Approximately 4,400 people each month search for the phrase, “ACN Scam.” I assume they want to know whether the ACN business opportunity is a scam? I’d like to answer this question regarding the “ACN scam.” To be fully transparent and in the name of full disclosure, I am an ACN Independent Business Owner (IBO).
The “ACN Scam” – What is ACN?
Before deciding whether there is an ACN scam afoot, one needs to know, what is ACN? ACN stands for the “American Communications Network.” In 1993, Robert Stevanovski, Greg Provenzano, and twin brothers Tony and Mike Cupisz, founded the American Communications Network, Inc. ACN opened for business in January, 1993. ACN was initially established as a marketing arm for a long-distance reseller named LCI Communications. Since then ACN has grown to be an organization world-wide in scope. ACN provides individuals and businesses in North America with options when choosing energy and technical services. These services include:
- Energy – Electricity and/or Natural Gas
- Phone Services – Cellular and Digital Land Line
- High-Speed Internet
- Home Security and Automation
- Merchant Services – Credit Card Processing
In brief, ACN has been in business since 1993 (they aren’t going anywhere). ACN has a global presence. ACN has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Those facts alone should begin to shed light on whether or not ACN is a scam.
The “ACN Scam” – The ACN Business Model
ACN uses a multi-level marketing (MLM) business model. This one fact alone is one of the main reasons people assume that ACN is a scam. In fact, for many, the terms “network marketing” or “multi-level marketing” automatically equal “scam.” Any business using the MLM business model is automatically suspect or criminal. People assume that MLM or Network Marketing equals a Pyramid Scheme or Ponzi Scheme. This simply is not true and could not be further from the truth. This is unfortunate because these same individuals miss out on opportunities that have the potential to change their lives. Network marketing and multi-level marketing are legal, legitimate business models. While Pyramid Schemes and Ponzi Schemes are illegal, network marketing and multi-level marketing are not. I have no doubt that you have heard of these companies:
- Mary Kay
- Pampered Chef
- Primerica Financial Services
Each organization is a real, legitimate, company that uses the MLM business model. Is ACN a scam? No more so than Amway, Avon, or Tupperware. The Network Marketing / MLM business model focuses on relationships rather than paid advertising. The ACN scam – is ACN a scam because they use an MLM business model? Probably not…
The “ACN Scam” – ACN is About Customers
ACN is a customer acquisition company. This means that ACN Independent Business Owners get paid commissions based on their personal sales to customers. They also get paid commission based on the sales of their down-line organization. That is what makes an MLM opportunity such an awesome opportunity for all. An individual can generate a significant amount of income, but it is through provision of services. While ACN also pays out customer acquisition bonuses, the long-term residual income is generated through sales of product. ACN IBO’s do not get paid for introducing others to the opportunity – that would be a Ponzi Scheme.
The “ACN Scam” – The Legal Side
ACN is not a scam. ACN has been accused of being a Pyramid Scheme in the past, but this allegation was proven false. According to Wikipedia:
“In August, 2010 the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen announced the issuance of a Cease and Desist Order and Notice of Proposed Agency Action against ACN, Inc. and several of its founders for allegedly operating a “pyramid scheme.” In September, 2010 the Commissioner moved to vacate the Cease and Desist Order in full settlement of the case. In the course of the Commissioner’s investigation, the Commissioner determined that the actions giving rise to the initial concerns were not part of the ACN business model, but instead were isolated instances taking place by certain ACN’s independent representatives in Montana. The Commissioner and ACN agreed that ACN would implement additional training with its independent representatives to assist them in better understanding their responsibilities as ACN independent representatives, and that ACN would contact its Montana video phone customers to assist them with installation of their service.”
The Federal Government and each individual state has very specific laws that regulate network marketing businesses. If ACN’s business model were illegal, or if there were an ongoing ACN scam, ACN would not be in business.
No one is perfect, but an organization cannot be accountable for the actions of independent contractors. I can tell you personally that as an ACN IBO we do go to training, and we are provided very specific instruction and direction with respect to being an IBO, regarding who we represent and don’t represent, what actions are acceptable, versus actions that are not, etc. Of course, there are unethical people in any business, but they are the few, and not the majority.
The “ACN Scam” – ACN Feeds the Children
One other feather in ACN’s hat, in my opinion, is their Feed the Children Project. Every time a customer pays their bills, a hungry child in North America gets fed. For example, if I have 3 ACN services, every month when I pay those 3 bills, 3 children get fed. That is important to me personally, and I don’t know how many other organizations do something like that. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that takes their civic responsibility seriously. How many scam organizations do you know that feed hungry children all over the country? Does that sound like an unethical organization to you?
The “ACN Scam” – Save on Your Utilities and Services
I can get back 10% on my energy bills and other services as an ACN IBO, and so can you. If you must pay those bills, wouldn’t it be good to have some of that money refunded back each month? Wouldn’t that make good business sense? Who ever heard of getting a refund on your own utilities and services? As an ACN IBO, this is a very real potential. If you own a business and use merchant services, what would a 10% refund on your bill look like? ACN offers residents and business owners some serious and significant benefits. That’s not something one would typically see if the opportunity was a scam.
The “ACN Scam” – Is ACN a Scam?
The truth is we can find information to support any belief we have. If you want to believe ACN is a scam, it’s your choice. I have no doubt that you can find people and articles out there who will agree with you. As with any company, I have no doubt there are people disgruntled with ACN. Perhaps they have good reason. Perhaps they’re unhappy because they didn’t get rich as fast as they expected. But I am an ACN customer as well as an IBO, and ACN has delivered everything they’ve promised. In point of fact, ACN really doesn’t “provide” the services. ACN brokers contracts with certain specific organizations to provide their services at discounted rates.
The “ACN Scam” – ACN Simply is Not A Scam
In the final analysis, if you objectively look at and consider all the facts, ACN is not a scam. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some people who are disgruntled customers. But ACN has been in business since 1993. ACN is in 24 countries around the world. ACN is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. They feed hungry / starving children in North America. And yes, they’re an organization that uses a legitimate MLM business model for marketing their services.
Is ACN a scam? The answer is a pretty resounding “No!”
The “ACN Scam” – Conclusion
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
I hope I’ve answered your question on whether or not ACN is a scam. The facts pretty much speak for themselves.
If you think you might be interested in learning more about ACN, please watch our introductory video here. Afterwards, if you are interested in obtaining additional information, or if you have any questions, please contact me directly at dtsacn1 @ gmail dot com. Or, you can take a look at our business web site here.
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