Smart Circle, Cydcor, Innovage and Appco Group

A Corporate Horror Story With All The Misery Of Humanity Packed Into One Scam

DS-MAX, Smart Circle, Cydcor, Innovage, Granton, Quantum, The Landers Group, Cobra Group, PerDM, Credico and Appco Group are the exact same company.  They all have the same system, run the same scam and are owned by the same people.  They all have a “management training program”, incorporate their managers in order to avoid lawsuits, post misleading advertisements on career websites and lie and cheat like it’s going out of style.  Having all these names is the only way to keep their racket alive because it makes it harder for people to find out who they’re working for.

Just think about it.  Why do they need so many names?  If they were doing good deeds, they wouldn’t need to hide within their nested spheres of deception and duplicity.  If they were doing the right thing, they would gather their entire organization under one banner and proudly advertise themselves to the world.  Instead, they change names like people change underwear and continue their fraud with different identities so new employees don’t know who they’re working for.

TOP TEN SIGNS YOU ARE WORKING FOR DEVILCORP

#10 You’ve been employed by your company for four months and it’s changed its name more than once.

#9 You tell relatives and acquaintances you’re working on an “advertising campaign” but you’re really selling products door-to-door, inside of major retailers, collecting for charity or hustling junk in a box on street corners.

#8 You have to go to the office every morning and participate in cult-like rituals meant to brainwash you on their business. You work twelve hours a day, six days a week and spend all your free time with co-workers.

#7 Your management training involves you buying lunch for new recruits.  You realize you’re not a manager nor are you participating in any management training.  You believe you’re only “in the field” in order to get your own office.

#6 You look down on “9-5 schmucks” who have secretaries that make more than you and your entire team combined.

#5 You espouse the principles and theories of the most successful people on earth who would absolutely be repulsed by the business you’re in.

#4 You work 70+ hours a week but quietly borrow money from your sixteen year old neighbor who works at McDonald’s.

#3 You eat fast food more than ten times a week or can’t afford to eat out at all.

#2 You live in a two bedroom apartment with 6 co-workers and one of them is your boss.

#1 You work for an organization that has in just three decades screwed more than a million people while only the select few at the top of the pyramid have actually made any real money.

If you can say yes to any of these signs, you should probably run.

Devilcorp is the most malign company you’ll ever have the misfortune of working for.  It is without a doubt the most vicious, evil-minded and hostile work environment you’ll ever have to suffer.

This consortium profits by exploiting its employees and they’ll work you like a farm animal and give you nothing for your time.  They offer slave hours for slave wages disguised as an opportunity for financial freedom and their “owners” are nothing more than professional dream sellers who’ll do anything to keep you around as long as possible.  Drug dealers deserve more respect.

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The dream of owning your own business is just a dream because there are no business owners at Devilcorp.  Anyone unfortunate enough to be promoted will be required to give the company power of attorney over their corporation and bank account.  They incorporate their managers only to have a ready-made scapegoat for when things go wrong.  You’ll be maltreated by this organization in ways you thought were not possible.  It is a barbarous cult.

If you Google search any name in this post followed by the word scam, you’ll find an oversupply of complaints and testimonials damning the company.  The lives that have been ruined due to the greed of the “people” who run this abomination are countless.  The turnover rate is amazingly high and they like it that way because it’s much easier to dupe someone who hasn’t witnessed the perverted, vile and nauseating activities of this enterprise.

Since the creation of the Internet, we’ve been warned about this business.  This is why they keep changing names.  First, they were Wholesale Warehousing Industries then DS-MAX.  After DS-MAX, they split the company in three becoming Granton Marketing, Cydcor and Innovage.  Granton has since changed its name to Smart Circle and their international branch which was known as Cobra Group is now Appco Group.  Another notable mention would be PerDM Services changing names to Credico UK.

Please consider investigating these claims for yourself.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.  Then take into account the fact that all their subsidiaries go by different names and come to the realization that they have used thousands of them.  It’s the only way to keep new recruits in the dark and it’s a necessary safeguard because this organization has stepped on people for decades.

In a perfect world, the light of truth would be shone on this business like a kitchen light being turned on in the dead of night exposing a solitary cockroach.  Although this world is not perfect, I hope this site will do its part in uncovering the tangled web of lies being woven by the company on a daily basis.  If you just take some time to research this darkness, you’ll find reports from an army of disaffected, dissatisfied and aggrieved ex-employees all saying the same thing.  Stay away!

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Cydcor, Smart Circle, Credico and Appco Group are all the same pyramid scheme.

Smart Circle, Cydcor, Innovage and Appco Group

Devilcorp’s System and Nomenclature

THE SYSTEM

No matter where they go, what they sell, or what they’re calling themselves on any given day, their system remains unchanged.  Below is a brief outline of what a sales rep in Smart Circle’s Directv program will have to endure.  This wouldn’t be much different for a rep in any other branch of this worldwide social engineering disaster.

Similarities on how Devilcorp offices operate vs. how cults operate is a subject worthy of some consideration.

1. Subject the member to fatigue and or stressful conditions.

Like a cult, fatiguing a new rep is very important to Devilcorp. Generally speaking, a rep/leader in the Directv program will arrive at the office around 9:30 or 10:00 am.  They’re then subjected to the brainwashing of “atmosphere” before going to the field to sell. They’ll be on their feet all day long playing the game of abuse for cash till about 7:00 or 8:00 pm when they get to go home.

Between the time they leave their houses and get back, they’ve worked the better part of twelve hours with a handful of peanuts to show for their efforts.  Reps will do this for six days a week and when they do get their day off, they’re too tired to do anything but the chores they’ve neglected.  This unrelenting schedule leads to……………

2. Social disruption and isolation.

Reps will naturally be isolated from friends and family due to the grueling work schedule.  Later, they are pressured into eliminating influences and people who are not sold on the business because “they will hold you back”.

It’s not uncommon for reps to live with one another or even with their manager and sometimes it’s the only way to make ends meet. Living with field reps allows an owner to reinforce Devilcorp’s disinformation while quelling dissent before it becomes unmanageable.

There are also team building nights and conventions designed to keep you cocooned in the shell the company has created.

3. Control of information.

The owner uses the tools given to him by Devilcorp to keep a steady stream of propaganda directed at the rep.  It all starts with the morning routine where a rep enters a room with upbeat music and “positive” people.  This is where they’ll brainwash you on their “opportunity” and get you to bond with those who are newly recruited.

Information is carefully controlled in this setting.  If someone is being negative or has objections, they are isolated and leaders will bombard this person with memorized rebuttals to counter their concerns.  They will also ensure this person is not left alone to infect the rest of the group.

This is a choreographed meeting where the owner is treated like a rock star and reps are meant to look up to him and hope beyond all hope that one day they’ll have their own office.

4. Escalating commitment.

As you progress, you must show you’re willing to go the extra mile.  As mentioned above, you might end up living with other cultists.  You’ll be flown all over the country to meet the indoctrinated.  Your phone will ring at all hours of the night with cult members wanting to have a “chit-chat”.  This is done so you eat, live and breathe Devilcorp.  The last thing they want is for you to have a moment to yourself because you might remember who you are and realize you are being conned.

This world has had its fair share of cult leaders.  David Koresh, Charles Manson and Jim Jones are just some of the devils we’ve had to deal with.  Why do we allow Devilcorp to function?  If the propaganda of Joseph Goebbels ran contrary to the values promoted by this country, isn’t it an insult to those who defeated the Third Reich to have an outfit like this do business in the Western world?

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NOMENCLATURE

What you have to understand is that to Devilcorp, you are nothing more than cannon fodder whose sole purpose in life is to make them richer than they already are.

They have broken from humanity and created a malevolent system designed to turn you into a zombie who is loyal to the company while shouting Devilcorp mantras all day long.

They have such a low opinion of you and won’t even show the respect of allowing you to use your native tongue. Instead, you’ll be forced to learn a language they have created and will be expected to teach this language to others.

Below is a list of some of the words and phrases you might learn while at Devilcorp.

  • J.U.I.C.E. – Join us in creating excitement. This is the be all and end all of Devilcorp lingo.  If someone says “juice?” you should say “juice!” back.
  • Juice by you –  Congratulations.
  • Juice by that –  Well done.
  • Write an app – You write an app when you convince a customer to sign an application.  Feel free to tell any and all lies that will help you make the sale.  Lies will be provided for you if you are unable to construct your own.
  • Ring the bell – To perform well in the field.
  • The field – Hell on earth.
  • Negged out – To find yourself in a state of negativity.
  • Set the pace – To consistently outperform all others.
  • Law of averages – Roughly put, the more people you speak with, the more sales you will make.
  • Get excited! – To work yourself into a state of excitement.  Often used sarcastically.
  • 9 to 5 schmuck – Someone who has a 9 to 5 job. They want you to believe this person is lazy and is too secure in their poor existence to try to get ahead in life.
  • Beast/Rhino – A Devilcorp poster child.  Someone who has a great attitude, can sell, build a crew and overcome any negative.
  • Impact – A mini meeting where they will stain your mind with lies.
  • Atmosphere – The daily morning meeting.  This is where they’ll try to brainwash you on their “opportunity”.
  • Hey guys? –  If someone shouts this…
  • Hey what? – The appropriate response.  It’s a Pavlovian response designed to quiet a room so the owner may be heard.
  • Leader –  A rep who constantly trains new recruits while trying to build a crew.  Someone who does all the work and hardly makes any money.
  • Owner – A patsy incorporated by Devilcorp in order to take the fall.
  • Cheaters prosper – Self explanatory.  A phrase used regularly by the higher-ups in the company.

Besides your new language, Devilcorp will teach you draconian sales systems that will forever tarnish your soul.

Below is an explanation of their F.U.G.I. factors technique.

  • FEAR OF LOSS.  This is a fear based company and believes it’s the best way go get the better of people.  They think their customers will be more likely to buy if they’re afraid they’ll miss out.
  • URGENCY.  They don’t want customers to think about their offer because they’ll usually decide against it.
  • GREED.  They believe all people are greedy and will always choose the option that puts the most money in their pockets.
  • INDIFFERENCE.  They want reps to act as if they don’t care about getting the sale.  They want the customer to think they’re losing by not buying Devilcorp products.

Fear, greed and the notion that cheaters prosper.  Can you guess what kind of company this is?  It’s a business model written by the Devil himself and it’s guaranteed to take the moral low ground each and every time.

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Cydcor, Smart Circle, Credico and Appco Group are all the same pyramid scheme.

Smart Circle, Innovage, Cydcor and Appco Group

Devilcorp’s Dirty Little Tricks

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the abundance of negative reports available online.  People in their thousands have taken the time to warn their fellow man about the horrendous working conditions and lack of monetary reward regardless of whether or not you can sell.

Like a vampire from a B-grade film, this company has sucked blood from millions all so the few at the top of the pyramid can live in their mansions and fill their stomachs with caviar.  It’s a regular Nosferatu trawling the Internet and hoping to abscond with your children.

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Although the great majority of reports are accurate, they don’t tell the full story.  Most reports come from ex-employees who’ve spent a very short time with Devilcorp and are unaware of the true evil that lurks behind their thin veneer of decency.  No strong-willed individual would ever put up with their bullshit and will usually leave well before they find out about the demonic despotism which best describes this boorish business.

It’s no secret that the vast majority of “owners” are uncouth criminals who prey on desperate job seekers.  Unfortunately, their regional managers and national consultants (VPs) are much worse.  Like the Mafia, a foot soldier in the Devilcorp crime family doesn’t get to be the boss till he’s stepped on the throats of the innocent.

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The inner circle of this uncultured cult prides its self on being ruthless, conniving and cold-hearted.  They’re always on the lookout for the weak of will in order to first steal from them then mold them into despicable parasites who’ll do the same to others.  They are repugnant and what they’re doing is unconscionable and indefensible.

No one report will ever cover all the tricks used by Devilcorp to corral the masses.  Below is just a short list.

RECRUITING LIES

Devilcorp starts its relationship with employees by lying in order to ensnare them in an interview.  They promise positions in marketing, advertising, and management knowing full well these jobs do not exist.

Why not?  They deliberately search for the weak so why not start with outright lies to separate the wheat from the chaff?

Their subsidiaries use similar and often identical advertisements to lure unsuspecting job hunters.  If you start looking at job boards, you’ll see the same advertisements being posted all over the country.  This is quite the coincidence considering their affiliates are independent entities.

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DISHONEST POSTINGS

Knowing all too well their organization is terrible, Devilcorp needs to post positive comments about themselves online.  This is necessary because nobody would ever write anything complimentary about their business.

All you have to do is go to career or complaint websites to see what I’m referring to.  You’ll find that most honest posts are rated one star with in-depth accounts of every facet of their scam.  People have written pages and pages warning the world about what Devilcorp will do to them.  You will then find some positive reviews which are vague and hardly ever mention the true nature of the position.  They do this in order to improve their ratings.

They also post rebuttals on Ripoff Report and get their secretaries to flag Craigslist postings warning job seekers of the miserable position they’ll be applying for.

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FINANCIAL MASS MURDER

The fact that Devilcorp steals from its reps is not in dispute.  Even if they didn’t rip their people off, they’d still be stealing because it’s their reps who do the work while the powers that be profit the most.

Although most employees will be with the company for a very short time and not care about getting their last paycheck as they run towards the door, those who remain will be controlled with their own money.

Devilcorp will control the herd by holding its pay back for three weeks.  Anyone who’s spent time with this wretched business knows that reps who quit seldom get their last checks.  This is just another tool used to keep people coming back seeing as no one wants to lose the money they’ve already earned.

Owners are controlled in much the same way.  In order to be promoted to ownership, slaves must give this shabby institution power of attorney over their bank accounts.  Once owners start to ask questions, they’ll be denied access to their cash.

Who in their right mind would give power of attorney over their own bank account?

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DEMEANING THEIR STARS

Keeping in mind that reps generate all revenue, Devilcorp regularly demeans and berates the stars who make the most sales.  These people will be put on a pedestal during the morning meeting giving all who work at the office something to aspire to.  They then will be pulled aside and told they really aren’t that good.

Best in the office?  They’ll point to the best in the state.  Best in the state?  They’ll point to a rep in California who just happened to beat you last week.  Best in the nation?  No problem.  They will find a way to put you down because why should someone so good be stuck with such a crummy job?  They don’t want you to know how good you are because you might wake up and realize you’re doing all the work.

The abhorrent clan overseeing this crude shakedown doesn’t generate revenue and its members are nothing more than useless eaters.  Some take home millions of dollars every year by sitting on their behinds and telling tall tales.  They want you in a state of confusion and insecurity to keep you selling for as long as possible.  They believe putting you down will make you want to prove them wrong by writing more deals.  These are genuinely filthy people who’ll use every dirty trick in the book to get you to sell.

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SEPARATING REPS

An ideal Devilcorp office would be one where reps only speak with the owner and not with each other.  No office is ideal so what an owner will do is determine which reps are intelligent and not 100%  committed to the business then make sure they never spend any time together.

Most owners are aware of the company’s true nature and know that if like-minded reps are paired, the conversation will inevitably turn to the depraved and sadistic tactics used by this monstrosity of an organization.

Owners understand this is the worst job in the world run by the worst company in the universe and know that if the seed of doubt is planted, it will eventually take hold.  All that would be required is for a rep to have a bad week or be ripped off and voila, they’ll walk away like the millions who’ve walked before them.

Eventually, everyone wakes up and quits so separating free thinkers allows Devilcorp to delay the inevitable and make a few extra bucks along the way.

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REPS’ HOT BUTTONS

Just as reps are trained to manipulate customers, owners are trained to manipulate reps by identifying their “hot buttons”.  Hot buttons are the goals of individual reps and once recognized, will be used against them for the duration of their time in the business.

Devilcorp believes all goals fall into one of the following categories: Fortune, Freedom, Family, Fame or Faith (the five F’s).  For example, if a rep loves his family and wants to spend time with them, he will be told to give everything to the company in order to enjoy time with his family in the future.  Fortune?  A rep who wants money will be told to suffer through the initial stages of the business in order to experience a lifetime of carefree living once financial freedom is attained.

Starting to see a pattern?  Whatever your dream, just “trust the system” and eventually it will come true.

Needless to say, none of these promises will be delivered upon. Devilcorp is just aligning itself with the aspirations of its reps so it can take as much as possible before moving on to the next sacrificial lamb.

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BRAINWASHING

Although the System & Nomenclature post outlines some of the manipulative tactics used by Devilcorp to brainwash the gullible, it would be negligent not to write about the essence of their rotten trade.  Revenue is generated in the field so one might be forgiven for believing this to be a direct sales profession.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  This is a dream building business and those in the know refer to it as “the secret sauce”.

Nobody wants a career in direct sales so Devilcorp endeavors to constantly assault employees with mental trickery ensuring they concentrate on the future.  Ask reps and they’ll tell you they’re paying their dues in order to be promoted.  Ask owners and they’ll say they’re working towards being a regional or national.  The trick is to keep people thinking about the next step so their minds aren’t focused on the lousy job at hand.

The morning meeting, conference calls, personal calls and team nights go a long way towards accomplishing this goal yet pale in significance when compared to their nefarious conventions.  A Devilcorp convention is where their most successful managers tell tales of overcoming adversity and going from rags to riches (lies).  You’ll hear from owner after owner urging you to stick with their dreadful business because money only comes to those who “don’t know how to quit”.

It’s incredible that something so artificial would work on so many people and they occur with such frequency that there’s always one just around the corner.  This is done by design.  Most reps can only handle a few months of direct sales before running like Carl Lewis and when you take into account the schemes employed by this uncivilized undertaking, that time can easily be halved.  Having a regional or national convention every couple of months gives Devilcorp the opportunity to salvage as many reps as possible.

The subterfuge continues well after being promoted because owners have their own conferences and a yearly R&R (that’s where an owner holidays with other owners because heaven forbid you should spend any time away from their beastly vocation).

This distasteful company is all about taking over people’s lives with a view to squeezing every last drop before they wake up, see the light and resign.   It’s a brutal cult where individuality is not tolerated and all are made to worship the organization and believe that no success can be achieved unless through Devilcorp.

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DECEPTIVE PROMOTION PROCESS

In much the same way a rep is made to work in order to fund his owner’s escapades, Devilcorp gets owners to fund theirs.  They convince owners that promoting their top guys will end up putting more money in their pockets but this is just Devilcorp BS designed to get others to do the work.

What they’re doing is using their managers to expand their network. They cannibalize owners’ offices and send reps to rural locations where the possibility of finding genuine talent is nonexistent.  Is it any wonder why most “outside deals” fail sending many owners back on a “retrain”?  Meanwhile, the promoting owner just lost his best guys and is stuck having to start all over again.

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VAGUE WEBSITES

If you’re ever feeling down or should I say “negged out”, try looking at websites created by the street-level offices of Devilcorp.  The blatant use of bullshit prevalent in each and every site is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Almost everyone is familiar with vague websites.  Sites that make you scratch your head because after arriving at their home page and spending five minutes analyzing the corporate-speak and stock photographs, you have no idea what they actually do.  Devilcorp relies on such sites to keep a steady stream of victims flowing into their offices.

They’re full of great lines like “W.X.Y.Z. corporation was created to acquire and retain customers in a personalized manner for all types of companies”  or  “L.M.N.O.P. company strives to be the perfect combination of entrepreneurial spirit, superb client service, and successful business professionals”.

These websites have quotes from well-known businessmen, motivational pictures and sometimes include links to articles in the misguided hope they’ll appear as legitimate businesses.  They preach the gospel of success even though most of their owners are living hand to mouth.  Their sites are nothing more than nets used to trap human beings in order to run them through the horrific Devilcorp meat grinder.

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MONEY IN THE BANK

When I think back on my Devilcorp experience, memories of their conference calls seem to stand out the most.  The doublespeak that spews from their mouths is a work of art and would easily make them the Michelangelos of nonsense.

These calls are the most Orwellian pieces of propaganda you’ll ever have the pleasure of listening to.  I tell you they’re pleasurable with a hint of sarcasm because once you know what they’re up to, you can’t help but marvel at the spectacle of brainwashed reps nodding their heads in agreement while waiting for the unavoidable cry of JUICE.

Although their calls warrant an entire article, I would like to focus on one recurring theme.  Money in the bank.  When they mention money, it’s always about how much an owner has in the bank.  “This owner has $45k in the bank” or “that owner has 70”.  It’s almost as if they want you to believe having your money in the bank is the most praiseworthy accomplishment.

Glorifying owners who keep their money in the bank makes perfect sense because so long as it’s in the bank, legally it belongs to Devilcorp.

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LENDING MONEY

For some, sales are hit-and-miss and in this appalling business, people are quitting all the time.  Occasionally, entire teams quit. What happens then?  Owners are responsible for their commercial lease, electricity, internet, office supplies and hub fee (that’s where you pay Devilcorp to control your cash).  What happens when an owner loses his team and doesn’t have any money?  Devilcorp might offer to lend some because………………

A.  Ponzi schemes usually don’t turn people away.

B.  Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find owners willing to play their sick and twisted games?

They’ll put on a big show telling an owner he’s lucky to be with a company that’s willing to help and in the future will remind him of this magnanimous act.  It’s all just smoke and mirrors because what they’ve actually done is kept an office alive while ensuring its owner’s never-ending enslavement to the company.

Owing money to these people will be your very own sword of Damocles.  It’s a loan, not a gift, and if you allow them, Devilcorp will always get their pound of flesh.

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BADMOUTHING THE ENLIGHTENED

Would you believe that of the millions who’ve walked, not a single soul ever quit?

Owners prefer not to mention those who leave but if pressed, will say they were fired then wheel out the company’s excuses.  It’s always the same old malarkey like “so and so had a bad attitude”, “couldn’t take it”, “couldn’t sell” and occasionally they’ll accuse the departed of participating in illegal activities.  If by chance an office knows certain reps quit, the owner will chastise these wise retirees claiming “they were losers who couldn’t capitalize on a winning lottery ticket” or something to that effect.

They often demand that nobody speak with ex-employees because no manager needs their reps knowing the truth.  This is the business of blaming others and who better to blame than those not there to defend themselves.

A Devilcorp sales office is a house of cards and once the seed of doubt is planted, it can spread like wildfire leaving an owner with no one to exploit.  Managers must convince their staff of there never being a legitimate reason to resign and that’s why everyone gets “fired”.

The company must appear to be infallible so Devilcorp is, has, and will never be at fault when dealing with those who turn their backs on this mockery of a corporation.

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CONSTANTLY CHANGING NAMES

In my time with this loathsome syndicate, I never met an owner, regional manager or national consultant who didn’t change their business name at least once.  Some of these guys have name changes numbering in the double digits.  This is no surprise considering their parent company has changed its name many times.

The Internet would have to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to these people.  We now live in an age where truth may be told and demons like those who run this contemptible business can be exposed.

There is no legitimate reason for a company to keep changing its name.  Fortunately, most of us know that Devilcorp and its subsidiaries are anything but legitimate.

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Cydcor, Smart Circle, Credico and Appco Group are all the same pyramid scheme.

Smart Circle, Cydcor, Innovage and Appco Group

Devilcorp’s Dirty Little Secrets

DEVILCORP VIDEO

DEVILCORP ARTICLES

DEVILCORP CHANGING NAMES

GOVERNMENT ACTION AGAINST DEVILCORP

DEVILCORP LAWSUITS

DEVILCORP CHICANERY

DEVILCORP RECALLS

DEVILCORP COMPLAINTS

The Internet is littered with complaints about this organization and it would be impossible to list them all.  Although you can find grievances on all major sites, I would like to provide links to some of their Ripoff Reports.  This one site has well over 1000 and that’s not taking into account reports filed by those who were unaware of the parent company (in my opinion, you could double if not triple this number).

Please take the time to peruse these complaints.  Besides being shocked by some reports, you will find almost identical accounts from all over the world at different points in time. They’ve been doing this for decades.

DEVILCORP BLOGS

Cydcor, Smart Circle, Credico and Appco Group may very well be the four horsemen as foretold by Saint John the Evangelist.

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