There’s no ‘Shortcut’ to Success!


These days definition of success has changed and it only means earning lot of money. Yes, everybody wants to make quick buck. Though we forget that there is no shortcut to success aka money…!

My observation says that lack of money is the root of all evils. However, with the recently reported Speak Asia’s Online scam, if I say that greed of money is worst…. I am not wrong!

Over the past two decades, the world renownedSingaporebased HMT group started ‘Speak Asia Online’, a unique niche for itself, which was claimed to be the world’s largest online Survey Company. With its blended Process of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Speak Asia Online optimized its effectiveness & attracted Asian saying ‘Get Paid for Your Opinion, That too weekly!’ and with companies increasing the expenditure on advertising, public opinion, no doubt has become extremely valuable.

It is estimated that alone in justIndia, companies spend nearly Rs. 300 Billion on trying to convince people to buy their products and services, by finding out what are the actual needs, tastes and preferences of the consumer by conducting these surveys! So, participating in these paid surveys means that companies can gauge your immediate response to their new products or marketing initiatives. Paid surveys can be filled in online over the Internet in the comfort of your own home or work place, so that you can register and participate at a time convenient to you. Wow… really a great opportunity to earn quick money!

Once you pay Rs. 11.000/- as an enrollment fee to Speak Asia, you get to fill up a few surveys every week. A typical Survey has around 25 Questions with Multiple Choice Answers, and each Survey takes around 10-20 minutes to complete, that’s it! No Answer is Right or Wrong, because it is your Opinion. Every Wednesday, at 5:00 PM you will get 2 Surveys, which you may complete at anytime during the month. SpeakAsiamade us feel that our opinion was valuable and you get rewarded for your honest opinion and the time you take out to respond to the surveys of our clients. The correctly filled up surveys help you earn reward points calculated on a weekly basis that can be redeemed 30 days after the submission of your survey. You are allowed to use these reward points to buy products and services offered by Speak Asia worldwide. And, if you are successful convincing anyone to join you this survey company you earn extra incentives. You also get to own your Virtual Office with your login id & password to monitor growth of your business and see your earning details 24 -7, you do not have to maintain any records yourself as this is done online for you by the company’s high-tech software. Sounds Too Good to be true… right?

Seeing people making money out of this, it is easy for anyone to get convinced to join such companies. And to it people who took it as full time profession leaving everything… greed to quick & easy money you see! And on the top of it, it claimed to be a media channel, market place and marketing system rolled into one that enables you to unlock your true worth and earn wealth, confidence, social standing and respect through multiple channels and gives you the control, the authority, the power to dictate the market place. It lured stating that as a Speak Asian, you are a leader rather than being a follower. Speak Asia believes in creating new possibilities and realities that are consumer-empowering! Wow…. why should you not join Speak Asia Online?

And so many of us boarded this Speak Asia train with greed to reach heights! Yup and now this Singapore-based company is alleged to have duped 12 lakh investors acrossIndiato the tune of Rs 1,300 crore. The news is that Speak Asia’s chief operating officer Tarak Bajpai, ‘panelist’ Deepankar Sarkar and others have been arrested, while Speak Asia’s India CEO, Manoj Kumar is said to be underground. Many of their bank accounts have been frozen and the IT is probing through what channel the money was transferred outside the country. And now, Speak Asia is considered one of the biggest Scams, rather I will call it biggest democratic scams- by the people & for the people ofIndia.

Indian government has ordered an investigation against this controversial multi-level marketing company and the preliminary inquiry and has revealed that it is not registered under the Companies Act. Besides, the company has also not registered its place of business with the Registrar of Companies,Delhi, as required under Section 592 of the Companies Act, 1956. See, we become so blind with greed that we don’t even bother to check the genuinity of such companies!

After all this, I find it very strange that the company is still advertising regularly in the mainstream media saying it is innocent of all the charges it has been accused of. Somewhere I question that why is media encouraging by publishing the ads. Just for (greed for) money! And now if you visit its website, you get two pop-ups from the Speak Asia team trying to prove their innocence. And the team has all the guts to compare this issue with LokPal Bill, asking people associated with this online company to support in these dark-days and fight for injustice!

We have many examples of fraud companies who looted people and have gone. SpeakAsiaonline joins the list. I feel bad about the losses people who were associated with this company are suffering. However, I feel that it’s high time and we should understand that there is nothing like free lunch. If there is one, it is the most expensive. We need to make sure to avoid falling prey for easy money. There are so many fake schemes in operation like Craft Assembly, Medical Billing, Email Processing, Typing At Home, Chain Letters/Emails, Envelope Stuffing and many such currently in the market, yet people go for easy money and get caught!

There are many of us who are seeking employment on the Internet, or work. Though do we ever think that how can we trust these virtual companies, what they end up wanting, and what they don’t end up giving. We need to realize that there are no real employment offers on the net that pays you for work. That’s really not going to happen. All of these are scams, selling you jobs that never ever will pay you for your contribution.

Get out of this greed… the safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket! 🙂

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. zess
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 07:58:29

    Good articles !!! Worth read.

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  2. Ashley Joseph
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 06:02:33

    Hello Rakhi,

    Nice and educative article.

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  4. Krishna
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:34:58

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