What is Freedom Checks?

What is Freedom Checks?

Is the United States Government giving away free money in the form of Freedom Checks? How can you get your share? Matt Badiali, the Senior Editor at Banyan Hill Publishing, claims that anyone can get their Freedom Check by just staking their claim. Keep reading to discover how.

Product: The Real Wealth Strategist
Website: freedomchecks.com
Owner: Banyan Hill Publishing
Opinion: Not Recommended

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What is Freedom Checks?

In the Freedom Checks video, Matt Badiali holds up what looks like a US Treasury check for $114,287. The top line of the check is blurred, so you can’t determine for sure if the check is genuine US Treasury check. However, clearly, that is the impression Matt Badiali is attempting to create.

What is Freedom Checks?Because the actual source of the check is blurred, I suspect it is just a prop made for the video.

Mr. Badiali tells us that we can get our piece of the multi-billion Freedom Check pie. All we must do is stake our claim. We’re told that 568 agencies across the United States will begin paying out more than $34 billion next month.

As the pitch continues, we are led to believe that the US Government is giving away free money. Badiali tells us of people all over the country who are getting large Freedom Checks, sometimes as often as every week.

Then we are shown a calendar and the days when Freedom Checks are cut and distributed. Quotes from the Wall Street Journal, Seeking Alpha, and media outlets stream across the screen, all apparently singing the praises of Freedom Checks or at least that is what we are led to believe. However, the word “Freedom Checks” is not specifically seen in the printed quotes.

Badiali tells us that “depending on the size of your claim,” you could collect $12,000 to $55,000 and more. What does he mean by “the size of your claim?” Do we simply claim our money? If we claim more do we get more?

According to Badiali all we have to do is decide how many Freedom Checks we want and watch the cash pile up. Apparently, it’s free money.

Within a few minutes of Badiali’s brilliant pitch, we are feeling greedy. We want our Freedom Checks!

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What are Freedom Checks Really?

What is Freedom Checks?Matt Badiali, the Freedom Checks spokesperson, is a Senior Editor at Banyan Hill Publishing. Banyon Hill Publishing publishes investment newsletters. Matt Badiali oversees two investment newsletters, The Real Wealth Strategist, and Front Line Profits.

The Freedom Checks video and sales pitch are designed to sell you a subscription to The Real Wealth Strategist. The initial subscription is $49 a month. Once you subscribe, you will be met with marketing campaigns promoting more expensive investment products.

Matt Badiali Freedom Checks.

The Real Wealth Strategist is a newsletter that promotes investments in natural resource mining and extraction. What Matt Badiali calls Freedom Checks are really nothing more than a dividend check. Freedom Check is just a word Badiali and his copywriters chose to name common dividends to make it sound like Badiali knows a valuable secret.

A dividend is a portion of the earnings a company pays to its stockholders. In other words, if you want a Freedom Check, you will have to own stock in a company. Through his newsletter, The Real Wealth Strategist, Badiali will recommend stocks for you to buy.

Freedom Checks are NOT Free.

If you want to receive Freedom Checks the size Badiali promises, you will have to first buy a lot of stock. Buying stock can get expensive and risky.

If you want a Freedom Check the size Badiali presents at the beginning of the sales video, $114,287, you will probably have to own a million dollars or more worth of stock.

Is Freedom Checks Bait and Switch?

What is Freedom Checks?
It’s just a financial newsletter.

Contrary to Mr. Badiali’s brilliant sales pitch, the US Government is not handing out checks for $114,287. Nothing Badiali offers will get you free money.

Making money with stocks can be an excellent investment strategy. However, buying a newsletter because you feel greedy for something someone calls a “Freedom Check” would be a mistake.

Why would you trust the investment advice of someone who misled you in a lengthy sales pitch?

If you want to know how to invest, start with my article “How to Invest.” If you want to learn how to make money, keep reading.

Is Freedom Checks a Scam?

The online Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines a scam as “a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people.”

Regardless of our understanding of deception. There are two reasons why I will refrain from labeling Freedom Checks a scam, lawyers, and more lawyers.

Banyan Hill Publishing’s parent company, Agora, has been in the financial newsletter business a long time. Agora is a $500,000,000 company.

In 1995, Agora was sued for violation of state and federal securities laws because of promises they made in a sales campaign. “The court dismissed the complaint, holding that Agora, as the publisher of a subscription investment newsletter, was protected by the First Amendment against liability for factual misstatements.”

Apparently, although Agora made “factual misstatements,” it’s okay because it is protected by it’s right of freedom of speech.

Investing in Stocks.

If you know what you are doing, investing in stocks can be very lucrative. However, blindly following the advice of financial newsletter because you think you’re going to get a Freedom Check is a mistake.

Like some financial news shows and websites, some financial newsletters are paid to promote a specific stock. In other words, a company or a broker pays the newsletter to help them dump junk stock or trick amateur investors into investing in a company professional investors won’t touch it.

If you don’t know how to determine the value of a stock, you could easily lose a lot of money.

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If you found this article helpful or have experience with Freedom Checks , please leave a comment below. Thank you.

14 thoughts on “What is Freedom Checks?

  1. Thank you ! I kept hearing about freedom checks and needed to know. To me just another scam ! God bless and keep up the great work .

  2. Once again, a great article. I understand your reluctance to call it a scam for legal reasons. But in my opinion, it fits the definition perfectly. But it also seems to be a case of “If it seems too good to be true”. Shouldn’t pitches like these send a red flag up for everyone? Are there really that many people out there that fall for these things to make it profitable? It just seems like they are trying to sell a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    1. Hi, David!

      The magic of the Freedom Checks pitch is in the story telling. It’s like music that penetrates deeper than our conscious awareness. The entire sales pitch is a masterpiece of psychology. As dispassionate observers we may not be seduced by all it’s tricks of persuasion, but if we were struggling financially or less aware, we might fall for the enchantment and open our wallets.

      Essentially Banyan Hill, and its parent company Agora, are selling the dream of being wealthy. MLM companies do it and so does every other make money scheme and scam. It’s what companies sell when they have nothing of value to offer.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  3. Oh man, Gary. Of all the excellent articles you have posted on your site warning people to avoid so many bogus online opportunities meant for them to easily earn money, (or not) this one – Freedom checks has to be the worst of all.

    Please, the U.S. Government wanting to give away large checks to people, the fraud owner of this program Matt Badalia holding up a 6-figure check that he supposedly received is something that only the most naive person living on the Planet would possibly believe is totally true!

    The U.S. Government in fact is in debt, owning money to other countries around the world. Yet, the creator of this fraud program, Badalia aims to fool people instead into believing how simple it would be for anyone to receive a check back in the mail – and which had nothing to do with refunds coming back from taxes that they honestly paid over the course of a year. It’s amazing that this guy Badalia is not in jail for trying to pull off such a con.

    Of course, how surprising, this program comes with a huge string attached to it – an individual being required first to buy stocks in this bogus company. It would be akin to betting on a three-legged horse to win the Kentucky Derby as without a shadow of a doubt there would be no way that a person stupid enough to pay even one dime to get into this venture making a purchase of stock with Freedom checks would ever get that money back.

    As it is finishing off your excellent review, you promoted your book educating people on how to prudently invest in stocks would be a requirement for every individual even thinking about investing stocks in anything on Wall Street.

    Your advice to stay away from Freedom Checks is 100% spot on, Gary!


    1. Hi, Jeff!

      The Freedom Checks sales video reminds me of the old style copywriting from back in the day when long printed sales letters were sent via snail mail. Those letters would make the most outlandish claims. Not surprisingly, that’s how Agora Publishing got started. Agora is the parent company of Banyan Hill Publishing, the people behind Freedom Checks.

      Freedom Checks is in the same realm of altered reality as Sea Monkeys. Remember the Sea Monkeys? They were really brine shrimp but marketing made them sea monkeys! 

      Banyan Hill Publishing and Agora Publishing know what they can get away with in their claims. Agora argued successfully in court that their outlandish claims are an expression of freedom of speech and protected by the First Amendment. The sad part is that people are spending a lot of money because of it. 

      Thanks for stopping by,


  4. Gary,

    Thanks for the great review of this…”scam like” product. Even though I know things that sound too good to be true are usually false, I still get tempted by their sales pitch.

    Thanks to your review I don’t have to waste a single moment more on this product. The reason I even came here to read your review was because my mom had heard about Freedom Checks and was thinking about signing up!

    I’m going to be sure to tell all of my friends and family to avoid Freedom Checks at all cost. Don’t waste your money!

    1. Hi, kmv!

      “Scam-like” is a good way to describe Freedom Checks. I can see why retirees, or people close to the age of retirement, might fall for the sales pitch. As a copywriter, I’m in awe of how persuasive the video is. It’s truly masterful. Unfortunately, it is very misleading too. All they are selling is a very expensive investment newsletter.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  5. Gary, Thank you for the insight into Freedom Checks. Deception is not the way to win customers nor will it promote ‘word of mouth’. Your recommendation to work essentially for oneself is the right answer…. be the boss, take the risk, and reap the rewards. The ScamAvenger is instructive and hoping to follow your advise.

    1. Hi, Chris Barr!

      I agree. The sales tactics and copywriting techniques Banyan Hill Publishing uses to pitch Freedom Checks are from the pre-internet age. I doubt they are getting the conversions they once did. As you mentioned, they are destroying their relationship with their customer.

      Now that I work for myself, I can’t imagine ever going back to having a boss. Yes, indeed, it is worth the risk to step out on your own.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  6. Hi Gary,
    This is very interesting! If this is happening, we need to share this news with the people of the US of A. Mr. Badialli is misleading the people instead of trying to make it better, he is making it worse.

    Your blog is so informative. How will I share this?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi, Jocelyn!

      I’m pleased you found my article about Freedom Checks helpful. The point of Mr. Badiali’s pitch is to sell his investing newsletter. The wild story about Freedom Checks is just that, a story. Also, if you read the disclaimer in the footer of the website, you’ll see that they warn you not to use the information in their newsletters as the only source of investing information.

      Thanks for wanting to share my article. There are social media icons in the sidebar and the footer.

      Thanks for stopping by,

  7. I have actually ran across this site before I decide to join Wealthy Affiliate. And I was looking into it. But luckily I saw it as a scam before I invested into it.

    It is too bad people this smart can get so many people attention has to turn out to be a very wrong idea.
    Thank you making people aware of what is really going on out there.

    1. Hi, Melissa!

      The Freedom Checks sales pitch is a masterpiece of persuasion, unfortunately, it is also very misleading. Banyan Hill Publishing and it’s parent company, Agora, make millions from these offers. In many cases the copywriter makes millions too! 

      Thanks for stopping by,


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