It’s nothing new for some in the business world to take advantage of their leadership position and hurt their community. And unfortunately, this is nothing new for those in leadership within the Christian faith.
The latest duo who have been accused of multiple scams are Christian entrepreneurs and power couple, Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell.
After multiple clients and affiliates came forth and multiple outlets reported on the issues, they took to social media to kind of, sort of address the situation.
I’ll talk more about it in the chill episode and follow up with some tips. You know I gotta use this as a teachable moment.
Let me know what you think and check out these links to learn more about the alleged scams:
0 (0s): There are so many scams going around on the internet these days. Send me $19.95 and I will tell you how to avoid them. Now, this hilarious quote is one that I found online on a website called the Blue Skunk Blog. So, basically it’s kind of a punch at someone scamming telling someone how to avoid being scammed. Now it’s funny, but it’s sad at the same time, because there are so many scams going around on the internet these days, or just in business in general.
0 (35s): And one that I’m going to talk about today are Christian entrepreneurs or Christian scammers. This is a new or really not so new thing about Christian scammers, because it’s really been going around since the beginning of time or so what it seems like. Christians who are using their platform to take advantage of other believers or other followers or just other people who want to try to improve their lives in general.
0 (1m 5s): Now, the latest of the Christian entrepreneurs and scammers who have – Now normally these are Christian leaders are those who are in positions of leadership in the Christian community. Like everything, not all are bad, but as we see, not all are good. Now the latest who have made headlines who have been called out as a legend Christian scammers are Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell.
0 (1m 38s): So today we’re going to kind of use this situation and this unfortunate situation as a teachable moment. And we’re going to talk about how to avoid being scammed when you are working with business to business collaborations. So keep on listening for more of this hot juicy topic. Welcome back for another episode of Dreamer’s Den Podcast.
0 (2m 11s): I am your host, Danielle Towner. And if you’re back for a second, third or umpteenth time, welcome back. And if this is your first time, thank you for coming on to listen to me. And I have entrepreneurs make their dreams work and build their online presence and brand awareness through website, design, content marketing, and digital products. So today I’m doing another chill episode. I started doing those last week with the episode about getting to know me.
0 (2m 43s): So if you didn’t have a chance to catch that one, go back about two episodes so that you can get to know a little bit about me. And this time we’re going to do a chill episode, kind of talking about a topic that has been part of Christian entrepreneur community. Now a few weeks back. Well, let’s, let’s, let’s roll back. So we’re gonna we’re talkiing a little bit about Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell. And these two, the people are, they’re known as a power couple.
0 (3m 17s): They are entrepreneurs who have a tax business Jumping Jack Tax, and they also have or are affiliated with several others of businesses. One being a credit repair business, Alakzam mobile Apps and Dana Chanel owns Curl Bible and a Sprinkle of Jesus. So those are some of the companies that they own or are affiliated with. Now, I came across them on Instagram one day.
0 (3m 47s): That’s one of the platforms that I use. My main platforms are Pinterest, Instagram, and of course, video, audio, podcasting and blogging, but of social media or social media type platforms, Pinterest and Instagram are my main sources. So I came across Prince Donnell on Instagram. I don’t remember exactly how, but it was probably, he was probably coming up in either a hashtag that I follow or in like the the search feed, like where you can see feeds from different people on different topics.
0 (4m 23s): I started kind of looking at some of his posts and watching some of the videos that he posted and also looking at some of like, he would post some of the clips from his Million Dollar Life Lessons Podcast. So I started looking at some of those and then I eventually follow. And that’s where I learned more about him and his wife and, you know, the moves that they were making in business. And I was impressed with that as it seems that that others were impressed with it.
0 (4m 58s): as well. But just recently, just recently, I saw that I did notice, I noticed that I wasn’t seeing posts from him, but you know, I kind of didn’t think anything of it because I don’t everybody doesn’t catch everything from everybody, especially with, you know, how crazy and how much the algorithms change. People could switch the times that they’re posting and, you know, when you start growing your following too, or they start growing their following, you just start missing things.
0 (5m 32s): So sometimes you, something happens and you don’t really think about it as, Oh, Hey, what happened to them? Then I saw a video that he posted. It was talking about his absence on IG and he was basically explaining that he had been off of social media for a few months. And he said that things had been, it had been a really crazy July with the tax, with the July tax extension that was happening. But he said that it was, that was a good thing because that was great for business.
0 (6m 4s): And then he went on to talk about that he was not going to address the allegations against him for wrongdoing to his clients and his business affiliates, and that they should take him to court if they feel like he has done anything wrong and that he is willing to handle it in court. Okay. So let’s pause on that. We’re gonna revisit that shortly, but he announced that his wife was pregnant and that he would be taking some time off from social media to plan for a huge business expansion and just to get his mind right for becoming a father and make sure that he was the best father that he could be and, you know, all of that.
0 (6m 50s): So that’s what he addressed. So he kind of just breezed by the topic, kinda sorta just breezed by the topics about the wrong doings. But I was just like, Hmm. I mean, I didn’t think anything of anything. I was kinda more know like, Oh, congratulations on him for making the business expansion and congrats to his wife on the pregnancy. That’s what I was thinking. And I’m like, well, I’m not sure if it’s going off and social media was the best move, but if that’s what it takes the focus, and if it’s not a huge part of your revenue model, then so be it.
0 (7m 26s): So didn’t think anything of it then. But I was in a live stream of King Ashley Ann’s, but this happened to be one of her live chill scopes. Cause I do listen to a lot of her live streams and learn a lot about monetizing Instagram and Facebook and Instagram ads and Facebook. I’ve purchased some of her bundle courses and I am claiming that she’s going to be my business coach one day.
0 (7m 56s): But anyway, I was on there watching her live. One of her live chill scopes, and one of the topics was talking about scammers just among other things. And somebody in there posted more than once that Dana Chanel was a scammer. So after seeing these things come up more than once, I’m like, what in the world is going on? And what did I talking about? So I decided to look into it and I’ll post the link to the articles, but apparently allegedly some of their clients are coming forth stating that they have not been treated well by them.
0 (8m 35s): And they have not received what they paid for. And it’s even an article stating that the District Attorney’s office has gotten involved in it. Mainly, you know, that the, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has gotten involved with it because there is even like petitions on change.org where these clients are saying that they’ve paid money. They’ve been given these elaborate high guarantees of results for certain things that they’ve paid for.
0 (9m 11s): And once they pay the money, they either have slow responses. They don’t get what they paid for. And when they complain about it, they’re given negative feedback, if any feedback at all, some of them have said that they have not received any response from them that they received silence. They don’t receive calls back. And some of them have even said that they’ve been threatened as a result of trying to get what they paid for, or either get theire money back. If that is happening, that’s not cool.
0 (9m 42s): But that’s what the details are about in terms of what the allegations are that he discussed. And I’m assuming what the person was saying about Dana Chanel, being a scammer. I don’t know whether this is true or not. There is a place where she finally did address this, but neither of them is, is addressing anything in detail from what I’ve seen. But me having gone through pregnancy a few years ago and childbirth and all, I can stand how that can take you on so many emotional highs and lows and how you have to just remain calm and happy and stress free during that time.
0 (10m 27s): And so, you know, sure how I would handle it, but I know that my priority would be making sure that my wellbeing is okay for the child, that I’m going to bring into this world. But if that is the case, that is unfortunate for the clients who are victims of this. And it’s just unfortunate for the entrepreneurship community as a whole, because people are already skeptical. And when you build such a large platform, have people following you and looking up to you, you as the couple that you are as the God fearing people that you are.
0 (11m 4s): And as the entrepreneurs that you are, you know, that hurts from all angles. So that’s unfortunate, but you know, me, I’ve never experienced before scam, but I have experienced in cases where I didn’t necessarily receive what I paid for, where there have been discrepancies or people that I felt were trying to get over. And sometimes for some people that can put them in a position of never wanting to try or believe again.
0 (11m 35s): I’ve even had situations where I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a scam, but I would say that maybe the person was trying to get me money and did not necessarily – was not necessarily going to be and be able to provide me what I was looking for, but they were in such a rush to try to get money that it made me feel uncomfortable and uneasy about the situation. And it kind of made me say, you know what, I’m just gonna back off from this so I can understand being in those situations.
0 (12m 10s): And I can tell you what I’ve done to kind of combat it and make the best of business to business collaborations and business, to business transactions. And I can tell you what I’ve done to kind of distinguish whether this is a good deal or a bad deal, or whether this is something that I’m uneasy about and I need to back off of. So here are some of my tips for avoiding being scammed or just not getting good results are getting unsatisfactories results when you’re having a business to business collaboration.
0 (12m 49s): So the first thing that I would say is to check their business entity with their state. So there are a lot of people, and I can tell you this, even from having consults, like some people don’t have their paperwork together, or they’re just trying things or doing things without being established yet first. And then, you know, I guess once they get rolling, then they’ll decide, okay, this is worth me doing my due diligence and doing my paperwork and getting the legalities together.
0 (13m 21s): So check their business entity with their state and make sure that they have all of that in order before you even decide to move forward in business with them, if they don’t care about being organized properly, then they’re not going to care about, I mean, this is my opinion. If they don’t care about being organized properly, then they may not care about you getting the results that you need to for your business. Next, I would say check organizations like the Chamber of Commerce in the Better Business Bureau, because if this is a pattern or a habit that they have, then this is something that has most likely, you know, it’s most likely not.
0 (14m 3s): You’re not going to be the first person that they decide, Oh, this is going to be my victim. Or even if it was, you know, a misunderstanding, if they’re not organized in business. And for some reason they’re over promising and under delivering, then this isn’t going to be the first time that that’s happened. And I guarantee you, based on my experience that, you know, I’ve checked with Better Business Bureaus or Chamber of Commerce, and I’ve seen multiple complaints. And then if there’s something that I feel uneasy about, then I back off of it and you should be able to see the same thing.
0 (14m 36s): And if it’s something that was just a misunderstanding and they’ve had complaints on somewhere like the Better Business Bureau, then they have an opportunity to respond to that and resolve and make it right. But you’ll be able to see that information if you do a search for their company number, I would say, check out their website. You should look for or contact information on their website. Look for reviews, look at their about page and the information and details there. See if they have return policies, purchase policies, shipping policies, things like that, depending on what, what, what type of product or service that you you’re doing a business to business transaction with, and just look at the overall quality of their site.
0 (15m 19s): Because like I, another thing I’m saying, if they don’t care enough to put the energy and the effort into their own site, then you know, how much are they going to care about providing high quality products and services to you. So checking out their website, this is criteria. that search engines look at as well. And I know because I work with companies prior to having my own company, I worked with companies that did reviews and went through the review process to determine whether this is a high quality website or whether it’s not.
0 (16m 33s): Number four, review their portfolio and their testimonials and look at it, their social proof. So on their website, if they’re claiming that they’re a graphic designer, a website designer, even if it’s a coaching service or, you know, a business consultant, somebody – they’re going to want some of their clients to give them reviews and testimonials because that’s how you build up to gain other clients and more higher profile or high paying clients.
0 (17m 11s): So they should have a portfolio with images of their, the products or the things that they create. They should have possibly images or videos of testimonials from their clients. If their clients weren’t comfortable doing that, they should still have a testimonial with a first name and a last initial, at least, and social proof. Some people are posting these things on social media because nobody – not everybody’s going to take the time to click your link, go to your website and search for a review, or testimonial.
0 (17m 43s): So they’re posting things from their portfolios and posting text messages or things from their clients to show, Hey, this is what I did for this client and this is how they felt about it. This is how happy they were with me. Even I use that. So you should be able to find somewhere details about the experience that they’re giving to their clients and the experience that their clients felt they had. And this is another part of this story where I felt uneasy about giving my money to someone, to provide a service for me, that I didn’t feel like they were capable of providing.
0 (18m 18s): I asked them this person Do you have any testimonials or do you have anything from your clients giving feedback on the experience that they had? And this person told me from her company, blog or whatever it was, she told me she would not be able to provide me with the details, those details, and that she cannot guarantee me any specific results from her product. So that’s a red flag for me. I didn’t ask you for a name.
0 (18m 48s): I didn’t ask you for an address. I didn’t ask you for an email. I specifically said, do you have any feedback on whether they were satisfied by with the service that you provided them? And if you can even give me a I’m happy, or I wasn’t happy with it, then I can’t give you my money. And the fact that, I mean, there are situations where it’s like, Hey, it’s on you to put forth your best effort to determine whether this is going to result in what you, the, the result.
0 (19m 20s): Like if you, if you eating chips and cookies and drinking beer all day, and you’re doing this workout I gave you then of course, you know that you’re not going to get the results that I may be telling you to lose 10 pounds in X amount of days. So that’s a little bit different, but if I have a platform and I’m providing it to you for advertisement, then you need to make sure that you’re reaching out to people who the audience that you have is fitting for, or the product or service that they’re trying to promote.
0 (19m 50s): And you need to make sure that you have the engagement and the reach that you need to have in order for that person to want to promote with you. So if you have a hundred thousand followers and you only get five likes and you’re getting one person coming on that post, then how is that going to be beneficial for someone trying to advertise there, going back to number four, just make sure that you really look into their portfolio, look at the results and the action that they’re putting behind what they claim that they say that they’re capable of doing and what they do.
0 (20m 25s): Number five, ask for references. And in that case, I didn’t ask for a reference. I asked for a testimonial, but you have the right in certain situations with products or services to ask for references. And that’s something that my clients have done with me. I had a client who asked for basically, you know, can I have a list of the people that you work with and what you worked with them on. That’s not unreasonable. Now, if you think it’s something sketchy where they just trying to take a list of your clients, then you have a right to refuse them that, but also as a business person, if they feel like it’s something sketchy about it, or they feel like someone is trying to take their clients and they have a right to refuse someone, their list of information.
0 (21m 9s): But they also do that with the understanding that they have a right to be refused that business so but you can’t ask for that, you know, ask for references because you want to know that you can do what you said you could do, and that you’re going to get those results. So, you know, some people will say, Hey, I’ve worked with this client or that client, and this is what I done. And they may even get down to the specifics. It all depends on what they’re comfortable with and what their clients are comfortable with. And some of them don’t mind that, but ask them, do you have information about who you work with or what you’ve done for them?
0 (21m 46s): Number six, I would say check their reviews. So, we talked about checking reviews on their website, but there are reviews everywhere these days. PEople can review on Facebook, people can review on Yelp, people can review on Google my business. So it’s a lot of different places to check reviews for these clients. And on some of these platforms, they don’t have the control to moderate those reviews. So they can’t go in and erase them.
0 (22m 16s): They can’t go in and say, don’t publish this. They can respond to it and given an opinion or details about it. But once the review is up, then there’s nothing that they can do about it. So that means that you get to see the good and the bad about it. And there’s a difference between a testimonial and a review. So a testimonial is basically you going, you’re basically going to see positive feedback about who they work within, the experience that they have. A review is, you know, it can be positive or negative, and it can have a combination of positive or negative feedback within it.
0 (22m 53s): So a person can talk about, well, yeah, they did great work, but it took longer than I expected it to take Or well, we had to do a couple of revisions, but, you know, we got it right and I was completely satisfied once we got the final product. So those are examples of a combination of positive or negative reviews. And if you look at the reviews, in addition to the testimonials, you’ll get to see a better overall look of what type of experience you may expect to have with working with this entrepreneur.
0 (23m 27s): Those are the six tips that I have. Number one, check their business entity with the state that they’re doing business in. Number two, check with organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau for details about this entrepreneur or this company. Number three, check out their website. Look for contact information, reviews about pages, policies, and look at the overall quality of their site.
0 (23m 57s): Number four, review their portfolios and testimonials and review their social proof. Number five, ask for references. And number six, check their reviews. So these are some of the things that I have used to prevent being scammed or prevent having an unsatisfactory experience with business to business collaborations. And I hope that you will incorporate these things. If you have an opinion on what we’ve discussed in this episode, whether it is the allegations that are going on surrounding Christian entrepreneurs, Dana Chanel and , and Prince Donnell.
0 (24m 35s): If you have a comment on anything that I’ve said, or the tips that I’ve given you about avoiding being scammed during a business to business collaboration, then let me know. If you’re listening from anchor, you can press the record button and provide your feedback. Or if you’re listening from my website, you can post your comment or question in the comments below. So I hope you have been entertained or educated or both -the goal is both from this podcast and come back to join us for more later in the week.
0 (25m 10s): And as I always say, Dream Until your Dreams Come True.