About Patriot Survival Plan
The Patriot Survival Plan is a home study course created by Matt Stevens that claims to provide actionable information you can use to help your family survive an “imminent” financial collapse. Matt also claims to have collaborated with “experienced navy seals who've dedicated their entire lives to survival and prepping,” and that all of the information compiled in the Plan is “tested and fully-reliable.”
The Patriot Survival Plan is not listed with the Better Business Bureau, and online information about the company is essentially non-existent. Regarding the Patriot Survival Plan materials specifically, online customer reviews appear to be overwhelmingly negative, with the most common complaints citing poor customer service and failure to receive physical materials, even after months of waiting.
How the Patriot Survival Plan Works
The Patriot Survival Plan website hosts a 34-minute video featuring its creator, Matt Stevens (an admitted pen name), in which he claims to have spent 16 years practicing and teaching survival, and 4 years “researching the political and economic realities since the financial debacle of 2008.” The point of the video is to basically let you know that a “financial Hiroshima” is on the horizon, and that it’s “mathematically certain to happen in the very near future.” In fact, Matt claims that this nationwide financial collapse is estimated to occur within the next 10 months, based on four “irrefutable” facts:
- 26 US cities have declared bankruptcy.
- Germany, Switzerland and Denmark are pulling their gold out of the US.
- Many of the top billionaires (including Warren Buffet) are selling all of their US-based stocks.
- Russia, China and Brazil are so intent on replacing the US dollar that they’re creating a new central bank.
Once this occurs, it’s claimed that food and water will quickly become scarce, that “social chaos will rule,” and if you’re not prepared, it could result in disaster for you and your family. The good news is that, similar to tactics used on the Food 4 Patriots and Power4Patriots websites, this information isn’t backed up with solid proof, and is ultimately intended to cause you to make an emotional decision, versus an informed one.
Despite this, the Patriot Survival Plan is claimed to be “the smartest way to protect your family” by revealing information such as:
- Life-saving secrets
- “Insider's-only Patriot Survival Plan”
- “Military special forces style tactics”
- Food stockpiling tricks
- “Extreme Disaster Survival Playbook”
In addition to the above, you’ll also receive the following reports:
- Bartering for Patriots – References the 15 most crucial bartering supplies, the “Golden Bartering Rule,” and more.
- Pro Prepper’s Dummy Proof Checklist – Life saving medical supplies you must keep on-hand, the “instant clean water tool,” and more.
- Patriot Survival Plan 30 Second Fast Start – How to break through the “fear wall” and “react like a trained soldier,” critical survival tactics, and more.
- 39 Ways Duct Tape Can Save Your Life – Free food tactics, life saving tricks, and more.
- The Patriot’s Family Plan – Includes information on crucial prepping steps, distributing responsibilities among family members, and more.
Patriot Survival Plan Pricing & Refund Policy
The Patriot Survival Plan is currently available in three different purchasing options:
- Digital Edition (available via download): $39
- Physical Edition (DVD): $49
- Full Package (Physical & Digital packages): $69
If you receive physical copies of the material, you’ll be charged a flat $5.95 shipping and handling fee.
According to their website, the Patriot Survival Plan comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. Keep in mind that if you need to return physical products, they will need to be shipped at your expense, and should be in “merchantable condition.” In order to initiate the refund process, simply contact customer service at 877-624-8708, or through their online contact form.
Bottom Line: Is the Patriot Survival Plan a Scam?
Now that you have a good idea of what the Patriot Survival Plan entails, what’s the bottom line: Is it a scam? Let’s take a closer look…
First, as with many of the other survival companies and products we’ve reviewed, much of the information provided on their websites is very high level, and filled with seemingly legitimate statistics about one imminent collapse or another. However, these sites almost never provide sources for their claims, which are often just intended to scare you into making a rash decision instead of actually informing you.
Next, the website’s disclaimer states that, “The author of this material wishes to keep his identity private, therefore Matt Stevens is a pen name.” Also, the registration information for the Patriot Survival Plan URL is masked, so little to no information about the company could be found during our research. This may be good for individuals or companies looking to hide from the government, but not for businesses looking to legitimize their products. Furthermore, the Patriot Survival Plan promotional video is filled with spelling and grammatical examples, which acts to further delegitimize the product.
On top of this, while online customer reviews are fairly limited, those we could locate were overwhelmingly negative, with the most common complaints citing poor customer service and failure to receive physical materials, even after months of waiting. But the poor reviews aren’t just limited to customers. Even among this online survivalist community, the Patriot Survival Plan is not highly regarded.
Finally, while the Patriot Survival Plan claims that this “imminent” collapse is estimated to occur within the next 10 months, the product’s URL has been active since December 2012, and much of the same content has been featured since at least May 2013. Meanwhile, none of their predictions have come to pass, which might speak volumes about the quality of their research, and of their product’s content.
Bottom line? If you’re looking to spend $40 of your hard-earned money on survival products, you might be better off purchasing some fuel and high-quality seeds, rather than the Patriot Survival Plan.
5 out 5 people found this review helpful
It's a Rip
9/3/14 Watched to sales video. Saw several interesting books. Looked good. Ordered PSP. Following week received 1 DVD. We viewed this product and concluded that it was not worth $138. The DVD product was poorly done - all the material was written out, but the DVD was simply read by some one who couldn't pronounce English words. That's all it was - someone reading all the material to us. No visuals, no diagrams, just type. No extra info or explanations, just someone else reading.
10/6/14 I called to get a return address and notified them of our intention to return the product. Sent it - and we got the package back. They had moved with no forwarding address. $10 wasted.
11/17/14 Called again, got a new address. Sent it again, another $10 Then nothing. No refund, not contact. Nothing.
12/15/14 Called again, they said they had trouble putting the charge back on our card. OK, we had changed our cards (Someone else was trying to use them), but the credit card company said that refunding $$ was not a problem. They should have been able to do it. But... was told that since it was so close to the Holidays, no one was available to help me get this cleared up.
1/15/15 I attempted to contact them via e-mail. My e-mail was "permanently rejected". Then I called and was told that someone would contact me within the next week, that a paper check would probably be issued. I told them I wanted $10 shipping fees back also.
1/23/15 Still nothing. Yesterday's call was unpleasant. I was told they had tried to refund me my money, twice, but the 'bank' wouldn't let them. I asked where the paper check was and was told there was no record of such agreement. I was told I could get one next week. That it will take about 5 days for it to arrive.
1/24/15 If it's not here by 1/29/15 I will begin a claim with my credit card company.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
6 out 8 people found this review helpful
Matt Stevens - Where are you?
I paid $39 to get the package and the six bonus reports. My downloads didn't work, the support email was returned by the postmaster, and my web searches all led to no other way to get a hold of Matt or my products. One web link took me to a site with the PDF for free download but that didn't work either.
My change subscriptions link also leads to a dead end.
It's a scam. And Matt owes me $39.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
0 out 6 people found this review helpful
Very Happy with this product
I am set up to receive a package of food each month that feeds up to ten people. If you would buy this through Mountain House it would cost about $37. I pay $16.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend