According to their website:
“Digital Altitude teach digital entrepreneurs how to start and grow a profitable online business with our unique coaching products and world class live events.”
“You want to start an online business… But you don’t know where to start. Want to learn to turn your Passion into Profits? Or maybe you have already started one and don’t know what to do next.
In Aspire, you will gain access to resources that will set you on the right track.”
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an operation that took more than $14 million from consumers seeking to start their own online business.
The operation misrepresented that its purported business coaching program would enable consumers to earn substantial income, such as “six figures in 90 days or less.”
According to the FTC, the defendants induced consumers to pay for a series of tiered memberships with increasing fees, falsely claiming that consumers would learn how to make substantial income with an online business.
They promised consumers they would receive individualized coaching from successful marketers that would provide what they needed to build a successful business, but, in reality, these were merely salespeople selling higher membership levels in the defendants’ program.
The defendants promoted their scheme via webpages and social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, and offered their marketing materials for consumers to use in posting their own ads touting the scheme.
The FTC’s complaint states that most of defendants’ customers never earn substantial income, including some people who were charged more than $50,000.
The defendants are Digital Altitude LLC, Digital Altitude Limited, Aspire Processing LLC, Aspire Processing Limited, Aspire Ventures Ltd, Disc Enterprises Inc., RISE Systems & Enterprise LLC (Utah), RISE Systems & Enterprise LLC (Nevada), The Upside LLC, Thermography for Life LLX, also doing business as Living Exceptionally Inc., and Michael Force, Mary Dee, Morgan Johnson, Alan Moore and Sean Brown. They are charged with violating the FTC Act.
The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 2-0. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a temporary restraining order against the defendants on February 1, 2018.
NOTE: The Commission files a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The case will be decided by the court.
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