The Story of Bless 7 and TeachingU2Fish.com

Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation visited a church to learn about an investment program, Bless 7 (part of TeachingU2Fish) that started in Florida and spread to Dallas-Fort Worth. Here’s the story readers of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dave Lieber column first learned: 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The scene is a small church off East Rosedale Street in Fort Worth. It’s the regular Tuesday night meeting of Bless 7, a financial program that’s become a summer sensation in Fort Worth and Dallas.

More than 6,000 people have joined, organizers say.

Donald Wilson of Tampa, Fla., founder and CEO of TeachingU2Fish, which offers the Bless 7 program, prepares to speak to three dozen people.

Donald Wilson, founder and CEO of Bless 7, part of TeachingU2Fish

“How you doing, everybody?” he asks with a twinkle in his eye. “How many of you need a financial blessing?” When only a few answer, Wilson tries to pump them up: “It’s time for y’all to wake up now, hear? If they ain’t told you about me, you better wake up now. Amen?”

“Amen!” audience members shout.

Church where Bless 7 meetings are held Tuesday nights in Fort Worth, Texas

Word about Wilson is spreading through the African-American community. He promises that Bless 7, part of what he says is a for-profit ministry, will help pastors raise thousands of dollars a month for their churches.

Bless 7 also promises wealth and exposure for small businesses and nonprofits that join.

Wilson wears his hair in a short ponytail. He keeps a Bluetooth device in his right ear even when addressing an audience. He’s confident of his abilities to persuade.

“God told me when he designed this program, he designed it for the poor and the needy,” Wilson says.

It costs $25 to join the plan. Then members start recruiting others. When they bring in the first seven, they have completed their first mission. That’s where the name comes from. They get paid — or blessed — for each recruit.

But blessings so far have been sparse, some members have said. Audience members say they can’t get the program to work on their computer or haven’t been paid.- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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Wilson says that the program started this year in Florida but that when he moved it to Texas in May, organizers used paper applications to register members. Now 6,000 members’ information is being converted to a computerized database.

“The IT people messed it up,” Wilson says. Members lost access to data on the people they had recruited. “So I shut it all down,” he says. “We’ve got two women putting 6,000 people back in there one by one.

“We’ll be resuming pay Friday. If it ain’t ready Friday, we won’t start Friday. … But I think we’ve made it through troubled times. Some places would have shut down. But people all around the world are coming in. Amen?”

“Amen,” some answer.

After his explanation for the delay, Wilson pivots into his pitch. Aside from money for bringing in people, the program promises members other tangible goods and services. Without those, a financial program that pays only for recruiting others is considered an illegal pyramid scheme in Texas.

Wilson says that’s not the case here.

A key part of the program is that members get paid when people use the program’s Web browser toolbar for Internet searches.

A toolbar is a lengthy horizontal strip atop a browser in which search terms are typed. The Bless 7 toolbar also has a donation button, a video button and announcements.

Every search that uses the toolbar brings a member 5 cents. That adds up to thousands of dollars, Wilson says.

Members also have access to an online “discount shopping mall” that offers cash back on purchases. Members get a commission when others use their store.

Other promised Bless 7 benefits: discounts on drug prescriptions, phone bills, travel and a home security system. Medical, dental, auto and life insurance is offered too.

Wilson also promises that as members move up levels in the organization, up to $5,000 a day in gold and silver coins can be delivered to their home. A shiny silver coin is passed around the room. “I would advise you to get a fireproof safe,” a Wilson lieutenant says.

A shiny silver coin is passed around. Get a fireproof safe, the people are told.

Then there are deals on auto leasing and houses for high-level members. A member in good standing needs only a notarized letter from his or her church’s minister attesting that the member regularly donates to that church. Then the program promises to make auto-lease payments of up to $2,500 a month. After two years, the program “gives” the car to the member, organizers promise.

Members can get a home the same way. Bless 7 organizers say they will get foreclosed homes and give them to members who have a notarized letter from their pastor.

Little of that has happened yet because Wilson says he is still in the early stages of gathering people.

Wilson recently asked everyone to give an extra $7 to keep the program going. He raised $1,900 from that. But he says setbacks this year have cost him $180,000.

That doesn’t stop audience members from stepping to the back of the church to pay.

As another Bless 7 speaker, Elgin V. Pringle 3d, says, “You wake up, put on your bathrobe, pick up the check and lay back down.”

His father, Elgin Pringle Jr., the Fort Worth manager for the program, says, “It’s going to be the next national phenomenon.”

Amen?

Amen.

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Comments

  1. Why does it bother you that Black people are coming together. If you look down through history this happens when we are feed up if $32 dollars leave you broke then you are living on the government. Its time we start seeing things in a different light.

  2. You asked, "Why does it bother you that Black people are coming together?" It doesn't. I think the question to ask is, "Why are the African-Americans in this story so bothered that they can't get their money?"

  3. Truth Revealed says:

    This comment that you say that Wilson said Mr Lieber is a BIG FAT LIE! Wilson did not ask for $7 this is what a Man in colorodo suggested that and Wilson said that he disagreed with it! You continue to Lie on the people in this program and change words around to benefit you pathetic column!

    Tell the people how prejuice that you are and you don't want to see the Black and Hispanic people prosper, tell them that you big liar!

    Wilson did not say this! Ask anyone in the program and they will tell you, you big liar!

    Wilson recently asked everyone to give an extra $7 to keep the program going. He raised $1,900 from that. But he says setbacks this year have cost him $180,000.

    Also when the truth was sent to your slimmy article tell the people how you removed it immediately so that the people would not learn of the truth!

  4. I also know that thousands of people in this program have been paid including me and my twin brother, and at least one hundred of our friends! Just because one or two people become disenchanted with the program does not mean that its a scam!

    I can gurantee you more people have been helped than the two people that you are talking about. Any body can get upset with any company and say that against that company, that doesn't mean that its true. People get upset with fortune 500 company and write about them, even protest against them, just like that should against YOU and you
    prejudice column.

    Tell everyone how the Newspaper that you work for fired all the American workers when you all bought that newspapere company, tell the people that? Tell them that you don't want to see blacks or hispanics progress, because that is mostly who are in this program and you want to continue to see them work for who? You piece of crap!

    Yeah, I am of the Muslim Nation and we are here to reveal people like you as well. You can not stand to see a brother doing bring his people together because you want us to
    continue to work for you, you blue eyed devil!

    First thing I would like to know is, who gave you the power to judge anyone? Who died and made you God? Tell the people you don't even believe in Jesus Christ? The only thing you lead is the KKK.

  5. Join 06/23/11 paid for my self plus all my 7 downline. I and couple downline paid for board 2 enhance payment……to this date have absolutely received ZERO$$ and ZERO cents. It is always an excuse for not getting paid. I ensured that I attended meetings, sent emails per Elder Wilson to get on the "payroll list" with the same results……ZERO…then it was because web searches need to be performed….did that…..results….ZERO….then it was correct sponsored searches……did that….results…..ZERO….Elder Wilson says he did cause the proclivity……but he takes NO responsibility in ADDING to someone's proclivity……It is always someone else fault for. He get paid, His Twin sons get paid, Pringle's get paid…..and who else?….He promised July4th weekend which was video that he would make sure everyone who has not gotten paid would be paid and also get back pay…results ZERO. That same meeting he had guy who was going to $6720.00 per day and he used him as example stating that the guy and the guy's wife both earned $400.00 per day each the week they joined…..Interesting because a few weeks later on Webinar Elder Wilson pulls the same guy stating was was not going to the next level $1125.00 per day…..hum….Then emails started coming requesting $7.00 payments directly made to Bank of America to start pay….geting $7.00 Board 2 pay should have been $240.00 but you guessed it…..ZERO$$ZEROcents……Elder Wilson on July4th meeting stated prominent pastor (O..steen) joining and Jakes….then an email stating Bishop Noel Jones joining……I hope they do not have the same results or proclivities ZERO$$ZEROcents.

  6. Well more of the same. You guessed it emails again stating pay is getting ready to start but everyone need to pay $7.00 to get paid $14.00 which they take $7.00 off the top leaving $7.00 Again…….the backoffice was down for restruct and once and for all again to have everyone under their correct person……You guessed it……I checked by backoff and WOW……..AGAIN (ALL of my downline was gone….poofed AGAIN) How can that be….. RESULTS……you already know…..ZERO DOLLARS AND ZERO CENTS…..YES THAT ZERO since 06/23/11…….my upline who around 200 people you guessed it…….they are all gone too……but Elder says people are getting paid…….who…..I HOPE THEIR 1099's don't go "Poof" as well.

  7. I heard alot about this program. My feedback from those involved that I know have not been paid either after 5 months. WARNING!!!! BEWARE!!!!

  8. I'm just wonderin y it took 4 months for me and my sponsor to get our cards and now that we have them we don't get access to our funds. When u constantly tell ppl that evrything is runnin jus fine and u have the money u should expect that those ppl will get tired when they aren't gettin results. And thats what we are- Tired. Tired of being lied to and tired of hearing of things that don't explain why we don't have our money. You didn't have a problem cashing our checks & money orders when you received them then u should have no problem depositing our funds. This is why ppl think its a scam. U took our money and said forget us like we don't matter. Well we do and we deserve to be acknowleged.

  9. Pretty Girl says:

    My husband and I had more than the 7 people we needed to get paid daily after paying our $25 and the additional $7. Our downline was removed from under us and spread out in others downlines that we didn't even know. I felt bad because we brought people into this mess expecting success and found out that we would never get paid. I see that certain people have been paid(family and friends maybe), but others haven't so this makes it worse. All of the people that scream amen in these meeting are the only people getting paid. I know about 15 people personally in this program that qualifies to be paid and none of them have been paid. Even though the start up cost is small it was still a big dissappointment. Atleast you get paid by the different network marketing companies if you put in the work. Elder Wilson had the nerve to talk bad about all the other opportunities. If you are reading this before you sign up……Do not get involved!!!!