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I'm a former Primerica representative and I feel that it is necessary to clear my conscience and tell the world about the horrible experience I had in the company. Back in 2012 I was approached by a guy who's saw my resume on an online job site. He told me that he had this awesome opportunity to show me so I made an appointment to go to his office. This is in Springfield Illinois. At first everybody was real nice to me. They sucked up to the big time and told me what a winner I was. These people are real good blowing smoke up people's ***.

So anyway, I decided to join then and there. It was the biggest mistake I've ever made my life. The first thing they did is asked me for my friends and relatives on a list. They said would make two or three sales and then after that I would be paid the commission on everything else. What happened was the RV P totally screwed me out of my entire market. By the time he was done with me, and I had nobody left to call. Everyone who bought a policy did so out of pity. They thought they were helping me out, instead all that money went up to my upline managers.

These people are the biggest bunch of fakes and phonies ever. All they care about is themselves in screwing people out of the most money possible. They talk a lot of Christian talk. But that's nothing but a scam too.

My advice for anyone who is the investigating this nonsense is to run as far away as possible from Primerica. Don't answer their calls. Don't respond to their emails or their texts. They don't deserve your courtesy, they're total *** bags. This company is completely saturated and whatever opportunity once existed is now long gone. Maybe if I had joined back in 1981 there would be some opportunity left. But that's not the case anymore. You'd be better off trying to sell Amway Products to old ladies than to try to make any money with this garbage.

Monetary Loss: $199.

  • Mike Gaston
  • Springfield Illinois
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NaughtyPike466
#1731820

I was approached to recruit. It’s a good opportunity but not for everyone.

Its not for me in factIt’s MLM yes but not a cult. You pay a small fee for the license and the study material. That’s common. It’s $100 you can go to KAPLAN and pay way more for the course AND NOT HAVE A JOB!!

They offer BOTH!! It’s Insurance and it’s sales so there are some lousy people in the biz. It’s life. IMO you don’t own a biz but you don’t have the head aches either.

You can make money but no one is going to knock on your door and ask you to insure them. It’s not a cult and no brainwashing lmao and the guy that had to have a psychologist undo the brainwashing... that’s just funny. You can make $ and be your own boss.

PFS has helped people and pissed some off. Show me a company around that long that hasn’t. People lose credibility in their angry rants. No in my eyes one is not a full fledged financial advisor they are salesman selling a product for a company.

That product fits the needs of about 90% of the population. Stop the rant put on your big boy boxers and go to another company that fits your needs

Anonymous
#1721481

I never use warm market in Primerica. Always cold market and I'm honest from the beginning with people.

It's not a job it's a part-time or full-time time business opportunity with 100% commission based. Commission starts at 25% once you get your life license and can go up to 120% if you become RVP. I know my RVP doesn't like that, but I don't give a sh**t. 1% of my prospects becomes recruits.

I know is slow (as my RVP said) but I'm not give up offering on the plate my family or my friends. If my family or my friends wants to do what I do, I'm happy to help, but other than that I mind my own business and they do their own businesses / jobs / housewifeing... what ever. If you want to be professional at selling term life insurances and mutual funds, then be professional and keep prospecting cold market.

Are lots of resources out there to get to them. You are subjective with your friends and family. Any Sales is like that. In prospecting you have a 1-3% return rate.

What is wrong with this number? Nothing, just keep calm and get comfortable with NOs.

Anonymous
#1494731

Primerica is a not a scam for the reasons listed here. If you joined Merril Lynch they would give you what equates to a phone book and a script and tell you to make calls.However what most people don't know about Primerica is the scam comes later.Educate yourself, Primerica has no future. People are now taking Uber instead of Taxis, using Expedia instead of Travel Agents, and now buying cars with Carvana soon to put used car salesmen out of business.This is all progress, and just as Amazon is the most profitable company in the world, and companies like Toys R US and Blockbuster Video go out of business, so will the companies that don't adjust with the times and Primerica's model will follow.

Anonymous
#1321096

FALSE NEWS PERIOD!!!

Anonymous
#1302397

Primerica isn't like blatantly immoral or something. But is it a harsh wake up call?

Yeah, it really can be and in reality, they are flirting with deception. Their starting commissions are WAY WAY WAY under what you can get in other opportunities within the life insurance business. And - recruiting is a major part of the business, because everybody gets a cut of your business and your down line, which is why it takes you so long to make even a decent commission on the business you personally write.

MUCH better opportunities out there.

People can succeed, as Anonymous from Nevada states (and I don't doubt his success), but I would NOT advise a dive into Primerica. Especially if making a list of friends and family...and relying on that...is a turn off.

Anonymous
#1302131

Did you ever get licensed? If so, stick with it and earn back what you think you lost.

Anonymous
#1266248

The people who are most upset with Primerica are the same people who most expected to get something for nothing. Using the amount you spent to start a business as a way to say a business doesn't work is only valid if it doesn't work for anyone.

Money has no personality and no work ethic. Some people don't either.

Anonymous
#1238798

If you cant talk to people its not right for you but what all these people are saying is bull *** I know many people who can actually talk to others, where this has changed there life. We help people mot buy cash value life insurance because why buy 300$/Month Life insurance when you don't need it for life we help people buy term which is cheap and even more coverage if you believe these comments its ok bc there are primericas who are helping people and becoming wealthy ;)

Anonymous
#1494727
@Anonymous

Wake up. This isn't 1977.

The options to buy insurance out there are vast.

I could buy a cheaper policy in 10 minutes on my phone. Your term insurance is overpriced and you are banking on an aging public that doesn't know any better.The higher ups are lying to you, your market is dwindling and do you really think in 10 years anyone will want you to come to their home to buy life overpriced life insurance that they can get themselves from a larger company using an app on their phone?Stop wasting your time.

Anonymous
#1198201

I started at Primerica in 1998 - by 1999 I had spent $1395 to get a couple of licenses. My commissions amounted to about $10.00.

I believe I got paid about .0025 of the revenue generated by my sales. (In later years in my career I found the normal payout on generated revenue is anywhere from 25% to 35%. (None of my uplines were able to tell me exactly how the revenue was paid out - whether they didn't know or just didn't want to share, I'm not sure). I found myself going to meetings and feeling sick - I knew there was something wrong, but couldn't figure it out.

The deception, the fake "Christian" theme, the people who were "successful" and could not even read a paragraph out of a magazine. It was bad.

At the time I was working full time as a commercial property manager. I knew a few people in the financial services industry.

I began to ask questions about how to get started full time - and was hired by Merrill Lynch. Who paid for the rest of my investment licenses and actually paid me a salary. It's not an easy field to work in, and there is so much to learn - but neither is it rocket science. I am now 67 and working four days a week in the field doing client services - no sales.

I've worked in a credit union, in banks; in sales and sales assistant roles. It's been a great career for me. I think the worse thing for me in looking back on the Primerica experience is the lack of understanding about the financial markets, and mutual funds in general, that the reps had. Their practice was to recommend the fund that had the highest return historically (like one-year) and recommend it to everyone.

They had no concept of asset allocation, risk assessment, of "historical performance does not indicate future performance" and all the things I learned once I started with a "real" financial firm. I have encountered so many Primerica clients who have lost 60% of their portfolio because they were slapped into one fund that had performed very well the previous year (like Van Kampen Emerging Growth). Didn't matter if the people were conservative, 80 years old, whatever. They got slapped into that fund.

The only good thing I can say is I was introduced to the industry by Primerica - and had the sense to get out before I wasted any more time and money.

Anonymous
#1120141

If you all guys think you are right of what you are complaining. What don't you SUE them and prove it your not wrong and really got scam and try to prove them they are a scammer.

You may probably collect more if you prove yourself right. Let the Justice prevail but not just a comment so it will be fair by the real judgment.

Anonymous
#1206288
@Anonymous

Learn the language of this country. Perhaps your comments would be cohesive and sensible.

Anonymous
#1114169

Agreed! They took advantage of me over big time!

Anonymous
#1114166

Please help I live in Quebec and a sales person for Primerica tricked me into signing a contract in French it was a loan so I could invest 30k into resps. I no longer can afford the interest and they told me Im locked in for 8 years.

I need out or I will go bankrupt.

Is there a way out? Please help

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#1394826
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Anonymous
#955452

I really didn't have any problems with primerica. I have my own mind I didn't see them as a cult, no one tried to take my money.

I have health problems and they worked with my schedule. I earned my license and was able to make sales had no problems getting my check.

I sadly did have to leave the company because my condition got worse. If they are guilty of anything its of being a bit aggressive with recruiting but since it is a business based on recruiting I can't really complain.

Anonymous
#1494735
@Anonymous

That is because you didn't get far enough into it to see how they scam their own agents.I hope you feel fortunate enough that you didn't get in any deeper.

Anonymous
#894777

I was recruited into the Primerica cult who offered me a their fake job. I was working closely with the RVP, giving training and mentoring others.

I was very good at using the mind control techniques to recruit new members.

Eventually I could take no more of the lies, deception and poor treatment and I left. Shortly afterwards, I realized that I had been in a cult and I worked with a psychologist to undo the mind control.

The best way to help a friend in Primerica to start thinking for themselves is to learn yourself how mind control and cults work so that you can talk to them in such a way that they are willing to listen.

And it's useful to learn to listen so that they feel comfortable talking to you about their doubts and fears about the group.

Primerica members learn 'thought-stopping' techniques such as chanting, tricks to change the topic of conversation etc. so they do not have to listen to criticism of the group or leader. These can be very frustrating because it means there is no way to get through to the member if you don't know how to deal with them.

Primerica will be quite aggressive in attacking the person doing the criticism. This is because Primerica typically 'teach' that outsiders are wrong, bad, dangerous, ***, or mad and that they are to blame.

It can be very difficult for parents or friends when a Primerica member starts to treat them as inferior in some way, or unimportant, or even as an enemy! Dealing with these beliefs can be very tricky but it is very important because they can be very powerful.

Anonymous
#1252272
@Primerica is a really bad iade

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#1712394
@Anonymous

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