The situation is, one of my best lifelong friends works for Citibank on a commission basis selling insurance and helping people cut back on there expenditure, loans etc.
The company he used to work for want my friend to go to a convention in Atalanta in America and they want him to give a speach but he has to pay for all his own expenses e.g flights, accomodation, travel and they won't even pay him for his time.
I say he used to work there because regardless of everyones efforts, they stated "we're closing our london offices with immediate effect, despite being the most profitable Citibank branch in the UK, we're not achieving the results we want, so we're giving all our best employees the opportunity to work for us in either france or canada"
The thing is, these companies are so good with there communication skills, they can convince gullable people to think they can earn £100,000's per annum but make them understand that to achieve this takes time, so you won't receive a decent amount of money until you're extremely well established.
They also make you believe you're running your own business, explaining that you'll be your own boss, work your own hours, bring in your own staff and they've even supplied you with a successful business model with an easy to sell product but like any business, you'll earn as much as you want, depending how good you are at your work.
Due to this, he's doing extremely long hours every day of the week since last year, visiting clients homes, getting them business, begging people to become employees and nothings happened as of yet in terms of salary, as he's yet to be paid anything other than covering his travel expenses.
I explained to him it's definitely a con but he just keeps saying "i've seen people getting paid upto £4,000 per month, so i know it's legit" even though another one of my friends has spotted the guy apparantly earning £4,000 a month (this is the guy that introduced him to this company) wearing trampy garments and riding around in a £300 car.
Another issue is, they don't start paying you decent commission until you bring in a certain amount of clients and loads of other gullable employees as well, so he could bring in 50 clients but he wouldn't get a decent commission if he doesn't bring in loads of employees whose willing to work on a commission basis.
My friend is now thinking of taking a flight within a couple days, which is costing nearly £800 for this non-paying convention and is seriously considering moving to Canada on a permanent basis to try out this venture, as they've made him believe that if he keeps at it, he'll be on £50,000 PA within a year and then his salary will double every year after that.
Please help me on how to convince him to forget about this ridiculous venture or give me any opinions you have on this, as i'll show him this page at the end.
Thank you in advance. :)