Surge365 Review: ~$400 travel-based recruitment opp

surge365-logoHopefully only due to the company currently being in prelaunch, there is no information on the Surge365 website indicating who owns or runs the business.

The Surge365 website domain (“surge365.com”) was registered on the 20th of October 2014, however the domain registration is set to private.

In a press-release published by Surge365 on a third-party website on February 20th, the company names James Tackett as its President.

The press-release claims that Tackett

has done work for more than 50 of the top direct sales companies in the world, including billion dollar brands Avon, Herbalife, Oriflame, and Primerica.

This work appears to be the production of marketing and training videos through Tackett’s company, Success Partners.

This would appear to be Tackett’s first MLM venture as a corporate executive.

Based on the information currently publicly available, it’s unclear whether or not Tackett owns Surge365 or whether he’s working for someone.

The press-release announcing Tackett as Surge365’s President states that he ‘had signed paperwork naming him as president of the newly formed travel company‘. This indicates that the company was already formed before Tackett was appointed.

Why who owns Surge365 is not disclosed, despite the company accepting affiliate signups during its prelaunch phase, is a mystery.

As always, if a MLM company is not openly upfront about who is running or owns it, think long and hard about joining and/or handing over any money. [Continue reading…]


$90,000 secret backroom affiliate deals @ Jeunesse (lawsuit)

jeunesse-logoAlthough it probably comes as little surprise to most, within any MLM company there are typically two or more levels of affiliates.

This is usually an informal arrangement and generally accepted as the status quo by the affiliate-base at large.

Here at BehindMLM we typically engage the lower-rung of this hierarchy. Those who aren’t privy to the inner-workings of the company they’re in, and who are often oblivious to what goes on at the top.

Occasionally there are exceptions, but we’re more often sharing information “with the masses” than not.

Today is one of those days, and we’re going to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes at Jeunesse.

Before we delve into the business dealings of some of Jeunesse’s top affiliates though, I want to preface by saying what is discussed in this article is in now ay limited to or unique to Jeunesse. If you’re in an MLM company there’s a good chance some of what follows is going on in it.

You might not be aware of it or unable to identify it, but I’d be willing to bet that it’s probably there on some level.

Keep that in mind as we enter an arena usually sealed off from public consumption by way of NDAs and other private agreements. [Continue reading…]


Xtreme Pro System abandon matrix cycler Ponzi model

xtreme-pro-system-logoThe fallout of the SEC’s takedown of the Achieve Community matrix cycler Ponzi scheme continues, with news today that Xtreme Pro System are pulling the plug on their matrix-based compensation plan. [Continue reading…]


Moore Fund Review: $15-$99,999 bogus property investment

moore-fund-logoThere is no information on the Moore Fund website indicating who owns or runs the business.

Provided on the Moore Fund website is a certificate of incorporation for “Moore Property Investment Co Limited”. The certificate was issued by the Companies House in the UK back 1993.

A UK Certificate of Incorporation costs £15.

Whether or not Moore Property Investment Co Limited has anything to do with Moore Fund is unclear. What is clear however is that Moore Fund was only launched recently.

The Moore Fund website domain was registered on the 29th of September 2014. Listed as the domain owner is a “Rob Moore”, with an address in Lancashire in the UK also provided.

A YouTube channel named “Rob Moore” was registered on January 11th 2015 to promote Moore Fund, but other than that Rob Moore, as represented in the Moore Fund domain registration, doesn’t appear to exist.

Alexa traffic estimates show an uptick of activity in January 2015, which syncs with affiliate promotion of the company.

This all indicates that Moore Fund was only launched recently.

Casting further doubt on the authenticity of the company is the fact that Alexa lists the top five countries providing visitors to the Moore Fund website are Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Russia, India and Pakistan.

India in particular stands out, as a UK company registration is a favorite among scammers of Indian origin.

What is clear is that there’s little to no activity surrounding Moore Fund taking place in the UK. As such, it would appear Moore Fund exists in the UK in name only.

Reading between the lines, I’d suggest Moore Property Investment Co Limited might be a real company but that Moore Fund has nothing to do with it.

There is no provided correlation between property investment and the Moore Fund MLM business opportunity, ditto how Moore Property Investment Co might fit into the Moore Fund business model.

Whoever is actually running it has likely just “borrowed” the company’s registration certificate, registered a domain using the “Moore” name and operate independently.

As always, if a MLM company is not openly upfront about who is running or owns it, think long and hard about joining and/or handing over any money. [Continue reading…]


DFRF Enterprises RICO lawsuit filed in Massachusetts

dfrf-enterprises-logoOver the past six months I’ve received numerous requests to review DFRF Enterprises.

For the most part, these requests have been sent in from readers expressing concerns that friends and family members are investing thousands of dollars with the company.

These are by and large people who already lost large sums of money investing in TelexFree, Wings Network and other scams specifically targeting the Brazilian community in Massachusetts.

Upon perusing the DFRF Enterprises website, I ascertained that the scheme solicits investment from its affiliates, under the guise of asset and wealth management, asset finance, wealth structuring and investment banking.

To encourage affiliates to invest funds, DFRF Enterprises openly advertise ROIs of 15% a month:

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Quite obviously, DFRF Enterprises are simply shuffling new investor funds to pay off existing investors. Provide enough fluff about legitimate banking services and run a simple Ponzi on the backend.

So why isn’t there a review of DFRF Enterprises on BehindMLM?

Well the problem is the scheme only offers a single-level 10% referral commission. That’s a HYIP (high-yield investment program) and not MLM.

I have a busy enough time trying to keep up with the MLM industry. Expanding that coverage to HYIPs (which, unlike MLM opportunities, are universally scams) would put far too much on my plate.

That and the blog is called BehindMLM for a reason…

In any event, I’m covering a newly filed RICO lawsuit against DFRF Enterprises in an attempt to meet those concerned about the scam halfway.

If for nothing else than to bring greater awareness to those who have previously invested in the well-known Brazilian MLM scams over the past year, who now find themselves involved an even more nefarious scheme. [Continue reading…]


Pleading the fifth in the Achieve Community Ponzi case

achieve-community-logoAs reported yesterday, February 24th saw a hearing on the issue of preliminary injunctions against Kristi Johnson, Work With Troy Barnes and Achieve Community International LLC take place.

If granted, the injunctions would see the continuation of the asset freeze in place, as well as barring the defendants from committing and further acts of fraud.

Yesterday saw a preliminary injunction granted against Troy Barnes, with the same injunction granted against Kristi Johnson later in the day (after we published our article).

With neither Barnes or Johnson bothering to set up legal representation for either Achieve Community International LLC or Work With Troy Barnes, yesterday’s hearing was just eleven minutes long.

After hearing arguments from the SEC, Judge Blackburn took the matter under advisement. He later granted a preliminary injunction against Work With Troy Barnes.

At the time of publication a decision regarding Achieve Community International is still pending. It’s expected an injunction will be granted sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile the fifth amendment reared its head again, with Kristi Johnson filing a response to a paragraph in the preliminary injunction granted against her. [Continue reading…]


UniverTeam Compensation Plan v2.0 Review

univerteam-logoBack in late 2013 Alexandre Arenales launched UniverTeam.

Based on the MultiClick Ponzi scheme, UniverTeam saw affiliates up to €1500 EUR on the promise of an advertised €75 EUR a week ROI.

UniverTeam affiliates were also paid to recruit new investors in the scheme, earning commissions based on the amount new recruits invested.

Earlier this month a BehindMLM reader informed me that UniverTeam had recently made changes to their compensation plan.

This is hardly surprising given the unsustainable nature of UniverTeam’s original Ponzi scheme model, which would have seen UniverTeam eventually run out of invested affiliate funds and collapse.

Today we take a look at UniverTeam’s new compensation plan. [Continue reading…]


Achieve Community preliminary injunction granted

achieve-community-logoWe reported on the 20th of February that the SEC, Troy Barnes and Kristi Johnson had all filed stipulation agreements requesting a preliminary injunction be granted.

The SEC filed this action to halt an ongoing Ponzi scheme.

The injunction would replace the current temporary ex-parte injunction, maintaining the fund freeze the temporary injunction granted. Barnes and Johnson would also prohibited from further committing and acts of fraud. [Continue reading…]


PlanB4You Ponzi admin arrested in the Netherlands

planb4you-logoPlanB4You launched in 2014 and saw affiliates deposit €40 EUR investments on the promise of an eventual €50 EUR ROI (see PlanB4You review).

With new affiliate funds being used to pay off existing investors, it didn’t take long for authorities in the Netherlands to start investigating.

December saw that investigation result in the shutting down of the scheme by the Netherlands’ Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD).

In addition to shutting PlanB4You down, FIOD also seized multiple assets belonging to the scheme’s owner, Johny Schabregs.

Despite his assets being frozen and FIOD on the lookout for him, Schabregs remained at large. In response to FIOD seizing his assets, Schabregs defiantly announced one last-ditch attempt to fleece investors, promising them “2 for 1″ investment positions in his scam.

Over the past two months FIOD have continued to monitor Schabregs, finally tracking him down and making an arrest on Friday February 20th. [Continue reading…]


Winning Express Review: Sporting arbitrage or Ponzi?

winning-expressThe Winning Express website does not identify who who owns or runs the business.

There is an “about us” link in the footer of the website, however clicking it at the time of publication redirects visitors to the main homepage.

This snippet in the Winning Express FAQ was the only bit of information pertaining to the owners I was able to find:

I note that the proprietors of Winning Express are resident  in Seychelles. Why is this?

Although the profits you will make from the services are tax free (Betting Tax was abolished at the turn of the century) the fact remains that if an individual is deemed to be making a full-time living from betting then he/she is regarded as a professional gambler and winnings are considered to be earnings.

Rather than be subject to higher rates of tax, the sports analysts who devised the methodology opted instead to sell their services via an offshore company in an appropriate location.

Also, current clients of Milton Express Ltd who pay £2,250 per annum for advices are spared VAT.

So under the guise of hiding out in greater Europe because they don’t want to pay taxes in the UK, Winning Expresses owners operate the scheme from a location unknown.

Furthermore the above FAQ question suggests that information about the owners of the company was once provided, but has since been removed.

That’s not exactly confidence inspiring.

I did try to dig around and find out who was behind Milton Express, but nothing concrete surfaced.

The Winning Express website domain registration was registered on the 24th of November 2010, and lists a “Darren Bate” of “Admin Solutions UK LTD” as the owner.

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darren-bate-admin-services-UK-winning-expressAs above, Bate (right) is actively promoting Winning Express across multiple social media accounts bearing his name, but I wasn’t able to ascertain his specific role within the company.

Pertaining to Admin Solutions UK LTD, as per the Winning Express FAQ:

Does this mean all my dealings will have to be catered for by international staff?

No, all administration of Winning Express will be conducted by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Basically Admin Solutions run the admin side of Winning Express from within the UK, while its owners hiding overseas:

Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd provides invaluable secretarial and administrative back up for a variety of companies or individuals. We can operate on a contractual basis or a pay as you go system based upon your circumstances.

Again, whether Darren Bate works for Winning Express, Admin Solutions UK or both is unclear.

As always, if a MLM company is not openly upfront about who is running or owns it, think long and hard about joining and/or handing over any money. [Continue reading…]