What’s worrying about today’s fast spread of information is that we repetitively get to see services or products daily. Somehow, this cycle makes our minds think that whatever we read regularly may hold some truth.
If this is not the first time you hear of FES, then perhaps that is one of the reasons why you’re questioning its legitimacy and ultimately asking yourself:
Is Financial Education Services a scam or the real deal? 💭
It’s a blessing to be born in a time where you have the internet within reach, and you’re effortlessly able to investigate some of the unique products or services of today.
I actually cannot remember the last time I had to use physical books to cross-check a piece of information. Today, with just a few clicks here and there, you can easily find loads of info, reviews, and details about almost anything you can think of.
Unfortunately, not everything you see online is trustworthy. 🙃
Unlike physical books that have been thoroughly evaluated by professionals in the field, the information you can get from sites may not be accurate.
In this sense, many people are getting scammed online, and by many, I mean almost 81% of them! If that doesn’t put you on edge a bit, then honestly, I don’t know what will.
And when speaking of scams or shady businesses, I’d like to congratulate you for landing on my site because in here, I exclusively review online products and services comprehensively and with full transparency.
If you are searching for real information that doesn’t involve shady marketing tactics or upsells, this site can be your second home. 👍
In this article, I decided to review one of the most intriguing services that have caught the entire internet’s attention.
Aside from this company’s promising income opportunity, I wonder why people are almost divided on answering whether it is a total scam or not. And for me, if there is smoke, there’s probably fire! 🔥
What Is Financial Education Services All About?
When I first heard the company’s name, I thought it is an online course provider like The Shaw Academy or Coursera because of the word “education.”
When I finally keyed into their site, I was surprised to find out that it is not connected with education at all. Not even close. 😅
Instead, it’s a company that offers tailored services to help its customers create a more stable and sustainable financial future.
It was founded at Michigan in 2004 by Parimal Nalik and Michael Toloff to improve American consumers’ credit rating. As of writing, it enjoys a B rating and a shiny 4.76 customer rating under BBB.
In a nutshell, Financial Education Services prides itself on two things: a credit repair company and an opportunity for aspiring agents. So, in this sense, the two primary targets of the company seem to be:
- To find people interested in credit repair services ✓
- To look for those who would like to become financial specialists or agents ✓
Upon reviewing FES customers’ threads and statements, it seems to me that the hype around here evolves around their promise to improve the credit score of its members significantly in just a few months.
If you are in serious financial situations, hearing such a promise can be like music to your ears. At present, they have five major plans under their belt:
- FES Protection plan (the price points vary: $188, $138, or $89)
- Corporate account ($49 per month)
- MyCare Plan (one-time payment of $499 or $399)
- Lifelock plan ($99 a year or $9 per month)
- Ultra Score ($149 one time payment)
However, please note that the prices may vary depending on different factors such as promotional reasons for specific months and the additional services that a customer may want to add, such as credit repair or credit monitoring services.
But, let us focus on the company’s well-hidden information. 😧
Unlike what we usually review on this site, FES is the only one that seems to cater only to a specific nationality.
Upon checking their site, they seem to have specific technical protocols, which means that the site may not be accessible outside of the U.S.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is that the company seems to have three different websites that contain almost identical content:
And you know another thing that is identical between these sites? All three are uninformative and lack information to some extent – first red flag 🚩
Usually, when I investigate a company’s credibility, I start by reviewing the About Us section and looking for inconsistencies.
A quick search and review from different sites can show anyone that Financial Educational Service’s primary service is credit repair.
However, you won’t believe what I found. 😬
I happen to come across one of the cases in which the company was involved, and it revolves around illegal credit repair services.
The FES used unlawful and deceptive practices in their multi-level marketing structure and got caught, and we’re forced to pay a $1Million penalty.
Let me ask you this: if you were accused of stealing from your friend and you have a clean conscience that you did not do such a thing, you will find a way to prove your innocence, right?
What shocked me the most is that the Financial Education Service did not stand trial to clear its name and entered into a settlement to pay a million dollars instead.
Honestly, that act alone somehow reflects that the management is guilty of the accusation, making me award this company with its second red flag. 🚩🚩
Signing up with Financial Education Services
There are two ways by which you can join the FES:
- As a customer – you should find your nearest FES agent
- As an agent – go through a simple sign-up on their site
As of writing, I cannot find their price range for customers since it varies depending on the gravity of credit score and the additional services that the customer can add.
But as a general requirement, customers will need to pay around $99 to set up a regular FES protection plan.
Depending on the agent, I found out that they can lower the fee up to $49 or even waive it entirely depending on the additional products you will use. So be sure to strike a good deal!
What I can thoroughly discuss here are the main fees associated with your sign up as an agent. Since their recent case, it seems that the structure of their procedure of registering has significantly changed.
If you were to decide to use any FES plan back then, you would automatically gain a licensing fee to sell their products. Today, to become an agent, you should:
- Have a project under the company
- Choose an exclusive membership type (Standard or FES PP)
According to the updated standard membership, any agent that sells any protection plan product under FES will only receive commissions for their sales.
The standard fee for this is $249, and it comes with marketing materials as well as access to their mobile application.
At the same time, you can choose the pricier one, which is around $199. Here, you will be able to sell products, get some useful tools, and receive CAB and infinity bonuses, and level overrides.
Additionally, you will be required to pay $89 per month for a personal protection plan, but basically, here are the things included under this membership type:
- Budgeting tool
- Credit restoration tool
- Credit builder and calculator
- Credit monitoring system (accessible through the FTS mobile app)
- Debt payoff tool
- Financial lockbox
- Identity monitoring tool
- Net worth tracker
- Savings and goal planner
- Will and Trust system
- YFL family mint (a tool for teaching kids about financial freedom)
There are also some additional fees that I think you should know about. For instance, you should know that each weekly commission check will always have a $4 deduction for processing the check.
If you also want to get a phone line for business, you can do so by paying an additional $49 or $98 for two lines. For exclusive discounts on hotels, flights, and transportation, you can also pay $20 more.
Lastly, you can also take advantage of the $25 health plan for you and your family members.
What’s my opinion on this? 🤔
I do not recommend the standard one based on the two membership types since it does not offer the agent anything aside from the mobile application.
However, if you can sales talk your way without using tools to show projected plan or anything at all, you can go and sign up for that.
As for the $89, I came across some old pictures of the sign-up site where it was listed that the monthly fee then was $87 plus an additional $2 as a donation to the Youth Financial Literacy Foundation.
I guess they just added it into the fee and did not care to discuss this on the updated sign up page.
Looking at the pricing in general, I think it is remarkably too high, which honestly makes me wonder why people are joining this company – third red flag 🚩🚩🚩
I mean their services are not the cream of the crop and given their recent legal case, I seriously find it hard to believe that people are still considering their services.
Is Financial Education Services A Pyramid Scheme?
Based on my review of the company, I sincerely think that they are not a pyramid scheme. They are an MLM since they operate legally by having their agents sell real financial services.
However, if you’re keen on making great wealth out of this, then you better think twice because, to be honest, selling their products can be a bit challenging, especially on the first month of starting.
Closing a plan with three or five people a year is not enough to let you finance the life that you want to live, because as a new agent, your direct and split payment commissions are just around $1.00 to $5.00 per month.
See the example below: 👇To know more about their ranking system, check out the most comprehensive video I found which explain all the promotion qualifications and possible commissions.
As you can see on the video above, it is very much possible to become an agent and a field trainer but getting beyond that is harder than it looks. And if you intend to become a vice president, then you better get your gears running 24/7!
But if you are going to ask me about the company’s legitimacy and whether it’s possible to make money or not, I would answer yes, especially if you take advantage of its customer acquisition bonus and residual commissions.
Is Financial Education Services A Scam?
The Financial Educational Services lies in a crowded market, meaning nothing can make it stand out against its competitors.
However, I like FES because they did not promise a specific amount of earnings or anything to their agents (unlike their competitors).
That means that they encourage them to earn on their own without luring them to the idea that they can get rich quick from this service.
Given the company’s legitimate MLM structure and the considerable number of positive ratings on Indeed, Glassdoors, and Best Company, we cannot deny that the company is the real deal. ✅
However, that doesn’t mean it is suited for you. 🙂
I sincerely do not recommend it since it raises some major red flags. If I were in your shoes, I would stay away from this since I wouldn’t want to deal with tainted companies with legal issues.
If there is one thing I learned from FES, then that would be that your earnings are heavily dependent on how much agents you can recruit and the type of monthly plans you will close with them.
The main question is – why spend time growing someone else’s firm when you can start a real online business with the same effort and eventually hire people to do all the tasks for you?
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Same here! I was still waiting for the part about education.
I have to agree with the questionable MLM structure entirely and add that I can see MLM as a different way to call a Pyramid Scheme.
I am aware that they are not the same, MLM having an actual product to sell, but a few have approached me during the lockdown.
I have to say that I felt uncomfortable with some of them when they told me I have to have at least £150 worth of orders every month; otherwise, I get kicked out, or no commission will be paid.
MLMs are great for the top 2% of people working for them, and you get there by pushing other people to force other people to do something they don’t really want to do.
Especially the way they tell you to recruit your friends and family. I find this utterly disgusting.
But I guess it works for some.
MLM’s are the worst, and it seems to me that you can agree on that. It is indeed possible to make a living out of multi-level marketing, but as you said, only if you reach the top 2%.
Anyhow, thanks for taking the time to share your opinion with me, and know that it’s highly appreciated!
I thought this company would be related to education, but it turns out it’s something completely different. I’m not too fond of the fact that it’s an MLM since I’m also not a big fan of this business model.
I find it very salesy, but of course, everyone is different. As you say, this company does not stand out from their competitors that much. I will pass on this one. Thanks for the eyes opening review 😊
I’m glad I was able to help!
Thanks for the charitable words, and know that I wish you the best of luck wherever your journey takes you.
As you’re probably aware by now, my background is in Financial Services, so this review certainly piqued my interest.
Firstly, I will say that the name “Financial Education Services” confused me a bit as well, LOL.
I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Secondly, I would always be extremely wary of any program that is focused on credit repair but looks to “hire” people in an MLM manner.
There are obviously many fantastic debt resolution companies, credit repair agencies, and providers of Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) in the marketplace.
So, when I see that a company that looks to provide commissions on an MLM basis, well, that’s an immediate red flag to me.
To be honest, the vast majority of people could actually sort out debt or improve their credit rating by simply contacting their creditors and coming up with a plan from there.
However, most people are either too scared to do this or would much rather have someone else handle all this work for them.
As I always say, Gorjan, I’ve learned to trust your honest reviews, and you’re usually spot-on in your judgments and recommendations.
Your review of Financial Education Services is no different.
I’m glad you’ve pointed out the various red flags to your readers, and the overall look and feel of the company just doesn’t sit right with me.
Even with my background and experience, I would altogether avoid them.
Plus, I’ve never been a fan of MLMs anyway.
In fact, most MLMs I have come across are typically only the top 1% of people who make any money, whereas the remaining 99% barely scrape more than a few pennies together every month.
Based on your review (and my own experience), Financial Education Services is definitely not one for me.
As always, I’m appreciative of your honesty and advice too.
You know how it is with MLM’s – the sooner you get in, the better. And I agree, a credit repair service looking to hire people in an MLM manner is always something to look out for.
Many promotional techniques can go into this, and the selling part can be done since most people don’t know how to apply for credit repair themselves. You can indeed make some money with this initially, but honestly, it seems like it’s doomed to fail at some point.
This is another excellent review Gorjan. Financial Education Services sounds a lot like an MLM company I joined in 2015 called MOBE, which stood for “My Online Business Empire.”
You will definitely have heard of them.
I joined them as an affiliate marketer, and they scammed many people (including me) into paying to go up a level.
I got to Titanium level and didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and the mentors were not helpful at all. So I left it at a good time for me, as I lost a lot of money.
They then changed their name to “My Online Business Education” and made it look like a business education type business.
But they were still scamming people, and eventually, they went under. This sounds very similar, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same people who ran MOBE were now running this.
Anyway, I think it’s good that you have exposed them.
Thank you for sharing, and keep coming with these fabulous reviews.
All the best,
Hey, Tom. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.
I haven’t heard about MOBE, but I entirely believe that what you say is true. The horrifying truth is that MOBE is just one of the many companies that partake in such shady schemes.
It’s so easy to fool someone in the wrong financial spot and in need of money. All you have to do is promise them a quick buck, and they’ll jump on the wagon like it’s the last one.
We all know what happens after that – the company miraculously disappears or gets sold to another owner that has ‘nothing to do’ with its past management.
Honestly, it kind of worries and makes me sad at the same time.
Thanks for the encouraging words, though. I much appreciate it!
I have to say I find this really confusing. Are they saying that they are a financial services company or an education company?
I guess they are promoting themselves as an education company because (it is my understanding) that a financial services company paying out at different levels is a pyramid scheme, unlike MLMs where there is a retail product or service (like utilities).
In any case, I’m not particularly eager to rely on anyone else’s performance for my own success, which is why, like you, I went with Wealthy Affiliate.
Thanks for taking the time to share this!
The company’s name is quite puzzling, and they should definitely consider changing it.
FSE offers custom financial plans to help its customers create a more stable and sustainable economic future, which is not quite what the name suggests.
I wish you the best of luck on your online journey, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me inside WA if you need some help.
Perfect review. I didn’t get what you were talking about till I read a few paragraphs. The name of the company is kind of confusing.
As you did, I also thought it was an educational program, but it ended up being a kind of MLM. Interesting.
There are so many things out there on the internet that we really need to be very careful, especially when it comes to “finance freedom.”
We need to know where to get the information and always double-check it. Reviews like yours help to clarify things out. Well done for all the research you did and for sharing with us.
Hey there, I hope you’re doing well, and thanks for stopping by on my blog!
The ‘financial freedom’ topic is a sensitive one, and it’s usually the one that intrigues nearly everyone. With that being said, it’s easy to lure people since not everyone is aware of how MLM’s or other income schemes work.
Anyways, I appreciate the kind remarks and know that I’m more than thrilled to see that I’ve helped you out.