away with it. And as I was reading I thought to myself as well, why isn’t she is jail? You would think if her scams have been around before that her luck would catch up to her by now and she should be locked up. Thanks for the info.

    1. Yeah, it is baffling how such blatant theft goes unpunished like that. This is unfortunately a highly appealing form of scam, since it’s so easy to ‘make money’ with, but never works out the way victims expect it to. Thanks for your thoughts, Summerly!

  6. Hi Makki,

    I’ve heard of PPR before, but haven’t read a review on it yet. Thank you for all the information on this scam, and now I know I definitely won’t ever waste my time and money on PPR.

    Thanks for keeping me safe!


  7. Until stumbling upon your site, I had never heard of Phoenix Power Rising before.

    There are way too many scams out there. No-one knows which are real and which aren’t so most are afraid to trust any of them. Even the legitimate programs aren’t trusted by some. Great article. Thanks for posting.

    1. That’s a sad truth. Many legitimate and helpful programs, like Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama, have their reputation indirectly hurt by the commonness of these horrible internet scams. It’s just bad news for everyone, except the scammers of course. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Lee!

  8. Wow! It is good to hear this logical, honest review. I have to agree. I signed up when they were claiming to pay, but I saw right away it was a dead end. To hear that no one has been paid, I hate that. I am glad I did not put my money and energy into it. I hate wasting time and losing money.
    Keep looking out for your fellow internet marketers.

    1. Thanks Andrea! Always be careful with these too-good-to-be-true programs. Nothing comes easy, but PPR claims to make riches a cakewalk. I think the company is the only party getting rich from PPR. So you could say it got someone rich! Thanks again for commenting!

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