Avoid the scams, find out which Business Opportunities actually work
November 23, 2012
Filed under: Direct Mail, Financial Trading, General Opportunities — Ben @ 4:01 pm

Over the past few weeks I’ve received two different sales letters claiming to come from “Jim Hunt”.

The first letter came from Streetwise Publications Limited and was selling a £27 per month course called “The Five Secrets“. In this letter Jim Hunt is given the title of “Course Director”.

The second letter came from Lifetime Enterprises Limited and was also selling a £27 per month course. This one was called “Corporate Raider” and was described as a “compendium of secret banking loopholes”. Jim Hunt also signed this letter.

As you can imagine the sales copy from both was extremely compelling and tempting.

In the case of the Five Secrets course I was severely tempted but this one sentence put me off:

“No-one ever got anywhere by being sceptical”

The copy goes on to ask whether the reader has ever met a wealthy sceptic.

Perhaps the copywriter has never watched TV but there’s a programme called “Dragons’ Den” that is broadcast on BBC1. It features a collection of multi-millionaires who listen to pitches by members of the public and then decide whether to invest in their ideas or not.

The whole gimmick of the show is that the Dragons have to be won around - they are sceptical about all ideas until the pitcher puts forward a good reason for them to invest.

These Dragons are multi-millionaires and their wealth dwarfs that of any of the “information publishers” who send out these types of biz opp sales letters. Knowing this it is difficult to understand how a copywriter can claim that there are no wealthy sceptics.

It’s just a silly sentence that has been added to try and make the reader think that being sceptical prevents you from making money in the hope that they’ll sign up to the standing order.

Shortly after discounting the sales letter I eventually found a full second-hand course of the Five Secrets for sale and snapped it up.

The seller was kind enough to include the original sales letter they received - the one that persuaded them to sign up.

Surprise, surprise, it is exactly the same as the one Streetwise is currently mailing out.

And the course has a copyright date on it “Copyright CMS 2000″.

This original sales letter comes from James Edwards of CMS, Reading. According to thisismoney.co.uk James Edwards is an alias of James Sheridan.

Very interesting.

As for the Corporate Raider system the sales letter speaks of special “bank passwords” that you enter into your computer. Apparently when you do this you will receive money within 5 minutes.

It comes from Lifetime Enterprises Limited and certain websites suggest that James Sheridan is a director of this company.

Strange coincidence!

The Corporate Raider sales letter is very compelling and also quite baffling in that it doesn’t actually tell you what this particular opportunity is about.

It says that it’s not a pyramid scheme, not a home business, not currency or commodity trading, not gambling, not property etc

Very interesting that it specifically mentions it’s not currency or commodity trading but doesn’t say that it won’t involve financial trading of some variety.

Therefore, it’s specifically stating what kind of trading that it ISN’T so maybe, just maybe, it does involve some kind of trading.

So what kind of trading would have someone typing in a “password” and then receiving money minutes later?

You would obviously be taking money from somebody else in some kind of trade, that would explain why you receive money almost instantly.

So you would possibly be selling something to another trader. That trader would be paying you for some kind of service or insurance or maybe even to shoulder some risk for him.

Could it be that you would be selling options?

That would explain why someone would pay you money immediately, without you appearing to actually “do” anything.

Perhaps it’s something to do with writing options on shares?

If it were, the “money” you receive would actually come from premiums that other investors pay you to buy these options.

The “passwords” in this case would likely relate to the shares that you are selling options on - whether calls or puts.

Correct me if I’m wrong but when you BUY options you have a limited downside but a potentially unlimited upside.

On the other hand if you SELL options you have an unlimited downside but a limited upside.

Selling options, therefore, can result in massive financial losses if you make the wrong decision.

The pieces appear to fit - passwords, money appearing within minutes, “instant cash, anytime, anywhere”, start with a thousand pounds etc

Maybe I’ll send off and get the first month of “Corporate Raider” free just to see if I’m right.

However, if the “Corporate Raider” Jim Hunt is the same person as the “Five Secrets” Jim Hunt then it may well be that the first lesson doesn’t tell you very much - as is the case with part one of the Five Secrets course.

And to be fair maybe the Corporate Raider course has nothing to do with options trading at all and there is a valid method of receiving hundreds of pounds just by typing in some letters to a website…

In any case it’ll all be revealed soon enough once people receive their first months’ newsletter. The review sites will no doubt spill the beans…

Update 19th February 2013:

If you want the 5 Secrets course but don’t want to wait for 10 months to get it I’ve put my own personal (100% official) copy of the course up for sale here:

Business Opportunity Manuals, DVDs and Videos For Sale

80 Comments on ‘Jim Hunt appears to be a very busy man’ »

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  1. 80

    I used to send for this kind of material when I was much younger, naive and desperate to increase my income. I can honestly say that although I gave it my full effort I never made a bean. One such scheme sounded really good (currency trading) only £2 a point would make me a fortune. What the neglected to tell anyone was that this would require a deposit of something in the region of £5000.

    So someone who is desperate for funds is likely to have £5k lying around? Perhaps be tempted to risk all on a credit card?

    These letters are expertly tailored to appeal to people who are short of money. They are misleading and extremely dangerous to vulnerable people.

    “Blessed are the gullible for they are easily robbed” seems to be the beatitude of these crooks.

    Post their deceitful missives back to them in the Freepost envelope they provide. A small victory but a victory none the less.

    Be lucky.

    Comment by ony – August 5, 2014 @ 11:46 am

  2. 79

    Well, just spent some time reading all these interesting comments. I’ve received the first level and, whilst not overly impressed, I’ll risk taking the second level and see if it actually delivers anything of value. With luck I may receive level 2 before the 30 days expires; if it’s a waste of time I’ll simply cancel the standing order. Worst case scenario is losing £30 and, though it’s nothing to brag about, I’ve lost much more than this on various ‘enterprises’ over the years..

    Comment by Alan – June 26, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

  3. 78

    Sir. yesterday (Friday 13 June) I posted back to Streetwise the standing order form
    for what they call Bank Codes and give you six bank codes, QTROW, VPBCT, PNTRS,
    After reading your report above, i think that i may be one of the idiots they a looking for, (silly mr ). Ishall ring them on Monday to cancel the order.

    thank you for your report.
    Adrian Pleasance

    Comment by Adrian – June 14, 2014 @ 8:11 am

  4. 77

    I have today received yet another secret code letter probably the 9th so far this year.

    What you have to ask yourself is:

    Why would someone making a huge amount of money via whatever scheme they are selling want to ‘share’ with so many people?

    – They wouldn’t

    If they are all so well off why are they still selling get rich quick manuals that are as useful as a chocolate teapot?

    – Selling to you is how they are making their money.

    What makes them successful?

    – Being able to write compelling sales letters to make you part with your money – there are several available courses to help you write a great buy me quick letter if that’s how you want to make a living.

    Why do you feel that maybe this might be ‘the one’ the scheme that will bring you in much needed money?

    -Because they have put in so many trigger words in these letters for example

    -100% legal – maybe but guaranteed money maybe not

    -Instant cash anywhere/luxury retirement – really? Maybe for the seller who is charging £270 a pop for a 10 part course that will leave you so much worse off than you were before this amazing offer landed on your door mat.

    ‘Can you be trusted’ – need I say more? The question is can they be trusted?

    You may get the first level without sending any money but there will be a ‘breadcrumb trail’ letting you get so tantalisingly close at the end of the first part that you just feel compelled to buy the second and third and 4th etc.

    Do what I now do after spending way too much money in the past when I was naïve to the tricks of buy quick limited offer letters



    If you don’t want to do that tear up the letters and make paper mache with your kids or as in my case my grandchildren.

    Have a look round your house anything you don’t want or need anymore sell it on an auction site - a good way to recover ‘oppotunity letter’ money you have spent.

    Don’t feel embarrassed unfortunately we have all been there done that and got the worthless dvd’s for our efforts.

    If I can help anyone further please get in touch - free advice - no catch - not time limited!

    I am an ordinary member of the public who got caught out once too often by these letters.

    Comment by Diane – June 13, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

  5. 76

    Hi - am just into part 2 of this and have spoken with the US company concerned and this is a genuine service they provide. Having traded on options positions for nearly three years, I wondered what the wheels ‘driving’ the undulating figures were and now I think I see. I never come on here but suggest you try talking to the options broker about this before throwing it all out with the bath water so to speak. I am certainly going to open a virtual account and see how it goes. From my findings so far, I have nothing, absolutely nothing to lose by trying.

    Good luck to me and us all!!

    Comment by Lesley – June 6, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

  6. 75

    Reading. phone. For hunt is
    01189 484082

    Comment by paul clarke – March 23, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

  7. 74


    Hunts posted an ”urgent student alert” on google- you MUST read it!
    He says his bank has kicked him out-so deal dirrect at-

    Lifetime. Enterprises
    FREEPOST RG 2722
    RG4 5ZZu


    He is offering info on a deal which will make him. £712,,000. !,,

    also-offering full Course for £197.

    Reckon-streetwise are out as affiliates-are letting him use their mailing list and mailing and printservice,as my mail came. from reading,not sheffield-couldit. Be that streewise ggot sick of refunds? is he. Selling cheap to get rid. And wave bye bye??? might be time. For trading.
    standards to look at this…..
    Use the Reading freepost address to mail free questions-i bet disgruntled users will. Send copious amounts of mail to. get his. mail costs. rocketing-strange,that-if he is about to make £712 k, why. Cry in. His letter about a few. hundred quid postage ???
    I’ve also given you his phone number-there is anotrrher. Email addrress on this weebpage,bbbut doubt you will get. A. Reply . See my challenge to. him, below.
    Sorry for weird. Typing-my ttablet is going mental.

    Comment by paul clarke – March 23, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

  8. 73

    Hi ben,

    Hunt reads these comments,so here is a challenge to him-

    I have read part 1-and answer these questions,,or I can’t see anyone
    Reading this,buying;;

    NO DOWNSIDE-really ? So if I end up FORCED to buy shares,you guarantee
    to cover any losses we make?

    NOT GAMBLING-you have a disclaimer stating this is HIGH RISK-i state that
    if there is a risk,it IS gambling…..

    And-you don’t state what potential losses can be…

    And (in Corporate Raider,),although you allude to no money being risked,
    what do you call the money Options xpress requires you to deposit?

    You allude that by selling,,rather than buying these options, that there is
    No risk-if we read the mandatory information on options xpress, they state it is HIGH RISK.

    And silly things-picture cards are not the most common cards in a deck
    You miss words out,and make spelling mistakes…..

    I await your reply, Sir.-in the meantime, people,…..order the free copy of Corporate trader,
    and if he doesnt reply to this convincingly, cancel your debit, and post back their paperwork in their envelope-it will have cost them a lot for wasting your time….

    Comment by paul clarke – March 22, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

  9. 72

    I have just received THE FIVE SECRETS offer. JIM HUNT.
    opened envelope, cut with scissors,into bucket, JOB DONE.

    Comment by T.M.DEVAN – March 19, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

  10. 71

    I have received these mailings for years from Streetwise in various guises. Not one of them has ever made any sense about making a fortune from ’secret’ methods no one has ever heard of. If someone can make so much money from these ‘methods’ why tell anyone else. Hang these mailinsg on a string in the toilet at least it will save you the cost of the toilet paper!

    Comment by Paul O – March 5, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

  11. 70

    for some unknown reason, and I mean unknown, not one person has actually revealed what this system is it seems those who bought the whole set of levels are keeping very quiet indeed just my two pennuth.

    Comment by goblyn – February 22, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

  12. 69

    I have paid for 10 months and am know wiser .I really fell for this

    Comment by R Graham – February 18, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

  13. 68

    Well, I’m a sucker for well written, seductive sales letters. A complete mug!

    I received this one and bought into it.

    I have just received the 1st part of the course and the codes given in the sales pitch do relate to Options. I am not familiar with Options so don’t really know how it works. It gives almost enough info in the 1st part of the course to make some money - but not quite, you need to wait for part 2. Whether part 2 gets you any further down the road, I don’t know.

    In part 1 it says you can go ahead and register with the options trading platform they suggest but strongly advise you don’t - he promises to lead you by the hand in volume 2. Really pissed me off.
    I am probably a mug. I haven’t paid anything yet & haven’t decided yet whether to wait for volume 2. I would feel impressed if the guy delivered something in the 1st volume - it would make me want to stay the course. But now, I’m thinking….

    Comment by graham – February 13, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

  14. 67

    I have been receiving this Bank Code system now for about 3 years. If it was that good would someone making 1000’s every day let others in on it No way youd be off onyour holls with a laptop and enjoying life not sending thousand of letters out to make your money. Streewise churn out money making ways for thiose that give them the ideas the poor purchasers never make a penny. Vince

    Comment by Vince – February 7, 2014 @ 11:32 am

  15. 66

    I sent an e-mail to Jim Hunt asking him why I needed £1000 to start up. Guess what? No reply!!

    Comment by Rick – February 7, 2014 @ 10:17 am

  16. 65

    Just received one of these “invitation” after reading I threw it in the bin, first rule of thumb if it sounds too good to be true it probably is

    Comment by cathy – January 31, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

  17. 64

    Edited a few comments because I don’t want to have to read anymore whingey emails from certain people.

    I am also still receiving sales letters for this opportunity which now claim that two banks have stopped their customers from learning more.

    My thoughts were that perhaps the banks are simply trying to save their customers from making a mistake and investing in something that is completely unsuitable for the vast majority of people.

    Let’s face it, a lot of sales copy is pure rubbish and purposely misleading. It’d be nice to get the real story about what the banks actually told these customers (or allegedly did).

    Comment by Ben – January 7, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

  18. 63

    Just received the Streetwise publication and was almost taken in by the ease by Which you could make money. Almost but not quite - if someone was getting the amounts he was claiming to make why on earth would he need to sell the course!!! Glad to have this site which confirmed what I thought.

    Comment by Maz – January 6, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

  19. 62

    Of course it is a [edited by Ben]. He is a [edited by Ben]. And of course he and others will defend with some drivel. It is a [edited by Ben] folks. BS of the highest order. Feeding off people’s innate need to try and make money. Don’t send any money.

    Comment by colin – January 6, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  20. 61

    Thanks for this information about Jim Hunt Sheridan or whatever name he calls himself. I have received this Jim Hunt -Streetwise promotion for the 3rd time now in the past 9 months ,despite telling me that this will be only chance to see this. As I suspected though a total [edited by Ben].

    Comment by Ian – January 4, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

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